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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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1038) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Clear copper pour with a nice off white head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is yeasty, a little sweet and spicy. Taste is very similar. Kind of like Lawnmower with some Belgian inspiration.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Closer to a pale lager, however with some yeast and slight spice character. No smell or colour and so-so drinkability.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bright copper color with ivory head. Caramel, Belgian spice, bready aromas. Medium body. Dry caramel, earthy dirt, light pit fruit flavors___drinkable

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3411) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, yeast, and citrus. Taste is malt, yeast, citrus, caramel, and spices. Enjoyable.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
13th February 2013
Very light haze on this amber beer, little off white head. Light minerally palate, semi dry. A little sweet malt. Mild minerals. Insipid hops, barely there! Light sweet esters. Semi dry finish. Muted and dull.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Big thanks to Sammy for this one. Pours reddish brown with fizzy head and no lasting lacing. Fairly low carbonation. Taste is boozy and a little too sugary. Smell has some florals. Finish is boozy bitter and slightly sours as the taste progresses. Oily texture. Decent but could do with a little more integration.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Light amber pour, white head. Very sweet up front followed by some apple juice notes, caramel and light doughy flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Amber, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Faint caramel malt like nose.   Moderate sweetness up front, pale breadiness.   Not sure what about this is Belgian.   Does have a very faint mustiness to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   As it warms a bit more of the musty Belgian profile comes out.   Minor hop, still with a soft bready background.   Lingering caramal and faint mustiness.   Not bad, not as Belgian like as I would have liked tho.   Thanks for the bottle Bill!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10781) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at CPK in London. Thanks to Bruce. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Plenty of doughy bread here, strong Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, simple bready malts, toffee, yeast. Simple, pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2402) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bomber thanks to friends of GT2. Drank in Long Beach. Pours amber color with very good flavor, a little bit of spices and caramel, good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours amber with small white head. Esters, phenols, along with American hops. Clean, crisp, clear, smooth finish. Delicious for what it is. I was surprised that I liked this as I’m not a fan of Belgian ale. Apparently I do like the bastardized Belgian Pale ale variety. Not as good as Stone’s Cali-Belgique, obviously, but not bad for Saint Arnold!


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