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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Huvila Arctic Circle Ale is a chestnut coloured ale with a malty/fruity odour. It tastes of dark fruits and caramel malts and finishes off with a nice bitter hop tail. It is brewed with both juniper twigs and a large dose of Finnish attitude. It is available on tap an in bottles in bars and restaurants across Finland. The beer has also featured among the seasonal Christmas beers at Alko, the Finnish monopoly retail distributor of beers with more than 4.7% Alc. Arctic Circle Ale is also imported into the US through Shelton Brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2910) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
The first Finnish craft beer I’ve tasted. Quite nice, almost a barley wine I would say. Dark iced tea appearance, very little head. Sweet malty, dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet and malts with a bit of citrus hop bite. Kind of thin palate, but coating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
500 ml bottle from a buddy- thanks, John! Pours an initially cloudy amber that settles into a clear, deep reddish amber. Small off-white head. The initial aroma is very woody, which must be the juniper twigs; also toast and caramel malts, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The flavor follows almost exactly the same lines, but not quite the same level of woodiness. Some mild spice, too. Gets more fruity as it warms. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, smooth mouthfeel. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
The aroma is sweet with toasted malt and spice. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
In short: A sweet caramelized bronze beer with fruity notes and leafy hops. Ok
How: Bottle 500ml, shared by and with FatPhil, thanks Phil
The look: Cloudy brown-bronze body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is rich caramelized malts with notes of butterscotch and some leafy hops, smells like a scotch ale. Tate is rich overcooked caramel, sweet red fruits showing up here and there, burnt brown sugar, presence of leafy hops leading to a mild bitterness but not quite enough to balance the beer. Simple offering and too sweetness-focussed for me. This is not a bad beer at all, just not something that I need to drink again. Nothing spectacular about this beer, but at least with this rating I’m only 10 ratings away from having 10 more ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours a somewhat opaque deep red-brown, not much head despite a vigorous pour. No bottle or exp date. Smells malty enough. Despite the lack of head retention, the mouthfeel displays a pleasant and subtle carbonation that gives the medium body a rich texture. Begins somewhat sweet and malty, flavors of brown sugar and a little dark fruit, but this character yields to a woodsy and relatively bitter, dry finish. The progression is really quite nice. Although I wouldn’t have guessed juniper twigs as the secret ingredient, Arctic Circle Ale is tasty and displays a nice progression of flavors and great texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 8, 2012
0,5l bottle. Dark copper color. No head flat. Cranberries, fruits, mild alcohol in aroma. Cranberries, dark dry chocolate, mild bitter body. Can’t really taste alcohol in flavor, but i feel it rushing through my body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
Bouteille de 500 ml. Merci FatPhil. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de baies de genévrier. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arière goût. (Rating #4243)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle at Dans courtesy of Aaron, thanks man! Poured a deep, clear, brown with a red tint. Smell is big red licorice, dark fruit, sweet malt, and caramel. Taste is earthy, dark fruits, caramel, candi sugar, and a light bitterness on the finish. Very interesting and a lot going on, quite different. Mouthfeel is thin, with medium carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Thanks to Aaron for the pour - clear amber - moderate lace - the nose has an odd bubblegum note up front, but underneath there a some toffee/caramelized sugar notes and light juniper - the flavor is lighter than expected - not a lot going on - just some innocuous sweetness and moderate juniper bitterness - some light woody/earthy notes - light toffee - opens up quite a bit as it warms, with some dark fruity notes - decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Reddish brown appearance with a small, light brown head. Spicy, sprucey, juniper, dark fruity, caramel, toasty malty aroma. Tangy caramel, bitter herbal, juniper, earthy, candy toffee flavor. Really unique, plaster/earthy bitter, juniper, caramel flavor. Kind of cool to taste.

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