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RATINGS: 290   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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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.

4.1
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Endeavor bomber. Clear orangish brown pour with a lightly bubbly white head. Aroma is orange, caramel, and pine. Flavor is pine, light citrus, some caramel, and bitterness with a nice warming finish. Dry mouthfeel.

3.8
bth122 (1704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Big bottle. Called Endeavor (but Rate Beer directed me here) Poured a light copper color. A smaller head. Aroma is of fresh citrus hop that is just a tad off. But indeed this bottle smells very fresh. Some grapefruit and peach in the nose. Medium-heavy bitter. Smooth, creamy palate. Medium body. They poured on the hops in this one. Fresh tasting citrus hop with a tad pine. Very pleasing.

4
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Golden color, barely cloudy with a good, thick white head. Old paper and Belgian yeast nose. Very smooth and easy to enjoy. No hint of high abv. Lively palate. Dusty texture. The taste is like a dry Belgian but serves up a Americans appetite for hops. Good lacing. Warms the belly, gently.

3.3
AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Got this in a trade. Picked it up fresh last week so I’m stoked to open one tonight! Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a 3-finger head that was leather in appearance with tight bubbles. The brew itself is a golden light brown. No haze or sediment.

S - Delicious hops and caramel erupt in the nose. I’m getting apricot and vanilla. Loving the candy like qualities of this beer. Hops are not intense though. Very manageable.

T - Lovely fruits like apricot and peaches. Delicious hops but I wish it were a little more hoppy. The hops fade away very fast. Very sweet finish but very little else going on.

M - 90% carbonation on a mouth swish. Light bodied, easy to drink. The linger is all hops though and they resin sort of sticks around but goes south fast.

O - IT’s a decent beer. Nothing remarkable but a very drinkalbe IPA and perfect for this warm Friday night.


3.9
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Big aroma. Lots of banana and tropical fruit. Pours deep golden with fleck of orange. Taste is hop forward, no real malt presence (with detracts slightly). Palate is slightly sticky, but very sleight - which adds. All in all a great brew.

3.8
Amnesia87 (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Poured from 22oz into Jester King Glass. Pours a transparent light brown with a hint or red. Carbonation looks perfect. Good head retention and plenty of lacing. Smells good initially, grass floral and citrusy hops, but the more I smell it, the worse it smells. I sadly have to agree with the previous reviewer, the more I sniff, the more I smell cat piss. Very bitter with only a slight hint of sweetness. I’d say it has a medium body with what I think is just about the perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA. Bitterness lingers. Overall, it’s a decent DIPA, and I would have no issues drinking it again, but I also don’t think I would go seeking it out... Why can’t someone in Texas bottle/can a DIPA that’s up to Heady Topper standards >_<. Or at least distribute one here.

2.9
BustyMcJugson (36) - - MAR 2, 2012
Endeavor bomber purchased at Spec’s DT. Smells like cat piss, very hoppy and citrusy DIPA. Medium, white head. nice lacing. Not worth a repeat, but I had to honor my home state on Texas Independence Day!

3.5
unclemike (3195) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
pours a clear dark orange with a light tope head, small cap, ok lace... nose is really awesome, lots of tropical fruits, nice malt build, a little pine, no alcohol, great... the taste is equally nice more the hops show with more pine and alcohol but still lots of tropical fruits

4
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 Endeavour
Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012 The beer arrives from the tap with a Brilliantly clear red color. It is topped by a pale tan colored head. Holy hops, the aroma is laden with notes of lychee and pineapple backed by pine and menthol aromatics.

The flavor has a big hop bitterness to it that remains quite smooth. There is lots of fruit, but the herbal character is actually the dominant hop note in the flavor; the opposite of the aroma. There is still a lot of fruity hop notes here though with ample lychee, pineapple, a sort of floral concentrated peach like note, and definite apricot. The herbal side contributes flavors of pine, again some menthol, as well as some hemp oil like notes. The body of this brew is quite smooth, definitely viscous and perhaps a touch heavy fro something labled an IPA, but it is definitely well within the double IPA range.

This is very nice; it is quite a bit hoppier than my previous experience would have expected out of Saint Arnold. This is a huge hop fix for me after a long day of travel and a must get for those hop heads out there.

Divine Reserve #11
3.7, 7/4/7/4/15
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, gold highlighted, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, dusty pine sap, woody-peppery herbal notes, a bright lychee note, and an almost musty, herbaceous hop character. The nose is definitely dominated by the hop character, there is perhaps a suggestion of malt character here, I almost have to guess at the malt aromatics; notes of toasted biscuit and orange scented caramelized malt are just suggested at.

A medium’ish body is cut through by a biting bitterness that lingers through the finish; the bitterness though remains quite smooth, though still lingers quite a bit on the palate. The dominant hop character contributes flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach, perhaps some bright apricot, as well as some ample kumquat zest. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds a touch more bite to the hop character, it also brings out some astringent pine and herbal hop character that also lingers a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is on the light side of medium, this helps this to be still fairly quaffable, which is quite needed for this style of beer. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but does contribute softly noticeable notes of English biscuit like maltiness, a touch of whole grain cracker, and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.

A nice example of a Double IPA, it hits all the points that it should, and escapes the pitfall of being too rich or viscous. Definitely quite enjoyable and it certainly hits the spot for this hop-head. This is still doing quite well after almost a year of age; still vibrantly hoppy, perhaps a touch cleaner and less aggressive than it was when fresh, but certainly still showing lots of life.


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