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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale AleIcon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewer Sam Wright's Description: I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn't get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.
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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, some thick lacing left behind, and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. The aroma is faint, but one can detect fruitiness (think of strawberries) and bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, lighter-than-average molasses, some hop bitterness, and there is a bit of a malt liquor alcohol twang present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) finises dry, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a very mild and easy-going beer. It’s worth checking out, but probably won’t be on the shelves for long, with it’s limited release.


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12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color (a little dark for a BPA) with a small cap of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is a little 'dirtier' than a typical Belgian pale ale, as it has more caramel and even a little toffee. Small bit of grass in there for the hops. It seems to be a little upside down when compared to many of the style, maltier and less hoppy than is expected. Touch of apple fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste brings everything back into focus nicely, the fruity yeast playing well with a honey-drizzled biscuit. Moderate grassy hop adds to the complexity and well-roundedness. I like the mouthfeel, very creamy and holds the contributions from yeast, malt and hops all the way through. Pretty good beer, I am impressed with this beer, although I find it to be quite different from the typical BSPA or BPA.

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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