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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: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dmorgan310, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tobelerone, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

drummermattie02, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of 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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

champ103, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

BGsWo22, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Gagnonsux, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

WDJersey, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.6%

jenray, May 03, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JohnBender, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +19%

shigg85, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

animal69, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

elNopalero, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

inlimbo77, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

tbryan5, May 04, 2013
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +5.8%

brandon911, Apr 07, 2013
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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.