Unplugged Imperial IPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Imperial IPAUnplugged Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

130 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 147
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Skidz on 06-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 147
Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. Citrus, pine - very strong. There is a hint of the caramel malt in the back, but it's minor to the hops. Lots of hop flavors in this one. Citrus and pine all mixed together. The hope flavor overtakes the malt here as well. Lots of hop stuff going on. The body on this one is pretty thick and the drinkability is just ok because of the high hop levels. (484 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright pale gold and quite clear with a good effervesence of bubbles. The lightest, most yellow of any Double IPA's I've seen. Solid white medium cap of firmly set froth. Settles quickly yet keeps a modest foamy topping and laces the glass entirely with decoratively fine frosting.

Vibrant and highly citric nose. Pungently high ended lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine peels. Abundantly fresh, misty, and lively with citusy verve. Solid pine notes gives a sweet resinous drippy oilyness right in with the overall tone. A nice array of hops here.

Taste is bountifully charged with fat citrus bestowing an ample toned peel mist of yellow grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Semi acidic with a mellow bitterness yet sharply compositioned over a light sugary coated soft bread cookie. Pineyness emerges late along with a smurfing of alcoholic warmth and resin oil. Very light caramel malt drifts in the background. Not overly complex, just a whole lot of hops that are quite built up with a higher end citrus thats very enthralling. Mostly hops and mostly citric. Lovely!

Feel is about medium with a crystal clean start, smooth until the midway point where the citrus flavors and character flood in along with a roughly edged warmth and cottony coating of fluffy citrus skins and pith strands. Man oh man does the citrusy stuff stand on your palate for a prolonged period. Very nice in that respect.

This stuff is amazingly fine to drink. The overall milder tone of bitterness, the cleaner, fresher profile, and simpleness mends together appropriately while supporting its own citric hoppy heft.
In a word...drinkable! Oh...so close to perfect.

Indebted to jeffboo for another fine WI acquisition! (1,705 characters)

Photo of truthbrew
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at brewery 3 days after release. Orange copper brew with thin, white head and huge piney resin aroma. Taste is rich, quite malty and bitter as expected, though finish is very clean and doesn't impart to harsh of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, sticky with balance towards malt. Very easy drinking and enjoyable for a IIPA.

Never expected New Glarus to brew this style, but a nice straight forward example that blends English and American hops. (456 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out clear, pale orange with a medium head of small white bubbles. Malt aroma with piney hops and rotten fruit. There is also a burst of alcohol in the nose. The flavor is very malty, with lots of fruit, like apricots and those oranges that come in a can. The hops come in with a forceful bitter presence, but are not over the top. This is actually pretty well balanced for an extreme beer. The most amazing thing is how smooth and easy drinking this beer is. While the alcohol is biting in the nose, it's no where to be found when you sip this beer. I don't know what the abv is on this beer, but it's very well hidden. Also, the flavor is very clean. This is a very well crafted beer. (718 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale gold and sits a lightly foggy golden amber in the glass with a good sized creamy off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, holding to the sides and leaves a good coating of lace around the glass.

Aroma is a rich melding of gooey caramel, apples, oranges and grapefruit laid down on bed of dried pine needles. Crisp and fruity with a balance of lightly toasted malt character and hints of rum cake.

Flavor is delightfully balanced, the journey starts with both malt and hops character in equal pace. Ever so lightly toasted, borderline biscuity malt character boasts caramel and some mild fruity esters on the mouth, apples, pears and nectarines mainly. Hops put out a massive whallop of pine infused citrusy flavors, ruby red grapefruit, orange, kumquat pulp, and just an added bit of spicy, green hops flavor. Alcohol warms up in the well-bittered finish, complete with a light pepperiness and much piney goodness lingering on.

Delightfully creamy and smooth in the mouth, total carbonation mellowness and silky flowing medium-full body. You could fall asleep on this cushiony body.

Very tasty IIPA, great backbone and character exceeds demand. Very well rounded, and this is fresh at that. Give it time, and the malts will come out a bit more, I'd say drink it while it's fresh because this is damn tasty. Dreadnaught fans will find this to be a familiar face. (1,393 characters)

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Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.