Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pleasant Bitter tastes Citrus minty pine cone. Better than average IPA and oh, how so drinkable.How fortunate are thee, Wisconsonians or whatever you are called for so many good brews and breweries!Golden colour and hoppy aromas.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is orange-copper with a light white head. Wee bit of lacing. Nose is citrus hops with a bit of piney and herbal hops as well. Taste is a bit hoppy with some pale malt. Decent bitterness in the feel. A nice beer, but nothing their stouts.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a bit better than the Lac du Bay IPA I had a few months ago. This 6-pack carton was stamped April 16, 2008.

Pours a deep amber gold, creamy head forms and leaves rings of generous lace.

Hops come through as floral and citrusy in the nose.

Fresh and bitter hop flavor, mild enough for the casual IPA drinker, but it still satisfies a hop fix. A little bit of bready malt shows through in the middle, before grassy hops return in the long aftertaste. I found it to be balanced and drinkable, and it's simplicity works well.

Edit: After buying and consuming two more six-packs, this is in regular rotation. Upping the drinkability .5 ...

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one my way.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a finger of sticky off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Quite heavy on the caramel and toffee maltiness. The hop character is there, though in the background. It's mostly spicy and herbal with a decent grass note, too. Just a hint of fruitiness on the back end.

T: Strangely toasty in nature with lots of bready malts and caramel. A slight bitterness to it with lots of woody/herbal hops and a light spicy note, too. There is still a fair amount of sweetness, too.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too sweet without the real intense and citrusy hop profile that I tend to look for in an IPA.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper color with a small, ivory colored head. Decent retention and it left a little lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel and some sweet caramel malt.

T - A bready maltiness with a citrusy hop flavor. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance out the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied brew that makes a very drinkable IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great at a picnic.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glacial Trail IPA. 3 months old.

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Proteins are visible in suspension. Creamy off-white head. Excellent retention, very good lacing.
S: Piney/leafy hops over biscuity/caramelish/toasty malt base.
T: Piney and delicately citrusy hops dominate, supported by a firm, biscuity/bready/toasty malt base. Somewhat herbal. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with lingering notes of dried pine.
M: Medium-full body with a median carbonation. Surprisingly firm.
D: A solid, basic IPA that displays a rich maltiness soaked in hops. Well-balanced and rounded, but somehow lacking finesse. Worth trying.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a turbid copper, with a ton of yeasty floaties, and being topped with 2+ fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains into a big creamy dollop, that slathers the sides of the glass with sticky clumps of lace. Pretty impressive lacing that almost makes up for the unappetizing unfiltered look of this. The aroma is earthy and spicy, with a bit of sticky pine included as well. There is also an underlying toasty tang of buttered bread and citrus, which helps sweeten the nose up some.

The taste is herbal and sweet, with a moderately biting spicy bitterness to it. Underneath is sticky with citrus and toasted grains. The finish on this is just THICK with spice and dryness that lingers in the mouth for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a bubbly creaminess to the carbonation, but this does feel a bit thin in spots at times.

Decent little IPA here to display the spicy and earthy character of the glacier hops. A decent start to a mini-tasting of Central Waters brews I recently had.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  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.

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

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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 jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hops but not as strong as I would have liked. The flavor is citrus hops with some medium bitterness. The flavor and aroma are both slightly subdued. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades down to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper hued orange. Very dark for an ipa.

Aroma: Some nice citrus fruit flavors up front. Tons of fruit, but it has a soapy flavor as well. Some floral hops as well. No malt presence really.

Taste: Interesting take on an IPA. It has a big soapy flavor with lots orange and grapefruit citrus. Lots of floral hops. Not bad and very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter but chewy almost. Medium bodied with with good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and hoppy.

Overall, an interesting IPA. Nothing to special, but nothing bad. I was happy to get to try a new ipa. Somewhat drinkable.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 billab914
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a murky amber orange color with a big two inch foamy white head. It did have some very good head retention though.

The aroma has some citrusy lemon zest with a good amount of pine coming from the hops. It's a pretty decent aroma but not something I'm really wowed by.

The taste has a decent amount of pine coming through with a little bit of citrus. It has a little pine resin flavor in the finish. It has some decent hop flavors bit isn't a particularly strong hoppy IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nice flavored easy drinking beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange color with a white head and all due lacing. In the aroma, stewed hops full of citrus and floral notes. Definitely grapefruit.

In the taste, rounded flavor of orange and grapefruit citrus, green onion and herb. Malt body has caramel and bread. Moderate to firm bitterness and a nice clean finish.

Medium bodied ale with a crisp carbonation. Overall, this is a solid ipa without much of a bite. Smooth and refreshing. A good beer for sure.

Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. This wasn't the biggest, richest, or most bitter IPA, but it was a fine beer. The hops had a pineapple note to start that then blended into a standard citrus hops flavors. The aroma was oddly lacking hops with a dark bread aroma that seems like it would be better placed in an English-influenced amber ale. Overall, this was a tasty IPA and a little out of the norm. I'd say it's worth trying if you can find it.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Nice to see Central Waters in the Commonwealth.

A: The IPA is caramel amber color, brown with a translucent body. A small head, white, comes with the beer.

S: The nose is caramel paired with vegetal hops. The greenness of the hops is distinct from the wet aroma of a harvest ale. The caramel maltiness is difficult to ignore.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose, more pale ale than IPA. The caramel body is strong, a sweet bready force that rules over most of the ale. The hoppiness is vegetal and green, seemingly very fresh. The hoppiness, nominally citrus, is bitter but generally without focus. I've noticed the same thing from the bottled version, a decent beer that seems a little short as an IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is more malty than not. A chewy ale that brings bitterness but not focus. I'd love to see a crisper hop presence.

D: A drinkable IPA in the purest sense. The ale, however, isn't my favorite from Central Waters.

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

On draft at Draught 55, NYC.

Poured a murky bronze hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft herbal hop and light caramel.

The taste offered an initially subdued herbal hop with a soft doughy caramel. However, the hops finished the experience off with a prickly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a subdued carbonation.

Overall a pretty good well balanced IPA.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, hoppy, nice little malt note, citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to try thr Glacial IPA at "The Bank" in Wheaton. The beer poured a very nice copper in color, with thin white head that left spotty lacing. The smell was citrus with a subtle pine balanced by malt. The mouthfeel was a medium to light body with average carbontation. Overall....I would session with this one.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.