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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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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1.88/5  rDev -47.5%

Bottle Dated April

A- Orangish body with a white whispy head that sticks around for awhile

S- watered down hops. Maybe a little stale

T-Taste follows. Wow this is a stinker. Man I wish I had this money back. Had very little taste

M-Smooth and tasteless

O-Not a good showing. I am drain pouring this after just a few sips...

08-31-2011 01:05:15 | More by brew3crew
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1.9/5  rDev -46.9%

cw glacial trail

a 3 clear light amber, short-lived head, very few spots of lace.

s 1.5 himm, ipa? are you sure? faint note of bubblegum(?), roast, maybe a little pine at first but can't find it again, a little rubbing alcohol. terrible. smells more like a bad o'fest.

t 2 some nondescript bitterness bunches up toward the front of the palate. there's a gesture of something generically citric.

m 1.5-2 way too thin and watery.

d 2 CW is not impressing me at all of late. first a yeasty odd o'fest, now this "ipa"--wtf?

12-29-2010 03:32:43 | More by brewmudgeon
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

01-03-2013 04:01:36 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

12-25-2011 20:03:32 | More by shlars1936
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

01-28-2013 03:49:48 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.3/5  rDev -35.8%

Paid $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review.

Massive head that is off white in color and rather dense. Lots of sediment, floaters and rising carbonation. Excellent head retention. Very sticky lacing. This glass is going to need a good scrub down! Amber orange in color.

Aroma is mild, clean and well balanced. Grainy, biscuity malts, and grassy hops. Quite earthy and organic.

Taste is of mediocre hops and caramel malts.

Long, yet not very pleasant of a finish. Good carbonation. Medium body.

I did not really like this beer much.

08-06-2009 04:19:09 | More by ibbjamin
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2.35/5  rDev -34.4%

This beer pours a hazy orange copper color, with some floating yeast. There is also a white head that forms. The aroma smells of bicuit or toasted malt and citrus hops. The flavor of the beer has an unbalanced hop bitterness with the amount of mal that they used. Also the suspended yeast in an IPA is not suppose to be there. Overall im not impressed with this beer.

12-09-2010 17:32:50 | More by arboristfish
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2.48/5  rDev -30.7%

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from beerwolf77. Thanks, Todd!

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber body with a finger of off-white head. It collapses pretty quickly, leaving a ring in its wake. A brief wash of lacing during each sip.

S: Very malty... Lots of crystal malt, caramel, biscuit. Hops are herbal and grassy in the nose.

T: Starts off pretty malty, but they're only just overtaken by lemon, herbal, and grass flavors, as detected in the nose. Hops are much stronger in the dry finish, where they contribute a lingering bitterness (not any specific flavors). It's passable for an IPA, but doesn't do a lot for me.

M: Light-bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

D: I'm not really feeling this one. As far as IPAs go (and I've had a TON of IPAs), I'd peg this one right in the middle of the pack, if not slightly lower.

04-07-2010 20:00:28 | More by Arbitrator
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

07-16-2014 21:40:11 | More by TooGood
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

01-30-2012 04:13:19 | More by slimntubbs
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

04-20-2014 20:34:13 | More by KingBiscuit
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-13-2014 00:05:04 | More by KevChiTown
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

11-13-2013 23:19:48 | More by fredmugs
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South Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

06-29-2014 02:54:31 | More by mrjbrown27
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2.53/5  rDev -29.3%

Had on tap at Twisted Spoke, served into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy yellow head. About one finger in height and leaves some great lace down the glass.

S: There are some floral hops with light citrus and pine presence in there as well. Slight cracker malt backbone to play the hops off of.

T: Very disappointing. The bready malt is much more present and dominates. The light citrus and floral notes from the nose really don't take control and are barely noticeable.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nicely carbonated. The flavors leave so quick and don't want to stick around. Pretty disappointing when I don't even know what I drank three seconds after finishing my sip.

O: Just stick to Illumination. This beer fell flat on several fronts and didn't really live up to the other great CW brews.

09-11-2011 12:10:10 | More by Treebs
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2.6/5  rDev -27.4%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass. Off the pour there is plenty of unfiltered funky chunky hops in there, attractive to me, but maybe not everyone else.
Produces a decent 1'' white frothy head. Somewhat quick to recede, leaving behind moderate thick lace rings. Color is a plae hazy hop chuck filled darker copper with some orange hues.

Aroma biscuits, caramel, cereal grains and some pine hop bitters. Aroma on this is kind of lacking any punch for the style.

Taste also seems to lack that big hop profile for the style. This would be more of an exceptional epa, but for an ipa its mediocre.
Mildly sweet upfront with a buttered bread flavor, some honey sweetness. Bittering up a bit more into the swallow with pine and a spicie earthy hop profile into the linger.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation presence is great though with no real stinging feel to it.

Overall its a decent brew, but not true to the style for an ipa. It seems to lack any real hop depth and fails to deliver in that sense.

09-07-2009 04:27:59 | More by Buebie
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2.65/5  rDev -26%

Got a chance to try this brew by chance at the brewery's makeshift bar open Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The beer pour from tap has a cloudy wheat color with a nice tan head, with great lacing. This brew has a great hop aroma that seems balanced by strong hops. The taste on the other hand almost was dirty or a little like wet grass. Unfortunately I was not happy with this brew as I like IPAs and was expecting something really solid.

04-17-2008 00:14:37 | More by WJVII
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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

A little bit darker than most, this one approaches light brown territory. Lots of chunky yeast floaties from this one. Aroma could have been hoppier, was expecting hoppier.

Caramel, woodsiness, high bitterness, low if any floral hop aspect at any point. Malty all over the place. Bitterness hits often and hard.

This is so far from the usual quality of CW's stuff. Don't hold this one beer against them. Just doesn't come across as a good ipa to me, much less an ipa.

09-26-2011 23:16:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-09-2013 02:07:42 | More by kdwruck
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

10-25-2012 04:01:11 | More by KCM
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

01-05-2014 04:46:47 | More by KennethPowers
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-07-2014 20:34:12 | More by JohnnieNepal
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New York

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice orange golden color that is quite hazy with a small amount of carbonation bubbles present. pours with two fingers of foamy head that sticks around a bit and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrus hop notes with something of a hop note, possibly like pumpkin spice
T: very bitter and a bit harsh, kind of has something like gym socks aftertaste, not overall pleasant
M: a bit strong on the carbonation, smooth through the middle and leaves the palate very dry and with a bit of funk hanging around
O: looks very nice, smells decent, tastes....quite frankly not good, too much funk and oddness

09-18-2011 20:53:27 | More by BigPlay1824
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

Nice amber color with a fluffy two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell is fairly musty and mostly non-existent. Very faint floral hops, but they really have to be searched for. Some stale bread crumbs as well.

The taste on this one is just odd....it has a decent caramel malt profile but the hops are nowhere to be seen. As an IPA it is just bleh. Mouthfeel is fine, but no drinkability at all. Just plain weird, really.

08-29-2009 04:48:17 | More by alcstradamus
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

12 oz. bottle into pint.

A: Cloudy amber color. Some sediment floating about. Even with a fairly easy pour, there's a thick off white head. Great retention and good lacing.

S: Smells really rustic and dank. Smells like pine needles you find on the forest floor: piney with a really earthy overtone.

T: Tastes like what you'd smell if you were in the middle of a forest and took a deep breath. Mostly dirt, leaves, pine, spices, and caramel. Nothing really "IPA" about it. Brewery claims it's an IPA, but I think it'd be better classified as some sort of brown ale.

M: Smooth, medium-thick, not a lot of carbonation. Pretty good.

O: A really different IPA. Considering that this brewery is in the middle of nowhere, it kind of fits. Again, the hops are really piney, yet subdued. There is a myriad of different off-flavors and tastes. As I said, it's probably misclassified as an IPA.

It's definitely interesting and tasty, but don't go into it expecting a "normal" IPA. Sorry, but have to grade it accordingly. It's a good, interesting beer, but it falls short as an IPA.

01-04-2012 07:55:18 | More by TTAmod
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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.