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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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127 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really like this style. As a native Houston guy, I also tend to root for my hometown brewery (although there are many more breweries in Houston, now).

My brother brought this one to me since I have onl been able to find the Red from the ICON series here in Abilene.

The pour is extremely dark brown and has a rather frothy head. Maybe a little active, but once it settled down the beer held a head for a few minutes before reducing to a thin layer across the surface of the beer.

It smells like Malta and yeast, but not overbearing. I'm also picking fruity, prune in the nose and coffee. The taste has lots of roastiness and prunes balanced with a really nice bitter hop flavor.

I like this beer a lot. I have had cascadian dark ales before and this one is definitely at the top of the list.

kyleelton, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sd123, Jun 17, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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
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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.