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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ryanpj, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

vette2006c5r, May 06, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +11.4%

captainbearcat, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold-amber, good head.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced sweetness and citrus bitterness. Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Tasty, could have a couple if I was in Wiscoland.

I was worried after the other CW beer seemed old, but this was a perfectly fine IPA. Not a hop bomb, but nicely balanced, could be a short session beer.

Mdog, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Thedrizzle, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

MattXT, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Soneast, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Drucifer
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Drucifer, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Treebs
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Treebs, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

TheBigBoy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

TonyTalon, May 28, 2012
Photo of younger35
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cked up a single at Casanova's on my way back to Chicago from Minneapolis. I didn't even realize Central Waters made brews that weren't barrel aged. Excited to give their IPA a try! Drank from a crystal wine glass because it's the only glass around.

Appearance- Pours a murky orange with a small half finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. No cap and thin delicate collar is left with little to no lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with some light citrus tones of pineapple, peach, grapefruit and passion fruit. Some caramel malts are fairly prominent as well and really take hold as the beer warms. A bit of pine and semi earthy dandelion make there way in also. Although it's got a good hop profile the beer remains sort of sweet to the nose. Almost honey like at times.
Taste- Not what I was expecting from the nose for sure. It's very earthy (almost dirty) with a big grassy twange that I don't necessarily like in my IPA's. I think I'm spoiled by all the fruity west coast deliciousness. Malty as hell with an almost Brown or Red like body. Not exactly what you'd expect from an IPA. Caramel and toffee are very abundant and as the beer warms the hops pretty much take a backseat. It always remains fairly bitter though especially through the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is sort of sticky with a light carbonation disappears after the initial twinge to the tongue.
Drinkability- Although not exactly what I was expecting from a IPA it is easy drinking. I bet it's much better fresh and that earthy sort of hop bitterness would have a little more pizzazz. I'm gonna give this beer the benefit of the doubt although it won't be reflected in my score.

younger35, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of PopnLoads
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

PopnLoads, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

derkfromwi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +11.4%

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Thank again Jason (MBABJJ) for more great midwestern goodness!

Pours a very hazy dark copper, tons of floaties, with a very dense light-khaki head that has epic retention. A bit clearer and get rid of the floaties and it jumps two scores, but no matter how great the head, no way can I justify higher than a 3.5 for those kind of floaties.

Nose is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt, just a bit toasty. Not bad at all, very balanced.

Up front we have a nice hop bite, moderately bitter without being overly so, met instantly by an equally big, rich malt body that leaves the bitter hops just swimming in bready caramel. This is all about balance - not at all dry, but not overly sweet either. Fruity esters make things interesting. I'm going against the grain on this one - I love it, and think it's fantastic. It's not all about the hops with this one, and I don't think that's a bad thing. Judged on its own, I'm pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel is nice - full with a moderate/light carbonation, no weak points.

Drinkability is up there. Bitterness is kept in check sufficiently to allow for a nice hoppy bite without wearing on the palate. Very nice.

JohnQVegas, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

HarmonMW, May 12, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a full golden color with a hazy amber center. Some small resplendent carbonation refreshes a medium sized off-white froth, leaving some lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is slightly restrained and slightly on the malty side. Toasted malt, earthy and peat notes, spicy and a bit of grapefruit zest in a hop bitterness.

Taste: Toasted bread and light caramel malts, some earthy notes, and a bit of a citrus hoppy twist toward the end. A bitterness starts to build toward the end but peters out.

Mouthfeel: This is not an overly bitter IPA, but there is a little bit of hop residue left after each sip to go along with a slight tingle on the lips from the pine. The body drinks a bit heavier than the ABV, with a creamy carbonation and a bit of a grainy feel.

Overall: This is a fairly mild but pleasantly drinkable IPA.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of dfillius
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid has a lot of chunks - whoops! Should have poured lighter. Luminous liquid is very pretty.
S: Bright citrus hop, maybe tangerine rests over a biscuity malt.
T: Modest bittering. Balanced IPA is more reminiscent of an English IPA. Some boozy fruit. Not the greatest flavor.
M: Warm and chewy. Decent bitterness
D: Okay. I wouldn't order a second, but I might buy a sixer. Drinkability increases as its consumed. A decent session beer.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pirmannt1, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of lucasj82
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

lucasj82, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ontap at fork.
A: light amber/copper and clear. Kinda minimal white head diminishes quickly.
S: toffee/caramel malts and piney, earthy hops w/some grapefruit.
T: medium sweet toffeeish malts and a balancing earthy hop bitterness.
M: fine, maybe a touch thin and astringent.
O: glad I tried it instead of getting a 6er.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SPRichard, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of BeerTruth
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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!!

BeerTruth, Jan 17, 2009
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.