Amber Ale | Glacier Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Glacier Brewhouse
Alaska, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.67%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Amber is malty, medium bodied, and balanced out with hints of chocolate and caramel from the crystal malt, Munich malt, and roast barley. Cascade hops complement the malt sweetness perfectly.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-04-2002

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Fabric8r:
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Started with this beer while eating dinner at their restaurant. What a pleasure this beer was. I was a little suprised by the darker color, but it sure tasted good. Great malt flavor with a really nice hop aftertaste. These guys know how to brew beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GBfan75
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wrentmore
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark ruddy amber to brown color with a nice finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at an even pace. Moderate glossy lacing. The aroma had some sweet and toasty bready to caramel malts. Mild toffee/butterscotch and then some grassy hops. The flavor keeps the malts to play with a nice sweet to toasty taste. Some nuts. Nuts, toast and caramel combine in the aftertaste and cleanly moves into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. ABV felt fine. Overall, good amber ale that I could come back to if I could have again.

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Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joshkouri
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great amber. Darker than most of the style, verging on being a brown ale (Actually reminds me a bit of Boyne River Brown). Mildly hopped, huge malt flavors and aromas dominate. Rich and delicious.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, Anchorage AK. Pours amber with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, hint of hops and ripe fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops and ripe fruit. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of bort11
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My folks brought me home a growler from their Alaskan vacation. That's some love.

Poured into a shaker pint. Solid tan colored head that stands a finger and a half. Mild stickage of lacing on the glass, but a steady cap on the surface. The color is a beautiful cinnamon amber orange. Great clarity!

Smell has a great ginger snap, clove and cinnamon aroma. Very bold a and clear. Taste follows smell, but adds an orange peel citrus hops. Bit of a smoky character.

Mouthfeel has a clean light body. Very easy quaffable. I'm going to enjoy finishing off this growler!

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Photo of fellmaniak
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber, essentially brown. Head is disappointingly small and leaves only a bit of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet malt, with some light spicyness and notable citric hoppiness. Still more sweet malt than anything else.
T- Taste is intially sweet, too much so, in fact. Caramel malt abounds, which is good, but it needed a balancing componant of some kind. Some yeasty esters and some spice and citrus hops come in to cut it a bit but it's sweet up until a buttery (diacetyl perhaps?) finish.
M- Decent body, maybe a touch light but only slightly so. Low carbonation, but again, this was acceptable.
O- It had all the right componants for a great beer in my eyes, just not in the right proportions. I'd drink it again, but in my opinion it's not one of Glacier Brewhouse's better beers.

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Photo of Nunya
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathead
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JAck199
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mb202060
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2 hour old growler into a snifter

L: Crystal clear amber colored with a robust off white head with substantial lacing - very enticing
S: bready malt - not much else going on
T: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, no hops,
F: To style, plenty of carb
O: A forgettable offering for GCB, nothing wrong with it, but there are much better choices at the Brewhouse

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Photo of beefington
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Nice, persistent head. Delicious. The finish has a distinct flavor of its own.

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Photo of rowew
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This was a very nice offering, and goes well with food. Pours darker red than most ambers, with a thin head that had good retention. Aroma is very biscuity, with just a hint of hops. The taste is dominated by malts - tipping this beer towards the brown end of the scale. Slightly sweet and well balanced with floral hops.

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Photo of andy1701
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Overlook after rabbit hunting. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a thin cap of white foam that leaves behind sticky glass-coating lace. Transparent red-brown body, with plenty of visible bubbles. Only quibble was head volume and that's because they wanted to give me a full glass.

S - Strong malt character, with notes of icing sugar, toffee, and cookies. There's some light earthy hop character that makes me think Summit, but it's fairly restrained.

T - The taste has a bit less sweetness and a bit more bread and yeast character. Still, it's fairly malt-forward, with toffee and sugary notes. Very restrained hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a clean lightly sticky finish. Very smooth texture.

D - This is a nice,well-crafted, amber ale. I'm not sure if there's much more to say. It's a good beer for having multiple pints and not really having to think too much. For the style it's among the better iterations I've tried (and I'm not including the "Amber" IPA and DIPA offerings).

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Amber Ale from Glacier Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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