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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: WJVII on 04-17-2008

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of augustgarage
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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. 

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of doughanson78
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tmarq9
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of hu5om
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of afausser
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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

Photo of Treebs
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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 Klym
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.