Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
Iceland | website

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

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Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
32.75%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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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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 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 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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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 BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice.

Second beer was a 33cl bottle of this: misty dull amber body with no head at all.

The smell was malts firstly and then a weaker cereal/fruity aroma.

The taste was initially semi-sweet malty molasses then a bitter, dry finish arrived as the hops asserted themselves.

Interesting without testing your taste buds, not what I was expecting (in a good way) at all.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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 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 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 stcules
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 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 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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Photo of justintcoons
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

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

Nose
Honey, bubblegum, and golden apple.

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

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

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist. I like the hard viking dude on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear, deep golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy off-white foam that subsides rapidly. Aroma of aromatic hops underpinned by light caramel malt. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and grain. Nice.

Tastes of light malt with an aromatic hop character and a crisp bitter finish. Slight malty sweetness. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grain and faint yeast esters. A hint of diacetyl in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, with decent body. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of aromatic hops.

A pretty good effort, particularly coming from so close to the arctic circle. The aroma is pleasing, with a good dose of citrus hops. The flavour is similar, but the hop character is weaker - the taste doesn't quite match the quality that the aroma promises. Nonetheless, it's certainly drinkable and goes down nicely. Can't wait to try more from this brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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 josanguapo
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 drtth
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Budinetz
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting brew. More or less geared toward a German style pale ale from my perception. Bready malts, English smelling hops, and an ABV that's about average for a pale ale. I would try this again with other German pales and APAs just to compare.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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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