Unplugged Imperial IPA - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a cloudy amber with a big off white head that stays well and laces the glass in sheets. Aromas of oranges, some grapefruit, and underlying caramel malt. Flavor is well balanced between grapefruit hops and caramel malts giving some orange flavor, some pineapple, good grainy notes too. Nice balance and good medium body. 10% abv is covered completely and the bitter dry finish leaves you wanting more even after the glass is empty. Of course...Retired.
03-04-2012 20:24:23 | More by beergod1
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
A buddy brought a bunch of samples from New Glarus. The IIPA pours an attractive slightly hazy golden orange with a decent white head leaving a nice lacing. The smell includes a interesting herb followed by citrus and a strong floral and malt notes. The taste brings more of the nose along with a bitter refreshing bite that combines with a strong malt. The mouthfeel was full/medium body. Not quite as high in abv as some IIPAs but was very nice.
11-05-2011 13:36:44 | More by WoodBrew
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Slightly cloudy golden in color. Forms a moderate-sized white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.
S: Quite aromatic. Strong blend of grapefruit and pine with a bit of malty toast in the background.
T: Appreciable toasty malt body then grapefruit, pine, and a little pine resin. Then citrus, lemon, and a little orange, but the orange is overpowered by the grapefruit and pine. Herbal hops and alcohol linger on the finish.
M: On the lighter side of medium with a strong, biting bitterness. Medium to lightly heavy carbonation.
O: Yes! I never figured Dan would produce a beer like this. Maybe not totally West Coast, but pretty damn close, with a in-your face aroma and stinging bitterness. Not the clean, subtle beers NG typically produces, but a damn fine beer indeed.
10-13-2011 22:40:36 | More by Florida9
3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
A- Pours a very light orange-yellow liquid with a thin and splotchy yet creamy white head. A little bland looking for the style.
S- A massive amount of pine up front followed by some grass, mint, and fruitiness. There is a bit of a malt backing, but it is only there as a formality.
T- Sweet malt with a nice piney hop aspect. Simple, sweet, and bitter.
M- A bit oily and smooth with a dry finish.
O- Definitely on the forgettable side for the style. The piney aspect is great, but other than that there is not much else going on.
09-10-2011 04:19:54 | More by david131
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Many thanks to northyorksammy for a box of Wisconsin. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.
Bright gold and gamboge liquid is clearly unfiltered and topped by a lasting creamy ghost white collar and archipelago of micro-bubbles assembled at the surface. Delicate sandy arcs of lacing.
Grapefruit and pineapple in the nose - not quite tropical overall. Pure clean malt. Faint herbal notes as well.
Unapologetically powerful malt bill, though stays away from caramel notes so as not to impede the delivery of potent hop flavors. Menthol, watermelon, subtle pepper, and pine/citrus C-hops blend perfectly - crisp bitter refreshing profile overall. Finishes dry, bitter, and slightly herbaceous.
Medium-bodied, actively carbonated, and brisk.
Not a style I'd expect New Glarus to excel at, but this is the peer of the majority of top-tier hop-head-oriented examples available in SoCal. Worth seeking out for sure.
09-10-2011 01:59:05 | More by augustgarage
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to maximum12 for the chance to try this one again, and review it!
A-Clear gold with just a hint of honey, some nice pooling of a white head and good lacing.
S-Juicy, juicy hops. This is the freshest bottle I have had of this one. Sweet citrus and pine. Luscious.
T-Sweet malt complements the sweet fruity hops quite nicely. Hop presence is solid but not overpowering.
M-Medium bodied, surprisingly light on the tongue. Nice carbonation.
O-I am a big fan of this one. ABV is a bit higher than I like but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Really nice.
08-31-2011 01:33:52 | More by sholland119
3.3/5 rDev -19.7%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Color: Clear pale gold.
Smell: Orangey, leafy, aspirin, fresh mint, papaya, alcoholic esters and a honey-like maltiness.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy body draws in the smoothness. Hop bitterness is very aggressive. Citirc rind, peppercorn, warming alcohol, mint, leafy resin and some dry bready malt. Hops don't let up so easy either. Tropical fruit, yeast and hard lingering hop in the bitter finish.
Overall: Hops are clearly the show stealer here, perhaps too aggressive as with each sip there is no recovering … just more hops.
08-08-2011 01:25:55 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
According to the label this 'IIPA' is 9% abv.
A: Clear, orange-golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise through the column in clumps rather than streams.
S: Bready and vinous, with retreating hops that lose their tropical fruit and citrus notes within five minutes. The qualities are remarkably clean, advertising well the malt profile to come in the taste. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with bright and acidic bready malt that is crisp and appealing, if not particularly deep. Hop aromatics are restrained early, showing a fairly wide spectrum of flavors (dominated by grapefruit citrus and pine) but not shouting about them particularly loud. Soft malt is retained into the middle, where fruit flavors are delicate and vinous. Bitterness is moderate in the finish and slightly astringent, with some new grapefruit peel and lemongrass as well as a marginal lean toward the sweet also happening late. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, simultaneously delicate and exciting on the palate allowing the drinker to note that the acidity is more tasted than felt, with low carbonation.
D/O: This is a very interesting DIPA that comes across as malt-forward, owing to a feather-light (for the style) backbone of English malt that is striking upon its deconstruction. It is just as enjoyable when taken as a whole, with a soothing texture that adds to the experience. While it might not turn too many heads as a limited-release, almost any Midwestern brewery would be lucky to have this beer as its well-rounded DIPA for all seasons.
07-28-2011 17:42:10 | More by beagle75
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Hazy golden brew, just a little darker than a Weizen, with a small white head.
S: Huge pine and lemon hop aroma, like a Christmas tree, or like Pinesol (but not astringent/chemical).
T: Strong pine and lemon flavor again with an average bitterness balanced on a medium-bodied malt base with a sort of bready middle (finish goes back to the hops). Very clean, complex, and refreshing. This was probably my favorite New Glarus beer the moment I tasted it.
M: Nice average body appropriate to IIPA with good carb and crisp, clean character.
Great! Says here it's not brewed anymore, but I saw quite a bit of it in the grocery store. From the aroma it can't be that old. I might have to get some more.
07-24-2011 00:16:36 | More by vitrael
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.
Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head. Very bubbly, head does not seem to want to recede any time soon.
Smell: Very citrus-y. Nice and pungent, bitter hoppiness as well. Malt backbone seems to be present but the hops dominate the smell.
Taste: Wow delicious! Perect balance of bitterness in conjunction with citrus flavors. Honestly I am surprised this beer is not more highly regarded! Maybe due to the slight noticability of the alcohol content but other than that it is clean and nice and refreshing. Reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (I hate these comparisons most times but this one really does remind me of it).
Mouthfeel: To style, heavier side of medium but low to medium carbonation.
Overall: Very much enjoyed! I would love to have regular access to New Glarus offerings and am so happy I had the chance to try this one out!
07-19-2011 21:52:44 | More by OddNotion
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. This beer is a deep gold color with a one finger rocky white head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smells resinous and grassy. This gives off a really nice aroma.
Bitter hops up front with a little nutty sweetness from the malts.
For a IIPA this is smooth. For the alcohol content it's not very noticeable, doesn't coat the mouth and leave a potent lingering aftertaste. Sometimes I like the aftertaste but it's a good change to have a quality IIPA without the hardcore aftertaste.
One of the lighter IIPA's I've tasted. Nothing here is over the top or extreme which is what I typically go for. This is different and good.
07-13-2011 04:34:30 | More by JCaweinstein
Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.