Saint Arnold Homefront IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Homefront IPASaint Arnold Homefront IPA
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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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Joshgonzales79
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, cheers to St. Arnold for a non-profit brew to help military families. I'm happy with my purchase even before I taste the beer.

Appearance: Pale gold glass, very clear, holds a film of foam that gives up a touch of lace.

Smell: Floral hops, rose, with some fresh cut grass. Perfume quality that lets through a lot of sweetness.

Taste: Some citric rind hops in the taste, light, mostly lime peel that goes a bit candied in the finish. Sweet white bread malt punches through firmly leaving the package pretty balanced, like a flavorful APA, or a weaker IPA.

Mouthfeel: Gassy, strong carbonation but a fairly thick body to keep it from going fizzy. Dry finish.

Overall: A real lime quality here that's fairly appealing, but I think I would have been happier with this marketed as a strong APA rather than a light IPA. Held up to IPA standards, this is a bit weaksauce, but it's a fine, tasty APA.

Looking through the website, it's orange zest I'm tasting rather than lime, and they used 6 maple Louisville sluggers in the bright beer tank (

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of obrike
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber at HEB in Round Rock.

A light orange amber look...decent head with a hard pour into my 512 pint glass. Spotty lacing throughout and a nice thin ring remains for the duration.

Nice scent. Resinous pine, but mainly some fresh mango, grapefruit, and other assorted tropical fruits. Love that in an IPA.

Flavors of citrus initilly, and a decent malt sweetness on the background.Leaves me wanting a bit more. Doesn't quite deliver what the scent indicates it will, but a refreshing IPA nonethelsess. Good amount of easy summer sipper. Maybe a nice intro of an IPA for someone not wanting a tongue lashing.

Glad i tried it...but will be picking up a few more fresh Endeavours next time.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mora2000
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Apostlebrews
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am moving to Florida this weekend and was glad to be in Houston for this release. As someone who served in the Air Force, I really appreciate this charity.

My gut here is that this recipe played it "safe" and is aiming at pleasing the majority. With that said, this is still a decent IPA and very sessionable.

A-amber-golden hue. Head dissipates quickly.

M-Very carbonated. This is very refreshing and I could drink a bunch of these by the pool. Light mouth feel.

T-The front is where I get all the grapefruit and orange peel. The citrus quickly fades and becomes a well-balanced IPA. The beer has a very clean finish--not dry at all. My palette stays wet and keeps me wanting more.

Well done, Saint Arnold. Really interested in comparing the Cigar City's version of this. Not sure if it's the same recipe or not.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

On the bottle it states that 100% of the profits from the sale of Homefront IPA will go to the benefit Operation Homefront an organization providing emergency financial and other assistance to the familys of U.S. service members and wounded warriors..

Sounds like an awesome cause to me..

A: Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip , Golden light orange with four finger head that leaves a nice lacing as it lowers, great carbonation.

S: Hints of citrus with a mild hops ,slight pine.

T: Small hints of citrus slight grapefruit , Mild hop bite, light malt backing with tiny amounts of pine and grass in the background.

O: This is a mild Ipa that won't buckle your tongue with bitter hops , It has a slight sweetness and a decent malt backbone that helps keep it simple and yet very drinkable , It's a good session Ipa and I could easily have a few of these in a setting.

Try it if you can find it...

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