Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic Arctic Pale AleIcelandic Arctic Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,822
Ranked #47,619
3.51 | pDev: 13.68%
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Icelandic Arctic Pale AleIcelandic Arctic Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly Icelandic Pale Ale

American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this Ale refreshingly Icelandic.
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, earthy notes, caramel and some herbal notes. Sweet maltiness with toffee and caramel. Mild bitterness.

Tuesday at 01:07 AM
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HalfFull from California

3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. This Arctic Pale Ale pours a medium orange/copper in color with a healthy cap of off white foam. Some muddled earthy hops on the nose with a touch of light caramel malt notes as well. Touch of haze limits the brightness a bit.

Taste of citrus and balanced malts, some bready notes and a lingering finish of orange soaked malts. Nice bubbly carbonation lends a good feel. Overall an easy drinking and well balanced Pale Ale.

Oct 22, 2021
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3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Savoury, malty nose of pine & bread crust. Bold malt, rustic bread, earthy hop on the toasty palate with a bitter finish. Medium plus body, medium minor fruitiness, low acidity. Good one for the fall.

Oct 14, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

two 11.2oz cans poured into a stein
BF 03/MAY/2022
L: cloudy deep copper body, mountainous kraeusen-like ivory colored head holds excellent retention
S: earthy pine, grain, bread crust, faint dank citrus
T: bold malt backbone of bread crust, toasted grain, and caramel; hops presence is bitter and very earthy & spicy with notes of pine resin, herbal marijuana, and citrus
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and bitter finish
O: I really like this one for its uniqueness

Oct 02, 2021
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My two cents on this after readings some reviews. I get the balance in this beer and the fact that it doesn’t beat you up with hops. I think what let’s it down compared to others in this style is it just doesn’t deliver a lot of flavor and finishes a bit dry. It almost ventures into watery Marzen territory for me. If someone handed me one I would drink it and it is easy drinking. But….to put it in the same league as say SN or Maine Peeper, I just can’t go there.

Jul 11, 2021
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kagee from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Einstok Icelandic Artic pale ale is very dark orange on the pour from 11.2 oz. can with medium lacing on the glass. To find the smell of the beer for me I had to get right into the nearly tan foam and I was able to pick out a fruit which reminded me of peaches. The overall taste has a pretty good Cascade hops bitterness mixed in with good carbonation. I think they were aiming at an American IPA but with the hops bite fading quickly and caramel notes taking it's place after a few light sips they have something a little unique. I rated the taste higher as I purposely drank the second helping at a closer to 50F to see if there was any malt body coming through--and there was. The mouthfeel was indeed slightly above average as there is a little silkiness and some good carbonation to make it also good on a thirsty swig. You can tell there is some character to this beer and it does stand out some in the sea of IPA's out there.

Jul 07, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is floral, pine, citrus, wood.

Taste is grapefruit, pine, woody, earthy, malty, resinous. Nicely balanced

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

One of the best pale ales I've had.

Jun 04, 2021
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justin1287 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I created an account just to review this beer.

I have had well over 1,000 different beers and this is the only one that I feel is truly perfect. The bready toffee smell is inviting. I feel this can be both a sipping and a session beer. The 12th one is just as good as the first. 20 years ago I loved experimenting with the hoppiest IPA's I could find. And growing up close the Bell's brewery I was a big fan of Two Hearted Ale. As time has gone by I feel most breweries are trying to create clones of Two Heart Ale and others trying to create an experience with overly hopped Ales. This has made me quite bored of trying new IPA's cause I often feel I'm buying the same beer with a different label. I am aware that this Arctic Pale Ale isn't an IPA, but who talks about pale ales anyways? This beer is perfectly balanced. It can be drink'n anytime of year and feel it pairs well with all types of food and moods. It taste's like lake water if I were a fish. Even though this is a viking themed beer, it is not one used to brag about the IBU's to your hipster friends that dress like lumberjacks. This is the real deal. As another reviewers said, I don't know how this beer gets such low ratings. If I'm a fish then I want Einstok Arctic Pale Ale to be my home!

Mar 07, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy. A little caramel in color. Active carbonation.

S: Mild. Unique yeast. There's a big earthy biscuit in there waiting to get out.

T: Balanced. I recommend spending some time with the liquid to really get to know it.

F: Bread + Hop Oil

O: Worthy of a higher rating.

Feb 18, 2021
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz can, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, medium golden color with a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured. head settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass, a solid film layer of surface foam, and quite excellent lacing. Aromas of bready, biscuity malts w/ a hint of caramel and nice fruitiness w/ citrus notes and an herbal, tea like presence as well. A very similar flavor profile, with ready, biscuity malts w/ a hint of caramel and nice fruitiness w/ citrus notes and an herbal, tea like presence. A nice earthy, spicy, slightly citrusy hop bitterness balances out the flavor profile quite nicely indeed. Has a crisp, also smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way a good, well crafted beer of this style ought to be.


Dec 28, 2020
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jules67 from France

4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found online on Purchased 4 for 3.04€/bottle.

Orange looking (wonderful color!!!), fruity and yet a bit bitter at the end.

Reminds me of the Hop House 13 from Guinness.

Would recommend it!

Nov 17, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering clear amber with a tall khaki foam settling to a thick spongy ridge that retains thick, leaving coral lacing.

Delicate, subtly floral hops are the first impression, which then become more assertive with woody pine notes at the same time that some toasted graham biscuit emerges. It develops an old school cattiness as it warms.

The body is light at first, with an airy carbonation that then recedes to a more firmly moderate feel, finishing bone dry. It's in the vein of the bitter West Coast style, but with a softer body.

Oct 19, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice light amber body color, hints a pale orange body, slightly hazy. Head is a solid three fingers of khaki light colored foam. Faint lacing as it slowly settles, with some creamy top and some swiss cheese like retention and popping.

Spicy and sweet angle on the nose. Hop aroma is a mild fruited tea like sense, soft and herbal, maybe a touch of citrus orange in the mix. Some good caramel and touch of biscuit seems to make it's way in also on the malt side.

Palate hits the spot. Flirting grapefruit and orange rind, mixing with a light chewy toasty malt back bone. Sweet caramel finish, a little bit of herbal spicy hop on the aftertaste to go with it as well. Fairly clean surprisingly, with bitter touches of fruit and spice to mix out.

A good solid pale ale.

Sep 24, 2020
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Spike from England

3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can. Looks fabulous - burnt orange with a creamy, off-white head - but tastes and feels ordinary and under-powered. Semi-sweet malt, leafy hops and a slightly burned/stewed aftertaste.

Aug 12, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Quite a rich/deep amber, clear, pours with 3mm white head.
S- I didn't get a smell so I checked with my wife... she said 'peach or grapefruit...I'm not sure'.
T- I'd concluded it was pungent before I could identify any aspects of it's taste. That seems odd as usually the flavour builds and evolves through a series of taste facets one can ID and note. Perhaps this is one of those comtemporary beers where the usual aspects of hops, malts, grains etc are not simply identifiable...
F- The Feel does have some presence, some body, but not unexpected at 5.6%.
O- The absence of dayglo colours and cartoons of aliens, and instead stylish modern design with trad themes misled me into thinking this was other than a hipster beer. But that's the genre it fits into IMO. We visited Iceland last year and found it fascinating, beautiful and would happily return. The same won't be happening with this beer.
330ml can bought from a branch of Waitrose/London. BB: 22Aug2021

Aug 02, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this in Florida, hoping Icelandic breezes can cool down this brutal heat. Popping the top I get a malty waft. Pours to a orange color with a foamy beige head. On the taste I get a well balanced sweet butterscotchy malt up front with a sparky hop bite that fades throughout. Nice backbone and mouthfeel. A refreshing pale ale, not outstanding but drinkable.

Jul 03, 2020
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tzbel013 from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly smooth with the malts coming through while the Cascade hops didn't overwhelm the flavor. So if you're a hop head, this might not be for you, but for those that want a smooth, easy to drink pale ale without an substantial hop bite, this is a really enjoyable beer to crush! My new summer favorite!

May 23, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

March 26th, 2016 - Einstock's IPA is an odd thing, coming from California to Iceland to see how the hop recipes fare in the far, far north. It' is a beautiful marmalade and orange color, with a mountain range pressed against the glass by foam, slowly receding back into the body. On both the nose and the tongue it is lighter and clearer than the typical San Diego IPA (no surprise there), and makes it accidentally sessionable. This beer was rushed to enjoyed, though by accident, not by desperation or a hurried schedule.

May 16, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a clear amber color with a large off-white head that lasts. In the nose, it is a bit of pine and malt. In the mouth, it is lightly malty with a touch of bitterness.

Mar 22, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, 05.12.18, BF 05/FEB/2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: amber liquid with a mild (chill? polyphenol?) haze; thick, dense pad of aged-white foam... keeps thin, broken cap and creamy collar, laces a little... haze eventually cleared

S: old pine, dried golden fruits, dried citrus peel; densely hoppy, with maybe only a mellow light-caramel malt poking through... overall muddled, with weak vibrancy, but an inviting anticipation of richness

T: surprising degree of undercut dryness up front; bitter, spicy grass and a hint of toffee in its aftertaste... peppery bitterness and spicy resins of the herbal, earthy hop static do reach a decent balance with the half-baked cookie-like malts... tightly-layered flavors; thankfully lacking off-putting decay elements

F: surprisingly light-bodied, clean flow, with very little resinous slickness, and a little peppery heat in its relatively tightly-cut, clean finish... dry, but short of bitingly spritzy

O: like an American-hopped British amber ale?... expected a more pale, more delicately hoppy drink, but this was a nice surprise... odd bottle dating: this certainly has a little age on it, but I may have caught it at a fortunate moment before oxidization effects ruined it (1564)

Oct 10, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up off the single shelf at Legacy.
LOOK: Pours with a robust 2 finger tight frothy less than snow white head with very solid retention and an amber body.
AROMA: Sweet caramel malts .earthiness a little sour.
TASTE: Semi dry, caramel malts, toasted grain. Too sweet for me but on an overall basis it's not bad.

Oct 02, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember how I obtained this but it was more than likely via a trade. Canned on 8/22/17, this took a while to get to but held up well as it didn't quite explode as I opened the can up. After being spoiled with American Pale Ales from here in the states, this one was much more clean and light with a nearly completely-hidden alcoholic presence...

The pour to this was nice as the beer had an appealing, mahogany hue with a good clarity to it. Plenty of lively, offsetting head topped it off as the soapy lacing was quite extensive and connected without being terribly thick. Some orange and herbal tea in the nose as the taste had both of those to a mellow extent. Clean, balanced, and not heavy, there were hints of caramel in the malt with some deep spruce and pine to round things out. Not a lot of carbonation with this one as it went down as easy as any Pale Ale that I've had in quite some time.

Not a lot of booze in this one either as it would be easy to crack another can open after finishing this off. Not a winner, this wasn't a loser either as it was a different take on a style that's become so popular here. Unoffensive as could be, this wouldn't be a bad choice for a day like this where it wasn't hot out but a lanwmower-style beer would be called for. Worth a go once for an Icelandic take on things!

Sep 01, 2019
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz can into a pint glass. The beer has a good balance of malt and citrusy and piney hops. This one was a surprise for me. Usually not a fan of this style, but it was balanced enough to give it a second look. I would recommend this beer for sure.

Jul 14, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice looking pale ale with big bold head poured into a tumbler from a 12 ounce can dated 03/01/19. It has a very nice hop aroma. The taste is fair it has some flatness to it but not overly bitter. It's certainly smooth on the palate. Overall it's fair but lacks the crispness of some other favorite Pale Ales.

Jul 13, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer look and smells great. Clear amber color with a nice white head and good lacing. Interesting and pleasant herbal smell. Taste is a bit dull but not bad. Would I get again? Doubt it, but the one I have is enjoyable.

Apr 01, 2019
Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 420 ratings