Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic Pale AleIcelandic Pale Ale

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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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 singletary
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some herbal scents. Taste is malts, caramel, light herbal notes, little to no bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, after futsal match. With sausages sandwich. Not bad, but without much taste nor aroma. Pleasant feeling still and very drinkable

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some hints of caramel and toasted malts. The hops mostly contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty for an American Pale Ale—it's more like an English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icelandic beer, now that's something I've never had before! From a bottle brewed on 4/19/16. Pours a copper color with a finger of off-white head. Smell is earthy with a hint of malt. Medium feel, carbonation is pretty light. Tastes like it smells. Earthy malt taste up front with a dry hop finish. The aftertaste is a bit harsh, I think if the finish were softer this could be a nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the white ale, so I decided to give this one a try. It was good but somewhat muted. Still very refreshing. Here goes:

A: Good. Cloudy orange. Head is alright, but the lacing and body carbonation are good. Very effervescent, actually.

S: Mild. Can smell faint orange peel and some lemon - not much else.

T: Good, but muted - very much like the smell. Orange and - surprisingly - some toasted malt. The flavors are all somewhat faint, however. While the beer's refreshing, it didn't pique my interest.

F: Good. Well-carbonated and refreshing.

O: A good beer. I prefer more robust ales, but this was still good.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/31/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel. pepper, pine. toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a very good American pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beric
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 15 June 2016

Appearance: Golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation visible. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Soft hop aromas, mostly citrus and pine driven. Subtle malt sweetness.

Taste: Really muted- it doesn't really taste like much. The malt is pretty one note- ubiquitously sweet, a bit bready at times. The hops are very subtle and don't really add much. Soft notes of earthy must coming through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a great APA and, other than getting the tick for Iceland, not one I would recommend.

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Photo of pinyin
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served 38F from the bottle into a 16 ounce tulip. No bottle date.

Typical coloration for a pale ale. Light golden copper, very slight translucence.

The nose is earthy and floral, some slight citrus going on behind that. Seems like saaz hops for the bittering and possibly a smaller portion of citra for aroma. Nothing groundbreaking or amazing here. Kind of earthy and floral. No yeast esters or heavy malt presence in the scent.

Taste is not bad for a pale ale. This is certainly different than the typical hoppy american APA's. It's similar, but doesn't quite hit the mark. The hops used in this recipe do not match the yeast profile or the malt character. They have a sort of sour note to them which might be fine for a wild ale, but not for a pale. On the plus side, the water profile used here is really nice and balanced. I notice an interesting mineral balance that could have been put to better use with a different recipe.

Mouthfeel is good. Not syrupy, but also not watery. Sits right in between, where a pale ale should be.

This six pack was $17 at my local supermarket, and just not worth the price point, at all. So many better local options out there for half the price. This ale is mostly marketing. Decent craftsmanship, but stick with your local american pale ale. Much more true to the style and will taste much better.

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Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clean orange color. So and so foam.
At the nose a clean smell of european hops, with citrus touches of Cascade. Light malt, and a very light caramel and toffee.
Same notes in the taste, with th citrus from hop a bit stronger.
Malty starting aftertaste, then the right hop.
Nothing exceptional, but not bad.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazed darker Amber and 1/2 finger head. Smells faintly of hops and sweetness. Tastes malty with an earthy finish. Well carbonated. Too earthy/malty for my taste.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this bad boy.

L: pours dark golden body with small white was with some retention and laving
S: sweet, floral hop notes with a honey-like malt undertones. Toffee notes, as well.
T: kind of a "beery" taste. Earthy, like dried leaves, taste with some malts, but not as promising as the smell had alluded too. Pretty juicy; this might need some more fermentation.
F: medium bodied and pretty smooth and crisp.
O: not overly impressed. Apparently and smell made me think I was in for a good one, but the taste is lacking. Some hop notes, but where's the sweet malt go that I found? Where'd the toffee and honey notes go?

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Photo of postalroger
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is a very pale amber color when poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass with a frothy off-white head. It has a very grainy flavor with a noble hop character and a dry finish. It would be a very "poundable" beer in hot weather. I'm thinking it's mis-marketed. It's lot closer to a German Pilsner than a Pale Ale

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Photo of justintcoons
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Golden with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Honey, bubblegum, and golden apple.

Honey, golden apple, and bubblegum. Crisp grassy notes with touches of soft lemon and grapefruit.

Medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Refreshing and quaffable. Balanced and mellow. Comparable to a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, golden-brown in color with 1/4 inch head that goes quickly. Taste is pale malt, toffee, honey, and husk. Above average, semi-sticky body, but tasty. Not very hop forward. I would get this one again, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber with decent head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toast, citrus and noble hop spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt backbone. Hops are a mix of citrus and noble hop earth, herbal and spice notes. Slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Basically like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a more Germanic hop influence.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is hazy Amber with yellow highlights with a thin head.

Smell and taste are flat with a stale funkiness. Not really any clear hops taste but a thin maltiness.

Not a beer I would readily drink again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA.

Hazy copper pour, wispy white head. Malty aroma, light grassy hops. Mostly sweet malts in the taste, mild touch of grass and earth, definitely more malt-forward. Not bad overall, but not really what I want in pale ales.

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Photo of codekiln
4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Reykjavik Vinbudin and from Fish cafe in downtown Reykjavik. Me alewifie says it has notes of homemade, burned maple syrup with sediment in it. I think it has a nicely complex, hoppy character. Pours a light head that dissipates quickly. Some bitterness on the finish. Ruby amber in color. I'm trying to taste the maple syrup, and I get slight estery quality, but can't yet sense the maple syrup me alewifie definitely tastes. She's had maple syrup fresh out of the trees after being cooked in the vat. It might be a specific minerally flavor or a certain toasting of the sugars; something earthy; sap comes up the tree from the earth. I think it could be related to the volcanic sulfer in the water here in Iceland. "Tangy" definitely applies.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A darken orange, good clarity with a glass consuming rate of macro-effervesce. Huge, antique white head is rigid and firm, at 3 fingers in the vessel. Thin whispy lashes of lace, weak coverage rate.

S: Hint of sour citrus, wet grass, and wet corn stalks. Odd, not really hoppy as wet and earthy vegetation.

T: Dried corn ears, light bittering bitterness, again more earthy corn stalks ears, then traditional hopping. Malting is weak, corny, earthy vegatation, weak finish, Hard to justify this as a pale.

M: Light bodied, watery, tang of sour corn-citrus on the inner cheeks, Not really bittering, more lager like without the crispness.

O: Drinks like a yuengling, lighlty toasted with a weak hopping, lager like drinking with some stale malt. More macro, corn based, light, non-enticing under par drinkability, have to pass. drain poured.

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Photo of aleigator
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

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