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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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82
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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WJVII on 04-17-2008

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Ratings: 545 | Reviews: 194
Reviews by mnstorm99:
Photo of mnstorm99
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Central Waters starts with the packaging, which is a nice plain closed six pack box, with a sticker telling me what is inside. I open the bottle and pour it into my Surly pint, and a nice copper pour starts, with a nice one finger off white heads sits on top. The head stays as I take in the appearance of this brew, and it seems nice and rocky. The aroma is subtle hops (mostly citrus and floral american), not quite in my face as I was expecting, but they are there. Some caramel and biscuit malts round out the aroma. So, I bring the glass to my mouth with the expectations of an average IPA, but I am a little suprised when I taste what seems to be a somewhat British IPA character. But, by no means is this British, the American hops have a great flavor of spice and Orange citrus. The charater I feel is from the malts, which seem to have that bready feel under a nice caramel malt backbone. The feel is smooth and full, with a great carbonation. Drinkability? Yeah I'll have another as this one is extremely easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pleasant Bitter tastes Citrus minty pine cone. Better than average IPA and oh, how so drinkable.How fortunate are thee, Wisconsonians or whatever you are called for so many good brews and breweries!Golden colour and hoppy aromas.

Photo of cambabeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

light reddish hues, white head. Piny and oily smell. Hops in the front. Toasty sweetbread. Mouthfeel a little oily. Heavyier than the alcohol would lead to assume. Not very sessionable.

Photo of fluffynughead
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer two days in a row, and had two different tasting experiences. On the first day I drank the beer slightly warmer then I would have liked. On this day, the beer was very hoppy. The hops were very floral and almost sweet. I enjoyed the level of hops but thought the beer was not so easy going down. The second day I drank the beer a little colder then I would have liked. Also, due to location, I drank the beer straight from the bottle this day. I experienced a much maltier beer this day. The hops were only detectable as an aftertaste. I did enjoy the malt flavors but was looking forward to the hops flavors I experienced the previous day and didn't get those. Overall, this is a very drinkable local beer. Not too hoppy, not too malty.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hops but not as strong as I would have liked. The flavor is citrus hops with some medium bitterness. The flavor and aroma are both slightly subdued. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange and moderate cream colored head with bubbly lacing.

Smell: Citrus, sweet toasted malt, dry spiciness.

Taste: Dry citrus (orange and grapefruit) with dry toasted and tea-like malts. Ends with a fairly high level of spicy bitterness and maybe a touch of pine. Something about it does not mesh quite as well as I would like, and it is simply too bitter compared to the relative lack of flavor.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, moderate firm body, dry finish. Have I mentioned it's dry yet?

Drinkability: Somewhat of a unique take on an American IPA as it seems to have English Bitter qualities, both in the taste and the feel. Pretty solid overall, but probably not worth returning to considering the number of fine IPAs out there.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

A nutty, earthy nose evokes moist, mature deciduous floor one might find along the glacial trail on a cool morning in late May or early June. It pours hazy burnt amber under a light tan 1” head that produces thick lace. The nutty beer lightly sweetened by pale caramel rolls over the tongue with a very creamy texture leading to an assertive but not harsh bitter finish with a light fruit flavor somewhere between pineapple and peach. A very fine soft texture gives the beer an airy feel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little bit darker than most, this one approaches light brown territory. Lots of chunky yeast floaties from this one. Aroma could have been hoppier, was expecting hoppier.

Caramel, woodsiness, high bitterness, low if any floral hop aspect at any point. Malty all over the place. Bitterness hits often and hard.

This is so far from the usual quality of CW's stuff. Don't hold this one beer against them. Just doesn't come across as a good ipa to me, much less an ipa.

Photo of richkrull
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy copper color with a good amount of slightly off-white head. Light hop aroma, not a lot else going on there. This beer has good hop flavor with some bready malts complimenting that. Good taste overall. Medium mouthfeel, goes down smooth though. This is any enjoyable IPA, very good overall and a good go to beer to have on hand.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazed golden brew that looks more like an unfiltered cider then an IPA.  The head is a pillow of soft cream colored fluff that barely sticks to the glass.  I've seen better.

The nose is weak, leaning towards a brittish ale rather then an IPA.  Not much in the way of hops or grain.  The disappointing smell is a little metallic and sour.

Taste is in the same realm of sour and weak.  It's not as bad as the nose with a rebound of hop flavor and malt lingering in the finish.

I find myself bored with this brew.  The flavor isn't enough to keep me really interested and the mouthfeel is a little soft too.  Mild carbonation and touch of hop bitterness is about all that's interesting in this brew.  Very middle of the road and in the land of ipa's that's not good enough. 

Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: Oct / Nov

Poured into a pint glass, hazy with a lighter shade of amber. I got a finger of light tan head that settles to a bubbly layer leaving nice lacing on the glass. Some citrus notes in the nose, along with sweet caramel malts - fairly mild aromas. Interesting, I get more of a piney / herbal hop flavor than the smell would lead me to believe. Slightly bitter finish but nothing that lingers - kinda bland actually, really confusing. Fairly light bodied and thin for the style, adequate carbonation, and a bit dry.

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted golden amber with a faint ruby sheen. Tiny jets of CO2 feed a massive, sculptable, never-ending, beige dome. And it laces something filthy.
The nose exudes pine, pulpy grasses, rusty tin, and orange and lime rinds. The hops are fairly loud upfront, but decay gradually to allow a toasty malt component to emerge.
This toasted malt is where the taste begins. It starts and stays on the dry side with English muffins and almonds. But a sweetness does swell up, comprised of caramel and pear. It turns woody midway, bringing some oak-like tannins. The hops do not manifest as loudly or as resinously as they did in the nose. Here, they accent more floral and dry grassy and fallen pine needle tones, along with some bittering notions of mint leaf, alum, rust and rock dust.
Even with the visually evident carbonation, this drinks like a cask pull, glassy and sleek. I like this build a lot, even if it teeters a hair towards the thin side.
This isn't a world beater, but it is very enjoyable. It's also a very balanced IPA. There are some quirks here that place it out of the norm, mostly for the better. It's not for everyone, though. There's a bit of English-styled flair in there, even if it is aptly labeled as American. It's something of a tweener, but the more I drink of it, the more I like it and the more I'm reminded of Meantime IPA and that's pretty strong company.

Photo of augustgarage
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in either August or September, 2011 (the notch is right on the line in between the two). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a cloudy dark amber topped by a hesitant layer of papaya-whip snow which recedes to a light dusting and a two-tier collar. Thin lacing, shimmering light tears, average-at-best retention.

Unusual aroma suggests cinnamon, floral hops, and maybe a little candy corn or buttered caramel along with pine.

Woody palate entry suggest varnish, cedar, and evergreen - again, quite unusual. Some brighter grapefruit pith notes mingle with hints of autumn leaves into the medium-dry very earthy (almost dusty) forest-floor finish. Bitterness is present but mild throughout.

A touch oily and occasionally astringent all at once with slightly low carbonation.

A different deep-in-the-woods take on an IPA - evocative but not entirely successful for the style.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy. Orange juice color. Thin khaki cap with finely bubbled lace. Looks thick.

S - Gooey Hawaiian roll notes (sweet bready biscuits), slightly buttery, mango hops.

T - Caramel malts with butterscotch. Lots of really green and minty hop flavors. Green candy cane.

M - Medium bodied, chewy. Nice long minty finish. Outstandingly drinkable.

I really like this one. It steps away from the "biscuity malt, piney/grapefruit hop" standard of American IPAs. This one is more refreshing. Fresh mint leaves and Worther's Original candy flavors. Nice!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glacial Trail IPA. 3 months old.

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Proteins are visible in suspension. Creamy off-white head. Excellent retention, very good lacing.
S: Piney/leafy hops over biscuity/caramelish/toasty malt base.
T: Piney and delicately citrusy hops dominate, supported by a firm, biscuity/bready/toasty malt base. Somewhat herbal. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with lingering notes of dried pine.
M: Medium-full body with a median carbonation. Surprisingly firm.
D: A solid, basic IPA that displays a rich maltiness soaked in hops. Well-balanced and rounded, but somehow lacking finesse. Worth trying.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. From notes:

A: A golden orange murky hazy body, with a nice thin layer of white head that holds on well thought the glass. Swaths of sticky lacing are left.

S: Aroma is not overly powerful, but subtle hints at earthy and herbal hops are found.

T/M: Nice upfront smooth character, with a nice bitter backbone. Hop flavor is pronounced, but not as overwhelming as I would expect in an IPA. Lingering taste is good with a nice dryness.

O: Overall I don't find this to be an outstanding IPA, more or less a Pale Ale, but still drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, scooped a sixer at Star a week or so ago

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, strong bright amber body with a creamy beige-tan head and pretty strong lacing. very solid visually

smell: strong hop profile that slides this one into the american IPA class, big bready caramel malts underneath

taste: it just drinks too heavy for an IPA in my opinion and leaves quite the bitter bite, hops are strong and mostly bitter grapefruit. caramel malts and deep toasted grain round out the flavor but there is an astringent kick here that pushes it down a level

mouthfeel: heavy, bitter

drinkability: ok

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to try thr Glacial IPA at "The Bank" in Wheaton. The beer poured a very nice copper in color, with thin white head that left spotty lacing. The smell was citrus with a subtle pine balanced by malt. The mouthfeel was a medium to light body with average carbontation. Overall....I would session with this one.

Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. This wasn't the biggest, richest, or most bitter IPA, but it was a fine beer. The hops had a pineapple note to start that then blended into a standard citrus hops flavors. The aroma was oddly lacking hops with a dark bread aroma that seems like it would be better placed in an English-influenced amber ale. Overall, this was a tasty IPA and a little out of the norm. I'd say it's worth trying if you can find it.

Photo of plfahey
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber in color with a slight yellowish tint and high clarity.Moderate head of off-white foam has decent retention.

Aroma- Caramel and toasted malts stand out, with pine and grapefruit hops playing over the top. Aroma has more malt character than most IPAs, but still a fair amount of hopping.

Flavor-Sweet caramel malt up front with a hint of breadyness fades into a resiny hop flavor with some pine/grass/hay notes. Finish has notes of toasty/nutty malt, with slightly higher than moderate bitterness coating the tongue. The finish is mostly dry and smacks of the hops, with a bit of that caramel malt lingering on.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel and some sticky lingering bitterness on the palate. Excellent.

Not an exceptional IPA, but very well balanced and easy drinking. Definitely refreshing on a hot summer day. Way more malt than most American IPAs which helps keep it balanced while still being a quite hoppy beverage, though I think it might swing a bit too far towards the malt for an IPA, at least in the aroma.

Photo of kenito799
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Orangey-amber brew not just hazy but filled with suspended yeasties...thick tan foam leaves copious lacing.

Aroma is full-on fresh citrus and pine hoppiness. Full bodied smooth mouthfeel. The Flavor is a bit rough...quite bitter, almost unbalanced, surprising that the intention was not to make an overly in your face bitter brew? This is on par with the most bitter of the lot IMO. Quite good but on the exhausting side fro me, maybe a fresher or on-tap offering would show better.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a turbid copper, with a ton of yeasty floaties, and being topped with 2+ fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains into a big creamy dollop, that slathers the sides of the glass with sticky clumps of lace. Pretty impressive lacing that almost makes up for the unappetizing unfiltered look of this. The aroma is earthy and spicy, with a bit of sticky pine included as well. There is also an underlying toasty tang of buttered bread and citrus, which helps sweeten the nose up some.

The taste is herbal and sweet, with a moderately biting spicy bitterness to it. Underneath is sticky with citrus and toasted grains. The finish on this is just THICK with spice and dryness that lingers in the mouth for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a bubbly creaminess to the carbonation, but this does feel a bit thin in spots at times.

Decent little IPA here to display the spicy and earthy character of the glacier hops. A decent start to a mini-tasting of Central Waters brews I recently had.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dingy copper color, hazy with floaties. Head looks good; 1/2" and oily. Very sticky on the sides of the glass like a spider web. The only thing keeping it from a better score is the floaties. Anyway...

S- It smells sweet and caramel like, hops are in the background. Digging deeper, you will find the resiny citrus aromas making an appearance.

T- Same caramel malts, maybe a little bit nutty, a touch of smoke and earthy bittering hops.

M- Medium to light in the mouth with high carbonation.

D- To me, this beer just cant 'get it all in one bag', so to speak. It has pleasant (and good) qualities about it, but lacks majorly in others. All in all, not bad, but not one I would want to session.

D-

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No hint on the label that this was unfiltered or bottle conditioned. Pours a dark amber color with huge chunks of yeast floating in the beer. Looks disgusting. Almost like vomit. A large head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice citrus hop aroma with some grass clippings and sweet malt. Has a good malt base giving some earthy qualities before hop flavors of citrus take over. Quite bitter in the finish. A medium body with nice carbonation. A nicely flavored IPA but, I am begging you brewers out there, label the beer if it has live yeast in the bottle. I would like the option to gently decanter and leave the yeast in the bottle. Thankyou.

Photo of marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable, citrusy blonde IPA. Hoppy, yet not terribly bitter five months old. Very smooth and drinkable. Low alcohol content really makes this more of a pale ale. Heck, Lagunitas New Dogtown is a pale ale and is stronger than the Glacial Trail. Still a fine sessionable ale.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.