Saint Arnold Icon Blue (Cascadian Dark Ale) - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2013 00:24:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 23:14:47 | More by kyleelton
Saint Arnold Icon Blue (Cascadian Dark Ale) from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.