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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

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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Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted golden amber with a faint ruby sheen. Tiny jets of CO2 feed a massive, sculptable, never-ending, beige dome. And it laces something filthy.
The nose exudes pine, pulpy grasses, rusty tin, and orange and lime rinds. The hops are fairly loud upfront, but decay gradually to allow a toasty malt component to emerge.
This toasted malt is where the taste begins. It starts and stays on the dry side with English muffins and almonds. But a sweetness does swell up, comprised of caramel and pear. It turns woody midway, bringing some oak-like tannins. The hops do not manifest as loudly or as resinously as they did in the nose. Here, they accent more floral and dry grassy and fallen pine needle tones, along with some bittering notions of mint leaf, alum, rust and rock dust.
Even with the visually evident carbonation, this drinks like a cask pull, glassy and sleek. I like this build a lot, even if it teeters a hair towards the thin side.
This isn't a world beater, but it is very enjoyable. It's also a very balanced IPA. There are some quirks here that place it out of the norm, mostly for the better. It's not for everyone, though. There's a bit of English-styled flair in there, even if it is aptly labeled as American. It's something of a tweener, but the more I drink of it, the more I like it and the more I'm reminded of Meantime IPA and that's pretty strong company.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date October 03, 2013 printed on the label in code, 27613. It's been a long time coming since I've last had this beer, so I figured it was time to revisit it. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright coppery orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy creamy off-white head. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty good.

S - Bright floral and earthy hoppiness, some soapiness, some cream, a bit of husky grainy malt, some breadiness, and some fruity yeasty esters when I look for them. Smells very nice.

T - Taste is of sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, some yeasty green apple, a bit of dry husky grains, herbal piney earthiness, some grapefruit rind & bitterness. Pretty nice, if somewhat average.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some juicy resinous pine / grapefruit hop bitterness lingering on the palate. A sticky, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA, if somewhat slightly above average. Nothing too extreme, although Central Waters makes some fine brews and this one is no exception. Easy drinking and lots of flavor for 5.50% abv.

Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Honey Amber in color. Heavy, creamy head that slowly settled back into the beer. Huge, thick rings of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is more malt focused than I had expected. A lot of cracker/bread/dough aromas. A little black pepper.

Taste is very different than expected. A real toasted malt flavor and very bread like. Some crusty dark bread up front, then some caramel and fruit. Strawberries? Finishing with a bread flavor and then some hops that are coupled with a toasted malt flavor again.

Very interesting.

Mouth feel is medium in body and it feels larger due to the toasted nature of the beer,

Pretty drinkable. I find it's drinkable, but I'm not going crazy about it.

Glad I tried it. Not a hop head version of an IPA, but a well constructed beer.

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Photo of Holland
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Nov 2011. Thanks to Treebs for this extra in a trade.

A: orange/gold color with good sized head that dissipates and gives way to a top-coating lacing.

S; smell is malty with some bitterness mixed in. I'm expecting a bitter IPA rather than a sweet, citrusy IPA.

T: it is indeed quite bitter, but it has great malt character both in the front and on the finish. It also has hints of pine.

M: good crisp feel with medium carbonation (at least) and a medium to light body. This accents the bitterness.

O: solid IPA, but I prefer something with more interesting hop characteristics. Only a slight pine taste and the blast of bitterness gave hints of the hops here.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice murky golden orange hue with a small rocky head. Very little retention but tons of lace is left behind.

S: Very light aromas, but what is there is all about the hops. Notes of pine with light hints of citrus.

T: The flavors are hop forward as well. They are much more powerful than the aroma though. This one is a wonderful mixture of sweet pine and bitter grapefruit. The bitterness is not high, it is just a nice marriage of the hops. Very light caramel malt barely manages to cut through, but the hops shine in this one.

M: Medium to full in body, smooth, with great carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I can't believe this one gets a B on this site. Wonderful hoppy goodness in a bottle. I could drink a dozen on a hot Florida afternoon.

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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 hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Some suspended floaters in there. Aromas of pine, earthiness, and citrus (grapefruit). Tastes of citrus, toasted caramel, and pine. Medium bitter.

Notes from: 7/18/08.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts off clean malty then moves to a light fruity honey sweet malt aroma that takes on sweet citrus and herbal aroma. Seems unique in its sweetness.
Rather dark for style with a brown almost muddy look in color with highlight s of gold. Firm creamy looking head with a solid density and neat combination of heavy lacing & line markings for each drink.
Flavors seem right, but somehow not so much. The blending seems off, lacking both distinction and complementing. Sharp, pushing harsh bitterness with a malt that seems too heavy on the crystal. The long extended finish isn't as pleasing as it could/should. Lacks an enjoyable malt flavor. No sweetness, no fruit.
I really like creaminess of the head, it starts the drink out right. Carbonation is done right.
So much potential, but the flavor is graded the highest for a reason and on that mark it doesn't work. Some improvement as warmed, but not enough.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 dexterk1
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass it goes from the bottle. Pours a dark amber to red. Head is pretty thick and rich.
Odor is floral and citrus.
Taste is floral and citrus as well. Some pine notes are noticeable. It has a pretty average mouth feel however. It is not bad just kind of in the middle. Overall a good IPA.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on Oct. 20th 2008

A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber color. Capping that is a bubbly, light-orange, two-finger head that leaves a fantastic looking mess of lace behind in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus, pineapple, and pine with a healthy dallop of sweet caramel. Also noted were tangy red apple and toasty malt.

T: Pretty sizeable whack of piney hops that's followed by some malt sweetness, pineapple, pine tar, caramel, and more hops. I felt like I tasted a brief hint of peach and/or mango in there as well.

M: The beginning starts off like a big sticky and juicy IPA...and then the middle comes. A quick transfer over to the dry and spicy side of the scale that continues through the finish. Pretty prickly and dry. I believe astringent is a good descriptor.

D: I really liked this beer. I liked how it was sort of two faced. It suckers you in with the promise of sweet juicy goodness and then smacks you with a dry and spicy bitterness that refuses to let go of your mouth.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange amber with a little haze about itself. The head is a nice beige and quite tall. It's pocked with large bubbles and is quite dense. This beer is also well carbonated.
Aroma is rich and fragrant with grapefruit and orange blossoms. Malts are hidden deep in the background as the hop bouquet is the star here. The aroma doen't translate well to the taste. A moderately hoppy and bitter brew, but without the hop taste. Seems mumbled together. Malts are sweet but light in taste and have toward the end a biscuit or toast finish. Smooth and dry with like I said a fairly bitter finish. This was a good beer and definititly would drink more. I don't see the point if your going to make an IPA it should have hop flavor.

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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 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.


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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened the bottle and all i could smell was pine and grapefruit..i said nice! it poured a perfect ipa color with a great head and lacing..the taste was the same a great hop forward pine grapefruit herbs and fruit with great malt backbone everything you want if you like ipas.. i was pleasantly surprised from this ipa it tasted very good i will buy more of this..recommended

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 seeswo
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at the hulmeville inn.

A- comes my way with a good finger of off white head that settles after the first sip leaving sweet lines and a thin skin on top. Copper orange in color with a slight haze.

S- wet grass and a light citrus touch. Mild sweetness coming off with some light caramel and bread.

T- light bitterness with a bit of grapefruit and orange peel. Grassy and a touch dank. Malts are bready and a little sweet but the balance is good. Clean if slightly bitter finish.

M- medium body and a bit higher in carb.

D- tis a good ipa but not a great one. Very drinkable and refreshing but not one that will keep you up at night wanting more.

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Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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 bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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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Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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