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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle, 06/01/2013. Pours deep brown, nearly black, thin white head fades to thin haze on the surface, some lacing around the edge of the glass. Resinous hoppy aroma, bright piney edge, orange mixing with melted chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is porter-like chocolate malts, dark chocolate chips, dry roast with moderately bitter hops in the finish, mostly pine in character. Medium palate, average. Decent black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
This is probably the best Saint Arnold beer I’ve had so far. One of my favorite styles, but lacking the robustness I like in the best versions. Still, has a bit of roastiness and the bitterness I like. Tried in Houston in 2013.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
on draft, cask, and bottle- even the brewpub version brewed in galveston .. . pours a deep brown black .. grassy green hops, mild roast .. . solid beer all around, one of my favorite black ipa’s to date .. . . i am insulted. is this a book report or a witch hunt?

3.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bclingerman (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013 does not count
Its like someone poured half a porter into an IPA. Its it all the flavor of a good brown ale, and the hops of and IPA. Black as coffee, but doesn’t finish heavy like a lot if other black ales

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Deep brown in color with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, grapefruit, toast, light ash. Taste is of roasted malts, grapefruit, pine, chalky mouthfeel, slightly dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1226) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Saint Arnold Icon Blue has a medium, beige head and a dark, yet clear, brown appearance, with thin lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruity, and I found it was of apricot. Taste is also quite fruity, but, here, I was picking up grapefruit. There is also sweetness, brown bread crust, and mild bitterness, but the overriding note is of the fruit. Mouthfeel is slick and medium, and Saint Arnold Icon Blue finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. The 7% alcohol is just not picked up with this ale. Overall, it’s delightful, and I rate it as such. RJT

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle (02/26/13) thanks to grumpypirate06. Pours with a near black hued body and a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of hops: grapefruit, grass, pine, mild cohumulone bite, a bit of earthy roast and leather, medium-low esters. Flavors are roasty and citrusy. Roast character is ashy and a bit astringent. Nutty, tannic, leather. Hop character is nicely citrusy. With a medium bitterness that is amplified by the astringent roast. A bit metallic and nutty. Medium-full carbonation, somewhat dry body. Not horrible, but definitely more than a few yards shy of a homerun.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1643) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Pours cola brown with a dense tan head that slowly fades to leave tons of lacing. Dark and roasty with a smooth bitter finish. I liked this much more than I thought I would.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3930) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Brownish black in color, beige colored head, and that’s it. The smell is pine, hops, malt, roast, chalk, and leaves. The taste is hops, bitterness, pine, roast, and grass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Extra from Steve. Who would expect a dark deep blue bottle would be a black ipa from St. Arnold? Fairly basic, too much roast, overwhelming the hops. Deep black colour, a bit of smoke with the roast aroma. OK drinkability.


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