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Glacial Trail IPA - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | 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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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-23-2011 02:23:31 | More by jenray
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-12-2012 22:27:14 | More by Jspriest
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Holland

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Nov 2011. Thanks to Treebs for this extra in a trade.

A: orange/gold color with good sized head that dissipates and gives way to a top-coating lacing.

S; smell is malty with some bitterness mixed in. I'm expecting a bitter IPA rather than a sweet, citrusy IPA.

T: it is indeed quite bitter, but it has great malt character both in the front and on the finish. It also has hints of pine.

M: good crisp feel with medium carbonation (at least) and a medium to light body. This accents the bitterness.

O: solid IPA, but I prefer something with more interesting hop characteristics. Only a slight pine taste and the blast of bitterness gave hints of the hops here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:51:24 | More by Holland
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FortKnox15

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-16-2013 17:38:56 | More by FortKnox15
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-20-2014 01:17:45 | More by Fettpopps
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-11-2012 20:34:58 | More by deapokid
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-14-2013 01:39:54 | More by FrankShirley
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RMelyon

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-30-2013 22:21:31 | More by RMelyon
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-25-2012 19:49:40 | More by Satan70
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Bode


3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-03-2012 01:04:39 | More by Bode
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jreindl

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.4%

04-20-2013 13:30:45 | More by jreindl
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Minn_Joe

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-03-2013 00:30:45 | More by Minn_Joe
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-25-2011 04:22:29 | More by barnzy78
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a dark amber, really plum color that shows hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is crystal malt dominated with stick caramelized malt sugars, a biscuit-like toastiness and even a bit of sweet tea aromas coming through. A touch of grassy, slightly herbal hop character is noticeable in the finish, but you really have to dig around to notice it underneath the heavy crystal malt notes. The nose on this beer has a nice, chewy malt character to it, but the hop character is just lame and a huge let down for a mild Pale Ale, much less an IPA.

A bit fizzy as it hits the tongue, the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. The beer has a herbal, sometimes menthol like hop note that lightly flavors the beer and there is a bitterness in the finish that is somewhat consumed by the up front malt character during most of the flavor profile, but it does come out a bit more in the lingering, dry finish. Crystal malt derived flavor dominate in the second sip with sweet tea flavors, dry but caramelized malt notes, and a solid biscuit like malt toasted note. The beer has a medium fullness to it that is a bit heavier and chewier than I like in an IPA

Definitely a huge let down, this is a perfect example of a mildly hoppy Amber Ale, but I was really hoping for an IPA. There are not off flavors it is just too focused on crystal malt derived flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 19:55:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark orangish amber color, semi-clear with tons of hop debris, large off-white head that maintains itself throughout, good amount of lacing

S: moderate hop aroma that tends toward the citrus side. low malt aroma.

T: moderate citrusy hop flavor, big on the bitterness. there is a slight malt sweetnees to go with the hops. finishes dry.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: OK for an IPA. would be better with more hop aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:18:42 | More by porterwoobie
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazed golden brew that looks more like an unfiltered cider then an IPA.  The head is a pillow of soft cream colored fluff that barely sticks to the glass.  I've seen better.

The nose is weak, leaning towards a brittish ale rather then an IPA.  Not much in the way of hops or grain.  The disappointing smell is a little metallic and sour.

Taste is in the same realm of sour and weak.  It's not as bad as the nose with a rebound of hop flavor and malt lingering in the finish.

I find myself bored with this brew.  The flavor isn't enough to keep me really interested and the mouthfeel is a little soft too.  Mild carbonation and touch of hop bitterness is about all that's interesting in this brew.  Very middle of the road and in the land of ipa's that's not good enough. 

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:42:17 | More by jbphoto88
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:06:23 | More by TMoney2591
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:28:12 | More by mdfb79
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doughanson78

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Darker amber color with a medium haze. One finger rocky white head with great retention and lacing.

S: A tad light in the nose. Light orange and tangerine citrus hop aroma. Has a buttery biscuit malt backbone.

T: Caramel and buttery biscuit up front. More of an earthy and floral hop flavor and very light citrus. Bitterness is very light also. Finishes slightly grassy.

M: Medium light body. Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. A touch dry.

O: Nothing special. The malts are a little strange, since most IPA's have big caramel. Nothing wrong with it. Could use much more bitterness tho.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:10:34 | More by doughanson78
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:25:42 | More by wheatyweiss
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:10:25 | More by bigfnjoe
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 02:16:29 | More by xnicknj
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 23:20:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 15:33:10 | More by GDBEERMAN
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 05:36:55 | More by ZAP
Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.