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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
81
good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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Photo of kickapoodude
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

kickapoodude, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of twbeecher
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

twbeecher, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Molson2000, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

amishbooze, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Lookjoesays
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Lookjoesays, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Tracker83, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pirmannt1, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

Lemke10, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

Klym, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

tpd975, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +17%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +17%

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.

Bighuge, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of rbrandt22
4.2/5  rDev +17%

rbrandt22, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +17%

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.

mynie, May 22, 2009
Photo of afausser
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

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!

afausser, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Jparker37
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Jparker37, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Pauly2X, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of dbtoe
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

dbtoe, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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)

Wisconsin, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

brdc, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

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

gatornation, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

micromaniac129, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Magog
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Magog, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2011
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.