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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
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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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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truesolution

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-18-2013 21:31:10 | More by truesolution
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dvmky

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2013 21:01:33 | More by dvmky
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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2013 14:55:53 | More by hsus0225
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ChanceK

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-16-2013 18:27:47 | More by ChanceK
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illy0sis

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

05-14-2013 22:20:56 | More by illy0sis
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BuddyE

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-14-2013 14:51:49 | More by BuddyE
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Horse_Mullet

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-14-2013 13:27:12 | More by Horse_Mullet
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-12-2013 01:12:41 | More by TOP
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-10-2013 00:16:53 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-08-2013 05:27:50 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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gritz147

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-06-2013 22:23:12 | More by gritz147
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dwpiercetx

Texas

4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It is what it is. The Cascadian Ale/Black IPA/American Dark Ale is and has been my favorite type of beer for quite a while now because it is the best of both worlds with the hoppiness and maltiness. The fact that my favorite brewer has brewed it has made my day/month/year. This is about as perfect a beer as I could hope for. Thank you Saint Arnold! I will be leaving the country soon so it was great to have before I left.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:42:10 | More by dwpiercetx
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:14:39 | More by Sammy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-04-2013 01:30:23 | More by RandyPuckett
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-03-2013 20:07:54 | More by mbonugli
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Michael_Stribling

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-03-2013 19:53:29 | More by Michael_Stribling
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold Icon Blue is a very dark brew and a good pour will result in a nice, frothy head of tan- colored foam that releases a very fragrant aroma of pine and citrus wrapped around a malty foundation. The foam eventually settles, but it does leave some lacing as you drink.

This beer has an interesting taste combination for a dark beer, combining flavors of pine and citrus with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. There is an earthy character to this ale and the beer is medium in body. It finishes dry and smoother than expected.

This beer, also known as Cascadian Dark ale, is listed as a black IPA and among the previous black IPA I have tried, this one is pretty good tasting. I like how it manages to create such a good balance and offer flavors not usually associated with dark beer. Not knowing how it is made or anything else about it, you see the dark color and expect a certain taste and character, but once you check the nose, you realize this is not your typical dark beer. It is also less malty and lighter bodied than other black IPA, but still unique and interesting in spite of its less full- bodied attributes. One taste confirms the uniqueness and encourages a second helping.

This beer may not be made by Saint Arnold again, so be sure to try it if you get the chance. It’s an interesting beer, less heavy than other black IPA, and another fine ale in the Icon series.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:38:20 | More by BryanCarey
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bmurray10

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-01-2013 04:45:15 | More by bmurray10
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Rau71

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-01-2013 03:53:27 | More by Rau71
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1424IpA

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-01-2013 03:53:15 | More by 1424IpA
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strib

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-01-2013 01:50:03 | More by strib
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BKotch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-30-2013 20:38:24 | More by BKotch
Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.