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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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4.45/5  rDev +18%

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle.

A - Solid black with a thin, white head.

S - Nice hop aroma, with hints of dark chocolate..

T - Really nice citrus notes up front on the tongue that balance nicely with the roasted malts. Initially, I thought it finished a tad too bitter, but as it warmed the malt sweetness became more pronounced.

M - Medium-bodied. Very drinkable.

O - Very good black IPA. One of the better ones I tried.

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Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint. 02-26-13 bottle date.

Appearance- Jet black with one finger of off-white foamy head that is leaving lovely lacing behind.

Smell- Bitter piney hops mingle with chocolate malts. Quite roasty, but not giving off any coffee aromas. Rather one dimensional. Mild, hopefully not due to the freshness of this bottle.

Taste- Starts off with a lot of bakers chocolate flavors, but as soon as they came in, they left. What is left is mildly bitter and "burnt" earthy hop flavors that leave me wanting more flavor. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel- Quite nice. Smooth and reasonably creamy with moderate carbonation. Not sticky or resinous, but rather dry. Very mild heat from the booze at the back of the throat.

Overall- Not a bad Black IPA by any means, but not one of the best I've had.

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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.

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Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown out of the bottle and collects as an opaque, black liquid in the glass with a quickly dissipating light tan head. The beer smells of dark roasted malt, hazelnut, and some citrus hop notes. I get some coffee in the nose as well. The pine and citrus hop flavors hit the mouth along with that hazelnut and coffee. There's a nice roasted malt backbone. Those coffee and nut notes go with the hop flavors very well. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry and there's a lingering roasty aftertaste. The alcohol provides a nice warming feel even though it does not come out in the flavor. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Apr 03, 2013
Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.