Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chiefydawg:
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Brother snagged this and a few other beers from Wisconsin. Thanks bro...
Orange with micro particulates forming the IPA haze. Not much head, but poured a little cold and gingerly. A little agitation made some small lively bubble. Lace was so so throughout.
Can smell the slightly fruity esters and malt backdrop even through the hops. Hops dominate though with orange marmalade in the forefront with hot grass and pine cone riding its tail.
There is a restrained crisp bitterness on the palate throughout the sip and swallow. Also striding with it for an IPA is the caramel and toffee that never attempts to hide itself. Earthy, citric bitterness wipes it away at the swallow, drying the tongue for another sip. As the beer warms, it picks up a toasty, more substantial malt spine; at the same time, the hops get resiny. Should have let this warm more.
The body builds and alcohol increases as it warms. This bottle seemed a bit low on carbonation, and that adds to the feeling.
Clean and balanced. I didn't mention this in the flavor or smell, but for my taste this is missing some of the hop burst I love so dearly in an IPA, especially compared to the lingering bitter long after the swallow. That said, love the way the bitter and sweet play together so nicely. Great example of a Midwestern IPA in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2009 02:59:29 | More by chiefydawg
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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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