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Glacier Flathead Cherry Ale

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.58   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our perennial favorite is back! The Flathead Cherry Ale is a refreshing blend of a light-colored beer and a cherry flavor. We pour this one in our tasting room all summer but you never know where it could pop up next!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1975) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2015
12 oz bottle from the $50,000 Bar in Montana. I guess this brewery never got the memo that artificial flavors and Red #40 are no longer desirable in "Hand Crafted Ales" in the year 2015. Aroma is total maraschino cherries, nothing else. Pours filtered golden with a small white-pink head. Taste is maraschino cherries with a light golden ale base. Tastes pretty good in a fake soda pop way. If they would’ve used real fruit, it probably wouldn’t have turned out as good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Darkmagus82 (2026) - - AUG 6, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a cherry smell mixed with a good showing of a booze and alcohol (for a 5.5% it is rather potent), giving the smell a somewhat medicinal cough drop smell. Taste – The taste begins with a rather malty and bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a cherry taste. As the taste moves on more and more sweet artificial cherry joins the original nice cherry taste with some corn syrup and caramel joining the tongue as well. All the while a little bit of a boozy medicine alcohol taste comes to the tongue as well, and with a hint of a grainy and hay taste, ends up leaving one with a medicinal cherry cough drop like flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is moderate. A higher carbonation level would have likely hide some of the off flavors better and matched the cherry flavors more nicely creating a cleaner sipper overall. Overall – Not really my kind of cherry brew. This was a bit too cherry medicinal for me.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
My first review for Glacier Brewing Company. Pick up a single 12-oz bottle from Summer Sun Garden & Brew in Missoula, MT. Pours a semi-clear golden amber colored brew with an average sized off-white that slowly dissipates and leave behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of mostly maraschino cherries, a very faint hint of caramel malt and some floral hops. Flavor is light to medium bodied with mostly flavors of maraschino cherries, some light golden grain malt and a hint of salt. Finish continues the cherry flavor, a short mild bitterness that quickly disappears leaving behind more of the cherry flavor. Nothing more than a golden ale with sweetened cherry juice added. Reading some of the other reviews, drink this one as fresh as possible if cherries are your favorite fruit.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
bottled: unknown A:pours golden with a finger of white foam which immediately falls to a central cone of the same. excellent clarity and no lace. S: Smells of cough syrup and sugared cherries. A hint of skunk T: Wow, this is shit. oxidized pilsner malt, some vanilla cherry, artificial flavoring, artificial sugar, artificial flavoring, artificial sugar. An adjunct flavor - maybe rice M: thin with hi carb - similar to coors O: this is among the worst beers I’ve had. Ever. This beer does serve a purpose, however...great for sorority chicks - guaranteed. This beer is not worthy. Not worthy at all. Their website indicates it’s been added to the year-round schedule because of overwhelming demand, wow, that’s sad for the palates of Montana. Serving type: bottle 10-12-2011

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6921) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Shared by some guy at the Mashtraunts meeting .. . deep sunset amber .. mild head, good lacing .. . kids cherry juice and a bit of hay .. . light mouth .. a simple beer but i quite enjoyed it .. . . glass cuts. paper cuts. vinegar!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUN 18, 2013
On tap. Golden with a fizzy white top. Scent is cherries. Bread and cherry taste.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Artificial cherry notes, wheat, and butter. Wow. Pours golden, thin fizzy head. Flavors of medicinal sweet cherry, butter, and wheat. Buttery finish. Tough to drink.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Had this on tap. Poured a pink hued golden color. Smells of cough syrup. More of the same taste wise, cough syrup. Reminds me of being sick as a child. This beer is shitty. Some things should just not be attempted.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
sthlm (1254) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
[On-tap at Glacier Brewing] Pours clear pale gold with a smal white head. Aroma is a huge blast of cherry. Simple, and something a little off with it, but not bad. The taste is where things broke down. Really weird interplay between fruit and malt. Moderate bitterness, cherry, and malt fight it out, with all of them losing. Solvent notes are the icing on the cake. Thin, smooth, long finish. Overall, this was really pretty dreadful, and I couldn’t even finish my sampler of it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3968) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange with a white colored head. Aroma is fruit, cherries and grain. Taste is light cherry with grain, not overpowering fruit and a bit watery.


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