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

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Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 605
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 Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +1.4%
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 +18.6%
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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a cloudy copper / orange color with a solid half inch or so of head. Smells of orange peel, lemon, and other assorted citrus. Very fresh... a slight soapiness comes through at the end. Tastes fairly well balanced, with more of the soapy characteristic and cereal/bready flavors at the finish. Hops are there but not dominant.

There are some strange flavors in this one, and its definitely not a hop bomb. However, its a pretty easy drinker.

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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 alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy cantaloupe orange body with a finger of thick, whipped, bright white head. Good lacing. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine sap, pineapple, grapefruit (lots of grapefruit), and a lean dose of butterscotch malt. Citrus hops (grapefruit) up front. Fruity, pineapple-y malt comes through. Mild sweetness. Some mint and pine hop flavors near the finish. Aspirin-ish, minerally notes in the dry finish. Lingering butterscotch malt. Good bitterness throughout. Moderate body with gentle carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brother snagged this and a few other beers from Wisconsin. Thanks bro...

Orange with micro particulates forming the IPA haze. Not much head, but poured a little cold and gingerly. A little agitation made some small lively bubble. Lace was so so throughout.

Can smell the slightly fruity esters and malt backdrop even through the hops. Hops dominate though with orange marmalade in the forefront with hot grass and pine cone riding its tail.

There is a restrained crisp bitterness on the palate throughout the sip and swallow. Also striding with it for an IPA is the caramel and toffee that never attempts to hide itself. Earthy, citric bitterness wipes it away at the swallow, drying the tongue for another sip. As the beer warms, it picks up a toasty, more substantial malt spine; at the same time, the hops get resiny. Should have let this warm more.

The body builds and alcohol increases as it warms. This bottle seemed a bit low on carbonation, and that adds to the feeling.

Clean and balanced. I didn't mention this in the flavor or smell, but for my taste this is missing some of the hop burst I love so dearly in an IPA, especially compared to the lingering bitter long after the swallow. That said, love the way the bitter and sweet play together so nicely. Great example of a Midwestern IPA in my opinion.

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

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date of 10/09, poured into a pint glass.

A: Very cloudy, burnt orange color. The pour produced almost two fingers of light, kahki head that retains extremely well, and leaves sheets of lace.

A: Subdued grapefruit, orange, and pine. Some floral earthiness and grass are also present, along with a malty sweetness.

T: Great earthy and citrus hop flavor. Very original malt profile here, sweet and somewhat spicey. Finishes very dry and bitter from the massive amount hops.

M: Medium body and resinous. The carbonation gives it a tingle at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty solid. Decent ABV accompanied with the original malt profile makes it interesting enough to have a few. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. The nose could use a little more, but all in all, this is something I will definitely have again. Skal.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold-amber, good head.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced sweetness and citrus bitterness. Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Tasty, could have a couple if I was in Wiscoland.

I was worried after the other CW beer seemed old, but this was a perfectly fine IPA. Not a hop bomb, but nicely balanced, could be a short session beer.

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Photo of MPLS
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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 sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, dark copper amber with a huge, frothy off white head and some good lacing.

S-Earthy hops with a bit of malt.

T-Nice malt base with a moderate amount of earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Nice enough. If I had my Midwest trip to do again, I would probably not get a six pack of this but one is nice.


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Photo of porterwoobie
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of dfillius
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid has a lot of chunks - whoops! Should have poured lighter. Luminous liquid is very pretty.
S: Bright citrus hop, maybe tangerine rests over a biscuity malt.
T: Modest bittering. Balanced IPA is more reminiscent of an English IPA. Some boozy fruit. Not the greatest flavor.
M: Warm and chewy. Decent bitterness
D: Okay. I wouldn't order a second, but I might buy a sixer. Drinkability increases as its consumed. A decent session beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. There are a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone. However, it is on the tame side for an IPA. The taste has a lot of citrus, and less grapefruit. There is still some pine, and solid malt. Bitterness is sharp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a creamy texture. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like to see the aroma stand out more, but it is still good as is.

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Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich clear amber color with golden highlights and a single finger of eggshell colored head that leaves moderate lacings and good retention.

aroma is of light hop notes with some piney notes mixed in and a touch of tropical hops along with a touch of creamy malts and some subtle spice after a bit of warming.

taste follows the nose with a bit of a spiced hop note added in along with a note of caramel malts mixed in. almost ESB-esque with a generous addition of hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and semi-dry presence on the palate. a standard IPA in mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. a drinkable IPA that does well to mix the hop notes together and produce a complete tasting brew. well done by Central Waters, but still could use some more hops to be truely notable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 pweis909
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was copperish, with a white head and a bit of chill haze.

It is not the most asserive AIPA on the planet, but citrus rindy hops are are prominent in smell and taste, and bitterness is assertive enough to qualify for the style. A grainy malt sweetness can be perceived underneath the hops, not as sweet as some IPAs but sweeter than other.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - hazy orange color with a thick head that is well retained

S - American hop with a strong biscuit-like malt aroma

T - hop flavor is prominent, but is still very malty, moderately high bitter hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent American IPA. It delivers what is expected of the style, but perhaps not very unique. Nonetheless it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of Buebie
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass. Off the pour there is plenty of unfiltered funky chunky hops in there, attractive to me, but maybe not everyone else.
Produces a decent 1'' white frothy head. Somewhat quick to recede, leaving behind moderate thick lace rings. Color is a plae hazy hop chuck filled darker copper with some orange hues.

Aroma biscuits, caramel, cereal grains and some pine hop bitters. Aroma on this is kind of lacking any punch for the style.

Taste also seems to lack that big hop profile for the style. This would be more of an exceptional epa, but for an ipa its mediocre.
Mildly sweet upfront with a buttered bread flavor, some honey sweetness. Bittering up a bit more into the swallow with pine and a spicie earthy hop profile into the linger.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation presence is great though with no real stinging feel to it.

Overall its a decent brew, but not true to the style for an ipa. It seems to lack any real hop depth and fails to deliver in that sense.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No hint on the label that this was unfiltered or bottle conditioned. Pours a dark amber color with huge chunks of yeast floating in the beer. Looks disgusting. Almost like vomit. A large head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice citrus hop aroma with some grass clippings and sweet malt. Has a good malt base giving some earthy qualities before hop flavors of citrus take over. Quite bitter in the finish. A medium body with nice carbonation. A nicely flavored IPA but, I am begging you brewers out there, label the beer if it has live yeast in the bottle. I would like the option to gently decanter and leave the yeast in the bottle. Thankyou.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice amber color with a fluffy two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell is fairly musty and mostly non-existent. Very faint floral hops, but they really have to be searched for. Some stale bread crumbs as well.

The taste on this one is just has a decent caramel malt profile but the hops are nowhere to be seen. As an IPA it is just bleh. Mouthfeel is fine, but no drinkability at all. Just plain weird, really.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is golden orange hued. A huge amount of off white head that nearly goes over the edge of my glass. After a moment to settle the head leaves a thick coating of white lace all around my glass. The aroma is wonderful. Orange,grapfruit, and lemon intertwined with pungent pine sap hoppy goodness. Malt can be picked out as well. The flavor is very balanced. There's a nice sour fruit, piney hoppiness and a smooth, bready maltiness that play well together. Fairly dry on the finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall a great IPA from CW. So far everything out of this brewery has been very good. I've got to make the trek up north to visit these guys in person.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark tangerine with a ton of suspensed flecks within its fairly murky body. Thin slimming cap of bone white foam eases away quickly to a thin skim and collar. A few spots of lace make the glass edge somewhat interesting to view.

Aroma is quite low and dull with a soft cararmel toasty malt to it, bready, with a bit of grainyness. No real hops make a statement here, major long wiffs get hints of dulled red grapefruit.

Taste is nealy as uninteresting as its nose, but it does keep a certain craft element to it. Just not quite up to the standards of what an IPA can accomplish. It has mostly a toasted caramel maltyness to it and a plain grainyness with some lightly drying leafy/woody hops gaining some notions to it towards the finish as it grabs even lighter amounts of dull grapefruit and crushed red apple. Drys out with a simple complexity that helps delineate itself from the malt base.

Soft, creamy, malty, mediumish body, pretty decent carbonation given when looking at it, it seems inactive? Has a nice drying of fruit skins and partial woodyness as it finishes. Probably its best attribute.

Not quite what I'd call a good IPA, it has its moments, but nothing really outstanding.

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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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