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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 marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable, citrusy blonde IPA. Hoppy, yet not terribly bitter five months old. Very smooth and drinkable. Low alcohol content really makes this more of a pale ale. Heck, Lagunitas New Dogtown is a pale ale and is stronger than the Glacial Trail. Still a fine sessionable ale.

marcobrau, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra from IDrinkGas; thanks Chris!

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy off whitehead and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of light citrus, light fruity malts, bready malts, and a bit musty.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, light bitter citrus hops, and bready malts. Some tasted malts as well. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

d - An average IPA. There was slight bitterness but a lot more malts than hops in this one. Wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of meatyard
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale amber with lots of tiny floaties and a big, fluffy white head that has good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell is citrus hops that seem to be sweetened by the malt.

The taste is more of the same citrus hops followed some malt sweetness and by a light bitterness that lingers slightly after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is a weak point with this beer being thin & watery, just nothing to hold on to.

Drinkability: Low ABV and nothing offensive while still being a decent IPA make for pretty good drinking. So far this is the best of 4 CW beers I've had so far.

meatyard, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark shade of yellow with a one finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is averageish

S- some sweet citrus, and that's really all...aroma is a little weak

T- there really isn't a lot going on here. A little bitterness, a little sweetness...whatever

M- watery. Thin.

D- drinkable just because...its really nonoffensive. Not the best IPA I've had by a longshot

bigfnjoe, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: Oct / Nov

Poured into a pint glass, hazy with a lighter shade of amber. I got a finger of light tan head that settles to a bubbly layer leaving nice lacing on the glass. Some citrus notes in the nose, along with sweet caramel malts - fairly mild aromas. Interesting, I get more of a piney / herbal hop flavor than the smell would lead me to believe. Slightly bitter finish but nothing that lingers - kinda bland actually, really confusing. Fairly light bodied and thin for the style, adequate carbonation, and a bit dry.

prdstmnky, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
1.9/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

cw glacial trail

a 3 clear light amber, short-lived head, very few spots of lace.

s 1.5 himm, ipa? are you sure? faint note of bubblegum(?), roast, maybe a little pine at first but can't find it again, a little rubbing alcohol. terrible. smells more like a bad o'fest.

t 2 some nondescript bitterness bunches up toward the front of the palate. there's a gesture of something generically citric.

m 1.5-2 way too thin and watery.

d 2 CW is not impressing me at all of late. first a yeasty odd o'fest, now this "ipa"--wtf?

brewmudgeon, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at the hulmeville inn.

A- comes my way with a good finger of off white head that settles after the first sip leaving sweet lines and a thin skin on top. Copper orange in color with a slight haze.

S- wet grass and a light citrus touch. Mild sweetness coming off with some light caramel and bread.

T- light bitterness with a bit of grapefruit and orange peel. Grassy and a touch dank. Malts are bready and a little sweet but the balance is good. Clean if slightly bitter finish.

M- medium body and a bit higher in carb.

D- tis a good ipa but not a great one. Very drinkable and refreshing but not one that will keep you up at night wanting more.

oglmcdgl, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Nice to see Central Waters in the Commonwealth.

A: The IPA is caramel amber color, brown with a translucent body. A small head, white, comes with the beer.

S: The nose is caramel paired with vegetal hops. The greenness of the hops is distinct from the wet aroma of a harvest ale. The caramel maltiness is difficult to ignore.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose, more pale ale than IPA. The caramel body is strong, a sweet bready force that rules over most of the ale. The hoppiness is vegetal and green, seemingly very fresh. The hoppiness, nominally citrus, is bitter but generally without focus. I've noticed the same thing from the bottled version, a decent beer that seems a little short as an IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is more malty than not. A chewy ale that brings bitterness but not focus. I'd love to see a crisper hop presence.

D: A drinkable IPA in the purest sense. The ale, however, isn't my favorite from Central Waters.

akorsak, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of AleBlager
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a fuzzy orange look to it, with foam that clings to the glass for a very long time. The minimal carbonation of this brew was held in by the thick creamy head. Hops dominate the few smells of this beer, along with a creamy malt aroma. Not to say that the scent is empty, but simple. The sweet flavors at the beginning of the sip are quickly followed by an expected bitterness. The flavors sat rather flat on the palate. Overall, the Glacial Trail IPA is a pretty good IPA, but a better beer. Not that complex, but that's alright.

AleBlager, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a hazy orange copper color, with some floating yeast. There is also a white head that forms. The aroma smells of bicuit or toasted malt and citrus hops. The flavor of the beer has an unbalanced hop bitterness with the amount of mal that they used. Also the suspended yeast in an IPA is not suppose to be there. Overall im not impressed with this beer.

arboristfish, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is orange-copper with a light white head. Wee bit of lacing. Nose is citrus hops with a bit of piney and herbal hops as well. Taste is a bit hoppy with some pale malt. Decent bitterness in the feel. A nice beer, but nothing their stouts.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Light tan-orange head, airy and big-bubbled, reduces down to a consistent layer. Amber brew, hazy with some floaties, making it look rather murky.

S-Bright, light citrus-herbal hoppiness. A bit of sweet toasty malt.

T-Hop bitterness comes into play right away, with an herbal-citrus hop character. Matliness is semi-sweet, toasty with a bit of caramel. As the malts subside, the bright hop flavors emerge again, accompanying the bitterness into the long-tailed finish.

M-Slick, oily feel with a medium body. Carbonation is medium to medium-low, perhaps a bit less than desired.

D-Even with a couple shortcomings, this brew is very drinkable. I could definately sit down and enjoy a few.

CHSLBrew, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Central Waters pint glass...bottled in March of 2010, while not the optimum freshness, still should be pretty good...

Pours a slightly hazy copper, dark amber color. Three fingers of soft white head forms and lasts for a while, leaving behind a lot of lacing...

Somewhat tame aroma, not much hop bite in the nose. There are traces of where piny hops may have been, but this aroma is mainly made up of malt, caramel, sweet...

Hmmm, maybe I should get a fresher bottle. Seems like most of the hops have faded away. Malt is the main component here, caramel and toffee. After a few sips I start to detect a bit of hop bitterness in the finish, piny and a bit drying...My first impression may have been a little off, this one is better than I thought initially...

Medium bodied with a bit of a sticky finish. Decent carbonation with a lingering bitterness...

Decent beer, nothing special. I do owe it to myself and to the guys/gals at Central Waters to re-review this one when I can find a pretty fresh bottle...

hawks10, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Brewno8it
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bottle to me since this beer would be nearly impossible to find locally. Thanks Tom!

A - The Glacial Trail IPA's appearance is wonderful; coppery and hazy, with fantastic carbonation and foam. After several minutes in the pint glass there was still an inch or so of creamy foam and Belgian lace clinging to the glass.

S - The smell was at most average as I couldn't discern anything more than subtle malt tones and a citrusy yeast scent.

T - The taste was carmelly sweet with a balanced hop bitterness, however, the malt disappears quickly leaving bitter hop resin. Don't get me wrong, I could drink several of these, but would like a little more alpha hop taste and balance for an AIPA.

M - The mouthfeel is good; medium body thickness and prickly carbonation with good toasty notes up front, but a residual bitterness.

D - I'd love to drink a few of these on tap and would recommend you let this warm to 45F as the flavors are more melded once warmer. Overall, a very good AIPA.

Brewno8it, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy light caramel color with a two finger white head that leaves thick lacing.

S-Strong caramel malt with some some grapefruit hop notes.

T-Bitter grapefruit upfront that's somewhat balanced by a heavy dose of caramel malt in the middle, and finishes slightly dry and bitter.

M-On the low end of medium bodied with a prickly, medium amount of carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-The caramel malt presence is almost too much in this one, but the hops balance it out. If it weren't for the slightly bitter finish this would be a pretty cloying brew.

samie85, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. This wasn't the biggest, richest, or most bitter IPA, but it was a fine beer. The hops had a pineapple note to start that then blended into a standard citrus hops flavors. The aroma was oddly lacking hops with a dark bread aroma that seems like it would be better placed in an English-influenced amber ale. Overall, this was a tasty IPA and a little out of the norm. I'd say it's worth trying if you can find it.

tempest, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge ultra thick creamy head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell is of pine and citrus hop notes with a bready malt aroma as well.

Tastes pretty good and hoppy, but a little off in the finish. Bitter and piney up front with a big bready malt finish, good but not great. The bitterness seems a little off and there is too much malt which over shadows the hops.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a medium level of carbonation, pretty good.

Drinkability is a little lacking due to the off flavor in the finish but overall not bad.

pmccallum86, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and light amber/brown with two fingers of off-white head that recede slowly and leave a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of caramel and toasted malts with only a hint of hops. Fairly disappointing, the hops are just a wisp of grass and the malt completely dominates.

Taste is very malt forward as well, toasted, biscuit and caramel malts come through. The malt flavors are good, fairly complex, but this beer does not have the hop flavor or bitterness of an IPA. Bitterness does come through toward the finish and after the beer exits but it is reserved and the malt presence is still quite strong.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with good malt flavors. It let me down as I was expecting an IPA, however it has some nice malt flavors and is fairly full bodied. Unfortunately it gets low points based on rating by style. I would have called this beer an ESB.

trevorjn06, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange and moderate cream colored head with bubbly lacing.

Smell: Citrus, sweet toasted malt, dry spiciness.

Taste: Dry citrus (orange and grapefruit) with dry toasted and tea-like malts. Ends with a fairly high level of spicy bitterness and maybe a touch of pine. Something about it does not mesh quite as well as I would like, and it is simply too bitter compared to the relative lack of flavor.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, moderate firm body, dry finish. Have I mentioned it's dry yet?

Drinkability: Somewhat of a unique take on an American IPA as it seems to have English Bitter qualities, both in the taste and the feel. Pretty solid overall, but probably not worth returning to considering the number of fine IPAs out there.

bsp77, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of optiontwo
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welcome to MN central waters!

Bottled in march. Poured into tulip.

A: Very hazy orange with a few floaties in there. Not much head to speak of, quarter inch dies down to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

S: The smell is very inviting. More tropical than citrus fruits in the aroma, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and a little tangerine all mingle together. Also some herbal tea aromas mixing in there. Very juicy and not a lot of pine. Smells great.

T: Not quite as impressing as the smell but still good. Starts out fairly bitter and remains that way throughout. In the taste there is more of the citrus flavors I'm used to with a little herbal twinge. Malt flavor is there with a touch of sweetness but you really have to seek it out. This kind of reminds me of an IPA I made not too long ago with cascade, amarillo, and columbus. I'm curious to know what hops they used.

M: Pretty spot on for the style. No complaints here.

D: Don't know the ABV on this one but I'd say the drinkability is pretty average. Not a session beer, not an extreme beer.

O: Not bad at all. The only other central waters I've had is the barley wine and I enjoyed that one very much. I'll probably pick this one up again.

optiontwo, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy golden orange, even a little hint of brownish-red to it. Thick, creamy tan head. Lots of floating particles. Good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet/sugary carmel malt, pine hops and lemon peel.

T: Strong carmel malt with a dull pine and earthy hop flavor. Hop bitterness is a little astringent. A hint off wood too? Good balance, but the flavors just kind of blend together and get lost. Its okay, but a little dull, nothing jumps out. Finish is a little short with a slight drying, bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Drinkability is okay since nothing is shining through on this AIPA.

Would like to try this a little fresher, tick mark states it was bottled in March...

herman77, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange color with a thick, light brown head, good lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel malts, toasty, citrus and floral hops. Flavor is caramel malts, a hint of wood, pine, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bitter finish. Good one, well balanced but with a nice bitter kick that sticks around for a while.

mtstatebeer, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of KI9A
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/yellow, some floaties. Decent head, some lace.

S: Some piney hops, malts.

T: Follows nose. Different than any AIPA I have had. Hops seem a bit muted. Some sweet, maybe a caramel finish.

M: Medium body. Somewhat sticky.

D: Again, different than any other AIPA. Easy to drink, but, almost too sweet to be a session beer.

KI9A, May 12, 2010
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 BellsFan
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - brassy-copper color that pours with a very thick head that disipates to less than a finger however leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - different than another IPA I've tried thus far, earthy and piney period

Taste - same as smell but add a Carmel finish

Mouth feel - thin with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability - I think I'll have another

BellsFan, Apr 17, 2010
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.