Saint Arnold Icon Red - Belgian Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 Wrights 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 doesnt 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Deep copper colour with very nice lacing from the head. Very balanced hops with a strong malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (8933) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordOfTheFlies (1) - Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012 does not count
Yeast and hops in the nose. Yeast, bread, some dry fruit up front. Very light malt sweetness into mellow/milds hops. Nothing to blow ypur mind, but a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1679) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1891) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, some thick lacing left behind, and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. The aroma is faint, but one can detect fruitiness (think of strawberries) and bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, lighter-than-average molasses, some hop bitterness, and there is a bit of a malt liquor alcohol twang present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) finises dry, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a very mild and easy-going beer. Its worth checking out, but probably wont be on the shelves for long, with its limited release. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carboloader (674) - 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 Im not a fan of Belgian ale. Apparently I do like the bastardized Belgian Pale ale variety. Not as good as Stones Cali-Belgique, obviously, but not bad for Saint Arnold!

   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 Id revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle from a BA trader - thanks! Murky copper pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is light, dry hop bitterness with some clove and wheat. Taste is a nice balance of clove with banana and a clean, lightly bitter hop finish with a small amount of sweet malt. Light and clean mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap at Hoppy Monk El Paso, tx Pours bright darker orange hue wit a eggshel head with very good lacing nose is bright malt astrungency some carmel and crystal malt character flsvros of lite apples earthy leafy hop notes and lite spicy notes not a bad brew at all but hardly a belgian solid for what its worth a very good session brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Golden amber brew, rocky white head. Nose of Belgian yeast, citrus, some pine. Caramel, herbal hops, spices.

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