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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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192 Reviews
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 566
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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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Reviews: 192 | Hads: 566
Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Bright clear orange body with a white head that leaves sticky lace. Aroma is piney, herbal, and citrusy. Taste is toasted malt sweetness and pine bitterness. True to style mouthfeel: medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, long earthy bitter finish. (297 characters)

Photo of JAYAR1
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First taste of C.W. beers. Not much of an aroma, very vague. If looks count for anything, the color is fabulous. Golden orange with a 3/4 " head. Can't quite get the taste that I want from an IPA. Maybe it's too cold.
I like the mouth, not thin, it's got an edge.
Overall, I will try it again, not a spill away.
Had a New Belgium Ranger before this, maybe that's the reason. Thanx to Famous for the buck and change single. (422 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange/brown with a 1/2 finger head. A little haziness floating around. Standard stuff.

Toasty and light caramel malt with some piney and earthy hops. None of the aromas are very big.

Pretty malty with a low bitterness. Hops are woody and resinous, though not very bright. Sticky in the finish where the bitterness lingers.

A little dry. Carbonation is biting.

Average American IPA. Sure this isn't a british IPA? (426 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just an okay IPA. Central Waters Double IPA is becoming my favorite IPA as I like it more everytime I drink it. With that in mind, I bought the Glacial Trail for the first time and wasn't overly impressed. It was a decent beer but I didn't get strong hop flavor I expect from a good IPA. It was crisp with decent citrus flavors but nothing special. (348 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an adequate finger’s worth of clean white foam, a lot of larger bubbles, retention is weak, the lacing fares better, broad streaks, not thick depth-wise but do stain the glass sides for some time. Bright coppery orange hued liquid, easily transparent, holds hue intensity through rims and glass bottom, any visible bubbles are super-tiny. The nose focuses on bitterness, unprocessed grains, grapefruit pith, pepper, green leafy matter and tarry earth and ash, not that much pine, even less by way of pineapple, peach, apricot fruit scents, has very good punching power but relatively weak richness of scents hampers length. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is strong and creates a “waves crashing on the beach” effect, never quite allows you to relax. Mild uptick in flowers, pine and malt, arguably the same for the peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit flavors. Salt and pepper, pretzel dough, sour breads, fairly bitter but not as much as the nose might suggest. Light cocoa and caramel soften the finish a little. Not watery, no overt flaws, just simple and kind of caught in the middle without a clear idea of what it wants to be. (1,142 characters)

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. (810 characters)

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. (538 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cked up a single at Casanova's on my way back to Chicago from Minneapolis. I didn't even realize Central Waters made brews that weren't barrel aged. Excited to give their IPA a try! Drank from a crystal wine glass because it's the only glass around.

Appearance- Pours a murky orange with a small half finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. No cap and thin delicate collar is left with little to no lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with some light citrus tones of pineapple, peach, grapefruit and passion fruit. Some caramel malts are fairly prominent as well and really take hold as the beer warms. A bit of pine and semi earthy dandelion make there way in also. Although it's got a good hop profile the beer remains sort of sweet to the nose. Almost honey like at times.
Taste- Not what I was expecting from the nose for sure. It's very earthy (almost dirty) with a big grassy twange that I don't necessarily like in my IPA's. I think I'm spoiled by all the fruity west coast deliciousness. Malty as hell with an almost Brown or Red like body. Not exactly what you'd expect from an IPA. Caramel and toffee are very abundant and as the beer warms the hops pretty much take a backseat. It always remains fairly bitter though especially through the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is sort of sticky with a light carbonation disappears after the initial twinge to the tongue.
Drinkability- Although not exactly what I was expecting from a IPA it is easy drinking. I bet it's much better fresh and that earthy sort of hop bitterness would have a little more pizzazz. I'm gonna give this beer the benefit of the doubt although it won't be reflected in my score. (1,677 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one today fro tpd975, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy amber hue with a one finger off-white head that falls to a thin frothy layer. Minimal stickiness remains on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty unimpressive for an IPA. Biscuits, malt, and rotten pineapple. Dirt and sour fruits in the nose as well. Yeah, I'm not diggin' the aroma with this one at all. Taste starts of with pine, faint pineapple, and caramel malts. Midway some earthy hops and hearty breads emerge with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is a bit spicy with orange and grit. Medium body with a dry feel in the mouth and a crisp carbonation. After I stuck my nose in the glass I was a bit worried, but it improved after that. Average IPA, probably one I won't seek out again but glad I had the opportunity to try. Thanks again Greg!! (851 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. No signs of any freshness date on the bottle.

A - Pours a hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger head of thick, tight, cream colored bubbles. Head lingers a while before reducing to an uneven coating on the surface of the beer. Some thin, uneven lacing on left on the sides of the glass.

S - Some nice, spicy hops and a thick underpinning of malt - caramel dominates here. Smells sweet and balanced on the malt side of things.

T - Sweet, toffee and caramel flavors...some bitterness, but not as much as I would expect out of an IPA (bottle freshness?). Not much hop flavor here either. Expecting a little more out of this one.

M - Medium body...average carbonation. Nothing special here.

D - Just ok for me...balanced too far to the malt side of things for my tastes. Difficult to determine freshness since there is not any date code on the bottle, so may be a factor? No indication of alcohol level either, but not really detecting it as I'm drinking. Goes down pretty easily, but just not my preference for an IPA. (1,074 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Muddied copper color...minimal head

S-mild hops on the aroma...tangerines and oranges along with more of a sweeter, candied maltiness...some mild floral notes emerge deeper...

T-Surprisingly pretty bitter (never would have guessed that from the smell)...pink grapefruit is very evident....the sugary malt is there too but overwhelmed by the unsweetened grapefruit....also some tangerines

M-Bitter, dry...medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-There are better IPA's and worse IPA's....too much pure "bitter" but not "tasty bitter"...average IPA....not even in the ballpark with Hop Hearty, Lakefront or Bitter Woman... (621 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy medium golden color with a white head of one finger which fades quickly into a ring of foam around the edge. Very mild lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel malt followed by a dose of pine from the hops. A bit of grapefruit as well.

T: This beer has a much bigger malt flavor than most IPAs which is the first thing I notice as I take a sip. This fades into an earthy pine flavor with notes of bitter grapefruit. The finish is earthy, mildly bitter and lingers for just a bit.

M: Medium bodied which is heavy compared to most IPAs. There is a relatively large amount of carbonation.

O: More malt and less hops than I care for in my IPAs. (700 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark shade of yellow with a one finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is averageish

S- some sweet citrus, and that's really all...aroma is a little weak

T- there really isn't a lot going on here. A little bitterness, a little sweetness...whatever

M- watery. Thin.

D- drinkable just because...its really nonoffensive. Not the best IPA I've had by a longshot (426 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at royal tavern in philly

Pours an amber color with a faint haze. Thin layering of white head slowly fades with a nice smattering of lacing on the glass.

Bite of pine and resin with bitter hops in the nose. Some citrus sweetness and bready malt notes with a touch of caramel.

Bitter and dry up front with splashes of pine hoppiness. Lingers on the tongue, broken up by some bread crust and doughy malt tones. Caramel and a touch of honey with sweetness. Finishes piny and bitter.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, lingering, dry, and sticky on the tongue. Really a pretty regular IPA, definitely not as memorable as their Illumination DIPA. (655 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely hazy dark orange body, topped by one finger plus of bone china foam. Good lacing.

Piney aroma backed with lemon and assorted other citrus. Seemed bigger at the pour, faded quickly.

A quick bolt of very sweet malt, followed by big bitterness. Basicly that its in terms of flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Okay drinkability, but its not high on my desirability scale.

An alright but not exceptional IPA. Try it if its handy but I wouldn't recommend an involved hunt. (494 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a dark copper, with a nice head that leave sticky lace.

Nose is of grassy, piney hops. The fruity hops take the whole profile here.

Flavor is hops, and thats pretty much it. Astringent hops that overpower the malt profile completely. I guess thats IPA for you.

Good beer, I like hops, but I would have liked to have been able to taste the malt a little more on this one. Al I get is hops, even though they are weak. (454 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Darker amber color with a medium haze. One finger rocky white head with great retention and lacing.

S: A tad light in the nose. Light orange and tangerine citrus hop aroma. Has a buttery biscuit malt backbone.

T: Caramel and buttery biscuit up front. More of an earthy and floral hop flavor and very light citrus. Bitterness is very light also. Finishes slightly grassy.

M: Medium light body. Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. A touch dry.

O: Nothing special. The malts are a little strange, since most IPA's have big caramel. Nothing wrong with it. Could use much more bitterness tho. (681 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra from IDrinkGas; thanks Chris!

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy off whitehead and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of light citrus, light fruity malts, bready malts, and a bit musty.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, light bitter citrus hops, and bready malts. Some tasted malts as well. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

d - An average IPA. There was slight bitterness but a lot more malts than hops in this one. Wouldn't seek out again. (672 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Samisar!), unknown brewing/bottling dates, poured into my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes (177 characters)

Photo of huntley101888
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Aroma - The first thing that strikes me is that it has an "old hop" smell that is typically with pale ales. Full disclaimer: I'm not a fan of that. The aroma would be classified as malty and floral. I'd say it isn't a clean smell that is easily discernable. 5/12

Appearance - Two finger off white head dissapates to a thin film of head. Excellent lacing on the glass. Color is dark golden with a haze of either suspended particulate or carbonation that is just hanging out. 3/3

Flavor - Some hop bitterness up front that lingers to the back of the tongue. I'm not getting a lot of discernable flavors similar to the aroma. Definitely a healthy malt backbone. Hop bitterness really lingering in the back of my mouth - likely clinging to the malt. 13/20

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level. Slightly more malty than I would expect. 4/5

Overall - I was turned off by the aroma, but was not as disappointed by the flavor. This is still not going to get a great score, but it's not terrible. That being said, I will not buy this again unless I forget that I have already had it. If it's the only IPA option you have at the time, go for it. If there are other options, you probably want to go for one of those. 6/10

Total score - 31/50 (1,233 characters)

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.  (785 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My first Illinois-purchased Central Waters brew. Get some. It pours a very lightly-cloudy copper-amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, toffee, and a vague touch of light pine needles. The taste holds notes of toffee, orange peel, light pine, and light mint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty average IPA, with only a meek hop presence, a seemingly overly strong malt backbone, and an uneven balance. Not necessarily bad, but not exactly exemplary of an IPA. (617 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a dark amber, really plum color that shows hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is crystal malt dominated with stick caramelized malt sugars, a biscuit-like toastiness and even a bit of sweet tea aromas coming through. A touch of grassy, slightly herbal hop character is noticeable in the finish, but you really have to dig around to notice it underneath the heavy crystal malt notes. The nose on this beer has a nice, chewy malt character to it, but the hop character is just lame and a huge let down for a mild Pale Ale, much less an IPA.

A bit fizzy as it hits the tongue, the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. The beer has a herbal, sometimes menthol like hop note that lightly flavors the beer and there is a bitterness in the finish that is somewhat consumed by the up front malt character during most of the flavor profile, but it does come out a bit more in the lingering, dry finish. Crystal malt derived flavor dominate in the second sip with sweet tea flavors, dry but caramelized malt notes, and a solid biscuit like malt toasted note. The beer has a medium fullness to it that is a bit heavier and chewier than I like in an IPA

Definitely a huge let down, this is a perfect example of a mildly hoppy Amber Ale, but I was really hoping for an IPA. There are not off flavors it is just too focused on crystal malt derived flavors. (1,536 characters)

Photo of porterwoobie
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark orangish amber color, semi-clear with tons of hop debris, large off-white head that maintains itself throughout, good amount of lacing

S: moderate hop aroma that tends toward the citrus side. low malt aroma.

T: moderate citrusy hop flavor, big on the bitterness. there is a slight malt sweetnees to go with the hops. finishes dry.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: OK for an IPA. would be better with more hop aroma and flavor. (507 characters)

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.