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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

505 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 239
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 wschmit:
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wschmit

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a flute.

A: Almost rose-champagne-like body belies a quick, red-tinted head that sputters out into nothing. Plenty of carbonation in the body, however. Could use better retention. Still, the pinkish, vaguely brown body is crystal clear and attractive.

S: Here's where things pick up. There's pretty good, varied tartness, and an oude-bruin sort of malty sweetness. Obviously cranberry is a big part of the nose, but there's a pretty pronounced lambic funk as well--a bit of gym bag and barnyard, very pleasant, and frankly unexpected. I assumed this was going to be on the mild side for a lambic. Quite pleased.

T: Puckering, right off the bat. Obvious cranberry, but with a balanced sweetness that keeps it just this side of a Sour Patch Kid. Then comes the horse blanket/wet hay notes--not strong, but noticeable, and welcome. A really great base lambic complemented by a seldom-seen but intriguing fruit pairing.

M: More body than I anticipated (a good thing), with pretty good carbonation. Not a trace of alcohol.

O: Well executed. I feel like it could have some better head retention, but it looks, smells, and tastes really nice. NG always puts out very solid renditions of whatever style they approach, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:51:40 | More by wschmit
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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.