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India Pale Ale - Glacier Brewhouse

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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: 53 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by Citadel82:
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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 GBfan75
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 wrentmore
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Reswald
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Mikexw
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -15.4%
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 J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of blackcloud
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -5.8%
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 +15.4%
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 Mickeyp2814
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kuaff
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mhaugo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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India Pale Ale from Glacier Brewhouse
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