Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale
Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV
Einstock (Akureyri, Iceland)
American Pale Ale
What I think:
This beer has a deep golden, almost amber color with what looks to be heavy carbonation. It pours with a little less than an inch of head, but it's not dense and dissipates pretty quickly. There's very little lacing.
The mouth feel is smooth, and despite looking like there is a lot of carbonation, your tongue doesn't really get that feeling.
The beer is slightly hoppy without much bitterness. You'll get a little bit, but nothing crazy.
The beer is maltier than most pale ales I've come across. It has a very sweet scent, and the malt comes through more than most beers. It mingles well with the level of hops, but isn't what I'd expect when picking up this beer.
Overall, this is just a solid pale ale. It doesn't stand out to me in any way, but I'd recommend it if someone asked, and I'd probably order it if it was on the menu somewhere.
Overall rating: 3.8/5
What others say:
Let’s be honest, I mainly deal in India Pale Ales, but I’m not super sure if the malty tones to this beer are uncharacteristic of the varietal or if it’s spot on. I don’t get it in the Sierra Nevada or Terrapin pale ales, but maybe I’ve come across it before?
According to a few posts on Beer Advocate, apparently “caramel malt” is a good way to describe the sweetness of the scent. I'd say that's pretty spot on.
The brewery mentions chocolate malt and crystal malt in its description of the beer. I don’t get much of a chocolate hint, and I have no idea what crystal means. The brewery also says there’s a slight toffee taste, which I would once again just call sweet, and a “generous hop aroma.” I wouldn’t say the hop smell is generous, but you do get a good flavor from them thanks to the late hop addition in the brewing process.
A lot of people called this a good pale ale, just not a memorable one. I’d have to agree with them. It's a nice beer, but would I be able to pick it out of a lineup? Honestly I guess that depends on if I’m off about the whole “malty pale ale = strange pale ale.”
As another note, I’ve been rating/ drinking this based on the description as an APA. However, I’ve seen a few people call it an ESB. Thoughts?