Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
12 oz bottle pours mostly back with a moderately-sized khaki head. Decent retention and really nice lace.
Nose is more hoppy than malty, mostly tropical - grapefruit and papaya. Malts are not as roasty as most of the style but does have some toast and toffee. A little cold-press coffee comes out as it warms.
I like the way this beer highlights the hoppy flavors while deemphasizing the roast and hop bitterness that sometimes gets out of hand when combined in some black IPAs. The body is a touch on the thin side and the hop flavors are somewhat simplistic...the palate adjusts quickly if that makes any sense. Its not bad, but its probably one of those beers where one or two 4-packs are plenty and I doubt I will miss it when its gone. The ICON series hasnt been bad by any means, but it really hasnt done a whole lot to excite either, though I will always welcome some much needed innovation from Saint Arnold.
03-29-2013 00:24:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.43/5 rDev -9%
Extra from Steve. Who would expect a dark deep blue bottle would be a black ipa from St. Arnold? Fairly basic, too much roast, overwhelming the hops. Deep black colour, a bit of smoke with the roast aroma. OK drinkability. Yes its there, the cascade hops, the roast, but Mediocre for the style.
05-05-2013 03:14:39 | More by Sammy
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
I really like this style. As a native Houston guy, I also tend to root for my hometown brewery (although there are many more breweries in Houston, now).
My brother brought this one to me since I have onl been able to find the Red from the ICON series here in Abilene.
The pour is extremely dark brown and has a rather frothy head. Maybe a little active, but once it settled down the beer held a head for a few minutes before reducing to a thin layer across the surface of the beer.
It smells like Malta and yeast, but not overbearing. I'm also picking fruity, prune in the nose and coffee. The taste has lots of roastiness and prunes balanced with a really nice bitter hop flavor.
I like this beer a lot. I have had cascadian dark ales before and this one is definitely at the top of the list.
08-31-2013 23:14:47 | More by kyleelton
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
Saint Arnold Icon Blue has a medium, beige head and a dark, yet clear, brown appearance, with thin lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruity, and I found it was of apricot. Taste is also quite fruity, but, here, I was picking up grapefruit. There is also sweetness, brown bread crust, and mild bitterness, but the overriding note is of the fruit. Mouthfeel is slick and medium, and Saint Arnold Icon Blue finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. The 7% alcohol is just not picked up with this ale. Overall, it’s delightful, and I rate it as such.
05-14-2013 12:31:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.