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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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3.6
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. Rich mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Juniper and malt aroma. Rich toffee flavor with juniper spice. Medium bodied. Toffee and juniper lingers. Well balanced. Somewhat refreshing.

3.6
rosenbergh (11931) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland.
Dark copper colour with small tan head. Sweetish smooth hoppiness with some fruits/berries. Sweet fruitiness with crisp hops in flavour. Could be different as bottled.

500 ml bottle. BB 01/09/12. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small to average size tan head. Aroma is quite strong with hops, juniper, spices and some bitterness. Flavour is chocolate, mildly roasted malt, spices, juniper, dark fruits and hoppy bitterness. Rich and creamy palate. Rather enjoyable one. It’s not a mistake to import this one. Nice!

3.6
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Very hoppy pine and grapefruit with juniper twigs light bark and a salty barley wine esk finish. Medium etoh warming with a hoppy piney bite, almost like an American style barleywine. Nice ale.

3.6
Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2010
This brew is a copper-brown color with a medium light tan head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing at the top with spots underneath. Aroma of caramel malt, berries and hops. Medium body with flavors of burnt malt, hops, and fruit. The juniper character is fleetingly present too. The finish is woody and malty with a sweet aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
tiong (7739) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2010
Draught @ Angleterre, Helsinki

Pours dark brown with a small white head. Taste has some hints of spices and bitterness. Alcohol warms nicely. Easy to drink.

3.6
bierkoning (13806) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle from Tbone, thanks! Dark amber color. Malt, grassy hops and licorice in the aroma. Firm earthy oily hopbitter flavor with licorice and some hidden melon notes. Hops and licorice lingering on in the aftertaste, though the balance ramains largely intact. Nice brew.

3.6
Rune (13720) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2011
500ml bottle, gift from Finn, thanks. Clear, chestnut coloured body. Last pour was filled with sediments. Bubbly, fawn coloured head with a solid stand. Spotty lacework. Malt-fruity smell with herbs. Well blended and balanced flavour of dark fruits and caramel malts. Finish off with a nice hop bitter tail. Medium bodied. Good drinking (Tromsø, 12.02.2011)

3.6
jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Pours a one finger white head that vanishes quickly to a trace leaving no lace. Deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet juniper nose and flavor has malty sweetness with light, dry juniper finish. $9.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

3.6
Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Bottle thx to mum bought at some random Finish Ferry link cons 2016-11-11 Göteborg AR: roasted malt,fudge, wee smoke malt AP: dark ruby, wee transparent deminshing beige head F: slippery/oily, roasted malt, tiny smoked malt, fudge, dark red dried fruits, New, new rating 3,6 Draught at BAJT 2014-12-08 Göteborg AR: roasted malt, wee dried brittish fruits AP: clear reddish amber, F: dry, caramel, dried brittish fruits New rating: 3,4 keep the new higer rating Bottle from Alko Åbo cons 2012-02-19 Göteborg Ar: vinos, red grapes, brandy, marzipan Ap: deep ruby colored body, 1 cm high thick wee bubbly dark beige head F: red wine, bitter dry grape fruit, brandy fudgy, alcoholic - store it on some wiskey barrels for some years and it will be much better... Best in Finland? - Note, updated 2014 : NO! Old; rating: 3,3

3.6
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.


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