Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 560
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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: 192 | Hads: 560
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a dark copper, with a nice head that leave sticky lace.

Nose is of grassy, piney hops. The fruity hops take the whole profile here.

Flavor is hops, and thats pretty much it. Astringent hops that overpower the malt profile completely. I guess thats IPA for you.

Good beer, I like hops, but I would have liked to have been able to taste the malt a little more on this one. Al I get is hops, even though they are weak. (454 characters)

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 (426 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (655 characters)

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. (494 characters)

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. (575 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Muddied copper color...minimal head

S-mild hops on the aroma...tangerines and oranges along with more of a sweeter, candied maltiness...some mild floral notes emerge deeper...

T-Surprisingly pretty bitter (never would have guessed that from the smell)...pink grapefruit is very evident....the sugary malt is there too but overwhelmed by the unsweetened grapefruit....also some tangerines

M-Bitter, dry...medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-There are better IPA's and worse IPA's....too much pure "bitter" but not "tasty bitter"...average IPA....not even in the ballpark with Hop Hearty, Lakefront or Bitter Woman... (621 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. No signs of any freshness date on the bottle.

A - Pours a hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger head of thick, tight, cream colored bubbles. Head lingers a while before reducing to an uneven coating on the surface of the beer. Some thin, uneven lacing on left on the sides of the glass.

S - Some nice, spicy hops and a thick underpinning of malt - caramel dominates here. Smells sweet and balanced on the malt side of things.

T - Sweet, toffee and caramel flavors...some bitterness, but not as much as I would expect out of an IPA (bottle freshness?). Not much hop flavor here either. Expecting a little more out of this one.

M - Medium body...average carbonation. Nothing special here.

D - Just ok for me...balanced too far to the malt side of things for my tastes. Difficult to determine freshness since there is not any date code on the bottle, so may be a factor? No indication of alcohol level either, but not really detecting it as I'm drinking. Goes down pretty easily, but just not my preference for an IPA. (1,074 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one today fro tpd975, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy amber hue with a one finger off-white head that falls to a thin frothy layer. Minimal stickiness remains on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty unimpressive for an IPA. Biscuits, malt, and rotten pineapple. Dirt and sour fruits in the nose as well. Yeah, I'm not diggin' the aroma with this one at all. Taste starts of with pine, faint pineapple, and caramel malts. Midway some earthy hops and hearty breads emerge with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is a bit spicy with orange and grit. Medium body with a dry feel in the mouth and a crisp carbonation. After I stuck my nose in the glass I was a bit worried, but it improved after that. Average IPA, probably one I won't seek out again but glad I had the opportunity to try. Thanks again Greg!! (851 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cked up a single at Casanova's on my way back to Chicago from Minneapolis. I didn't even realize Central Waters made brews that weren't barrel aged. Excited to give their IPA a try! Drank from a crystal wine glass because it's the only glass around.

Appearance- Pours a murky orange with a small half finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. No cap and thin delicate collar is left with little to no lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with some light citrus tones of pineapple, peach, grapefruit and passion fruit. Some caramel malts are fairly prominent as well and really take hold as the beer warms. A bit of pine and semi earthy dandelion make there way in also. Although it's got a good hop profile the beer remains sort of sweet to the nose. Almost honey like at times.
Taste- Not what I was expecting from the nose for sure. It's very earthy (almost dirty) with a big grassy twange that I don't necessarily like in my IPA's. I think I'm spoiled by all the fruity west coast deliciousness. Malty as hell with an almost Brown or Red like body. Not exactly what you'd expect from an IPA. Caramel and toffee are very abundant and as the beer warms the hops pretty much take a backseat. It always remains fairly bitter though especially through the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is sort of sticky with a light carbonation disappears after the initial twinge to the tongue.
Drinkability- Although not exactly what I was expecting from a IPA it is easy drinking. I bet it's much better fresh and that earthy sort of hop bitterness would have a little more pizzazz. I'm gonna give this beer the benefit of the doubt although it won't be reflected in my score. (1,677 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (810 characters)

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. (538 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an adequate finger’s worth of clean white foam, a lot of larger bubbles, retention is weak, the lacing fares better, broad streaks, not thick depth-wise but do stain the glass sides for some time. Bright coppery orange hued liquid, easily transparent, holds hue intensity through rims and glass bottom, any visible bubbles are super-tiny. The nose focuses on bitterness, unprocessed grains, grapefruit pith, pepper, green leafy matter and tarry earth and ash, not that much pine, even less by way of pineapple, peach, apricot fruit scents, has very good punching power but relatively weak richness of scents hampers length. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is strong and creates a “waves crashing on the beach” effect, never quite allows you to relax. Mild uptick in flowers, pine and malt, arguably the same for the peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit flavors. Salt and pepper, pretzel dough, sour breads, fairly bitter but not as much as the nose might suggest. Light cocoa and caramel soften the finish a little. Not watery, no overt flaws, just simple and kind of caught in the middle without a clear idea of what it wants to be. (1,142 characters)

Photo of JAYAR1
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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? (426 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of BellsFan
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Bright clear orange body with a white head that leaves sticky lace. Aroma is piney, herbal, and citrusy. Taste is toasted malt sweetness and pine bitterness. True to style mouthfeel: medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, long earthy bitter finish. (297 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copper amber with a wispy head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of toasted grain, wood, hint of tobacco leaves, some grapefruit.

The taste is earthy, floral, slight citrus supported by toasted grain. Some caramel mixes in. Woody dryness in the finish.

While I wouldn't say it's too thin, the body could be chewier.

There is enough bitterness to be considered a hoppy brew, but the smell and taste are both a bit muddled. There is something odd about the malt base and the hop character, while bitter, doesn't blend that well. Still, in all, it's certainly "drinkable" and decent enough. (613 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose has some floral notes to it, but also has a pretty significant sweet caramel maltiness to it as well for a single IPA. More malty than most in style, at least on the nose.

Taste has some bitterness upfront, with some floral taste and herbal hoppiness. Not very strong, not as much as most IPA's in the American style. There then comes a fair amount of balancing sweet caramel malt and a hint of toastiness (Munich malt?). Decent herbal, finishing bitterness to close it out on a pretty dry note.

Pretty average American IPA...isn't going to rank among the best in the style nor is it among the worst. (608 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.36/5  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. (332 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (715 characters)

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

Pours a large, dense, white head that has good retention and laces well. Straw-amber color. A slight, grapefruit-like aroma. Starts with a nice hop bitterness and a bright, citric flavor, and then the malt comes through, drifting back to hop bitterness (citrus rind) in the finish.

Not bad. Nothing that really stands out, but I appreciate the added maltiness. I like it. (373 characters)

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.