Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by roblowther:
3.09/5 rDev -9.6%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. It is a clear, honey copper color with not enough head to stay around long. Not much aroma, maybe a bit of floral smell, maybe a touch of toffee. Sounds like a name for a sore throat lozenge. "Touch of Toffee. Because your throat shouldn't punish your taste buds." Taste is a bit of coriander, then a pronounced hop bite with a mild sharp aftertaste. Seems heavy on "pale ale" and light on "Belgian". Mouthfeel is nice, substantial but light. Overall an interesting beer but not really what it claims, or aspires, to be, IMHO. It is a good, hoppy palate cleanser between courses, I'd say.
03-09-2013 17:53:59 | More by roblowther
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-22-2013 13:25:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.95/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
01-12-2013 22:43:37 | More by twiggamortis420
Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.