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Icelandic Pale Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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79
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Iceland

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist. I like the hard viking dude on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear, deep golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy off-white foam that subsides rapidly. Aroma of aromatic hops underpinned by light caramel malt. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and grain. Nice.

Tastes of light malt with an aromatic hop character and a crisp bitter finish. Slight malty sweetness. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grain and faint yeast esters. A hint of diacetyl in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, with decent body. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of aromatic hops.

A pretty good effort, particularly coming from so close to the arctic circle. The aroma is pleasing, with a good dose of citrus hops. The flavour is similar, but the hop character is weaker - the taste doesn't quite match the quality that the aroma promises. Nonetheless, it's certainly drinkable and goes down nicely. Can't wait to try more from this brewery.

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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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3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a half finger of head on a medium amber colored body.
The aroma is caramel and honey. Pleasant.
The taste starts out with mild bitterness, moves to chalky bitterness and finishes sour. A bit disjointed.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A descent pale ale.

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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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31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice.

Second beer was a 33cl bottle of this: misty dull amber body with no head at all.

The smell was malts firstly and then a weaker cereal/fruity aroma.

The taste was initially semi-sweet malty molasses then a bitter, dry finish arrived as the hops asserted themselves.

Interesting without testing your taste buds, not what I was expecting (in a good way) at all.

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Icelandic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
79 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.