Saint Archer Pale Ale

Saint Archer Pale Ale

Brewed by: Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: 40

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Balanced toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, this straight-forward, dry hopped California pale is eminently sessionable. Crystal malts provide a backbone to showcase the bright, citrus, piney notes of Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Simcoe

Malts: Crystal, Munich

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the Saint Archer brand label template in blue color. Very modern, surf/skate/snow appeal.

Color: Golden, tiny bit of cloudiness.

Aroma: Moderate hop smell with hints of citrus.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle

Served in: Glass

I first heard of Saint Archer Brewing a few months ago at House of Blues, when I tried their IPA on draft. It was quite drinkable, so I wanted to keep an eye out for their beer at the store for further investigation.

When I found Saint Archer’s lineup at Bevmo, I was immediately impressed with their branding. I know the label and/or packaging has absolutely nothing to do with the craftsmanship contained inside the bottle, but it screamed “boarding” culture native to California, and especially San Diego.

It turns out the brewery was founded by several prominent skaters, surfers, and musicians. No wonder the branding looks so tight.

Anyway, having already tried the IPA, I chose to bring home the Pale Ale, leaving their Kolsch for another day…

Saint Archer Pale Ale was actively carbonated, but surprisingly small head foamed up after pouring. The bubbles eventually faded into a thin layer, with several loose rings of lacing around the glass as you drank.

Hoppy beer is our favorite, but many pale ales on the market suffer from a lack of hops, and taste somewhat washed out. Luckily Saint Archer Pale Ale was not watery, and packed a hoppy citrus punch. Its smooth mouthfeel gave the impression of a lighter ale, with more hops than you would expect to find from its consistency.

The flavor started off with a touch of pine, then shifted to grapefruit. We had never experienced a pale ale loaded with that much citrus, due to three different hop varieties known for the trait – Citra, Cascade, and Simcoe. The finish was dry, and washed away the citrus with a zing of bitter pepper from Chinook and Cascade hops.

Final Score: 4/5


What makes Saint Archer Pale Ale is its uniqueness to the style – citrusy, with a notes of pine, and spice in the finish. Light and tangy, this is the most refreshing pale ale we have ever had. An immediate addition to our short list of top pale ales, and had us looking forward to trying more Saint Archer Brewing Co. beer in the future.

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