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Glacier Ale | Red Lodge Ales

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Glacier AleGlacier Ale

Brewed by:
Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-10-2003

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malt feet first
Ending hoppy bitterness
Carbonation leaves crisp fuzziness on the tongue

Malt is both unified and differentiated.

Wonderful layered cascading malt flavors best noted in larger gulps. Very very sessionable.

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Photo of DiggerDahl
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of rmtaggart
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of geexploitation
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Nmgreen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDeuce
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kindsdaddy
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ac22rush
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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..

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Photo of Yjt2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Update Nov. 2015- I had another one of these, (and more in the interim) and thought enough of it to bump the scores a good bit. This beer is malty without being overbearing but gives off some nice spiciness and pleasant late summer veggie aroma- and I've learned to appreciate this beer very much. Pretty, aromatic, and flavorful. In all, very satisfying, and in the range of "excellent" for this style of beer (in the U.S.).

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Glacier Ale from Red Lodge Ales
3.63 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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