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Unplugged Cranbic Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

578 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 234
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 10-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 578 | Reviews: 318
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atone315 for this one. Enjoyed the day after Christmas after my wife enacted a dry 24th and 25th. Pours clear and the same color as apple juice, with a small white head atop. No lacing and no retention. Beautiful aroma of tart berries and lemons. Tart flavor as well. Very light and refreshing and an easy drinker. Its been a while since i had Belgian Red from NG but this is just as good as that beer.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Pours a beautiful pink/red with quick white head. Smell is kind of weird funk, light cranberries, and sour lemon. Taste is intense cranberries with some other berry presence. Cherry, blackberries, raspberries and a nice sour wild funk. Feel is heavy carbonation, with a moderate stickiness that is welcome. Crisp, light easy to drink.

Overall this beer is a great take on a fruited wild ale with a fruit you don't often see in beers. Very nice.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

Twelve ounce bottle shared last night.

A: Pours a clear reddish orange with a 1/4-inch thick white head which settles to the rim and leaves spots of lace.

N: Sour, tannic, fruity - cherries.

T: Fruity, sweetly tart, cherry skin and juice, cranberry seems to have faded.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finish is tart and fruity.

O: Not much cranberry left in this bottle, instead plenty of cherry replacement. Aged nicely, one of my earliest acquisitions. Thanks to whomever added this to our trade way back in the day.

Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, thanks Shawn and Dani for opening this one up today, 2/6/2014.

App- Light ruby-brown body, 1-finger white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of retention, a bit of lacing. Looks very well carbonated in the glass, like a champagne would.

Smell- Very much sour, like Wild Sour Ale was. A non-descript fruitiness comes out, perhaps from the cranberries. A lot of nice dry sugariness at the end. Not complex, but good.

Flavour- Similar to the nose, although the base malts come out more than in the nose. Acidity, sour is 3/10, sweet cranberries. Think Enigma but lighter bodied and crisper.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied, which is just fine for this beer. Good carbonation, good aftertaste of aforementioned fruitiness. This beer is a bit too sweet for me to down a bottle on my own, even if I wanted to.

Overall- Interesting beer; nothing insanely special but it's a solid fruit beer by NG.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark amber with a pinkish hue and a tight white head. Nose is huge cranberry with a strong sawdust oakiness in back and notes of vanilla. Taste is tart cranberry and lots of oaky goodness. Notes of vanilla in back with an assertive carbonation on a medium body with a very soft palate.

Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle in a teku. Bottled July 2011.

A - It is a orangish apple juice color with a 1 finger white head. It fades into oblivion and leaves behind a few marks of lacing.

S - This smells like the apple ale, but with added cranberry juice. Other tart fruit aromas and maybe the slightest hint of vanilla.

T - Good amounts of sweet apple are present. Tart cranberry/cherry notes fill in the middle. There is also a nice light malt and vanilla annotation to compliment the other flavors.

M - Light bodied and fully carbonated, just like Dan always does with the fruit beer.

O - What can I say? This beer is fantastic and Dan needs to brew it again since it is getting close to 4 years since it was last around.

Photo of nlmartin
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my 2012 Secret Santa Montrosse. Dude you seriously treated me to some killer beers!

A- The beers appearance is a pleasing golden coloration with a light cranberry splash. I am thinking a tequilla sunrise sort of effect. The head was white and shortly lived. No lacing is noted.

S- The aroma of the beer is a mixture of sweet and tart aromas. Think of Belgian Red with cranberries in place of cherries. Nice floral aromas chase about fresh cut oak aromas. All of these aromas are built on a nice biscuity aroma. Subtle acidic aromas waft about the beer.

T- This beer is all about the interplay of sweetness and tartness. Very pleasant cranberry sweetness and sour layered on a nice malty biscuity base beer. The beer never becomes overly acidic. Its sort of like a moderately sweetened balsamic vinegar.

M- The body is light and nicely carbonated. The beer never becomes overly acidic. This is just a nice interplay between sweet and sour.

O- This beer has a very nice interplay between sweet and sour. Only complaint is I only have one of these.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, clear light red, medium white head. The aroma is has light vinergar. The flavor is balanced between cranberry sweetness, and a pleasant tartness. It has a lingering sour finish. The beer is light, acidic, easy drinking for a sour. A very enjoyable beer, very glad to have tried it.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This has a really warm orange hue with notes of pumpkin, apple cider, and tangerine pressed through a centrifuge and just the serum partition remains.

S: Pretty mild overall, but has some light clean tangerine notes poking through a light funk tapestry. Reminds me of standing in an orchard during high pollen at the beginning of harvest season.

T: Fruit-centric brett, again with notes of tangerine (the color is seems to be highly suggestive) and mild sourness that is extremely well placed and akin to a fruit snack. It also seems to somehow bring a lot of complex malt flavors (special B, biscuit, honey) together with obvious light ones (white wheat) - this gives it some muscle halfway through.

M: Light, mild, refreshing, *NOT ASTRINGENTLY ACIDIC IN ANYWAY*

O: Amazing wild ale for taste, refreshment, availability, and price. Total package.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fdkayti & duff27 for sending this bottle my way! Thanks Kayti & Duff!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a weird pink bodied beer. Modest one finger of white head that drops to a ring around the beer.

Smell: yeah cranberries. Sour cherries. Decent oakiness with a musty and earthy funkiness. Vinegar is also quite present; it smells like its going to be really sour.

Taste: mildly sour and moderately vinegary. Tart cranberries and sweet cherries. To my surprise the beer is sweeter than I expected it to be. The oak barrel seems to have imparted a lot of vanilla character to the beer after some time has passed. It still has a touch of woody oak. The beer is a little musty with a little carboard note in there also.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is starting to get a little bit syurpy.

Overall: This is better than I remember when I drank it was fresh beer along time ago. Still an enjoyable beer. Try to get a bottle if you can and drink them now if you have a bottle!

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a white foamy head retains nicely and leaves some decent lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with sweetened cranberry juices with some underlying mulled spices and oak that emerge more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with sweet cranberry juice combined with some lemony sour/tartness that emerges midway through the flavor, though the sweetness kicks back up in the finish. As it warms the subtle acidic and oak notes that add more dimension to the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Finish is on the sweeter end but the bumped up carbonation helps to create a dry balance.

Overall this is avery drinkable, refreshing fruit beer from New Glarus but just a little too much sweetness for my palate. Not as good as their Apple Ale or Raspberry Tart. Maybe that my bias towards those flavors but this one just felt a little one noted.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for hooking me up, Steven. Almost 3 years old, this added beauty with age. Reddish brown, with some spider lace, and only the faintest head. Pleasant berry aroma. Smooth mouth feel, with some acidic bite. Very drinkable. Tasty and good job, different and not as biting as the Mikkeller 2 days ago.

Photo of black13
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sherm1016 for this bottle.

Opened this on a rare day in Oregon that hit 100F! Hoping it's refreshing.

A: A good pour produces a nice white head that rapidly dissipates to nothing. It sounded very effervescent, if only for a moment. Appears reddish/pink and reminds me of some Jello I made the other day.

S: Sweetness and a light fruity aroma. Not able to pinpoint the fruit, but it smells like berries.

T: Starts off with a sweet cranberry-esque taste, but also resembles berries in general. Quite refreshing with a crisp clean finish. Didn't pick up any tartness or sourness, which I really enjoy. As it warms up, I start to pick up dark fruit flavors that add some more body and complexity to the beer.

M: Quite effervescent with a full bodied flavor and feel. It coats the mouth without being overpowering.

D: Very drinkable, especially on a hot day like today. It would be easy to put down a few of these, and at this ABV, you probably wouldn't feel it.

Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short lived white head on a kind of pinkish-amber body. Very little lacing, no cap or collar.

S- Same sort of crisp, tarty smell you get from Apple Ale/Enigma/Wisconsin Belgian Red/Raspberry Tart. Can't pick out the specific fruit just yet but it smells good.

T- Ah yes, there it is. Like refreshing cranberry juice, only way better. Mouth puckering tartness (borderline sour) at the beginning, only to finish sugary sweet at the tail end. Nary a trace of alcohol.

M- Has that *dance-on-your-tongue" carbonation that we've come to know and love from New Glarus. Medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Highly drinkable (my pint was gone in less than 10 minutes) but I wouldn't want more than one serving. My only complaint is that I wish the appearance was up to par with all of Cran-Bic's other attributes. Another great tart fruit beer from New Glarus.

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ups to mmatroop for this extra.

As a big fan of AWAs and sours in general I was excited to try this one on.

Big flavor and smell of cranberry. Almost tastes like a cider but the the subtle to mid size sourness peeps through.

It is probably just my BBRIS pallet but I can not taste a single hint of booze whatsover. The wifey shared this with me and she is a big sour fan but thought it was too sweet.

For what they were going for, they probably nail it. I can imagine the sorority girls way back in my college years chugging this stuff for days.

Great to try once. But I'll stick with the loons and the beefy RR offerings.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending me this beer back NOOB BIF 6 (back in the fall of 2011... I think this is the last beer from that box)

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, orange with a slight touch of ruby - not as red as I would expect - small, white head - not much carbonation (this is years old, so whatever) - leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Sour and berries - some cranberries, but really more of a neutral, ripe berry aroma - very nice, and nicely sour - slightly sweet and tart - some pale malts underneath - honestly, reminds me of New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Taste: Sour berries - juicy, fleshy berries - nicely tart, slightly sour and puckering - fruit sugar - on the sweet side, with lots of cranberry sweetness - very interesting, with a lot of depth in the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body, fruit stickiness, adequately carbonated

Overall: Very interesting

In my humble opinion, this tastes more like a fruit beer than an American Wild Ale. It's slightly sour, but it's more tart and fruity. Regardless, it's tasty, and I'm more than happy that I had a chance to dry it.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Bright orange with a slight chill haze. Almost no head. Tiny collar is bright-white and bubbly. Minimal carbonation. It glows.

Smell: Sharp bite of cranberry. Tart fruit flesh. Some wood. Bright tart edge. Juicy fruit flesh as well. Fresh juice and a pronounced sweetness. It's like cranberry juice fermented in an oak barrel. Mild funk edge. Bright.

Taste: Holy cranberry, Batman. Flesh and juice and skin. Destroyed the cranberry and then fermented it. Nice tartness cuts through some of the sweetness. Nicely layered. Touches of wood come through the back. Almost raspberry juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Just this side of medium. Almost no carbonation. Dry.

Overall: New Glarus + fruit = win. They know what they're doing and this is just another not te belt of New Glarus fruit beer.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has been sitting in my cellar for a few months but not too long. Poured into Stone Double Bastard tumbler.

A - Large bubble white head of about 1/4 finger which quickly fell. Body is clear and light. Looks like apple juice.

S - There is a nice funky quality to it like lime and lime rind to go with grapefruit. Only slight cranberry.

T - A lot sweeter than the nose. Great cranberry flavors that start sweet and finish with good sour. A lot of apple flavors in here and acidity.

M - A little light on body but carbonation is good. The fruitiness makes me want more body for some reason.

O - A wonderful fruit beer that I would call one of the best. I'm not a fan of the super sweet fruit sours, but this does a good job.

Photo of dfernandez77
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Warm amber, lightly hazy, light head that dissipates nearly instantly.

Smell: Indistinguishable malt profile, wet gravel, dry dirt, old wood, sweet and fruity, acetic acid, mild funk.

Taste: Sweet and tart, slightly buttery, slightly salty, fruity like sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, invigorating. The aromas don’t give away the sweet/tart bomb in the flavor.

Feel: Light body, puckering and slightly astringent. Acetic acid forward in the finish.

Overall: A surprising complex wild ale. Sweet and tart battle with fruity sweetness and astringency between. At the first sip I exclaimed “Wow!” out loud at the surprise assault. Reminds me more of an old world Lambic than many other American wild ales. Well done.

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from fastpass17 – big thanks for throwing this in.

Poured into a snifter – has a golden amber color, very similar to apple juice. Thin white head forms at first pour, then fades to some bubbles at the edges. Mostly still with some slight carbonation. Smells of funky green apples, oak and brett. There’s also some berry notes towards the back, but muddled by the sour apple.

Taste is much more cranberries, sour cherries and a slight bit of bitterness. Not overly sour with a bite at the back of the throat. There’s some slight barrel and woodsy notes as well. Again, not much (if any carbonation) but for the style it’s not needed. Good mouthfeel with a light to medium viscosity (much like apple juice).

This is a really tasty take on a lambic and quite enjoyable. If only I lived near New Glarus or they could ship CA…….

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave spotty lacing and a nice creamy halo with spotty clouding.

S - Nice and tart and sweet. Not sure if I really get any cranberries per say but I do get some nice light tart. There are some fun barrel notes here, oak, vanilla. This is very, very perfumey too.

T - So, hmm. Its sweet, not too too sweet with light malt sweetness. Good cranberry tartness, a shocking amount of wood and vanilla from the wood and tons of perfume/potpourri flavours. Its kinda weird but I like it. Every now and then I get some nice distinct cranberry but mostly that potpourri.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for a wild ale. Nice and refreshing, enough carbonation to stop it from falling thin or flat.

O - Overall this is a good beer. The potpourri funk qualities is slightly distracting, as is the odd amount of vanilla I'm getting from the barrel. Still though, its worth seeking out if just to try.

Photo of brystmar
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a break from my Power Through Random Extras Night to actually drink something good.

Pours a pinkish color that's rarely seen in beer. Mild white head leaves some mesh atop the brew. Sticky lace too.

I don't recall this brew having an aroma this spicy, but it's definitely reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Seriously has pumpkin in the nose. Cranberries and funky yeast share the spotlight with the spices, though I wish it were free of spice.

Tart fruit, a touch of funk, and some sweetness compose most of the flavor. Tart cranberries work well in this mixture. It *is* a bit sweet, but I happen to like that.

Cranbic ranks among my favorite off-the-shelf sours from American brewers. Word on the street is they have no plans to brew this again, and that would be a shame. I love me some Cranbic!

Photo of davey101
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No idea what vintage this is, but it is from the thumbprint series rather than the unplugged label. Thanks to woosterbill fro this beer! 12 oz red foil wrapped bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy dark orange body. Has an almost peach hue to it out of the light. One finger off white head formed initially. Settles down to some soapy edging with a ton of lacing and retention.

S - Tart cherries and cranberries. Smooth mixture of oak, vanilla, and funky brett. This is the pleasant form of the dirty sock aroma.

T - Tart and sour cranberry juice initially. This is followed by barrel notes of vanilla and oak. The finish is yeasty with a bit of spice and cinnamon. Funky notes linger around with the mouth puckering tartness. Mouth feel is spritzy and medium bodied, almost syrupy.

O - New Glarus makes some of the best fruit beers in America in my opinion. This is an awesome cranberry wild ale. Really tart and refreshing. I wish I had access to this stuff.

Photo of thain709
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure about the vintage date on this one as it was pulled from Deuane's basement. Thanks man!

A - Pours with a clear golden body that showcases some darker ruby highlights...the head was thin and white in color and dissipated quickly to just a ring...a few patches of lacing

S - This one is sweet and full of tart cranberries...they give off a little juiciness, but the sweetness is foremost...nothing else stands out above it

T - The flavors are sweet, juicy, and tart...the cranberries were a good choice as they are the right amount of tart and adding some candied sugar cranks up the sweetness level...not getting too much spice or yeast coming through, which isn't problem...there is an underlying grape flavor that lends itself to being winey sometimes, but again, not a bad thing

M - Light bodied...tart, refreshing, bubbly,

O - I really enjoyed this one...I wish I would have been able to grab a few more bottles from the basement...some might say it's too sweet, but I think the cranberries were the right choice

Photo of jegross2
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Cran-bic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company. Full disclosure upfront: not a fan of sours generally.
Score: 84

2011 vintage bottle served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 04/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a cider color with a thin layer of bubble head that quickly dissipates into a pencil thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Tart cranberries, granny smith apples and a little white grape. Hawaiian punch and little sweet vinegar sour aroma too. Nice sweet-and-sour aroma. 3.75/5

Taste: Tart, sweet-and-sour cranberries and grape upfront, with a light yeasty twang, subsides into a funky/sweet cranberry flavor on the back half. I like how the beer starts, but I do not like how it finishes so funky. Decent puckering effect. Very straightforward and one dimensional. The funky finish gets a little less funky as the beer layers. Has a light sweet rice vinegar and cranberry linger -- less crisp than expected given its effervescence. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Very prickly on the tongue. Sweet, sugary and dry. 4/5

Overall: Certainly not a bad beer; this is one of the better fruit beers I have encountered. However, an off-puttingly funky finish really ruins what would have otherwise been a really solid beer.

Recommendation: Fans of Smirnoff Ice will probably love this. I'm sure sour fans will also like this one a lot too.

Pairings: Apple walnut salad with balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Cost: $2.99 for a 12 oz bottle or $10.99 for a four pack.

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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.