Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
08-26-2009 22:40:34 | More by beerwolf77
4.38/5 rDev +22.3%
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!
06-02-2011 02:14:09 | More by JLeege
4.33/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
02-16-2009 01:11:54 | More by LJArsenal
4.3/5 rDev +20.1%
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!
01-04-2013 06:07:47 | More by pmcadamis
4.3/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
02-23-2010 04:54:01 | More by drpimento
4.3/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
08-01-2009 21:02:17 | More by JohnQVegas
4.28/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
03-13-2013 00:19:38 | More by OliverBlaze
4.25/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
02-24-2009 18:22:58 | More by KeefD
4.25/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
01-07-2009 22:02:55 | More by kickapoodude
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.