Saint Arnold Homefront IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Homefront IPASaint Arnold Homefront IPA
BA SCORE
3.68/5
173 Ratings
Saint Arnold Homefront IPASaint Arnold Homefront IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.15%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by InebriatedJoker on 05-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,034
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
173
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.58/5  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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

22 oz bomber with a bottled on date of 051412 pours a crystal clear gold color with a thick head of white head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty much a great looking beer in the glass.

Nose has some great hop aromas, sticky and tropical. Malts are light and just a bit grainy, no caramel or sugar...just like I like my IPAs. Super fresh beer is always a delight to the senses...especially an IPA.

Taste is good...dank and fresh. Alot of hop flavor with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. Malt is all in the background and is biscuity and grainy. Its a good beer, not great, but the price point drives me nuts. $8 for a bomber of decent IPA? Really? I get that it is for charity, but good lord...I hope 75% goes to the troops. There are plenty of six packs that cover this ground more adequately. I will not be purchasing this one again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Saint Arnold Homefront IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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