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Arctic Circle Ale - Malmgårdin Panimo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malmgårdin Panimo visit their website
Finland

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of rudzud
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark dark murky brown hue with a thin head that faded to leave a really thin halo. 3.25

S - Aromas of well, incredibly bland. No berries, no sahati notes. Incredibly bland and vegetative. Hmm... 2.75

T - Taste is rather mediocre, very sweet, lightly sticky, light rye and darker malts. Thin, no real juniper, faint caramel. Ehhh 3.25

M - Mouthfeel is thin and watery, very bland. 2.25

O - Overall this beer was a big confusing mess. Really rough. 2.75

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light fizzy small head, dark murky mud cola brown color.

Nose oxidation, weird herbal spice note, sweet candy and molasses like, little dark fruits, husky straw malt, little caramel, etc, raw bread and dark rye, lots of fermenting bread, mild raisin. Later mild medicinal juniper.

Taste semi sweet, thick and syrupy, candy molasses, chewy, mild sugar cane stalk husky like, raisiny as well, mild baking spices, candy, little bitter juniper and twig like. Finish semi sweet, mild baking spices, sweet molasses and syrupy notes lingering, etc.

Mouth is med bod, Syrupy light carb.

Overall meh, not a big fan of the style and this is meh even for the style.

jlindros, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of mrbigpappa
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

mrbigpappa, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of little_star
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

little_star, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of MarkDeming
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

MarkDeming, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Keene
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Keene, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of SimonTja
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very different bitterness on this one, very different ale in general, I guess it’s a Sahti. Rye is nice, very nice mouthfeel, a bit fruity feel to it, quite a bit bitterness, but nicely balanced, and the malt gives very interesting new flavors that I don’t really resemble with "beer" or classic malt, but soy, maybe butterscotch, and some leather feel to it, taste is really full...

SimonTja, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BeerBucks, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev +1.3%

JTuomi, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of tanarm
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sort of a haze to it. Dark Brown in color. Bone white head fades quickly. Seems aged.

Aroma is woody, dusty, earthy right away. Tart fruitiness lingers in the background. Not sure about this...

Taste is nice, very complex. Earthy, woody flavor gives way to the fruitiness. Dried fruit, raisins, cranberry, with a touch of candy sweetness. Dried cherries. Oak. Finish is dry enough. Slight toffee, caramel. Some alcohol comes through. Juniper is there throughout it all, but not so its distracting. Dry, chalky, almost tannic in finish.

Carbonation is medium low. Good for style. Medium bodied.

Overall a really tasty, balanced, well made beer, very unique. I'm glad to have tried it. This will never be the most popular of styles but I think it has its place on a cold day when you want something besides a barleywine.

tanarm, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PatGreer, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

aztraz, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jibjib513, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mrebeka, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body, some red tint, with voluminous head and lace and contains an aroma of some sweet malts, pick up a little rye in there, sweetness is caramel/toffee variety, along with touch of citric hops and that floral, spicy juniper smell is noticeable. Light, easy to drink body, as I get some of the rye which helps smooth it out and gives off a touch of bread and there is some sweet caramel and toffee as well. The juniper is noticeable and adds a snap to finish but the balance is there and nothing is overpowering. A very pleasant beer that warmed up ever so slightly as I "nursed" it.

clayrock81, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

pathman, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MarkyMOD, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

NOLANDMAN, May 23, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

RochefortChris, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Evil_Pidde, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Clearish, with no head. Red-orange.

S: It smells...like spicy dirt? Herbal, grassy(?), gentian root, pine bark, fruit (pears and strawberry), and perhaps...yeast? It's complicated and strange, but pleasant. I imagine this is mostly the juniper?

T: Huh. It's okay, I guess. The history makes it more interesting than it is. It's a flattish, blandish beer, with a definite herbal note that is pleasant but not overpowering. The finish has a surprising amount of bitterness, but the yeast tastes stale and dead.

M: Unremarkable.

O: I'm definitely glad I tried this, and would suggest you do the same, but I will probably not be seeking it out in the future. Still pretty cool!

AgentMunky, Mar 20, 2013
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Arctic Circle Ale from Malmgårdin Panimo
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.