Icon Series: Texas Common | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Texas CommonIcon Series: Texas Common

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by champ103 on 06-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 75
Photo of Duff27
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Short lived off-white head recedes to a cap and collar. Body is a burgundy/red. Patchy lacing as the pint get drankened.

S- Sweet caramel notes in the aroma.

T- Tamed (but present) hop bitterness. On the sweeter-side for the style overall. Wouldn't guess this at 6.7%abv.

M- Mouthfeel is on the thicker side for the style. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability is there, although you'd be feelin' funny after a few. Not too shabby. Thanks for the (relatively) rarer style kojevergas!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label design and branded black twist-off pressure cap. Bottled 06/26/14.

Expectations are average given the brewery. I always love to see more Steam beers on the market.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. OFf-white/pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Average complexion and consistency. Retention is pretty good - about 6-8 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent gold of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Generally appealing, but not unique or special.

AROMA: Sweet caramalt, toasted malt, pale malt, a hint of zest, a bit of earthiness, and cream. Not finding the unique yeast character/attenuation inherent in the style. It's a pretty underwhelming aroma overall. Mild in strength.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Pale malts, overly sweet caramalt, some floral hop character, a bit of tropical character (papaya, warm tangerine), and noticeable alcohol warmth along with a slightly metallic off-note. It's a subpar build for a steam beer. Overly simple, with no real subtlety or intricacy. Very plain and boring. I'm not a fan of either the choices of malts (too sweet) or hops (too bland).

Imbalanced. Not a big fan of this one.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Lightly coarse (which doesn't suit it), wet lightly creamy, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and of average thickness. A bit rough on the palate, dragging across the taste buds.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, this texture isn't a good companion to the taste, and distracts.

OVERALL: A swing and a miss at the Steambier style from Saint Arnold. It's decent, but I wouldn't buy it again - especially with the wide availability of the vastly superior Anchor Steam on store shelves. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed. This one can safely be skipped, but it's downable, sure. Very pedestrian and underwhelming.

High C-

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Photo of HardTarget
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark amber glass goes a bit brown and holds a full 2 finger head of off white foam. The body shows waves and waves of tiny bubbles that support the head.

Smell: Wet grain, earthy, dusty European style hops, with a light yeasty note.

Taste: Earthy hops with a pear note.

Feel: Surprisingly creamy given the very active carbonation. A bit lively on the palate, a slight chew to the medium body that dries out and encourages the next sip.

Overall: Not a challenging beer at all, easy drinking, flavorful, satisfying. A very Old World beer with a New World twist.

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Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Golden copper color with a thin head.
Nice impressive predominant aroma of Liebfraumilch wine or sweet white grapes, and some I going to the country and eat a lot of peaches. Hints of passion fruit and a mild funkiness and sweat.
Flavor with notes of white wine, slight toasted malts, soap, caramels and peaches.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This was really interesting. Lots of white wines and peaches. Well done. Probably it is not faithful to style, maybe that is the reason they are calling it Texas Common. Anyway, I don’t care.
Ap.3,25 Ar.4,25 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Saint Arnold Icon Texas Common has a medium, cream-colored, somewhat Pepsi-Cola fizz head of foam, a hazy, rust-red appearance, tight bubble streams, noticeable powdery sediment throughout, and almost no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of passion fruit and tea-like tannin. Taste is of tropical fruit, sugar, tannin, and white bread crust, with a decent hop bitterness to back it up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Icon Texas Common finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber red color. Slightly hazy with finger width foamy head. Head retention is okay. There is a mild amount of lacing, but it is only evident when you swirl the glass. Aroma is more apple-like to me. Slightly sour and bready. Carbonated, malty taste up front, followed by a mild hoppy bitterness with a more bready and soapy aftertaste. Decent beer. I haven't really tried any other beers of this style, so it is hard to judge. It is one I would drink again, though.

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Bought Fresh four pack from local grocery store. Poured overly cold (30°) straight into a standard drinking glass.
Pours a crystal clear amber red with an eggshell color head that dissipates quickly.

Steam beer or common beer is a delicate, crisp and slightly sweet style from my experience. I haven't had an Anchor in years but I used to drink it all the time back in my younger years.

I typically like everything Saint Arnold brews. I really love hops and I am a huge IPA fan.
But this beer is odd. I can't tell what is behind the hops. I haven'thad a lot of experience with Mosaic Hops but they are very strong. This beer tastes good, don't get me wrong. The hop character is lovely.
But this is kinda disappointing overall. Too much going on for the style. Good beer. Should be labeled as a Pale Ale or an IPA though.

Update- I saved one of the Icon Texas Common to compare side by side with a standard Steam style beer. Bought a single Anchor as it is probably the style standard. I was right, the style is just way too delicate in my opinion to be hopped like that. Lowered my score. Standing by my original comment.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap and bottled on 07/14/2014. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops and some fruity esters also a little granny smith apple

Taste: Very hop forward with tropical fruit, lemongrass, and some grapefruit and some caramel malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a crisp finish

Overall: One of my favorite Icons yet. Very hop forward and shows of the profile of the Mosaic hop very well. Even with all the flavor, there is still a crisp, dry finish which makes this a great summer beer to pair with some brauts on the grill.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a (tulip) pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, slightly rusty amber color. Average but lasting head with moderate lacing. Visibly carbonated with various sized bubbles circulating vigorously.

Smell: Toasted bread, stone fruit and mild resin, but also something more savory (celery or even sweat?).

Taste: Full, toasty malt with caramel sweetness with good hop bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall: Good, malt forward lager (and interesting departure from SA's mostly ale lineup). Unfortunately some unappealing notes emerge in the aroma (unsure if bought an unlucky 4-pack, but another reviewer noted "sulfur yeast").

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper color with a fairly small cap of off-white head. Decent retention and just a little lace.

The mosaic hops really change up the aroma here - very tropical aroma infused with a style that usually leans earthy with toasty malt. Some toast peeks through under the hops with a little minerality and sulfur yeast.

Taste has a pleasant hop flavor that plays nicely with some caramel maltiness and toast. The fruitiness works well and gives the beer a complexity the style rarely achieves. This one also does not seem to be as dry as Anchor Steam. Im glad the hops throw down more in the aroma and flavor as opposed to an overly bitter finish. A tasty brew and shows some really nice innovation, another winner from the ICON series.

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Saint Arnold's version of a steam beer that uses Mosaic hops.

A: Pours a clear amber red color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts that reminds me of burnt toast. The hops linger in the finish. Orange rind and lemon zest. Bitterness is strong and lingering. Which is not my thing.
T: Toasted malts up front. Lightly sweet with some caramel flavors. That quickly gives way to the substantial bitterness. Kind of nondescript, and lingering on forever.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Fairly smooth at the same time. The alcohol is a little strong, and more apparent than I like for the style. Mix that with the sharp lingering bitterness, and I am probably not going through these very fast.

This is a style that I really love, and was interested to see what Saint Arnold would do with it. Certainly not as enjoyable as the other beers they have made in this series, and Real Ale's version is king IMO. Interesting attempted, and I love the series. Just a miss for me.

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Icon Series: Texas Common from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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