Glacial Trail IPA | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by WJVII on 04-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
605
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
72
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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an off-white/light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit and apricot from the hops; a light cotton candy fruityness from the yeast; hints of toffee from the malt. Plenty of depth to the nose, but it's not huge.

T: Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot & grassy hops, solid bitterness, biscuits, nuts, toffee and a slight fruityness. Very good.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy with some hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a dark amber, really plum color that shows hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is crystal malt dominated with stick caramelized malt sugars, a biscuit-like toastiness and even a bit of sweet tea aromas coming through. A touch of grassy, slightly herbal hop character is noticeable in the finish, but you really have to dig around to notice it underneath the heavy crystal malt notes. The nose on this beer has a nice, chewy malt character to it, but the hop character is just lame and a huge let down for a mild Pale Ale, much less an IPA.

A bit fizzy as it hits the tongue, the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. The beer has a herbal, sometimes menthol like hop note that lightly flavors the beer and there is a bitterness in the finish that is somewhat consumed by the up front malt character during most of the flavor profile, but it does come out a bit more in the lingering, dry finish. Crystal malt derived flavor dominate in the second sip with sweet tea flavors, dry but caramelized malt notes, and a solid biscuit like malt toasted note. The beer has a medium fullness to it that is a bit heavier and chewier than I like in an IPA

Definitely a huge let down, this is a perfect example of a mildly hoppy Amber Ale, but I was really hoping for an IPA. There are not off flavors it is just too focused on crystal malt derived flavors.

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Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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

An "on us" bottle from France 44, with a Nov notching on the label.

It pours a yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has an earthy hop aroma along with some citrus and some sweet malt notes. It smells good.

The taste is pretty darned balanced, which is nice. Some earthy hoppy goodness with light citrus, some sweet malt, and a hint or 2 of grain. This is not going to knock your socks off if you're a big hopped IPA kind of person but I find it very smooth and easy drinking.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation for the style, it has a smooth mouthfeel. Oh and the foam lasts throughout the session leaving some spotty lacing. I like.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

A nutty, earthy nose evokes moist, mature deciduous floor one might find along the glacial trail on a cool morning in late May or early June. It pours hazy burnt amber under a light tan 1” head that produces thick lace. The nutty beer lightly sweetened by pale caramel rolls over the tongue with a very creamy texture leading to an assertive but not harsh bitter finish with a light fruit flavor somewhere between pineapple and peach. A very fine soft texture gives the beer an airy feel.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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 beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A brown appearance, this does not appear to be anything like most pale ales. So much sediment, yeast and whatever else floating in this one. Is it old? I dunno, there is no bottle dating. Aroma was a bit of bitter hoppy, but not much else.

Another high malt, caramel, crystal malt, brown malt kind of bitter ipa. This is definitely one of the shittier beers from one of my favorite breweries. I'd say hops aren't their thing, but they make a good session ipa, so who knows, maybe this is just their 1995 ipa and they ain't gonna change it!

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, amber, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine, light orange and light caramel. Sweet start and decent bitter aftertaste. Above average to average IPA. I prefer several others in the style. Unsure if I would get this again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

This IPA has an appearance that is amber in color, nearly two fingers of white head. Smells of tangerine, hops, flowers. It tastes a bit resiny with carmel and more hops, bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry, bitter finish. A pretty good IPA, but would not pick this up too often with so many other options out there (that is if I had regular access to it in CT).

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

A tad hazey copper, caramel, toasted orange peel color. Good head and great foam. The bubbling is OK.

Orange peel that is just a little toasted, thanks to the toasted white bread and caramel malt aromas mixing well with the hops.

Toasty malts that offers biscuit and toast flavors combine with bitter, yet just a little sweet orange peel hop. These flavors combine to form an orange marmalade on a toasted biscuit sort of flavor. Pretty good in my book. Worth picking this IPA up again.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Casanova's in Hudson WI, delighted that CW has finally showed up within easy driving distance. This is my first taste of their 'everyday' lineup, which I've been looking forward to.

Pours a very murky orange, with scores if not hundreds of sediment suspended in the mix. Reeks of sweetness & mildly of hops.

The nose was a tip-off that this isn't my type of IPA. While there's a satisfying hop chomp at the end of this, the sweet song of malts are more prominent, which isn't my definition of an IPA. Still...although 'balance' is a dirty word to call an IPA (to me), the balance here comes as close to working as a malt-heavy IPA can. That bitterness at the end is serious business. As it warms a bit the hops start to win the battle. That's more like it.

I can feel my mouth numbing not quite halfway into the 12 oz. of Glacial Trail. Perhaps there are more hops that I thought? Don't know what the ABV on this one is, but it's a brew that could be put down by the pint or three if one didn't have to go far.

Very good beer. Grows better as it warms & the hop characteristics arrive in force.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking orange body. Billowy dirty white head laces the glass entirely as I drink. The nose is quite pungent, resiny and fairly thick. Not particularly "bright," but an IPA doesn't have to be "bright" in my book to kick ass. The smoky oily aromas bring it on home for me in this one. It all translates nicely to the palate as well. There's a big bitterness here for just a "plain 'ol IPA". It's jagged, but not overly so. And the pungent attributes surface on the palate as well. Body is damn near full. This is good. A few days ago I had this back to back with a New Glarus Hop Hearty IPA, which I think fairly highly of, and this impressed me more. Central Waters rarely disappoints.

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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little bit darker than most, this one approaches light brown territory. Lots of chunky yeast floaties from this one. Aroma could have been hoppier, was expecting hoppier.

Caramel, woodsiness, high bitterness, low if any floral hop aspect at any point. Malty all over the place. Bitterness hits often and hard.

This is so far from the usual quality of CW's stuff. Don't hold this one beer against them. Just doesn't come across as a good ipa to me, much less an ipa.

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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 ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Muddied copper color...minimal head

S-mild hops on the aroma...tangerines and oranges along with more of a sweeter, candied maltiness...some mild floral notes emerge deeper...

T-Surprisingly pretty bitter (never would have guessed that from the smell)...pink grapefruit is very evident....the sugary malt is there too but overwhelmed by the unsweetened grapefruit....also some tangerines

M-Bitter, dry...medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-There are better IPA's and worse IPA's....too much pure "bitter" but not "tasty bitter"...average IPA....not even in the ballpark with Hop Hearty, Lakefront or Bitter Woman...

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glacial Trail IPA from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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