What follows is the April 24th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
When you say “Cascadian dark ale,” most people will have no idea what you’re talking about. However, this style of beer has grown in prominence over the past several years. They are also better known as black IPAs, which is quite the oxymoron. After all, how can anything be both pale and black?
The Icon series from Houston’s Saint Arnold features a quarterly release of different styled beers, with different colors used for each release. The Icon Blue is a Cascadian dark ale that weighs in at 7 percent ABV. It pours a dark black with a light-colored head. The aroma is an artful blend of roasted dark malts and citrusy hops. The roastiness lasts from the initial taste through the finish, yet it is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. As the beer warms, the hop flavor begins to shine and comes to the forefront. It’s important to serve this beer at a cool, but not cold temperature, with the optimal range being 45 to 55 degrees. This allows all the competing aromas and flavors to come out, and adds to the experience.
Get it before it’s gone, because the next in the series will be released in June.
Saint Arnold’s Icon Blue can be found in four-packs for around $9, and on draft at various bars and restaurants all over Baton Rouge.