Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
259
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
32.75%
 
 
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Photo of codekiln
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
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 elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a honeyed amber yellow color with serious foam that tightly compacts once it dies down. There’s a honeyed sweetness rounding out the lightly hopped aroma, and an almost-tropical, pineapple-like hop profile. Lightly hopped with an upfront bittering tailing into a touch of resiny pine. Lightly flavored with tropical hop flavors and a slightly dry finish that is very agreeable. I noticed a light toast on the malt that comes across as it warms. The second of this brewery’s beer that I’ve tried—both have been noticeably crisp and it makes me wonder if there really is something in the water up north.

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Photo of santomark
4/5  rDev +17%

A - Pours a very copper body. It's like looking at a liquid penny. Little to no head, probably less than a fingers width. Disappears very quickly.

S - This smells like a fall/autumn beer. Very sweet, but the heaviness comes through. Smells of figs, raisins, plums, molasses, honey, banana peels, a bit of roast like roasted char.

T - Sweet molasses, slight roasted malt, aged fruits, more like figs, raisins and bananas. Sweet bread.

M - This absolutely is a medium body. At times you want to say light, but there's a thickness to it that reminds you to steer away from that notion. Smooth, silky, dry, and refreshing. It leaves you wanting more.

O - I can't believe some of the reviews. I think what is happening to this brew is, it's market is right in the middle. It's something that casual drinkers cannot appreciate, and something experienced drinkers find sub-par. As for me, this brew is a solid session beer. Very refreshing, it reminds me of autumn/fall with it's tones, and that's probably helping me considering fall/autumn is a few weeks away. But I will say this is a great brew and very nice treat if you have some extra cash laying around. But for $12 a 6pck here in LA.. I can understand why people either love it or hate it. The price is a big factor.

Cheers!

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Photo of modidia
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it is very good with a nice clean taste, little hop, maybe a bit sweet. I think it's better than people are saying.. especially when you are not in the mood for hops

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber colour with a nice head that shrinks to a small layer, with some nice lacing as well.

Smells fairly hoppy and aromatic.

Tastes very hoppy, some light malts in there too for balance. Quite a thick mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Einstök Ölgerð Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I was so excited for this beer! It's got a beautiful label and it's from Iceland, what more can you ask for? Unfortunately the beer itself has to deliver.

So, American pale ale? Yes, they use American hops, Cascade in fact, but that doesn't make it an American pale ale. The label reads "Icelandic" so I'll just go with that, and of course I can certainly forgive the listing as there's no other category that it really fits. Maybe it's so lightly hopped because that's the Icelandic style, they can't grow them, so they just use less, as the Scottish did.

I found it clean, well-brewed, and balanced but in general, lacking overall. There's a hint of Cascade, which is great, but the malt is limited as well and it's only slightly caramelish. It's not as if you'd be confused as to whether you were drinking an ale or a lager, but it borders on becoming that.

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Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 ZBowden
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper with small beige head, smells of yeast and maltiness, tastes of bitter molasses and mossy woody hops, mouthfeel is right in the middle with a smooth finish and a bright and sharp mouthfeel.

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Photo of postalroger
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
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 StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Goldenrod with some brown highlights and rimming clotted cream-colored head that speckles.
Gooey toffee, roasted nuts, and orange bark on the nose - all subdued.
Golden crunch biscuits with a bit of butterscotch and dried orange rind and mulchy hops.
Lemon barley sweets finish and mildly bitter linger. Light, round, some chew.

This lines up much better as an English Pale Ale, and not an exciting one. Cascade must be in minimal amounts and I taste (or imagine I do) a leafy bitterness from Northern Brewer. Not getting chocolate malts, either. As for the water quality, I'll take their word on it about the glacier.

Not as crisp or as interesting as it could be.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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 gutbucket2
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bb070314 ap: light amber, minimal subsiding head, clear, appropriate carbonation. sm: lemoney, grassy hop, and also light malts. ta: as smell. Medium sweetness and bitterness. mo: medium to full body, creamy texture. ov: competent, 'clean-tasting' pale ale.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep copper color with minimal head. A bit of caramel in the aroma, not a whole lot going on here. Flavors of vanilla and malt, slight diacetyl, not a huge hop presence. Medium carbonation and a bit sticky. A little sweeter than expected, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 12, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange amber clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing along the sides. Minimal retention on the way down.

Smelled a mix of an APA, a pilsner and a summer brew. Got lemon grass, wheat, honey, lime, earthy, malty and grape.

Tasted grape, lemon, wheat, honey, grass, bread, hay, corn, bitterness, very malty and earthy. Got better as it went down though.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft-to-average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

I may have been a bit generous on my ratings, but oh well. A semi-decent beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +2%
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 pinyin
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a half finger of head on a medium amber colored body.
The aroma is caramel and honey. Pleasant.
The taste starts out with mild bitterness, moves to chalky bitterness and finishes sour. A bit disjointed.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A descent pale ale.

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Photo of Beric
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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 DavidBart
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking matte bottle label and a simple, classy logo. I've never seen this one before. Looked like it could be interesting. Looks, however, can be deceiving, and this one was hard to finish. I poured more than half of it away. Not disgusting, but I had better options in the fridge. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow - £2.50):
Light and very clear amber colour with a thin, bubbly white head that settles to a patchy lacing after a couple of seconds. The drink looks relatively still as well.

Light on the nose with some caramel and faint hops as well as some citrus and pine plus a few lighter malts as well and a touch of sweet fruit. Pleasant but it could have done with being stronger.

Clean, light malts to begin with hints of caramel and fruit, mainly tropical and a touch of hops. A fairly basic pale ale taste but a nice one that seemed to tick the right boxes.There is some biscuit malts as well and a general sweetness to the beer.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a very crisp, clean finish. There is some sweetness and only the faintest hint of bitterness rounded off with a dry finish.

A little weak but overall it was a nice beer. Up there with the cleanest and most crisp tasting beers and due to this it was very easy to drink and quite refreshing. Definitely a nice introduction to Icelandic beers without really standing out.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-amber color with a modest white head and good lacing

S-biscuity malt, faint citrus and pine

T-malt, bread, citrus, pine, decent bitter hoppy finish, slight astringency

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent pale ale, some good flavors

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