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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


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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seeswo

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next blind beer in the sequence, 12oz poured into my lost abbey stem.

Pours golden brown with a fizzy whitish head. Looks good. - 4.0

The nose is very lightly hoppy and a touch malty. Yes I know how lame that is, but it doesn't really smell like much at all. An intense swirl gives off some very lightly citrus hops, which are nice. - 3.0

A strong maltiness merges with a burst of relatively generic hop bitterness. It tastes somewhat familiar, as a pretty stereotypical Midwest IPA. It almost tastes like a hoppy amber in the degree to which the malt plays emerges - similar to ambergeddon from ale asylum (bottle shape is different though). - 3.5

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy with above average carbonation that teams up with a burst of hop bitterness to prickle the tongue. - 3.5

Overall, this beer drinks easy. I keep thinking that I am sitting at the Old Fashioned in Madison, WI drinking this brew, which is a nice memory. The hop flavor and the maltiness are a bit one note in their presentation, but I could definitely drink a few pints of this in a bar, and I feel like I have had this or something close to it. - 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:59:58 | More by seeswo
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TTAmod

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint.

A: Cloudy amber color. Some sediment floating about. Even with a fairly easy pour, there's a thick off white head. Great retention and good lacing.

S: Smells really rustic and dank. Smells like pine needles you find on the forest floor: piney with a really earthy overtone.

T: Tastes like what you'd smell if you were in the middle of a forest and took a deep breath. Mostly dirt, leaves, pine, spices, and caramel. Nothing really "IPA" about it. Brewery claims it's an IPA, but I think it'd be better classified as some sort of brown ale.

M: Smooth, medium-thick, not a lot of carbonation. Pretty good.

O: A really different IPA. Considering that this brewery is in the middle of nowhere, it kind of fits. Again, the hops are really piney, yet subdued. There is a myriad of different off-flavors and tastes. As I said, it's probably misclassified as an IPA.

It's definitely interesting and tasty, but don't go into it expecting a "normal" IPA. Sorry, but have to grade it accordingly. It's a good, interesting beer, but it falls short as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:55:18 | More by TTAmod
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 00:37:45 | More by WoodBrew
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sidetracked

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light cream head. Head lingers as a thin film. Some lacing.

Aroma is a citrusy mix of bitter grapefruit, lemon, and sweet orange. Little pine. Some biscruity, slightly caramelized malts.

Taste follows the smell. Upfront bitter pine and citrus hops. Biscuity malts in the middle. Lemon and grapefruit finish with a light bitterness. Slight sweetness of caramel, orange, and pine at the finish too. Lingering citrus flavor.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Reminds me a bit of Finest Kind. Nice citrusy hop presence that is only slightly bitter, but still very appealing. Easy to drink. Light with a lot of punch.

7/25/2011

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 23:13:46 | More by sidetracked
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augustgarage

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in either August or September, 2011 (the notch is right on the line in between the two). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a cloudy dark amber topped by a hesitant layer of papaya-whip snow which recedes to a light dusting and a two-tier collar. Thin lacing, shimmering light tears, average-at-best retention.

Unusual aroma suggests cinnamon, floral hops, and maybe a little candy corn or buttered caramel along with pine.

Woody palate entry suggest varnish, cedar, and evergreen - again, quite unusual. Some brighter grapefruit pith notes mingle with hints of autumn leaves into the medium-dry very earthy (almost dusty) forest-floor finish. Bitterness is present but mild throughout.

A touch oily and occasionally astringent all at once with slightly low carbonation.

A different deep-in-the-woods take on an IPA - evocative but not entirely successful for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:14:29 | More by augustgarage
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazed golden brew that looks more like an unfiltered cider then an IPA.  The head is a pillow of soft cream colored fluff that barely sticks to the glass.  I've seen better.

The nose is weak, leaning towards a brittish ale rather then an IPA.  Not much in the way of hops or grain.  The disappointing smell is a little metallic and sour.

Taste is in the same realm of sour and weak.  It's not as bad as the nose with a rebound of hop flavor and malt lingering in the finish.

I find myself bored with this brew.  The flavor isn't enough to keep me really interested and the mouthfeel is a little soft too.  Mild carbonation and touch of hop bitterness is about all that's interesting in this brew.  Very middle of the road and in the land of ipa's that's not good enough. 

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:42:17 | More by jbphoto88
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doughanson78

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Darker amber color with a medium haze. One finger rocky white head with great retention and lacing.

S: A tad light in the nose. Light orange and tangerine citrus hop aroma. Has a buttery biscuit malt backbone.

T: Caramel and buttery biscuit up front. More of an earthy and floral hop flavor and very light citrus. Bitterness is very light also. Finishes slightly grassy.

M: Medium light body. Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. A touch dry.

O: Nothing special. The malts are a little strange, since most IPA's have big caramel. Nothing wrong with it. Could use much more bitterness tho.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:10:34 | More by doughanson78
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange color. Head is one finger white and lasts fairly decently.
S- Aroma is a bit sweet with an orange/tangerine citrus hop aroma.
T- There's two aspects to this, one I like one I don't. I'm not such a fan of the sugar cookie overload up front. It's just got this sugary bready character up front. Thankfully it gives way to a very pleasant orange zest flavor in the finish, that brings flavor without being too bitter.
M- The sugaryness makes it sit a bit heavier on the tongue than I would like, and not as dry as I'd like. Low carb.
O- It's an ok IPA but it doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:59:50 | More by jsprain1
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 16:04:16 | More by scruffwhor
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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:27:37 | More by beagle75
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:18:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
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afausser

Montana

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy blood-orange toned amber with a fluffy finger + of bubbly, frothy cream head suspended on top of the glass as if it were painted on. Absolutely glowing brilliant orange and red tones when held to the light, and faint, inconsistent streams of carbonation move up the side of the glass in quick bursts. Lacing is pretty, though doesn't stick to the glass long.

Smell: Absolutely amazing malt notes blend in with citrus and pine hops. The result is an extremely well-blended mix of pine, clove spice, and floral notes from the hops, mixing well with honey, light brown sugar, and bready notes from the malts. Smells absolutely perfect.

The taste is great too--the hop notes remind me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Celebration, though not as biting. The taste isn't as blended as the smell, leaning more heavily towards the hoppy, pine notes and with just a little honey and bread in the background. Aftertaste is moderately strong and piney.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. It isn't awful, but it is foamy as if there is too much of it, and at the same time seems too weak and sporadic to deliver the taste like a beer like this deserves. I don't remember this on the other bottles of this I've had so far, but wasn't really paying attention for reviewing purpose, so I will update if I find anything different from the rest of the pack.

Overall, drinkability is great. Love Central Waters brews and was extremely happy to get this one living in Virginia (from a friend who had just been to the brewery). Easily sessionable and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:55:26 | More by afausser
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 23:16:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 23:02:48 | More by Bitterbill
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice orange golden color that is quite hazy with a small amount of carbonation bubbles present. pours with two fingers of foamy head that sticks around a bit and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrus hop notes with something of a hop note, possibly like pumpkin spice
T: very bitter and a bit harsh, kind of has something like gym socks aftertaste, not overall pleasant
M: a bit strong on the carbonation, smooth through the middle and leaves the palate very dry and with a bit of funk hanging around
O: looks very nice, smells decent, tastes....quite frankly not good, too much funk and oddness

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:53:27 | More by BigPlay1824
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Treebs

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 12:10:10 | More by Treebs
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:43:38 | More by Sammy
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Klym

California

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gripitandsipit for this sweet extra. Poured into a surly nonic.

This was much better than I anticipated given the reviews. Basically salted-caramel forward with strong, clean, herbal hops with a very present cocoa powder finish. I was really amazed how well the cocoa powder blended and fit with this beer. This was by far one of the most unusual IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking and pleasure it was indeed. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 06:23:39 | More by Klym
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brew3crew

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle Dated April

A- Orangish body with a white whispy head that sticks around for awhile

S- watered down hops. Maybe a little stale

T-Taste follows. Wow this is a stinker. Man I wish I had this money back. Had very little taste

M-Smooth and tasteless

O-Not a good showing. I am drain pouring this after just a few sips...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:05:15 | More by brew3crew
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy head that leaves a thin layer of lacing ontop by the time you take your first sip. Some burnt malts and hops are most noticable in its scent. The taste is quite hoppy with a bitter taste that really hits the taste buds. I'm also picking up some sweet carmel malts along with the burnt malts. A rather strong IPA where the hops really standout versus other beer where they really try to blend theirs together for a less noticable taste. Quite a nice beer from a smaller Wisconsin Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:27:02 | More by Lemke10
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up as part of a sixer. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head sticks around for a while, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are hops. grapefruit and pine for the most part. some leafy hops come out as well.

T- immediately i pick up on this being a malt dominated IPA. toasted bread, sweet caramel, and biscuit malts come out strong. after that i get some hops. pine and leafy hops mostly. a little but of grapefruit sneaks in. very balanced.

M- medium body. medium carbonation. not quite as bitter as i would like.

O- i dont like how well balanced this IPA is. it would be alot better if it were more hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:15:20 | More by jwinship83
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 05:01:14 | More by womencantsail
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hmph

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to misterhops for this brew!

A - slightly dark yellow, fairly transparent, small white head with a medium degree of lacing

S - more of a malt smell from this IPA than most, still some hints of hops but mostly malty

T - similar to taste but with more hop character but still bitterness is fairly muted

O - A good beer for sure, not super stand out, but quality none the less. Not as hop forward as most IPA's and felt like it needed either flavor a bit more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 18:04:34 | More by hmph
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 02:16:29 | More by xnicknj
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange bodied, medium amount of haze. Pretty large white foamy head, but the pour was energetic, so it might be a tad large. Total coverage of lace. Sweet malt scent, with a bit of bittering hops. Sweet malt front, some bitter hops. Thin to medium bodied, pretty smooth. I hate to knock it, cause its not bad, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:16:50 | More by Tballz420
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.