Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic Arctic Pale AleIcelandic Arctic Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,741
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,854
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 13.54%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
372
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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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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 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 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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3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2014.

Appearance: Medium red color, that is a bit cloudy. The head is thick and light colored, or off-tan. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a hops influence. The is some citrus flavors in the aroma, as well as a spices. The various aromas make for an interesting contrast.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting APA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting APA. There is a variety of flavors, but none of these flavors overshadow the other flavors. Good when a lighter beer (hops are not too strong and not very malty) is desired.

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

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 372 ratings