Friday, March 20, 2015

Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1307) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
I split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends, we each poured it into sampler glasses. It was bottled on 4/3/14 and was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).

Appearance: Dark copper hue with a hazy, dirty body. Pours to an average-sized, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave a little lacing.

Smell: Strong lemony lollipop aroma (usually indicative of oxidation). Slight English malt character is noticeable.

Taste: I’ll admit that this review really isn’t “fair” since the bottle is so old. However, I may never be able to try it again so I’ll document what I experienced. Judging by the label description, this seems to be an attempt at an American-style pale ale with the inclusion of Cascade and Northern Brewer hops, though the strong malty character and yeast strain seems to be British. Since it’s old, the hops have faded and the beer drinks like a rich amber ale. There’s a distinct lemony flavor with a hint of caramel or bread. It’s completely unbalanced, though. I’d imagine a fresh bottle would be much better, and I didn’t even mind the fact this was old beer (that much). Drinkable yes, but not especially enjoyable.

Drinkability: I was a little surprised to see this weighed in at 5.6% ABV as the mouthfeel was noticeably thin and slightly under carbonated (again, probably due to age). At least it wasn’t cloying and finished nearly completely clean. Not refreshing, but not a challenge to drink, either. 
Grade: 4/10

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