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Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Glacial Trail IPAGlacial Trail IPA
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3.61/5
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
607
pDev:
12.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
71
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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of Stevedore
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Lighter straw-yellow body, one finger white head that sticks around a while; fluffy and effervescent in nature.

S- Mild grapefruit and floral notes, crackery pale malt sweetness that is a bit sweeter than I have seen from midwest IPAs. Solid, no off-flavours here. Not a particularly intense or complex nose.

F- Tasty grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, some floral bitterness. Not superbly complex; a bit maltier than I'd like.

M- Thin bodied, a bit more like a session IPA in terms of feel and ABV combination. Bitterness is nice, although it seems to be restrained by the malt presence.

O- It's a decent local IPA although it remains lost in a sea of many relatively average IPAs in Wisconsin.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.43/5  rDev -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 webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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 jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange color. Head is one finger white and lasts fairly decently.
S- Aroma is a bit sweet with an orange/tangerine citrus hop aroma.
T- There's two aspects to this, one I like one I don't. I'm not such a fan of the sugar cookie overload up front. It's just got this sugary bready character up front. Thankfully it gives way to a very pleasant orange zest flavor in the finish, that brings flavor without being too bitter.
M- The sugaryness makes it sit a bit heavier on the tongue than I would like, and not as dry as I'd like. Low carb.
O- It's an ok IPA but it doesn't stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Kitt
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Ri0
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle dated 27613, which I assume is 10/3/13.

A - Clearish light coppercolor and a good 2 finger white head. Fades into a collar that leaves behind webbed lacing.

S - Earthy and floral hops with light bitter notes. There is some odd smell for the malt sweetness. Not quite what I expect for an IPA.

T - Um what? I really wanted to like this, but I am getting some odd flavors. You think of caramel malt or honey sweetness in IPAs, but I am getting, sweet corn flavor. I'm not joking. The hops are medium bitter, with some floral and earthy notes.

M - Light bodied and easy to drink. Not a big biter presence on the palate.

O - Sigh, I was hoping that this would be an IPA I could drink regularly, but it just did not work for me. CW, you do make some amazing beer, this just wasn't one of them.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hawks10
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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 HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a little hazy, but pretty clear; copper colored; with a aggressive pour, I got a 2 finger head that receded over 3-4 minutes;

S: a little soapy, a little floral; some malt; overall, a little light;

T: pale malt throughout with a long lasting, moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice, but I prefer more hop aroma and flavor;

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. may. consumed july.

A: Bright sunset orange exit from the bottle sits darkly in the vessel with a raging, explosive sense of effervesce. Foamy-cottage cheese textured head is straw-beige with a strong sense of retnetion. Lace coverage is low and weakly bonding.

S: Aroma of bright citrusy orange hopping that is fresh and juicy with a squeeze of fresh lemon as well.

T: Flavor is crystal malt sweetness meeting a fresh wet kiss of lemon and semi-dry orange citrus. Some fresh grapefruit appears mid-palate with a hint of lime. Toasted warm sweetness with a gentle dry citrus hop warming on the back end.

M: Good vibe of carbonation, nice maltiness wit a touch of oily feel. A nice sting of citrus-lime hops come off the tongue with a sharp and well pronounced standing.

O: Overall leaves a nice lingering semi-dry toasted grain and citrus calling card long after the swallow. Nice transistion of fresh wet hop character in the front goes to a light dry not over the top dry finish. Solid level of ibus, none to aggressive but still very appreciable, while the alcohol feels a bit higher then advertised. Good consuming rate.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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 MrMustard2012
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer Poured: from bottle into Lagunitas IPA glass.

A - Beer pours with a one finger white colored frothy head. Body has a copper color. Well carbonated. Some lacing. Transparent.

S - Roasted malt nose, hoppy, light sweet caramel, vanilla.

T - Hoppy caramel taste, pine flavors truly come out, some vanilla. Bitter.

M - Watery, lower than average body, crisp, extremely bitter aftertaste, dry tart feel

D - Easy to drink IPA, comes with all basic IPA characteristics; bitterness, pine, hoppy, malted caramel taste. Nothing unique, just a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange bodied, medium amount of haze. Pretty large white foamy head, but the pour was energetic, so it might be a tad large. Total coverage of lace. Sweet malt scent, with a bit of bittering hops. Sweet malt front, some bitter hops. Thin to medium bodied, pretty smooth. I hate to knock it, cause its not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 607 ratings
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