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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Sailing SantaSaint Arnold Sailing Santa

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SWMeyer4141 on 11-20-2011

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a crystal clear copper color with an ample cap of light tan head. Nice looker and the head sticks around nicely.

Nose is equally hoppy and malty with the hops being grassy and a little citric. The candy-caramel apple malts blend with the hops giving it almost a tropical aroma. Interesting.

Its been a looong time since I had an Elissa, but I think this beer drinks like a thinner Christmas ale with a more significant hop presence. The yeast seems to have more character and lends a nutty aspect and the special B malts are biscuity and caramely with a touch of toast. Interesting and tasty, goes down super easy. Well worth a go and might even warrant an additional purchase or two. This would make an excellent Christmas morning brew to get into the spirit of the season.

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Photo of DavidST
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date, but I assume its still fresh. This pours a nice amber color with a decent white head and leaves a lacing. The smells are much more winter warmer, some spices and malts a little hop. Feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, lighter on the hops than I expected, I mostly get malts with alcohol.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this combination a number of times at the brewery (normally referred to as "Christ in a Boat"), but I don't think that I have tried it at the new brewery, so this may be an experience. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very nice looking clear amber color with a 1/4' head of off white bubbles that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising, so the head didn't start falling for quite some time. The head is still at least half what it was at the initial pour over 15 minutes after the pour and there is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking. Overall, this is a very well presented beer visually.

Aroma: I initially got the dark sweet malts from the Christmas and what seems like Special B, but then the second whiff let you know that the American hops are in there and won't be held back. The sweetness and the hops are playing well off of each other in this beer. I am glad that I tried this beer fresh. As the beer warms, the aroma is getting more hoppy as well as some light to medium crystal malt is coming out more.

Taste: The flavor is also well blended, with malt starting you out with some sweetness, but the hops set in quickly to lead you all the way to the finish. All in all the finish is very slightly balanced toward the hops, and this is probably mostly because of the attenuation. As the beer warms, the hops are getting more noticeable, but they never dominate this beer. The beer itself is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Opinion: Well, I think that they nailed the concept of this blend, and it is as good as any of the mixes that I have had fresh at the brewery. I would venture to guess that this blend slightly favors the Christmas Ale, but only by about 10%. Either way, this is a good beer, and I would recommend giving it a shot if you can find one.

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Photo of crusian
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the local bottle shop.
pours a clear amber color with about a finger of head... nice lacing actually.
Nose is a hint of cinnamon and spices and passion fruit with citrus.
Taste is very citrus forward with the holiday spice coming through a bit more on the finish. bitterness near the middle palate with a more of a dry finish as well. mouthfeel is thin, but works. To be honest, i wholly expected to pan this and expected it to be terrible. I dont like their IPA or the christmas ale, and this is supposed to be a combo of them both. I like it. it works nicely. It isnt great, but much better than I thought it would be... I was wrong. :)

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an 18-oz straight glass, this beer is a thick pour, resulting in a copper colored beer with a slow-to-develop head. The nose is surprisingly light, with some sweet crystal malt mixed with earthy, piney hop notes. The taste is excellent though, blending a sweet, lightly toasty malt with a generous helping of floral, leafy hoppiness. The yeast character offers a nice ripe fruitiness at the dry close. It has a heavy, thick body, though alcohol is not readily apparent in the taste.

Pretty good beer. I don't know if I would really call it an "IPA". It's still good though.

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Photo of jamescain
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear rich mahogany with a thin off white head that fades to a thin patchy lacing.

Aroma: Interesting mix of piney and citrusy hops with subtle spices. The spices include nutmeg, evergreen, allspice, and clove.

Taste: The flavors worked better together then I thought they would, spices with piney hops. There is little citrus character, which I think helps. There is also a nice malt backing to keep this beer away from IPA territory and closer to a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, possibly even to high, with a dry finish.

Overall: Better then I was expecting, but I wish this was actually a new beer and not just a blend.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours the same color as the regular christmas ale with a bigger head and more lacing.

S: The nose is a big amount of grapefruit hops with a big caramel backbone.

T: The taste is a nice touch of grapefruit and floral hops with the candied apple and christmas spices of the christmas ale.

M: The feel is crisp and slightly dry yet medium bodied on the finish.

O: An interesting blend and something I may try again. It's not the best IPA but the melding of flavors is nice.

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Photo of imasloth
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.8% ABV blend of St. Arnold's Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale.

A- Pours a darker copper as compared to the straight Christmas Ale. Sizable off-white head disappears, leaving a thin coating of carbonation bubbles at the top of the snifter.

S- The piney hop smell is predominant but some of the sweetness of the Christmas Ale comes through. Really a better-balanced, more complex aroma.

T- Delicious. The same piney hops, plus the malt, sweetness and cinnamon-y flavor found in the Christmas Ale. It is truly fantastic.

M - This is the one place where it falls of the Christmas Ale. Maybe it's the bitterness of the hops, but the slight alcohol dryness has disappeared and the after-mouthfeel is fairly neutral. Does have a bit more body though.

O- I'd rate it slightly better than the Christmas Ale because of the complexity added by the hops. Central Market was limiting us to a bottle per person, but I'd like to have more ...

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Claret...

Appearance-Copper body with lots of carbonation coming up to the top of the glass. Head is an off white, two finger head. Leaves some very very nice lacing.

Smell-At first I get that very piney Elissa aroma and then it quickly fades. Biscuity malts and some subtle sweetness.

Taste-Sweet and Bready malts and lots of spice. Piney and floral hops, some very subtle grapefruit. Still get a lot of the bitterness even with the added Christmas Ale.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thin on the body, almost like 10% of the beer blend was just straight water. Booze is not existent and it's very easy to drink. Highly carbonated.

Overall-Good beer, makes me want to blend some more maltier beers w/ IPAs. As long as I could find fresh Elissa I could just do the blend myself for cheaper.

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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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