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Icelandic Pale Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 35.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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 +35.7%
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 -23.9%
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%
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 +3.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -5.6%
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 +9.1%
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 -18.3%
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 +18%
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 -3.8%
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 -6.8%
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.

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

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.

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 -0.3%
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 -17.1%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Einstök Ölgerð Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I was so excited for this beer! It's got a beautiful label and it's from Iceland, what more can you ask for? Unfortunately the beer itself has to deliver.

So, American pale ale? Yes, they use American hops, Cascade in fact, but that doesn't make it an American pale ale. The label reads "Icelandic" so I'll just go with that, and of course I can certainly forgive the listing as there's no other category that it really fits. Maybe it's so lightly hopped because that's the Icelandic style, they can't grow them, so they just use less, as the Scottish did.

I found it clean, well-brewed, and balanced but in general, lacking overall. There's a hint of Cascade, which is great, but the malt is limited as well and it's only slightly caramelish. It's not as if you'd be confused as to whether you were drinking an ale or a lager, but it borders on becoming that.

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Photo of santomark
4/5  rDev +18%

A - Pours a very copper body. It's like looking at a liquid penny. Little to no head, probably less than a fingers width. Disappears very quickly.

S - This smells like a fall/autumn beer. Very sweet, but the heaviness comes through. Smells of figs, raisins, plums, molasses, honey, banana peels, a bit of roast like roasted char.

T - Sweet molasses, slight roasted malt, aged fruits, more like figs, raisins and bananas. Sweet bread.

M - This absolutely is a medium body. At times you want to say light, but there's a thickness to it that reminds you to steer away from that notion. Smooth, silky, dry, and refreshing. It leaves you wanting more.

O - I can't believe some of the reviews. I think what is happening to this brew is, it's market is right in the middle. It's something that casual drinkers cannot appreciate, and something experienced drinkers find sub-par. As for me, this brew is a solid session beer. Very refreshing, it reminds me of autumn/fall with it's tones, and that's probably helping me considering fall/autumn is a few weeks away. But I will say this is a great brew and very nice treat if you have some extra cash laying around. But for $12 a 6pck here in LA.. I can understand why people either love it or hate it. The price is a big factor.


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Photo of Phigg1102
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep copper color with minimal head. A bit of caramel in the aroma, not a whole lot going on here. Flavors of vanilla and malt, slight diacetyl, not a huge hop presence. Medium carbonation and a bit sticky. A little sweeter than expected, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Msxmollyrose
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar.

Appearance: A deep orange/Amber color. Minimal head.

Smell: Not great... biscuit?

Taste: Definitely made up for the aroma. I get full flavors of honey and grapes, earthy, mild orange peel/citrus zest and some jasmine. Medium malt and light hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very nice crisp finish. The finish is the best part for me. Sweet with a very small bit of bitterness at the very end.

Overall: I like this beer. Its not the best but its still pretty darn good. I tend to shy away from pale ales but I think this one has a wonderful fruity flavor profile. Will drink again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 12, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange amber clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing along the sides. Minimal retention on the way down.

Smelled a mix of an APA, a pilsner and a summer brew. Got lemon grass, wheat, honey, lime, earthy, malty and grape.

Tasted grape, lemon, wheat, honey, grass, bread, hay, corn, bitterness, very malty and earthy. Got better as it went down though.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft-to-average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

I may have been a bit generous on my ratings, but oh well. A semi-decent beer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this at the BevMo in Antioch, CA.

Appearance- copper color, very thin head

Smell- malt mostly

Taste- light flavor, mostly malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I might have it again but it definitely wasn't the best pale ale I have had. It was pretty good though.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bb070314 ap: light amber, minimal subsiding head, clear, appropriate carbonation. sm: lemoney, grassy hop, and also light malts. ta: as smell. Medium sweetness and bitterness. mo: medium to full body, creamy texture. ov: competent, 'clean-tasting' pale ale.

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Photo of silverking
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a clear, deep gold. There is one finger of white head that fades quickly to a thin layer of foam. It has nice lacing, there are well defined rings left down the sides of the glass.

S- Aromas of malt, earthy european hops, and mild honey notes.

T- Malt up front, just like the aroma. Hops make an appearance in the mid-palate. The finish is mildly bitter and astringent.

M- light bodied with an abundant amount of prickly carbonation.

O- I wanted to try a beer from iceland, and i'm glad I did, but I probably won't buy it again. I would, however, try different beers from this brewer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 12/3/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and some subdued citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and brown sugar flavors on the finish. A slight metallic flavor comes out as the beer warms up as well. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not very well put together in my opinion.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow - £2.50):
Light and very clear amber colour with a thin, bubbly white head that settles to a patchy lacing after a couple of seconds. The drink looks relatively still as well.

Light on the nose with some caramel and faint hops as well as some citrus and pine plus a few lighter malts as well and a touch of sweet fruit. Pleasant but it could have done with being stronger.

Clean, light malts to begin with hints of caramel and fruit, mainly tropical and a touch of hops. A fairly basic pale ale taste but a nice one that seemed to tick the right boxes.There is some biscuit malts as well and a general sweetness to the beer.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a very crisp, clean finish. There is some sweetness and only the faintest hint of bitterness rounded off with a dry finish.

A little weak but overall it was a nice beer. Up there with the cleanest and most crisp tasting beers and due to this it was very easy to drink and quite refreshing. Definitely a nice introduction to Icelandic beers without really standing out.

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Icelandic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
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