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Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic Pale AleIcelandic Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beric
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 15 June 2016

Appearance: Golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation visible. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Soft hop aromas, mostly citrus and pine driven. Subtle malt sweetness.

Taste: Really muted- it doesn't really taste like much. The malt is pretty one note- ubiquitously sweet, a bit bready at times. The hops are very subtle and don't really add much. Soft notes of earthy must coming through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a great APA and, other than getting the tick for Iceland, not one I would recommend.

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Photo of pinyin
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served 38F from the bottle into a 16 ounce tulip. No bottle date.

Typical coloration for a pale ale. Light golden copper, very slight translucence.

The nose is earthy and floral, some slight citrus going on behind that. Seems like saaz hops for the bittering and possibly a smaller portion of citra for aroma. Nothing groundbreaking or amazing here. Kind of earthy and floral. No yeast esters or heavy malt presence in the scent.

Taste is not bad for a pale ale. This is certainly different than the typical hoppy american APA's. It's similar, but doesn't quite hit the mark. The hops used in this recipe do not match the yeast profile or the malt character. They have a sort of sour note to them which might be fine for a wild ale, but not for a pale. On the plus side, the water profile used here is really nice and balanced. I notice an interesting mineral balance that could have been put to better use with a different recipe.

Mouthfeel is good. Not syrupy, but also not watery. Sits right in between, where a pale ale should be.

This six pack was $17 at my local supermarket, and just not worth the price point, at all. So many better local options out there for half the price. This ale is mostly marketing. Decent craftsmanship, but stick with your local american pale ale. Much more true to the style and will taste much better.

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Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clean orange color. So and so foam.
At the nose a clean smell of european hops, with citrus touches of Cascade. Light malt, and a very light caramel and toffee.
Same notes in the taste, with th citrus from hop a bit stronger.
Malty starting aftertaste, then the right hop.
Nothing exceptional, but not bad.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazed darker Amber and 1/2 finger head. Smells faintly of hops and sweetness. Tastes malty with an earthy finish. Well carbonated. Too earthy/malty for my taste.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this bad boy.

L: pours dark golden body with small white was with some retention and laving
S: sweet, floral hop notes with a honey-like malt undertones. Toffee notes, as well.
T: kind of a "beery" taste. Earthy, like dried leaves, taste with some malts, but not as promising as the smell had alluded too. Pretty juicy; this might need some more fermentation.
F: medium bodied and pretty smooth and crisp.
O: not overly impressed. Apparently and smell made me think I was in for a good one, but the taste is lacking. Some hop notes, but where's the sweet malt go that I found? Where'd the toffee and honey notes go?

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Photo of postalroger
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is a very pale amber color when poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass with a frothy off-white head. It has a very grainy flavor with a noble hop character and a dry finish. It would be a very "poundable" beer in hot weather. I'm thinking it's mis-marketed. It's lot closer to a German Pilsner than a Pale Ale

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Photo of justintcoons
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Honey, bubblegum, and golden apple.

Taste
Honey, golden apple, and bubblegum. Crisp grassy notes with touches of soft lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall
Refreshing and quaffable. Balanced and mellow. Comparable to a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, golden-brown in color with 1/4 inch head that goes quickly. Taste is pale malt, toffee, honey, and husk. Above average, semi-sticky body, but tasty. Not very hop forward. I would get this one again, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber with decent head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toast, citrus and noble hop spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt backbone. Hops are a mix of citrus and noble hop earth, herbal and spice notes. Slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Basically like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a more Germanic hop influence.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is hazy Amber with yellow highlights with a thin head.

Smell and taste are flat with a stale funkiness. Not really any clear hops taste but a thin maltiness.

Not a beer I would readily drink again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA.

Hazy copper pour, wispy white head. Malty aroma, light grassy hops. Mostly sweet malts in the taste, mild touch of grass and earth, definitely more malt-forward. Not bad overall, but not really what I want in pale ales.

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Photo of codekiln
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Reykjavik Vinbudin and from Fish cafe in downtown Reykjavik. Me alewifie says it has notes of homemade, burned maple syrup with sediment in it. I think it has a nicely complex, hoppy character. Pours a light head that dissipates quickly. Some bitterness on the finish. Ruby amber in color. I'm trying to taste the maple syrup, and I get slight estery quality, but can't yet sense the maple syrup me alewifie definitely tastes. She's had maple syrup fresh out of the trees after being cooked in the vat. It might be a specific minerally flavor or a certain toasting of the sugars; something earthy; sap comes up the tree from the earth. I think it could be related to the volcanic sulfer in the water here in Iceland. "Tangy" definitely applies.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A darken orange, good clarity with a glass consuming rate of macro-effervesce. Huge, antique white head is rigid and firm, at 3 fingers in the vessel. Thin whispy lashes of lace, weak coverage rate.

S: Hint of sour citrus, wet grass, and wet corn stalks. Odd, not really hoppy as wet and earthy vegetation.

T: Dried corn ears, light bittering bitterness, again more earthy corn stalks ears, then traditional hopping. Malting is weak, corny, earthy vegatation, weak finish, Hard to justify this as a pale.

M: Light bodied, watery, tang of sour corn-citrus on the inner cheeks, Not really bittering, more lager like without the crispness.

O: Drinks like a yuengling, lighlty toasted with a weak hopping, lager like drinking with some stale malt. More macro, corn based, light, non-enticing under par drinkability, have to pass. drain poured.

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Photo of aleigator
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a glowing golden color, with a froth, small white head, while the beer is completely filtered and clear.

Smells of slightly sour straw, dipped into murky wood water, infused by herbal, leafy hops. All in all the nose is a bit muted, as for an Pale Ale.

Drinks very creamy, with a carbonation which develops a lively, bubbly appearance during the finish, while the beer reveals a pleasantly balanced, refreshing hop presence.

Tastes of a white bread malt foundation, together with a soft aqueous quality, while lemons become visible atop of this foundation, adding a fruity and herbal bitterness to the taste, while the fruits exhibit a juicy orange impact. Finishes with a blend of pleasantly dry hops, enhanced by a metallic hint from the malts, tied together by cakey, balancing malts.

Nose and taste appear to be completely different, while the taste is way further evolved, featuring an easy drinking, well balanced Euro Pale Ale. Its hop aspect is not too profound by itself, while all other ingredients add to it, resulting in a beer which has a very synergetic overall taste, which almost makes up for the slightly too sweet finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear darker golden color with off-white head. Floral notes, grass, and a little citrus and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty balanced between the hops and malt.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle pour, not much head or aroma. Clean floral taste, definitely more on the british side of pale ale than USA. I could drink a whole bunch of these but probably wouldn't remember anything special about it.

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Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of 20 Mar, 16 which probably means it was bottled in Mar following the European custom of giving beers a one year best by date.

The beer pours into a Duvel glass a nice clear copper color with 1/2" white head that leaves spider web lacing on the glass as it recedes. Sipping produces a ring and legs of lacing on one side of the glass while there are patches and legs of lacing on the other, some of which slide back down to the liquid. By midway through the beer the foam is mostly gone.

The aroma is light but there is a noticable combination of piney and floral from the Cascade and the noble hops. But the dominant aroma is provided by the caramel malt backbone.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are clean and crisp, with touches of pine, floral, and caramel. The bitterness is mostly earthy.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is almost too light to be noticed. The finish begins mid-way through a sip as the malt backbone gives way to the earthy bitterness and the light sweetness becomes dry, but a slight bitterness lingers too long I think.

Overall this is a tasty enough beer but given that it is a mix of US and Noble hops its seems much more like an English Pale Ale than a APA. While I generally appreciate the idea of exploring a blending of two traditions (e.g., a dopplebock made with American Hops) and I'd not pass this one up if offered I don't find it particularly memorable. Since it didn't rally work for me I don't think I'll be looking to buy it again. If I were in Iceland and choosing from this Brewery's beers I think I'd go for a different one.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper with small beige head, smells of yeast and maltiness, tastes of bitter molasses and mossy woody hops, mouthfeel is right in the middle with a smooth finish and a bright and sharp mouthfeel.

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Photo of amorpork
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Recommended by our concierge saying to seek this out of you're a US craft beer fan. So I did and it was ok but only ok. There are better options out there including the local white ales and stouts. Summary: Good color and carbonation. Very bready, malty taste and slightly metallic finish.

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Photo of modidia
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it is very good with a nice clean taste, little hop, maybe a bit sweet. I think it's better than people are saying.. especially when you are not in the mood for hops

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Photo of Budinetz
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting brew. More or less geared toward a German style pale ale from my perception. Bready malts, English smelling hops, and an ABV that's about average for a pale ale. I would try this again with other German pales and APAs just to compare.

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Photo of Ego
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

random Iceland fact: Puffin is considered a local delicacy that is often prepared through broiling.

eyes...
2 full fingers of seemingly geothermic heated white foam, really well constructed head with a solid foundation of micro-bubbles, slightly orange to brown hue, lots of carbonation rising on up, lacing is great as well as head retention... nice looking glass of suds to be sure

nose...
grainy with a sense of dirt noble hops, slight caramel balanced by a nice earthy touch, has a dryness to it, pretty much down the middle with the schnozz factor

taste etc...
bright carbonation with just enough bite, the hops are subdued and the after finish almost has a mint flavor like mild candy cane, everything is very mild here but not bad.

verdict?
I can't imagine session-ing this but with the right dessert this would be a nice departure versus some uber heavy syrupy thing

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Photo of DavidBart
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking matte bottle label and a simple, classy logo. I've never seen this one before. Looked like it could be interesting. Looks, however, can be deceiving, and this one was hard to finish. I poured more than half of it away. Not disgusting, but I had better options in the fridge. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Demaskee
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tries to be the best of all worlds and comes short. Noble hops combined with Northern Brewer and Cascade. Unfortunatly it doesn't quite work. Think toothpaste and orange juice. You don't want to combine the mintiness of NB with the citrusy/floral Cascade. It falls flat with a lingering biitterness on the back middle of the tongue.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2014.

Appearance: Medium red color, that is a bit cloudy. The head is thick and light colored, or off-tan. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a hops influence. The is some citrus flavors in the aroma, as well as a spices. The various aromas make for an interesting contrast.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting APA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting APA. There is a variety of flavors, but none of these flavors overshadow the other flavors. Good when a lighter beer (hops are not too strong and not very malty) is desired.

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