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 | website

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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199
Ratings:
597
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one my way.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a finger of sticky off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Quite heavy on the caramel and toffee maltiness. The hop character is there, though in the background. It's mostly spicy and herbal with a decent grass note, too. Just a hint of fruitiness on the back end.

T: Strangely toasty in nature with lots of bready malts and caramel. A slight bitterness to it with lots of woody/herbal hops and a light spicy note, too. There is still a fair amount of sweetness, too.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too sweet without the real intense and citrusy hop profile that I tend to look for in an IPA.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large, dense, white head that has good retention and laces well. Straw-amber color. A slight, grapefruit-like aroma. Starts with a nice hop bitterness and a bright, citric flavor, and then the malt comes through, drifting back to hop bitterness (citrus rind) in the finish.

Not bad. Nothing that really stands out, but I appreciate the added maltiness. I like it.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in either August or September, 2011 (the notch is right on the line in between the two). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a cloudy dark amber topped by a hesitant layer of papaya-whip snow which recedes to a light dusting and a two-tier collar. Thin lacing, shimmering light tears, average-at-best retention.

Unusual aroma suggests cinnamon, floral hops, and maybe a little candy corn or buttered caramel along with pine.

Woody palate entry suggest varnish, cedar, and evergreen - again, quite unusual. Some brighter grapefruit pith notes mingle with hints of autumn leaves into the medium-dry very earthy (almost dusty) forest-floor finish. Bitterness is present but mild throughout.

A touch oily and occasionally astringent all at once with slightly low carbonation.

A different deep-in-the-woods take on an IPA - evocative but not entirely successful for the style.

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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 seeswo
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next blind beer in the sequence, 12oz poured into my lost abbey stem.

Pours golden brown with a fizzy whitish head. Looks good. - 4.0

The nose is very lightly hoppy and a touch malty. Yes I know how lame that is, but it doesn't really smell like much at all. An intense swirl gives off some very lightly citrus hops, which are nice. - 3.0

A strong maltiness merges with a burst of relatively generic hop bitterness. It tastes somewhat familiar, as a pretty stereotypical Midwest IPA. It almost tastes like a hoppy amber in the degree to which the malt plays emerges - similar to ambergeddon from ale asylum (bottle shape is different though). - 3.5

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy with above average carbonation that teams up with a burst of hop bitterness to prickle the tongue. - 3.5

Overall, this beer drinks easy. I keep thinking that I am sitting at the Old Fashioned in Madison, WI drinking this brew, which is a nice memory. The hop flavor and the maltiness are a bit one note in their presentation, but I could definitely drink a few pints of this in a bar, and I feel like I have had this or something close to it. - 3.5

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a clean golden/copper pour, 2 fingers of bright white head, good amount of lacing. smells of slight citrusy grapefruit, caramel malt, bready. not much hop presence there in flavor, but lots of caramel and a slight bitterness in the finish. medium in body, moderate amount of carbonation. a decent beer, but not feeling much in the hops category, which at this point in game i feel is crucial for an ipa to have.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Glacial Trail pours a darker golden color, with a nice long lasting head. Their is a clean crisp hoppy aroma. The taste has a pronounced malty backbone, with a bold hoppy flavor. These flavors do standout, and their is a strange soapy like aftertaste. Overall not the worst, but not great, expected better from central waters.

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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 Stevedore
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.6%
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 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 HamdenHector
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -2.8%
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 Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange color with a 1/2 inch light yellow colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a small sudsy layer on the beer.

Aroma consists primarily of an herbal pine aroma, with some floral characteristics present as well, and a subdued caramel aroma on the back end.

A very nice piney, floral flavor with a very earthy bitterness that assaults you initially with a sweet malt, caramel flavor backing up the hops. The finish is relatively dry and quite bitter with a hint of caramel sweetness.

I found this to be a decent representation of the style. I'd say the balance definitely tilts towards the bitter end and the hop flavor wasn't what I'm used to in an American IPA, but overall not a bad choice.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 9/29/08.
Thanks to Deuane for grabbing me two of these on a trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Gritty copper-colored body with maple accents, sparse carbonation and tons of tiny particulates suspended throughout.
Almost a finger of creamy off-white head quickly receded into a thin film but left a coat of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is a melange of caramel malt, bread, earthy hops, citrus rind, toasted grains and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Opens with a fairly aggressive hop profile consisting of citrus and earthy flavors with a bit of sweetness to balance. Finishes with a barrage of toasted grains and a mild burnt caramel aspect with an herbal hop bite.

M - Smooth, syrupy texture segues into a lively carbonated mouthfeel the longer you swirl it around. Assertive bitterness envelopes the tongue and lingers for quite a while, imparting a dry finish on the palate.

D - In the grand scheme of things, this is a middle-of-the-road IPA that's drinkable but could benefit from a cleaner body and more defined hop profile. With that said, I would have another down the road.

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Photo of storksonm
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large glass mug.

A: golden amber look to it.

S: Smells like an Ipa plenty o-hops

T: Tastes like an Ipa with a little smoke flavor to it.

M: smooth, light bitter

D: Its an alright Ipa its definitely drinkable though im used to more from central waters.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Nice to see Central Waters in the Commonwealth.

A: The IPA is caramel amber color, brown with a translucent body. A small head, white, comes with the beer.

S: The nose is caramel paired with vegetal hops. The greenness of the hops is distinct from the wet aroma of a harvest ale. The caramel maltiness is difficult to ignore.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose, more pale ale than IPA. The caramel body is strong, a sweet bready force that rules over most of the ale. The hoppiness is vegetal and green, seemingly very fresh. The hoppiness, nominally citrus, is bitter but generally without focus. I've noticed the same thing from the bottled version, a decent beer that seems a little short as an IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is more malty than not. A chewy ale that brings bitterness but not focus. I'd love to see a crisper hop presence.

D: A drinkable IPA in the purest sense. The ale, however, isn't my favorite from Central Waters.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look : Cider/iced tea hues and 80% opaque; shadowed fingers on the other side; popcorn colored head @ 3 fingers, lace in broken sparse Matrix patterns.

Smell : Pine resin, oil, varnish, tree. Club cracker. Weak to medium strength.

Taste : More orange than pine, although both are present. Orange peel; pine oils; biscuit; pine needles.

Feel : Slightly oily, medium bodied, bothersome carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall : There's just not enough here to warrant a good score. If the IPA is going to be by the book and unoriginal, the least it can do is provide a clean and crisp presentation, even while oils are present. This doesn't even do that. I like Central Waters but this one is a major pass.

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