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Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
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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

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597
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3.59
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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Photo of plfahey
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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 brewmudgeon
1.89/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

cw glacial trail

a 3 clear light amber, short-lived head, very few spots of lace.

s 1.5 himm, ipa? are you sure? faint note of bubblegum(?), roast, maybe a little pine at first but can't find it again, a little rubbing alcohol. terrible. smells more like a bad o'fest.

t 2 some nondescript bitterness bunches up toward the front of the palate. there's a gesture of something generically citric.

m 1.5-2 way too thin and watery.

d 2 CW is not impressing me at all of late. first a yeasty odd o'fest, now this "ipa"--wtf?

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
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 BellsFan
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - brassy-copper color that pours with a very thick head that disipates to less than a finger however leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - different than another IPA I've tried thus far, earthy and piney period

Taste - same as smell but add a Carmel finish

Mouth feel - thin with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability - I think I'll have another

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge ultra thick creamy head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell is of pine and citrus hop notes with a bready malt aroma as well.

Tastes pretty good and hoppy, but a little off in the finish. Bitter and piney up front with a big bready malt finish, good but not great. The bitterness seems a little off and there is too much malt which over shadows the hops.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a medium level of carbonation, pretty good.

Drinkability is a little lacking due to the off flavor in the finish but overall not bad.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOTE: The name of this beer isn't Glacier Trail IPA as listed, it's Glacial Trail IPA.

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a hazy, rusty amber color with a thin head that yields spotted lacing. No visible carbonation. Fair head retention.

Floral, hoppy nose with hints of pineapple and citrus.

Strong malt foundation upfront, followed by a wave of heavily hopped bitterness and notes of pine and grapefruit. Dry finish that borders on astringent.

Sticky mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Although a well-balanced profile lends itself to superior drinkability, its one-dimensional taste diminishes the overall experience.

Personally, I think this IPA offering is a step down from the wonderful complexities of Central Water's now defunct Lac du Bay IPA.

Glacial Trail is okay, but there are more adventurous paths worth traveling.

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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 BierStein711
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint
Two finger head
amber color

Smells: piney, herbal, citrus! I think I smelled Cascade Hops!

Taste: Grapefruit, apricot, and booze...with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: thick, but not too thick

Overall, this is a beer that feels like how an IPA should be.

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Photo of JLeege
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint, bottled in April

Appearance- Pours a deep golden to orange color, with a nice foamy two fingers of white head. Good retention and lace. Looks pretty perfect actually.

Smell- A nice hop presence on the nose. Mostly pine and floral, a splash of citrus. A hint of bready malts.

Taste- Nice complex hop bill right up front. Citrus is what is noticed first, followed by a very floral and dank earthy presence. A little pine resin on the linger. Nicely balanced by slightly doughy malts. Fairly bitter on the finish. Tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, creamy.

Overall- This is the first time I have had this beer and I am impressed, from the perfect appearance on, it doesn’t really let up at any point. Going to have to try to squeeze this into the rotation. I am shocked by the “low” scores for this one.

Extra- 2nd highest review overall for this beer, can that be? I suppose this works just right for my palate!

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange color with a thick, light brown head, good lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel malts, toasty, citrus and floral hops. Flavor is caramel malts, a hint of wood, pine, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bitter finish. Good one, well balanced but with a nice bitter kick that sticks around for a while.

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Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light cream head. Head lingers as a thin film. Some lacing.

Aroma is a citrusy mix of bitter grapefruit, lemon, and sweet orange. Little pine. Some biscruity, slightly caramelized malts.

Taste follows the smell. Upfront bitter pine and citrus hops. Biscuity malts in the middle. Lemon and grapefruit finish with a light bitterness. Slight sweetness of caramel, orange, and pine at the finish too. Lingering citrus flavor.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Reminds me a bit of Finest Kind. Nice citrusy hop presence that is only slightly bitter, but still very appealing. Easy to drink. Light with a lot of punch.

7/25/2011

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy medium golden color with a white head of one finger which fades quickly into a ring of foam around the edge. Very mild lacing.

S: A decent amount of caramel malt followed by a dose of pine from the hops. A bit of grapefruit as well.

T: This beer has a much bigger malt flavor than most IPAs which is the first thing I notice as I take a sip. This fades into an earthy pine flavor with notes of bitter grapefruit. The finish is earthy, mildly bitter and lingers for just a bit.

M: Medium bodied which is heavy compared to most IPAs. There is a relatively large amount of carbonation.

O: More malt and less hops than I care for in my IPAs.

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Photo of Klym
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gripitandsipit for this sweet extra. Poured into a surly nonic.

This was much better than I anticipated given the reviews. Basically salted-caramel forward with strong, clean, herbal hops with a very present cocoa powder finish. I was really amazed how well the cocoa powder blended and fit with this beer. This was by far one of the most unusual IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking and pleasure it was indeed. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of hawks10
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Central Waters pint glass...bottled in March of 2010, while not the optimum freshness, still should be pretty good...

Pours a slightly hazy copper, dark amber color. Three fingers of soft white head forms and lasts for a while, leaving behind a lot of lacing...

Somewhat tame aroma, not much hop bite in the nose. There are traces of where piny hops may have been, but this aroma is mainly made up of malt, caramel, sweet...

Hmmm, maybe I should get a fresher bottle. Seems like most of the hops have faded away. Malt is the main component here, caramel and toffee. After a few sips I start to detect a bit of hop bitterness in the finish, piny and a bit drying...My first impression may have been a little off, this one is better than I thought initially...

Medium bodied with a bit of a sticky finish. Decent carbonation with a lingering bitterness...

Decent beer, nothing special. I do owe it to myself and to the guys/gals at Central Waters to re-review this one when I can find a pretty fresh bottle...

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Photo of TTAmod
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint.

A: Cloudy amber color. Some sediment floating about. Even with a fairly easy pour, there's a thick off white head. Great retention and good lacing.

S: Smells really rustic and dank. Smells like pine needles you find on the forest floor: piney with a really earthy overtone.

T: Tastes like what you'd smell if you were in the middle of a forest and took a deep breath. Mostly dirt, leaves, pine, spices, and caramel. Nothing really "IPA" about it. Brewery claims it's an IPA, but I think it'd be better classified as some sort of brown ale.

M: Smooth, medium-thick, not a lot of carbonation. Pretty good.

O: A really different IPA. Considering that this brewery is in the middle of nowhere, it kind of fits. Again, the hops are really piney, yet subdued. There is a myriad of different off-flavors and tastes. As I said, it's probably misclassified as an IPA.

It's definitely interesting and tasty, but don't go into it expecting a "normal" IPA. Sorry, but have to grade it accordingly. It's a good, interesting beer, but it falls short as an IPA.

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Photo of jsulko
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a decent amount of white foam.

Smell is slightly sweet with more pine than citrus.

Taste has a piney oily with a little of the malt sweetness. Finish has oily sweetness.

A middle of the road IPA. Prefer some of their other beers more.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in November of 2011

A - Rocky off-white head. Hazy golden orange. Alright lacing.

S - I love the smell of this beer. A perfect marriage of citrus and pine. The freshness is outstanding, exploding with dank dry hops. Malt will not stand in the way of this hop behemoth.

T - Pale malt tries to sneak in early but quickly submits to a wave of pine flavors. The pine flavor is victorious and stays long to gloat with a lasting pleasant bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty dry. Not the most refreshing but not intended to be.

O - Nears double IPA hop presence. Outstanding smell, great one-sided American IPA.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a slightly murky golden color with a nice three finger foamy head that clung to the glass and lingered.

A very floral and fragrant hops smell. Nothing else detectible.

Very hoppy, no other taste is apparent. It has s lightly bitter finish. It is light bodied and refreshing.

It's a good beer. Refreshing and lite. I could drink this all evening.

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Photo of MPLS
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another unexplored offering from Central Waters that I have never tried.

A: Pours a murky orange with light orange accents. Carbonation is lively looking in a regular pint glass. 3 cm large bubbled white cap that retains itself for a short time. Lacing seems subpar, but a bright rather vibrant beer to look at.

S: The nose isn't all orange citrus hops as the body would associate me to believe. The real smells comes from whatever malts are used in this one, carmel + pale ale like hop nose.

T: The taste is dry up front that progresses into caramel sweetness with a stingy white grapefruit touch that seems extra sharp from the lively carbonation going on in the pint glass. I would have preferred a higher concentration of hops that make this one perhaps a little sweeter.

M: Too much carbonation I feel like, above average viscosity but falls a little short of being good.

D: Wisconsin only, satisfying AIPA that falls a little short of impressive in a few categories but drinks easily and the ABV's presence never popped it's astringent head through the malts used in this beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and light amber/brown with two fingers of off-white head that recede slowly and leave a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of caramel and toasted malts with only a hint of hops. Fairly disappointing, the hops are just a wisp of grass and the malt completely dominates.

Taste is very malt forward as well, toasted, biscuit and caramel malts come through. The malt flavors are good, fairly complex, but this beer does not have the hop flavor or bitterness of an IPA. Bitterness does come through toward the finish and after the beer exits but it is reserved and the malt presence is still quite strong.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with good malt flavors. It let me down as I was expecting an IPA, however it has some nice malt flavors and is fairly full bodied. Unfortunately it gets low points based on rating by style. I would have called this beer an ESB.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with well retaining head that laces all the way down.

Floral hops are what is at first noticed with a good malt aroma that add a little levity. Very easy drinking IPA, good crossover beer for people interested in a hoppier way of life. Not the greatest IPA, or an excellent definition of what a great IPA should be, but it is one I will drink again. Not a hop punch, more of a hop handshake.

Easy drinking and worth getting.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 afausser
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy blood-orange toned amber with a fluffy finger + of bubbly, frothy cream head suspended on top of the glass as if it were painted on. Absolutely glowing brilliant orange and red tones when held to the light, and faint, inconsistent streams of carbonation move up the side of the glass in quick bursts. Lacing is pretty, though doesn't stick to the glass long.

Smell: Absolutely amazing malt notes blend in with citrus and pine hops. The result is an extremely well-blended mix of pine, clove spice, and floral notes from the hops, mixing well with honey, light brown sugar, and bready notes from the malts. Smells absolutely perfect.

The taste is great too--the hop notes remind me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Celebration, though not as biting. The taste isn't as blended as the smell, leaning more heavily towards the hoppy, pine notes and with just a little honey and bread in the background. Aftertaste is moderately strong and piney.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. It isn't awful, but it is foamy as if there is too much of it, and at the same time seems too weak and sporadic to deliver the taste like a beer like this deserves. I don't remember this on the other bottles of this I've had so far, but wasn't really paying attention for reviewing purpose, so I will update if I find anything different from the rest of the pack.

Overall, drinkability is great. Love Central Waters brews and was extremely happy to get this one living in Virginia (from a friend who had just been to the brewery). Easily sessionable and highly recommended!

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A year revisited after my initial review and before I really started to get into the reviewing of beers. I should note that this beer is from the same six pack that was reviewed a year earlier, so the beer I am cracking has had over a year of refrigeration time.

Old ratings:
A - 4.0
S - 3.0
T - 3.5
M - 3.0
D - 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a two finger head that slowly fades.

S - The hops standout but there is not much more past that.

T - The pine needle hoppiness stands out right away. The flavor stands through most of the way, which I think restricts this beer from making it great. The hops do not fade quick enough to make it a smooth drink.

M - The ending of this beer is too hoppy and does not have the smooth finish you would look for in a IPA.

D - The beer is good overall and I could have more than one in a sitting but the finish is a negative.

2/14/10 - 1 year of refrigerator time revisited. I'll stick with my original ratings because most people aren't going to have this beer after it's been aging for over a year.

12 ounce bottle bought in December of 2008 into a pint glass.

A - A steady pour delivers a nice strong opulent body that is bronze/light brown in color. A off white head rises to about a finger and a half thick before faded slowly to a lace, with portions being thicker than others. Sediment abounds throughout this beer. I am not sure if this was the case before, but after a year it is everywhere. Visible amounts of carbonation are slowly rising to the top. After five minutes this beer has faded to a beautiful lace with a nice ring around it. Combined with the sediment and color, it's hard to rate this beer much lower. (4.5)

S - Lots of piney hops up front with some nice citrus notes. A stronger whiff brings about caramel notes that I do not remember from before. Overall, this beer seems to have balanced out a bit more. I remember it being more piney and hoppy with very little malt aspect, but the smell has much more malt aspect. (4.0)

T - The strong piney notes that I noted before are there, but they are more subdued compared to a year ago. The bitterness seems at a minimum, when I remember it being much more intense before. Hop notes are strong and maybe a bit overdone compared to the malt notes, which still have not balanced out yet. They are visible but not even with the hop and pine notes in this beer. Still, the drop in bitterness is noticeable. (4.0)

M - Much like before the hops, pine, and citrus notes standout initially as the beer enters. However, there seems to be a more subdued aspect about this beer and bitterness is not there like it was before. .The transition is much improved with a good level of carbonation. The malt backside hasn't shown up as much as the hops but they still weren't as pronounced when first reviewing this beer. Still, a very smooth, clean finishing beer. Overall a medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. It would be nice to see the caramel and malt side of this beer a bit stronger. (4.0)

D - I am glad this wasn't the only Glacial Trail IPA I stored away for this long. At it's current state it is a fabulous IPA that is extremely smooth and easy to drink. (4.5)

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark orangish amber color, semi-clear with tons of hop debris, large off-white head that maintains itself throughout, good amount of lacing

S: moderate hop aroma that tends toward the citrus side. low malt aroma.

T: moderate citrusy hop flavor, big on the bitterness. there is a slight malt sweetnees to go with the hops. finishes dry.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: OK for an IPA. would be better with more hop aroma and flavor.

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