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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SkinniePost, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Thedrizzle, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ryanpj, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Dec 2009. Courtesy of R&S, thanks!

Served in a Freetail shaker pint. Large off white head. Bubbly. Hazy golden orange sunset color. Hop aroma is sweet and fruity with a touch of caramel. Orange and caramel with a good hop bite. Bitterness lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Juicy. Medium to light body, sticky mouthfeel.

Nice everyday IPA.

htomsirveaux, May 10, 2010
Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark golden color - very hazy. Appears to be bottle conditioned, as there is a fair amount of yeast floating. Head formation is quick and gone, leaving behind a light white film.

S - A light amount of American hops, a bit meaty of a amarillo background. Grapefruit and grassy.

T - Big time whammy of bitterness immediately. Only a bit of sweetness, which is immediately taken over by the cascades. Finishes with a floral hops note and a bitter tongue grabbing bite. Aftertaste is oily bitterness on the tongue.

M - Pretty strong body - both from beer and the strong carbonation profile. Very oily texture left on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - only knock I would have is that those baby does carry a tongue twisting hop profile that is to me not sessionable. Great for one or two.

I look forward to working on more of the CW beers - they do a great job.

katan, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Noelito76, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +11.4%

captainbearcat, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and diffuse solitary bubbles rise in the column.

S: Bready malt is found to be in balance with citrusy hop aromas. The hops tend to be one-note but relatively intense, even with the presence of carbon dioxide erasing some.

T: Begins dry, with peppery herbaceous and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Malt is understated early, with pale qualities showing a touch of caramel. Moderate acidity provides continuity into the middle, where bready malt and lingering hop flavors are balanced and clean, if a little papery. The finish is green-herbaceous, with intense bitterness of long duration.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA seems appropriate to the Midwestern scene, sharing a profile of sensory qualities similar to Bell's Two-Hearted. The hop bill seems to call repeatedly upon the Cascade cultivar, which makes this beer seem similar to many others. It is well-executed but fairly safe, re-emphasizing the classic features of the American IPA style rather than expanding into new territory.

beagle75, Nov 05, 2011
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 derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

derkfromwi, Jul 06, 2013
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 fossage78
4/5  rDev +11.4%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

TheBigBoy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Drucifer, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

lucasj82, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of PopnLoads
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

PopnLoads, Sep 22, 2012
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 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 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 millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

millelacsmark, Oct 21, 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 dexterk1
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

dexterk1, Feb 01, 2012
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.