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Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012

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#41,602
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
310
pDev:
13.91%
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 12/3/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and some subdued citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and brown sugar flavors on the finish. A slight metallic flavor comes out as the beer warms up as well. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not very well put together in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.2/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

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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3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 310 ratings
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