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Unplugged Cranbic Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Cranbic AleUnplugged Cranbic Ale

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549 Ratings

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 244
Gots: 81 | FT: 4
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a clear hazy light red color with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Only a few spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Very watery looking in my opinion - like watered down cranberry juice cocktail. Smell is of tart cranberries/cherries, wood, slight vinegar, and funky aromas. Taste is of cranberries, sour cherries, wood, and some funky yeast flavors. There is an acidic twang that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a very crisp carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good fruit lambic and another winner from New Glarus. I am glad I got to try one of these.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cider-like, rose-copper body with a decent sized head of pink foam that dissipate quickly. No yeast on bottom so filtered I suppose. Smells like a mixed bouquet of flowers crossed with a really good greek yogurt. Taste is creamy cranberry kefir (a tart yogurt drink). Very pinching mouthfeel, appropriate for the style and makes sipping a lot of fun. I want to pour this over a pound cake and eat the hell out of it.

tapman, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hannydawg for this brew.

A: Pours a pinkish-red, very reminiscent of a blush. There is a thin white head that becomes almost non-existent. Very little lacing left as it drinks.

S: Smells earthy and sour. I know this beer is made with cranberries, but I get more of a sour cherry scent. The earthy notes remind me of some of the other New Glarus fruit beers (RT, WBR, and Apple Ale).

T: The taste is pretty tart. This beer is sour the second it hits the palate, and that flavor lingers till the end. In the finish those earthy notes come through. Again, it reminds me of the RT and WBR.

M: I'd have to go medium bodied on this one. The tartness makes it a bit chewy, and the flavors linger for a bit after drinking.

O: This is the first cranberry lambic I've ever had, and I think it's just OK. I'm glad to have tried it, but I don't think I'll seek it out again.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first of several of the Unplugged series I get to try thanks to BYOFB.

The color is essentially copper with plenty of clarity and a distinctly red tint in the light. A white head with a nearly imndiscernable pink tinge to it starts at one finger tall but fades fairly quickly but does leave good lacing.
The aroma offers the cranberry without doubt with a light touch of funk bringing along earthy and woody undertones. There's a bit going on under the fresh cranberry tartness.
This is a delicious beer that offers all the fresh cranberry juice flavors mingling together while maintaining a very clear beer distinctiveness. Fresh, tart, sour and with a light funk, it's a pleasure to drink. I know the true staple of brewing the Lambic is the acidic and funky characters, so perhaps there could be a little more of that in addition.
The mouthfeel is light to medium and crisp with a considerable but not overbearing carbonation.

Brenden, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of bertram
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle picked up in the land of cows and cheese...

From the first moment the pour hit the glass, this ale had an amazing appearance - rich and red from the cranberries.

The smell is even better - sweet and fruity.

The taste is sweet, tart and sour. A very good combination of the two - the tart hits you immediately, then the aftertaste mellows into a fruity sweetness, followed finally by the sour.

This is a highly-carbonated beer, which fits the taste and smell perfectly...it really plays on the tongue nicely.

Overall and really good beer - perfect for a summer or fall evening. I look forward to enjoying more soon.

bertram, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of dbtoe
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m not a real big fruit beer fan. This is a good one though. Probably my favorite out of the New Glarus fruit beers.
12 oz bottle poured into a Stella glass.
Look not much of a head. Very pinkish red body.
Smell a lot of sweet and tart fruit
Taste much like the smell. Also has a nice woody malt kick to it. Great balance of all the flavors. Finishes a little sweet.
Feel is medium body with a real good amount of carbonation.
Overall I was a little surprised I liked it as much as I did. Truth is I couldn’t set it down I just kept taking drinks of it until it was gone.

dbtoe, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

high five to yeahnatenelson...thanks!

a - opened and filled my liefmans stange. poured a transparent pinkish orange with a thin bubbly head that bubbled itself away rather quickly. visible steady carbonation. mild sticky lacing.

s - very nice and appetizing cranberry. great sweetness balance. very tart and nice.

t - yum. that's fantastic. cranberry. perfect sweetness, perfect tartness.

m - mouthfeel is pretty spot on as well. it is not overly fizzy which i find most lambics to be. has a great juicelike feel.

o - overall, new glarus continues to kill it on the lambic front. super solid beer. i might need to move to WI.

cosmicevan, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during my recent trip to the Wisconsin Dells.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Has a nice ruby red color with lighter pink tones as well. Even a slight orange tint in areas. Has a fairly thin white head that leaves little lacing, but there is a constant white ring around the glass.

Smells strongly of tart cranberries, but there are also nice malty undertones that adds some sweetness. This smells unlike anything I've ever drank. Simply amazing, draws you back in for more every time, and there is very little to improve upon. The taste starts very sweet, but quickly the tartness from the cranberries sets in. The flavors aren't just overpowering cranberries, however. There are other fruit notes coming through, mostly in the tartness. Finishes slightly sweet but also has a beautiful complexity to it.

The mouthfeel is very crisp with high levels of carbonation. Medium bodied, and that carbonation stings the tip of your tongue. Overall, this is a very interesting brew. From everything I had heard, I expected a nice beer, but not something this amazing. Definitely glad I pick up a 4 pack of this, and will savor every bottle.

zimm421, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby red color with a small white quickly dissipating head.

Smell if of sweet fruit, berries, and some tartness. Very slight acidic notes.

Taste is of sweet fruit, tons of berry, and some tart cranberry. Very fruity beer, lots of sweetness. Slight tartness, super refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with medium high carbonation.

Overall a great beer, not sure it is a lambic technically, but very good.

pmccallum86, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-orange with a tiny white head. Looks very refreshing and crisp.

Smell - citric acid hits with cherries and other sour fruits. It has that distinct new glarus fruit smell of flat soda. Soo very appealing.

Taste - oakiness and vanilla dominate. Sourness of the cherries, cranberries, and raspberries. Finishes crisp and clean. Slight hint if oak and vanilla in the aftertaste.

Overall- a good showing from new glarus but not my favorite of the bunch.

badboyrsl84, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of david131
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear pinkish-orange with a quick to rise and fall white head- much like a soda.

S- Oak, funk, and cranberries. Has a definite sour smell to it. Very appealing albeit a bit one dimensional.

T- Sweet cranberries and oak. Tart and acidic. Really tasty.

M- Acidic and clean. Finishes nice with some lingering sweetness and carbonation bite.

O- A really tasty offering that drinks nicely. A nice twist on the lambic style.

david131, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -> Tulip
No freshness info.
Thanks makdeco!

A-> Pours a beautiful heady copper color. Really looks like what a juicy DIPA should look like. Half finger head that recedes quickly not much lace.

S-> Whew! Nice tart whiffs. Really wasn't expecting such a tart/sour cran/cherry aroma right off the bat. Very enticing.\

T-> Super tart yet pleasantly refreshing. Cranberry makes more of an appearance but still has a strong cherry essence to me. Very balanced and tart and refreshing again! No other way to describe it really...some form of faint bready malt underneath but hardly detectable.

M-> On point with the tartness. Really crisp without being overcarbonated, very nice.

O-> Really, really enjoyed this beer. Weather has been getting cooler here along the coast and especially at the ocean but this was still quite refreshing and exactly what I was looking for tonight. Sour/Tart without being and overbearing palate killer....Well done NG!

Fluke828, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Man...where were YOU during the dog days of summer??? Now THIS is refreshing. Pours a brilliant shade of red. Very clean hue that light runs right through. The smell is very clean and fresh with a lovely fruit nose. First pass between the lips and over the tongue...and this is a tart one. Nice and crisp. This is the kind you can drink in large volumes. Very thin mouthfeel with a sourness to it that sticks around for several seconds after the swallow. Another winner by New Glarus. Highly recommend.

Retail1LO, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. No best by date apparent.

A: clear pink/light amber color, the fizzy head disappears almost instantly with no cap and almost no lacing.

S: overripe, slightly fermented fruit aroma, cranberry tartness rises up above the other fruit aroma, overall a slightly funky and fruity olfactory experience.

T: tart, but not supremely puckering, the fruit seems more like apple than cranberry to me, but there is a definite cranberry tartness, there is plenty of yeasty funkitude in the middle along with an almost meaty sort of wild funk, the finish is drying with a residual bit of mulling spice flavor.

M: light to medium bodied, crisp texture, abundant carbonation.

O: Interesting. It is more cider than beer, but it is interesting.

Erish, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear copper colour with a small and short lived head of foam that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is of cranberries and vinegar; good combination in my opinion. Very tart, very nice.

The taste is of cranberries, some mild sweet notes, fairly light on the tart; the smell is a lot stronger there, tasting is much more balanced.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, I like the mouthfeel and it's pretty easy to drink the 1 bottle.

Bitterbill, Sep 03, 2011
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 ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


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 kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Spdkilz for the bottle. Cheers Carleton!

Pours a tarnished copper color. Body if fairly clear. Two finger eggshell colored head is set atop. The head recedes in fairly short order leaving a decent amount of spotty lacing. A scant cap remains for the duration.

A sharp tart aroma hits the nose immediately. I was certainly not expecting this level of tartness in the nose. The cranberry comes forward with warmth. A pleasant malt breadiness is buried beneath but compliments the more prominent flavors well.

The flavor displays the biting tartness from the nose but there is more of a balancing cranberry flavor. There is a soft spice and malt flavor coming through on the midpalate. Subtle oak flavors emerge on the back of the palate. The Tart fruit flavor carries through to the end.

Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate, a bit lower than I expected. Pleasant dry finish.

Definitely a different beer but highly enjoyable. New Glarus rarely disappoints. I have very few, if any complaints about this beer. Very drinkable, would not mind a couple in a sitting. This may be one I seek out again.

kzoobrew, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 batch.

Appearance: Cranbic has an amber cherry color with a tint of peach when the light hits the glass right. The bubbles of a medium white cap pop and fade fairly quickly, but there is some lace left behind.

Smell: Cranberry is the most prominent in the nose, but there a few other aromas here. A light, sweet aroma is not identifiable but definitely there. Some spicy woody notes are there as well.

Taste: Up front the flavor is fairly sweet. The flavor does impart a nice tartness, although the cranberries do not contribute a very robust flavor. It tastes almost like cherries or green apples as well. There is a light spicy oak flavor and a little vanilla toward the end, and the finish is a slightly sour general fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is crisp, almost fizzy, and cuts through the flavor of each sip to keep the tongue fresh. Accompanying the sweetness up front is a tart juiciness that turns lightly dry by the end. A buttery oakiness in noticeable in the middle. The body is on the light side of medium.

Overall: This is sweeter than I would have expected, especially since cranberries are tart to begin with. I found it easy to drink and could easily have a few more bottles.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of dogger6253
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, light red color with a decent head that disipates quickly into a light pink film, but no lacing.

The nose is kind of woody and tart, kind of like cedar and cherry. Very nice.

Flavor is tart more than anything else, very enjoyable. Cranberries are more of a back seat to a more dark cherry flavor. There are hints of cedar and also a rich, malty body behind all of it.

I feel this beer really shines in its feel. It's highly carbonated, but still feels rich and syrupy. It's a surprise to have a beer as rich-bodied as this in the style. A bold move, but with a huge payoff.

I feel like this is a very solid beer. It's rich while not feeling too heavy and its balance of tart and sweet is just as I would hope from the style. New Glarus Unplugged has amazed me yet again, it's a shame these aren't available ever again...but maybe that's what makes them so special really. A distant memory, a longing - much like nostalgia. You can relive your glory days, yet you can never be the man you once were. We learn from our experiences and we grow. And this beer has made me grow. Amidst a sea of stale domestics, this beer doth shine.

dogger6253, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cran-Bic Ale pours out a deep golden color, and kind of has a ruby hue to it as well. Topped off by a small white head which doesn't last too long. Very nice smelling, with a rich cranberry aroma, very tart, some spiciness and cinnamon and brown sugar. The taste begins with a great blast of sweet cranberry, very tart and sweet, some oakiness as well. Some spice develops towards the finish. Seems like there is some cherry as well. Fairly sour. The mouth is pretty light, mouth-puckering and lots of carbonation.

Tballz420, Aug 28, 2011
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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out ot beermeX2 for sharing this one at the ORF '11 release! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured a bright orange with a very minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, cherry, tart, and sour notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, vinegar, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really wasn't expecting much from this brew if I am honest, but it kind of surprised me. The look of this thing was awesome when poured into my glass. The smell and flavor were quite good as well. My only gripe is that on the flavor I wish it had more of the sour notes I picked up on in the nose to help balance out the vinegar and tart notes I picked up on. Still a definite must try without a doubt though.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to adamb0719 for this big want! No bottled on date. Enjoyed on 08/25/11.

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with a small white head. No lacing is present at all.

S - Very woody, with some cranberries obviously, cherries and other dark fruits. And some rich malts as well.

T - Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Cherries and cranberries throughout. Much sweeter than your normal lambic with a hint of acidity. Again, very oaky. Good stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Pretty high carbonation but still creamy.

O - Overall, this was an excellent beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would love to have another one. Grab this one if you can.

Janderson91, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was courtesy of adamb0719, who just gave a couple of these to me, in a kind act of beer advocacy. Thanks for the kind gesture Adam!

Cranbic pours a very light bodied rosy pink in color, resembling a Rosé, with a a one and a half finger off white head that eventually turned into a lacing around the glass. It smells of sweet and slightly tart cobbler with a touch of butter. It is very fruity and remiscent of jam. It tastes of a fresh cobbler right out of the oven with a touch of butter to melt on the crust. I don't know if this butter aspect is accidental or intentional, but considering it's a lambic it goes pretty well with the other flavors. It drinks very light and is very smooth. It's very nice for the style. Overall this is a fine beer from New Glarus. I'm glad to have tried a cranberry lambic since they are few and far between.

aasher, Aug 24, 2011
Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.