Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
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3.61/5
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607 Ratings
Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
607
pDev:
12.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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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 jaydoc
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper color with a small, ivory colored head. Decent retention and it left a little lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel and some sweet caramel malt.

T - A bready maltiness with a citrusy hop flavor. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance out the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied brew that makes a very drinkable IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great at a picnic.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades down to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper hued orange. Very dark for an ipa.

Aroma: Some nice citrus fruit flavors up front. Tons of fruit, but it has a soapy flavor as well. Some floral hops as well. No malt presence really.

Taste: Interesting take on an IPA. It has a big soapy flavor with lots orange and grapefruit citrus. Lots of floral hops. Not bad and very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter but chewy almost. Medium bodied with with good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and hoppy.

Overall, an interesting IPA. Nothing to special, but nothing bad. I was happy to get to try a new ipa. Somewhat drinkable.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a murky amber orange color with a big two inch foamy white head. It did have some very good head retention though.

The aroma has some citrusy lemon zest with a good amount of pine coming from the hops. It's a pretty decent aroma but not something I'm really wowed by.

The taste has a decent amount of pine coming through with a little bit of citrus. It has a little pine resin flavor in the finish. It has some decent hop flavors bit isn't a particularly strong hoppy IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nice flavored easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is orange-copper with a light white head. Wee bit of lacing. Nose is citrus hops with a bit of piney and herbal hops as well. Taste is a bit hoppy with some pale malt. Decent bitterness in the feel. A nice beer, but nothing their stouts.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a turbid copper, with a ton of yeasty floaties, and being topped with 2+ fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains into a big creamy dollop, that slathers the sides of the glass with sticky clumps of lace. Pretty impressive lacing that almost makes up for the unappetizing unfiltered look of this. The aroma is earthy and spicy, with a bit of sticky pine included as well. There is also an underlying toasty tang of buttered bread and citrus, which helps sweeten the nose up some.

The taste is herbal and sweet, with a moderately biting spicy bitterness to it. Underneath is sticky with citrus and toasted grains. The finish on this is just THICK with spice and dryness that lingers in the mouth for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a bubbly creaminess to the carbonation, but this does feel a bit thin in spots at times.

Decent little IPA here to display the spicy and earthy character of the glacier hops. A decent start to a mini-tasting of Central Waters brews I recently had.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to try thr Glacial IPA at "The Bank" in Wheaton. The beer poured a very nice copper in color, with thin white head that left spotty lacing. The smell was citrus with a subtle pine balanced by malt. The mouthfeel was a medium to light body with average carbontation. Overall....I would session with this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest orange with a bright tangerine sphere indicating the rising sun on the other side of the glass. The fantastic looking, firmly creamy cap is as dark as wet sand, indicating that there may be a hefty amount of the darker malts present. A gorgeous display of abundant lace makes the score a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, the hops (in the aroma at least) are muddied by too much toasted-earthy malt. Specifics include pale, caramel and Munich. More of the first and less of the second and third would have been the way to go. Olfactory power is fine.

The brewers at Central Waters have stated that they wanted to create an IPA that was bitter, without being in-your-face bitter. Mission accomplished. Hopheads will be pleased, however, since all 68 IBUs have been used to great effect. If consumed fresh, some will consider Glacial Trial to be pretty close to in-their-face.

Once the sniff test was over, the flavor profile was a foregone conclusion. AIPAs should feature hop flavor, not toasted-nutty-herbal-woody malt flavor that is at least equal to, or possibly even exceeds, hop flavor. Ahtanum provides plenty of white grapefruit and pine, while Summit provides... whatever it is that Summit hops taste like.

The mouthfeel score has been rounded-up to the higher of the two considered numbers. Technically, a 6.75% IPA should be a mite more full than this, but it's hard to argue with the beer's hang-on and seamless silkiness. Nice job.

Although it needs major changes in the malt bill, and maybe the hop bill as well, Central Waters newest offering, Glacial Trial IPA, is still good beer. Having said that, it doesn't even sniff the robe of Wisconsin's King of IPAs, Tyranena Bitter Woman.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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