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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


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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farrago

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an adequate finger’s worth of clean white foam, a lot of larger bubbles, retention is weak, the lacing fares better, broad streaks, not thick depth-wise but do stain the glass sides for some time. Bright coppery orange hued liquid, easily transparent, holds hue intensity through rims and glass bottom, any visible bubbles are super-tiny. The nose focuses on bitterness, unprocessed grains, grapefruit pith, pepper, green leafy matter and tarry earth and ash, not that much pine, even less by way of pineapple, peach, apricot fruit scents, has very good punching power but relatively weak richness of scents hampers length. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is strong and creates a “waves crashing on the beach” effect, never quite allows you to relax. Mild uptick in flowers, pine and malt, arguably the same for the peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit flavors. Salt and pepper, pretzel dough, sour breads, fairly bitter but not as much as the nose might suggest. Light cocoa and caramel soften the finish a little. Not watery, no overt flaws, just simple and kind of caught in the middle without a clear idea of what it wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:14:33 | More by farrago
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to have more piney flavors and these are present from the start and linger through the finish; hints of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the middle. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. While nothing in the smell and taste really seemed to stand out, it did have an interesting mix of citrusy and pine resin hops, which could make for a refreshing change of pace if you are getting drowned out by citrusy hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:14:03 | More by metter98
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copper amber with a wispy head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of toasted grain, wood, hint of tobacco leaves, some grapefruit.

The taste is earthy, floral, slight citrus supported by toasted grain. Some caramel mixes in. Woody dryness in the finish.

While I wouldn't say it's too thin, the body could be chewier.

There is enough bitterness to be considered a hoppy brew, but the smell and taste are both a bit muddled. There is something odd about the malt base and the hop character, while bitter, doesn't blend that well. Still, in all, it's certainly "drinkable" and decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:48:45 | More by jwc215
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date October 03, 2013 printed on the label in code, 27613. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, so I figured it was time to revisit it. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright coppery orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy creamy off-white head. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty good.

S - Bright floral and earthy hoppiness, some soapiness, some cream, a bit of husky grainy malt, some breadiness, and some fruity yeasty esters when I look for them. Smells very nice.

T - Taste is of sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, some yeasty green apple, a bit of dry husky grains, herbal piney earthiness, some grapefruit rind & bitterness. Pretty nice, if somewhat average.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some juicy resinous pine / grapefruit hop bitterness lingering on the palate. A sticky, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA, if somewhat slightly above average. Nothing too extreme, although Central Waters makes some fine brews and this one is no exception. Easy drinking and lots of flavor for 5.50% abv.

Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:18:34 | More by mfnmbvp
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large, dense, white head that has good retention and laces well. Straw-amber color. A slight, grapefruit-like aroma. Starts with a nice hop bitterness and a bright, citric flavor, and then the malt comes through, drifting back to hop bitterness (citrus rind) in the finish.

Not bad. Nothing that really stands out, but I appreciate the added maltiness. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:35:07 | More by TheSSG
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle dated 27613, which I assume is 10/3/13.

A - Clearish light coppercolor and a good 2 finger white head. Fades into a collar that leaves behind webbed lacing.

S - Earthy and floral hops with light bitter notes. There is some odd smell for the malt sweetness. Not quite what I expect for an IPA.

T - Um what? I really wanted to like this, but I am getting some odd flavors. You think of caramel malt or honey sweetness in IPAs, but I am getting, sweet corn flavor. I'm not joking. The hops are medium bitter, with some floral and earthy notes.

M - Light bodied and easy to drink. Not a big biter presence on the palate.

O - Sigh, I was hoping that this would be an IPA I could drink regularly, but it just did not work for me. CW, you do make some amazing beer, this just wasn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:31:55 | More by Ri0
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a clean golden/copper pour, 2 fingers of bright white head, good amount of lacing. smells of slight citrusy grapefruit, caramel malt, bready. not much hop presence there in flavor, but lots of caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. medium in body, moderate amount of carbonation. a decent beer, but not feeling much in the hops category, which at this point in game i feel is crucial for an ipa to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:21:32 | More by facundoCNB
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. may. consumed july.

A: Bright sunset orange exit from the bottle sits darkly in the vessel with a raging, explosive sense of effervesce. Foamy-cottage cheese textured head is straw-beige with a strong sense of retnetion. Lace coverage is low and weakly bonding.

S: Aroma of bright citrusy orange hopping that is fresh and juicy with a squeeze of fresh lemon as well.

T: Flavor is crystal malt sweetness meeting a fresh wet kiss of lemon and semi-dry orange citrus. Some fresh grapefruit appears mid-palate with a hint of lime. Toasted warm sweetness with a gentle dry citrus hop warming on the back end.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, nice maltiness wit a touch of oily feel. A nice sting of citrus-lime hops come off the tongue with a sharp and well pronounced standing.

O: Overall leaves a nice lingering semi-dry toasted grain and citrus calling card long after the swallow. Nice transistion of fresh wet hop character in the front goes to a light dry not over the top dry finish. Solid level of ibus, none to aggressive but still very appreciable, while the alcohol feels a bit higher then advertised. Good consuming rate.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 11:53:31 | More by beerthulhu
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:15:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Glacial Trail pours a darker golden color, with a nice long lasting head. Their is a clean crisp hoppy aroma. The taste has a pronounced malty backbone, with a bold hoppy flavor. These flavors do standout, and their is a strange soapy like aftertaste. Overall not the worst, but not great, expected better from central waters.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:08:21 | More by vette2006c5r
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam lager glass, great pour, perfect 1/2 inch head the color of which is tan, and bubbly; body color is copper with fine bubble carbonation.

Smell is subdued, bready, biscuity malts with a note of pine and citrus.

Taste is pretty clean, nice malt profile, a little more bread and biscuit than usual, hop profile is very solid, mixed pine, hints of mango and citrus.

Mouthfeel is a little drying from the bitterness but not overly so, carbonation and malt sweetness work well together in addition to the lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very solid, easy drinking IPA, would like to find this one on tap so its a bit fresher.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:00:09 | More by mvanaskie13
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OliverBlaze

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy is an Amherst local and introduced this beer to me while on a ski trip in Colorado. I was a bit skeptical knowing that this beer was basically from the middle of nowhere, but as soon as I tasted it I was in love. From the bottle, it had a beautiful floral taste. Just the right amount of hops with a delicious malty backside. Quite fruity as well. Crisp finish that isn't too dry. A super easy drinking IPA that has somehow slipped under the radar for far too long in my life. Give this IPA a shot, you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:19:38 | More by OliverBlaze
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy. Orange juice color. Thin khaki cap with finely bubbled lace. Looks thick.

S - Gooey Hawaiian roll notes (sweet bready biscuits), slightly buttery, mango hops.

T - Caramel malts with butterscotch. Lots of really green and minty hop flavors. Green candy cane.

M - Medium bodied, chewy. Nice long minty finish. Outstandingly drinkable.

I really like this one. It steps away from the "biscuity malt, piney/grapefruit hop" standard of American IPAs. This one is more refreshing. Fresh mint leaves and Worther's Original candy flavors. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 06:07:47 | More by pmcadamis
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose has some floral notes to it, but also has a pretty significant sweet caramel maltiness to it as well for a single IPA. More malty than most in style, at least on the nose.

Taste has some bitterness upfront, with some floral taste and herbal hoppiness. Not very strong, not as much as most IPA's in the American style. There then comes a fair amount of balancing sweet caramel malt and a hint of toastiness (Munich malt?). Decent herbal, finishing bitterness to close it out on a pretty dry note.

Pretty average American IPA...isn't going to rank among the best in the style nor is it among the worst.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:10:30 | More by NODAK
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer Poured: from bottle into Lagunitas IPA glass.

A - Beer pours with a one finger white colored frothy head. Body has a copper color. Well carbonated. Some lacing. Transparent.

S - Roasted malt nose, hoppy, light sweet caramel, vanilla.

T - Hoppy caramel taste, pine flavors truly come out, some vanilla. Bitter.

M - Watery, lower than average body, crisp, extremely bitter aftertaste, dry tart feel

D - Easy to drink IPA, comes with all basic IPA characteristics; bitterness, pine, hoppy, malted caramel taste. Nothing unique, just a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:23:50 | More by ferrari29
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice hazy amber color. Formed two fingers of a very light khaki head that left some pretty nice lacing.

Grapefruit and other citrus led the way, with piney and earth hops that followed. Bitter throughout. A basic sweeter malt backbone was detected underneath the hops.

A piney hoppiness hits the palate first, then changes to some more fruity notes. There is a generic bitterness throughout, but not incredibly prevalent. The malt really does come through, but a little bit too much.

Medium bodied and kind of slick. Mild carbonation. It's kind of messy.

Not too bad of an IPA. All of the flavors were there, but the tastes weren't incredibly clean. Other than that, it was incredibly drinkable and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 06:46:55 | More by jeremy13586
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jsulko

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a decent amount of white foam.

Smell is slightly sweet with more pine than citrus.

Taste has a piney oily with a little of the malt sweetness. Finish has oily sweetness.

A middle of the road IPA. Prefer some of their other beers more.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 04:26:36 | More by jsulko
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

This IPA has an appearance that is amber in color, nearly two fingers of white head. Smells of tangerine, hops, flowers. It tastes a bit resiny with carmel and more hops, bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry, bitter finish. A pretty good IPA, but would not pick this up too often with so many other options out there (that is if I had regular access to it in CT).

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 13:39:13 | More by mltobin
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BierStein711

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:37:34 | More by BierStein711
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Magog


4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 09:14:18 | More by Magog
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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark apricot color, with lots of foam left on sides of the glass. Very opaque, with significant bits of dark sediment floating at the bottom of my glass. Hadn't expected that for a beer not explicitly cask-conditioned.

S: Fruity, with strong grapefruit flavors.

T: Sour but refined front of the beer, with hops appearing at the end. Grains (roasted corn?) and something that reminded me of molasses.

M: Definitely front-loaded, but a nice gradual finish, rather than falling off and leaving an anticlimax. Surprisingly heavy on the palate for am IPA.

O: Tasty, but very different than what I expected for an IPA. Hops are not strong, and I'm concerned about the clarity and sediment.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:03:15 | More by irrgalaxy
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Holland

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:51:24 | More by Holland
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:23:43 | More by Jparker37
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 12:35:10 | More by micromaniac129
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass it goes from the bottle. Pours a dark amber to red. Head is pretty thick and rich.
Odor is floral and citrus.
Taste is floral and citrus as well. Some pine notes are noticeable. It has a pretty average mouth feel however. It is not bad just kind of in the middle. Overall a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:56:13 | More by dexterk1
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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.