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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Added by InebriatedJoker on 05-21-2012

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Photo of vickersspitfire
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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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks hophound for this one.

Well, I liked this one pretty well as a standard American IPA, but then I read that they are describing it as a West Coast IPA...Hmmm not quite.
From their website:

"The beer is a drinkable West Coast IPA. It pours a golden amber with a big white head. It has a big citrusy nose with a slight note of fresh oranges.

Malty and sweet up front. Lighter bodied than might be expected. The hop bitter, orange peel and hop flavor seem to all kick in at the finish. Remarkably easy to drink for an IPA with the orange notes more of a secret ingredient than a dominant flavor."

Poured golden amber as stated. I did get some orange on the nose. Some in the taste as well. Enough malt to let me know it was there, but...
Well the slightly bready malt is present along with orange and slightly grass-leaning hops that tease in the resin direction. The finish is a bit light, and yes it's pretty smooth.

Pretty good. But can this be BOTH a WEST COAST IPA AND A SESSION IPA? That's what they seem to be saying. Take the West Coast descriptor off and it's a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured amber/honey colored with 2 finger width head that quickly dissipates. There is mild lacing on the side of the glass. Strong citrus notes with floral hints to the aroma. Citrusy, malty taste of front that is quickly followed by a bitter, hoppy, piney taste. Lightly malted on the end. Strong bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but there are definitely better IPAs. There is something just off about the hops. With that being said, the profits from this beer go to a good cause, so please pick one up if you see it.

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Photo of kennymule
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The profits go to a great cause, so buy a couple of bombers to support it. That being said, this is just an average IPA at best. Nothing much to offer in a detailed review. I'll just some up that while I enjoy the orange zest that was added to attempt to create some interest in this recipe, it just falls way short of what I've come to expect from this brewery. Come on guys, you can do, and have done much better than this.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with red colour branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop for $6.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent complexion and consistency. Little lacing clings to the sdies of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty decent - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a dull murky unappealing brown. Littered with yeasty sediment. Lacks any vibrance whatsoever; very drab and off-putting. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks pretty awful for the style. I'm dreading the first sip.

Sm: Generic floral hops. Stale pale malts. Really bland and boring. Not a great aroma for an IPA by any means.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. This beer is shaping up to be pretty bad. Aroma is of light to mild strength.

T: Floral hops. Detergent. Pale malts. Some unwelcome biscuity yeast. Some caramalt. Maybe a hint of grapefruit? It comes off dirty and stale overall. Wait, is that...maple? In an IPA? Is it amateur hour?

That's really about it; there's very little happening here. Bland and boring as all hell.

Below average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. Lacks any complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance whatsoever. The yeasty floaties aren't doing it any favours; some filtration would greatly benefit this beer. Unbalanced. Painfully simple. The build lacks cohesion.

No overt alcohol comes through.

Mf: Overcarbonated and biting. Generally smooth and wet. Medium-bodied. Somewhat thick. Unrefreshing. Horrid presence on the palate. This texture doesn't suit the taste well at all, really. Poorly executed. A bit astringent, actually.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: This is an insult to the charitable contributions the beer is set up to back. Really a poor IPA. I can't believe Saint Arnold let this go to market, especially given the organisation it's meant to benefit. Possibly the worst IPA I've had this year. I'd caution friends from getting it, and will be avoiding it in the future. The low quality makes it fairly difficult to down. Could hide its ABV better. A real disappointment from Saint Arnold.

Low D+

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Photo of Clonies720
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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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Homefront is a great Saint Arnold brew. A single batch brew that they usually do once a year. Pours a cloudy orange with a finger head. Smells of citrus. Hops still there with the citrus taste. Overall a solid IPA and also supports our troops because 100% of the proceeds go to the military.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with an inch of airy beige colored head that slowly recedes.

Aromas of grapefruit and pine with a mineral background. As it warmed I also picked up guava.

Flavors of pine and candied citrus peel. Similiar to Endeavor, but more subdued.

Mouthfeel is medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a good IPA for a good cause. Only downside is nothing in the profile really stuck out for me.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head. Big aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and tangerine.

Moderate carbonation and a lightish mouthfeel. Biscuit, gentle orange, and light caramel up front with a good dose of pine on the finish.

Drinks much lighter than the aroma indicates, with less citrus than expected. More dry and pine-dominated. Pleasant but not amazing.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pInt, 6oz bottle served in Tulip Glass:
This beer pours a slightly cloudy pure gold with hints of copper to the color. The head is quick to rise and slow to settle with a final head of a shaving cream like appearance. The lacing is invisible because the head remains so thick is slopes down from the sides of my tulip glass.

The nose is sweet malts with pine and sharp hops, hints of fruit, vanilla and black pepper. The nose seems weak for as flavorful as this is but my allergies are kicking my ass so the nose is probably a lot better than I can smell right now. The notes I can smell are coming though extremely strong though. So I am erroring on the side of good to exceptional considering how compromised my sinuses are right now.

The taste is a very interesting combination of fruity meets dry with very strong hops as one would expect from an American IPA. What is great is that he hopping is not overdone as many American IPA’s are. I have no idea how they managed such contrasting flavor in such an intense fashion that doesn’t leave a lingering aftertaste, but they did it. This one had great flavors that is dominated by the blend of hops that just floats perfectly on the palate leaving you very satisfied.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky without being too heavy. Overall this one is extremely drinkable. Very satisfying and a majorly good beer from the boys and Gals at Saint Arnolds.

And one more major bonus, this beer is an Operation Homefront product. All Profits from the sale of this beer goes to goes to service members and wounded soldiers to lend assistance where it is greatly needed. The fact that I get to drink a great beer and help our soldiers and their families at the same time is just fantastic. Finally someone figured out how to bottle some patriotism.

I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to have some more.

Time to stop typing and start drinking.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bentwookie for this! Tulip glass.

A: Light golden with excellent clarity, a finger or so of bright white head. Very good retention, leaving a solid cap for a good bit.

S: Pretty big, delicious aroma at first of citrus and melted caramel and some other stuff that passed me by, but it kind of sputters out after a few minutes. Never had that happen before. Pale malt, lemony edge, some floral remain.

T: Piney with some citrus and crystal malt notes as well, a little biscuity, mild+ bitterness on the finish. Tastes more like a hoppier pale ale than an IPA. I'm used to IPAs which are borderline DIPAs, so I expect breweries to cheat upward not downward.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Solid, easy to drink IPA on the lighter end of the spectrum.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a golden slightly brownish with about a finger's worth of white head that dissipates to a very thin layer. About average carbonation. Leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Light Maple, oak, malts, a little bit of hops, lightly sweet, definitely below average aroma strength.

T- Very lightly sweet maple, some vanilla oak, a little bit of lemon, a little bit of hops balanced with malts. Finishes with a light vanilla lemon taste. Not your typical IPA, but definitely interesting.

M- Light, refreshing, not too much carbonation, easy to drink.

O- Definitely not like your average IPA. You can definitely get a little bit of the maple and vanilla oak from the aging on the maple bats which is balanced nicely with the light lemon taste from the hops and the malts. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but I actually kind of like it- definitely unique.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crisp clear pale gold with a big bubbly head of cream colored foam on top. Lots of bubble action in the body. Very clean body -- no sediment. Not a lot of complexity in the color of the brew. But decent preliminary lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel malt and some citrusy orangey/grapefruit aroma too. Kind of heavy on the malt and light on the hops though. I like an IPA that blows my nose away, and this isn't that.

T: Very fruity and floral in the flavor. Passion fruit, pears -- with a malt backbone. The taste is good considering what they have to work with, but I like something with a little more hops, lemon, grapefruit, orange, pine flavor. But, this is good.

M: Smooth an creamy; nicely carbonated. Not as oily or velvety as I like. Minimal chewiness. Medium body. Kind of average to me.

O: Decent beer for a great cause. I'd try all the Homefront brews if I could. I'd certainly recommend it, but there are better IPAs out there for sure.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a 1/4" white head.

S: Lightly sweet malt with a good does of hops.

T: Lightly sweet malts up front. Slightly bitter hops with a large dose of orange and other citrus.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: A decent IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, this arrived in Amarillo today so I'm betting it's mostly fresh. This pours a light golden color with a decent foamy head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are light and of grapefruit and caramel. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, an okay amount of hop bitterness but then this is overshadowed by the large amounts of malts, this is almost like a double ipa minus the extra hops. Not bad though, but more of an european IPA than the american version.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick off-white creamy head that has moderate retention in the glass.

S: The smell is all hops with a strong pine and lemon citrus smell. Not much else besides the hop going on here.

T: Whenever I drink an IPA for the first time, I always brace myself for a punch of bitterness that I expect. This does not have that. There is some bitterness and a slight citrus taste that is balanced by a sweet finish with just a hint of bitterness on the tongue. It is unusually balanced for an IPA.

M: A creamy thick bodied feel with medium carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish.

O: I prefer my IPA's to punch me in the face with hops and bitterness. This beer does not do that but it is still a good brew. It does not excel but it is definitely worth a shot - especially since Saint Arnold donates the profits from each sale to Operation Homefront supporting the troops and families.

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Photo of imasloth
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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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-liter mug, this is a light-colored copper beer with a medium head. Plenty of citrus in the nose, though not much else. Better on taste, which is naturally dominated by the hops, offering citrus, leafy notes, and quite a bit of bitterness. A light but solid malt presence comes through. A tad fruity but mostly clean, yeast-profile-wise.

Solid, drinkable IPA, though the price tag is a high.

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Photo of ottovon
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cwolffman17!

Pours out a light amber - copper color with a nice white head. It has almost no sediment.

There is a nice aroma of citrus. I get orange and grapefruit. There is also a nice aroma of pine. There is a nice caramely aroma to back up the hops.

A lot like the aroma, citrus, orange, pine, caramel, straw. There is a nice bitterness on the finish. Not a hop forward ipa, but still a good beer.

Very smooth ipa. A little resinous in the finish.

I really like this beer. I wouldn't call it an ipa, it tastes more like a pale ale or apa to me.

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Photo of thebornotaku
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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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits like pineapple, apricot, and mango along with a bit of pine and some sweet malt aromas.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with a lot of tropical fruits and sweet malt with a bit of pine and hop bitterness on the finish. Could use a bit more bitterness but it may be a bit older by now.

M: The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Pretty good IPA that I'd like to see on the shelves more often. I was a bit surprised by this one as it's not too hoppy and has the big tropical fruit characteristics that I like in an IPA.

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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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Photo of dcloeren
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear and crisp golden honey color with 1.5 fingers of bright white head. The head quickly retreated to a thin ring and produced some webs on my glass hear and there.

The aroma is very citrus forward with a touch of caramel malt background. Orange and lemon rind making up the majority of the aroma. I wish that it was more hop forward....

Taste follows the nose. Orange citrus hops with some pine mixed in. Not picking up any of the caramel malt on the taste but I think this is a good thing...

The mouthfeel is by and large the highlight of this beer. It is clean, crisp and has a high level of carbonation (which I think is absolutely perfect on this beer). It goes down incredibly easy.

Overall, this was a solid IPA. I read that it was meant to be more of a sessionable brew with the 6% IPA and I think that in that aspect they hit the nail on the head. I'm already almost done with the bomber and I haven't really noticed until now. I still wish this would have been more of a citrus hop bomb a la Zombie Dust but it is what I expected it to be, nothing amazing but definitely solid.


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Photo of inlimbo77
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. Bottle date 5/14/12.
Central Waters globe

A: Loud hiss upon opening. Pours a beautiful clear golden orange color. Full finger of bright white head. Great carbonation streaming off bottom of glass. It's leaving some light lacing, but not tons.

S: Tons of fruity hop aromas. Lots of grapefruit, mango, papaya, and some of that orange marmalade character. There is a little maltiness there, but it's certainly FRESH.

T: Nice hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Prickly carbonation adds to the bitterness in the mid palate. You get a good amount of those fruity hops that you smelled but it's not the overall hop bomb I was expecting. It's nicely balanced actually. As it warms, i am pulling some of that marmalade flavor that I smelled. Very easy drinking. Not a hint of heat at all. Nice crisp dry finish too.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of BryanCarey
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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Saint Arnold Homefront IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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