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Glacier Ale - Red Lodge Ales

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Glacier AleGlacier Ale

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81
good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Lodge Ales visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Glacier Ale is modeled after the German altbier. It is deep amber-brown in color and has a caramel malt flavor balanced with moderate hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-10-2003)
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Miles City, MT. Got a few stares taking this to register at the gas station, but it was 9 in the AM....

Appearance is a dark amber/brown with a rugged white head that settles into suds. Aroma suggests lager to me with sweet caramel and toasted brown malts and a little yeasty. Simple but nice. Flavor starts off slightly sweet and bready and melds into a brash hit of toasted (bordering on burnt) malt. Malty flavors are followed up with very bitter grassy hops. Sharp contrast but seems to work.

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and crisp dry finish. Again, works well with the flavors.

Listed here as a Kolsch. Not a chance. Bottle says “Amber Ale, website says “modeled after altbier”. Seems to have hybrid qualities. Regardless of label, it’s definitely got more attitude than appearance would suggest. A little rough around the edges, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:02:06 | More by GeezLynn
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour yields about a 3/4 inch off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin cap with some sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is an orangey-amber with slight haze and moderate carbonation.

A very lager-like aroma is apparent with very slight DMS and a kiss of herbal hops. The flavor comes across as maybe just a bit sweet, but with some good, nutty background bitterness. Strong hints of caramel are accompanied by dark fruit notes, cola, and maybe a little coffee. Despite the perceived sweetness, the finish is crisp and fairly dry with lingering nut-like bitterness. Fairly light in body and quite sessionable, particularly in cool weather, as I've been drinking this beer over about a week of highly variable temps.

This is a tasty beer that I would like to sample at the brewery sometime. Oddly, I haven't noticed this beer in my town (Butte, Montana). Bought as part of a six pack in Colstrip, Montana at around 8-something for a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 05:49:22 | More by archyquaffer
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MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-18-2014 03:49:24 | More by MadScientist
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-08-2014 23:35:06 | More by cbcrunch
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-19-2014 03:57:42 | More by harpus
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Norm406

Montana

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-20-2014 13:47:55 | More by Norm406
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rmtaggart

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-21-2013 03:29:47 | More by rmtaggart
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ac22rush

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-19-2013 00:13:33 | More by ac22rush
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-04-2013 21:05:43 | More by Eric908
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PalatePilot

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-20-2013 04:17:17 | More by PalatePilot
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Altbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear reddish color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet malted grain, and caramel. Medium bodied, a combination of sweet malt, caramel malt and floral hops. Great session beer- good example of the style..

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:34:33 | More by GossageBrewery
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gromnir

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-05-2013 03:20:24 | More by gromnir
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DiggerDahl

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-27-2013 14:01:35 | More by DiggerDahl
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

there just arent enough altbiers out there anymore. this one takes on a major american red malt persona, lacking any of the original german identity, but still quite tasty. pours dense brick red in color, with a short lived inch of off white head. the nose is dry red malt, almost like an irish brew, but with more sweetness than that, and the crispness apparent of a lager. flavor actually has some yeast pep to it, much to my surprise, but it could use some hops, especially on the back end where this baby finishes too sweet for my palate. its crisp though nevertheless, and the texture is spot on with excellent carbonation, a sessionable medium body. i would only like to see the abv come up to the mid 6% range and wipe out the residual sugar. that would make this a wonderful beer in my world, but as it is, its an affordable, drinkable, and unique 6pack. i was happy with my purchase. seasonally just right too, here on the back side of winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 20:10:37 | More by StonedTrippin
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-17-2012 20:53:32 | More by AndrewMichael
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-11-2012 14:51:06 | More by tbone1384
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-10-2012 19:43:23 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Yjt2


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-18-2012 03:36:05 | More by Yjt2
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29%

09-01-2012 06:34:17 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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a77cj7

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-17-2012 05:12:33 | More by a77cj7
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-28-2012 00:02:12 | More by spark3148857
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-30-2012 05:54:40 | More by slimntubbs
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-13-2012 21:06:24 | More by Jspriest
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TheDeuce

New York

2.3/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Red Lodge Glacier Ale..on tap at Red Lodge Mountain

Appearance-pale white gold, medium build head, bubbles are a little lax.

Smell-light malt and hops, fusel alcohol and grain notes

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet up front, muddled, alcohol is well hidden, not very smooth, balanced finish near the end. Odd for this type of style.

Drinkability-not refreshing, muddled. Doesn't work all the time.

Overall-I'm a little stunned and may need to get another batch of this, I love this style of beer and on all other beers Red Lodge nailed the styles, will have to try again, for now I'm dissapointed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 18:55:51 | More by TheDeuce
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring. Very light lace is left behind.
S: Malty sweet. Some caramel and light fruity aromas.
T: Very malty. A great balance of caramel malt and floral hops. A depth of flavor that was missing in the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

A very enjoyable beer. Something to look for if ever in Red Lodge.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2009 07:38:41 | More by champ103
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