Saint Arnold Sailing Santa | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Sailing SantaSaint Arnold Sailing Santa
BA SCORE
3.64/5
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:
#33,888
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
245
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a deep copper with 1/2 finger of white head with good lacing. This batch is a great improvement with elements of malty complexity from Christmas ale and hop flavor and aroma from Elissa. All of this is enhanced thanks to the holiday spices and Snap hops. Fantastic festive brew.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle (11/09/15) poured into a Saint Arnold nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Near clear, warm copper with a frothy head of white foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Toasty grain, caramel, grass and warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).

Taste: Malty body with slight dark sugar. Good hop balance throughout, earth, citrus and grass intermingled with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly oily and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very drinkable; suitable malty base with balance between hops and holiday spice.

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Photo of aknalley
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RobTheKnob
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deltacoog
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, this year's version (2015) and ratings should cause for a new name. With the addition of new hops and gingerbread aroma and flavors, this beer underwent a welcoming change. It still has the traditional Christmas Ale and Elissa tones but with something extra and special. I'll be picking up some extra bombers over the next few weeks.

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Photo of Igormatos
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint jar. Clear golden orange, with a decent head but little lacing. Smell is not very evident. Taste is hoppy, floral with some spicy flavors. It is ok, but better Christmas beers out there.

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Photo of CodyMiller
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jon4than
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Afroman
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jadler16
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JavieX
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big Favorite! They knock it out of the park.

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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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Photo of Weisseguy1
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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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 Shafaegalo
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheChe
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of jdwilliamson79
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Pipelovejoy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Manny1321
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of joegrnwave
4.44/5  rDev +22%

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