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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 568
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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: 568
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 storksonm
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large glass mug.

A: golden amber look to it.

S: Smells like an Ipa plenty o-hops

T: Tastes like an Ipa with a little smoke flavor to it.

M: smooth, light bitter

D: Its an alright Ipa its definitely drinkable though im used to more from central waters.

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Photo of akokandy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an American Pint. Beer pours golden-copper with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and some decent lacing, but mostly just at the top of the glass.

S- Lotta hops here. Kind of a medicinal, herbal smell.

T- Definitely dominated by hops. American-type citrus-flavored hops become more apparent as the beer warms. I'd guess that it has both American and European hops. Malts are noticeable, but not spectacular. Pretty well put-together.

M- Virtually no carbonation and light-to-medium body.

D- Not bad. Lighter body and reasonable abv make this a good session choice. Not very filling.

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Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color with a big three finger off-white head that fell slowly, becoming rocky, and leaving several large rings of lacing down the glass. Nice piney and citrus hop aroma, a bit of alcohol, and some caramel malts. Taste is nice and bitter, pine and citrus, orange and grapefruit, resiny, and maybe a little bit of medicinal character. Malt backbone is solid, but never becomes sweet. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slick, smooth, easy to drink. A very good IPA. I've been enjoying everything by Central Waters as of late. Good stuff.

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Photo of LJArsenal
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review. Decided to tackle a local brew from the fantastic Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, WI. Great packaging that clearly states the date the beer was bottled on: 11/18/08. Why this information isn't mandatory for all brewers is beyond me.

Pours a light amber almost orange hue with a one-finger head. Leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Smell is of hops and, as other reviewers have noted, pine. While it doesn't have the same intense hop flavor I've experienced in other IPA's, it's a clean brew that is quite sessionable - left me wanting another.

While not my favorite from Central Waters, a strong IPA that represents the style well.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Central Waters starts with the packaging, which is a nice plain closed six pack box, with a sticker telling me what is inside. I open the bottle and pour it into my Surly pint, and a nice copper pour starts, with a nice one finger off white heads sits on top. The head stays as I take in the appearance of this brew, and it seems nice and rocky. The aroma is subtle hops (mostly citrus and floral american), not quite in my face as I was expecting, but they are there. Some caramel and biscuit malts round out the aroma. So, I bring the glass to my mouth with the expectations of an average IPA, but I am a little suprised when I taste what seems to be a somewhat British IPA character. But, by no means is this British, the American hops have a great flavor of spice and Orange citrus. The charater I feel is from the malts, which seem to have that bready feel under a nice caramel malt backbone. The feel is smooth and full, with a great carbonation. Drinkability? Yeah I'll have another as this one is extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange color with a 1/2 inch light yellow colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a small sudsy layer on the beer.

Aroma consists primarily of an herbal pine aroma, with some floral characteristics present as well, and a subdued caramel aroma on the back end.

A very nice piney, floral flavor with a very earthy bitterness that assaults you initially with a sweet malt, caramel flavor backing up the hops. The finish is relatively dry and quite bitter with a hint of caramel sweetness.

I found this to be a decent representation of the style. I'd say the balance definitely tilts towards the bitter end and the hop flavor wasn't what I'm used to in an American IPA, but overall not a bad choice.

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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 BeerTruth
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one today fro tpd975, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy amber hue with a one finger off-white head that falls to a thin frothy layer. Minimal stickiness remains on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty unimpressive for an IPA. Biscuits, malt, and rotten pineapple. Dirt and sour fruits in the nose as well. Yeah, I'm not diggin' the aroma with this one at all. Taste starts of with pine, faint pineapple, and caramel malts. Midway some earthy hops and hearty breads emerge with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is a bit spicy with orange and grit. Medium body with a dry feel in the mouth and a crisp carbonation. After I stuck my nose in the glass I was a bit worried, but it improved after that. Average IPA, probably one I won't seek out again but glad I had the opportunity to try. Thanks again Greg!!

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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 kickapoodude
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts off clean malty then moves to a light fruity honey sweet malt aroma that takes on sweet citrus and herbal aroma. Seems unique in its sweetness.
Rather dark for style with a brown almost muddy look in color with highlight s of gold. Firm creamy looking head with a solid density and neat combination of heavy lacing & line markings for each drink.
Flavors seem right, but somehow not so much. The blending seems off, lacking both distinction and complementing. Sharp, pushing harsh bitterness with a malt that seems too heavy on the crystal. The long extended finish isn't as pleasing as it could/should. Lacks an enjoyable malt flavor. No sweetness, no fruit.
I really like creaminess of the head, it starts the drink out right. Carbonation is done right.
So much potential, but the flavor is graded the highest for a reason and on that mark it doesn't work. Some improvement as warmed, but not enough.

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Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Muddied copper color...minimal head

S-mild hops on the aroma...tangerines and oranges along with more of a sweeter, candied maltiness...some mild floral notes emerge deeper...

T-Surprisingly pretty bitter (never would have guessed that from the smell)...pink grapefruit is very evident....the sugary malt is there too but overwhelmed by the unsweetened grapefruit....also some tangerines

M-Bitter, dry...medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-There are better IPA's and worse IPA's....too much pure "bitter" but not "tasty bitter"...average IPA....not even in the ballpark with Hop Hearty, Lakefront or Bitter Woman...

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Photo of JDV
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from wisrarebeer. Thanks man!

Pours a orangish amber color with a lasting offwhite head and lots of floaties suspended throughout. Smell is earthy and citrusy with some orange sweetness and some nice hoppiness. Taste is balanced with a good earthy hoppiness slightly overtaking the fruity malt flavor. Lasting moderate bitterness and a slightly full body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is definitely an above average IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Honey Amber in color. Heavy, creamy head that slowly settled back into the beer. Huge, thick rings of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is more malt focused than I had expected. A lot of cracker/bread/dough aromas. A little black pepper.

Taste is very different than expected. A real toasted malt flavor and very bread like. Some crusty dark bread up front, then some caramel and fruit. Strawberries? Finishing with a bread flavor and then some hops that are coupled with a toasted malt flavor again.

Very interesting.

Mouth feel is medium in body and it feels larger due to the toasted nature of the beer,

Pretty drinkable. I find it's drinkable, but I'm not going crazy about it.

Glad I tried it. Not a hop head version of an IPA, but a well constructed beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dingy copper color, hazy with floaties. Head looks good; 1/2" and oily. Very sticky on the sides of the glass like a spider web. The only thing keeping it from a better score is the floaties. Anyway...

S- It smells sweet and caramel like, hops are in the background. Digging deeper, you will find the resiny citrus aromas making an appearance.

T- Same caramel malts, maybe a little bit nutty, a touch of smoke and earthy bittering hops.

M- Medium to light in the mouth with high carbonation.

D- To me, this beer just cant 'get it all in one bag', so to speak. It has pleasant (and good) qualities about it, but lacks majorly in others. All in all, not bad, but not one I would want to session.


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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest orange with a bright tangerine sphere indicating the rising sun on the other side of the glass. The fantastic looking, firmly creamy cap is as dark as wet sand, indicating that there may be a hefty amount of the darker malts present. A gorgeous display of abundant lace makes the score a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, the hops (in the aroma at least) are muddied by too much toasted-earthy malt. Specifics include pale, caramel and Munich. More of the first and less of the second and third would have been the way to go. Olfactory power is fine.

The brewers at Central Waters have stated that they wanted to create an IPA that was bitter, without being in-your-face bitter. Mission accomplished. Hopheads will be pleased, however, since all 68 IBUs have been used to great effect. If consumed fresh, some will consider Glacial Trial to be pretty close to in-their-face.

Once the sniff test was over, the flavor profile was a foregone conclusion. AIPAs should feature hop flavor, not toasted-nutty-herbal-woody malt flavor that is at least equal to, or possibly even exceeds, hop flavor. Ahtanum provides plenty of white grapefruit and pine, while Summit provides... whatever it is that Summit hops taste like.

The mouthfeel score has been rounded-up to the higher of the two considered numbers. Technically, a 6.75% IPA should be a mite more full than this, but it's hard to argue with the beer's hang-on and seamless silkiness. Nice job.

Although it needs major changes in the malt bill, and maybe the hop bill as well, Central Waters newest offering, Glacial Trial IPA, is still good beer. Having said that, it doesn't even sniff the robe of Wisconsin's King of IPAs, Tyranena Bitter Woman.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 9/29/08.
Thanks to Deuane for grabbing me two of these on a trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Gritty copper-colored body with maple accents, sparse carbonation and tons of tiny particulates suspended throughout.
Almost a finger of creamy off-white head quickly receded into a thin film but left a coat of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is a melange of caramel malt, bread, earthy hops, citrus rind, toasted grains and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Opens with a fairly aggressive hop profile consisting of citrus and earthy flavors with a bit of sweetness to balance. Finishes with a barrage of toasted grains and a mild burnt caramel aspect with an herbal hop bite.

M - Smooth, syrupy texture segues into a lively carbonated mouthfeel the longer you swirl it around. Assertive bitterness envelopes the tongue and lingers for quite a while, imparting a dry finish on the palate.

D - In the grand scheme of things, this is a middle-of-the-road IPA that's drinkable but could benefit from a cleaner body and more defined hop profile. With that said, I would have another down the road.

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Photo of jojox
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it says on the label, it's Glacial Trail, not Glacier Trail... anyhow.
My notes get less detailed now...

a - Orange/red light head. Hazy? Maybe not.

s - not much. Some hop, some malt

t - nice pale ale. Hop bite at the end. Smooth and pretty clean.

m - nice, bitter aftertaste

d - good.

Solid pale ale but nothing out of the quality ordinary.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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