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Saint Arnold Icon Red - Belgian Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Packaging Color: Red
Date Released: December 10, 2012
Original Gravity: 1.0575
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol: 6% ABV


Brewer Sam Wright’s Description:
I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn’t get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5796) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
deep amber .. light head, as is the lacing .. . on the old bastard again, don’t freeze .. . light bitterness- very light fruit skin, modest yeast, and bitter caramel like monkey .. . good for a quick snort but needs more depth to be a repeat buy, but i can see what they were going for so cheers to that
.. . . Tis nary a beast alive that can outrun a greased Scottsman!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Deep copper colour with very nice lacing from the head. Very balanced hops with a strong malt backbone.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansermadide (1515) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 It pours unimpressively. The beer looks light-bodied, very clear, over-carbonated, and has horrible head retention. The color is a little red for a pale ale. The aroma reminds me very much of an amber lager, light and almost yeasty on the nose with pretty intense caramel. The flavor is also much like an amber lager (I’m thinking Dos Equis Amber), but with a higher amount of caramel malts and a better hop profile than you’d find in most of that style. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get over the thin body, its lagerishness, and the basic disappointment that ensues. The only reason that I’m giving this a decent rating is because it’s unoffensive. It’s not bad... just way disappointing. Too bad you can’t return a partially-consumed 4-pack.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozarkspops (347) - - JAN 5, 2013
Very clear golden/copper pour. Medium eggshell head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mixture of Belgian yeast and malt sweetness. Not a lot of hop is the aroma. Flavor is similar, but the malt sweetness takes over. A little bit of hop spice and a more mild Belgian yeast fruitiness. Finish is fairly clean and crisp. ---Rated via iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4794) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
amber pour with a cream head. nose is funky, fruits, yeast, and sweet. smooth on the palate, sweet fruits, cotton candy, and light spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Slightly hazy golden with a foamy white head. Estery, spicy, and slightly dusty nose with some pear and pale earthy cereal grains. Peppery flavor of yeasty esters, dough, light mild herbal bitterness, sweet pale maltiness and a subtle hint of dusty spiciness with a slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3575) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
A red ale with a malty backbone and some Belgian yeast flavors. Good refreshing bite and carbonation. He body is medium and the finish a little sweet and sharp finsh at the same time. It also taste a bit like dirt which isn’t necessarily bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1499) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours bright copper/reddish with a small white head-clear. Nose is yeasty, bready, slightly mettallic with a hint of hops. Taste is very similar but with a bit more of a hop kick-but not the usual Belgian "style" hops. A hint of alcohol. Carbonation is smooth and the beer is very drinkable. Nice single session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StealMyCarbon (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
Bottle. Pours amber with nice caramel head. Mild hops softened by slight sweetness and soft hints of caramel. Definitely a beer I’d revisit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1608) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Interesting stuff, this. Belgian yeast, lightly hoppy, a little sweet. Somehow familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.


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