Beer of the Weekend #576: Glacial Trail IPA

Last week I sent the LV a review of Glacial Trail IPA, brewed by the Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, Wisconsin.

It was published today so I am free to post it here, too. Woo hoo!

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. “07914” is printed on the neck, but I am unsure if that is a freshness date or not.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is clear, medium amber. A finger of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored foam dissipated slowly, leaving spots of froth, a bubble-spotted ring around the edge, and trails (fittingly) of lacing along the glass.

Smell: When opening the bottle, the first burst of air from under the cap smelled of pleasant citrus. Once in the glass, the overall aroma is malt-heavy but tinged with hop-infused citrus. A solid caramel and lightly toasted malt base is complemented by light grapefruit, Tang-like orange, pineapple, floral hops, pepper, and pine. There is also a little candy apple and strawberry licorice, too.

Taste: The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and dry. After each sip, the bitterness lingers on the taste buds. Much like the aroma, caramel and lightly toasted malts are most prominent. However, light grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, floral and earthy hops, pine, and pepper spice lend a tasty zing to the flavor. As it warms, a pleasant grassiness emerges.

Drinkability: This is tasty and easy drinking stuff — definitely a good choice for around a campfire on a warm evening.

Fun facts about Glacial Trail IPA:

-Style: IPA.

-Price: $8.99/sixer at the Drug Town on First Avenue in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: The ABV is no listed on the bottle or brewery website, but BA pegs it at 5.5 percent.

-Glacial Trail IPA is named in honor of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. I will definitely have to keep that in mind in case I’m in Wisconsin and feel like hiking.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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