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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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82
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194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 581
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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: 194 | Hads: 581
Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: feb/2011 12oz bottle into Surly tumbler glass.

Poured a nice golden orange with a thick, frothy head that stubbornly receded to a sticky, bubbley lace. Stays around all the way through.

Aroma is pungent, earthy hops with some floral notes. Sweet bready grains in the back. Very inviting for a smaller IPA.

Flavor is hoppy up front, to say the least. Earthy and floral, resinous. But the sweet malt flavor comes through nicely and keeps this one in balance. The finish leaves a lingering, almost astringent bitterness. This is only a 5.5% abv?

Mouthfeel is that of your typical Midwest IPA. Slightly chewy. Maybe the tiniest bit sticky at the end. pleasant carbonation.

Overall, this is a great IPA. Quite well balanced and very easy drinkin. Far different from your typical hop missiles that seem to draw all the A+ reviews. A good beer and one I seek regularly.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single and had to tick it.
I'm smoking some porkchops onthe grill and enjoying a glorious 90 degree memorial day.
Served in a tulip pint.

Kinda dark, Orangey gold color with a small tan white head. Good retention, minimal lacing.
Some toasted bread malt starts things off, predominately dry, very little sweetness. Nice citrus hops-- clean and bright, decent bitterness. This works.

It isn't a flavor powerhouse, but this beer has its place: a tasty daily drinker. It won't destroy your palate, nor give you diabetes. It walks that middle ground of being a well-balanced beer. That quality rarely translates to A ratings on this site, but a B is still a damn fine beer!

The body is medium, good carbonation.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark yellow/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head, fine lacing

S: light pine and citrus scent

T: malt, trace of grassy/pine, mild slow bitter finish

M: med/light, hint of oily mouth

O: Saddened by this offering. I have really enjoyed almost
every Central Waters beer. This seems like it should be a
Pale Ale.

OK, YOU COULD DO WORSE!

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. From notes:

A: A golden orange murky hazy body, with a nice thin layer of white head that holds on well thought the glass. Swaths of sticky lacing are left.

S: Aroma is not overly powerful, but subtle hints at earthy and herbal hops are found.

T/M: Nice upfront smooth character, with a nice bitter backbone. Hop flavor is pronounced, but not as overwhelming as I would expect in an IPA. Lingering taste is good with a nice dryness.

O: Overall I don't find this to be an outstanding IPA, more or less a Pale Ale, but still drinkable and enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is tropical fruits and piney hops. A good balance of sweet malts here too.

T- Lacks the hop bit that I like. Taste is sweet, bready and light tropical fruits.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad, but I think there are better ones out there.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Pinocchion's in Media, PA. Bottled in October 2010, so it's fairly old. 12oz bottle served in DFH pint glass.

A: Somewhat hazy amber color. One finger white head. Good carbonation. There is some floating sediment in the glass with the bubbles.

S: I got some piney hops with a little citrus but not tons. I did get some malts though.

T: This tastes old....because it is for an IPA. There are some hops, but it's too malty. The balance is off. The bite is there but it's not great.

M: It's mild and easy drinking. Watery in IPA standards.

O: One and done. If fresh it might be a different story. There are lots of better IPAs out there though.

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

Poured a nice cloudy copper color with a good amount of slightly off-white head. Light hop aroma, not a lot else going on there. This beer has good hop flavor with some bready malts complimenting that. Good taste overall. Medium mouthfeel, goes down smooth though. This is any enjoyable IPA, very good overall and a good go to beer to have on hand.

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

Glacial Trail IPA. 3 months old.

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Proteins are visible in suspension. Creamy off-white head. Excellent retention, very good lacing.
S: Piney/leafy hops over biscuity/caramelish/toasty malt base.
T: Piney and delicately citrusy hops dominate, supported by a firm, biscuity/bready/toasty malt base. Somewhat herbal. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with lingering notes of dried pine.
M: Medium-full body with a median carbonation. Surprisingly firm.
D: A solid, basic IPA that displays a rich maltiness soaked in hops. Well-balanced and rounded, but somehow lacking finesse. Worth trying.

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Photo of corcoranjc
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: cloudy honey. looks pretty.

smell: fresh and subtle hop aroma. i'd like more.

taste: hop bitterness and not too much else....i prefer my ipa's to have more citrus going on. personal preference.

mouthfeel: carbonated bite. not bad but a bit thin.

Drinkability: High.

Overall: not really my thing...i'm probably reviewing this at the wrong time as i've been drinking tons of great DIPA's and IPA's...this one just doesn't stand up as well as I'd hoped.

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Photo of Kitt
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-brown, one finger head.

A: a rich, sweet, and eclectic malt, with citrus undertones.

T: bitter hops with a hint of burnt pine nuts. In contrast to the aroma, malt takes a backseat here.

M: smooth.

D: Easy, carbonation not overwhelming.

Not a bad IPA -- not a top one either.

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

Extremely hazy dark orange body, topped by one finger plus of bone china foam. Good lacing.

Piney aroma backed with lemon and assorted other citrus. Seemed bigger at the pour, faded quickly.

A quick bolt of very sweet malt, followed by big bitterness. Basicly that its in terms of flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Okay drinkability, but its not high on my desirability scale.

An alright but not exceptional IPA. Try it if its handy but I wouldn't recommend an involved hunt.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
1.89/5  rDev -47.5%
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?

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of AleBlager
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of arboristfish
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.