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Icelandic Pale Ale - Einstök Ölgerð

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 179
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Iceland

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

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Philousa
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shiny metallic copper in color with thin, airy head. A little lacing. Clarity is great. Light coppery malt, some biscuit but nothing really stands out in the nose. Faint hint of hops, but I've no idea what kind. Thin flavors, some nuttiness, a little biscuit, then it turns bitter. Copper penny bitterness takes over. No real pine or grassy bitterness. Mostly metallic.Thin mouthfeel with a dry finish.

As you can tell from my description, I wasn't really feeling this. It isn't a good sign when you are describing the lack of flavors or aromas. Pass. (552 characters)

Photo of amorpork
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Demaskee
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Msxmollyrose
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (878 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (580 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,634 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of funkydrumma
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (216 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (635 characters)

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. (317 characters)

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. (1,085 characters)

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

A-amber color with a modest white head and good lacing

S-biscuity malt, faint citrus and pine

T-malt, bread, citrus, pine, decent bitter hoppy finish, slight astringency

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent pale ale, some good flavors (259 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of gutbucket2
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Goldenrod with some brown highlights and rimming clotted cream-colored head that speckles.
Gooey toffee, roasted nuts, and orange bark on the nose - all subdued.
Golden crunch biscuits with a bit of butterscotch and dried orange rind and mulchy hops.
Lemon barley sweets finish and mildly bitter linger. Light, round, some chew.

This lines up much better as an English Pale Ale, and not an exciting one. Cascade must be in minimal amounts and I taste (or imagine I do) a leafy bitterness from Northern Brewer. Not getting chocolate malts, either. As for the water quality, I'll take their word on it about the glacier.

Not as crisp or as interesting as it could be. (669 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (208 characters)

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Icelandic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð
79 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.