Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic Arctic Pale AleIcelandic Arctic Pale Ale
Icelandic Arctic Pale AleIcelandic Arctic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 368
Photo of BucBasil
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of josc198
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely feel like the poor reviews are unjust.

This beer is definitely more like an IPA. Compared to American IPA's this is more on the side of a West Coast IPA than a new England style. Very happy but not overly bitter. I get a sense of some spruce and maybe a hint of Curacao orange.

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Photo of Jonterman
4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the low rating for this delicious pale ale! Coming down from my high ABV IPA's I've been looking at pale ales with good flavor - this one was a nice surprise.

I think it is slightly inconsistent - but no matter, overall it has a nice full bodied unique flavor. Will definitely add this one to my 6'er rotation!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - great copper color with a lasting white head
Smell - piney floral hops, caramel malts
Taste - caramel malts and lots of pine
Feel - medium light body and carb, could use more of both
Overall - not to bad but really piney and could use more carbs

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is really good, much better than these mediocre scores here. One of the better beers I've had lately. Very pretty color, darker shade of orange and very opaque. Gorgeous. Aroma and taste is nicely malted vanilla, fresh mint with a notable, mildly bitter pine. Mouthfeel is spot on, and really hard to find a flaw here. I don't drink alot of pale ale, but would drink this anytime the mood strikes.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Review: 330 ml Bottle of Einstok Icelandic Arctic Pale ale: ABV: 5.6%

Rather cool pic of a stern looking Viking on the bottle.

On pour I get a deep dark orange coloured beer with a decent sized white frothy head. Looks good, very appetizing. Head maintains well and lasts. Not a bad looking beer..

Smell is not bad, nice n fruity, malty, and a bit sour but with nice fruity notes. Citrus is fine on the nose. 

On taste, fuck me, found the initial taste very hard hitting and very hoppy. It this really a regular pale ale? Tastes more like an IPA, fuck me. I think they called it an Arctic Pale Ale to differentiate between the two. its their own creation, a Viking version of a pale ale!
Too hoppy for me, a bit bitter, very difficult to enjoy, at least initially. 

But it managed to settle down after a while, or perhaps I did, and I gradually started to enjoy it after a few more sips. It is really a slow burner that takes its time on your taste buds.

It certainly is a tasty beer, with a lot of interesting flavours. Got malts, the cascade hops which are very present, caramels and grains.

By the end of it I liked the beer, it certainly grew on me over the course of the session. I also got to see why they called it an Arctic Ale rather than an IPA, as it does lighten up near the end, thaws out! 

An interesting beer that I would like to try again for sure. Liked it, a nice and tasty beer, it grew on me!

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a nice, refreshing ale that goes down really nice and smooth. No surprises. No "what is that... unusual... flavor???" typical of new American craft brews. Very classy.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, this is a beer my brother picked up for the holiday. I wasn''t sure what to expect as have not had a lot of beer from Iceland. Nice big head above a handsome amber color. The nose is dominated by earthy yeast and malt notes that remind you of German brews.

The bitterness is medium but consistent. An interesting mix of herbal American and noble hops and a generally mild, ice brewed texture. An interesting hybrid style.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking brew with an orange tinge, hazy with a nice sized head from an aggressive pour. Some grassy hops and malt on the nose...meh. Somewhat sweet with light hops and slight caramel malts poking through, caramel growing as it warms. Non offensive, a bit watery but with high carbonation. Taste ain't too bad once you've drank it a bit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and amber colored with a sturdy head a finger high; dribbles of lace

Smell: Bready, with grass and cedar tones

Taste: A bready base underpins the hop tones; primarily grassy, with a hint of cedar; the hops outlast the malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent, but not memorable; at the very least I can say I have tried a beer from Iceland

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Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Brownwood, Fl. The appearance is a light amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is caramel malt and some hops. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had taken a break from The Eradication of The Bottle Backlog on the 4th of July to visit The CANQuest (tm) for the day. I stocked my reefer a little too heavily & now I have a BUNCHA cold CANs that I want to run through before returning to those pesky bottles.

From the CAN: "Triple-Hopped For Flavor and Balance"; "Brewed 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, we balance three kinds of hops with pure Icelandic water to create an ale unlike any other. It can only be described as an Arctic Pale Ale and it’s truly one of a kind. Cascade hops give it American character, while Northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition add just enough bitterness to make this ale refreshingly Icelandic – and to make everything else pale in comparison."

Having Crack!ed the CAN open & not having learned from the previous Witbier from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company), I got caught up in a moment of excitement & CANducted an inverted Glug. This resulted in the onrush of a massive amount of head that I had to back off from & allow to settle before proceeding. Three=plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention will always get my attention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a minty, piney quality which was sort of evocative of cold, clean permafrost. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but thin for the style. The taste was minty, but not as intense as the nose had led me to expect, underlain with a biscuity maltiness. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing on a hot, humid summer's day, but not enough to make me want more than one.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


A: Moderately light hop aromas of citrus and light pine with a bit of malt sweetness.

A: Copper/orange color, with moderate white uniform head with adequate retention and a touch of lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate hop flavors of citrus and pine with a slight earthiness, light malt support, slight mineral note, coupled with a light hop bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a bit of a soft mouth-feel.

O: Solid; the beer is well put together, though the hop profile could be more prominent. The water provides an interesting mineral character with a soft mouth-feel, making the beer easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The current brew of Icelandic APA is a winner. My rating much higher than BAs. APA is a fave style.

Fresh glass bottle into Sam Adams Pint.
A) Pours a mostly clear, orange/copper Body with a 2 finger dense, creamy off white head with great retention and cascades of steamy lace.

S) Complex and abundant aromas of tangerine, lemon and orange zest, pepper, pine, caramel, herbaln and floral/grassy earthy hop. Abundant creamy caramel as it warms. Would like to taste against Dales Pale.
T) Taste follows smell of tangerine, orange and lemon zest, pepper, pine, caramel, with more herbal and floral/grassy hops and a peppery, clean finish. Pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish. Nice malt/bitterness balance, and clean scrubbing finish. Good food beer.
F) Creamy with strong carbonation and mid weight body; continuing with a smooth and cream, sticky balanced mouthfeel.
O) Way more flavor than most APAs or beers at 5.5% ABV. Must try 24.

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber body topped with a one-finger thick head. Fruity, bread-like aroma; berries; decent, biting hop bitterness. Medium body; slightly smooth, slightly acidic.

A fair little pale ale. The body is a little flat although the bitterness kind of counteracts that aspect. The flavor has a nice toasted grain quality with a strong hop presence.

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Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white cap and lacing.

Cascade, Northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition hops give this one a light, floral, spicy air with a smidge of malt aroma in the background.

Flavor on entry is made up of equal parts of malt and the combined hops. Well balanced, neither leaning toward malt or hops, it comes across as a relatively complex though nondescript generic pale ale whose best attribute seems to be it's friendly drinkability.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Brewed 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle which is as close as I ever wish to get. It's actually a rather pleasant pale ale that's easy to like.

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Photo of laneyhantz
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Floral aroma with a malty aftertaste. Its a bit heavier than most pale ales but its pretty good. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste but its unique.

Bottom Line: It's worth a try but its not your moms pale ale.

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Photo of hman43
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: It pours dark golden with an off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: Aroma is a bit musty with some caramel and somewhat of an herbal quality.

Taste: There is caramel in the flavor with a hint of roast. It does have an herbal quality to it with slight spruce and grass.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with the overall balance favoring the malt. It has a slight bite to it as well.

Overall, this is a ale balanced toward the malt but with a decent level of support from the hops.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into tulip glass

Dark copper in color, clear,white head. Mild earthy hop aroma. Taste is mildly bitter, some caramel malt flavor. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle dated 12-07-16. The beer pours amber with one finger of white head with minimal lacing. The smell is lemon, orange, and some sweet malt. It's a pretty decent smell. The taste is very light, pale malts, with a light citrus, mostly lemon, slightly reminiscent of a pilsner. There is also a slight wet cardboard as it warms. The mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Overall it's an average pale. It's light and easy to drink but not very complex or flavorful. There's nothing bad about it but nothing special.

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Photo of singletary
4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a orange/Cooper color with a malty aroma to it. The taste is very malty with a bit of hop flavor at the end. It has a medium body to it and very drinkable. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It was more malty than a normal pale ale but still a nice offering.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one was brewed about 7 months ago, so it’s not the freshest, and regards are given for this. Pours a copper-amber, clean and with a fair off-white head and very little lace.

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops, and some malty grains as well. Subtle, but appealing.

Taste: Hops again, with the citrus and floral notes again, and some bitterness at finish. A solid pale ale, even aged a bit, but far from notable. I’d love to revisit it much fresher one day!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,white head that dissolves fast.Dark gold / light amber in color,with nice clarity.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet malts,and some floral notes.It smells more like an English pale ale,than an American.

The palate is sweet breaded malts,with some hop bitterness,very well balanced.It even tastes like an English pale ale,but in this case that is not a bad thing.

The body is light,with a medium dry finish.

This is a solid pale ale,nothing special about it...Just a decent beer.

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Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 368 ratings