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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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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: bubbly deep pink/burnt orange hue (body),
up + down 2 finger head, patchy lacing

S: cranberries, sour apple, slight belgian yeast

T: sweet sour apples, cranberries, long mouth puckering sour finish (slight dryness)

M: med body, prickly on tongue, big pucker mouth, nice
dry finish

O: OH MY WORD! I have really loved NG Unplugged series
and this floored me. Have tried a few lambics and thought
they were ok, didn't love nor did I hate them. This beer
has been a wonderful discovery. Wish I bought more
than just 1 (4pack). I want to chug it, so refreshing
on brutal 90F + day here in Great Lakes.

DELICIOUS, MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:45:36 | More by BeerLover99
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drewba

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Batch poured into a tulip.

A - Transparent red-orange-pink. The color is fantastic and shimmers when you put it against light. An aggressive pours has a white finger head that quickly disappears with next to zero retention and not even a hint of lacing. Though the color is fantastic, there are zero bubbles after about 10 minutes...

S - This smells like cranberry, raspberry and cherry soaked in a sugar syrup. Very fruity and sweet, a touch tart and some burnt caramel is floating around in here.

T - The flavor quickly progresses from fresh fruit > sweetness > mild acidic tartness. The fruit really does taste like dry cranberry and cherry. Sweetness reminds me of the syrup leftover in one of those fruit cups you used to get when you were a kid. There is also a great buttery caramel flavor adding to the sweetness. There is a fair amount of acidity in the tartness; I wouldn't call this a vinegar bomb, but it's no slouch.

M - There is a nice little tongue tingle in the beginning, which I think helps the tartness come through. The body is medium, a touch syrupy, sticks to the palate.

O - It's hard not to compare this to NG Belgian Red & Raspberry Tart; in my mind, this is the frontrunner, offering both sweetness (without being cloying, ie: Belgian Red) and a satisfying tart (unlike the barely tart - Raspberry Tart). I'm impressed with this and look forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 06:18:29 | More by drewba
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mooselvlt

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Pours a clear dull pink color with a pink hued 2 finger foam that quickly dissipates into a ring around the edges. Carbonation is very present with effervescent bubbles galore.

S - Wow, what an unexpected nose. Its smells a lot like a zinfandel in that it has a snap of alcohol there with the fruitiness of the cranberries. Wonderful.

T - Wow. Cranberries that have a bite of tartness. Again I just can't help but compare this to a light Zinfandel wine much like the nose. Fruity and floral.

M - Nothing off-putting, but a lot is going on. The feel is light and very dry and crisp. Dryness comparable to a red wine, like a merlot.

O - Extremely interesting brew here. Well off the beaten path. I'm glad I tried this one, but honestly, its not the style of beer I'd turn to often. Nonetheless its very enjoyable for what it is. Especially on a warm humid day like today

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 23:05:57 | More by mooselvlt
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no date on the bottle, but i was told it came pretty direct from the brewery, so i am assuming this is a fresh bottle. would love to see how these age. pours copper red with a small, just-barely-pink head that pops and fizzes for a sec before fading. nose is tart-sweet cranberry, vanilla, oak and a fresh spring running over rock minerality. taste is perfectly balanced sweet and sour cranberry with hints of must and oak. so clean and bright. earthiness is there, but this is pretty low on the funk and not outright sour. still just natural and real and familiar tasting like a beautiful Wisconsin country summer night. mouthfeel is light-medium and comes very close to being sticky, but remains crisp and clean. no aftertaste. very well done. awesome. up there with the best American wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:09:48 | More by timtim
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adman08

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale red with a hint of amber color. Nearly no head that fades very quickly to zero head.
S-The aroma in general in very light but there are aromas of vinegar, vanilla, and cranberries.
T-Amazing flavor of tart cranberries along with an inherent tartness from the lambic brewing process. Also a bit of vanilla flavor from the oak barrel aging.
M-Excellent combination of sweet and tart. Very light carbonation.
Overall, another amazing fruit beer from New Glarus. I still can't believe they get the flavors they do from their beers. The tart is not too tart and the sweet not too sweet, the balance is outstanding. Youd can also taste a hint of oak that adds a slight, creamy vanilla flavor, it sounds odd but it's excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:42:09 | More by adman08
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ncmussell

Minnesota

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is one of the last bottles I have left remaining from last years release. Very minimal head and an interesting amber slightly red color in appearance. Great nose! Mouthfeel is still very vibrant with good acidity left and plenty of tartness. This was more tart than the last bottle i had which I bought was a little bit more subdued. This is the right combination of tartness with fruit without being overly sour at all. Lovely beer that I am glad they are making again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:03:15 | More by ncmussell
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner Stemware. It poured a deep amber color with a little bit of an orange/red tint to it. It started with a thin and fizzy head to it, which quickly retreated to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a tart, sourness to it with a little acidicness to it as well. I get a little of the tart, slightly sweet cranberries to it as well. Very appealing and flavorful aroma.

The taste starts off with more of the fruity, tart, slightly sweet flavors. The flavors quickly turn more sour with a modest musty, funky flavors as well. The sourness lasts right through the finish and lingers nicely after. It's a little acidic, but more sour and tart overall.

The mouthfeel feels a little heavy for the style, but medium bodied overall. Carbonation also feels a little light compared to others in the style. Overall it was an excellent beer. I loved the way the sour and fruity flavors came together. Very flavorful and complex and just a great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:38:28 | More by billab914
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slight doughiness and notes of dark brown sugar are unexpected, yet entirely welcome in the cranberry dominated fruit beer. The flavor is sweet with candied sugar and fruity notes. The cranberry comes off as sugary sweet and tart, but provides slight cherry and strawberry hints.

The beer itself is murky pinkish red with a small whitish head. Decent legs, but virtually no retention or lacing.

This feels medium and well carbonated. A tartness is dry and puckering towards the finish. As the beer warms I'm more impressed. This is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:56:03 | More by AleWatcher
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

12oz. bottle shared with brewslut on 3/15/11.

A - Poured a slightly hazy reddish/orange color with a pinkish hue reminiscent of White Zinfandel wine and bubbly strings of carbonation swimming to the top of the glass. The bubbly white froth on top deposited a bit of soapy lace around my glass.

S - Tart fruit right off the bat but joined by sweet notes and a hint of wildflowers. Aroma blends a sugary, candy sweetness with a subtle berry tartness and a hint of grape character akin to a blush wine.

T - Flavor is sweeter but there is still a pleasant tartness that persists throughout, which is a fine characteristic of the cranberry. Subtle White Zinfandel notes emerge, which suggest light floral notes and sweet grapes. Flavor is quote vinous overall with just a mild tartness and subtle floral and perfumy notes in the backend.

M - Light bodied with poppy carbonation and a hint of light syrupy texture. Finish is dry and semi-sweet with a wash of moderate tartness across the palate.

D - I equate this Unplugged beer to Wisconsin Red Lite... Wisconsin Pink, perhaps? Deliciously tart with a sweet backing to keep things balanced. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 16:13:01 | More by ffejherb
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Pours an orangish red. Fairly clear. Smells sweet and vanilla heavy. A bit of cherry on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and very vanilla heavy. A nice oakiness on it as well. A great drinker. Smooth and crisp. This one is surprisingly good! I really like the vanilla on it. Dfinitely would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:09:30 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent yellow with almost no head whatsoever
S-tart sweet fruit smell. Kind of oxymoronic I know but what can I do.
T-very dry and tart. Dry finish that finishes sour
M-light crisp and fruity with a sour aftertaste
D-OK drinkanility. Didn't really go back for more

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:00:21 | More by brew3crew
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, a big thanks to Peesie for this beer I've been wanting to try. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slight red/amber hue. Less than a finger of fizzy white head is achieved that dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - God these beers always smell so damn good. Tart cranberries and raspberries, slight funk, a hint of medicinal sweetness, and oaky wood.

Taste - Wow, you can immediately taste the cranberries. I would love to have this side by side the SA Cranberry Lambic just so I can make fun of it. Heavy fruit flavor, nice sweetness (just a hint cloying), and some tartness at the end. The oak does not come through much, but it is more prevalent as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, nice carbonation, a bit sweeter than expected.

Drinkability - Honestly, if I had a six pack...three of these and three of the Apple Ale, I'd have one damn good night. I like this a ton and am very happy I was able to try it. I found the Apple Ale a bit more drinkable, and as such I wouldn't pound a sixer of these by themselves, but I sure could drink a few during the night. New Glarus just gets fruit beers...there is nothing else to say!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:39:44 | More by SpdKilz
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/2/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum (thanks Adam!) Pours a clear reddish-orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour cranberry, sweettart candies, light mustiness, and oak. Flavor is sour and tart initially with a sweet cranberry finish and some bready malt. Lots of sweet cranberry. Very little acidity. Very similar to Belgian Red but with cranberries and slightly less sweetness. Wow, what a great fruit beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 17:02:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3

Beer #6 (I think) of 12 from mtunnell: http://picasaweb.google.com/chris.prochak/BlindBIF302?authkey=Gv1sRgCPjCxqG645LKOg#5552921256639939650

12 oz. bottle poured into a Victory Tulip.

As I pop the cap, I get an explosion of lactic funk. We've gone sour...

Pours a murky light orange-hazelnut color with a bubblicious (yes, it's a word) head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of lace on the surface.

Aroma of huge golden raisin and grape notes. Some nice lemon, strawberry and some delicious must. Honestly, if I left out a bunch of grapes for too long and they just went bad, this is exactly what I imagine it'd smell like. Don't get me wrong, it's enticing, but it's what I smell. Definitely some white grapes, maybe muscat or chardonnay.

Wow, what a flavor punch! Much more residual sugar than I expected from the aroma. Some great sweet honey and apple, followed by a mild lemon and sour grape. Just a slight dry bitterness on the finish, but this is one that the tartness lingers. Drinking this more, it reminds me of that sparkling grape juice I used to get when I was a kid at thanksgiving. Super sweet, super tart, hard carbonation. I'm not sure if the apple notes are from some bugs, actual apple or mistake in brewing, but they really start to show up as it warms. In fact, it becomes almost dominating. Definitely not the sour green apple, but really a warm luscious apple like mcintosh (which are my favorite). Interesting how this is changing...

Carbonation is extremely sharp on this. The top of my tongue almost hurts after downing a few sips. This is actually pretty full bodied. I don't pick up any tannins from what I would expect some oak aging to contribute. Surprising...

Overall, if it's what I think it's trying to be, it's great. A bit too sweet to really put away quickly, but delicious nonetheless. If it's trying to be a sour grape ale, it's dead on. My only knock is that it's pretty one-dimensional, but still very enjoyable....fifteen minutes later, i retract my statement about being one-dimensional. This went from all-grape to all apple. I'm so confused. Still, a bit sweet to be super drinkable, but this is a great beer.

Rating as an American Wild Ale (because of the bottle size):

4.0/4.0/4.5/3.0/3.5

I was dead set on it being an american wild with grapes, but i'm really thinking apple now. i've never had a new glarus beer in a 12 oz., so not sure if it's the unplugged apple or not, but that's what I'd have to guess.

Time for the reveal: New Glarus unplugged cran-bic

Well, then, right brewery at least. Also answers my question about whether or not NG beers come in 12 oz or not.

Going back and tasting, I'm still not picking up any more cranberry, except that slight dry bitter finish. I thought that was just some hops balancing it, but that is definitely the bitter cranberry on the tongue lingering. Really interesting beer, and I'll keep my review as is, though the category is lambic-fruit. Great blind one, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:30:39 | More by ChrisPro
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cellared below 45 degrees since December 2009.

A - Poured into a snifter this brew is very attractive. The pure white head is thin at about a quarter inch. It fades fast to leave only trace elements of what it once was. The body is a ripe transparent red.

S - So many different scents to call out here. Where should I begin? Bubble gum, tart cranberries, bready, strawberries.

T - Slightly tart cranberry with a lingering tart sweetness.

M - Dry throughout until the finish where it offers a slight stickiness.

~ A nice sipper after a year of aging. At this point there's no going back considering Dan isn't brewing this one again anytime soon, or so I understand. I have another bottle I plan to hold onto until it is three years old. I'll see how this New Glarus original continues to age.

~~~
Review below entered on 11/22/2009.

A - The half inch head has a slight pinkness to it. The body shows allot of action and has a slightly orange and red hue. (4)

S - Subtle cherry and cranberry aroma over the top of malt. (4.5)

T - Tart cranberry flavor with a background of apple and cherry. (4)

M - The texture is smooth. It has a gradual escalation of flavor which in turn can be felt on my tongue. Very good texture. (5)

~ Thanks to drizzam for his gracious offering of this brew. I totally respect his opinion on fruit beers and he did not disappoint in this one. I agree, this brew is worth the money. (4)

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:15:25 | More by cdkrenz
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hawks10

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my New Glarus champagne flute...

Pours a pale, almost tan-ish orange with subtle hints of red, a thin cap of off-white head forms and recedes into a haze...

Slightly tart shot of fruit at first but smell quickly becomes dry, oaky and slightly musty. There is a certain, almost buttery/creamy vanilla smell that overpowers most of the fruit component...

Initially quite sweet and fruity, almost too sweet. Loads of fruit and creamy vanilla. A buttery creaminess, something I also smelled, shows up strong in flavor as well. Thankfully a bit of cranberry bitterness cuts down the sweetness in the finish, but not enough. Some oak shows through in the end, slightly drying the flavor out as well, but still this beer is sweet, through and through. Zero hops.

Fruity, sweet, creamy and smooth. Low carbonation and medium bodied...

Not bad, but a too sweet for me. Creamy and buttery, both in smell and flavor, too much. Would have liked some more tart/bitter cranberry component to the beer as well as some more lively carbonation to open things up a bit...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:33:47 | More by hawks10
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aerozeppl

New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra a little while ago

A:Hazy reddish golden color. Really nice looking. It appears a different color when held up to different types of light. Minimal white head that retreated to the edge of my tulip. Spotty lacing.

S: The cranberries are crystal clear and are great. A nice earthy mustiness is right behind that. A little touch of lacto maybe. The oak presence is quite strong.

T: The sweetness of the cranberries hits you right up front. It then goes into a little sour note before finishing sweet. It kind of lacked the complexity that I expect from the style.

M: Very low carbonation. Quite syrupy with a slightly thick feeling.

D: I liked this beer but it was a bit of a miss. Not nearly as complex as some of the Belgian examples. They need to keep making this though so they can blend. I think this would be a great gueze.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:37:01 | More by aerozeppl
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber-red color with a slight off white head and some pretty decent retention. Nose is strong cranberry with a bit of acetic and lactic character. The taste is somewhat creamy and sweet with noticeable levels of cranberry as well as hints of wood and some acetic and lactic character. The sourness is just right and blends quite well with the fruit. Drinks really well when young and I'd like to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:54:00 | More by Thorpe429
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus set out to recreate an authentic Belgian lambic and it certainly looks like they succeeded. The beer's foggy complexion, pale blush and defunct head look exactly as those I enjoyed in Brussels. Its soft, pinkish-orange hue is most flattering and, when held into the light, glows with unique flush. I'm curious to take a sip already!

As traditional methods dictate, the brewery aged this in oak barrels. But they obviously missed some of the fine print: for one, true lambic will spend a lot more than only five months in the barrels; secondly, the final product is blended of different vintages; and, most importantly, the barrels used are not new, and they're definitely not American oak!

Which is all I smell. It's not that I don't like the buttery, vanilla-rich musk of new American oak barrels, but I like a little depth in my aromas and, frankly, going by smell, this is far, far closer to a California chardonnay than it is a Belgian lambic. Hell, even bourbon is coming to mind - the smell is incredibly rich in that 'lightly charred wood doused in vanilla' character.

So far I've neglected to mention two of (what should be) the most significant aspects of the beer: the fruit and the funk. Are they found in the taste? To some extent. Some of the tart, scratchy, dry, funky characteristics of the indigenous yeasts are perceivable, but the sensation is brief and fleeting and, again, polished over by that buttery oak. Actually, as it warms, this begins to taste like a cocktail of California Zinfandel and Kentucky bourbon.

As for the fruit, it too is cursory (although in all fairness the fruit taste in traditional lambics is rarely ever more than accessory anyhow). Indeed, cranberry is perceptible - a dry, tart, 'wild'-tasting berry flavour - and is naturally suited to the 'funkiness' of the wild yeasts. Carbonation is virtually nil, a fact that neither adds nor detracts from drinkability.

I applaud New Glarus for a respectable first effort at such a mysterious and particular style of beer. The only downfall seems to be the obnoxiousness of the American oak barrels in minimizing the style's more subtle and distinctive elements and imparting too much of a characteristic already belonging to other drinks that are native to other parts. Belgian lambic? No way. American lambic? Let's just not go there...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 15:12:19 | More by biegaman
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joepais

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Justin for sending this my way
I poured this brew in to a flute and it produced a short lived white fizzy head sitting on top of a cranberry colored body.

Growing up in the northeast and picking wild cranberries for years It was hard to mistake the aroma or the flavor of fresh cranberries in this brew. The body was very effervescent you just have to use that word for this one it fits it so well. The flavors were drying and tart,it just kept you coming back for more. Another great brew in the unplugged series, I cant wait to try more.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:52:40 | More by joepais
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear copper with a little pinkish head.
S: It smelled like lots of oak and wild yeast, with some bready malt and cranberry and funk.
T: It tasted like tart cranberry and sweet cherry and and funk and oak, with bready malt and creamy yeast. It had a clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin with lots of carbonation - a bit thinner than expected.
D: This was a delicate and flavorful beer with very clean character. The body was a bit weak, but it didn't have much alcohol and the funk was balanced with the rest of the flavors, so it was pretty easy to drink. Reminiscent of Magic Hat's cranberry beer, but delicious instead of repulsive. Very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:00:16 | More by Pencible
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was a bright amber with a very cranberry red color. light fizzy head.

lots of cranberry with a hint of both sweetness and tartness. faint funk and earthy body.

lots of cranberry which really added a superb tartness to it. it really reminded me of drinking cranberry juice. a light funk body with a hint of oak and vanilla.

very light and refreshing. a hint of a syrupy feel.

this was amazing, totally blew my mind. drank this up quickly and wanted MORE. not long before this i had an amazing pro am pumpkin ale so this was like the 2nd part of my thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 14:44:22 | More by hooliganlife
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. My first lambic...here we go.

A- pours a dark amber with one finger white head that quickly fades. The head just looks kinda weird...not thick at all, just kinda partially sticking around a little bit.

S- cranberries and sour cherries....smells yummy. Actually, it smells like its going to be really refreshing

T- really refreshing...very mild flavors of slightly sour cranberry with a little bit of cherry sweetness in there too. Doesn't taste like beer at all...not that that's a bad thing

M- highly carbonated, very thin body...but it works, because it could be cloying if the body were thicker due to the sweetness I'm getting from this.

D- Very drinkable. I'd like a little more sourness and funk, but what can you do?

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 18:58:30 | More by bigfnjoe
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jnn4v

Virginia

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

A: Translucent, orange-red hue that's also slightly brown. No sediment or haze.

S: Raspberry, cranberry, sweet-tarts. Wild yeast, oak and some breadiness. Mouth-watering scents.

T: Sweet up front. Cranberry juice next. Champagne as well. Similar to some non-alcoholic ciders as well.

M: Almost similar to a sparkling cider in texture.

D: Very refreshing. Nice, tart flavor. Balanced. Tasty. Enjoyable throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:20:02 | More by jnn4v
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gford217

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear pinkish amber with a bubbly off-white, slightly pink head that recedes to a rocky collar and spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with brown sugar, tart cranberries and a bit of funk. There is also an oaky character to the nose but it's mostly sweetness.

The taste is all about the cranberries, super sweet and sugary with a pleasant tartness in the finish. Sticky sweet finish with a little oak though the wood is very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and definitely on the sweeter side as lambics are concerned.

As usual, New Glarus hits a home run with a fruit beer. Like an amped up Raspberry Tart with a bit of funk and oak. Crazy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:56:09 | More by gford217
Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.