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
centralwaters.com

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
Ratings:
605
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
72
For Trade:
0
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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My first Illinois-purchased Central Waters brew. Get some. It pours a very lightly-cloudy copper-amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, toffee, and a vague touch of light pine needles. The taste holds notes of toffee, orange peel, light pine, and light mint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty average IPA, with only a meek hop presence, a seemingly overly strong malt backbone, and an uneven balance. Not necessarily bad, but not exactly exemplary of an IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice looking one inch frothy head atop a hazy orange beer. Extremely small sediment caught in liquid suspension. Drink-by-drink step lacing and above average head retention.

S- Sweet tropical fruits in the nose.

T- Caramelly goodness with subdued citrus and hops bitterness. Bready aftertaste.

M- Medium to medium/light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- Given the ABV and non-palate wrecking flavor (for an IPA) of Glacial Trail, the "drinkability" is through the roof. Very refreshing. All the key components are there, it just lacks a little something but still is a tasty treat.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BeerOps
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, hoppy, nice little malt note, citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. This wasn't the biggest, richest, or most bitter IPA, but it was a fine beer. The hops had a pineapple note to start that then blended into a standard citrus hops flavors. The aroma was oddly lacking hops with a dark bread aroma that seems like it would be better placed in an English-influenced amber ale. Overall, this was a tasty IPA and a little out of the norm. I'd say it's worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hops but not as strong as I would have liked. The flavor is citrus hops with some medium bitterness. The flavor and aroma are both slightly subdued. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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 Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A: Copper with an off-white/light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit and apricot from the hops; a light cotton candy fruityness from the yeast; hints of toffee from the malt. Plenty of depth to the nose, but it's not huge.

T: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot & grassy hops, solid bitterness, biscuits, nuts, toffee and a slight fruityness. Very good.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy with some hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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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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