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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
82
good

519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WJVII on 04-17-2008)
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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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...

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a pint glass.

Things starts off great with this one as it pours a deep, mostly clear golden amber with bubbles rushing quickly to the top. The head retention is fantastic and leaves massive sheets of lacing. It's a damn good-looking beer. The aroma is pretty muted but good with piny hops up front with a hint of citrus as well. There is a sweet malt aroma in the background as well, with hints of caramel. The taste follows the aroma and has citrus hops up front with grapefruit and some grassy hop flavors up front. The malt backbone makes an appearance before a big, slightly harsh pine bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively full bodied with tons of carbonation and a dry, almost too bitter, finish. This is a decent, though not extremely complex IPA that makes for a good sessionable summer brew.

Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Jes the way I like it. Poured with a smallish fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, earthy hop. Flavor's the same and very nicely balanced for an IPA. Finish is great and balanced as well. Body is goood and ditto carbonation. Easy session beer.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted golden amber with a faint ruby sheen. Tiny jets of CO2 feed a massive, sculptable, never-ending, beige dome. And it laces something filthy.
The nose exudes pine, pulpy grasses, rusty tin, and orange and lime rinds. The hops are fairly loud upfront, but decay gradually to allow a toasty malt component to emerge.
This toasted malt is where the taste begins. It starts and stays on the dry side with English muffins and almonds. But a sweetness does swell up, comprised of caramel and pear. It turns woody midway, bringing some oak-like tannins. The hops do not manifest as loudly or as resinously as they did in the nose. Here, they accent more floral and dry grassy and fallen pine needle tones, along with some bittering notions of mint leaf, alum, rust and rock dust.
Even with the visually evident carbonation, this drinks like a cask pull, glassy and sleek. I like this build a lot, even if it teeters a hair towards the thin side.
This isn't a world beater, but it is very enjoyable. It's also a very balanced IPA. There are some quirks here that place it out of the norm, mostly for the better. It's not for everyone, though. There's a bit of English-styled flair in there, even if it is aptly labeled as American. It's something of a tweener, but the more I drink of it, the more I like it and the more I'm reminded of Meantime IPA and that's pretty strong company.

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Casanova's in Hudson WI, delighted that CW has finally showed up within easy driving distance. This is my first taste of their 'everyday' lineup, which I've been looking forward to.

Pours a very murky orange, with scores if not hundreds of sediment suspended in the mix. Reeks of sweetness & mildly of hops.

The nose was a tip-off that this isn't my type of IPA. While there's a satisfying hop chomp at the end of this, the sweet song of malts are more prominent, which isn't my definition of an IPA. Still...although 'balance' is a dirty word to call an IPA (to me), the balance here comes as close to working as a malt-heavy IPA can. That bitterness at the end is serious business. As it warms a bit the hops start to win the battle. That's more like it.

I can feel my mouth numbing not quite halfway into the 12 oz. of Glacial Trail. Perhaps there are more hops that I thought? Don't know what the ABV on this one is, but it's a brew that could be put down by the pint or three if one didn't have to go far.

Very good beer. Grows better as it warms & the hop characteristics arrive in force.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Boxed sixer purchased at a Woodman's. I love things, especially food items, that come packaged in little boxes of plain brown cardboard.

Pours dark orange with a slight haze and a nice white head. Pretty much a standard IPA pour.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and soapy hops. Very nice balance between bitter and sweet; while the hops are predominant they do not dominate, and this seems to be the kind of IPA that can be drank by the bucketful without singing one's tongue.

Tastes like it smells, firm yet fabulously balanced. Big cereal grain against a hop profile that's soapy to start and citrusy near the end. Not all the much to say since there's not *that* much going on, but what's there is quite tasty.

Think of a this as a "lite" IPA--good alcohol kick that doesn't make you crosseyed, good hop bite that doesn't burn your tastebuds.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. There are a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone. However, it is on the tame side for an IPA. The taste has a lot of citrus, and less grapefruit. There is still some pine, and solid malt. Bitterness is sharp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a creamy texture. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like to see the aroma stand out more, but it is still good as is.

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice murky golden orange hue with a small rocky head. Very little retention but tons of lace is left behind.

S: Very light aromas, but what is there is all about the hops. Notes of pine with light hints of citrus.

T: The flavors are hop forward as well. They are much more powerful than the aroma though. This one is a wonderful mixture of sweet pine and bitter grapefruit. The bitterness is not high, it is just a nice marriage of the hops. Very light caramel malt barely manages to cut through, but the hops shine in this one.

M: Medium to full in body, smooth, with great carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I can't believe this one gets a B on this site. Wonderful hoppy goodness in a bottle. I could drink a dozen on a hot Florida afternoon.

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy cantaloupe orange body with a finger of thick, whipped, bright white head. Good lacing. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine sap, pineapple, grapefruit (lots of grapefruit), and a lean dose of butterscotch malt. Citrus hops (grapefruit) up front. Fruity, pineapple-y malt comes through. Mild sweetness. Some mint and pine hop flavors near the finish. Aspirin-ish, minerally notes in the dry finish. Lingering butterscotch malt. Good bitterness throughout. Moderate body with gentle carbonation. Not bad.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Honey Amber in color. Heavy, creamy head that slowly settled back into the beer. Huge, thick rings of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is more malt focused than I had expected. A lot of cracker/bread/dough aromas. A little black pepper.

Taste is very different than expected. A real toasted malt flavor and very bread like. Some crusty dark bread up front, then some caramel and fruit. Strawberries? Finishing with a bread flavor and then some hops that are coupled with a toasted malt flavor again.

Very interesting.

Mouth feel is medium in body and it feels larger due to the toasted nature of the beer,

Pretty drinkable. I find it's drinkable, but I'm not going crazy about it.

Glad I tried it. Not a hop head version of an IPA, but a well constructed beer.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Some suspended floaters in there. Aromas of pine, earthiness, and citrus (grapefruit). Tastes of citrus, toasted caramel, and pine. Medium bitter.

Notes from: 7/18/08.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No hint on the label that this was unfiltered or bottle conditioned. Pours a dark amber color with huge chunks of yeast floating in the beer. Looks disgusting. Almost like vomit. A large head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice citrus hop aroma with some grass clippings and sweet malt. Has a good malt base giving some earthy qualities before hop flavors of citrus take over. Quite bitter in the finish. A medium body with nice carbonation. A nicely flavored IPA but, I am begging you brewers out there, label the beer if it has live yeast in the bottle. I would like the option to gently decanter and leave the yeast in the bottle. Thankyou.

Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 9/29/08.
Thanks to Deuane for grabbing me two of these on a trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Gritty copper-colored body with maple accents, sparse carbonation and tons of tiny particulates suspended throughout.
Almost a finger of creamy off-white head quickly receded into a thin film but left a coat of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is a melange of caramel malt, bread, earthy hops, citrus rind, toasted grains and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Opens with a fairly aggressive hop profile consisting of citrus and earthy flavors with a bit of sweetness to balance. Finishes with a barrage of toasted grains and a mild burnt caramel aspect with an herbal hop bite.

M - Smooth, syrupy texture segues into a lively carbonated mouthfeel the longer you swirl it around. Assertive bitterness envelopes the tongue and lingers for quite a while, imparting a dry finish on the palate.

D - In the grand scheme of things, this is a middle-of-the-road IPA that's drinkable but could benefit from a cleaner body and more defined hop profile. With that said, I would have another down the road.

Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.