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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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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
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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Photo of dwpiercetx
4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It is what it is. The Cascadian Ale/Black IPA/American Dark Ale is and has been my favorite type of beer for quite a while now because it is the best of both worlds with the hoppiness and maltiness. The fact that my favorite brewer has brewed it has made my day/month/year. This is about as perfect a beer as I could hope for. Thank you Saint Arnold! I will be leaving the country soon so it was great to have before I left.

dwpiercetx, May 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

illy0sis, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Michael_Stribling, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Michaeldmanley, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

RandyPuckett, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Nightwish1094, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

shigg85, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

emergency_beef, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

spence524, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

BeerNoobNC, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle.

A - Solid black with a thin, white head.

S - Nice hop aroma, with hints of dark chocolate..

T - Really nice citrus notes up front on the tongue that balance nicely with the roasted malts. Initially, I thought it finished a tad too bitter, but as it warmed the malt sweetness became more pronounced.

M - Medium-bodied. Very drinkable.

O - Very good black IPA. One of the better ones I tried.

HeadyTheElder, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.


RonaldTheriot, May 14, 2013
Photo of Premo88
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(2/18/13 printed on bottle)

L: black with no backlight, perfect tan head of thick foam about 1-inch deep and maybe a bit more, nice lacing off head; dark brown with nice amber highlights when held up to light. possibly very clear, perhaps 100% clear, but it's so dark that it's hard to see through. not a ton of lacing on the way down, but a little -- and keeps a nice collar of foam. pretty-looking brew.

S: 50/50 split between big malt and big hops ... really what I would expect out of a "black IPA" with good balance. a hint of chocolate down in there behind the piney/citrusy up-front hops; that sweeter malt shows through more and more as it warms up. last third = dark sludge chocolate ... kind of cool.

T: follows the nose closely, split between big malt/big hops ... like a burnt-hops salad with loads of sweetness in it, malty sweetness that occasionally hits a chocolate note.

F: solid all around; a mouthfull ... almost "lumpy" like an american milk stout at times, but plenty of carbonation to keep it drinkable.

O: might be my favorite Saint Arnold brew so far; a lot of taste packed into a very drinkable brew that has a little bit of everything in it. more hops as it starts off cold, malt takes over as it warms up for a well-balanced 12 ounces of good beer.

I saw this out for a couple of months and kept sleeping on it, so when I finally bought a four-pack, I was a bit late -- 2/18/13 printed on bottle for the born-on date and drinking it 6/16/13. but after four months of existence, the brew is fantastic.

bravo! for the Icon series!

Premo88, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
4.26/5  rDev +13%
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.

BryanCarey, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

tbryan5, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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