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Saint Arnold Icon Blue - Cascadian Dark Ale

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our Cascadian dark is essentially a very dark version of an IPA. The secret is to balance the hop flavor with the black malts. We used a combination of Chinook Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe hops in this ale.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Poured form bottle into DFH/SN IPA glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick beige head. Moderate aroma floral hops and dark sweet malts. Taste starts out moderately hoppy but has a dark roasted finish that lingers. Slightly sharp mouthfeel that leaves cleanly.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gruberm (327) - - APR 23, 2014
This is celebratory beer for finishing some renovations on a house. Yay! Required text limits. Boooo ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gkeh (192) - Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
alas, I think the only good beers Saint Arnold puts out is Endeavour and Pumpkinator. This one pours a cola brown, with the tiniest of heads that disappears almost immediately. The nose is roasted malts, not much else. Taste is more of the same, not picking up any hops at all, and this is supposed to be a dark IPA? Negative. Watery mouthfeel, just not very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of an extra via trade on BA. Thanks. Pours a blackish dark hue, not opaaque as edges show ruby red glow pretty prominently. A frothy brown head atop stays as a decent filmy layer, sits atop ok and laces ok. Aromas present fruity elements, citrus, and florals. A gentle pine element, toasty malts and faint cocoa. Soapy hops, a weird fruity/yeasty vibe at times that is a bit off. Biscuit, marmalade, oxidation and wet paper. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a bit underbodied with some decent bitterness, toast and florals meets just a faint push of citrus. Some toastiness, bread and biscuit. Gentle smokey/ash elements, dryness, earth and faint cocoa nib elements. The hop element gets a bit more intense in the back, ashy elements merging with an earthy and floral distinct dry bitter twang. That funny nose element has died out a bit, the backend showing a bit more body, cocoa nib and dryness really comes in more firmly. Earthy hop, faint citrus, some resiny pine but not as intense as I’d like it. The malt bill seems dry, a bit brash. Underbodied overall (but better into the backend and finish) and a bit brash at times, the nose has something wrong with it.. Either oxidation notes or some odd yeasty feel. The beer itself is solid, if unneccessarily 7% ABV. Ok. Not something I’d likely revisit, perhaps some age added to some detracting oxidized hops on the nose.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle:   Deep cola, thin foamy sandy head, little lacing.   Light roast, a touch of soy on the nose.   Moderate roastiness on the tongue.   Falls off quickly, very little bitterness.   Black Pale Ale maybe?   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Watery roasted malt finish, with very little in the way of hoppiness.   Light, and a snoozer of a Black IPA.   Thanks Bill!


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Pours opaque, with creamy frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Light, fruity hops, understated. Malt is smooth and not overpowering. Very easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dlihcsnatas (287) - Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Black brew with a short lived tan head. Smells like grapefruit and roasted malt. Taste is citrus, pine, and roasted malts. While it is interesting it just is not doing it for me. Guess I am just to hard set in IPA’s are amber and porters & stouts are not loaded down with hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Clear brown pour with a light tan head. Very little hops and roasty flavors going on in this one. A little sweet, toffee, spent grain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Poured soda brown with a tan head that settled to a ring. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a light hop backing. The flavor found pin upfront and a roasted finish. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1103) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. First off, the label’s damn near unreadable. No points taken off, but I want to bitch about it. Metallic royal blue on black -- whose idea was THAT? Now, on to the beer. Pours a very dark brown-black with garnet highlights and a high, sticky, lacy tan head. The nose falls firmly in the floral/resinous range, with a definite lavender-meets-rosemary thing going on. Savory on the front of the mouth with soy and black pepper notes, shifting smoothly into a very dry hoppy dark roast on the back of the tongue. Finish is smoky and long. Quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle- Pour is dark with a tan head..Nose is roast, chocolate, pine, sweetness, coffee..Taste is chocolate, sweetness, roast, bitter hops,spice..palate is dry with roast


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