Ice Axe Ale (Imperial Blonde) | Glacier Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Glacier Brewhouse
Alaska, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
High alcohol, slightly malty, creamy, and smooth. Technically dubbed the Imperial Blonde by the brewers, this light colored ale is a perfect quaffer with a kick. A half pound of honey per gallon is used to attain the high yet seductive alcohol level. The Denali climbers in Talkeetna call this beer Ice Axe Ale. Centennial hops round out this beer perfectly. Make sure you are roped in.

Added by TheEclecticGent on 08-26-2008

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Camelman101
5/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visited Talkeetna and ate at the West Rib Pub, had this Ale at the Pub and this was an excellent beer. Ice Axe Ale was a great kickstart to my night and enjoyed every drop. We will have our limit of 2 and then enjoy the others as the pub limit is 2 due to ABV limit, enjoy all, as I will in Alaska. Fish On

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Glacier Brewhouse on 5.1.2012.

A - Served a bright clear orange in a snifter. A small light tan head clings to the edges.

S - Very sweet and acidic smelling.

T - The taste is just plain bad here. Sweet, Alcohol, and very vinegarish.

D - As it should be, up to this point.

O - A true train wreck. I sent it back it was so bad.

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Photo of hardy008
2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the west Rib Pub and Grill in Talkeetna, Alaska on 7/6. Reviewed from notes. This beer is brewed exclusively for the West Rib Pub and Grill.

Pours a gold color with a small white head with fair retention. The aroma is sweet and has honey, sweet malt, and a small amount of hops for balance. The menu states the hops are Centennial.

The taste is like the aroma. Sweet, with very little hop presence for balance. This is too sweet for me, and did not go well with a burger, and would probably due poorly with most food.

Full bodied, cloyingly sweet, and not a pleasant experience. Thankfully I was able to drink better beer the rest of my time in Alaska.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery on tap. Nice gold color with good head and retention/lacing. Nice honeyed character with Champagne yeastyness, extremely sweet, and the high alcohol was just simply unwelcome with the amount of presence it had on the palate. Ouch. Not a good pairing with food and challenging to drink solitary.

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Photo of arnoldbrew
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Clear golden color with a nice white head about 2-3cm. Some light lacing on glass.
Smell- Nothing very impressive mostly a malty-ish smell a lot like BMC.
Taste- VERY malty. A lot of that malty sweetness, not much else. Bitterness isn't noticeable.
Mouthfeel- Medium-thick mouthfeel. Mild carb. This is a thicker brew.
Drinkability- This is a very sweet/malty brew that is ok at first but there isn't a lot of complexity with this one. If it had some other flavors to it that would add to the maltiness it would be a pretty good beer. Otherwise it is drinkable but nothing great.

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Photo of ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a sifter on tap at the brewpub, Ice Axe Ale is a clear gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is very muted, sweet.

Taste is cereals and sugar, light phenols, a boozy finish. To simple, it's needs some Belgian yeast esters or something for complexity.

Mouthfeel is sticky, heavier in the mouth then the belly.

Drinkability is ok, a super strong blonde that might appeal to your sweet-tooth but is totally boring, I got sick of it 1/2 way through.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub today.

The beer pours a striking gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some noticeable sweet malt, including some aromas of honey and cherry. There's also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and while the menu doesn't mention the alcohol, I assume it's probably up there (the small serving glass is a tip off as well I suppose). Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with the beer somewhat on the sweet side. However, there's enough of a hop presense to keep it from being too much, and the high alcohol, while noticeable, is largely kept in check. The beer is not cloying or otherwise heavy/tiring on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and is pretty smooth and long. Drinkability isn't bad, though as mentioned, you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit.

A nice beer. Wouldn't want to drink a lot of it, but it's nevertheless pretty solid.

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Photo of shivtim
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was also referred to as the Pick-Axe ale.

Served in a snifter.

Crystal clear honey color, with a tiny head that leaves some lacing. Nose is mild barny honey. Taste is lightly sugared malts on the front, followed by a terpentine tinged alcohol warming finish.

Mouthfeel is average, and doesn't quite fit the beer. Drinkability is ok, hurt only by the ABV.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Imperial Blond is an excellent beer offering by the Glacier Brewhouse. It pours a translucent medium straw color with a thin 3 mm off white head. It has a crisp but malty aroma. The mouthfeel is a medium weight with noticeable carbonation. The flavor is of clean and light malts with a barely noticeable hop finish. Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the brewery's best offerings.

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Ice Axe Ale (Imperial Blonde) from Glacier Brewhouse
3.18 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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