jmad (72) - - APR 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I lucked out and got the last bottle from Central Market. The first guy said they were out but the second guy I talked to said that he put one to the side (lucky me). So I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...
The color of the beer was copper with a two finger off-white head that sunk in, leaving a filmy layer and lacing on the glass. The smell is all hops, the aromas consist of peach, lime, pine and just a hint of vanilla. I first tasted bitter pine, then sweet malt and lots of fruity hops. I noticed flavors of peach and cream with a bitter grapefruit finish. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I thought the Divine Reserve was one of the best Texas beers that Iíve had. Canít wait until next year.
Cavie (3898) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Blutt59. Clear light orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is fresh hops, pine and grapefruit. Sweet and perfumy. Flavor is dry hops and fairly bitter. Sweet fruit, piney with some fading citrus notes. Good. Yeah, very good. †Iíll try it on tap on Friday and rerate. 3.6
RE-RATE 4/1/11 Special cask at Flying Saucer FW.†Even for it being filtered, it still maintains a fair bit of haziness. It pours a bright reddish/orange color with a foamy beige head. Looks quite elegant.
The aroma is RIDICULOUSLY hoppy. I mean, one sniff and I feel like Iím walking through a Christmas tree lot while bathing in sap and sweet grapefruit juice. Holy crap! Loads of sweet aromas pack this beer. Very fresh smelling indeed.
Smooth mouthfeel with a load of hops in the flavor as well. Lots of pine needles, tree sap, candied sugar, bitter touches that fades into a very wet, hoppy, bitter finish. Wow one for the hopheads for sure. The cask gives it a smoother mouthfeel than in the bottle, and also allows for a more even balance of flavors.
This is fantastic and certainly well worth the trouble to come about it. The cask version is definitely better than bottle.
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Specís. Pour is a dark honey color, no haze. A small amount of tan head develops then dissipates into a ring quickly, though it did manage to lace more than I expected. Initial aroma is strong citrus and pine. Once in the mouth, a very strong grapefruit flavor takes over and powers out nearly everything else, including the malt. Taste is acidic upfront with a bitter finish from the hops. Mouthfeel is less dense than I expected, similar to their Amber in "weight". The carbonation is lively. Iíd prefer other special release DIPAs like Hoptimum over this one.
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, deep copper color with thin white foam, aroma has a lot of peach and citrus notes, flavor is more on the blue cheese, grapefruit and caramel, finish is a little overly rindy but a really nice dipa overall
mmmbeer (1283) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
10 oz. glass @ Draught House- served a very slightly turbid orange/ several shades of brown, low carbonation, looked like the horizontal slice of gray matter from the gray spinal cord matter, with white ring for a head. Aroma of citrus, pine, caramel, yeast, and money (yes, freshly minted money). Hits the mouth with a tractor trailer jackknifed wide body, malt is very overpowered by the hopsí itís just there for a millisecond, then itís gone. Some citrus feel to it towards the backend, finish is sharply acidic. Somewhat out of balance, somewhat still "hot", but it does suffice. At least I was wise enough to just purchase a glass of it and not waste my time (and money!) searching for it!
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from blutt59. Orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma is lots of citrus, dry grapefruit, a little caramel, and slightly sappy. Taste is caramel up front, lots of fruit, floral, and a little alcohol.
wu1000k (18) - Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 Started out great, nice sweet/hoppy aroma, slightly sweet taste with nice hop / malt / grapefruit balance given its DIPA nature, but all the flavor seemed to fall flat after the 4th or 5th sip. Good effort as a DIPA but does not belong in the ranks of the legendaries. Was really hoping this would be one of the first truly great DIPAs out of TX, maybe my expectations were simply too high...
degbert (1271) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2013 Bottle. Pours a dark orange-red-gold with a fine-grained, off-white head. Huge nose of grapefruit and geraniums, with a touch of resin. Huge hop bitterness on the front, and then an amazingly clean, citrus tingle that is reminiscent of fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and wheat toast. (All I need is a scrambled egg, and itís breakfast!) Amazing mouthfeel -- so often DIPAs finish murky, but this one is so clear it rings. Bravo.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, grapefruit, caramel, ethanol, manure, and herbs. Flavor of herbs, grass, resin, orange, caramel malt, apricot, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Now released as Endeavor. Yippee! From bottle. Pours clear dark amber with medium head. Flavor is tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot, lots of citrus in here. Pine needles and peaches!! Far better than their Elissa IPA which is already decent. Bitterness in the end, but very smooth overall for a IIPA. This is easily the best Saint Arnold brew Iíve ever tasted. Other breweries make one of these on a regular basis. I hope Saint Arnold decides to as well. Their other offerings are average or slightly above. This one is a home run. Way to go Michael Harris! I would buy this as n everyday drinker if they made it...maybe even over Lagunitas Maximus, or at least parallel to it.