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Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration

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Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration

NEIPA

ABV: 7.1%

IBUs: 67

Packaging: Draft, 16 ounce cans

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I know we’re a little late to the party with this review, but with Saint Arnold and Brash both making it into the top 10 of the 2017-2018 Most Valuable Brewery voting, it felt like good timing. Better late than never, right? When this beer dropped, we were all knee-deep in real life, and beer took a backseat, as you may have read on the 8th Wonder Brewery Guide or a few of the more recent posts. Enough with the excuses, let’s get to the beer.

I saw this bad boy on the shelf at my local HEB, but I’d heard so many folks throwing so much shade that my curiosity was stifled. Then a week later, Chris text me like, “Hey, I got you a can of that Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration, bro.”

My reply was simply, “Bet.”

He gave me his own vague summary just enough to pique my interest again and disregard all the haters I’d seen and heard. I’m glad I gave it a shot.

The can is all black can with metallic stencil lettering, reminiscent of Brash artwork and a Patron Saint with a Brashy-helmet that features Brash’s little skull. The black and aluminum is true-to-form for a Brash beer like EZ-7, so it makes good sense that Saint Arnold would design it as such, since it’s not a collaboration and all. The Brock letter about it was the best part for me, and it left a bunch of folks scratching their heads.

Despite the golden-hour sunset killing my lighting in the worst way, the beer looked pretty pretty good. Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration is a straw-like yellow-orange and pretty hazy, but it wasn’t quite opaque and juicelike like some of the SpindleTap, B52, and Baa Baa juice bombs we’ve come to expect.

It smells kinda mild for the style, but there are spicy, soapy, fruity hop notes that seem a little bolder than the sweet, bready malt and alcohol note.

Before tasting it, I heard and read a lot of salty, disappointed feedback about this beer. With each sip, I’m reminded of one of those comments. Each sip starts off bright and citrusy with a sweet and bitter finish. The finish lingers a little with some dankness. The carbonation accompanies everything well, but the mouthfeel and body are more reminiscent of a good fruity IPA than a creamy, soft NEIPA. I understand why there were haters.

Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing, to be honest. It’s a great beer in and of itself, but it’s a far cry from the trade bait I’m seeking when I want an NEIPA. From coast to coast, there are far more good attempts at the style than there are terrific, and this Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration falls into the former.

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I’m pretty sure this is all gone now, but correct me if I’m wrong.

  • My Overall Rating
3

Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration

It’s a good beer. I can’t say I wholly agree with all the haters, but I see what they were getting at. It’s not bad by any stretch, but it’s definitely not what we were all hoping for with all of the hype. The nose and mouthfeel were a little quiet, and with these two heavy-hitters, I was expecting it to be loud AF.

What’d you think of Saint Arnold Brash Not a Collaboration? Let us know by voting below or tell us about it in the comments! Beers to you, Houston!

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

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