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.
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.
The aroma is a mix of hops, malts, and yeast for a scent that’s earthy and grassy.
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.
Its feel is relatively smooth; turning slightly grainy on the finish. It has a medium body and a little less-than-moderate carbonation.
The Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale has just about 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.
Einstök recommends the following food pairings with their Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale: burgers, steaks, hearty vegetables, pasta, chili, and barbecue.