Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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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
3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
On tap at Petrol Station.
A: Pours pale golden/orange color with a bit of haze. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Definitely crystal malts. A cereal grain aroma with a light sweetness. A light bitterness that fades to a grassy/floral aroma. Finishes with a dry yeast character. Some light peppery phenols. Enjoyable.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Some cereal, bread and biscuit. Even some dry cracker flavors up front. A light sweetness after that. Grassy and floral hops. Then phenolic and peppery yeast in the finish. Though very light.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. This finishes dry and crisp. Smooth at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away without a thought.
I am not sure how much of a Belgian Pale Ale this is. Outside of a dry lingering phenolic yeast character at the very end. Other than that, this has more in common with an English Pale Ale or Bitter. Either way, it is enjoyable, and I will probably end up with at least another 4 pack.
01-09-2013 03:02:09 | More by champ103
3.16/5 rDev -7.6%
12 ounce draft pour into a shaker glass. 6% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant red mahogany. Absolutely no head (3/5).
Aroma: Very light aromas. I get a touch of brown sugar and a suggestion of cider. Almost like there’s a baked apple on the other side of the room. Very appropriate for the season (3.25/5).
Taste: It’s sweet, but doesn’t get cloying. I get notes of caramel apples and deeply roasted malt (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation (3/5).
Overall: I don’t regret consuming this beer, but I’m not sure I would actively seek out another pint of it. It’s sweet, cidery, and roasty like a good Belgian Pale Ale should be. I would have liked to have seen a little more flavor and aroma contribution from the hops, and a little more lively carbonation, but it’s certainly not poorly made. Perfectly average, I guess (3/5).
11-21-2013 15:40:07 | More by mhaugo
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
3.46/5 rDev +1.2%
Looks pretty good, yellow-tan with a pretty good head and lace.
Aroma and taste have Belgian yeast character, a little hops, some coriander, maybe some caramel malt. There's a hint of metallic in the nose.
Body is fairly on the thick side of medium, finish is Belgian yeast.
It's tasty, not particularly on the high side for the style tho.
03-20-2014 14:32:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.