Glacier Ale - Red Lodge Ales

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-10-2003

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.
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish-brown body, crystal clear, with a decent foamy head; sticky lacing. Biscuit and cereal smell; roasted nuts; a subtle rye-like spiciness. Very grainy taste overall with a mild ester fruitiness and nice hop bitterness; graham cracker. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

A wonderful malty ale with strong emphasis on the grain flavors. Mild spiciness and fruitiness along with the crisp bitterness add some excellent depth and complexity to the overall taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a thin cream colored head that soon recedes. The beer is a deep chestnut brown in color.

smell: Very nice aroma here. The aroma is of dried, dark fruit and a nutty, woody, earthy type aroma all at once. There's even a hint of peat in there. Very light noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the far low end of the medium range. The body is medium or just a little lighter.

taste: Nice dark dried fruit flavors and a pronounced nuttines are the first things I notice, though the fruits are light in character. The flavor is malt oriented, with a moderate sweetness. Hints of very watery coffee and chocolate, and some earthy woodiness. The aroma and flavor are both somewhat reminiscent of a scotch ale. Light noble hop flavor and bitterness. Subtletey is the word for this one.

drinkability: A good beer, and easily drinkable.

Received in a trade with loren01. No notch on the freshness dating thingy

Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours root beer colored with minimal head and inactive carbonation. Smells of dusty chardonnay grapes, dry grains and not much else. Taste is similarly blank, with clear grain flavors predominating, accompanied by metals and slight hints of apples. Relatively inert mouthfeel to go with a blank but easy drinking beer. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.35/5  rDev -34%
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.

Photo of Kindsdaddy
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite ales. I've had bottle and tap, both very good. I'm more of Porter, Scotch Ale fan. I don't like the heavy hop, bitter ales. Not too bitter or too sweet, so right on for an ale for me. If you like a drinkable well rounded beer this is a good one.

Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished to a thin film. Body was clear with a dark reddish-brown color. Very nice aroma of roasted malt. Light on the palate, slightly creamy texture with soft carbonation. Nice flavor - lightly sweet with a roasted edge that helped the beer go down really smooth. Definitely one I could have again, if not necessarily something to write home about.

Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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..

Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/29/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a drink by strip on the label that was unmarked....what's the use of that? Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Dark cherry-mohagany pour with a nice 1/2 creamy head and above average lacing.

Smell- Smells rather dark. Some roasted nuts maybe. Some smoke scent as well.

Taste- Kinda sweet and smoky at the same time. Have a bit of a cherry flavor and some smoked malts as well. Maybe even a light rauchbier flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. A bit cloying.

Drinkability- Bit of a suprise. Better than expected. It's listed as a altbier on the label and kinda reminds me of one. Maybe an altbier with a touch of rauchbier. Overall, different and pretty tasty.

Photo of loren01
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color into pint glass. Good lacing observed, very minimal carbonation, however there is a good 2 finger sized head. Smell is very good. Smells of roasted nuts, caramel and coffee. Tastes very good also. Reminds me of some brown ales that I've had before. The bottle says that it is a "Flavorful amber ale, brewed in the German Altbier Tradition". Taste is sweet at first with a very nutty taste. Not very bitter, maybe a slight bit in the aftertaste. There is also a slight metallic aftertaste that was kind of funky. Mouthfeel is slightly flat, but overall not too bad. I bought this bottle at Osco Drug in Billings and it tastes slightly different than I've had before at the brewery. I remember it to be darker and with more of a bite to it, so I'm thinking I just got a slightly old bottle. Overall this is a great beer. I really like Red Lodge ales and I believe they don't get the respect that they deserve. You really don't see many of their beers around even the Billings area which is only 1hour away. If you ever get a chance to buy some of the Red Lodge Ales hard to find brews I reccomend you do, as I believe they are very underrated.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Montana by my sister.

A-Highly unlikely this is a Kolsch beer, but that is what BA has it listed as. Deep Amber-red clear body.

S-Smells like a bag full of grains. Smells good to me as a homebrewer, but may be a little off for others.

T&M-Definately a nice array of roasted grains. It seems as though they used a lot of vienna malt. This may have been an attempt at an Octoberfest. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy and not well balanced.

D-Not a bad beer to try but not a staple for me. Hops do come across nicely for thos looking for a little hop kick to an amber ale like this one.

Photo of jhammerly
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to loren01 for sending this extra beer in a trade.

Pours mahogany with a nice cream colored head about 2" thick.

Aroma of fig, maybe some chocolate, a definite sweetness to it. I am kind of reminded of a Fig Newton, even though it has been awhile since I have had one.

The taste is a little bolder than a typical amber, almost Bock-like in a way, just not as sweet. Some very mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste lingers a bit, not to turn off anyone, but it tastes to me slightly like ash. But not it's not a terrible flavor.

A light to medium body.

Drinkability is good. This beer can be paired with about anything and in any situation. Not a lot of complexity, but a good solid beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a huge billowy white head of thick foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a ton of fizzy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter caramel and lightly toasted malt smell. A little bit of a grainy and slightly bready smell are there as well and are mixed with some hints of dark fruit.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and slightly bready taste with the bready having a bit of a toast taste associated with it. Along with these flavors comes some brown sugar and a little bit of a dark fruit taste. The roastedness increases at the end with the caramel fading a little bit at the expense of more dark fruits coming to the tongue. With a little bit of molasses joining the taste at the end, one is left with a sweeter and malty taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a rather average carbonation. Overall for the sweeter but more drinkable nature of the brew the feel is pretty good and makes for a smooth drinker.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking and flavorful brew.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear deep amber coloured brew with a small head of foam.

The smell is decidedly malTy with nice grainy notes and suggestions of fruit.

Dang, the malt character in this Alt is so delicious. Backed by a good grain bill and again, more than a hint or 2 of fruit which I find mostly in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel. .I reckon I will buy more Glacier soon. A Very well crafted example of the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Glacier Ale from Red Lodge Ales
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.