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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 403
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WJVII on 04-17-2008)
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is golden orange hued. A huge amount of off white head that nearly goes over the edge of my glass. After a moment to settle the head leaves a thick coating of white lace all around my glass. The aroma is wonderful. Orange,grapfruit, and lemon intertwined with pungent pine sap hoppy goodness. Malt can be picked out as well. The flavor is very balanced. There's a nice sour fruit, piney hoppiness and a smooth, bready maltiness that play well together. Fairly dry on the finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall a great IPA from CW. So far everything out of this brewery has been very good. I've got to make the trek up north to visit these guys in person.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 22:40:34 | More by beerwolf77
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JLeege

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint, bottled in April

Appearance- Pours a deep golden to orange color, with a nice foamy two fingers of white head. Good retention and lace. Looks pretty perfect actually.

Smell- A nice hop presence on the nose. Mostly pine and floral, a splash of citrus. A hint of bready malts.

Taste- Nice complex hop bill right up front. Citrus is what is noticed first, followed by a very floral and dank earthy presence. A little pine resin on the linger. Nicely balanced by slightly doughy malts. Fairly bitter on the finish. Tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, creamy.

Overall- This is the first time I have had this beer and I am impressed, from the perfect appearance on, it doesn’t really let up at any point. Going to have to try to squeeze this into the rotation. I am shocked by the “low” scores for this one.

Extra- 2nd highest review overall for this beer, can that be? I suppose this works just right for my palate!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:14:09 | More by JLeege
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LJArsenal

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review. Decided to tackle a local brew from the fantastic Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, WI. Great packaging that clearly states the date the beer was bottled on: 11/18/08. Why this information isn't mandatory for all brewers is beyond me.

Pours a light amber almost orange hue with a one-finger head. Leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Smell is of hops and, as other reviewers have noted, pine. While it doesn't have the same intense hop flavor I've experienced in other IPA's, it's a clean brew that is quite sessionable - left me wanting another.

While not my favorite from Central Waters, a strong IPA that represents the style well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:11:54 | More by LJArsenal
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Thank again Jason (MBABJJ) for more great midwestern goodness!

Pours a very hazy dark copper, tons of floaties, with a very dense light-khaki head that has epic retention. A bit clearer and get rid of the floaties and it jumps two scores, but no matter how great the head, no way can I justify higher than a 3.5 for those kind of floaties.

Nose is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt, just a bit toasty. Not bad at all, very balanced.

Up front we have a nice hop bite, moderately bitter without being overly so, met instantly by an equally big, rich malt body that leaves the bitter hops just swimming in bready caramel. This is all about balance - not at all dry, but not overly sweet either. Fruity esters make things interesting. I'm going against the grain on this one - I love it, and think it's fantastic. It's not all about the hops with this one, and I don't think that's a bad thing. Judged on its own, I'm pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel is nice - full with a moderate/light carbonation, no weak points.

Drinkability is up there. Bitterness is kept in check sufficiently to allow for a nice hoppy bite without wearing on the palate. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 21:02:17 | More by JohnQVegas
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Jes the way I like it. Poured with a smallish fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, earthy hop. Flavor's the same and very nicely balanced for an IPA. Finish is great and balanced as well. Body is goood and ditto carbonation. Easy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:54:01 | More by drpimento
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 06:07:47 | More by pmcadamis
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OliverBlaze

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy is an Amherst local and introduced this beer to me while on a ski trip in Colorado. I was a bit skeptical knowing that this beer was basically from the middle of nowhere, but as soon as I tasted it I was in love. From the bottle, it had a beautiful floral taste. Just the right amount of hops with a delicious malty backside. Quite fruity as well. Crisp finish that isn't too dry. A super easy drinking IPA that has somehow slipped under the radar for far too long in my life. Give this IPA a shot, you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:19:38 | More by OliverBlaze
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kickapoodude

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

They had to discontinue the Lac Du Bay becaue of the hops shortage...although they do make it from time to time at the brewery for the tasting room, and the came out with this less hoppy IPA. She's smooth and wonderful...the Lac Du Bay is far superior, but I'm a hopaholic. It is a little more malty, but shares the heaviness and boldness of all of thier other brews. The high alc. makes the trip out to Amherst well wroth while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 22:02:55 | More by kickapoodude
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color with a big three finger off-white head that fell slowly, becoming rocky, and leaving several large rings of lacing down the glass. Nice piney and citrus hop aroma, a bit of alcohol, and some caramel malts. Taste is nice and bitter, pine and citrus, orange and grapefruit, resiny, and maybe a little bit of medicinal character. Malt backbone is solid, but never becomes sweet. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slick, smooth, easy to drink. A very good IPA. I've been enjoying everything by Central Waters as of late. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 18:22:58 | More by KeefD
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice murky golden orange hue with a small rocky head. Very little retention but tons of lace is left behind.

S: Very light aromas, but what is there is all about the hops. Notes of pine with light hints of citrus.

T: The flavors are hop forward as well. They are much more powerful than the aroma though. This one is a wonderful mixture of sweet pine and bitter grapefruit. The bitterness is not high, it is just a nice marriage of the hops. Very light caramel malt barely manages to cut through, but the hops shine in this one.

M: Medium to full in body, smooth, with great carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I can't believe this one gets a B on this site. Wonderful hoppy goodness in a bottle. I could drink a dozen on a hot Florida afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 21:08:18 | More by tpd975
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy head that leaves a thin layer of lacing ontop by the time you take your first sip. Some burnt malts and hops are most noticable in its scent. The taste is quite hoppy with a bitter taste that really hits the taste buds. I'm also picking up some sweet carmel malts along with the burnt malts. A rather strong IPA where the hops really standout versus other beer where they really try to blend theirs together for a less noticable taste. Quite a nice beer from a smaller Wisconsin Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:27:02 | More by Lemke10
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Klym

California

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gripitandsipit for this sweet extra. Poured into a surly nonic.

This was much better than I anticipated given the reviews. Basically salted-caramel forward with strong, clean, herbal hops with a very present cocoa powder finish. I was really amazed how well the cocoa powder blended and fit with this beer. This was by far one of the most unusual IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking and pleasure it was indeed. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 06:23:39 | More by Klym
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking orange body. Billowy dirty white head laces the glass entirely as I drink. The nose is quite pungent, resiny and fairly thick. Not particularly "bright," but an IPA doesn't have to be "bright" in my book to kick ass. The smoky oily aromas bring it on home for me in this one. It all translates nicely to the palate as well. There's a big bitterness here for just a "plain 'ol IPA". It's jagged, but not overly so. And the pungent attributes surface on the palate as well. Body is damn near full. This is good. A few days ago I had this back to back with a New Glarus Hop Hearty IPA, which I think fairly highly of, and this impressed me more. Central Waters rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:38:45 | More by Bighuge
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mynie

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boxed sixer purchased at a Woodman's. I love things, especially food items, that come packaged in little boxes of plain brown cardboard.

Pours dark orange with a slight haze and a nice white head. Pretty much a standard IPA pour.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and soapy hops. Very nice balance between bitter and sweet; while the hops are predominant they do not dominate, and this seems to be the kind of IPA that can be drank by the bucketful without singing one's tongue.

Tastes like it smells, firm yet fabulously balanced. Big cereal grain against a hop profile that's soapy to start and citrusy near the end. Not all the much to say since there's not *that* much going on, but what's there is quite tasty.

Think of a this as a "lite" IPA--good alcohol kick that doesn't make you crosseyed, good hop bite that doesn't burn your tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:40:16 | More by mynie
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks FooFaa for sharing this fine beer. Poured chilled into a pint.

A - The color is a dark apricot w/ mild haziness and a light cream head w/ tight bead

S - The nose has mild citrus and notes of pine w/ light spiciness and a subtle alcohol odor

M -The texture of citrus acidity w/ moderate bitterness. The texture is mainly spicy w/ a mellow alcohol element in the dry feel

T - A spicy hop flavor greets the palate and has nice herbal elements accenting the taste. There is mild citrus rind and subtle pine in the flavor w/ a mild nutty sweet flavor with malt structure supporting the bitterness well.

D - A great IPA, very tasty with a nice amount of bittering. I couldn't tell if the name was for Glacier hops, but later noted the trail is what the Glacial refers to. I found it to be spicy and drinkable, a very well brewed ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 18:38:50 | More by Slatetank
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afausser

Montana

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy blood-orange toned amber with a fluffy finger + of bubbly, frothy cream head suspended on top of the glass as if it were painted on. Absolutely glowing brilliant orange and red tones when held to the light, and faint, inconsistent streams of carbonation move up the side of the glass in quick bursts. Lacing is pretty, though doesn't stick to the glass long.

Smell: Absolutely amazing malt notes blend in with citrus and pine hops. The result is an extremely well-blended mix of pine, clove spice, and floral notes from the hops, mixing well with honey, light brown sugar, and bready notes from the malts. Smells absolutely perfect.

The taste is great too--the hop notes remind me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Celebration, though not as biting. The taste isn't as blended as the smell, leaning more heavily towards the hoppy, pine notes and with just a little honey and bread in the background. Aftertaste is moderately strong and piney.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. It isn't awful, but it is foamy as if there is too much of it, and at the same time seems too weak and sporadic to deliver the taste like a beer like this deserves. I don't remember this on the other bottles of this I've had so far, but wasn't really paying attention for reviewing purpose, so I will update if I find anything different from the rest of the pack.

Overall, drinkability is great. Love Central Waters brews and was extremely happy to get this one living in Virginia (from a friend who had just been to the brewery). Easily sessionable and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:55:26 | More by afausser
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in November of 2011

A - Rocky off-white head. Hazy golden orange. Alright lacing.

S - I love the smell of this beer. A perfect marriage of citrus and pine. The freshness is outstanding, exploding with dank dry hops. Malt will not stand in the way of this hop behemoth.

T - Pale malt tries to sneak in early but quickly submits to a wave of pine flavors. The pine flavor is victorious and stays long to gloat with a lasting pleasant bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty dry. Not the most refreshing but not intended to be.

O - Nears double IPA hop presence. Outstanding smell, great one-sided American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:23:43 | More by Jparker37
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber gold, half finger head.

S- Sweey citrusy hop aroma with some very slight taosted malt undertones.

T- Crisp malt at first quickly followed by a clean floral/cirusy hop flavor. Some toasted malt flavor tries to bully out the hop note, but they kinda go back and forth through the finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D- This went down very fast.

Although this beer didn't quite scratch my hop itch, it was very flavorful, balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:29:29 | More by Pauly2X
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/29/08; small capped; poured into a pint.

Dark orange with a good white head, nice retention and lacing.
Freshu fruit aroma, including but not limited to orange and grapefruit, with additional notes of honey and toffee.
Medium bodied, refreshing and easy to drink, it is not a hop bomb but it is well hopped and bitter, mostly with fruity notes as suggested by the aroma; some malty sweetness provides a balance. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 19:01:33 | More by brdc
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look light amber with a 2 finger white head that slowly reduced down to a good cap. Good looking pours.

Smell pine and citrus hoppy, sweet malt

Taste starts grapefruit and mild sweet malt, bitter pine hops finish. A good bitter smack at the finish.
Feel full body with good carbonation, crisp.

Drink Very drinkable I dare say smooth with a good hop bite. A solid drinkable IPA.

Comment this is a very close contender to my favorite IPA. I'll be buying this one alot.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 18:20:41 | More by dbtoe
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A year revisited after my initial review and before I really started to get into the reviewing of beers. I should note that this beer is from the same six pack that was reviewed a year earlier, so the beer I am cracking has had over a year of refrigeration time.

Old ratings:
A - 4.0
S - 3.0
T - 3.5
M - 3.0
D - 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a two finger head that slowly fades.

S - The hops standout but there is not much more past that.

T - The pine needle hoppiness stands out right away. The flavor stands through most of the way, which I think restricts this beer from making it great. The hops do not fade quick enough to make it a smooth drink.

M - The ending of this beer is too hoppy and does not have the smooth finish you would look for in a IPA.

D - The beer is good overall and I could have more than one in a sitting but the finish is a negative.

2/14/10 - 1 year of refrigerator time revisited. I'll stick with my original ratings because most people aren't going to have this beer after it's been aging for over a year.

12 ounce bottle bought in December of 2008 into a pint glass.

A - A steady pour delivers a nice strong opulent body that is bronze/light brown in color. A off white head rises to about a finger and a half thick before faded slowly to a lace, with portions being thicker than others. Sediment abounds throughout this beer. I am not sure if this was the case before, but after a year it is everywhere. Visible amounts of carbonation are slowly rising to the top. After five minutes this beer has faded to a beautiful lace with a nice ring around it. Combined with the sediment and color, it's hard to rate this beer much lower. (4.5)

S - Lots of piney hops up front with some nice citrus notes. A stronger whiff brings about caramel notes that I do not remember from before. Overall, this beer seems to have balanced out a bit more. I remember it being more piney and hoppy with very little malt aspect, but the smell has much more malt aspect. (4.0)

T - The strong piney notes that I noted before are there, but they are more subdued compared to a year ago. The bitterness seems at a minimum, when I remember it being much more intense before. Hop notes are strong and maybe a bit overdone compared to the malt notes, which still have not balanced out yet. They are visible but not even with the hop and pine notes in this beer. Still, the drop in bitterness is noticeable. (4.0)

M - Much like before the hops, pine, and citrus notes standout initially as the beer enters. However, there seems to be a more subdued aspect about this beer and bitterness is not there like it was before. .The transition is much improved with a good level of carbonation. The malt backside hasn't shown up as much as the hops but they still weren't as pronounced when first reviewing this beer. Still, a very smooth, clean finishing beer. Overall a medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It would be nice to see the caramel and malt side of this beer a bit stronger. (4.0)

D - I am glad this wasn't the only Glacial Trail IPA I stored away for this long. At it's current state it is a fabulous IPA that is extremely smooth and easy to drink. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:59:58 | More by Wisconsin
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dfillius

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid has a lot of chunks - whoops! Should have poured lighter. Luminous liquid is very pretty.
S: Bright citrus hop, maybe tangerine rests over a biscuity malt.
T: Modest bittering. Balanced IPA is more reminiscent of an English IPA. Some boozy fruit. Not the greatest flavor.
M: Warm and chewy. Decent bitterness
D: Okay. I wouldn't order a second, but I might buy a sixer. Drinkability increases as its consumed. A decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 01:13:21 | More by dfillius
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened the bottle and all i could smell was pine and grapefruit..i said nice! it poured a perfect ipa color with a great head and lacing..the taste was the same a great hop forward pine grapefruit herbs and fruit with great malt backbone everything you want if you like ipas.. i was pleasantly surprised from this ipa it tasted very good i will buy more of this..recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 21:59:25 | More by gatornation
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange amber with a little haze about itself. The head is a nice beige and quite tall. It's pocked with large bubbles and is quite dense. This beer is also well carbonated.
Aroma is rich and fragrant with grapefruit and orange blossoms. Malts are hidden deep in the background as the hop bouquet is the star here. The aroma doen't translate well to the taste. A moderately hoppy and bitter brew, but without the hop taste. Seems mumbled together. Malts are sweet but light in taste and have toward the end a biscuit or toast finish. Smooth and dry with like I said a fairly bitter finish. This was a good beer and definititly would drink more. I don't see the point if your going to make an IPA it should have hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 12:35:10 | More by micromaniac129
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Magog


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two fingers of creamy colored, bubbly head that descends down to thick film, decent (white) lacing. Dark orange or yellowy brown color. Color thins to yellow at thin levels. Maintained a decent film of head and lacing until the end.

S: Some fruitiness here, citrus or something gentler. Currants. Piney wood, perhaps hints of moss. Overall, a soft, unremarkable scent.

T: Great hoppy, woody, musky taste. Some Italian seasoning or oregano notes. This beer's taste calls upon the verdant abundance of the plant kingdom, a friend of the trees, ferns and sticks. Would be perfect for a camp out in the forest. Modestly or sufficiently hoppy, but never too bitter to overcome the various flavors. On the nasal exhale, a fun, zingy tartness comes out, though not of a fruity sort.

M: Smooth, plays on the larynx like an IPA should.

O: A smooth and respectable IPA from a brewery that can do little wrong. The taste to me is a well-tempered sonnet to nature's green things, though this might not be to everyone's IPA liking. Many people feel more hops must = better, and those folks might want to look elsewhere. Fittingly, the label is dark green.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 09:14:18 | More by Magog
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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.