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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

klmcmachen, Apr 03, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
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
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jkn09, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Michaeldmanley, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

abex44, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ScubaSteve00, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ilikebeer03, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark into a Duvel tulip. Mostly black with some brown and ruby highlights. Light brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Packs a nose of coffee malt with citrus but more along the piney resinous hop angle. A little floral as well.

Lightly bitter but still with plenty of hop flavor bringing pine. The malt level is right up there with the hops with roasted coffee and chocolate.

I would liken this to the Alaskan Black IPA in terms of its easy drinking and not being in the upper tier of Black IPAs. It's def worth a try.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

tobelerone, Mar 30, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

WritersBlock, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BlesstheHarvest, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ChiefHopHead, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Texasfan549, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mcdsports, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

RickDeLucio, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

vcoggins, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise from one of my favorite breweries. Adhering to the relatively recent style of "black IPA," this beer does great to showcase both sides of the style. It's a sheer black with a respectable crown of light brown head. Decent lacing. The nose gives you a punch of hops wrapped in a mild chocolate note with just a hint of roasty bitterness. The flavor is that of a completely balanced black ale, aggressive hop profile balanced with sweet roasted notes. Neither side dominates, but both get to shine. Very well-brewed, delicious and balanced.

BigBarley, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JohnBender, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

StArnoldFan, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Gagnonsux, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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
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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.