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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UTCengOwl on 03-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of spree92
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to cfh64 for this.
Batch 031-34/240031811

Notes taken on June 4th

A- No head and no lacing. Clear vibrant cooper.

S- Wet hops, grapefruit and buttered toast. Hops are first and foremost but balanced well by malts on the tail end.

T- For a DIPA, taste is mellow. Lightly toasted malts lead a charge of flavors. Lemongrass for hops finish it.

M- Buttery, light body when it should be heavier, which is fine by me. Subtle flavors linger for a while.

O- Another solid Texas beer that makes me want to visit the craft beer scene down there.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color with a fairly dense tan head. Retention is good and there is a good amount of sticky lacing

S - There is definite piny/citric notes along with some sweet tropical fruit. Pineapple is very noticeable upfront with some orange and then leans towards a bitter citric nose. Simple but very pleasant.

T - Very good. Extremely bitter but with good balance from the sweet tropical fruit. There is also some alcohol flavor although its not overpowering and works well.

M - Pretty good mouth feel as well. Medium bodied, a bit chewy, and well carbonated.

O - Overall worth another buy. This is better than the previous divine reserve.

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Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a recent BIF, thanks to twiggamortis420

served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured gently with almost an inch of tight, creamy very light tan colored foam. the beer is clear as day, copper in color.

S - abundant biscuity malts with some honey sweetness. piney, citrus (grapefruit) hops sneak through. bits of mint, basil, and wet grass as well.

T - bit sweeter than expected, with bready and honey malts coming through well before the hops. ample bitterness though more along the lines of an Imperial English IPA if there was such a thing.

M - medium bodied, moderate crispy carbonation. very nice and a bit on the dry side.

O - not a bad beer, not exactly a mouthy hop bomb but gets the job done more or less.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to optimator13 for this one. It should have been a want and he chose his extras wisely :)

Appearance - Light, clear copper body with an ample white head. It leaves some sticky lacing on top for a while, but that eventually fades too.

Smell - Hoppy, some citrus and pine. A caramel maltiness comes through also. There's a fair bit of booze in the aroma, too.

Taste - Not as hoppy as the smell, but still a great hop flavor of citrus and pine again. The sweetness from the malt is a bit much, but doesn't overwhelm the hops. Barely any bitterness to the finish. The malts become a bit nutty as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light considering all the flavors. Medium-low carbonation. There's an ample amount of booze to the finish which I find a bit undesirable.

Overall - Good DIPA. It's a bit hot and a bit sweet, but it has a great hop profile. I'd gladly drink this again.

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

PhineasGage gave me a bottle just for having him over--- that's an awesome, and generous move from a very friendly BA! Cheers to you Andrew!

A nice orange color, with a slight reddish hue. White head of 2 fingers-- decent retention and lacing.

Smells citrusy, like good hops. Light sweetness from the malts is happy to play second fiddle.
The taste has a little caramel sweetness, as well as a bready malt note. The yeast helps it finish nice and clean. Pretty dry finish with a piney bitterness.

The body is medium and holds plenty of carbonation.

This is a strong DIPA... I'm impressed with SA, and I hope this becomes a regular part of the lineup! This is definitely worth drinking--- although it certainly isn't a "top 100" beer. A rating of 4 across the board is actually very well-suited for this one.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger thick white head

smell: citrus, caramel, hops, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, alcohol,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a little to much alcohol for my liking. but the hops and malts work well together.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this... pours a clear dark orange with a light tope head, small cap, ok lace... nose is really awesome, lots of tropical fruits, nice malt build, a little pine, no alcohol, great... the taste is equally nice more the hops show with more pine and alcohol but still lots of tropical fruits

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a clear, deep golden with orange tinges, with a big white head that drops rather quickly. Some thin lacing evident.

Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine hops, a hint of sweet caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of big citrusy hops, grapefruit and tangerine. Bitterness isn't harsh or overpowering. Some malt to provide a little balance, but this is still big on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a mouthcoating hop bitterness that pulls slightly at the cheeks.

Overall, a very nice DIPA, not too aggressive or harsh.

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Photo of afksports
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup. This beer is good. I'm sitting here drinking it while watching Royal Pains and thinking about going to the Hamptons at some point this summer. I would like to drink this beer in the Hamptons, and feel all classy. The beer itself might not provide that -- it's the Hamptons -- but the beer would be good. So let's get to reviewing it.

The smell is what wafts up first, even before looking at it. You smell citrus, heavy heavy citrus, with a floral character and this lovely tinge of freshly-squeezed orange juice on grass. Beautiful aroma. The malt character comes through too. Biscuit, bread, baked caramel... yum. This is everything an imperial IPA should be, in my book. One exception: hop lovers may run. It's a bit malty.

That malt covers up the alcohol beautifully, as you don't really taste it until it's sitting in the back of your palate. The taste profile begins with biscuit malt and floral hops, comes through in the middle with a bit of sweetness and citrus, and finishes with a sweet caramel malt and bitter hops. It's a 1-2-3 punch that really works.

Plus, I feel like not enough American beers have "St." in the title, right? Where have all the Catholics gone? But I digress...

The feel on this brew is solid, and the clear copper body sustains a bit of minimal head while it sits in the glass. The best part? You can nurse it and enjoy the flavor, because at around 9% alcohol, you won't need too many of these to start dancing. In the Hamptons.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer that I have the chance to try thanks to the generosity of Mikesgroove. Thank you Mike, I already look forward to our next trade!

The body is a surprisingly dark, orange/brown color with a tan head that has fairly good retention and leaves a few scraps of lacing behind.

The aroma is pretty sweet, with caramel, toffee and maybe some brown sugar. Some citrus and the imrpession of bitterness linger around the edges.

This is a big, sweet IIPA. The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. Loads of caramel and toffee that make this thing very sweet. Bits of brown sugar hang around when the hops finally shine through so that the citrus flavor from the hops tastes like some sort of candied fruit. Luckily the bitterness is substantial enough to cut through some of the sweetness, or this one would be way to sweet. This one is way too sweet for me, but at least it only has a touch of alcohol warmth in it; too sweet AND too boozy would make me hate it.

Pretty substantial body, definitely bigger than average for an IIPA. Smoothly carbonated.

Although the malt profile on this one is pretty well done, it is also overdone for me. A little too sweet and malty for how I like my IIPA. For those of you that like aging IIPAs (I don't) this one would probably be a candidate.

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Photo of betsona
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to texasclimber for this 12oz bottle, which was split between buddies.

A- Poured a clear copper amber with a finger or so of white fluffy head. Head dissipated into a thin covering. Fractured strands of lacing on the glass.

S- Got a lot of barnyard funk on this one. Some heavy hay smell mixed with some sweet brown sugar. Ever slight hint of alcohol. Very minimal hop presence but what was noticeable was a dried sugar grapefruit.

T- The nose actually indicates what the taste was. A lot of sweet flavors on the palate: caramel, toffee and brown sugar, all come in the front of the drink. The sweetness overpowers a grapefruit middle. The back-end was bitter, creating an overall bitter-sweet quality.

M- Medium to heavy side that lingered bitter on the palate. Extremely heavy lingering on the palate. Slight puckering of the cheeks.

O- Nice attempt. It was an interesting drink and one of the other people sharing it noted that it was slightly different from the previous time he had it. The beer was enjoyable, but not sure if I would seek it out again.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

A: pours clear copper orange with a finger of white head.

S: floral and pine hops. slightly fruity, pineapple. sweet caramel malts later.

T: zesty hop bitterness mixed with caramel sweet malts. a bit of biscuit as well. grapefruit and pith bitterness lingers afterwards. CTZ and simcoe, I'm guessing.

M: medium to medium-full body. this is a bit heavy for an ipa.

O: a solid dipa, body is a bit too thick for my preference in an ipa/dipa. Still very drinkable and I'm glad to have been able to try this. reminds me of a Devil Dancer, a lot.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this bottle.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head.

S: Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, and some toasted bread as well. Pine and floral hops with a bit of citrus and grass to it, too. Maybe a hint booze.

T: Quite sweet on the palate. Caramel, brown sugar, and toffee are the primary flavors. Some citrus hops (grapefruit), with a decent amount of bitterness which helps to subdue a bit of the sweetness.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Far too sweet for what I look for in a double IPA.

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Photo of drewba
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sparkling orange with a luxurious looking white head. The head has pretty decent retention and has everything from microscopic bubbles to half inch ones. Looks clean, crisp, inviting.

S - pine resin, old musty citrus, a little bit of ethyl alcohol, a touch of cracker and caramel. Not the greatest dipa i've ever smelled.

T - Highly floral, fresh lemon and orange peel, and a grapefruit & pine combo that starts sweet but ends fairly bitter. The bitterness lingers far into the aftertaste. There is a very small malt profile that is giving up some bread and nut.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Creamy, clean, does not hang around in your mouth.

O - Very flavorful, medium bitter, great mouthfeel. Other than the below average smell, this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of txbrew81
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, I have gotten around to reviewing this beer. I was lucky enough to find a case of this jewel and try it several times on tap. I will be reviewing my final bottle (tear) poured into a snifter.

A: Great looking IIPA. Good clarity with a deep golden amber color. A solid two finger head that leaves substantial lacing all the way down.

S: Very invinting smell. Floral notes with strong grapefruit and a little bit of earthy pine. Awesome bouquet of scents, almost mouth watering.

T: The taste does not let down the anticipation created by the aroma. Great balanced hop blend, grapefruit and floral/pine. A hybrid of an east and west coast IPA styles. Some hints of caramel at finish. Perfectly balanced for my tastes, the malt backbone really mellows the high hop content. This is the most balanced IIPA I have had to date.

M: Medium carbonation. Very refreshing for a IIPA, dry finish. No burn from the the high abv. Very drinkable for a big beer.

O: My favorite IIPA and possibly beer of all time. I am about half way through my final bottle and don't want to think about the fact that this is limited release. Truly a divine experience, you must try it if you get the chance. Bless thee Saint Arnold.

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

Once again another big thanks to optimator13!

A - Deep amber with a nice 1 1/2 finger frothy head. Lacing galore!

S - Typical for it's style, pine up front, citrus, a little grapefruit. Very hop forward

T - Bitter, sweet caramel, pine, and in a very odd but pleasant way this ends with a chewy malt finish.

M - Man is this thing sticky, it coats the top of my mouth and the back of my throat with each taste - although I can't complain, it's a great sensation! Medium carbonation.

O - Pretty damn good DIPA. Pretty forward to the style, nothing that really sets it apart but I can always appreciate the little things done right. Good stuff!

Edit - Okay as I continue to drink this jewel and it warms up I find myself increasingly enjoying this more and more. Bumping up my initial score.

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

Thanks to champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of hops of the pine and grapefruit variety

T - Follows the nose with the piney and grapefruit hops the little bit of malt that comes through is slightly sweet

M - This beer has a fuller for the style body with medium carbonation to it

O - Saint Arnold is stepping up their game with the past couple DR releases to get them back to the quality of DR5 this is a very easy to drink DIPA that shares the west coast style definitely worth seeking out to try I wish I had more than the one bottle

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to dcloeren for the bottles! Much appreciated, Dereck!

The 11th installment of Divine Reserve is a crystal clear copper color. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A soft, vanilla colored head tops it. It rises to roughly a finger before falling back. Lacing was very thick and sticky.

The nose is pretty good. It definitely has a sweet, sugary scent. Caramel malts are readily apparent and are responsible for the sweet side. Hops are easily noted. They’re mostly piney and citric. Grapefruit and orange are the strongest fruit scents. It’s tough to tell how the flavor will pan out, but it smells fairly well balanced. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. Perhaps a notch better. It starts out with caramel and toffee flavors. They’re sweet and provide a sturdy backbone. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, and orange emerge. They’re definitely tasty, but seemed to be restrained by the heavy malt presence. There’s a hint of bitterness, but it doesn’t last long. For what it’s worth, it is very balanced. Not my favorite quality in this style, but the flavor is good. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes sweet with a bit of citric and piney hop flavors.

It has a medium body that’s definitely smooth. Given the malt presence, that’s no big surprise. Carbonation is dialed back nicely. For a beer of its size, it’s definitely easy drinking.

Divine Reserve #11 is definitely a nice addition to the series. It’s not spectacular. A little less malt and more hops would’ve moved been better. I just prefer a little less balance when it comes to DIPAs. There’s no question though…this is good beer. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely jump on it. Thanks again, Dereck!

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Photo of gameface23
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cfh64 for including this (and many other awesome beers) as an extra in our trade.

Bottled on date: 03/18/2011
Drank on date: 05/13/2011

A: Burnt orange. Crystal clear. Off-white head that doesn't last very long, but does leave some lacing.

S: Fresh, ripe tropical & citrus fruits.

T: This is one of the better DIPA's I have ever had. There is a plethora of hop flavor without any real bitterness. The malt flavor that is present plays a perfect supporting role. It knows to stay out of the way and let the citrus/mango/apricot flavors shine.

M: Perfect for a DIPA. The finish is dry and refreshing.

O: I have never even heard of Saint Arnold before receiving this in trade. This is an AWESOME beer.

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Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 for a single.

A: Not exactly pale here, more of a dark bronze. Some good head and lacing.

S: Resiny, dank, heavy on the pine and grapefruit rind. Can smell some of the caramel malts, surprisingly.

T: Classic DIPA flavors, sweet citrus, mainly oranges and apricot. A pleasant and not overly bitter pine on the aftertaste.

M: Quaffable for a high abv beer, can't detect any hotness here.

O: If only this were a year round beer, I'd buy more Saint Arnold beers. Good DIPA here.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 years since I joined Beer Advocate on my birthday. It's my birthday time, and time to celebrate. I will look back at the next 5 years the same way sitting here on my birthday writing my review, and trying to recall what the hell I did in the last 5 years. Time seems to go by so quickly, that it seems like I've done nothing.

I drank this beauty on tap at the Texas Beer Festival yesterday on 5/8/11. Which I was honored to be a part of.

The line for it was the longest of the night stretching hundreds of people back.

For only having 4oz. it was still worth the wait.

First thing you notice is the Citra hop aroma. Very sticky, smelling of dank cannabis, pine, resin, and citrus. Great nose.

Taste is really well balanced actually, quite smooth on tap. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Sweet up front, with some bitterness near the middle, finishes with sweet earthy malts. It's complex, but really it's drinkability is it's strong point. I could pound a few of these, only if the lady in the kilt would have let me.

I'm sure if I had more than 4oz, my review could be a bit more descriptive, but what the hell. I'm glad I got to try it on tap and the festival rocked.

It's an awesome DIPA and one of the highlights of the night. They should brew this one year round. It's really a nice brew.

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Photo of texasclimber
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a crisp golden rose hue with about a finger oatmeal colored head. The lacing dissipates quite quickly.

S: has a lingering grapefruit peel aroma that presents with an initial smooth citrus hops nose. There is a very pleasant lightly floral tinge to it.

T: Initially in the front there is a bright flash of citrus and grapefruit. as it lingers on the tongue the taste becomes much more mellow, and yet at the end, it takes on a smooth combination of light alcohol and toffee.

M: Has a smooth feel with light-medium carbonation.

O: One of the best DIPAs to come out of Texas, i've really enjoyed this beer, and would suggest that if you have the chance, enjoy one

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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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