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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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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 01-09-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

StArnoldFan, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Davihaw, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

attometer00, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

injuredreserve, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ilikebeer03, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Danobold, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

drummermattie02, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of diamondc
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Utter disappointment with this beer. "Belgian-style Pale Ale" is written in caps on the front label, yet doesn't display any Belgian-style characteristics as far as spiciness, banana, coriander, fruit on the nose or taste. Its actually a deep amber color instead of Pale. And has the mouthfeel of an amber lager.

If they labeled this "Red Amber Lager" then I would have given it a higher grade.

Reall big grainy, caramel malts, cloying sweetness and aspirin aftertaste. Avoid this beer.

diamondc, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of acevenom
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brewing Icon Series
Belgian-Style Pale Ale
6.0% ABV
Released: December 10, 2012

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy amber with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The beer appears to be decently carbonated due to the visibility of the tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma of the beer is very malty on the nose, smelling of caramel and bread. There's a touch of floral and piney hops in the smell. What I don't get are expected Belgian yeast phenols, which are very restrained here. The bready character of the malt is more prominent in the flavor as the hops provide some nice balancing bitterness to the hints of caramel. I get some nice piney and floral notes from the hops in the taste. The beer was released a little over a month ago, so it still has some nice hop notes here. The body is medium with refreshingly moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the drinkability is high. This is a very good beer even if it is not quite up to what you would expect from the style. The brewery accomplished what it set out to do by making a mash of different brewing traditions with these ingredients. What you get is a nice ale that would also pair well with meals.

acevenom, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Sweasty, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

geraldholt, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Ford, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

afluentturtle, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

vcoggins, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sd123, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Gagnonsux, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

pwsoldier, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

PhatAtUT, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

JohnBender, Jan 09, 2013
Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.