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 #2,744
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,871
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Philousa
2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shiny metallic copper in color with thin, airy head. A little lacing. Clarity is great. Light coppery malt, some biscuit but nothing really stands out in the nose. Faint hint of hops, but I've no idea what kind. Thin flavors, some nuttiness, a little biscuit, then it turns bitter. Copper penny bitterness takes over. No real pine or grassy bitterness. Mostly metallic.Thin mouthfeel with a dry finish.

As you can tell from my description, I wasn't really feeling this. It isn't a good sign when you are describing the lack of flavors or aromas. Pass.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 372 ratings