India Pale Ale - Glacier Brewhouse

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Glacier Brewhouse visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-06-2005

If you like hop aroma, flavor, and a clean – crisp – balanced bitterness, you will love this beer. Our special double dry hopping regime takes place in the aging tank as well as the serving tank. Simcoe and Amarillo hops render incredible floral and citrus aromas. Special English floor malted barley provides the backbone necessary to round out this fruity, unfiltered, session-like IPA.
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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by Citadel82:
Photo of Citadel82
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this as part of a sampler. Poured a rich copper color with a slight haze and a light beige head. Aroma was flora and citrusy with a faint backdrop of malt. Taste was classic IPA with some rich spicy notes and a healthy dose of bready malts. Mouthfeel was light and tingly resulting in a briskly refreshing drinking experience.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Brewhouse bar. Pours looking just like the original, except the head is slightly fluffier at first. However as the head reduces it becomes thinner, with bigger bubbles, but never quite goes away.

Nose brings out citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, and wood.

Taste follows, west coast IPA flavor, but the hops are a bit tuned down in this one. However, the flavor has really done well in the cask here. still quite good. Some wood, and a bit of extras sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautifully smooth here, carbonation is ever so slightly toned down, and the bitterness is nice.

Drinkability is really second to none here, as this one goes down very very well. Super slammable, and watching it pump out of the cask handle just adds to the atmosphere of the brew.

Overall a very pleasant beer to drink, and one that is a go to for me at the Bhouse. Almost always have something on cask, which is actually quite rare in this state, and something to be appreciated. Rock it if you get the chance. Good beer. Good. Beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a hazy light to medium yellow-golden amber with a tow finger white head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pineapple and light bready malt. Flavor follows with good piney and citrus hops, citrus and bready malt. Medium bodied. A nicely made IPA with better than average complexity to the hops and good malt support. The hops are fresh and spicy. A very nice draft IPA.

Photo of Reswald
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A half-pint glass served from the cask at the Brewhouse on 10/11/2009.

Appearance: Good white head, gradually collapsing but never quite disappearing. Beer itself looked a little cloudy/turbid. This particular cask did not seem to have dropped bright.

Aroma: Wonderful hop aroma, strong in west coast hops like Centennials. No doubt about the dry hopping!

Taste: Fresh, clean, with lots of hoppiness overlaying a bit of biscuity malt. Excellent and moreish.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Exceptionally drinkable, like most cask ales. I could go through many pints of this one.

Overall: Fresh cask conditioned ale. It doesn't get amy better than this.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, Anchorage, AK. Pours hazy, deep golden with long lasting, foamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt, orange marmalade and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and hoppy. Well made IPA.

Photo of PapaMurphy
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint from a growler picked up during their amazing $5 growler Tuesday special. Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Bouquet is really nice. Floral and citrus. Aroma lacks malty-ness. Tastes bitter, but still has some sweet citrus to it. Finishes piney w/ resin. After a few sips, I started tasting cardboard? for some reason. Something wrong with the tap? No idea, but I couldn't stop tasting cardboard after that. Either way, decent IPA, but not the best style at Glacier Brewhouse

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always in the market for good IPAs. Had three on my Alaska trip. This is one of them. On tap at the McKinley Lodge in Denali. Pours a cloudy orange color. Good white head and thick lacing. Solid IPA smell. This one is nice and bitter with plenty of citrus (grapefruit) in both the aroma and the taste. The bitterness is not overwhelming. Good enough for hopheads but accessible for others as well. I guess there is some balance here.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than many other good IPAs. Not a bad thing. Very drinkable. I'm sure its too high octane for a session beer but it goes down like one!!! Very nice.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewhouse on 5.1.2012.

A - Served a cloudy light yellow with a smaller light tan-white head. Good retention and tons of solid lacing left on the glass.

S - lemons is all I got.

T - Also very lemony, but some hops poke through as well.

D - Good carbonation and a nice crisp body.

O - A solid citrusy ipa. Good beer in a good place.

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask pint at the brewhouse.

Visual: hazy deep orange with reddish hints; medium, moderately dense head that dissipates quickly; lots of creamy lacing.

Aroma: sweet, resin-y C-hops with big citrus

Taste: sweet, tangy citrus hops. Almost like hop syrup. Hints of passionfruit/mango/tropical. Nice citrus that lingers. I might also guess at apricot, and peach.

Mouth: full bodied and thick, nice, moderate, balanced carbonation level for a cask. Lingers long.

Overall, outstanding. Served a little warm, even for cask: probably in the mid 60s, almost room temp, but still outstanding. I could drink about five; sadly, I only got through three.

I've also had many pints of the non-cask IPA, which is similarly outstanding. The hops come out more crisp and citrus-y, with less of the fruit characteristics.

Photo of jsprain1
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange-amber with a thin head that has little retention but does leave some sticky lacing.
S- Smell is a rich vibrant hop aroma, west coast hops to be sure. A bit of malt backbone, but mostly just hops.
T- I found the taste far more balanced. It starts with that fruit zest hop zing, before settling comfortable with a bit of caramel flavors. The finish was pine-resin hops.
M- Here is what won me over. The carbonation was amazingly creamy. The finish was dry, appropriately, and the body was light, but tasteful.
D- High drinkability. It's a light drinking beer for a 6.2. I decent to good ipa with splendid a splendid body to it.

Photo of tronester
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden/amber in appearance with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of freshly cut grapefruit and toffee. Flavor begins with some peach and mango, then some lightly toasted nuts, followed by rich bread, and a pine forest bitter finish. Mouthfeel is super rich and creamy. Overall outstanding. I just can't see why casks aren't more popular in America.

Photo of Kuaff
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at the Brewhouse in Anchorage.

It's got a one to two-finger, white head and a hazy dark orange color. Looks pretty good.

The scent is a weak but pleasant one of orange and honey.

In the taste, I get citrus, some hop bitterness, and sweet biscuits. Not fantastic, but pretty nice.

It's kinda full-bodied for an IPA, and there's nothin' wrong with that.

A solid IPA that goes nicely with some bar food.

Photo of alexAK
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Hangar on the Wharf (Juneau, AK)

I was most impressed by the fact that this beer came unfiltered, which in my experience, at least, is not at all common for this style. Even though it was much darker, it reminded me of a witbier because of the cloudy appearance.

Very pleasing to the palate, with a mild sweetness, but I think the beer could've gained a bit from some more hop character. And for some reason, it felt very light in hand (in terms of mass) so I'm assuming that it's due to the amount of carbonation. Drinkability, however, is excellent. Personally I'm just happy to have more "local" (well from Alaska at least) beers available on tap to me.

Photo of THoff94
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a very good IPA. Tastes skunky.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Dog & Pony Alehouse in Renton, WA. I asked the bartender for an IPA recommendation (other than the Hop Henge which I've already had) and she came up with this.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head with loads of lacing.

S - Floral hops and yeast.

T - Loads of fresh citrusy and floral hop flavors but at a very reasonable level. The malt is there but it doesn't interfere with the hops. This is my kind of beer.

M - A creamy texture with a moderate carbonation.

D - Very flavorful but light and easy to drink. This is exactly the beer I look for when visiting the Northwest (although I was surprised to see this one came all the way from Alaska).

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at Hangar on the Wharf in Juneau.

Pours with a very light color for an IPA, and with a white head. The aroma is very perfumey with some light citrusy fruit, maybe lemongrass? Taste is very, very floral. There are some soft hops and a touch of banana in the finish. Atypical of the style. The mouthfeel is very light, but a decent level of carbonation. Too floral and soft overall to be much of an IPA.Needs a little more oomph.

Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the cask offering at Glacier.
It's hazy straw blonde with orange filtering in on the edges. Soapy white head sticks for a bit.
Nose is pine hops and fresh spruce.
Sticky pine cone hops, wild hay flavors and subtle malts.
Pretty solid mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, glad they had it on cask.

Photo of ccrida
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a shaker pint at the brewpub, Glacier Brewhouse's IPA is a murky pale gold with a frothy white head that leaves nice spider-web lace.

Smell is awesome. Big citrus hops, cat-pee centennials. Dank and bright, a really nice nectarine note emerges as it opens, with a hint of lime as well. Wow, really much better then the pint I had in WA the other day.

Taste is also super citrusy, fruity, nectarine to the extreme. Unique and very tasty, with a hint of bready malt as well.

Mouthfeel is light and very smooth.

Drinkability is very high. A great beer, fresh from the source, dry-hopped in the cask, absolutely killer.

Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a nice foamy white head and good lacing. Aroma is doughy bread, grapefruit, and a bit earthy. On the lighter end of the medium mouthfeel spectrum. Overall, solid brew. Found this one to be more English than America and labeled here. Glad I tried this, would drink again,

Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Usually available in cask as well, but it was dry the day I visited. Cloudy orange color with a good head that left a ton of lacing as it drained. The aroma was a mixture of spice and citrus hops. Very well balanced with plenty of malt to support the hops. Very drinkable.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is sweet, tropical fruie, mainly pineappple, caramel, and toasted notes. Taste is sweet, grains, pineapple, fruits, caramel malt presence. Mouthfeel is rather sweet, refreshing and crisp with little bitterness. This beer reminded me of a tamer version of FFF Dreadnaught but a tamer version, which is my fav IIPA.

Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive heard a lot of good things about this brewery in general, and this beer in particular, so I was excited to find it on tap at a local gastropub. And, well, it was an average, at best, example of the style. If you see it, try it, it probably won't kill you. If you never try it, you haven't missed anything.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first taste at the Glacier Brewhouse..
hazy dark gold, fluffy head, stickiness.
nice hops aroma, grapefruit, mango, methinks Simcoe. The flavor is huge, the malt sweet and gracefully accompanying the big hops. Fairly bitter but not over the top, maybe 60 ibus. Very nice long hoppy finish with the malt staying through til the end, too.

Photo of HeadwatersFinest
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glacier Brewhouse now has $5 growler

Pours a very hazy golden, with a one finger head. Dissipates to a nice thin sheet of head that lasts throughout. Sticky lacing.

Aroma- incredibly powerful of dank pine and pineapple fruit.

Taste- Fresh simcoe (?) hops provide more of that dank flavor, but this beer has a nice malt backbone. Did you ever have a beer that made you want to belch, because the flavor was so nice that the belch even tasted good? That might be the weirdest thing I've ever said on a review, but I mean it. This just tastes green and delicious.

M- creamy, good body, mild carbonic bite.

D- this beer was my gateway for the whole IPA style. It is delicious and drinkable over and over. At about 50-65 IBU (a guess), it's not a palate wrecker and keeps you coming back for more. It is fruity and refreshing.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, August 2008 (old notes).

Unsure if this is same IPA as cask IPA, which seemed different. This IPA had an exceptionally creamy body, nice balance with the malt, and the hop character struck me as far more grassy than the cask IPA served on the same evening. If it was the same IPA, oddly enough I think it is better with CO2.

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India Pale Ale from Glacier Brewhouse
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