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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of oh6gdx. Clear orangey brown with a rough beige head. Sweet aroma of burned caramel, nuts and alcohol. Quite full-bodied, burned caramel, nuts and brown sugar. Fairly hoppy finish. Very solid English Strong Ale. 240709

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, orange/grapefruit), with notes of toffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Hard to tell if the evergreen character is from hops or twigs or both, but regardless this just isn’t that exciting.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a decent tan head and plum and chocolate aroma. There is a unique roasted malt and chocolate flavor that is laced with juniper. There is a long dry finish that is rather herbal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown dense head. Chocolate, light herbs and a touch of caramel in the aroma. Flavour of chocolate, herb, ligh liqouricce and sweetness. Medium bodied. Quite dry. Has a light bitter somewhat chocolatish end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2009
This is a cool beer. I had this once before and though it was great. This time the juniper is lowered but still lightly there. In general its a thick barelywine without any of the negatives because they did not try to make this an alcohol bomb. So nothing astringent, no cherry. Its just a thick malt bomb with some raisin. The flavor has a bit more bitterness to it and in general the juniper is off setting some of the heft of the beer. Color is dark brown, too dark to see through. The head sticks around for a while. A nicely thicker mouthfeel works great for the structure of the beer.
500mL bottle, Schlitz malt liquor thick goblet (yeah, old skool).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Bottled. A hazy red-amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma is sweet with notes of nuts, fruit, alcohol, and bread. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of malt and caramel as well as medium notes of nuts, leading to a bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange to brown with a small off-white head. Fruity and slight oldish aroma. Roasted malt flavoured, distinct fruity. Mild bitterness. Ends dry, roasted and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Name: Arctic Circle Ale
Brewery: Panimoravintola Huvila
Date: July 09, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel candy aroma, brandy sweetness
Flavor: rich sweet dark caramel flavor, light earthy bitterness

Name: Arctic Circle Ale
Brewery: Panimoravintola Huvila
Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
picking up a touch of tartness along with some fruity sherry character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured hazy brown, malty, caramel, little chocolate, little hops, slight juniper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Big time juniper aroma tempered with some other floral hop notes, it comes on like a well balanced gin. It pours a dark clear brown with a thin fizzy coating of a head. Settling into the glass, some more malty and caramel sugar aromas come out, hinting at a well balanced sweetness tempered hopefully by the bitter juniper. It comes close to that, coming into with a more toffee like maltiness with the bitterness not harsh but present like cold coffee.


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