Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 560
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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: 560
Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice looking one inch frothy head atop a hazy orange beer. Extremely small sediment caught in liquid suspension. Drink-by-drink step lacing and above average head retention.

S- Sweet tropical fruits in the nose.

T- Caramelly goodness with subdued citrus and hops bitterness. Bready aftertaste.

M- Medium to medium/light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- Given the ABV and non-palate wrecking flavor (for an IPA) of Glacial Trail, the "drinkability" is through the roof. Very refreshing. All the key components are there, it just lacks a little something but still is a tasty treat. (588 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an off-white/light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit and apricot from the hops; a light cotton candy fruityness from the yeast; hints of toffee from the malt. Plenty of depth to the nose, but it's not huge.

T: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot & grassy hops, solid bitterness, biscuits, nuts, toffee and a slight fruityness. Very good.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy with some hop acidity.

D: A good drinker. (468 characters)

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. (691 characters)

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

An "on us" bottle from France 44, with a Nov notching on the label.

It pours a yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has an earthy hop aroma along with some citrus and some sweet malt notes. It smells good.

The taste is pretty darned balanced, which is nice. Some earthy hoppy goodness with light citrus, some sweet malt, and a hint or 2 of grain. This is not going to knock your socks off if you're a big hopped IPA kind of person but I find it very smooth and easy drinking.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation for the style, it has a smooth mouthfeel. Oh and the foam lasts throughout the session leaving some spotty lacing. I like. (659 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little bit darker than most, this one approaches light brown territory. Lots of chunky yeast floaties from this one. Aroma could have been hoppier, was expecting hoppier.

Caramel, woodsiness, high bitterness, low if any floral hop aspect at any point. Malty all over the place. Bitterness hits often and hard.

This is so far from the usual quality of CW's stuff. Don't hold this one beer against them. Just doesn't come across as a good ipa to me, much less an ipa. (471 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tad hazey copper, caramel, toasted orange peel color. Good head and great foam. The bubbling is OK.

Orange peel that is just a little toasted, thanks to the toasted white bread and caramel malt aromas mixing well with the hops.

Toasty malts that offers biscuit and toast flavors combine with bitter, yet just a little sweet orange peel hop. These flavors combine to form an orange marmalade on a toasted biscuit sort of flavor. Pretty good in my book. Worth picking this IPA up again. (490 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, scooped a sixer at Star a week or so ago

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, strong bright amber body with a creamy beige-tan head and pretty strong lacing. very solid visually

smell: strong hop profile that slides this one into the american IPA class, big bready caramel malts underneath

taste: it just drinks too heavy for an IPA in my opinion and leaves quite the bitter bite, hops are strong and mostly bitter grapefruit. caramel malts and deep toasted grain round out the flavor but there is an astringent kick here that pushes it down a level

mouthfeel: heavy, bitter

drinkability: ok (619 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at royal tavern in philly

Pours an amber color with a faint haze. Thin layering of white head slowly fades with a nice smattering of lacing on the glass.

Bite of pine and resin with bitter hops in the nose. Some citrus sweetness and bready malt notes with a touch of caramel.

Bitter and dry up front with splashes of pine hoppiness. Lingers on the tongue, broken up by some bread crust and doughy malt tones. Caramel and a touch of honey with sweetness. Finishes piny and bitter.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, lingering, dry, and sticky on the tongue. Really a pretty regular IPA, definitely not as memorable as their Illumination DIPA. (655 characters)

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... (621 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Jes the way I like it. Poured with a smallish fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, earthy hop. Flavor's the same and very nicely balanced for an IPA. Finish is great and balanced as well. Body is goood and ditto carbonation. Easy session beer. (307 characters)

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

Dark tangerine with a ton of suspensed flecks within its fairly murky body. Thin slimming cap of bone white foam eases away quickly to a thin skim and collar. A few spots of lace make the glass edge somewhat interesting to view.

Aroma is quite low and dull with a soft cararmel toasty malt to it, bready, with a bit of grainyness. No real hops make a statement here, major long wiffs get hints of dulled red grapefruit.

Taste is nealy as uninteresting as its nose, but it does keep a certain craft element to it. Just not quite up to the standards of what an IPA can accomplish. It has mostly a toasted caramel maltyness to it and a plain grainyness with some lightly drying leafy/woody hops gaining some notions to it towards the finish as it grabs even lighter amounts of dull grapefruit and crushed red apple. Drys out with a simple complexity that helps delineate itself from the malt base.

Soft, creamy, malty, mediumish body, pretty decent carbonation given when looking at it, it seems inactive? Has a nice drying of fruit skins and partial woodyness as it finishes. Probably its best attribute.

Not quite what I'd call a good IPA, it has its moments, but nothing really outstanding. (1,194 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Casanova's in Hudson WI, delighted that CW has finally showed up within easy driving distance. This is my first taste of their 'everyday' lineup, which I've been looking forward to.

Pours a very murky orange, with scores if not hundreds of sediment suspended in the mix. Reeks of sweetness & mildly of hops.

The nose was a tip-off that this isn't my type of IPA. While there's a satisfying hop chomp at the end of this, the sweet song of malts are more prominent, which isn't my definition of an IPA. Still...although 'balance' is a dirty word to call an IPA (to me), the balance here comes as close to working as a malt-heavy IPA can. That bitterness at the end is serious business. As it warms a bit the hops start to win the battle. That's more like it.

I can feel my mouth numbing not quite halfway into the 12 oz. of Glacial Trail. Perhaps there are more hops that I thought? Don't know what the ABV on this one is, but it's a brew that could be put down by the pint or three if one didn't have to go far.

Very good beer. Grows better as it warms & the hop characteristics arrive in force. (1,134 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a pint glass.

Things starts off great with this one as it pours a deep, mostly clear golden amber with bubbles rushing quickly to the top. The head retention is fantastic and leaves massive sheets of lacing. It's a damn good-looking beer. The aroma is pretty muted but good with piny hops up front with a hint of citrus as well. There is a sweet malt aroma in the background as well, with hints of caramel. The taste follows the aroma and has citrus hops up front with grapefruit and some grassy hop flavors up front. The malt backbone makes an appearance before a big, slightly harsh pine bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively full bodied with tons of carbonation and a dry, almost too bitter, finish. This is a decent, though not extremely complex IPA that makes for a good sessionable summer brew. (849 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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). (405 characters)

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. (853 characters)

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

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. There are a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone. However, it is on the tame side for an IPA. The taste has a lot of citrus, and less grapefruit. There is still some pine, and solid malt. Bitterness is sharp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a creamy texture. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like to see the aroma stand out more, but it is still good as is. (562 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted golden amber with a faint ruby sheen. Tiny jets of CO2 feed a massive, sculptable, never-ending, beige dome. And it laces something filthy.
The nose exudes pine, pulpy grasses, rusty tin, and orange and lime rinds. The hops are fairly loud upfront, but decay gradually to allow a toasty malt component to emerge.
This toasted malt is where the taste begins. It starts and stays on the dry side with English muffins and almonds. But a sweetness does swell up, comprised of caramel and pear. It turns woody midway, bringing some oak-like tannins. The hops do not manifest as loudly or as resinously as they did in the nose. Here, they accent more floral and dry grassy and fallen pine needle tones, along with some bittering notions of mint leaf, alum, rust and rock dust.
Even with the visually evident carbonation, this drinks like a cask pull, glassy and sleek. I like this build a lot, even if it teeters a hair towards the thin side.
This isn't a world beater, but it is very enjoyable. It's also a very balanced IPA. There are some quirks here that place it out of the norm, mostly for the better. It's not for everyone, though. There's a bit of English-styled flair in there, even if it is aptly labeled as American. It's something of a tweener, but the more I drink of it, the more I like it and the more I'm reminded of Meantime IPA and that's pretty strong company. (1,384 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

A nutty, earthy nose evokes moist, mature deciduous floor one might find along the glacial trail on a cool morning in late May or early June. It pours hazy burnt amber under a light tan 1” head that produces thick lace. The nutty beer lightly sweetened by pale caramel rolls over the tongue with a very creamy texture leading to an assertive but not harsh bitter finish with a light fruit flavor somewhere between pineapple and peach. A very fine soft texture gives the beer an airy feel. (490 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt orange with rather large suspended chunks of sediment. Two finger head of fluff. Some lacing.

Nice floral citrus hops on the nose.

Big hops with a moderate malt following for balance. Not as citrusy as the nose. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine. Almost medium bodied, fluffy like carbonation.

This is growing on me as I drink it. I could do a session with this IPA. This is a nice strong IPA from a relatively unknown brewery. (451 characters)

Photo of Holland
2.99/5  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. (681 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No hint on the label that this was unfiltered or bottle conditioned. Pours a dark amber color with huge chunks of yeast floating in the beer. Looks disgusting. Almost like vomit. A large head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice citrus hop aroma with some grass clippings and sweet malt. Has a good malt base giving some earthy qualities before hop flavors of citrus take over. Quite bitter in the finish. A medium body with nice carbonation. A nicely flavored IPA but, I am begging you brewers out there, label the beer if it has live yeast in the bottle. I would like the option to gently decanter and leave the yeast in the bottle. Thankyou. (683 characters)

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. (790 characters)

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. (758 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy cantaloupe orange body with a finger of thick, whipped, bright white head. Good lacing. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine sap, pineapple, grapefruit (lots of grapefruit), and a lean dose of butterscotch malt. Citrus hops (grapefruit) up front. Fruity, pineapple-y malt comes through. Mild sweetness. Some mint and pine hop flavors near the finish. Aspirin-ish, minerally notes in the dry finish. Lingering butterscotch malt. Good bitterness throughout. Moderate body with gentle carbonation. Not bad. (522 characters)

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