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Saint Arnold Homefront IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Homefront IPASaint Arnold Homefront IPA

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.15%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed as part of a charitable cause for Operation Homefront, this beer pours to a light orange/tan color with a well- filtered body that is completely see- through without a hint of haze. The nose on this beer is one of floral and citrus and the head of foam is nice at first and does leave some lacing as you consume.

Tasting this ale reveals about what one would expect based on the aroma, with some nice citrus notes and a malty backbone that is biscuit- like, bready, and mild. In fact, the entire beer could be described as a milder IPA with a very fresh flavor and an active carbonation that makes it good for summer refreshment. The finish is a little on the dry side and a tad alcoholic, but the beer is still, overall, milder than the average IPA.

Saint Arnold brewed this beer as part of a charity fundraiser and utilized the donations of many different businesses and individuals to bring the beer to market. One surprising “ingredient” used was six Louisville slugger bats, added to the beer tank. I can’t say that I can detect any added flavor from the wood, but perhaps my palate simply can’t find it. What I definitely can taste, however, is the orange zest used in the process. The citrus flavor is the first thing you taste and it sticks with you throughout the experience, even though other flavors still vie for your attention.

This is a good beer overall and a nice charitable act on the part of Saint Arnold Brewery. Supplies are very limited, so if you want a bottle, you need to act quickly. Only a single batch was brewed and once the bottles dissappear from the store shelves, you will not find it again.

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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a medium amber-orange tint with an inch of creamy, white head that dissipates quickly to about a 1/4th inch head.

Smell: Citrus, piney resin, mild hop presence.

Mouthfeel: A modest amount of carbonation. I'm not getting the "very carbonated" mouthfeel that others are saying. It has a very wet finish that strangely has me wanting more, although I generally prefer a dry finish. I enjoy the lingering citrus finish.

Taste: Strong citrus (as it's brewed with zested oranges and citrus peel), grapefruit, pine, a slightly sweet malty presence towards the end, and just a dash of slightly bitter hops that make it an IPA.

Overall: It's a modest version of an IPA. Great for anyone looking to try an India Pale Ale without the usual strong presence of hop bitterness that assault the taste buds. The wet, citrus finish is nice and perfect for a hot Texas summer day. It's not a type of beer I'd normally drink since it's a little light on the bittering hops for an IPA, but it's a one time beer that will never be brewed again apparently. Very average overall, but hey it's for charity...

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma has a light hint of grapefruit in it, with a dose of biscuit malt. Overall, the aroma is fairly faint which is disappointing. The flavor is also a bit restrained. I get some resinous pine and some grapefruit, along with the aforementioned biscuit malt. The bitterness is low and the hop flavors just don't come through the way they should in a West Coast IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not what I was hoping for.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kyleelton
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doing this one because I am a Houstonian and I love the troops.

It's beautifully orange and clear. Nice looking head. The smell is wonderfully aromatic of total flower hops. Citrusy and sweet in the nose.

The taste is good. Could be a lot more balanced toward the malt. The aftertaste is extremely bitter.

Overall I like it, but not quite balanced enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, big thanks to my friend Jeremiah for sending me this from Texas. I live in CA where St. Arnold isn't normally available, and especially considering the rarity of this particular beer, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event.

I will also start off by saying that it's awesome to see a brewery doing right by the soldiers. Operation Homefront is a great organization and I suggest that you check them out and help the cause. Now, on to the beer...

Keep in mind that this bottle sat in the back of various FedEx trucks for a week while it was shipped from TX to CA, unrefridgerated. Flavors and aromas may differ from those of a fresh, local product.

A- Pours a rich amber-orange color. A careful pour means minimal head, so I can't accurately gauge that. Crystal clear.

S- I pick off notes of orange and other citrus, a little hoppy but very sweet smelling. A little floral. Overall, very inviting...

T- The nose carries through to the taste very well. Not incredibly bitter but like I said, this beer spent a week in the back of a truck going from TX to CA so the hop flavors might be a little muted. Starts off with citrus sweetness, rounds off the backside with a little hop and pine bitterness but very little of it lingers. Pretty well balanced.

M- medium body, medium carbonation. Not much else to say. Appropriate for the style of beer.

O- Very good. As somebody who's a bit spoiled by CA craft beer, this one caught me by surprise. I honestly didn't know what to expect, but this paid off in spades. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but as far as IPAs go, it's up there. Considering the limited run and the fact that St. Arnold is donating 100% of the profits to Operation Homefront, you should go pick some up *now*. This is a very good beer that's helping to support a *great* cause. If that's not reason enough to buy it, I don't know what is.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange to copper coloured with decent sized white head when poured into snifter. Carbonation keeps thin layer of foamy head present throughout.

S- Bitter hops (maybe pine) and orange citrus (Could be the hops, the fruit, or both).

T- Bitter upfront with a tasty orange zest coming next. Slight malt with continued bitterness.

M- Fairly thin, but smooth for an IPA. No real feel of bitterness until swallow.

O- Very tasty ... Oh, and also: U-S-A! U-S-A!

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crustal clear body (light golden color with hints of amber), lots of carbonation and a thick white creamy head. The head sticks around for a while and is accompanied by a thin lacing.
Grapefruit, lemon zest, slight banana and bready smells come through.
Lemon zest and hops are up front, the malts follow and then the grapefruit sting kick in. The bitterness mellows out just after it hits the back of your throat and then a mild tart flavors kicks in during the aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a nice carbonation kick.
Not bad and well worth trying and good tasting.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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