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Willimantic Glacier IPA - Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Glacier IPA
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BA SCORE
89
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sraimondi:
Photo of sraimondi
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a 1" white/tan head. Sheet lacing survives entire drink. Nice gold color.

S- Significant grapefruit notes with some dry fruit at the end.

T- Very pronounced grapefruit (Columbus hops), but a nice malt backbone balances this brew. Drying finish.

MF- Very full for the style, smooth with some viscous feel.

D- At 6.1% ABV, not alcoholly. Could be a nice session IPA.

Overall, liked this one. Only had time for a 12oz., next time I'll have to get a pint.

sraimondi, Aug 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This WilliBrew IPA was of the color I expected for an IPA but due to the unfiltering, it looked like a glass of grapefruit juice with pulp. It had the same nose as grapefruit juice as well but that wasn't unexpected because it was advertised and being brewed with citrus hops.

ABV was stated as 6.5% which is a bit higher than past reviews. While I wasn't disappointed, it wasn't exactly what I had in mind either. It tasted better than it looked but I moved on to other choices when I was done.

ExtraStout, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of warriorsoul
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap yesterday at the WBC and was fortunate enough to bring home a growler...that's where the review comes in.
Pours a cloudy golden copper color with a half finger or white head...lacing is decent, but lacks much cling.
Aroma is a grapefruit/citrus punch in the face...smell is fantastic.
Taste is quite heavenly...so hopped up and rightfully bitter in its start and finish w/ some sweet malt in between.
Mouthfeel is average and the drinkability is way high.
So glad to try this one at the source and pumped I could bring home an extra 64oz. of this extra special offering from Willimantic.

warriorsoul, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caramel color with no head, perhaps due to a bad pour, but this beer also seemed to have low carbonation overall with a watery mouthfeel. Aroma was hops and citrus, followed by a flavor of strong piney hops. No malt felt, but an alcoholic warmth comes through in the finish. A citrusy tingle lingers in the aftertaste. Good flavor, but not overly complex.

far333, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Griffith, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A good IPA, C-hop aromas and taste. Sheets of lace arising from a very cloudy orange body. Smooth, good drinkability from 75 IBU, for the hophead. Citrus taste. Subtle but definate shreading effect on the palate. Very decent end to the evening.

Sammy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of GmAn613
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%

GmAn613, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swing-top growler filled at the brewpub.

First stein pours with a 1/2" beige head, over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of frothy skim, with lasting coating lace. Aroma is juicy fruit citrus. Taste is sweet to start, rapidly taken over by tangerine in the middle, comes on with balancing bitter through the close. Mouthfeel is soft and very smooth, and drinkability is great. A pleasure, this one.

ppoitras, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jaxon53, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep carbonated copper color with a thick white head, overflowing from a 4oz sampling glass. Smelled a little grapefruit, lemon, floral bitter hops, and something out of left field...maybe a little tart cherry? Weird, but when I took a sip, it all worked, with a nice balance between the citrus and the hops. Could've used a little more maltiness though. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated, but a little thin. Decently drinkable ipa.

donniecuffs, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tjdrewry
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

tjdrewry, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of mrbooch
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped of at Willi Brew to wrap my taste buds around this offering.

I, being a hop lover, was enticed mostly by the aromas and the taste of this brew. It was very citrus, pine, and crisp bordering on dry, and bitter. With a fairly light mouthful, I could have easily taken down 64 oz of this with stars in my eyes.

This brew may not be for the casual IPA drinker considering it's intense hop flavor, but I most certainly enjoyed it, and will be looking to get my hands on more of this in the future.

Thank you, Willimantic Brewing!

mrbooch, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty clear despite it being an unfiltered IPA. Very poor head in my boot glass, probably due to a bad pour. Smell is impressive and is more hoppy aroma than many DIPA's I've had. Interesting tropical citrus aroma. Taste also has some attributes to a DIPA, this one, tapped days ago, is extremley bitter. For me, I'd like more balance here and more flavor coming from hops rather than just bitterness. But the strength is not like a DIPA, this one is a lower ABV IPA at 6.1%. Still, this ones a palate destroyer and turned into a slower sipper than most IPA's. Given the selection of both house brews and guests at willibrew, I won't be getting this one again. But if your into extremley bitter and aromatic IPA's, this one might work for you (not that I myself am not into that, but this particular one didn't work).

jeffthecheff, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy white head that gives way to some thin and ringed lacing. Hazy dark copper in color with shades of sunset orange.

Big hop aromas: lemon and pine bursts are the most notable odors as a result of the hop combination. Light hints of sour fruit as well: kiwi, grapefruit, etc.

A moderate tartness from the lemon and grapefruit flavors married with a hefty pine-infused hop oil character; a lot of resin. A moderate bitterness at mid-sip; rather subdued for the hop profile. An aftertaste of light alcohol, light caramel sweetness, and a mild tartess.

Medium bodied; oily and slick, but a nice substance to this IPA.

Overall, another good IPA from Willimantic. This one is especially easy drinking and doesn't over power the palate; a great IPA to have over dinner.

NEhophead, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a burnt caramel amber-brown, rather hazy, topped with barely any head at all. Just a few sparse patches of meandering mist. One benefit to that is my glass is filled to the rim. Despite the lack of head, blobs of amoeba-like lace cling to the glass, drying into a random cobweb pattern.
The aroma is overwhelmed by piney, citric hops. Loads of graefruity bitterness, with some herbal/floral hops, as well. Very perfumey and pungent. Some toasty malt crawls up feebly, the hops grinding it's boot right in it's face. A slight earthy muddiness suggesting several varieties of hops blended together. Very nice.
The flavor starts with a solid toasty malt, with a bit of caramel or munich malt. A bit of apricot and floral estery flavors, moving rapidly into the hops. Don't blink. Huge hop bittering, with tons of different hop flavors. The hops are initially soft and herbal, gaining momentum. The avalanche crashes into the finish, burying any and all sense of taste in a rind-like, sprucey citric/pine bitterness. Slightly dry, completely wicked. Somehow miraculously balanced, although the malt is definitely straining to supress the hops. Just a touch of bready yeast, with a slight metallic astringency in the aftertaste, like the extreme end of piney hop flavor. The hops just won't quit, and I don't think I want them to. Medium to full bodied, with a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel carried by moderate, bubbly carbonation.
Extremely hoppy, I would never recommend this to anyone without a love of hops bordering on fetish. Somehow balanced, walking a very thin edge most definitely in favor of hops. Remarkable complexity within the hop flavor. This is a great beer, especially with the incredibly fresh hoppiness.

UnionMade, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ejane, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev -2%

AGust82, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of TTTBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TTTBeer, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of pjs234
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

pjs234, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of JimPhelps
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JimPhelps, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Double Trouble GIF from cooperrip. Thanks coop.

Pours a quite murcky orange color with a small head that disappears rather abruptly and leaves very little sign it existed. Some nice lacing, though.

Aroma seems a bit lacking for an american IPA. Some hops but the caramel malt seems to be the main aroma in this one. What hops there are tend to be more fruity and less citrus/grassy/grapefruit (if that makes sense). Almost a peach kind of smell to it. Interesting, but different.

Nice hop bitterness in the flavor. Finishes somewhat bitter which is nice and has a very nice and creamy texture to it. An enjoyable beer overall. Glad I got a chance to give this bugger a go.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Duffman79
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Duffman79, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Ian_B
4/5  rDev -2%

Ian_B, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Willimantic on 3/2/10.

A - Cloudy pale orange-colored liquid with a slim off-white head that settled into a thin patch, leaving a ring of retention and spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Glacier IPA boasts a very citrus-forward nose with grapefruit at the forefront. Caramel and honey sweetness and a hint of floral hop notes round out the aroma profile.

T - Opens with a fairly aggressive hop character with citrus fruit at the forefront, especially grapefruit and orange peel. Malt is sweet but well-concealed by a camouflage of hop vines and cones.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture, although there is a lot of residual hop oils too. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Very good citrusy IPA overall and quite bitter, as it should be. This one fell slightly short of my expectations (based on other IPAs I've had from this brewery) but this is still ultimately an above average IPA.

ffejherb, Mar 10, 2010
Willimantic Glacier IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.