Saint Arnold ICON

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by dpkpr, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas


    I could see this beer as a good entry into craft beer. Not big and bold at all but easy to drink and smooth. Very "sessionable" beer
     
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  2. Houston_E89

    Houston_E89 Aspirant (263) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    I've been so busy with work and other things....haven't had the time to track this one down. I'll prolly try this weekend.
     
  3. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Disciple (379) Feb 21, 2011 Texas
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    I did this exact thing with a buddy of mine who only drinks bl. Hes tried a few of my other crafty options, and has never liked them. But the Icon he said was pretty good.
     
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  4. jaymesbawned

    jaymesbawned Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Texas

    delusions of grandeur
     
  5. jaymesbawned

    jaymesbawned Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Texas

    I liked it. Good sessionable beer. Nice belgian yeast flavors without going overboard.
     
  6. kaidasz

    kaidasz Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2010 Texas

    meh, would NOT buy this ever again, but for an entry point for belgians, could be good for him/her.
     
  7. Houston_E89

    Houston_E89 Aspirant (263) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    I wasn't a fan of it...
     
  8. Ford

    Ford Defender (679) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I had it on tap at the new Nobi House Republic yesterday... I like this beer.
     
  9. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Devotee (433) Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    I tried Icon Red on Friday at Freetail. Pretty good stuff. It kinda reminded me of De Koninck. Nothing mind-blowing, but it's a solid Belgian-style ale.
     
  10. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas

    For those of you who haven't found any, there is a pallet sitting at HEB Montrose. No exageration.
     
  11. soultrain19

    soultrain19 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2008 Texas

    Kroger's finally got their shipment as well. Should not be an issue finding this beer.
     
  12. Ford

    Ford Defender (679) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Yep.... seems like they made plenty... can't wait to try the next one in a few months.

    I'll probably end up drinking two four packs of this before all is said and done.. and I've had one pint at Nobi.
     
  13. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Draught House has this on tap in Austin
     
  14. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (351) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    This would be a good summer beer. I'd drink this over a Weedwacker hands down.
     
  15. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    All day long.
     
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  16. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    IMO, of all the lower abv beers brewed by SA, I would say this is the most sessionable on of the lot.
     
  17. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (351) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    Which begs me to ask why they released a Belgian Ale during the winter. The flavor profile of this beer fits perfectly with the summer. Porter would have worked great. Their winter stout sucks. Have they ever released a porter? mmmmmm.......512 Pecan......
     
  18. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    No porter to my knowledge and I am not a fan of their stout either. I need to find some 512 Pecan.
     
  19. Ford

    Ford Defender (679) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I tried the stout last week and liked it... not my favorite stout... but I'll drink it again, especially if I find it on tap somewhere.
     
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  20. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,691) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    The only porter they have released has been the Donleavy Porter. A tribute to the author, and only available on cask at the different Gingermans around Texas. Long gone now.
     
  21. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    I just bought a six of the "winter stout" and thought it was pretty good as well. Of course ive had better, but i thought the flavor was decent and i drank the whole six without a problem ;)
     
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  22. Ford

    Ford Defender (679) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Well I actually had the stout on tap at El Real in Houston last night.... besides being served at a near arctic temperature.... had to wait a bit and let it warm up some... I liked it even more this time.
     
  23. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    I think that if you drank the whole 6, you DO have a problem. ;)
     
  24. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    I hope he wasn't refilling those bottles as he went. :p
     
  25. justin07

    justin07 Initiate (124) Feb 14, 2006 Texas

    very average beer at best. Had at the Saucer without knowing what style it was...still didn't know after drinking it.
     
  26. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    It's a Belgian Pale Ale.
     
  27. Ford

    Ford Defender (679) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I thought it was easy to tell it was Belgian.. but I'm no expert.. so maybe that is my problem.. I knew it wasn't German or Mexican.
     
  28. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    It could of possibly been Polish or Ethiopian but I could be wrong.
     
  29. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    They need to stop screwing around with this ICON crap and gimme Endeavour in 4-packs. SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY IPA MONEY.

    Afterwards, they can continue trying to emulate New Belgium's entire regular lineup.

    :)
     
  30. rainerschuhsler

    rainerschuhsler Disciple (379) May 17, 2012 Texas
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    I can see why it might be hard to tell what style it is. I think the American hops used in this beer kind of overwhelm the Belgian yeast flavors.
     
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  31. cfh64

    cfh64 Devotee (482) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    Huh, thats interesting, I never thought of it that way. Care to be more specific?
     
  32. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I just always think of New Belgium's normal lineup as a menagerie of mediocre Belgian styles.
     
  33. cfh64

    cfh64 Devotee (482) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    Gotchya, but this is only one Belgian style that is part of the Icon series and I don't think claiming they are trying to "emulate" NB is a fair statement based on one beer.
     
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  34. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I was mostly trying to be clever.
     
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  35. cfh64

    cfh64 Devotee (482) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    Lol, you are clever, I'll give you that ;)

    Is this where I say "I see what you did there"?
     
  36. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    I was thinking to myself, Nb's beers arent belgians.....

    ;)
     
  37. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (471) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Hence "NEW Belgium" hehehehehehehehe
     
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  38. HoodooOperator

    HoodooOperator Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Texas

    Picked up some ICON yesterday ... Solid 'MEH'
     
  39. tofuspeedstar

    tofuspeedstar Initiate (185) Jul 12, 2012 Texas
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    Had the ICON over the weekend.

    It was okay, nothing to write home about.

    Definitely agree that the Winter Stout needs some work, there's no body/mouthfeel to it..it's like drinking water. :|

    BA WINTER VANILLA STOUT HOORAY!
     
  40. BeanBone

    BeanBone Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2006 Texas

    If, by some chance, someone on the northside is looking and doesn't feel like driving, the booty Kroger by my house on Rayford has a metric shitload of this.
     
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