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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of Brewno8it
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bottle to me since this beer would be nearly impossible to find locally. Thanks Tom!

A - The Glacial Trail IPA's appearance is wonderful; coppery and hazy, with fantastic carbonation and foam. After several minutes in the pint glass there was still an inch or so of creamy foam and Belgian lace clinging to the glass.

S - The smell was at most average as I couldn't discern anything more than subtle malt tones and a citrusy yeast scent.

T - The taste was carmelly sweet with a balanced hop bitterness, however, the malt disappears quickly leaving bitter hop resin. Don't get me wrong, I could drink several of these, but would like a little more alpha hop taste and balance for an AIPA.

M - The mouthfeel is good; medium body thickness and prickly carbonation with good toasty notes up front, but a residual bitterness.

D - I'd love to drink a few of these on tap and would recommend you let this warm to 45F as the flavors are more melded once warmer. Overall, a very good AIPA.

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tempest
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Cheld
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date of 10/09, poured into a pint glass.

A: Very cloudy, burnt orange color. The pour produced almost two fingers of light, kahki head that retains extremely well, and leaves sheets of lace.

A: Subdued grapefruit, orange, and pine. Some floral earthiness and grass are also present, along with a malty sweetness.

T: Great earthy and citrus hop flavor. Very original malt profile here, sweet and somewhat spicey. Finishes very dry and bitter from the massive amount hops.

M: Medium body and resinous. The carbonation gives it a tingle at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty solid. Decent ABV accompanied with the original malt profile makes it interesting enough to have a few. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. The nose could use a little more, but all in all, this is something I will definitely have again. Skal.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 MMAJYK
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.


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.

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.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy cantaloupe orange body with a finger of thick, whipped, bright white head. Good lacing. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine sap, pineapple, grapefruit (lots of grapefruit), and a lean dose of butterscotch malt. Citrus hops (grapefruit) up front. Fruity, pineapple-y malt comes through. Mild sweetness. Some mint and pine hop flavors near the finish. Aspirin-ish, minerally notes in the dry finish. Lingering butterscotch malt. Good bitterness throughout. Moderate body with gentle carbonation. Not bad.

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3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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