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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: 6 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-21-2013 23:09:57 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-24-2013 06:47:24 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2013 16:43:58 | More by spycow
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-11-2013 02:10:49 | More by dmorgan310
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-05-2013 14:18:43 | More by drummermattie02
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-30-2013 00:53:43 | More by tobelerone
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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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champ103

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

On tap at a new place in Houston. Local Pour.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black. A light ruby hue around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Plenty of spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: Citrus, grassy hops up front. A light resiny pine aroma. Then some toasted and caramel malts in the nose. A lingering grapefruit, citrus bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. A very clean hop presents. Citrus, grassy, light grapefruit. Then the malts come in. Toasted malts, caramel sweetness, light chocolate as this warms. Not much lingering, which I was expecting in the nose. Pretty much clean cut. Hops then malt.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth. Not hard to drink at all. I finished the pint with no problem.

Not bad at all, especially considering this faux "style." Similar to Boulevard's Black Rye IPA. If this does not turn me on to the style, not much else will. Still I did enjoy my pint for what it was.

03-20-2013 00:04:15 | More by champ103
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

04-13-2013 23:41:59 | More by BGsWo22
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2013 00:19:20 | More by Gagnonsux
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-03-2013 14:05:48 | More by jenray
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-14-2013 04:54:37 | More by WDJersey
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-04-2013 04:03:02 | More by jheezee
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-18-2013 04:59:19 | More by duff247
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

05-14-2013 12:31:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz, winter '13
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a really dark brown color. Initially brown with reddish hues. Lots of head, about three fingers of loose bubbles tan head. Sticky.

S: Pine and earthy hops on the nose. Also roast and chocolate. Almost a porter malt and nose.

T: Not getting too much bitterness from those hops on tongue. Pretty much nice chocolate and roasted malt. Dark chocolate lingering on tongue. Finish is dry.

M: Big medium body.

04-08-2013 17:14:13 | More by inlimbo77
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-20-2013 22:23:01 | More by JohnBender
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2013 23:31:30 | More by Jame515
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elNopalero

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%

This pours a solid black with a bit of thick, creamy foam atop. The aroma is hoppy and creamy, with a sweeter roast note and some light citrus. Not the grapefruit-hop aroma I expect from a Cascadian IPA, at least not pronounced enough for my tastes. The flavor comes across with the same muddled characteristic, much more like a hoppy stout and not a crisp black IPA.

04-03-2013 05:46:14 | More by elNopalero
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animal69

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-04-2013 04:53:46 | More by animal69
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-07-2013 23:09:39 | More by shigg85
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-04-2013 16:52:32 | More by tbryan5
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-14-2013 22:24:22 | More by greenspointexas
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-07-2013 17:07:23 | More by brandon911
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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.