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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of BryanCarey
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Seanniek91
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, winter '13
Bruery tulip

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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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