Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UTCengOwl on 03-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of gtermi
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks very nice with a redish gold with a nice thick head.

The beer smells amazing with a nice hoppy/pine scent and some sweet caramel.

The taste has a lot of hops, a nice sweetness and a bit of malt.

The beer has a lot of crispness, but it is very pleasant. I enjoy the decent bit of carbonation.

Overall this beer is very nice. I got lucky and just found this stashed in a local store. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of litheum94
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter inch, khaki head, thick and dense. Deep amber body. Head settles out to nothing.

Very sweet, malty nose: caramel and bread. Some raisins. Hop profile is mainly floral, with some tropical fruit.

Malty flavors at first, with flavors of caramel, bread and almonds. Soft hop bitterness, floral and woody. The bitterness hangs around for a while, leaving a warming feeling in the mouth.

A pretty good brew, but it is a little malty for a DIPA. I'd be okay if this was brewed as an IPA, but I want more hops in my DIPAs.

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Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle home waxed with a cap marking of 3/11 courtesy of texasclimber. I'll have to bug you some time for a fresh version come the season! Nonetheless, I love getting experimental with aging. I think a lot of DIPAS actually turn into some decent hoppy barley wines after some time. Excited to crack this!

A: Earthy orange-amber with some really noticeable clarity. This looks like a brown multivitamin gel cap pill. Basically a bunch of vitamin E pills in a glass. Some weaker foams that broke up after a single finger ascent. foggy foams swirl in the light hard candy amber body.

S: Definitely pretty sweet in the nose, reminds me of powder mix teas and unfiltered concentrated apple juices. A little bit of booze peaks through to turn the apple juice into a spiked cider. There's an odd presence of licorice that I can't deny being there. This is one wacky tea.

T: Man, this actually tastes pretty darn good. Sweet tea, light addition of cane sugar and raw hides. candied orange rinds with a thick caramelized sticky sugary sweetness. It's like the leftover syrup runs you get when you make cinnamon rolls in a pan. Weird, intriguing, kind of delicious. The hop bitterness feigns a faint white pepper note.

M: The mouth hasn't held up very well. It's definitely lighter bodied than I'd like, but it most certainly wasn't meant to age like this. However, it isn't a mess. It's a clean light body, which really accentuates its sweet tea pseudo barley wine state.

O: Honestly, I thought the flavor in this was really good. Being bottled in march hasn't turned this into something awful. Aging this beer has made for an interesting experiment in flavor evolution, as I suspect a majorly citrusy DIPA has since become a candied cider/sweet tea. The malty sweetness pushes this beer through he aging process, and turns the hops into a lightly pleasant garnish. I think this beer could have gone another 6 months!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Billerbuffoon for acquiring a few bottles of this awesome beer.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with a very thin white layer and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Papaya, mango, pineapple, mild pine needles, red grapefruit rind, and peppery spices.

T - BIG grapefruit rind bitterness, mild amount of mint, , papaya, mango, and small amounts of pineapple. A small hit of caramel nips the tongue and then comes rolling thick waves of tropical fruit that keep coming, even after the sip! Some citric acid presence.

M - Foamy, creamy, smooth on the tongue with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - An easy drinker, quite perfect for a D-IPA. I wish I had more bottles of this!!!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one. A double IPA that delivers.

Poured into a tulip. There’s a nice bit of carbonation on this beer. It smells good, really good. Nice, piney hop aroma. From the nose I anticipate it being sticky/chewy and my assumptions prove correct. It’s resiny, piney on the palate, with that big DIPA finish and some lingering sweetness. There’s a boozy kick to this as it warms. It’s a nice beer, one I really enjoyed, and I’m looking forward to it being available year round.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LadyofMuchBeer for this! Poured into RR-tion glass.

Very nice golden color, very little head with slight lacing.
I think the smell of this beer is where it really shines. Smells so very fresh and fruity. I love this smell.
The taste is also on the fruity side. I usually enjoy more piney, earthy DIPAs, but this is good. Very little bitter hops, but it works for this beer.
Very nice mouthfeel. It is not a thin beer by any means, but it has some substance, just like a DIPA should have.
It isn't the best DIPA I ever had, but it is really good, I'm grateful to have one more to crack in the next few days. If the get the chance, definately try it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle - big thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. There is also some grapefruit juice and zest and quite a bit of tropical/pineapple flavour. The beer finishes with a malty tropical fruit/pineapple sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – There beer had a slight metallic taste to it at first that kind of threw it off a little bit, but as it warmed up in my glass the other flavours really came through. This is a fantastic tasting beer and the alcohol is really well hidden. I'm really happy I had the chance to try it and I'd get it again given the chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Texasfan549 for the extra! Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice orange color, little cloudy, with a solid white head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

S - Nice grapefruit hop smell at first. It really dominates and is wonderful. Citrus, earthy hop aroma begins to shine through after a while. Not a whole lot else in the smell, but I'm ok with that as I want to taste this.

T - A nice bitter hop, full and earthy. The citrus rounds the taste out, making the taste full on the edges. A great hop profile here, complex and bold. A nice slight malt in the back to give the taste some backing, but the hops are truly the star. Great balance to this taste, I'm very much enjoying the fact the taste is bold from start to finish, and even minutes after that.

M - A full bodied IIPA, with the hops attacking in the taste, and the bitter slightly tinging at the sides of the mouth in the aftertaste. Plenty of carbonation to this that keeps this beer popping. A little heavier of an IIPA that I usually want, begins to affect drinkability as I go through the glass.

O - This was a very drinkable beer to me. The hop profile had a little bit of that musty, earthy hop for a nice bold bitter in the front. But also had the citrus and grapefruit hops to be a nice contrast and add drinkability. It's a solid IIPA from start to finish. Would surely drink again if I had another!

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Beautiful aroma of piney hops upfront mixed with strong bursts of tropical fruit.

Taste starts off with notes of caramel but quickly turns to notes of piney and citrus hops. Hints of grapefruit, lemon and mango come in at the middle and hang around through the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a great DIPA, wish it wasn't so limited.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kristina. Been hoping to try this one for a while, but never quite got a trade done. Served in a 4oz Glunz taster weizen glass.

A - Creamy, voluminous, off-white foam with good retention settles to a thin cap, leaving large swathes of lace. Body is transparent golden, with streams of tiny bubbles present.

S - There's a hint of stale, faded hop aroma present at this stage, but otherwise it's quite nice for a nearly 4-month old DIPA. Lots of pine, bitter grapefruit, and maybe a hint of tangerine and tropical fruits. Doughty malt character with a touch of brown sugar in the periphery. Probably 4.25 at this stage actually.

T - Lots of mid-palate bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Somewhat East Coast in balance, but with a less heavy malt bill that is mostly sugar cookie and dough. Hop flavor is largely bitter grapefruit rind.

M - Dry and resinous medium body, slight alcohol warmth, juicy texture, with medium-low carbonation.

D - I wish I could have tried this when it was super-fresh, but it sounds like the extended aging (in a fridge thankfully) mellowed out some of the alcohol without diminishing the hop character too much. I hope they make this again, or add it to their seasonal lineup, as it's the best Divine Reserve since #5. I could see myself having a couple bottles of this one.

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Photo of tetu
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small head with amber color. Looks good. Smells good too. Aroma is hops all the way. Pine and citrus come out. Tastes like it smells with the addition of some caramel malts and a hint of tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is great, pine flavor sits on my palate. Overall a great beer and I wish they would make this year round.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sunset orange with a towering and creamy off white head.

It is fruity, grassy and piney from the hops with some sweet malt in the nose.

On the palate it is creamy and gives off hints of caramel and bready flavors, which fade to dominant grass and pine notes. There are touches of tropical fruit (peach, mango) that come through, then more grass and pine dominance that holds on through a lasting hoppy finish with some warming alcohol.

This is a bright, floral, grassy and creamy malt treat. Very drinkable Double IPA. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice very hoppy beer, well balanced. Pours golden with a small amount of lace. Neutral aroma. Good balance,the hops are right there and more of a 1.5 ipa. Average mouthfeel,carbonation is right there. Good drinkability. Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial are well mixed for mild citrus taste. Alcohol well hidden.Very slight acid builds up. Bottle in trade.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm in El Paso, TX for work. Not exactly a beer haven for people with insatiable cravings for microbrewed local beer. Sure enough, I stumble upon a tapas bar that has this IPA.

Bartender poured it into a pint glass, which didn't bother me or inhibit what was to come next. A white, light head - with a bit of retention.

From the bottle to the glass, pours a darker yellow/light amber color. Nothing special to note, yet. A few bubbles here & there.

The aroma, my god, the aroma. It sends your head back a second, a hoppy punch-wallop that makes me don a hundred-yard smile. The smell of this double IPA is absolutely outstanding. Hops, hops, hops with a touch of lemony orange zest. Guaranteed to make you smile.

The taste does not disappoint. Up front it's a bit sweet. The aftertaste is a bitter orchestra of perfection. Malt characters stay present throughout, but its a mix of sour tropical fruits that dominate. I frickin love this beer.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied, with a snappy, crisp carbonation to it. Coats the tongue and stays there for awhile. Lingers along for a hot minute. Everything an IPA should be, in my humble opinion. Slightly sticky, yet perfect.

I would pay ridiculous amounts of cash for this in WI. Bless your soul TX, you are a lucky, large, glorious state. It's almost making my time in El Paso actually worthwhile ;)

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a burnt orange hue (must have been brewed by a Longhorn); the head faded rather quickly but left a few traces behind

Smell: Malt forward, with sugary caramel backed up by tropical and semi-tropical fruit elements - grapefruit, pineapple and peaches

Taste: Sugary caramel, up front, and the malts are dominant from start to finish; that is not to say that there aren't plenty of hop flavors in the mix, with the grapefruit, pineapple and peach flavors building through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; just a bit sticky

Overall: A bit sweeter than I like for the style; still this is a very good beer with a nice hop profile

Thanks, Thickfreakness, for the opportunity

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for sharing this one!

A- Pours a golden orange color with some reddish hues to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Nice sheets of lace on the sides of the glass when drinking.

S- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma make this beer start off good. There is a underlying caramel malt sweetness throughout the aroma but shows more so toward the middle. Piney hops in the ending lend to balancing this one out aroma wise. Alcohol has a little medicinal quality to it.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the beer show off a lot of tropical flavors. This doesn't go into crushing mode with the hops which was nice. The middle of the beer showed off a caramel bready malt base which counterbalanced the hops nicely. The ending of the beer still showed a little caramel malt but now there was a added piney bitterness that helped elminate the overall sweetness. The alcohol had a little medicinal quality to it but didn't go overboard.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus and piney hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is medicinal alcohol, light caramel malts, and piney hops. The flavors were really balanced I thought for the style. No off flavors were present while drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This beer was very good. The ABV was lighter on the DIPA side. I thought the flavors were on par with everything for the style. A nice beer in the Divine Reserve series. I would tell everyone to get this while you can cause it is drinking good.

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Photo of misterhops
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to cfh64 for throwing this in our trade. i owe you one! poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a dark copper color with 1.5 finger off white head. lacing definitely seems to stick around inside the glass

S: smells like pine, with subtle fruity undertones... can definitely smell some citrus here

T: can taste the hops at first which taste very piney, then you get some sweetness from the malt... burnt caramel comes to mind. I found the finish to be a little bitter, which also tended to linger. not a real crisp finish like i would prefer.

M: mouthfeel is nice with lots of carbonation, and some lip smackin stickiness. i like the way this one feels.

O: pretty solid DIPA. very enjoyable and would drink again.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Friendly Spot, San Antonio, TX. $6 (!) a pint, poured into St. Arnold shaker pint glass 4.21.11.

Half finger white head quick dissipation resulting in thin layer of broken head on top of copper reddish amber body, a bit cloudy. Tropical nose, guava, ripe apricots, bready malts, with some caramel. Taste is not quite as fruity as the nose, a bit of resiny pine pitch. Mouthfeel is medium, not a lot of effervescence. Interesting take on the style, though not a hoppy SD/PNW version, pretty good DIPA for Texas. Worth a try.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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