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Arctic Circle Ale - Malmgårdin Panimo

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BA SCORE
89
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 26
Gots: 2 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Hoppy_McGee, Saturday at 03:59 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

DamoTO700, Saturday at 03:04 AM
Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly chilled into a tulip glass. A dark coppery brown colour, quite hazy with minimal film but some decent lacing.

S - aroma is very interesting, caramel malts, estery spice, juniper, also a rustic yeasty aspect which compliments the malt. Some floral and heather aspects, really interesting, mulled apple cider.

T - a malty start with a bit of caramel sweetness, a character a bit reminiscent of apple cider with a nice spicy rye body and then a full junipery flavour, caramel malt and honey, earthy bitterness, maintains a bit of spice to the finish. Well accentuated and flavourful.

M - nice moderately big body with a nice resiny spice to it, quite a pleasant juniper character, a light carbonation to it. Very drinkable.

Pleasant and complex. This is my first Sahti and this is a delightful and well made beer. Interesting combination of caramel malt with a touch of juniper resin and flavour, kept in really nice balance, with some rustic yeast characters and fruitiness, apples and mulled peach, a pleasant herbal finish with a bit of a medicinal quality but artfully balanced with the lingering malt. Well-recommended.

mick303, Friday at 02:39 AM
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what a special and unique beer, tastes like some of the ones ive had done with birch syrup, but different from any beer on the market. its a deep ruby to caramel color, clearish until the yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle starts to break up and add some sediment to it, not muc light getting through it, viscous, and not much head even as i try to raise it up. where the lack of carbonation is less appealing in looks, it makes the beer in mouthfeel. love the density of it, carrying the pine notes of the juniper and the sweet malt as long as possible, and its heaviness makes it a perfect winter warmer. i really love the malt in this, its so deep and rich, caramel and toffee and butter cream (in a good way). the juniper is less intense than anticipated, especially in the nose, where it only adds a layer rather than dominating, but it does have a sappy element in the feel, which works. smells and tastes like a traditional english ale yeast, and therefore makes it seem just a little like an english barleywine in style. the aftertaste is amazing, and the more i drink this and let it warm up, the more i like it. my first beer from these guys, and one of my first from finland (if not the very first), i would love to travel here and see whats out there in terms of beer. this is so different from anything else, wonderful!

StonedTrippin, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

nullbort, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint. "finnish ale brewed with juniper twigs" (to be honest i've never tasted juniper before). best before aug 6, 2016, which is printed at the very top of the bottle's neck. poured on november 16, 2014

a: an opaque, deep caramel colour. a very aggressive pour yields 2.5 fingers of head

s: full of caramel and earthy scents. some fruity aromas like slight grapefruit, figs, and raisins, and a pinch of alcohol

t: starts off with a huge and distinct spicy/herbal-y/earthy quality, which i'm guessing is the juniper flavour, along with strong malty caramel. mid-palate exhibits mild raisin/fig notes, along with a potent punch of a kind of smoky taste, which is quite interesting. the finish (heh) has lingering herbal bitterness, with touches of caramel and smoke

m: medium-ish body and medium-minus carbonation. feels quite thick in the mouth, really nice

o: an intriguing, flavourful beer. give it a shot

kevinlater, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DaPan, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: murky, dull brown, like prunce juice; fine, almond coloured head with good retention and stickiness

Aroma: loads of spice - cumin, clove, allspice, with some toffee lying underneath - definitely peaking interest

Taste & Mouthfeel: big, rich toffee flavour aggressively coats the palate, bringing to mind a scotch ale; a whisper of hops cuts the sweetness, and coupled with light spice notes - now almost completely indistinguishable - it leaves a dry, mildly burnt finish, eager for another sip; reading a couple reviews after I did mine, flavours I couldn't quite identify in the finish were likely contributed by the juniper, interesting

Overall: great aroma, big flavour, easy drinking, and not overwhelmingly sweet when it could easily have been - could still treat this like a dessert beer though, it gives a delightful sense of sticky toffee pudding

BGDrock, Nov 15, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Wajohnst, Nov 15, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Coffee coloured under a moderate head that settles to a full cap. Only spotty lace. Nose is all burned caramel malt, comes across as fairly sweet. Whiff of alcohol. And indeed, sweet to taste, with some sort of interesting funky, smoky thing happening. Good that way, but sweetness means this is just a one off. The smoke/funk is what I'm assuming is the juniper and that makes it kind of an interesting brew despite the sweetness. Noticeable alcohol as you go. Worth a try, but be prepared to find your way past the sugar to see what else is in there.

TerryW, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bf_89, Nov 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Cramshawbar, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

andrenaline, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

yancot, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

WillAndSarah, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

ivyman, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of rudzud
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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
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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%

mrbigpappa, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

little_star, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

MarkDeming, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Keene, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of simont1
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...

simont1, Jun 02, 2014
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Arctic Circle Ale from Malmgårdin Panimo
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.