Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #3

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This will be our final release in the Divine Reserve series for this year. No. 3 is an imperial or double IPA meaning that it is higher in alcohol and hoppier than a regular IPA. The taste of this beer is initially malt with honey notes (from honey, no less) versus spicy hop bitterness with the hops eventually winning. In fact, you will notice that the bitter will remain with you well after each sip. This is a beer that should mellow with age. While this beer is recommended primarily for the hopheads of the world, the bitter of this beer is surprisingly pleasant for being so, well, huge. That may be attributed in a large part to our water quality. Ah, the things reverse osmosis lets you do. Here is some info on the beer: Cases Made: 542 Date Brewed: July 17, 2006 Date Bottled: September 21, 2006 Original Gravity: 1.082 Final Gravity: 1.010 Alcohol: 9.5% ABV Malts: Maris Otter, Wheat, Caravienne, Carapils and Dark Crystal Other Sugars: Honey, Molasses Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Ahtenum, Cascades For those of you that don't remember, this recipe was inspired by David Majoras' winning entry in the 2006 Big Batch Brew Bash competition. We use the term "inspired by" because when scaling up a recipe, many changes, some drastic, are always made. We hope you enjoy this beer! We also hope you are one of the lucky ones that finds some of this beer!

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bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a moderate creamy beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and vegetable. Flavor of malt, hops, and nuts. A bit thin (weak) for a IIPA.

DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle at Ginger Man. Dark orange with beige head. Hops all the way through, with dry bitter back end.

scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Thanks Fly. Rusted orange, thick light tan head. Nose was hop loaded with bursts of spruce, evergreen, candied pine, and softer underlying notes of tropical fruit and caramel. Well bittered flavors up front with tones of all the above, some ABV heat apparent too. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, bitter finish. Better then Reserve #2...

fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Thus far I felt #1 was a hit #2 was a miss and this gets things back in stride. As hoppy as it is, it lacks the aggression of some west coast IIPAs. So that will be a minus for some and a plus for others. Unless I’m wrong, which I’m not, but only according to me. Feel free to think what you like, that is a supposed Texas way even if current history is burying the fact.

Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Pours a ruddy light amber, opaque with a thin foamy head. Aroma is bright a juicy hops, a little bit of caramel and mandarin orange. Taste is very, very bitter hops. Some light pale malts as a base, a touch of toast, but mostly a deep, rich, robust hops. Some orange rind, light spiciness, more bitterness and a light alcohol heat (but no alcohol flavors). About halfway through the glass, a very slight malty sweetness comes through, just a hint on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy but a little flat with a very fine carbonation. Clean and bitter but not puckeringly so. Overall, this one would not be out of place next to any SoCal hop bomb. I would buy this regularly if it were a full-time product. Best from SA so far.

TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Beer pours cloudy apricot color with a nicely retained beiged colored head. Aroma is strong alcohol, piney hops also some candy sugar in the nose as well. Flavor is initially bitter then some more bitterness kicks in and the finish is mouth drying bitter. Multi-layered bitteness works well for a Double IPA IMO. Probobaly the weakest of the Divine Reserves so far, but I still like it quite a bit.

RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Pours a nice cloudy burnt orange with a substantial, but temporary head. Aroma has all kinds of things working for it: piny and fresh veggie hops, sourdough bread, and sweet quality I couldn’t quite place. Flavor is hops, right away, but then some wheaty and caramel flavors abound. Everso slightly gritty mouthfeel. Sometimes there was a salty taste too. Finish is surprisingly woody, which lends to a piny hop taste, and finally a leafy grass quality. Lasts ages. Not a thick beer either, certainly not cloying. I see why people would want to age this or think it’s hot. I agree, but apparantly I like it that way. This double IPA held my interest more than other higher rated ones. Yay for Texas.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Orange brown murky body with a thick ring of bubbles and a patchy film of bubbles. Nose-all grapefruit, all damn day. Taste-medium to high bitter, salty, alcohol, astringent finish, light acrid bile. Easy to sum this one up: bitter like bile, citric zest, and bad aftertaste. Reminds me of the taste of bile after way too much vomiting too much to enjoy.

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a fast fading head. Aroma is strawberry that becomes very pronounced as it warms. Flavor is a biting, sour hops with pre-teen grapefruit. Palate coats. I’m gonna set some of these down and see if the hops molds more into the flavor. This is an admitted rush job, and the ADD flavor proves it. I’m guessing (hoping) that with time the flavor will come together and make this a truly great beer. Until then...

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Pour is strongly hazed warm red amber and a dense sticky tan head...first thing that its my nose is pine and lots of orange and grapefruit...definately sweetly citrus...watery mouthfeel...sweet up front with a bitter finish...nothing wrong with this really, but it is thin and watery...watery is probably the wrong word, but weak textured for sure...some notes of alcohol, but it didn’t seem as hot as others described...I think the draft version at GABF was a little more full bodied, but about the same still...

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