Saint Arnold Sailing Santa | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Sailing SantaSaint Arnold Sailing Santa
BA SCORE
48.6%
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3.64 w/ 245 ratings
Saint Arnold Sailing SantaSaint Arnold Sailing Santa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sailing Santa is a deep copper colored blend of our Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices added. The result is a pleasantly hoppy strong dark ale with spices. The genesis of this beer came from our customers on tours asking to blend the two beers. Eventually, someone came up with the name Sailing Santa. We have now added spices to the beer, changing the mix slightly from year to year, to add to the holiday experience of enjoying a pint. We actually brew a batch of Christmas Ale, then a batch of Elissa IPA and blend them in the fermenter. We add the spices at the end of fermentation.

For the 2015 version, we were able to get our hands on a brand new hop, called Snap, which is actually a blend of hops, spices and botanicals. What exactly is in there? We can't say. How do you blend hops with spices and botanicals? We can't say. We can tell you that the new hop, added at the end of fermentation, adds a ginger snap aroma and a complexity that makes Sailing Santa taste like the holidays.

Our Sailing Santa is pure, with no additives or preservatives. In order to maintain the freshest flavor possible, we do not pasteurize our beer. Many of its subtle flavors are delicate and would not stand up to the heat of pasteurization. We recommend that this product be stored cold to avoid any degradation in flavor. You will notice that the spice notes decrease over time.

Added by SWMeyer4141 on 11-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,445
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
245
Liked:
119
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
14.29%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with red colour branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop for $5.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a hybrid IPA/Christmas ale since the label clearly identifies it as such. 2013 vintage.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white/pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper with vague amber hues. Average vibrance. Good clarity. Appears adequately carbonated. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's looking generally appealing. Not unique or special. There are no noticeable flaws. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Spices: nutmeg, allspice, coriander, and cinnamon. Caramalt. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Bready malts/bread crust. Some dark (e.g. brown) sugars. The general breadiness dominates.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it. I guess it evokes a vaguely Christmasy vibe.

T: The spices from the aroma are all featured here, with nutmeg dominating - barely. Light bready malts/bread crust. Caramalt. Pale malts. Some dark sugars; a bit of brown sugar. Floral hop character. Not real fruity/nectary/citrusy/oily/resinous/dank. The IPA half bows to the malty/spicy half - perhaps to its detriment. It's sweeter than it is bitter. Light graham cracker.

Okay balance. Decent build; it has a fair cohesion. Not gestalt. Lacks subtlety, complexity, intricacy, and nuance. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I'm not sure what they were going for with this blend, but it's not coming together like it should. I like it in a general sense, but I'm largely underwhelmed.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly thick. Medium-bodied. Pretty filling. Has moderate weight on the palate. A bit overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A questionable blend from Saint Arnold; why these two constituent beers? It's boggling, but it's a nice marketing ploy - at least you get the revenue from Saint Arnold fans who'll buy any new offering. Hey, they got my money. I'd like to see more commitment to the craft and less market posturing from the cats at Saint Arnold. They can do better than this; this is the kind of crap Stone pulls. I wouldn't get it again, and I'd caution friends from buying it. I see no reason to make this aside from profit potential. It's kind of disgraceful from a business standpoint. The whole is not more than the sum of its parts. Indeed, it's less. A self-respecting brewer would know better.

C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, citrus and pine. There were notes of spices, too.

T - Christmas spices with some sweet caramel. A citrusy bitter bite of hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay IPA/Christmas beer. It just seemed a little off.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, apple, toast, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, ginger, clove, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light earthy pine/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, apple, cinnamon, toast, ginger, nutmeg, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced IPA style. All around good balance and complexity of the Christmas ale and IPA counterparts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I really enjoyed this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves a little bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazed autumn orange.

Aroma: More ipa flavors than the christmas ale part. Grapefruit and citrus flavors with floral hops. A little bit of pineapple with some bready malts.

Taste: A little of the christmas ale shows here. Some spices, but mainly a bunch of hops. Grapefruit and sticky hop resin flavors. Some pine flavors and floral hops. Bready malt backbone again.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with more stickiness.

Overall, an interesting idea, but the ipa showed a lot here. It was a fairly easy to drink beer. A lot of nice flavors, but a bit too malty for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Steve.

Amber in color with an off-white head. Sort of just an old IPA aroma to this. Some citrus and floral hop notes hidden in the background with a fair amount of toffee and bread malt aroma. A mild fruitiness to the flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness. Some faint citrus notes from the hops. As with the aroma, it’s mostly just malt sweetness on the palate.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma starts off with some nice orange and pine notes from the IPA, but then I get a little bit of toffee and some spice character. The flavor is similar. The two more prominent flavors are orange and toffee, with some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon thrown in for good measure. The hop flavor in the beer is very juicy, but the bitterness is low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored pour with a slightly off-white one-finger head. Floral hop aroma with a hint of fall spices. A light spice mix (nutmeg, clove, brown sugar) dominates the taste upfront. Can also taste some bread and caramel in the medium body. There's a hint of earthy and floral hops on the back end that balances the flavor and develops to become more powerful as the beer warms to finish with a nice herbal hop flavor.

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

Red and light brown color, white head, 1/3". An aroma that was a little hoppy, good amount of malt, color and aroma kinda got me thinking Celebration Ale knock off here.

It really follows that mold of a darker, winter kind of ipa. Not quite brown malt, but maybe darker roasting of the pale malts, I dunno how they do it. Its enjoyable. Wouldn't sneeze at this in a 6 pack for $10 or less.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep copper color with white head. Some Christmas holiday spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, some hay and a little grass on the nose, rounded out by a hint of caramel malt; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some spice, grass, and bread.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you to injuredreserve for sending this one my way. ipa blended with winter warmer...i'm in! enjoyed from a deschutes snifter.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my glass, brew poured. looks very ipa with a transparent orange and frothy offwhite head that had milkshake like chunky lacing.

s - yum. big toffee and caramel. smell is all winter warmer. candy. gave it a 4 for smelling good, not smelling like an ipa. hops are invisible in the nose (at this point at least).

t - just like the nose suggests...toffee and caramel for this winter warmer dominated brew. i'm a fan of winter warmers and i think that this is a very solid example of a nice sweet malty WW. if you are looking for an ipa, might be there in the background a bit, but not so much.

m - medium to full bodied even carbonation. cooling. this is a winter warmer.

o - overall i enjoyed it, but look elsewhere if you are seeking an ipa, this is a toffee malt bomb of a winter warmer. nice candied sweetness, not overly grainy. really enjoyable. good.

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Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grassy and floral hops that are kind of dank. Not much else in the nose.
T: Clean grassy hops up front with a light bitterness in the middle. That fades and more of the Christmas Ale comes out in the finish. Dark fruits of plums, cherries, apples. Toasted and bready malts. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very clean and smooth. So easy to drink. The bomber is gone in no time. Very morish.

I really enjoy this. If people think they can just add Elissa and Christmas Ale together, and get the same result people are kidding themselves. A great blend, and something I would recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Thanks to injuredreserve for throwing this in as part of our trade, and a good trade it was. A red and mahogany colored beer, off white head. Aroma was mild, slightly hoppy, a tiny bit of hearty malt aroma to it.

After the first sip, I described it as Texas Celebration Ale. Nowhere near as good, but in the same vibe, a big malt decent hopped ipa. The sum is greater than its parts I would say, as I've had the Elissa IPA and was even more underwhelmed by that beer than this one, and I rarely dig on xmas beers.

Nothing that is reinventing the wheel, this is a hearty malt bill ipa that has more toffee than caramel, but doesn't skimp on the hops. Not really a pure American ipa, kind of like a winter warmer on hops, or a brown ipa type of beer. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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