Art Car IPA

Texas
United States
Art Car IPA Saint Arnold Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Art Car IPA is an American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while maintaining a nice complexity to the flavors. The Art Car IPA name was inspired by the fleet of handpainted Art Cars created by local artists for Saint Arnold.

Profile

ABV: 
7.1%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Cara 45, Carafoam
Judges Review 
Graham L. Barron's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Opening up an artfully designed can reveals a golden-amber, perfectly clear beer with a frothy, off-white head that hangs around until the last sip. The aroma is all hops: strong pine, resin, and grapefruit. As it warms up, a hint of caramel appears along with a metallic note. Flavor follows suit as the hops dominate. Citrus and pine are up front and a bit grassy. What little malt character there is waits in the background, only to be discovered as a touch of caramel when it warms. For such a hop-forward beer, the bitterness, while noticeable, is restrained. The medium-light body is accompanied by a notably dry, hoppy finish. This IPA is most certainly in the West Coast-style with the malt hinted at on the margins and only there to support an aggressive hop character. The lighter body makes this an easy-drinker for any hop head.

Popular Reviews

Boustun's picture

My Score: 
91
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
This is my favorite beer, or ale. I only took points off for flavor because the first sip, Richwood foam, is the most flavorful, to my taste. Floral, fruity, maybe grapefruit. I love this strong, bitter, bittersweet, fruity IPA. If every sip tasted like the first couple steps, this would be flawless.