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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, - JAN 26, 2011
Thanks to Andrè. Pours dark amber with a vanishing beige head. Aroma is definitely sweet, too sweet, and nutty. Flavourwise it sucks. Nothing to add. Not my beer.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenJensen (179) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
This ale is brewed with juniper and have a beautifully renewable foam. It has the characteristics of an amber ale with dark caramel malt in the main theme embossed with a slightly spicy tang of juniper. Let the sweetness of malt and a rapidly growing spicy bitterness where juniper is very evident. At the end comes a somewhat distinctive bitter end as probably not be attributed solely to the hops, but surely also juniper vessel profits. Lovely and delicate ale which can be recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3796) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 2-ways.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-brow with a medium quickly diminishing beige head and little lacing.

Aroma: Rye spiciness with dark fruits, caramel, earthy notes, brown sugar and herbal notes.

Taste: Moderate sweetness with medium to heavy spiciness, rye, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, herbal notes, earthy notes and medium bitterness.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy. Spicy finish. Herbal, earthy and spicy finish.

Overall: It’s not bad and it’s not too sweet but the rye and spices takes quite a lot of place so the balance isn’t so good. Nice berry touch.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zlotta (285) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2015
0,5 l bottle from MC Kiosk in Bonn, best before 21/1/2016. Clear, deep red with a massive, foamy, stable and tan head. Pleasant, fruity-malty aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, juniper, redcurrant and raisins. Sweetish-fruity taste of redcurrant, mushrooms and juniper with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Short, slightly bitter finish with lots of juniper. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average carbonation. Very interesting stuff but not totally convincing. The juniper is a bit too dominant so that the beer is somewhat unbalanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3206) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks troubles. Hazy dark brown with a beige ring. Nutty aroma with some speculoos and black pepper, spicy, speculoos, a little sweet and alcoholic taste. Medium body, sweetish finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks troubles. Hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, spices, caramel. Sweetish flavor with malt, caramel, toast, stale notes, spiciness and a fruity touch. Medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (5046) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2015
500 ml bottle. Unclear dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma has caramel malt, spicy yeast, brown sugar and dry fruit. Flavor has sweet malt, caramel, juniper, yeast and nice bitterness. Fine balanced body and OK aftertaste. Slightly unusual but nice indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CRock (106) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
Interesting beer. Chocolate and rye flavours with a hint of coffee but also quite sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Almaco (7) - FINLAND - APR 21, 2015 does not count
It’s like a baby bear cub - a fluffy brown mass that’s almost threatening. Chocholet and rye dominate it’s unique mämmi like taste. The head is thin but resilient giving a surprisingly smooth texture. It’s strength (7,3%) is evedent in its sweetness. Worth a try but I’d like to meet mamma bear

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
Smells nice if slightly subdued, malty, smoky, caramel, bread on the aroma. Dark brown, muddy, little head. Not very pretty. Tastes interesting and unique, upfront smoky and medicinal flavors, finishes with anise, a caramel sweetness and a leafy hop bitterness. A bit too sweet for my taste & not superbly balanced, but unique. Medium bodied and average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
6.12.2013. Tiheä vaaleanruskea vaahto, hieman samea, tummanruskea olut. Tuoksussa lievää paahdetta, karamellia, ruista, tuntuu myös alkoholin lämpöä. Pehmeä, hieman karamellisen makea, ruismaltainen, yrttinen, melko täyteläinen, lopussa havuista (katajaista, kuten etiketti sanoo?) katkeroa. Alkoholikin hieman lämmittää, mutta ei maistu. Melko vivahteikas.


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