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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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192 Reviews
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 571
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | 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: 571
Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of djura
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got it from USA.
A - Creamy foam, one finger. Bourbon like color, low carbonation.
S - Very fresh, floral, green apple with some elder aroma. Beautiful.
T/M - Very nice, balanced, refreshing bitter in the back. Mint aroma with some candy taste. A bit sweeter.

O - There is some unusual ingredients in it. Maybe a bit more sweetness, but overall, very refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange amber with a nice one inch head that formed on top. Decent retention left behind a nice quarter inch layer of sticky lace behind.

more malt then I would have thought. Nice citrus/pine blend of aromas balanced against a sugary grain back. Good balance between the two actually. nice sugar orange peel like bitterness that hit pretty quick in the front. Once you moved past that a touch of lemon perhaps, pineapple or grapefruit started to shine through and mixed in with more of a fresh cut grass. A touch of earthen like malted grains balanced out with a candy like sugar. Very nice, not too bitter or overall hoppy on this one, just a nice well balanced IPA.

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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.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on Oct. 20th 2008

A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber color. Capping that is a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger head that leaves a fantastic looking mess of lace behind in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus, pineapple, and pine with a healthy dallop of sweet caramel. Also noted were tangy red apple and toasty malt.

T: Pretty sizeable whack of piney hops that's followed by some malt sweetness, pineapple, pine tar, caramel, and more hops. I felt like I tasted a brief hint of peach and/or mango in there as well.

M: The beginning starts off like a big sticky and juicy IPA...and then the middle comes. A quick transfer over to the dry and spicy side of the scale that continues through the finish. Pretty prickly and dry. I believe astringent is a good descriptor.

D: I really liked this beer. I liked how it was sort of two faced. It suckers you in with the promise of sweet juicy goodness and then smacks you with a dry and spicy bitterness that refuses to let go of your mouth.

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

A: Copper with an off-white/light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit and apricot from the hops; a light cotton candy fruityness from the yeast; hints of toffee from the malt. Plenty of depth to the nose, but it's not huge.

T: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot & grassy hops, solid bitterness, biscuits, nuts, toffee and a slight fruityness. Very good.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy with some hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Cloudy, orange-gold, producing over a fingers worth of off white head. The head very slowly tapers down to a lasting lacing that hugs the glass. Suspended carbonation all over the place. Really a nice look.

S - Orange, grapefruit, light pine. Very citrus heavy on the nose but not over-powering overall.

T - Follows the nose to a T, cant describe it any better than that. Its not super bitter like a lot of IPAs but the bitterness really grows on the tongue sip after sip.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Really enjoy this IPA. Its not a hop-bomb so if thats your thing, this isn't going to blow you away. But for my tastes, its very well balanced and I like it. Refreshing yet has that punch you expect from a good IPA. Very drinkable and again, to me, Central Waters produces another solid brew here. Cheers

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Photo of Magog
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single and had to tick it.
I'm smoking some porkchops onthe grill and enjoying a glorious 90 degree memorial day.
Served in a tulip pint.

Kinda dark, Orangey gold color with a small tan white head. Good retention, minimal lacing.
Some toasted bread malt starts things off, predominately dry, very little sweetness. Nice citrus hops-- clean and bright, decent bitterness. This works.

It isn't a flavor powerhouse, but this beer has its place: a tasty daily drinker. It won't destroy your palate, nor give you diabetes. It walks that middle ground of being a well-balanced beer. That quality rarely translates to A ratings on this site, but a B is still a damn fine beer!

The body is medium, good carbonation.

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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.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, hoppy, nice little malt note, citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint
Two finger head
amber color

Smells: piney, herbal, citrus! I think I smelled Cascade Hops!

Taste: Grapefruit, apricot, and booze...with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: thick, but not too thick

Overall, this is a beer that feels like how an IPA should be.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - hazy orange color with a thick head that is well retained

S - American hop with a strong biscuit-like malt aroma

T - hop flavor is prominent, but is still very malty, moderately high bitter hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent American IPA. It delivers what is expected of the style, but perhaps not very unique. Nonetheless it is a tasty beer.

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

An "on us" bottle from France 44, with a Nov notching on the label.

It pours a yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has an earthy hop aroma along with some citrus and some sweet malt notes. It smells good.

The taste is pretty darned balanced, which is nice. Some earthy hoppy goodness with light citrus, some sweet malt, and a hint or 2 of grain. This is not going to knock your socks off if you're a big hopped IPA kind of person but I find it very smooth and easy drinking.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation for the style, it has a smooth mouthfeel. Oh and the foam lasts throughout the session leaving some spotty lacing. I like.

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

Pours a clear amber with a light cream head. Head lingers as a thin film. Some lacing.

Aroma is a citrusy mix of bitter grapefruit, lemon, and sweet orange. Little pine. Some biscruity, slightly caramelized malts.

Taste follows the smell. Upfront bitter pine and citrus hops. Biscuity malts in the middle. Lemon and grapefruit finish with a light bitterness. Slight sweetness of caramel, orange, and pine at the finish too. Lingering citrus flavor.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Reminds me a bit of Finest Kind. Nice citrusy hop presence that is only slightly bitter, but still very appealing. Easy to drink. Light with a lot of punch.


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Photo of pweis909
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was copperish, with a white head and a bit of chill haze.

It is not the most asserive AIPA on the planet, but citrus rindy hops are are prominent in smell and taste, and bitterness is assertive enough to qualify for the style. A grainy malt sweetness can be perceived underneath the hops, not as sweet as some IPAs but sweeter than other.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper color with a small, ivory colored head. Decent retention and it left a little lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel and some sweet caramel malt.

T - A bready maltiness with a citrusy hop flavor. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance out the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied brew that makes a very drinkable IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great at a picnic.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt orange with rather large suspended chunks of sediment. Two finger head of fluff. Some lacing.

Nice floral citrus hops on the nose.

Big hops with a moderate malt following for balance. Not as citrusy as the nose. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine. Almost medium bodied, fluffy like carbonation.

This is growing on me as I drink it. I could do a session with this IPA. This is a nice strong IPA from a relatively unknown brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Some suspended floaters in there. Aromas of pine, earthiness, and citrus (grapefruit). Tastes of citrus, toasted caramel, and pine. Medium bitter.

Notes from: 7/18/08.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tad hazey copper, caramel, toasted orange peel color. Good head and great foam. The bubbling is OK.

Orange peel that is just a little toasted, thanks to the toasted white bread and caramel malt aromas mixing well with the hops.

Toasty malts that offers biscuit and toast flavors combine with bitter, yet just a little sweet orange peel hop. These flavors combine to form an orange marmalade on a toasted biscuit sort of flavor. Pretty good in my book. Worth picking this IPA up again.

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Photo of Atron67
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a copper almost bronze, dark for an IPA, almost tan head that built up an inch or so and had decent retention, not really any lacing. significant chill haze, which i like in IPA's.

S- Big pine and grass notes, decent maltiness underneath. pretty strong grapefruit character as well. a little 1-D but there are plenty out there like this that the hopheads adore. Ill give it a decent rating cuz i find it enjoyable, not the best but a solid scent

T- the bitterness starts right away, along with the piney character and grass notes. a solid maltiness and a nice grapefruity character throughout. the piney resinous character builds at the end to give a nice lingering taste. pretty nice and a solid session IPA flavor

M- pretty full body, but not quite thick, medium light carbonation

D- a great session IPA, go though a 6 pack in a night easy

Edit* 7/20/08
some of the other of the 6 pack had been sitting in my fridge since i got it, and all of a sudden it has a very strong diacetyl character which pretty much made it a drain pour...
the other beers in my fridge, also including other IPA's did not suffer from this so its doubtful its a storage condition...
just a warning, not editing my review, although i came to believe the hop profile was a little simpler over time, but it was pretty tasty real fresh. (i.e. i got it 10 days after bottling date)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark amber hue on this one. Nice flavor on this one. Pine-y resin with a mostly earthy (in a more vibrant kind of way) tone to all of it. Very smooth feel to things. This strikes me as a somewhat east coast interpretation of an ipa. Which seems slightly unusual coming out of Wisconsin. (I want to say it seems reminiscent of Double Simcoe.) A nice drinker. This would probably be good on cask.

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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.

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Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: feb/2011 12oz bottle into Surly tumbler glass.

Poured a nice golden orange with a thick, frothy head that stubbornly receded to a sticky, bubbley lace. Stays around all the way through.

Aroma is pungent, earthy hops with some floral notes. Sweet bready grains in the back. Very inviting for a smaller IPA.

Flavor is hoppy up front, to say the least. Earthy and floral, resinous. But the sweet malt flavor comes through nicely and keeps this one in balance. The finish leaves a lingering, almost astringent bitterness. This is only a 5.5% abv?

Mouthfeel is that of your typical Midwest IPA. Slightly chewy. Maybe the tiniest bit sticky at the end. pleasant carbonation.

Overall, this is a great IPA. Quite well balanced and very easy drinkin. Far different from your typical hop missiles that seem to draw all the A+ reviews. A good beer and one I seek regularly.

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