Saint Arnold Brewing recently debuted a new IPA, inspired by the hand painted cars that brewery team members can be seen driving from time to time. Art Car IPA has finally made it to store shelves in south Louisiana, and naturally, I had to test some out. Saint Arnold says this about Art Car IPA:
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.
Art Car pours a light orange color, so right away I know this one will feature the hops. If you’ve read any of my IPA reviews (OK, most of my reviews are IPA reviews), you’ll know that I don’t particularly care for an IPA that’s full of dark crystal malts, as I find it really takes away from the hops. So when I see an IPA pour like this one, it’s already won the first battle in my view. Apricot was the first thing I smelled, followed by some tropical fruit and a touch of pine. I can’t say I got the blood orange flavor that Saint Arnold describes, as again, I got apricot and a touch of pineapple with a little pine. This isn’t a bitter finishing beer, and it has a medium body, making it pretty dang easy to drink, especially given that it weighs in at 7.1% ABV.
Saint Arnold uses Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops in the boil, then hits it with a big dry hop blast of Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic.
I love that Saint Arnold is canning this beer, and I’m a huge proponent of not only canned beers, but canned IPAs, as I find they stay fresher longer. I was really happy with Art Car IPA, and I can definitely see this one being a staple in my fridge as a go to single IPA. Well done, Saint Arnold.