Arctic Circle Ale | Malmgårdin Panimo

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Arctic Circle AleArctic Circle Ale
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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8
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Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that sticks around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, the brew smells like caramel malt, dark bread, herbs, and some dark fruit. The herbal and caramel flavors are strong in this brew. It also tastes like nuts, dark bread, and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I liked it! $8.99 a bottle, I think it's worth trying at that price.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Wally's Wines, Los Angeles, CA
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

This was a sampling of my first sahti, had little in the way of expectation as I've never had the style before. Very rich and malty, quite caramel-laden, very little hop presence and the juniper (at least in this bottle) is subdued and in the background. Overall, I suppose I would have appreciated the juniper being a bit more noticeable in both taste and smell, as this would have differentiated the beer and the style from a bock or imperial brown ale. This is highly drinkable, but perhaps not something I'd spend $7 for a bottle of again, given that no dating is present and little reference to work with.

Pours a 1.5cm head of light tan foam, composed of small to medium bubbles, with average retention. Fades to a thick ring around the glass with modest lacing (a few large spots here and there). Body is a dark brown with reddish hues, opaque, with light bringing out lighter orange-red tints amidst the general brown backdrop.

Aroma of caramel, syrupy malts, richly roasted nuts. Seems to be missing the juniper, or it has dissipated with age (of course, I'm not sure how old this bottle actualy is). Rather doppelbock-like, when considering the caramel, malt intensity, and vague nuttiness of it all. This smells just fine, but I'm not sure if it's indicative of a quality, fresh sahti or not.

Overall, flavors are rich, malty, with slight hints of juniper and woodsy resin. Tasting opens with caramel sweetness that features slight chocolate as well. Mid-palate experiences rich caramel malts with modest juniper-like pine flavors. Back of palate continues the hearty caramel malts, but also some tanginess and bitterness, possibly from the juniper or ethanol, which can also be lightly detected. Aftertaste of caramel malts mixed with light juniper berry/twig flavors and subtle bitterness.

Beer's body is medium-heavy to heavy bodied, with medium-low carbonation, the result being a mouthfeel that is exceptionally smooth and full. Does not close dry, but there is a bit of stickiness across the palate and lips.

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Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of hays99
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crimson head mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Figs, cinnamon, & peppery notes

T: Dark fruit, some medicinal notes, & dryness up front. Leafy hops, raisins & more dryness as this warms. Finishes with woody hops, figs & dryness, just a bit of medicinal twang...

MF: Medium bodied, near zero carbonation

This is alright, the juniper is fairly muted. Had way better & (fresher?) American versions for much cheaper

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crazy bubble action. Only about a half finger of head. Large light beige bubbles. Body is rootbeer brown.

S - nice caramel, some other sweetness, and a hint of chocolate.

T - not quite as sweet as the aroma. Some good light hops beaks it up. Chocolate and caramel dominate.

M - god carbonation and body. Only slightly buttery.

O - pretty good but nothing to fly to Finland for. It is refreshing and simple.

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Photo of AdamP
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown with small, off-white head that dissipates to a film quickly.

Scent consist of floral and herbal notes. Juniper, something that I cannot place that is somewhat minty?

Taste is malt, caramel, herbs of some sort, juniper. Very 'natural' flavours. Not bad but not really my thing.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Light for the ABV.

Overall? I have zero experience with the style. My first Sahti. I think it is OK as a beer, no real idea how it rates as a sahti.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Sahti. Nearly clear mahogany body with a small head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing remains. Big time juniper and gin aroma and taste; noticeably but nicely boozy, not too hot. Lots of caramel, toffee, spice, almost reminds of a dopplebock or weizenbock. Sweet and malty with brown sugar, oak, peppery spices, and gin flavors.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation but also very smooth. Lingering finish is a little bit sweet and boozy and also a little bitter. Nice beer, very complex, different, and interesting.

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

A: Pours a semi-opaque (because of the darkness of color) mahogany in color with a finger tall beige head. The head reduces to some extremely thin patches and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of malty sweetness with hints of caramel and toffee in addition to juniper.

T: The flavor is dominated by the juniper with other woody hints and there is some definite malt sweetness as well (with more caramel than toffee).

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some dryness in the finish.

O: Very interesting flavor profile and aroma with so much of the juniper presence. The beer was easy to drink but not really something I would call sessionable.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

After a pour of average intensity, this beer forms a small 1/2 finger light tan head over a beautifully clear radiant ruby body. This one is a looker.

The nose isn't distinct. What is here is nice but isn't what I expected. Notes of rich medium-toast malt, caramel, and toffee are evident. The aroma has a very low hop profile. This smells to me like an English winter warmer or even a doppelbock.

The flavor is akin to a big beer, such as a low-hop English barleywine, doppelbock, or maybe a big winter warmer. There is almost no trace of hops in the flavor, but there is a resiny bitterness that lingers, and I imagine that this is from the juniper. There is a slightly tannic-feeling medicinal note in this beer, and I think it is the juniper. I do not taste juniper itself, but I think that this little element is its result. Almost as if one added a small dash of turpentine to the glass. I also taste a touch of rye.

The mouthfeel is heavy and almost syrupy, but not overly sweet or unmanageable.

Conclusion: This is a pretty awesome beer. Almost all the way through the first glass I wasn't that impressed, but then the unique qualities of it began to shine out. There are flavors and feels in this beer that are seldom found. I recommend this if you are the type that is always searching for new forms and manifestations of beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly no head, but it does leave some streaky, but limited, lace. The beer is a solid brown color where light passes through easily. Very cloudy, looks muddy.

Plentiful sweet caramel. Smells like a rich duppelbock or a barley wine. No notable juniper berry aroma.

Drier than the smell lets on, but still very sweet. There's some nice balancing toastiness to the swallow. The aftertaste is surprisingly astringent like Gin with a mild kick of alcohol kicked in. Wonderfully different and remarkably drinkable. Full bodied with a low level of carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a medium to dark ruddy orange amber, a half finger off-white head the slowly dissipates into a thick ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit, reminiscent of a barleywine. Interesting mellow flavor of caramel malt, a light sharp sourness from the rye and a earthy, piney flavor from the juniper. Finishes with resiny juniper bitterness and residual caramel malt. Somewhat subdued flavor, but very pleasant and interesting. Medium to full bodied. A very nice sahti and one I hope to try again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color with reddish highlights, and a light tan two finger head that has fairly nice retention and lacing. Smells of a dark fruit mixture on top of a spicy rye malt and some aroma of dry campfire wood. Flavor is gin-like from the juniper twigs at first and morphs into an earthy noble hop-spiced rye note that sweetens up in the finish to more of a standard caramel malt profile (the rye falls away from the barley), albeit with tannic and gin accents throughout. Luscious smooth and heavy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Truly an excellent Sahti, remarkable for being so dark and rich compared to other Sahtis I've had. This one is a must-try if you can locate a bottle.

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Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Suddenly builds a big, light-beige, frothy head that drops to a creamy half inch. The ale is a dark maroon with light cloudiness and a dense, almost syrupy film. Modest lacing.

Interesting range of aromas from gin to mint. There is a slight maltiness which is difficult to describe, but appealing.

Overly sweet with malts displaying molasses and some earthiness. Pine or spruce is light and there is barely any distinguishable finish. Fig flavors come out as this one warms.

Arctic Circle has a full to medium body with a smooth, almost velvety texture, light alcohol and light carbonation.

Easy to consume from a pint glass. This worked well as a sipper and equally well with a steak.

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

A solid Sahti beer right here. Out of the bottle the pour is cola-like, but in the glass it's more of a dark caramel or leather. Murky with an off-white head that settles to a relatively thick collar.

Whaff of caramel and cocoa at first sniff. Some vanilla and oak. Deeper nose-ful detects herbal spice and juniper, of course. Subtle and not in yo face. The malt is more pronounced.

The caramel and cocoa shift a bit in the flavor with more of a sharpness from the juniper. Almost reaches and anise or licorice taste, but backs down. Dark bread and rye come and go.

Finish is a bit hot and pepperminty, but not really. Has that herbal spice to it. The juniper cannot be ignored

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 01/15/12 notes.

Blind beer #11 from Tmoney. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. 4

s - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, fruity malts, and light spices. Smell is nice but a bit faded. I'm thinking this one is a barleywine, maybe with some age on it due to the fading. 3.5

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, toffee, spices, vanilla, and light wood or oak. Not as faded as the nose, but definitely a little bit, so still thinking a barleywine that is a few years old. A step up from the nose. 4

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink. Thinking around 8-9% ABV. 4

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit, though the nose seemed a little faded. Lots of caramel and toffee, and no strong alcohol to it. I'll guess an 8% American Barleywine that is a few years old. 4

And the reveal is....Arctic Circle Ale by Malmgårdin Panimo. Style is actually a Sahti, not a barleywine...whoops! Very nice beer, and a Want. Definitely reminded me of a barleywine as I got a lot of caramel and toffee, and I didn't get any juniper berries at all (which is a good thing as I normally don't like that in a beer too much). Very cool, thanks Kyle!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes quickly to a trace leaving no lace. Deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet juniper nose and flavor has malty sweetness with light, dry juniper finish. $9.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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