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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 576
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | 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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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 576
Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper color with a small, ivory colored head. Decent retention and it left a little lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel and some sweet caramel malt.

T - A bready maltiness with a citrusy hop flavor. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance out the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied brew that makes a very drinkable IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great at a picnic.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt orange with rather large suspended chunks of sediment. Two finger head of fluff. Some lacing.

Nice floral citrus hops on the nose.

Big hops with a moderate malt following for balance. Not as citrusy as the nose. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine. Almost medium bodied, fluffy like carbonation.

This is growing on me as I drink it. I could do a session with this IPA. This is a nice strong IPA from a relatively unknown brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, hoppy, nice little malt note, citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint
Two finger head
amber color

Smells: piney, herbal, citrus! I think I smelled Cascade Hops!

Taste: Grapefruit, apricot, and booze...with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: thick, but not too thick

Overall, this is a beer that feels like how an IPA should be.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - hazy orange color with a thick head that is well retained

S - American hop with a strong biscuit-like malt aroma

T - hop flavor is prominent, but is still very malty, moderately high bitter hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent American IPA. It delivers what is expected of the style, but perhaps not very unique. Nonetheless it is a tasty beer.

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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.

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Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on Oct. 20th 2008

A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber color. Capping that is a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger head that leaves a fantastic looking mess of lace behind in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus, pineapple, and pine with a healthy dallop of sweet caramel. Also noted were tangy red apple and toasty malt.

T: Pretty sizeable whack of piney hops that's followed by some malt sweetness, pineapple, pine tar, caramel, and more hops. I felt like I tasted a brief hint of peach and/or mango in there as well.

M: The beginning starts off like a big sticky and juicy IPA...and then the middle comes. A quick transfer over to the dry and spicy side of the scale that continues through the finish. Pretty prickly and dry. I believe astringent is a good descriptor.

D: I really liked this beer. I liked how it was sort of two faced. It suckers you in with the promise of sweet juicy goodness and then smacks you with a dry and spicy bitterness that refuses to let go of your mouth.

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

A: Copper with an off-white/light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit and apricot from the hops; a light cotton candy fruityness from the yeast; hints of toffee from the malt. Plenty of depth to the nose, but it's not huge.

T: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot & grassy hops, solid bitterness, biscuits, nuts, toffee and a slight fruityness. Very good.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy with some hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Cloudy, orange-gold, producing over a fingers worth of off white head. The head very slowly tapers down to a lasting lacing that hugs the glass. Suspended carbonation all over the place. Really a nice look.

S - Orange, grapefruit, light pine. Very citrus heavy on the nose but not over-powering overall.

T - Follows the nose to a T, cant describe it any better than that. Its not super bitter like a lot of IPAs but the bitterness really grows on the tongue sip after sip.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Really enjoy this IPA. Its not a hop-bomb so if thats your thing, this isn't going to blow you away. But for my tastes, its very well balanced and I like it. Refreshing yet has that punch you expect from a good IPA. Very drinkable and again, to me, Central Waters produces another solid brew here. Cheers

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Photo of Magog
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two fingers of creamy colored, bubbly head that descends down to thick film, decent (white) lacing. Dark orange or yellowy brown color. Color thins to yellow at thin levels. Maintained a decent film of head and lacing until the end.

S: Some fruitiness here, citrus or something gentler. Currants. Piney wood, perhaps hints of moss. Overall, a soft, unremarkable scent.

T: Great hoppy, woody, musky taste. Some Italian seasoning or oregano notes. This beer's taste calls upon the verdant abundance of the plant kingdom, a friend of the trees, ferns and sticks. Would be perfect for a camp out in the forest. Modestly or sufficiently hoppy, but never too bitter to overcome the various flavors. On the nasal exhale, a fun, zingy tartness comes out, though not of a fruity sort.

M: Smooth, plays on the larynx like an IPA should.

O: A smooth and respectable IPA from a brewery that can do little wrong. The taste to me is a well-tempered sonnet to nature's green things, though this might not be to everyone's IPA liking. Many people feel more hops must = better, and those folks might want to look elsewhere. Fittingly, the label is dark green.

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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.

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Photo of djura
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got it from USA.
A - Creamy foam, one finger. Bourbon like color, low carbonation.
S - Very fresh, floral, green apple with some elder aroma. Beautiful.
T/M - Very nice, balanced, refreshing bitter in the back. Mint aroma with some candy taste. A bit sweeter.

O - There is some unusual ingredients in it. Maybe a bit more sweetness, but overall, very refreshing.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange amber with a little haze about itself. The head is a nice beige and quite tall. It's pocked with large bubbles and is quite dense. This beer is also well carbonated.
Aroma is rich and fragrant with grapefruit and orange blossoms. Malts are hidden deep in the background as the hop bouquet is the star here. The aroma doen't translate well to the taste. A moderately hoppy and bitter brew, but without the hop taste. Seems mumbled together. Malts are sweet but light in taste and have toward the end a biscuit or toast finish. Smooth and dry with like I said a fairly bitter finish. This was a good beer and definititly would drink more. I don't see the point if your going to make an IPA it should have hop flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened the bottle and all i could smell was pine and grapefruit..i said nice! it poured a perfect ipa color with a great head and lacing..the taste was the same a great hop forward pine grapefruit herbs and fruit with great malt backbone everything you want if you like ipas.. i was pleasantly surprised from this ipa it tasted very good i will buy more of this..recommended

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Photo of dbtoe
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look light amber with a 2 finger white head that slowly reduced down to a good cap. Good looking pours.

Smell pine and citrus hoppy, sweet malt

Taste starts grapefruit and mild sweet malt, bitter pine hops finish. A good bitter smack at the finish.
Feel full body with good carbonation, crisp.

Drink Very drinkable I dare say smooth with a good hop bite. A solid drinkable IPA.

Comment this is a very close contender to my favorite IPA. I'll be buying this one alot.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A year revisited after my initial review and before I really started to get into the reviewing of beers. I should note that this beer is from the same six pack that was reviewed a year earlier, so the beer I am cracking has had over a year of refrigeration time.

Old ratings:
A - 4.0
S - 3.0
T - 3.5
M - 3.0
D - 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a two finger head that slowly fades.

S - The hops standout but there is not much more past that.

T - The pine needle hoppiness stands out right away. The flavor stands through most of the way, which I think restricts this beer from making it great. The hops do not fade quick enough to make it a smooth drink.

M - The ending of this beer is too hoppy and does not have the smooth finish you would look for in a IPA.

D - The beer is good overall and I could have more than one in a sitting but the finish is a negative.

2/14/10 - 1 year of refrigerator time revisited. I'll stick with my original ratings because most people aren't going to have this beer after it's been aging for over a year.

12 ounce bottle bought in December of 2008 into a pint glass.

A - A steady pour delivers a nice strong opulent body that is bronze/light brown in color. A off white head rises to about a finger and a half thick before faded slowly to a lace, with portions being thicker than others. Sediment abounds throughout this beer. I am not sure if this was the case before, but after a year it is everywhere. Visible amounts of carbonation are slowly rising to the top. After five minutes this beer has faded to a beautiful lace with a nice ring around it. Combined with the sediment and color, it's hard to rate this beer much lower. (4.5)

S - Lots of piney hops up front with some nice citrus notes. A stronger whiff brings about caramel notes that I do not remember from before. Overall, this beer seems to have balanced out a bit more. I remember it being more piney and hoppy with very little malt aspect, but the smell has much more malt aspect. (4.0)

T - The strong piney notes that I noted before are there, but they are more subdued compared to a year ago. The bitterness seems at a minimum, when I remember it being much more intense before. Hop notes are strong and maybe a bit overdone compared to the malt notes, which still have not balanced out yet. They are visible but not even with the hop and pine notes in this beer. Still, the drop in bitterness is noticeable. (4.0)

M - Much like before the hops, pine, and citrus notes standout initially as the beer enters. However, there seems to be a more subdued aspect about this beer and bitterness is not there like it was before. .The transition is much improved with a good level of carbonation. The malt backside hasn't shown up as much as the hops but they still weren't as pronounced when first reviewing this beer. Still, a very smooth, clean finishing beer. Overall a medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It would be nice to see the caramel and malt side of this beer a bit stronger. (4.0)

D - I am glad this wasn't the only Glacial Trail IPA I stored away for this long. At it's current state it is a fabulous IPA that is extremely smooth and easy to drink. (4.5)

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Photo of brdc
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/29/08; small capped; poured into a pint.

Dark orange with a good white head, nice retention and lacing.
Freshu fruit aroma, including but not limited to orange and grapefruit, with additional notes of honey and toffee.
Medium bodied, refreshing and easy to drink, it is not a hop bomb but it is well hopped and bitter, mostly with fruity notes as suggested by the aroma; some malty sweetness provides a balance. A solid IPA.

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Photo of dfillius
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid has a lot of chunks - whoops! Should have poured lighter. Luminous liquid is very pretty.
S: Bright citrus hop, maybe tangerine rests over a biscuity malt.
T: Modest bittering. Balanced IPA is more reminiscent of an English IPA. Some boozy fruit. Not the greatest flavor.
M: Warm and chewy. Decent bitterness
D: Okay. I wouldn't order a second, but I might buy a sixer. Drinkability increases as its consumed. A decent session beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber gold, half finger head.

S- Sweey citrusy hop aroma with some very slight taosted malt undertones.

T- Crisp malt at first quickly followed by a clean floral/cirusy hop flavor. Some toasted malt flavor tries to bully out the hop note, but they kinda go back and forth through the finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D- This went down very fast.

Although this beer didn't quite scratch my hop itch, it was very flavorful, balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of atone315
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love the earthiness of this beer, it definitely makes me feel like I am hiking a trail in Northern Wisconsin....(maybe a placebo effect, but I get it every time I drink this beer). If you are into the Northwoods and like IPA's....grab this beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.