Icelandic Pale Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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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:
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(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a honeyed amber yellow color with serious foam that tightly compacts once it dies down. There’s a honeyed sweetness rounding out the lightly hopped aroma, and an almost-tropical, pineapple-like hop profile. Lightly hopped with an upfront bittering tailing into a touch of resiny pine. Lightly flavored with tropical hop flavors and a slightly dry finish that is very agreeable. I noticed a light toast on the malt that comes across as it warms. The second of this brewery’s beer that I’ve tried—both have been noticeably crisp and it makes me wonder if there really is something in the water up north.

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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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Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber colour with a nice head that shrinks to a small layer, with some nice lacing as well.

Smells fairly hoppy and aromatic.

Tastes very hoppy, some light malts in there too for balance. Quite a thick mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall a fairly decent beer.

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