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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The color is deep amber with a light, creamy head. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus but then turns decidedly into peaches. The taste starts off with creamy malt resulting from the pale 2 row and caramel malts and Saint Arnold yeast. The hop bitter starts low then builds to a crescendo, but always maintains a balance even in its big finish. The hop flavor continues to be peaches, an interesting manifestation of the Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops. This is the first Divine Reserve that we have filtered. This decision was made to make the hop flavors brighter, plus it would have been a bottling nightmare with all the hop bits in it. This beer is best enjoyed at 45° or even a little warmer. Though the recipe and style indicate this beer to be enjoyed fresh, we expect this beer to develop interestingly over the years.

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2.6
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours a clear amber/ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty and fruity with candied fruits and vanilla...a hint of tea-like hops. Flavor follows suit...some bitterness but largely fruity and malty. DIPA? Where the hell are the hops!? Mouthfeel is medium/full and sticky sweet with a fruity/bitter finish...awful.

4.1
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2012
Guest tap
No wonder this beer was so fantastic - the Divine Reserve series is usually very well crafted. This one being no exception it has the pop of a fresh imperial IPA without being too harsh. I don’t know why you would age it on purpose though.

Aroma / Appearance - The amber semi-opaque base traps about half the light that trickles through. A white billowing head bobs like the crests of wave caps hitting the shore. Orange peels, citrus, and aggressive hops hit the senses with a mission. There is no subtly at all in the approach.

Flavor / Palate - Wheat, orange zest, citrus polish, and a small mountain of crisp hops hit the palate all at once. Bitter, dry, and sharp enough to cut through even a couple of previous pints, this has the entire package from start to finish. At some point I’ll have to fill in the gaps in the series that are still out there to see what else they’ve got hiding in those innocent looking bottles.

3.8
jhamp9 (1959) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, peach. Taste is grapefruit, grass, and some caramel. Nice lasting bitterness. Very good overall.

3.1
weihenweizen (4111) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
Refrigerated bottle obtained as an extra from trade. Pours hazy copper with small off-white head. Nice small bubble lacing, medium body, low carbonation, and light hop aroma. Taste is caramel malt, some herbal, some pine, and finishes bitter hops. Mostly bitter hops, not too heavy, but still not a fan.

3.9
Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2012
tap and bottle (tap was at Hoppy monk-El Paso, TX). Pours dark orange almost copper hue with a large fulffy white head with great lacing. nose of dank hops-mostly green, floral, lite earth, some spice yet no veg. a very nice nose!!! some nice tropical notes come out in the nose as it warms a bit flavors exhibit alot of pine, floral character, green hops, leafy tobacco (very mild), grapefruit, and sweet malt backbone (very well balanced). this is not an overly bitter IIPA however, its very pleasant to drink and has lots of character. the finish has a little heat, especially for only being 8.9%. With that said, this is a very well rounded and balanced IIPA if you ask me-great hop flavors (even though they are not overly bitter) and a very nice malt base to balance. good work Saint Arnold!

3.8
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
This double IPA poured the usual golden body, and had the usual pine and citrus head. What separates it from the ordinary was the flavor. Very unbalanced towards the hop-end... and it’s fantastic. There was a light hop presence with hints of tangerine, but this all lead to a strong dry finish. Very drinkable and a perfect beer for a hop-head. Shared by the generous OmegaX - thanks guy.

4
OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks a bunch to Dixonian for this Texas gem. Aromas were huge with pine, well water, herbal basil and jasmine, some caramel, grapefruit, and more pine. Intense hop aromas. I like!! The body is golden orange with an off-white head. The flavor profile was obviously hop-heavy with a slight bit of malt (caramel). So much pine in there! Some grapefruit and pumelo bitterness were in there, too, leaving a dry finish. Very good but I would like a touch more malt presence. A hop bomb for sure.

3.9
newcigarz (245) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Amber color with tight white head. Pine, citrus, and floral notes on the nose. Hops and citrus with nice bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

4
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Pours a great gold color with a small white head and lacing. It has a great citrus aroma. The flavor is hoppy but balanced, with some malt flavors and a slightly sweet aftertaste where the peaches show up along with a nice mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 On tap at the brewery. Big, full-flavored ale, with a fresh, green bouquet of peach, grapefruit, grassy notes, pine, and a nutty malt background. The palate is medium, almost thin for a DIPA, but quite serviceable nonetheless. The taste is hop bitter and fruity sweet, with notes of peach, grapefruit, green mangoes, nuts, and some floral overtones. The malts definitely balance things out very well, making this a very approachable DIPA, much more so than bigger, scarier exemplars of the style. Loved it.


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