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Arctic Circle Ale - Malmgårdin Panimo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 24
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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MystikCelt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-07-2012 07:34:37 | More by MystikCelt
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MarkDeming

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-05-2014 00:48:20 | More by MarkDeming
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Keene

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-25-2014 04:35:40 | More by Keene
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SimonTja

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 02:06:34 | More by SimonTja
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

03-27-2014 02:05:34 | More by BeerBucks
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-22-2014 20:31:01 | More by afsdan
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JTuomi

Finland

4/5  rDev +1%

12-26-2013 18:39:33 | More by JTuomi
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tanarm

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:13:36 | More by tanarm
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-09-2013 05:19:28 | More by PatGreer
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-14-2013 08:45:18 | More by aztraz
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jibjib513

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-20-2013 13:11:46 | More by jibjib513
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-19-2013 00:05:05 | More by mrebeka
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:31:07 | More by clayrock81
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-11-2013 01:34:50 | More by pathman
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

06-30-2013 19:59:06 | More by MarkyMOD
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

05-23-2013 04:45:30 | More by NOLANDMAN
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-08-2013 01:47:42 | More by cadaugherty
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-31-2013 02:19:57 | More by RochefortChris
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-30-2013 18:29:08 | More by Evil_Pidde
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AgentMunky

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 06:16:12 | More by AgentMunky
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No head on a murky brown with golden hues body. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly fig, red apple, raisin and plum with some caramel and candy sugar as well. Flavors are a little bittersweet with more dark fruit initially including sour cherry, fig and raisin with a toffee, chocolate and caramel finish which is more bitter and sharp/tart than sweet. The base is bready throughout. Light to moderate carbonation with a relatively thick body that coats the mouth. Nice to try one of this genre from the area for which it is known. Well balanced and becomes more drinkable as its enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 23:20:46 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves only traces of lace.

S - Fruity notes of cherries and juniper with a bit of bready malt.

T - A very brown, bready malt profile up front with some juniper in the middle. Finishes with a distinct, rye bread flavor and lots of lingering juniper mustiness.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A big, heavy, malty beer that is bready and rustic in the way that you would expect a sahti to be. Not something I would drink every day, but well worth trying if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 23:20:32 | More by nickfl
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petluo

Finland

3/5  rDev -24.2%

03-13-2013 11:53:48 | More by petluo
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Florya

Norway

4/5  rDev +1%

02-05-2013 18:14:50 | More by Florya
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a Chimay Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a muddy-copper color and doesn't leave a head. Not a particularly "attractive" beer, but let's see how it smells.

Smell: Caramel and malts up front, also has a smoky characteristic to it.

Taste: Caramel and malts again, a bit of juniper in there as an afterthought that actually helps lift this one up a bit. As it warmed up in my glass, the flavors became more pronounced and this definitely improved it.

Mouth-feel: A little watery, but not too dramatic. Not very carbonated for a beer with a body this light for the style and ABV.

Overall: Although this is different than I expected after reading the description on the bottle, I now see what they meant. The juniper was extremely subtle, but I definitely see why this a "winter ale". A malty brew with a fairly light body, this beer delivers what it promises, I just wish the juniper was a bit more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:59:04 | More by Resuin
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Arctic Circle Ale from Malmgårdin Panimo
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.