Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 196
Photo of brewmudgeon
1.89/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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?

Photo of brew3crew
1.94/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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...

Photo of ibbjamin
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of arboristfish
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Treebs
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of Buebie
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of WJVII
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of corcoranjc
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: cloudy honey. looks pretty.

smell: fresh and subtle hop aroma. i'd like more.

taste: hop bitterness and not too much else....i prefer my ipa's to have more citrus going on. personal preference.

mouthfeel: carbonated bite. not bad but a bit thin.

Drinkability: High.

Overall: not really my thing...i'm probably reviewing this at the wrong time as i've been drinking tons of great DIPA's and IPA's...this one just doesn't stand up as well as I'd hoped.

Photo of TTAmod
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark yellow/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head, fine lacing

S: light pine and citrus scent

T: malt, trace of grassy/pine, mild slow bitter finish

M: med/light, hint of oily mouth

O: Saddened by this offering. I have really enjoyed almost
every Central Waters beer. This seems like it should be a
Pale Ale.

OK, YOU COULD DO WORSE!

Photo of trevorjn06
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and light amber/brown with two fingers of off-white head that recede slowly and leave a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of caramel and toasted malts with only a hint of hops. Fairly disappointing, the hops are just a wisp of grass and the malt completely dominates.

Taste is very malt forward as well, toasted, biscuit and caramel malts come through. The malt flavors are good, fairly complex, but this beer does not have the hop flavor or bitterness of an IPA. Bitterness does come through toward the finish and after the beer exits but it is reserved and the malt presence is still quite strong.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with good malt flavors. It let me down as I was expecting an IPA, however it has some nice malt flavors and is fairly full bodied. Unfortunately it gets low points based on rating by style. I would have called this beer an ESB.

Photo of Holland
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Nov 2011. Thanks to Treebs for this extra in a trade.

A: orange/gold color with good sized head that dissipates and gives way to a top-coating lacing.

S; smell is malty with some bitterness mixed in. I'm expecting a bitter IPA rather than a sweet, citrusy IPA.

T: it is indeed quite bitter, but it has great malt character both in the front and on the finish. It also has hints of pine.

M: good crisp feel with medium carbonation (at least) and a medium to light body. This accents the bitterness.

O: solid IPA, but I prefer something with more interesting hop characteristics. Only a slight pine taste and the blast of bitterness gave hints of the hops here.

Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Pinocchion's in Media, PA. Bottled in October 2010, so it's fairly old. 12oz bottle served in DFH pint glass.

A: Somewhat hazy amber color. One finger white head. Good carbonation. There is some floating sediment in the glass with the bubbles.

S: I got some piney hops with a little citrus but not tons. I did get some malts though.

T: This tastes old....because it is for an IPA. There are some hops, but it's too malty. The balance is off. The bite is there but it's not great.

M: It's mild and easy drinking. Watery in IPA standards.

O: One and done. If fresh it might be a different story. There are lots of better IPAs out there though.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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. 

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of huntley101888
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

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

Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of doughanson78
3.14/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.