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Unplugged Cranbic Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Cranbic AleUnplugged Cranbic Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

550 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 244
Gots: 80 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 10-16-2009)
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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasant surprise, totally not into these lambics, but can recognize when one is decently made. Plus, you really can't ever beat a New Glarus brew. Almost always tasty.

Very pink, sweet, sour experience all rolled into one. Might be something cool to have in the beer fridge for when the ladies come over, but its almost too good to be that kind of drink.

This was one of my first forays into something that was fruited and sourish. Not a lambic per se, but hey, it opened my eyes.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 27, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a neat beer this is! It pours a crystal clear amber red with golden hues, no head, and next to no lacings. Despite appearances, the carbonation is crisp and assertive. The aroma is rather overwhelmed by straight oak woodiness and hints of vanilla. As the beer warms a cran/apple fruit nose comes through. The tartness that is to come remains well concealed. The first sips, and second, third, fourth, etc... leave me baffled. This is quite tart but not acrid, not sour. It is rather light in body yet oak and earth notes are quite pronounced. I keep waiting for sourness to follow the tartness but it doesn't come. I wait for heaviness to follow the woody flavors but that too does not arrive. Instead we find a very self contradictory beer. Sweet cranberry juice and apple notes blend with vanilla and oak to form the flavor. Hay comes through in the after taste. Balance is superb. The closer the beer grows to room temp the more forward the fruit becomes. Cherry and raspberry notes come through. Lactic acid supplied creamy flavors begin to poke about the pallet. Tartness persists. Drinkability is unrivaled.

Note on style: I do not believe this beer to be a lambic an am not reviewing it as such. More notes to come on how this beer came to be...

DaPeculierDane, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

tectactoe, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +19.3%

mull0263, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall narrow glass as per instructed on the bottle. I'm assuming this is to take advantage of the champagne like carbonation.

It pours a crystal clear red hue with a head that quickly dies. The bubbles are tiny and numerous like a highly carbonated beverage should be.

The aroma is of tart fruit, no artificial sweetness and has a bit of a funky thing going on which I love.

Taste up front is just this wonderful tart cranberry and lambic bite. It isn't as harsh and mouth puckering as some others I've tried but it's got enough funk to please. The back end is where you get the barnyard brett flavors I'm used to in a wild ale. Once again not overwhelming as others but enough for you to know its there. The fruit is present but not over powing and not as tart as I would suspect for a lambic/cranberry combo but I enjoying it nonetheless.

Mouth feel is sharp due to the high carbonation but very drinkable, It's the most drinkable 'sessionable' lambic I've ever had. I finished the glass faster than I had wanted to and wanted to grab another. Most examples of this style I'm a one and done and will move on to something else.

Once again I applaud NG for putting this out there. It will introduce a whole ton of unwitting Wisconsinites to the style since the unplugged series can pretty much be picked up everywhere beer is sold. The value is the best I've ever seen. I still can't believe all the beers for the unplugged series are $8-9ish 4-pack. Just an unreal deal. I picked up eight of these and I think I'll have to get at least another eight

weatherdog, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted tasting glass. Color is a pale mix of gold and pink with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of tart fruit, sourness and a bit of oak. Light bodied and low carbonation, this beer has a pleasant sourness with a lingering tart cranberry flavor in the finish. This could be passed off as a sparkling wine or champagne. The flavor is superb.

blackearth, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of newk340
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: no head, a sparkling amber that was gorgeous in the 6oz sampler glass it was poured into (split with hu5om).

S: difficult to discern a distinct smell, but there were faint hints of cranberries and hops.

T: a citrusy tart beginning that quickly fades into the sweet taste of cranberries as each sip concludes. as the glass gets lower and lower i find myself taking smaller and smaller sips to savor it all the longer.

MF/D: suprisingly smooth for as much as it sparkles, easy to drink too quickly and not savor the deliciousness. incredible mouthfeel overcomes initial tartness of taste. if it were still produced, would gladly buy cases more. please make it again!! this solidifies my belief that New Glarus is the premier craft brewery in the midwest.

newk340, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear red-tinged copper with only a collar of head and no lacing.

S - Cranberry dominates the nose, with only small earthy funk presence. The is both tart and sweet aromas.

T - A reasonable tart cranberry taste up front quickly transitions to sweet. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but I would have like a more pronounced tartness throughout. Very faint funky yeast presence. Not a bad flavor, but a bit too much like a cranberry soda.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel

O - A pretty good beer, but a bit too sweet and lacking complexity. I would love to see a more traditional dry, tart, funky lambic that utilized cranberries, as is it seems like a flavor combination that could be incredible.

warnerry, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Namarsha82, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Slender lacing, color lands between copper and rose. Smells of tart cranberries, rose water, fresh cut wood and subtle wild flowers. Very puckering, very out there. Got some funk going on, mild but I'm getting that same rose water flavor as I did in the nose. Botanical, could be a by-product of the yeasties eating up the cran-sugars. Wood has a delicate pull on the palate. Very dry and certainly tart, all of which make for a very interesting brew. I am without a doubt happy to run into this beer.

Jason, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, light amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong cranberry which not much else coming through. The flavor is a little more complex, but still heavy on the fruit. The beginning is sweet cranberrys and that is followed with some tart cranberry and oak characters. The beer is slightly puckering but is not as sour as some other beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American lambic that really showcases cranberries while not tasting like a wine cooler or some of the lower rated fruit lambics that you see on the shelves.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle

Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks for sharing this one Cavery!

Glowing cherry red and light auburn with perfect clarity throughout. The head is fairly large and slightly pink. Dotted lacing down the glass.

Bright aromas of cranberry and cherry leap from the glass, along with a grape-like sweetness.

I wasn't nearly as impressed with the flavor as I was the aroma. It tasted like cranberry/cherry butter or margarine with a somewhat artificial, stinging, sweetness. It wasn't for me, but fortunately everyone around me eagerly drank my share.

Thin to medium mouthfeel though a touch oily. Perhaps this added to me associating this beer with butter or margarine.

This one wasn't for me, though everyone nearby thought I was crazy for saying so. Oh well. More for everyone else!

ehammond1, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle as an extra from a very generous trader, Wisconsinbeer1, in a recent trade hooking up my dad with some NA beers. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a very intriguing strawberry blond color that is almost a pinkish red but with highlights of golden showing through here and there. More head than I expected for the style as well with about a finger of pinkish-white head growing off of the body and sticking around for a bit before dying back to a ring. Some lacing down the side of the glass as well as I drink.

Smell- Nose is comprised of fresh tart cranberries, mixed with cereal grains, and an interesting flowery bouquet that comes through as well. Can't really pinpoint the flower but can't shake the smell either.

Taste- Surprisingly, the flavor profile on this is not what I was expecting. Tart cranberries are present but not in the overwhelming fashion which I was expecting. Instead, they are integrated in with notes of honey, cereal, wild flowers, and a touch of sweetness. The cranberries do however linger on the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just the slightest bit thin even for a lambic but the mild tartness and complex flavors really make this a good drinker.

Overall, another incredibly unique and tasty beer from New Glarus. With exception of Spotted Cow, I have loved everything I've had from these folks thus far.

boatshoes, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a well-appointed 12 oz bottle (extra in a brew-swap with Robtobfest, thanks man!) into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A: WOW - looks like a Kool-Aid color, rosey orange and clear as a bell. Pours with very little head, some laid back lacing throughout and some faint bubble trails of carbonation.

S: There's the cranberry but also some distinctively Belgian notes of banana, vanilla and maybe a little clove.

T: There's some definite sugar present but a nice gob of cranberry bitterness as well, especially coming down the home stretch.

M: Creamy and fairly thick with berries, culminating in a happy palate coated in a thin oily residue.

O: Is this a lambic? I don't think so. It is, however, a very interesting brew. It's a smidge too sweet for my taste, too bad it wasn't dialed back a bit to reveal more of the bitterness of the berry. That being said, cheers to New Glarus, this is an ambitious brew I look forward to trying again.

Mantooth, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from erock.

This beer smelled very nice when I opened it. Plenty of lively wild Brett, cinnamon, and a bit of vanilla in the nose. However, the beer doesn't quite live up to the nose--the beer is slightly tart, but pretty sweet with a fresh cranberry flavor but not much Lambic funk. The mouthfeel is nice, but the residing sweetness is a little too sticky. Overall though I thought this was a delicious easy drinker, kind of the middle ground between the NG fruit beers and a true Lambic. It's nice that the sweetness doesn't taste artificial like the lindens beers are and the carbonation is sufficient but not overwhelming

Soonami, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rudylaw
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at the NG Brewery on the way to DDay.

Pours a pink color with a full finger of off-white head that retreats with some fizz.

I smell tart fruit, similar to fruit soda or spiked punch at the holiday party! Getting cranberries, cherries and raspberries.

Tastes the same, but there is a sour quality to this... as well as a bubbly champagne like fizz. It's not as overwhelming as the Red or the Tart, but there is still quite a bit of those NG fruity qualities in here.

It's light-bodied and finishes quite dry. Can't wait to have another with Thanksgiving dinner. Another winner from new Glarus!

rudylaw, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Bay01
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a New Belgium tulip

A - Pours a clear amber/ruby with no head and lots of action on the nucleation point

S - Funky and sour, this is definitely a true wild beer
T - Good amount of tartness alond with some woody funkiness, a bit of sweet/vanilla in the end that is incorporated with the woodiness.
M - fairly high level of carbonation for a lambic but I think it adds a refreshing character.
O - Wow, what a great beer; has a bit of sourness but not so much that it's not drinkable. This is a complex and delicious beer that I could have several of but don't want to deplete my stash.

Bay01, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of freehafe
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

freehafe, May 20, 2012
Photo of beenitty
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as extras from whitemomba, thanks Jason.

A: Pours nice red, clear, ok head, not much lacing. Doesnt really look like a beer.

S: Tart, Cranberry, nice

T: Tart yet smooth. Resembles a wine cooler. Tad sour as well.

M: Decent, a bit dry, but definitely refreshing

D: Good, could drink alot of this, but not sure its my cup of tea.

I liked this one, defintely a nice switchup to my normal array of beers but also not one I'm going to be drinking everyday.

This one was pretty much what I expected, nothing mind blowing, but a nice refreshing beer. Glad I got to taste this one.

beenitty, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute) thanks to emerge077 for this brew.
A- This beer pours a crystal clear light tan body with a very light hint of red. There is a thick fizzy creamy beige head which is a bit of a surprise for the style. There is a sea of microbubbles swirling to the surface.
S- The soft barnyard hint turns into a cranberry skin aroma and grows a bit more sweet as the beer warms. There is a slight earthy cherry note that blends with soft old wood. There is a very light cheese rind quality that becomes a little stronger as the beer opens up.
T- The nice tart pucker has some berry flavor to follow. There is a strawberry note that turns into cranberries with a slight sweetness in the finish. There is a soft cola note that is in the fruit.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight full fizz that cleans the flavor from the finish.
D- The sweet and sour combination is nice and bright with a tartness that is easy to drink. This might get a little sweet for a session beer but it is tasty for one bottle. Most of the funk is in the nose and the taste is all about the fruit.

rhoadsrage, Sep 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

richkrull, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

LucienDeRubempre, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

acurtis, Jul 06, 2012
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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.