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Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark amber hue on this one. Nice flavor on this one. Pine-y resin with a mostly earthy (in a more vibrant kind of way) tone to all of it. Very smooth feel to things. This strikes me as a somewhat east coast interpretation of an ipa. Which seems slightly unusual coming out of Wisconsin. (I want to say it seems reminiscent of Double Simcoe.) A nice drinker. This would probably be good on cask.

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Photo of plfahey
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber in color with a slight yellowish tint and high clarity.Moderate head of off-white foam has decent retention.

Aroma- Caramel and toasted malts stand out, with pine and grapefruit hops playing over the top. Aroma has more malt character than most IPAs, but still a fair amount of hopping.

Flavor-Sweet caramel malt up front with a hint of breadyness fades into a resiny hop flavor with some pine/grass/hay notes. Finish has notes of toasty/nutty malt, with slightly higher than moderate bitterness coating the tongue. The finish is mostly dry and smacks of the hops, with a bit of that caramel malt lingering on.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel and some sticky lingering bitterness on the palate. Excellent.

Not an exceptional IPA, but very well balanced and easy drinking. Definitely refreshing on a hot summer day. Way more malt than most American IPAs which helps keep it balanced while still being a quite hoppy beverage, though I think it might swing a bit too far towards the malt for an IPA, at least in the aroma.

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Photo of Dms844
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: feb/2011 12oz bottle into Surly tumbler glass.

Poured a nice golden orange with a thick, frothy head that stubbornly receded to a sticky, bubbley lace. Stays around all the way through.

Aroma is pungent, earthy hops with some floral notes. Sweet bready grains in the back. Very inviting for a smaller IPA.

Flavor is hoppy up front, to say the least. Earthy and floral, resinous. But the sweet malt flavor comes through nicely and keeps this one in balance. The finish leaves a lingering, almost astringent bitterness. This is only a 5.5% abv?

Mouthfeel is that of your typical Midwest IPA. Slightly chewy. Maybe the tiniest bit sticky at the end. pleasant carbonation.

Overall, this is a great IPA. Quite well balanced and very easy drinkin. Far different from your typical hop missiles that seem to draw all the A+ reviews. A good beer and one I seek regularly.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam lager glass, great pour, perfect 1/2 inch head the color of which is tan, and bubbly; body color is copper with fine bubble carbonation.

Smell is subdued, bready, biscuity malts with a note of pine and citrus.

Taste is pretty clean, nice malt profile, a little more bread and biscuit than usual, hop profile is very solid, mixed pine, hints of mango and citrus.

Mouthfeel is a little drying from the bitterness but not overly so, carbonation and malt sweetness work well together in addition to the lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very solid, easy drinking IPA, would like to find this one on tap so its a bit fresher.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a bit better than the Lac du Bay IPA I had a few months ago. This 6-pack carton was stamped April 16, 2008.

Pours a deep amber gold, creamy head forms and leaves rings of generous lace.

Hops come through as floral and citrusy in the nose.

Fresh and bitter hop flavor, mild enough for the casual IPA drinker, but it still satisfies a hop fix. A little bit of bready malt shows through in the middle, before grassy hops return in the long aftertaste. I found it to be balanced and drinkable, and it's simplicity works well.

Edit: After buying and consuming two more six-packs, this is in regular rotation. Upping the drinkability .5 ...

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold-amber, good head.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced sweetness and citrus bitterness. Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Tasty, could have a couple if I was in Wiscoland.

I was worried after the other CW beer seemed old, but this was a perfectly fine IPA. Not a hop bomb, but nicely balanced, could be a short session beer.

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Photo of fluffynughead
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer two days in a row, and had two different tasting experiences. On the first day I drank the beer slightly warmer then I would have liked. On this day, the beer was very hoppy. The hops were very floral and almost sweet. I enjoyed the level of hops but thought the beer was not so easy going down. The second day I drank the beer a little colder then I would have liked. Also, due to location, I drank the beer straight from the bottle this day. I experienced a much maltier beer this day. The hops were only detectable as an aftertaste. I did enjoy the malt flavors but was looking forward to the hops flavors I experienced the previous day and didn't get those. Overall, this is a very drinkable local beer. Not too hoppy, not too malty.

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Photo of hmph
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to misterhops for this brew!

A - slightly dark yellow, fairly transparent, small white head with a medium degree of lacing

S - more of a malt smell from this IPA than most, still some hints of hops but mostly malty

T - similar to taste but with more hop character but still bitterness is fairly muted

O - A good beer for sure, not super stand out, but quality none the less. Not as hop forward as most IPA's and felt like it needed either flavor a bit more prominent.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a finger-thick white head that retains nicely. Lacing is decent as well. There are some "floaties," but that's nothing to worry about.

S: Balanced on the nose. Very pleasant caramel and honeyed malt notes, along with a hop aromas consisting of citrus, pine, and spring flowers.

T: Like the smell, only a bit more hop-forward. Malt gives flavors of caramel and fresh bread dough, while the hops lend citrusy and floral characters. There is a faint fruitiness in the backround.

M: This beer is rather light for it's style. Almost too light. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the finish is clean and short.

D: Aside from the appearance and mouthfeel, this is an enjoyable IPA. It's well balanced, and easy to drink. A solid effort.

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Photo of VaughanSchmidt
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from wisrarebeer. Thanks man!

Pours a orangish amber color with a lasting offwhite head and lots of floaties suspended throughout. Smell is earthy and citrusy with some orange sweetness and some nice hoppiness. Taste is balanced with a good earthy hoppiness slightly overtaking the fruity malt flavor. Lasting moderate bitterness and a slightly full body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is definitely an above average IPA.

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Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich clear amber color with golden highlights and a single finger of eggshell colored head that leaves moderate lacings and good retention.

aroma is of light hop notes with some piney notes mixed in and a touch of tropical hops along with a touch of creamy malts and some subtle spice after a bit of warming.

taste follows the nose with a bit of a spiced hop note added in along with a note of caramel malts mixed in. almost ESB-esque with a generous addition of hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and semi-dry presence on the palate. a standard IPA in mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. a drinkable IPA that does well to mix the hop notes together and produce a complete tasting brew. well done by Central Waters, but still could use some more hops to be truely notable.

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Photo of NateSharpless
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of akokandy
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an American Pint. Beer pours golden-copper with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and some decent lacing, but mostly just at the top of the glass.

S- Lotta hops here. Kind of a medicinal, herbal smell.

T- Definitely dominated by hops. American-type citrus-flavored hops become more apparent as the beer warms. I'd guess that it has both American and European hops. Malts are noticeable, but not spectacular. Pretty well put-together.

M- Virtually no carbonation and light-to-medium body.

D- Not bad. Lighter body and reasonable abv make this a good session choice. Not very filling.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pleasant Bitter tastes Citrus minty pine cone. Better than average IPA and oh, how so drinkable.How fortunate are thee, Wisconsonians or whatever you are called for so many good brews and breweries!Golden colour and hoppy aromas.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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 robbyc1
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very smooth

Nice orange color, good head.

Not much on the nose, just some fresh hops, can't tell what they are, no big twang or anything.

The mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, the taste hoppy and with solid malt, just right. Easy to drink, this is a very nice IPA. Could use some west coast type hops to get a better nose, taste, but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glacial Trail IPA. 3 months old.

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Proteins are visible in suspension. Creamy off-white head. Excellent retention, very good lacing.
S: Piney/leafy hops over biscuity/caramelish/toasty malt base.
T: Piney and delicately citrusy hops dominate, supported by a firm, biscuity/bready/toasty malt base. Somewhat herbal. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with lingering notes of dried pine.
M: Medium-full body with a median carbonation. Surprisingly firm.
D: A solid, basic IPA that displays a rich maltiness soaked in hops. Well-balanced and rounded, but somehow lacking finesse. Worth trying.

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Photo of Cheld
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of twb0392
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 607 ratings
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