Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale

American Pale Ale Einstök Ölgerð

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Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale, an American-style Pale Ale brewed by Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale is an American-style Pale Ale brewed by Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company), and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a partly clear burnt orange and is topped by an inch-thick cap of white foam that shows good retention. Gobs of sticky lace cling to the glass following the reduction.

Aroma

The aroma is a mix of hops, malts, and yeast for a scent that’s earthy and grassy.

Flavor

Tasting begins with soft bready malt and mellow pine. The palate crests to a tangy bite of citrus and a counter of sweet toffee appear on the swallow. A base of lightly toasted bread ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth; turning slightly grainy on the finish. It has a medium body and a little less-than-moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale has most everything you’d expect from an American Pale Ale. Presents well and its aroma is nicely hoppy. The balanced palate has a taste that’s straightforward pale. But hopheads will likely wish for more bite. And its feel could use a bit more pep. This brew might not be the most memorable but it’s more than just a novelty. This easy-drinking pale from Iceland is a decent representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Einstök recommends the following food pairings with their Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale: burgers, steaks, hearty vegetables, pasta, chili, and barbecue.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.