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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark AleIcon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale

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85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The key to a Black IPA is to artfully balance the aggressive hop flavor and bitter with the roast of the black malt to create a wonderful marriage of the two competing tastes. Icon Blue starts with a big hop nose up front, the result of Centennial and Simcoe additions at end of boil and dry hopping. There is also a roast malt character that starts with the nose and goes all the way through the end. At the finish, the Chinook and Columbus hops kick in to create a lasting bitter. We fermented this beer with our Saint Arnold ale yeast, which contributes an additional complexity. This beer is best served at 45°F to 55°F.

This beer was inspired by Pete Garza’s winning entry in the 2012 Big Batch Brew Bash.

(Beer added by: Pesci on 03-19-2013)
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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
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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.

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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.