Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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:
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(Beer added by: WJVII on 04-17-2008)
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Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
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...

Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of hmph
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of WankelEngine
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy medium golden color with a white head of one finger which fades quickly into a ring of foam around the edge. Very mild lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel malt followed by a dose of pine from the hops. A bit of grapefruit as well.

T: This beer has a much bigger malt flavor than most IPAs which is the first thing I notice as I take a sip. This fades into an earthy pine flavor with notes of bitter grapefruit. The finish is earthy, mildly bitter and lingers for just a bit.

M: Medium bodied which is heavy compared to most IPAs. There is a relatively large amount of carbonation.

O: More malt and less hops than I care for in my IPAs.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange amber with a nice one inch head that formed on top. Decent retention left behind a nice quarter inch layer of sticky lace behind.

more malt then I would have thought. Nice citrus/pine blend of aromas balanced against a sugary grain back. Good balance between the two actually. nice sugar orange peel like bitterness that hit pretty quick in the front. Once you moved past that a touch of lemon perhaps, pineapple or grapefruit started to shine through and mixed in with more of a fresh cut grass. A touch of earthen like malted grains balanced out with a candy like sugar. Very nice, not too bitter or overall hoppy on this one, just a nice well balanced IPA.

Photo of plfahey
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber in color with a slight yellowish tint and high clarity.Moderate head of off-white foam has decent retention.

Aroma- Caramel and toasted malts stand out, with pine and grapefruit hops playing over the top. Aroma has more malt character than most IPAs, but still a fair amount of hopping.

Flavor-Sweet caramel malt up front with a hint of breadyness fades into a resiny hop flavor with some pine/grass/hay notes. Finish has notes of toasty/nutty malt, with slightly higher than moderate bitterness coating the tongue. The finish is mostly dry and smacks of the hops, with a bit of that caramel malt lingering on.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel and some sticky lingering bitterness on the palate. Excellent.

Not an exceptional IPA, but very well balanced and easy drinking. Definitely refreshing on a hot summer day. Way more malt than most American IPAs which helps keep it balanced while still being a quite hoppy beverage, though I think it might swing a bit too far towards the malt for an IPA, at least in the aroma.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just an okay IPA. Central Waters Double IPA is becoming my favorite IPA as I like it more everytime I drink it. With that in mind, I bought the Glacial Trail for the first time and wasn't overly impressed. It was a decent beer but I didn't get strong hop flavor I expect from a good IPA. It was crisp with decent citrus flavors but nothing special.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ontap at fork.
A: light amber/copper and clear. Kinda minimal white head diminishes quickly.
S: toffee/caramel malts and piney, earthy hops w/some grapefruit.
T: medium sweet toffeeish malts and a balancing earthy hop bitterness.
M: fine, maybe a touch thin and astringent.
O: glad I tried it instead of getting a 6er.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My first Illinois-purchased Central Waters brew. Get some. It pours a very lightly-cloudy copper-amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, toffee, and a vague touch of light pine needles. The taste holds notes of toffee, orange peel, light pine, and light mint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty average IPA, with only a meek hop presence, a seemingly overly strong malt backbone, and an uneven balance. Not necessarily bad, but not exactly exemplary of an IPA.

Photo of tapman
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange/brown with a 1/2 finger head. A little haziness floating around. Standard stuff.

Toasty and light caramel malt with some piney and earthy hops. None of the aromas are very big.

Pretty malty with a low bitterness. Hops are woody and resinous, though not very bright. Sticky in the finish where the bitterness lingers.

A little dry. Carbonation is biting.

Average American IPA. Sure this isn't a british IPA?

Photo of JAYAR1
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First taste of C.W. beers. Not much of an aroma, very vague. If looks count for anything, the color is fabulous. Golden orange with a 3/4 " head. Can't quite get the taste that I want from an IPA. Maybe it's too cold.
I like the mouth, not thin, it's got an edge.
Overall, I will try it again, not a spill away.
Had a New Belgium Ranger before this, maybe that's the reason. Thanx to Famous for the buck and change single.

Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint, bottled in April

Appearance- Pours a deep golden to orange color, with a nice foamy two fingers of white head. Good retention and lace. Looks pretty perfect actually.

Smell- A nice hop presence on the nose. Mostly pine and floral, a splash of citrus. A hint of bready malts.

Taste- Nice complex hop bill right up front. Citrus is what is noticed first, followed by a very floral and dank earthy presence. A little pine resin on the linger. Nicely balanced by slightly doughy malts. Fairly bitter on the finish. Tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, creamy.

Overall- This is the first time I have had this beer and I am impressed, from the perfect appearance on, it doesn’t really let up at any point. Going to have to try to squeeze this into the rotation. I am shocked by the “low” scores for this one.

Extra- 2nd highest review overall for this beer, can that be? I suppose this works just right for my palate!

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.