1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Icon Series: Cascadian Dark AleIcon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WickedD365
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

WickedD365, May 23, 2013
Photo of Pesci
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is a Cascadian Dark Ale, aka Black IPA. It has a big hop nose and flavor with a great roast finish yet with a light body that allows the hops to come through.
The initial nose is both malty and hoppy at the same time when poured from a cold bottle. Neither trait dominates the nose. The first sip begins very malty, with the essence of dark roasted malt coating the tongue, followed by a bitter hoppy middle. It leads into a clean finish with a hoppy aftertaste followed by a mild warming effect in the mouth and body.

Pesci, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

BGsWo22, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of porter0209
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

porter0209, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Rau71
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Rau71, May 01, 2013
Photo of JasonMinck
3/5  rDev -20.4%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of BuddyE
3/5  rDev -20.4%

BuddyE, May 14, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jenray, May 03, 2013
Photo of mcdsports
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mcdsports, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

1424IpA, May 01, 2013
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of blastoderm55
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

blastoderm55, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of RickDeLucio
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

RickDeLucio, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of roodie
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

roodie, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

dcloeren, May 21, 2013
Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

NeverSettle, May 23, 2013
Photo of Lance87
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Lance87, May 27, 2014
Photo of SavvyStudent
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

SavvyStudent, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

zbooks, May 23, 2013
Photo of truesolution
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

truesolution, May 18, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, May 05, 2013
Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BKotch, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of DemDumplingz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DemDumplingz, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of afluentturtle
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

afluentturtle, Oct 31, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.