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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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-03-2009)
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Cavery, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

kaelingirl, Dec 05, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

mrbigpappa, Sep 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

NOLANDMAN, May 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

RochefortChris, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color with reddish highlights, and a light tan two finger head that has fairly nice retention and lacing. Smells of a dark fruit mixture on top of a spicy rye malt and some aroma of dry campfire wood. Flavor is gin-like from the juniper twigs at first and morphs into an earthy noble hop-spiced rye note that sweetens up in the finish to more of a standard caramel malt profile (the rye falls away from the barley), albeit with tannic and gin accents throughout. Luscious smooth and heavy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Truly an excellent Sahti, remarkable for being so dark and rich compared to other Sahtis I've had. This one is a must-try if you can locate a bottle.

WastingFreetime, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

pathman, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PatGreer, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch, off-white bubbly head. Beer is a brown color. Relatively well kept head retention, good lacing.

S- Brown sugar smelling. Some cola aspects.

T- Very sweet and flavorful. Juniper, spices...dark syrup notes.

M- Well carbonated, crisp on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel, slightly syrupy.

D/O- Rated to style. After trying Arctic Circle Ale, it's no wonder it's (currently) the number one rated sahti in the world. This was my only "want" on BA for the longest time and I just stumbled upon it at a Binny's last weekend!

Duff27, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Different than I expected and much different than another juniper beer I've had. This one reminds me of a softer easier chewy porter or stout. Poured with a fine light tan head that settles down to a thin cover and some lace. Color is a a cloudy brown with dark amber highlights. Aroma is very malty with hints of rye fruit roasty and the juniper. Flavor is the same but with lots more going on. Roast comes out more. Very well balanced. Texture is like I said, chewy and full with great carbonation. Nice finish. Session.

drpimento, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of mj001jk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thin hazel-colored foam.

Aromas are reminiscent of some Belgian ales from the past, sweet molasses, spicy wood and herbs with red apple sauce dominating the olfactory sense. Very appealing...

Initial mouthfeel is fresh and lively, dry yet satisfyingly rich in flavors. Again, a slightly sour Flanders red ale comes to mind when comparing this to anything I've had before. An incense-like tannic sensation on top of a minor alcohol burn on the finish reveals the juniper clearly, but not in any intrusive way.

Everything is balanced perfectly for me and it goes down way too smooth considering the 7.9% ABV.

mj001jk, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, served up at scandanavian tasting at brasserie v

appearance: served in a belgian chalice - bright tangerine body, light bubbly beige ring

smell: toffee, caramel, fresh juniper berries, woody, adequately hopped

taste: very interesting beer - the juniper twigs add a nice twist, dark rye malt, woody, bready, honey, apple peel.

mouthfeel: medium body, abv comes through right about at the listed level

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep burgundy, with almost no head. Leaves thin, soapy Belgian lace.

S: Light, grassy hops, light boozy notes, and typical English barleywine maltiness. Very light juniper aroma.

T: Surprising. I expected the juniper to completely dominate the character, as it often does in Scandinavian herbal beers. Actually, the juniper flavor is subdued, just one component of a pleasant, slightly hoppy back palate. Delicate barley and rye malt sweetness. A touch of banana bread.

M: Medium-bodied. Soft at first, with a slightly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. If it weren't $11 a bottle, it would be part of my regular rotation.

DaveHS, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of berserker256
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color and a massive dense light tan head that lasts. Light does not pass through this beer. Sweet and peppery smell. Carmel, molasses, rye, and spicey pepper (I would bet from the Juniper) are the most notable scents that I detect. Very smooth texture and nice low carbonation. Great blend of bitter spice to counteract the sweetness. Taste very much reflects the aroma. I've had these types of beers before when they were too sweet and syrupy and this beer does an excellent job of avoiding those characteristics. A little alcohol warmth is present after it goes down the throat. Very good beer. Significantly better than the last Suomi beer I had.

berserker256, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle with white plastic.

It pours a lot nicer than the other Finnish sahti, Kataja, that I have had. It is a deep reddish brown with a big off-white head. The head sticks around for a bit and it recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is a lot like a Munich dunkel, different form other sahti's I have had. It has a nice chocolatey dark malt presence. The juniper is there as well.

The taste is a little bit similar to the other sahti's, but again it reminds me a ton of a Munich dunkel. It ahs that immense drinkability to it, though it is 7.3%. There is an underlying bitterness, perhaps form the juniper twigs that is welcome. There is so much chocolate and caramel in there that just tastes really great, like a northwoods imperial Munich dunkel.

If you can find this try it, it is awesome.

crossovert, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been hunting for this one for a few months now - glad to see one during Winter (even if it is nearly 80F here in Los Angeles). Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Body is a hazy sienna topped by three fingers of unstable rocky buff foam which recdes to a half finger with decent lacing and a faint sheen of legs.

The juniper is up-front initially when you open the bottle. After the beer settles a bit in the glass subsequent whiffs bring on more nuance with a delicate presence of hops. A light malt scent merges with a weak tea aroma to round out the nose. No spices, yeast, or alcohol is noted.

Very woodsy palate entry - herbaceous and earthy, like a pine heavy IPA except this is a Juniper forest. Some caramel and toasted malt. Mellow fruit with a dab of honey blends with the malt which leads into a very mild bitterness, cleaning up the finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly roasty. The water seems notably pure, when combined with the juniper, it brings to mind a clear mountain stream.

Medium-light bodied, with excellent carbonation.

All in all a unique concoction that has elements of some American Amber ales as well as some components of an English Bitter - all filtered through a Finnish prism. Subtle but worth seeking out.

augustgarage, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish brown in color and poured with a finger high dense off white head that slowly died down and never completely faded away. A slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel, malty sweetness and toffee in the nose along with notes of juniper.
T: The juniper stands out but these are well incorporated into the overall taste, which also seems to have a bit of spicy and woody flavors in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the juniper flavors do not overwhelm the palate.

metter98, Jan 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

hays99, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MystikCelt, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

little_star, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Evil_Pidde, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a medium to dark ruddy orange amber, a half finger off-white head the slowly dissipates into a thick ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit, reminiscent of a barleywine. Interesting mellow flavor of caramel malt, a light sharp sourness from the rye and a earthy, piney flavor from the juniper. Finishes with resiny juniper bitterness and residual caramel malt. Somewhat subdued flavor, but very pleasant and interesting. Medium to full bodied. A very nice sahti and one I hope to try again.

LiquidAmber, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty and spicy with a tinge of juniper. I really like juniper and Sahti, so I just wish that there was a stronger juniper character if anything. The beer pours a purplish brown, translucent but quite dark, with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is spicy and malty with notes of hops and juniper. It's more along the lines of an English Strong Ale with a bit of holiday spice. The malt has a really nice flavor, like a good barleywine. There are fruit notes, raspberries and plums, mixed with brown sugar and rum. The juniper is light and woody. The hops (or maybe it's just bitterness from the juniper twigs) are relatively strong. There's a fair bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and round. A very enjoyable little nightcap.

popery, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown with two fingers of slightly tanned suds. Some lacing.
Grass and hops with an alcohol raisin and caramel finish.
Taste is kinda coffee like. I get a fig and sweet caramel with some bitterness/blackness at the very end. The alcohol does come through a little after the flavors leave the palate.
Mouthfeel is very good. You get this bitterness then the boozey feel then it all goes away in an instant. This is a cool beer.
Drinkability is good here too. Even though this is a 7.3%er, it has a great finish and makes you want more right away.

peabody, Aug 13, 2009
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Arctic Circle Ale from Malmgårdin Panimo
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.