Saint Archer IPA
Brewed by: Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 7.0%
- IBU: 66
Notes: Now sold in cans.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Everything you’d expect from a great American India Pale Ale: Hop-forward, yet civilized. Bitter but balanced. Amarillo and Simcoe hops ring loud and clear with citrus/tropical notes that are backed up by a chorus of our other favorites – Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Citra.
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Citra
More Saint Archer IPA Images
Artwork: Follows the Saint Archer brand label template. These are their shiny brand new cans (see pics above), that use red and black to designate IPA.
Color: See-through peach tone.
Aroma: Wheat grain, with hint of grapefruit.
Arrived in: Can
Served in: Goblet
We tried Saint Archer IPA last summer, and it was pretty good. Like somewhere between above average, yet not quite award winning – like a 3 or 3.5. But definitely worth drinking nonetheless…
After a recent visit (finally) to the Saint Archer tasting room, we learned their IPA recipe had just been re-tooled. The beer tender did not tell us the specifics of the changes, but right off the bat it seemed to be an improvement over what we remembered.
Or maybe we just thought it was better since we just learned of the new recipe, it was freshly brewed, and served ice-cold on tap at the source. Were those factors in our head? No. This new version of India Pale Ale was definitely better.
But more on that new and improved recipe later… Saint Archer had just debuted their year round offerings in cans, so we grabbed a shiny new 6 pack to take home with us.
Saint Archer IPA poured to a minimum amount of carbonation, with several strands of bubbles spiraling upwards through the peachy liquid. A minimal foamy head appeared, then died off very quickly. There was next to no head left after a few minutes, yet the beer still gave off a very frothy mouthfeel.
Well rounded hop flavor was not overly aggressive, along with a sweeter floral beginning. Once the bubbles hit your tongue, the grapefruit exploded, revealing the dominant citrus flavor profile of this IPA. With the bitter grapefruit bite, Saint Archer IPA came across as a beer version of a Greyhound.
Why so much grapefruit? Let’s revisit their latest IPA blueprint for a minute. After some research, we were able to compare the old vs. new formula. Their previous iteration of IPA used seven hop varieties, and now it’s only six.
Cascade, Apollo, and Crystal hops were dropped, and replaced by Amarillo and Citra. The addition of Citra brings another hop characterized by citrus qualities into the mix, providing that fruity kick layered onto the bitter foundation of Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus.
Another one of Saint Archer IPA’s best qualities was that it’s not one of those lightened-up session India Pale Ales that are becoming so popular. It was quite sessionable with its own non-filling medium body, and moderate ABV. We are not saying that you could put 6 away in one sitting, but it didn’t fill us up like some IPAs have.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Saint Archer IPA was citrusy and delicious, with a spicy, powerful, punch of grapefruit. I doubt we suffered from the placebo effect with the new recipe, but Saint Archer’s latest rendition was more refined (and better) than we remembered. Proof that change can sometimes be a good thing.