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Unplugged Imperial IPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Imperial IPAUnplugged Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

144 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 144
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 06-04-2005)
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Reviews by Knuckles:
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Knuckles

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the foil-wrapped bottle into my New Glarus Brewing Co. pint glass, all of which are courtesy of, well, me. I was in New Glarus as part of my cross-country beer trek, and as the town of New Glarus was only about fifteen or twenty minutes southwest of Madison, I had to stop. I've long loved the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (nee Cherry Ale), and am also rather fond of smoked cheddar. This stop gave me the opportunity to satisfy both my urges. As I was going batshit crazy in the company store (little tip: there's a grocery down the street that actually sells the beers for a little less), I decided to pick up a four pack of this beer. I gave one to BeerPanther, one to FirstMan, kept one for myself and now haven't the faintest goddam idea what happened to the last one. Who stole my beer?

Appearance: I poured it a bit to gently, and got almost no head. It was there, but only reluctantly, and didn't stay around the party for too long afterwards. It's shade of orange is just a shade darker than the melmac bust of JFK I have on my desk, but not as deep as I expect to see in an IIPA.

Smell: Wow. In contrast to the Big A that I had last night, there will be no ass kicking of the malts on the part of the hops. The malts play a huge part in the nose, battling for equal time with the aroma hops. Nicely done.

Taste: These two combatants are evenly matched, but it's almost like a bout of Polish boxing. Typically in an IIPA I expect a huge hop rush at the front, a nice malt middle and then a very hoppy finish (or, as in the case of the Big A, hops all the way through, but somewhat timidly escorted by the malts). This beer, on the other hand, gives them both fairly equal play in all parts of the taste. There is a definite malt middle, but the hops don't really dominate at any point. Even now, as it's sitting on my tongue, the malts are really overshadowing the hoppiness of this IIPA. MInd you, this is after I've let this baby warm up. Cold, the hops are much more prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously viscous, like a french kiss from your pint glass. It moves in and over your tongue, and then lasciviously meanders off down the throat, leaving only memories behind.

Drinkability: First few sips, I wasn't actually impressed with this beer. As it's warmed, it has definitely grown on me. I wish I could find that missing beer so I could.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 01:52:14 | More by Knuckles
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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.

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Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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