Arctic Circle Ale | Malmgårdin Panimo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Malmgårdin Panimo
Finland
malmgard.fi

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 03-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
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34
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Hanyuu
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel malt, brown sugar but also an astringent note. Taste startssweet with brown sugar and dried fruit notes, gets more bitter in the middle taste with some earthy/woody flavor and finishes even more bitter with a lingering charred wood note. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Overall it's an interesting style of beer but not something to really seek out.

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Photo of dcotom
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured form 0.5-L bottle into straight-sided mug. Appearance of watered-down cola, not much carbonation. Aroma reminiscent of a doppelbock, with notes of dark bread, caramel, and prunes. Taste follows the nose, with some bitterness from the juniper and a touch of tartness on the finish. Overall, quite an interesting and complex brew.

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Photo of Vinylboy20
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent brown body, very little head, definite lacing.

S - Molasses, bready malts, and a very pungent alcohol note.

T - Following nose, with a big dark bread, a strong molasses line, and a tail of slight bitterness and alcohol.

M - Moderate body, warming on the close.

O - Not, perhaps, my thing, but very well structured, and flavorful.

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Photo of byronic
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kornkid8600
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matias-
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of roasted malt is mostly dominant with some vague spice notes. Taste is dominated by roasted malt notes with light dry caramel and some distant spices notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. I thought this was short on character and not something I would seek again.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssmack
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark brown with copper highlights. Half inch of mixed beige head but I had to pour hard to get it. Fine carbonation at the surface. Some lacing but no retention.

I can smell the juniper. Brown sugar and roasted grain. Delicious.

Wow. Tons of taste. The juniper works very well with hops. Roasted grain forward with juniper at the edge of the palette which lingers withe the hop bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel with no carbonation. Warmth from alcohol.

A very pleasant surprise for me. I will search this one out again. Great winter ales.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks good and smells great. Where is let me down was on the taste. While it is a decent beer, it does not taste like any traditional Sahti I have had, and I think that is what I was expecting. My wife is Finnish and every summer I wind up drinking Sahti homebrew. Arctic Circle seems harsh by comparison. Just my two cents worth, it might be a regional thing or local ingredients, but I have not had a Sahti that tastes this bitter.

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Photo of Devon_
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected more white snow from the Arctic Circle! Once you're done rolling your eyes and I have your attention back, let me seriously point out that the beer does in fact pour with very little head. I should also clarify that what's in the glass is not butterscotch pudding, though it kind of looks it, but actually a traditional Finnish beverage known as Sahti. Unfamiliar with it? So I am.

Having only tried a few prior to this I've little basis for comparison. But this one has a distinct bitterness in the aroma that's not quite like anything else; its special ingredient - juniper twigs - likely has something to do with it. This boldly malty, semi-sweet, semi-smoky bouquet is similar (by no means identical!) to the coastal, 'beach barbecue' smells of a briny, earthy, peaty scotch.

Arctic Circle Ale consists of a nice tapestry of flavours: spicy rye grain, softly bready barley, hints of sooty peat and kettle caramelization, as well as a little bit of citrusy, gin-like character from the juniper. It tastes like raw almonds and fruitcake at its base though heavier, more serious malt and bruised banana flavours usher those notions out along with some help from the alcohol.

Indeed, befitting to its name, Arctic Circle will certainly warm you on a cold night - this 7.3% isn't impolite but does seem the size of a dump truck. On the finish, any previous notions of sweet dried fruits turn immediately stewed. Alcohol doesn't interrupt or deter drinkability - sitting fireside with a heavy blanket, this warmth in fact adds to the enjoyment - but this one is open about its strength.

If this beer sounds different from anything else on the market it's because it is. Arctic Circle Ale is bound to be a true discovery for most people. A real tough one to properly assess without much experience with Sahti, the only opinions I can really share are that I enjoyed it and found it a deeply interesting ale. This one is absolutely worth the adventure and exploration.

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Arctic Circle Ale from Malmgårdin Panimo
3.93 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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