Icon Series: Texas Common - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper color with a fairly small cap of off-white head. Decent retention and just a little lace.
The mosaic hops really change up the aroma here - very tropical aroma infused with a style that usually leans earthy with toasty malt. Some toast peeks through under the hops with a little minerality and sulfur yeast.
Taste has a pleasant hop flavor that plays nicely with some caramel maltiness and toast. The fruitiness works well and gives the beer a complexity the style rarely achieves. This one also does not seem to be as dry as Anchor Steam. Im glad the hops throw down more in the aroma and flavor as opposed to an overly bitter finish. A tasty brew and shows some really nice innovation, another winner from the ICON series.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 19:16:46 | More by twiggamortis420
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Saint Arnold's version of a steam beer that uses Mosaic hops.
A: Pours a clear amber red color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts that reminds me of burnt toast. The hops linger in the finish. Orange rind and lemon zest. Bitterness is strong and lingering. Which is not my thing.
T: Toasted malts up front. Lightly sweet with some caramel flavors. That quickly gives way to the substantial bitterness. Kind of nondescript, and lingering on forever.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Fairly smooth at the same time. The alcohol is a little strong, and more apparent than I like for the style. Mix that with the sharp lingering bitterness, and I am probably not going through these very fast.
This is a style that I really love, and was interested to see what Saint Arnold would do with it. Certainly not as enjoyable as the other beers they have made in this series, and Real Ale's version is king IMO. Interesting attempted, and I love the series. Just a miss for me.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 22:05:18 | More by champ103
Icon Series: Texas Common from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.