Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Cascadian Dark AleIcon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Pesci on 03-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 16
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of elNopalero
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BigBarley
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Icon Series: Cascadian Dark Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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