Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
597
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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16
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67
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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 597
Photo of joshcmn
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a 16 oz tulip. Bottled on 06/09/16. $7.99 a six pack on sale.

A - Slightly cloudy orange color with 2 inch rapidly falling head, decent lacing in the glass
S - Floral and slightly spicy citrus fruity boozy bouquet
T - Grapefruit, lemon, orange, malt, lingering bitterness but exceptionally well balanced, Drying finish and moderate lingering bitterness make this a very crushable ale (5.5%)
F - Medium mouthfeel for IPA style, oily, resiny and pleasantly drying aftertaste.
O - This is a very enjoyable and well balanced IPA. I was very surprised how low everyone scored this beer when I logged in. This is a very crushable IPA and 5.5% you can enjoy a few. There is a very good balance between malty and hoppy in this beer and it improves as it warms. The beer is bottle conditioned so carefully decant the beer off the yeast at the bottom like you would with homebrewed beer. I was able to identify the bottling date on the a half opened case at the liquor store. Central Waters really should add a date to their bottles/labels so consumers know the age of the beer they are buying. I think old and/or light skunked beer might be a factor in so many poor reviews. This beer is delicious if you can find it fresh. This would be a perfect canned beer for stability/portability/sessionability reasons Central Waters.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brought from Whole Foods in New York City. 300ml bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a very small white head. Aromas of citrus & caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, orange, biscuit & grass leading to a medium citrus bitterness finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, citrus hops, and pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, caramel malt, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, but unbalanced aroma and body that is dominated by caramel malt and pale malt.

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Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, amber, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine, light orange and light caramel. Sweet start and decent bitter aftertaste. Above average to average IPA. I prefer several others in the style. Unsure if I would get this again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A brown appearance, this does not appear to be anything like most pale ales. So much sediment, yeast and whatever else floating in this one. Is it old? I dunno, there is no bottle dating. Aroma was a bit of bitter hoppy, but not much else.

Another high malt, caramel, crystal malt, brown malt kind of bitter ipa. This is definitely one of the shittier beers from one of my favorite breweries. I'd say hops aren't their thing, but they make a good session ipa, so who knows, maybe this is just their 1995 ipa and they ain't gonna change it!

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Photo of dmadsen
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color. Good head retention. Very mild nose. Earthy hops. Pine. Some citrus. I am a big fan of malty ipas and this is in there. Surprised by the consistent low ratings. It's not a super hop double as so many love. For the style, I think this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look : Cider/iced tea hues and 80% opaque; shadowed fingers on the other side; popcorn colored head @ 3 fingers, lace in broken sparse Matrix patterns.

Smell : Pine resin, oil, varnish, tree. Club cracker. Weak to medium strength.

Taste : More orange than pine, although both are present. Orange peel; pine oils; biscuit; pine needles.

Feel : Slightly oily, medium bodied, bothersome carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall : There's just not enough here to warrant a good score. If the IPA is going to be by the book and unoriginal, the least it can do is provide a clean and crisp presentation, even while oils are present. This doesn't even do that. I like Central Waters but this one is a major pass.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A mildly citrus and floral aroma that tones down the hops. The taste matches the aroma, although the floral touches are more prominent than the citrus. A little bit of pine adds a nice touch, and it's far from being considered one of your average hops-heavy IPAs.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

light reddish hues, white head. Piny and oily smell. Hops in the front. Toasty sweetbread. Mouthfeel a little oily. Heavyier than the alcohol would lead to assume. Not very sessionable.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of djura
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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 MNishCT77
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Samisar!), unknown brewing/bottling dates, poured into my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of huntley101888
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Aroma - The first thing that strikes me is that it has an "old hop" smell that is typically with pale ales. Full disclaimer: I'm not a fan of that. The aroma would be classified as malty and floral. I'd say it isn't a clean smell that is easily discernable. 5/12

Appearance - Two finger off white head dissapates to a thin film of head. Excellent lacing on the glass. Color is dark golden with a haze of either suspended particulate or carbonation that is just hanging out. 3/3

Flavor - Some hop bitterness up front that lingers to the back of the tongue. I'm not getting a lot of discernable flavors similar to the aroma. Definitely a healthy malt backbone. Hop bitterness really lingering in the back of my mouth - likely clinging to the malt. 13/20

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level. Slightly more malty than I would expect. 4/5

Overall - I was turned off by the aroma, but was not as disappointed by the flavor. This is still not going to get a great score, but it's not terrible. That being said, I will not buy this again unless I forget that I have already had it. If it's the only IPA option you have at the time, go for it. If there are other options, you probably want to go for one of those. 6/10

Total score - 31/50

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

A nutty, earthy nose evokes moist, mature deciduous floor one might find along the glacial trail on a cool morning in late May or early June. It pours hazy burnt amber under a light tan 1” head that produces thick lace. The nutty beer lightly sweetened by pale caramel rolls over the tongue with a very creamy texture leading to an assertive but not harsh bitter finish with a light fruit flavor somewhere between pineapple and peach. A very fine soft texture gives the beer an airy feel.

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

On draft at Draught 55, NYC.

Poured a murky bronze hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft herbal hop and light caramel.

The taste offered an initially subdued herbal hop with a soft doughy caramel. However, the hops finished the experience off with a prickly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a subdued carbonation.

Overall a pretty good well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Huge amounts of grapefruit in the aroma and taste, incredible piney hop finish. My only knock against my pour of this was the watery body that didn't carry the great bitter notes as well as it should. Loved the flavors, but could have been carried more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a little hazy, but pretty clear; copper colored; with a aggressive pour, I got a 2 finger head that receded over 3-4 minutes;

S: a little soapy, a little floral; some malt; overall, a little light;

T: pale malt throughout with a long lasting, moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice, but I prefer more hop aroma and flavor;

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange color with a white head and all due lacing. In the aroma, stewed hops full of citrus and floral notes. Definitely grapefruit.

In the taste, rounded flavor of orange and grapefruit citrus, green onion and herb. Malt body has caramel and bread. Moderate to firm bitterness and a nice clean finish.

Medium bodied ale with a crisp carbonation. Overall, this is a solid ipa without much of a bite. Smooth and refreshing. A good beer for sure.

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Photo of farrago
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to have more piney flavors and these are present from the start and linger through the finish; hints of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the middle. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. While nothing in the smell and taste really seemed to stand out, it did have an interesting mix of citrusy and pine resin hops, which could make for a refreshing change of pace if you are getting drowned out by citrusy hops.

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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date October 03, 2013 printed on the label in code, 27613. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, so I figured it was time to revisit it. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright coppery orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy creamy off-white head. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty good.

S - Bright floral and earthy hoppiness, some soapiness, some cream, a bit of husky grainy malt, some breadiness, and some fruity yeasty esters when I look for them. Smells very nice.

T - Taste is of sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, some yeasty green apple, a bit of dry husky grains, herbal piney earthiness, some grapefruit rind & bitterness. Pretty nice, if somewhat average.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some juicy resinous pine / grapefruit hop bitterness lingering on the palate. A sticky, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA, if somewhat slightly above average. Nothing too extreme, although Central Waters makes some fine brews and this one is no exception. Easy drinking and lots of flavor for 5.50% abv.

Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle dated 27613, which I assume is 10/3/13.

A - Clearish light coppercolor and a good 2 finger white head. Fades into a collar that leaves behind webbed lacing.

S - Earthy and floral hops with light bitter notes. There is some odd smell for the malt sweetness. Not quite what I expect for an IPA.

T - Um what? I really wanted to like this, but I am getting some odd flavors. You think of caramel malt or honey sweetness in IPAs, but I am getting, sweet corn flavor. I'm not joking. The hops are medium bitter, with some floral and earthy notes.

M - Light bodied and easy to drink. Not a big biter presence on the palate.

O - Sigh, I was hoping that this would be an IPA I could drink regularly, but it just did not work for me. CW, you do make some amazing beer, this just wasn't one of them.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a clean golden/copper pour, 2 fingers of bright white head, good amount of lacing. smells of slight citrusy grapefruit, caramel malt, bready. not much hop presence there in flavor, but lots of caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. medium in body, moderate amount of carbonation. a decent beer, but not feeling much in the hops category, which at this point in game i feel is crucial for an ipa to have.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.
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