Saint Arnold Sailing Santa | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Sailing SantaSaint Arnold Sailing Santa

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BA app considers my rating an "outlier" and won't let me submit it without a review. Honestly, I'm not sure why it's not better reviewed. I thought this was a pretty exceptional beer.

I kept it in my fridge for a while loathing drinking another mediocre IPA (supposedly). I was pleasantly surprised to find this really wasn't an IPA at all. The malty overtones with the holiday spices and just enough to hops to balance it out made this a beer I'd want to grab again and one I'll look forward to next year.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of coriander and nutmeg spices

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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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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.44/5  rDev +22%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 245 ratings