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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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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3.7
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Dark copper. Rich light brown head. Hop, malt and cinamon aroma. Nice spicy woody flavour. Juniper, or ginger-cinamon, and lots of woody flavour with spruce-like notes. As you dig in the malt has a sweet, sticky molasses taste.

3.7
Ratman197 (15360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2009
500 ml bottle poured a clear brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of rye, cocoa, toasted malt, earthiness, molasses and light juniper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, cocoa, earthiness, light molasses and a hint of juniper with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

3.7
bhensonb (15753) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours dark ruby with a fluffy beige head. Smells quite evergreen with underlying notes suggesting a quad. Medium body with smooth, frothy carbonation. Flavor has some chocolate, and dark malt. Hints of dark fruit. The evergreen isn’t here. Suddenly it is. Something like a quad with evergreen. Quad on my brain. Finshes rather dry. My mouth is just curling around this stuff. Like it.

3.7
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured hazy brown, malty, caramel, little chocolate, little hops, slight juniper.

3.7
theisti (4205) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2009
50 cl bottle graciously given to me by beastiefan2k. Pour is a cloudy brown ruby with nice settling building up a dense 3 inch tan head. Head falls slowly with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet fig, cocoa malt and lively juniper earthiness. Interesting nose, soft and fresh. Taste is more skewed to juniper and wood, with the grassy somewhat sweet fig behind that. There is a real nice straw element in the finish which finishes crisp and dry. As it warms, I get some of the cocoa from the nose in the taste. More like dry baking cocoa. Palate is medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. There is a warming alcohol sensation to the finish which comes across a bit odd with the dryness. Overall an interesting complex beer, thanks for giving me this Eugene.

3.7
FatPhil (17078) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2009
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Kekri2009)
Huge spicy fruity aroma - strawberry and plenty of aromatic hops too. Deep copper, small head. Rich bitter body, carbonation low. Barky bitterness, some saccharine. Tangy and a bit drying. Certainly better than the keg version, but hasn’t wowed me as much as I had oped. Covers 7.3% very well. the finish is very junipery, and spicy. Full-flavoured, but clean.
Earlier Rating: 11/2/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Keg (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Kekri 2008)
Rich reddy brown, tight off-white head. Sweet aroma of rotting fruits, including banana. Big bold taste - loads of medium-roasted malt, quite brown-ale-like, and plenty of bitterness. Smooth silky mouthfeel. A little more of the sour fruits and berries. Decent burntness. Long bitter and burnt finish. Slightly too ’keggy’, I’d like to see a real ale version of this. However, it’s a touch unsophisticated - seems geared for the American market which cares less about delicate details.

3.7
mjs (7685) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2009
(Cask at Gallows Bird Kekri’09) Poured amber and hazy with small white head. Aroma contained malts, sweetness and hops. Body was full with low carbonation. Tasted of malts, juniper, hops, bitterness and hint of sea water. Juniper and bitterness in aftertaste. Juniper flavour was more intense in this version than it was in the kegged version last year .
Earlier Rating: 11/28/2008 Total Score: 3.5
(Draught at Gallows’ Kekri 2008) Dark reddish brown. Tiny a little bit tan coloured head. Juniper and hops in mild nose. Full bodied palate with medium carbonation. Malts, bitterness, frutiness, hint of banana and juniper in taste. Lots of malts and bitter aftertaste. Actully, this beer has got lots of everything, probably too much.

3.7
jredmond (8644) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a dark, dark reddish brown body with small off-white lacing. Aroma is juniper berries, and roasted malt. The flavor is slightly roasty, with nice fruity tones (probably the juniper twigs).

3.7
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

5/06/2010: Huvila Arctic Circle Ale... Aroma: Nicely caramelized European-like maltiness; hint of spruce. Appearance: Brown color; frothy ivory crown/head. Flavor: Substantial malty base paried with notes of bark and juniper berries; floral hops; caramel; refreshing dry and clean finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth and mellow. Overall: Interesting and unique; very good; reminds me of Sahti.

50 cl bottle (7.3% Alc./Vol.) shared by shareanevada [BA]. Thanks Ben! Rating #55 for this beer.

3.7
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle 0,5 l. Darkish amber, thick off white or beige head. Nose has lots of herbal hops, full DIPA style nose with maybe some juniper deep down, but could be hops only. Malty background. Flavor is very nice with double IPA style hoppiness and thick malty background, maybe a tad too sweet and sticky. Had I not known this was flavoured with juniper, I wouldn’t have guessed. Fits well with the fresh and big hoppiness. Very nicely balanced and easily drinkable, yet a delicious treat.


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