Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.26/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Saint Arnold Icon Blue is a very dark brew and a good pour will result in a nice, frothy head of tan- colored foam that releases a very fragrant aroma of pine and citrus wrapped around a malty foundation. The foam eventually settles, but it does leave some lacing as you drink.
This beer has an interesting taste combination for a dark beer, combining flavors of pine and citrus with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. There is an earthy character to this ale and the beer is medium in body. It finishes dry and smoother than expected.
This beer, also known as Cascadian Dark ale, is listed as a black IPA and among the previous black IPA I have tried, this one is pretty good tasting. I like how it manages to create such a good balance and offer flavors not usually associated with dark beer. Not knowing how it is made or anything else about it, you see the dark color and expect a certain taste and character, but once you check the nose, you realize this is not your typical dark beer. It is also less malty and lighter bodied than other black IPA, but still unique and interesting in spite of its less full- bodied attributes. One taste confirms the uniqueness and encourages a second helping.
This beer may not be made by Saint Arnold again, so be sure to try it if you get the chance. It’s an interesting beer, less heavy than other black IPA, and another fine ale in the Icon series.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 03:38:20 | More by BryanCarey
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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.