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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same recipe as Divine Reserve #11.

Added by Kornoms on 02-29-2012

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Ratings:
866
Reviews:
162
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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86
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206
For Trade:
6
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, I remember that scent- growing up in rural Appalachia, the chief crop isn't basil, yo. Its that resinous and dank aroma that's somewhat of citrus, herbal and catty notes. Aah, this ale really takes me back and reminds me of how closely the hop plant is related to the cannabis plant.

Surprisingly bright in its appearance, its dark honey-amber hue releases an eggshell-white froth that holds its retention markedly well while it scatters the glass with isolated islands of lace.

Its pungent aroma is leafy and herbaceous with those cannabis tones. The pith of grapefruit, oranges and limes rise for a zesty aromatic set while an earthy "gamey" scent of mushrooms and tomato rise from the malts. Caramel, bread crust and pecans round out that sweeter balance up front.

But its taste is much more malty than the nose suggests. Leading with that hearty caramel and winter honey flavor- this IPA has a substantial malt backbone. Its toasted bread taste is savory and works hard to match the intensity of the hop onslaught to come. The beer's middle palate introduces the grapefruit, orange peel and and lime-leaf tone just before diving into that fresh botanical flavor to finish. Unusually balanced, its weedy taste of mint, stem, leaf, and chlorophyll is met with equal parts of caramel even in finish.

Although the beer's taste is balanced, it works hard to provide a dryish mouthfeel. Early creaminess really holds onto its structure to support the hop bitterness and mild leafy astringency, resinous sticky texture and alcohol dryness right down to the final taste in closure.

The Imperial IPA really backs off of its hop dominance in order to support the hops fully- this leads to a taste that's more of what some breweries want to do with Imperial Pale Ales. But this ale has a drier tone, yet retaining perfect balance for a taste that's unique (aside from its fragrant pot influences).

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, proudly displayed at a liquor superstore in western Denver.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves some random Play-doh castle lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of heady grainy caramel malt, relatively subtle tropical fruit and pine resin hop esters, some late-arriving sticky toffee notes, and a further floral, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is at least a bit more bitter up front - clammy pine needle, overripe grapefruit and orange rind, a nondescript dank earthiness - with a bready, wet cracker caramel malt, a bit of bakery-borne toffee sweetness, and, and then, well, and then nothing. No more tardy hops, no alcohol notes (really?).

The carbonation is mild, but pervasively frothy all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a tame tingle from the flavour-free hop bitterness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt bolstered by the flip-side hop fruitiness, and some now detectable alcohol astringency.

A DIPA that takes a spell to warm up, literally and figuratively. Too malty up front, too bitter in the middle, but all snuggly and well blended by the end. Balanced, I suppose, but a bit less of the Jekyll and Hyde routine would go a long way in making this a more thoroughly attractive offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. plastic cup
From: Hoppy Monk in El Paso, Texas
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Sept. 27, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 27, 2013
Misc.: In a very dark place during Oktoberfest

Poured what appeared to be a dark caramel amber color with two fingers of khaki white head. Tons of even layered lacing on the sides of the cup. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled a potent mix of wonderfully smelling hops. Got floral, citrus, grapefruit, peach and a touch of resin.

Tasted more earthier than the smell, but still fresh. Bitter grapefruit, floral heavy and citrus notes.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

This was just a fantastic beer. I would love to try it again.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a Brilliantly clear red color. It is topped by a pale tan colored head. Holy hops, the aroma is laden with notes of lychee and pineapple backed by pine and menthol aromatics.

The flavor has a big hop bitterness to it that remains quite smooth. There is lots of fruit, but the herbal character is actually the dominant hop note in the flavor; the opposite of the aroma. There is still a lot of fruity hop notes here though with ample lychee, pineapple, a sort of floral concentrated peach like note, and definite apricot. The herbal side contributes flavors of pine, again some menthol, as well as some hemp oil like notes. The body of this brew is quite smooth, definitely viscous and perhaps a touch heavy fro something labled an IPA, but it is definitely well within the double IPA range.

This is very nice; it is quite a bit hoppier than my previous experience would have expected out of Saint Arnold. This is a huge hop fix for me after a long day of travel and a must get for those hop heads out there.

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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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