Saint Arnold Brown Ale

Beer PackageDo you know what friggin rules? Coming home to a package of beer that’s been delivered to your door. That friggin rules. And who can I credit for this magical delivery? My newly found friend Ilya who runs

Beer Package

Ilya and I started an email conversation about 10 days ago that eventually blossomed into an awesome offer I couldn’t refuse: to send me a mix of different beers from Texas. This is all stuff I have never seen before in the New England area, so I’m thoroughly stoked.

Texas Beer Lineup

The lineup includes:

      Saint Arnold Brown Ale


      Saint Arnold Elissa IPA


      Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout


      Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale


    Southern Star Bombshell Blonde

Saint Arnold Brown Ale

I wanted to start drinking it all tonight, but I’m showing some control and I’m going to make these last all week (if not longer).

Tonight I also had some other business to attend to. Someone came to look at my wife’s car. The person REALLY liked the car, and I’m hopeful that it will turn into a sale before the end of the week.

Secondly, and much less exciting, I had to clean the bathroom as we have guests coming over tomorrow as well as Wednesday. Bleach-smelling hands are not good beer reviewing hands, so I waited a bit before opening a beer.

Saint Arnold Brown Ale

I’m going with the St. Arnold Brown Ale tonight.

First off, the head is fantastically awesome. I wish I had a zoom lens to show you all what I’m talking about. A $400 lens to take pictures of beer foam seems a little silly though.

The brew has much more of a red tinge than I would expect. I could confuse it (looks-wise) with a red ale.

Saint Arnold Brown Ale

The beer goes down quick. I have to take a minute to really think about the flavors. Teeters over to the sweet side, but just barely. Well balanced. Malty. Maybe a touch of brown sugar or caramel? Finishes with a whisper of bitterness. (man, that sounded douchey!)

As a final note, Ilya told me that the brown ale was going to be the most disappointing of the bunch. If that’s the case, I’m in for a real treat. I thought the brown ale, while nothing special or unique, was refreshing and delicious.

Thanks Ilya!!!

Saint Arnold Brown Ale

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

6 thoughts on “Saint Arnold Brown Ale”

  1. Ooh I'm intrigued. I love me a brown ale and I love me a red ale. This hypothetical blend of the two sounds promising.

    I'm excited to hear how the rest of the beers are.

  2. @Lost

    Josh, so glad you liked you the Brown Ale from Saint Arnold! Can't wait for you to try the rest of them. I love the pictures, and you picked the perfect mug for this beer! Not in a snob way…just looks great! :)

    You'll love the Bombshell Bomb…especially on a hot day. Simple (not like the brown ale simple though), and it's unfiltered. You can see and taste plenty of yeast!

    The Pale Ale is great, and the Buried Hatchet Stout will blow you away I think. Probably never expected anything that great to come out of Texas ;).

    And of course…the flavor packed Elissa IPA which is a great easy drinking IPA.

    I'm looking forward to your take on all of them!


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