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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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 597
Photo of AleBlager
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a fuzzy orange look to it, with foam that clings to the glass for a very long time. The minimal carbonation of this brew was held in by the thick creamy head. Hops dominate the few smells of this beer, along with a creamy malt aroma. Not to say that the scent is empty, but simple. The sweet flavors at the beginning of the sip are quickly followed by an expected bitterness. The flavors sat rather flat on the palate. Overall, the Glacial Trail IPA is a pretty good IPA, but a better beer. Not that complex, but that's alright.

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Photo of arboristfish
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a hazy orange copper color, with some floating yeast. There is also a white head that forms. The aroma smells of bicuit or toasted malt and citrus hops. The flavor of the beer has an unbalanced hop bitterness with the amount of mal that they used. Also the suspended yeast in an IPA is not suppose to be there. Overall im not impressed with this 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 CHSLBrew
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Light tan-orange head, airy and big-bubbled, reduces down to a consistent layer. Amber brew, hazy with some floaties, making it look rather murky.

S-Bright, light citrus-herbal hoppiness. A bit of sweet toasty malt.

T-Hop bitterness comes into play right away, with an herbal-citrus hop character. Matliness is semi-sweet, toasty with a bit of caramel. As the malts subside, the bright hop flavors emerge again, accompanying the bitterness into the long-tailed finish.

M-Slick, oily feel with a medium body. Carbonation is medium to medium-low, perhaps a bit less than desired.

D-Even with a couple shortcomings, this brew is very drinkable. I could definately sit down and enjoy a few.

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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 Brewno8it
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bottle to me since this beer would be nearly impossible to find locally. Thanks Tom!

A - The Glacial Trail IPA's appearance is wonderful; coppery and hazy, with fantastic carbonation and foam. After several minutes in the pint glass there was still an inch or so of creamy foam and Belgian lace clinging to the glass.

S - The smell was at most average as I couldn't discern anything more than subtle malt tones and a citrusy yeast scent.

T - The taste was carmelly sweet with a balanced hop bitterness, however, the malt disappears quickly leaving bitter hop resin. Don't get me wrong, I could drink several of these, but would like a little more alpha hop taste and balance for an AIPA.

M - The mouthfeel is good; medium body thickness and prickly carbonation with good toasty notes up front, but a residual bitterness.

D - I'd love to drink a few of these on tap and would recommend you let this warm to 45F as the flavors are more melded once warmer. Overall, a very good AIPA.

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Photo of samie85
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy light caramel color with a two finger white head that leaves thick lacing.

S-Strong caramel malt with some some grapefruit hop notes.

T-Bitter grapefruit upfront that's somewhat balanced by a heavy dose of caramel malt in the middle, and finishes slightly dry and bitter.

M-On the low end of medium bodied with a prickly, medium amount of carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-The caramel malt presence is almost too much in this one, but the hops balance it out. If it weren't for the slightly bitter finish this would be a pretty cloying brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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 bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange and moderate cream colored head with bubbly lacing.

Smell: Citrus, sweet toasted malt, dry spiciness.

Taste: Dry citrus (orange and grapefruit) with dry toasted and tea-like malts. Ends with a fairly high level of spicy bitterness and maybe a touch of pine. Something about it does not mesh quite as well as I would like, and it is simply too bitter compared to the relative lack of flavor.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, moderate firm body, dry finish. Have I mentioned it's dry yet?

Drinkability: Somewhat of a unique take on an American IPA as it seems to have English Bitter qualities, both in the taste and the feel. Pretty solid overall, but probably not worth returning to considering the number of fine IPAs out there.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welcome to MN central waters!

Bottled in march. Poured into tulip.

A: Very hazy orange with a few floaties in there. Not much head to speak of, quarter inch dies down to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

S: The smell is very inviting. More tropical than citrus fruits in the aroma, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and a little tangerine all mingle together. Also some herbal tea aromas mixing in there. Very juicy and not a lot of pine. Smells great.

T: Not quite as impressing as the smell but still good. Starts out fairly bitter and remains that way throughout. In the taste there is more of the citrus flavors I'm used to with a little herbal twinge. Malt flavor is there with a touch of sweetness but you really have to seek it out. This kind of reminds me of an IPA I made not too long ago with cascade, amarillo, and columbus. I'm curious to know what hops they used.

M: Pretty spot on for the style. No complaints here.

D: Don't know the ABV on this one but I'd say the drinkability is pretty average. Not a session beer, not an extreme beer.

O: Not bad at all. The only other central waters I've had is the barley wine and I enjoyed that one very much. I'll probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy golden orange, even a little hint of brownish-red to it. Thick, creamy tan head. Lots of floating particles. Good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet/sugary carmel malt, pine hops and lemon peel.

T: Strong carmel malt with a dull pine and earthy hop flavor. Hop bitterness is a little astringent. A hint off wood too? Good balance, but the flavors just kind of blend together and get lost. Its okay, but a little dull, nothing jumps out. Finish is a little short with a slight drying, bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Drinkability is okay since nothing is shining through on this AIPA.

Would like to try this a little fresher, tick mark states it was bottled in March...

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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 KI9A
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/yellow, some floaties. Decent head, some lace.

S: Some piney hops, malts.

T: Follows nose. Different than any AIPA I have had. Hops seem a bit muted. Some sweet, maybe a caramel finish.

M: Medium body. Somewhat sticky.

D: Again, different than any other AIPA. Easy to drink, but, almost too sweet to be a session beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Dec 2009. Courtesy of R&S, thanks!

Served in a Freetail shaker pint. Large off white head. Bubbly. Hazy golden orange sunset color. Hop aroma is sweet and fruity with a touch of caramel. Orange and caramel with a good hop bite. Bitterness lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Juicy. Medium to light body, sticky mouthfeel.

Nice everyday IPA.

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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 Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from beerwolf77. Thanks, Todd!

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber body with a finger of off-white head. It collapses pretty quickly, leaving a ring in its wake. A brief wash of lacing during each sip.

S: Very malty... Lots of crystal malt, caramel, biscuit. Hops are herbal and grassy in the nose.

T: Starts off pretty malty, but they're only just overtaken by lemon, herbal, and grass flavors, as detected in the nose. Hops are much stronger in the dry finish, where they contribute a lingering bitterness (not any specific flavors). It's passable for an IPA, but doesn't do a lot for me.

M: Light-bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

D: I'm not really feeling this one. As far as IPAs go (and I've had a TON of IPAs), I'd peg this one right in the middle of the pack, if not slightly lower.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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 billab914
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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 mdwalsh
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange, tons of active carbonation. A four finger, light beige head sits on top with very nice texture and good lacing, but it's just too big, and the haze is too much. (3.5/5)

S: A very full and robust fresh pine smell, not alcoholy or solventy as some IPAs can be, and there's just a hint of malt. Nicely balanced, reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted. (4/5)

T: The taste isn't as strongly piney as the nose, and really isn't much of anything. It's there, it's just not overwhelming. It'd be a good IPA for a person getting started with hops. It could also be a little cleaner, the malt gives off a sort of off-taste. (3.5/5)

M: Appropriately balanced, carbed and everything, maybe just a little too light bodied. (3.5/5)

D: Not crazy powerful in taste or alc, which is nice, a fairly sessionable IPA. (4/5)

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one picked up in Hudson.

Pours a darker copper color with a khaki colored head. Retention isn't that impressive, as it thins to a small ring in a couple minutes. Leaves some nice spotty lacing behind.

The nose is mostly floral and citrus hops, but they are kind of muted and covered up by an increasing malt presence. Lighter and subtler than I would have liked.

The taste on this one is just like the nose. Fruity and floral, with a decent malt backbone that you can tell is starting to creep in. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel is about medium in body, with a nice resiny bitterness and crisp carbonation bite. Finishes with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good.

I picked this up to quench my hop thirst, and while it didn't really get that done, it's still a good IPA. I definitely wouldn't mind having this agian.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Jes the way I like it. Poured with a smallish fine foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, earthy hop. Flavor's the same and very nicely balanced for an IPA. Finish is great and balanced as well. Body is goood and ditto carbonation. Easy session beer.

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