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
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

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Reviews:
202
Ratings:
603
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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72
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Photo of plfahey
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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 mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just an okay IPA. Central Waters Double IPA is becoming my favorite IPA as I like it more everytime I drink it. With that in mind, I bought the Glacial Trail for the first time and wasn't overly impressed. It was a decent beer but I didn't get strong hop flavor I expect from a good IPA. It was crisp with decent citrus flavors but nothing special.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ontap at fork.
A: light amber/copper and clear. Kinda minimal white head diminishes quickly.
S: toffee/caramel malts and piney, earthy hops w/some grapefruit.
T: medium sweet toffeeish malts and a balancing earthy hop bitterness.
M: fine, maybe a touch thin and astringent.
O: glad I tried it instead of getting a 6er.

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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 tapman
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange/brown with a 1/2 finger head. A little haziness floating around. Standard stuff.

Toasty and light caramel malt with some piney and earthy hops. None of the aromas are very big.

Pretty malty with a low bitterness. Hops are woody and resinous, though not very bright. Sticky in the finish where the bitterness lingers.

A little dry. Carbonation is biting.

Average American IPA. Sure this isn't a british IPA?

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Photo of JAYAR1
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First taste of C.W. beers. Not much of an aroma, very vague. If looks count for anything, the color is fabulous. Golden orange with a 3/4 " head. Can't quite get the taste that I want from an IPA. Maybe it's too cold.
I like the mouth, not thin, it's got an edge.
Overall, I will try it again, not a spill away.
Had a New Belgium Ranger before this, maybe that's the reason. Thanx to Famous for the buck and change single.

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Photo of JLeege
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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 mooselvlt
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Cloudy, orange-gold, producing over a fingers worth of off white head. The head very slowly tapers down to a lasting lacing that hugs the glass. Suspended carbonation all over the place. Really a nice look.

S - Orange, grapefruit, light pine. Very citrus heavy on the nose but not over-powering overall.

T - Follows the nose to a T, cant describe it any better than that. Its not super bitter like a lot of IPAs but the bitterness really grows on the tongue sip after sip.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Really enjoy this IPA. Its not a hop-bomb so if thats your thing, this isn't going to blow you away. But for my tastes, its very well balanced and I like it. Refreshing yet has that punch you expect from a good IPA. Very drinkable and again, to me, Central Waters produces another solid brew here. Cheers

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Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: feb/2011 12oz bottle into Surly tumbler glass.

Poured a nice golden orange with a thick, frothy head that stubbornly receded to a sticky, bubbley lace. Stays around all the way through.

Aroma is pungent, earthy hops with some floral notes. Sweet bready grains in the back. Very inviting for a smaller IPA.

Flavor is hoppy up front, to say the least. Earthy and floral, resinous. But the sweet malt flavor comes through nicely and keeps this one in balance. The finish leaves a lingering, almost astringent bitterness. This is only a 5.5% abv?

Mouthfeel is that of your typical Midwest IPA. Slightly chewy. Maybe the tiniest bit sticky at the end. pleasant carbonation.

Overall, this is a great IPA. Quite well balanced and very easy drinkin. Far different from your typical hop missiles that seem to draw all the A+ reviews. A good beer and one I seek regularly.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single and had to tick it.
I'm smoking some porkchops onthe grill and enjoying a glorious 90 degree memorial day.
Served in a tulip pint.

Kinda dark, Orangey gold color with a small tan white head. Good retention, minimal lacing.
Some toasted bread malt starts things off, predominately dry, very little sweetness. Nice citrus hops-- clean and bright, decent bitterness. This works.

It isn't a flavor powerhouse, but this beer has its place: a tasty daily drinker. It won't destroy your palate, nor give you diabetes. It walks that middle ground of being a well-balanced beer. That quality rarely translates to A ratings on this site, but a B is still a damn fine beer!

The body is medium, good carbonation.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark yellow/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head, fine lacing

S: light pine and citrus scent

T: malt, trace of grassy/pine, mild slow bitter finish

M: med/light, hint of oily mouth

O: Saddened by this offering. I have really enjoyed almost
every Central Waters beer. This seems like it should be a
Pale Ale.

OK, YOU COULD DO WORSE!

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. From notes:

A: A golden orange murky hazy body, with a nice thin layer of white head that holds on well thought the glass. Swaths of sticky lacing are left.

S: Aroma is not overly powerful, but subtle hints at earthy and herbal hops are found.

T/M: Nice upfront smooth character, with a nice bitter backbone. Hop flavor is pronounced, but not as overwhelming as I would expect in an IPA. Lingering taste is good with a nice dryness.

O: Overall I don't find this to be an outstanding IPA, more or less a Pale Ale, but still drinkable and enjoyable.

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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 nrbw23
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is tropical fruits and piney hops. A good balance of sweet malts here too.

T- Lacks the hop bit that I like. Taste is sweet, bready and light tropical fruits.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad, but I think there are better ones out there.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Pinocchion's in Media, PA. Bottled in October 2010, so it's fairly old. 12oz bottle served in DFH pint glass.

A: Somewhat hazy amber color. One finger white head. Good carbonation. There is some floating sediment in the glass with the bubbles.

S: I got some piney hops with a little citrus but not tons. I did get some malts though.

T: This tastes old....because it is for an IPA. There are some hops, but it's too malty. The balance is off. The bite is there but it's not great.

M: It's mild and easy drinking. Watery in IPA standards.

O: One and done. If fresh it might be a different story. There are lots of better IPAs out there though.

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

Poured a nice cloudy copper color with a good amount of slightly off-white head. Light hop aroma, not a lot else going on there. This beer has good hop flavor with some bready malts complimenting that. Good taste overall. Medium mouthfeel, goes down smooth though. This is any enjoyable IPA, very good overall and a good go to beer to have on hand.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of corcoranjc
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: cloudy honey. looks pretty.

smell: fresh and subtle hop aroma. i'd like more.

taste: hop bitterness and not too much else....i prefer my ipa's to have more citrus going on. personal preference.

mouthfeel: carbonated bite. not bad but a bit thin.

Drinkability: High.

Overall: not really my thing...i'm probably reviewing this at the wrong time as i've been drinking tons of great DIPA's and IPA's...this one just doesn't stand up as well as I'd hoped.

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Photo of Kitt
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-brown, one finger head.

A: a rich, sweet, and eclectic malt, with citrus undertones.

T: bitter hops with a hint of burnt pine nuts. In contrast to the aroma, malt takes a backseat here.

M: smooth.

D: Easy, carbonation not overwhelming.

Not a bad IPA -- not a top one either.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely hazy dark orange body, topped by one finger plus of bone china foam. Good lacing.

Piney aroma backed with lemon and assorted other citrus. Seemed bigger at the pour, faded quickly.

A quick bolt of very sweet malt, followed by big bitterness. Basicly that its in terms of flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Okay drinkability, but its not high on my desirability scale.

An alright but not exceptional IPA. Try it if its handy but I wouldn't recommend an involved hunt.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable, citrusy blonde IPA. Hoppy, yet not terribly bitter five months old. Very smooth and drinkable. Low alcohol content really makes this more of a pale ale. Heck, Lagunitas New Dogtown is a pale ale and is stronger than the Glacial Trail. Still a fine sessionable ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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 meatyard
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale amber with lots of tiny floaties and a big, fluffy white head that has good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell is citrus hops that seem to be sweetened by the malt.

The taste is more of the same citrus hops followed some malt sweetness and by a light bitterness that lingers slightly after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is a weak point with this beer being thin & watery, just nothing to hold on to.

Drinkability: Low ABV and nothing offensive while still being a decent IPA make for pretty good drinking. So far this is the best of 4 CW beers I've had so far.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark shade of yellow with a one finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is averageish

S- some sweet citrus, and that's really all...aroma is a little weak

T- there really isn't a lot going on here. A little bitterness, a little sweetness...whatever

M- watery. Thin.

D- drinkable just because...its really nonoffensive. Not the best IPA I've had by a longshot

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: Oct / Nov

Poured into a pint glass, hazy with a lighter shade of amber. I got a finger of light tan head that settles to a bubbly layer leaving nice lacing on the glass. Some citrus notes in the nose, along with sweet caramel malts - fairly mild aromas. Interesting, I get more of a piney / herbal hop flavor than the smell would lead me to believe. Slightly bitter finish but nothing that lingers - kinda bland actually, really confusing. Fairly light bodied and thin for the style, adequate carbonation, and a bit dry.

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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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