Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Thanks FooFaa for sharing this fine beer. Poured chilled into a pint.

A - The color is a dark apricot w/ mild haziness and a light cream head w/ tight bead

S - The nose has mild citrus and notes of pine w/ light spiciness and a subtle alcohol odor

M -The texture of citrus acidity w/ moderate bitterness. The texture is mainly spicy w/ a mellow alcohol element in the dry feel

T - A spicy hop flavor greets the palate and has nice herbal elements accenting the taste. There is mild citrus rind and subtle pine in the flavor w/ a mild nutty sweet flavor with malt structure supporting the bitterness well.

D - A great IPA, very tasty with a nice amount of bittering. I couldn't tell if the name was for Glacier hops, but later noted the trail is what the Glacial refers to. I found it to be spicy and drinkable, a very well brewed ale.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review.

Massive head that is off white in color and rather dense. Lots of sediment, floaters and rising carbonation. Excellent head retention. Very sticky lacing. This glass is going to need a good scrub down! Amber orange in color.

Aroma is mild, clean and well balanced. Grainy, biscuity malts, and grassy hops. Quite earthy and organic.

Taste is of mediocre hops and caramel malts.

Long, yet not very pleasant of a finish. Good carbonation. Medium body.

I did not really like this beer much.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Thank again Jason (MBABJJ) for more great midwestern goodness!

Pours a very hazy dark copper, tons of floaties, with a very dense light-khaki head that has epic retention. A bit clearer and get rid of the floaties and it jumps two scores, but no matter how great the head, no way can I justify higher than a 3.5 for those kind of floaties.

Nose is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt, just a bit toasty. Not bad at all, very balanced.

Up front we have a nice hop bite, moderately bitter without being overly so, met instantly by an equally big, rich malt body that leaves the bitter hops just swimming in bready caramel. This is all about balance - not at all dry, but not overly sweet either. Fruity esters make things interesting. I'm going against the grain on this one - I love it, and think it's fantastic. It's not all about the hops with this one, and I don't think that's a bad thing. Judged on its own, I'm pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel is nice - full with a moderate/light carbonation, no weak points.

Drinkability is up there. Bitterness is kept in check sufficiently to allow for a nice hoppy bite without wearing on the palate. Very nice.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark golden color - very hazy. Appears to be bottle conditioned, as there is a fair amount of yeast floating. Head formation is quick and gone, leaving behind a light white film.

S - A light amount of American hops, a bit meaty of a amarillo background. Grapefruit and grassy.

T - Big time whammy of bitterness immediately. Only a bit of sweetness, which is immediately taken over by the cascades. Finishes with a floral hops note and a bitter tongue grabbing bite. Aftertaste is oily bitterness on the tongue.

M - Pretty strong body - both from beer and the strong carbonation profile. Very oily texture left on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - only knock I would have is that those baby does carry a tongue twisting hop profile that is to me not sessionable. Great for one or two.

I look forward to working on more of the CW beers - they do a great job.

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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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Orangey-amber brew not just hazy but filled with suspended yeasties...thick tan foam leaves copious lacing.

Aroma is full-on fresh citrus and pine hoppiness. Full bodied smooth mouthfeel. The Flavor is a bit rough...quite bitter, almost unbalanced, surprising that the intention was not to make an overly in your face bitter brew? This is on par with the most bitter of the lot IMO. Quite good but on the exhausting side fro me, maybe a fresher or on-tap offering would show better.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orangish, decent head.

Fragrant floral aroma, mostly grapefruit, some warm bread.

Bready and grassy, slightly sweet. Ends with a subtle bite of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel smooth yet chewy. Slightly viscous

This IPA is a bit on the subtle side, but generally pleasant. Nothing remarkable though.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  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.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened the bottle and all i could smell was pine and grapefruit..i said nice! it poured a perfect ipa color with a great head and lacing..the taste was the same a great hop forward pine grapefruit herbs and fruit with great malt backbone everything you want if you like ipas.. i was pleasantly surprised from this ipa it tasted very good i will buy more of this..recommended

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Photo of storksonm
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large glass mug.

A: golden amber look to it.

S: Smells like an Ipa plenty o-hops

T: Tastes like an Ipa with a little smoke flavor to it.

M: smooth, light bitter

D: Its an alright Ipa its definitely drinkable though im used to more from central waters.

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Photo of akokandy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color with a big three finger off-white head that fell slowly, becoming rocky, and leaving several large rings of lacing down the glass. Nice piney and citrus hop aroma, a bit of alcohol, and some caramel malts. Taste is nice and bitter, pine and citrus, orange and grapefruit, resiny, and maybe a little bit of medicinal character. Malt backbone is solid, but never becomes sweet. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slick, smooth, easy to drink. A very good IPA. I've been enjoying everything by Central Waters as of late. Good stuff.

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

My first review. Decided to tackle a local brew from the fantastic Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, WI. Great packaging that clearly states the date the beer was bottled on: 11/18/08. Why this information isn't mandatory for all brewers is beyond me.

Pours a light amber almost orange hue with a one-finger head. Leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Smell is of hops and, as other reviewers have noted, pine. While it doesn't have the same intense hop flavor I've experienced in other IPA's, it's a clean brew that is quite sessionable - left me wanting another.

While not my favorite from Central Waters, a strong IPA that represents the style well.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber gold, half finger head.

S- Sweey citrusy hop aroma with some very slight taosted malt undertones.

T- Crisp malt at first quickly followed by a clean floral/cirusy hop flavor. Some toasted malt flavor tries to bully out the hop note, but they kinda go back and forth through the finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D- This went down very fast.

Although this beer didn't quite scratch my hop itch, it was very flavorful, balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Central Waters starts with the packaging, which is a nice plain closed six pack box, with a sticker telling me what is inside. I open the bottle and pour it into my Surly pint, and a nice copper pour starts, with a nice one finger off white heads sits on top. The head stays as I take in the appearance of this brew, and it seems nice and rocky. The aroma is subtle hops (mostly citrus and floral american), not quite in my face as I was expecting, but they are there. Some caramel and biscuit malts round out the aroma. So, I bring the glass to my mouth with the expectations of an average IPA, but I am a little suprised when I taste what seems to be a somewhat British IPA character. But, by no means is this British, the American hops have a great flavor of spice and Orange citrus. The charater I feel is from the malts, which seem to have that bready feel under a nice caramel malt backbone. The feel is smooth and full, with a great carbonation. Drinkability? Yeah I'll have another as this one is extremely easy to drink.

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

Pours a clear, orange color with a 1/2 inch light yellow colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a small sudsy layer on the beer.

Aroma consists primarily of an herbal pine aroma, with some floral characteristics present as well, and a subdued caramel aroma on the back end.

A very nice piney, floral flavor with a very earthy bitterness that assaults you initially with a sweet malt, caramel flavor backing up the hops. The finish is relatively dry and quite bitter with a hint of caramel sweetness.

I found this to be a decent representation of the style. I'd say the balance definitely tilts towards the bitter end and the hop flavor wasn't what I'm used to in an American IPA, but overall not a bad choice.

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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.

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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!!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on Oct. 20th 2008

A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber color. Capping that is a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger head that leaves a fantastic looking mess of lace behind in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus, pineapple, and pine with a healthy dallop of sweet caramel. Also noted were tangy red apple and toasty malt.

T: Pretty sizeable whack of piney hops that's followed by some malt sweetness, pineapple, pine tar, caramel, and more hops. I felt like I tasted a brief hint of peach and/or mango in there as well.

M: The beginning starts off like a big sticky and juicy IPA...and then the middle comes. A quick transfer over to the dry and spicy side of the scale that continues through the finish. Pretty prickly and dry. I believe astringent is a good descriptor.

D: I really liked this beer. I liked how it was sort of two faced. It suckers you in with the promise of sweet juicy goodness and then smacks you with a dry and spicy bitterness that refuses to let go of your mouth.

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

They had to discontinue the Lac Du Bay becaue of the hops shortage...although they do make it from time to time at the brewery for the tasting room, and the came out with this less hoppy IPA. She's smooth and wonderful...the Lac Du Bay is far superior, but I'm a hopaholic. It is a little more malty, but shares the heaviness and boldness of all of thier other brews. The high alc. makes the trip out to Amherst well wroth while.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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