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Unplugged Cranbic Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Cranbic AleUnplugged Cranbic Ale

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506 Ratings

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 239
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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Photo of younger35


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

Picked up a few of these from Chicone's in Hudson Wisconsin. This will be about the 10th one of these I've had in the last couple days and I can't get enough. I absolutely love this brew. Drank from my Willimantic Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light pinkinsh orange with excellent clarity and small bubbly half finger bright white head. A small spotty cap and thin collar remains with a few random spots of lacing here and there.
Smell- The smell is very tart and I don't think anyone would have a problem picking cranberries out of the nose. It has a tart green apple aspect as well along with a touch of vanilla. Maybe a touch of something cinnamon like from the barrel but for the most part the nose is simple and inviting. Simply great.
Taste- Like the nose it's fairly simple but amazingly tasty. Starts with a sharp tartness that is unmistakably cranberry and unmistakably tasty. Slightly acidic with a tinge of vanilla and oak from the barrels. A light sweetness does hide underneath everything with a light touch of caramel malt but that's about it. The cranberry is an intense fruit and it comes through in this beer fully. A touch of vanilla does linger well into the fruity finish.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with a slightly quenching tart and somewhat dry finish. The carbonation is fairly aggressive and right where it needs to be.
Drinkability- Like all New Glarus fruit beers, this one continues the world class tradition. I literally could sit here all day and drink this without blinking an eye. The tartness might be a bit much for some but I wouldn't change it for anything. It'll be interesting to see what this does over the next year or so (if I can save some that long). I dare say that I may even like this more than New Glarus's Apple Ale (maybe... It's a tossup). Great beer!

11-21-2009 15:28:31 | More by younger35
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a beautiful crystal clear blood orange colour, with a light pink colored head with some decent retention. Carbonation bubbles cascading to the top foreshadow lively carbonation on the tongue. This is a tasty looking beer!

S-Big tart acidic funk, with a strong tart cranberry smell reminiscient of canned cranberry at thanksgiving. A bit more subdued than expected, but still pleasant none-the-less.

T- Acidic smack in the taste buds up front, leading into a great, deep tart cranberry flavour. Transitions well, into a lingering cranberry sour pucker.

M-Very lively carbonation, characteristic of the Tart and Red. Perfect for the champagne flute Dan Carey recommends for it.

D- Very sweet, yet balanced with the tart finish. Another excellent showing of New Glarus' Wisconsin lambic-crafting skills.

11-21-2009 03:45:07 | More by darklordlager
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a fluted glass, as per the bottle instructions. The beer is a beautiful, blushing, light coppery/redish in color with a delicate, white colored head made up of active bubbles, that recedes fairly rapidly to a small bubbly layer. A steady stream of bubbles cascade towards the surface of the beer, hinting at a champagne-like level of carbonation.

An almost port wine or brandy-like aroma initially, with a bunch of fruity character, consisting of a mild tartness from the cranberries, and a bit of alcohol.

The flavor is a tad less pungent than the aroma, however a delicate cranberry flavor really starts to shine through with some very subtle tartness and sour flavors and a great complimentary oakiness round out this wonderful beer. Sweet towards the finish, ending on a tart, somewhat sour note.

The beer feels quite light, with a crisp quality, a nice sharp carbonation that tickles the tongue, although not quite as active as the appearance led me to believe. Another fruity masterpiece from NG, I was sad to see their Eisbock removed from the Unplugged lineup...I'm happy to say my fears were unfounded. This beer is truly a work of art.

11-20-2009 19:28:44 | More by Soneast
Photo of weatherdog


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

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

11-20-2009 14:06:59 | More by weatherdog
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Got it as an extra in a trade today from Mistofminn, thanks man!

A some what aggressive pour results in a one finger head that dissipates in a matter of seconds. The beer itself is a pinkish orangeish red with a film of bubbles around the brim of the glass with a pool of foam in the middle.

The smell is tart cranberries with minimal amounts of sour yeast and no funk. Some oak but not much.

I take my first sip and my mouth is overcome with tart cranberries. That's basically all the taste is, cranberries. Some malts are present of course, but not many. The oak is there but not overpowering, it's just in the background somewhere rounding out this brew. This makes for a rather refreshing beer. I like.

Mouthfeel is great. Thin with lots of tickling little bubbles.

Drinkability is great. I could pound these back to back and probably still not be tired of the taste. And the ABV is right where it needs to be.

This was a great introduction to New Glarus and pretty much what I expected. Can't wait to open the Raspberry Tart I got now.

11-20-2009 00:12:28 | More by auroracrisis
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 ounce bottle into a New Glarus champaign flute

A - Pours a beautiful light red body that is clear. The head is white and slowly fades to a ring around the fluted glass. Strings of carbonation are constantly racing up to the top of the glass.

S - Tons of cranberries in addition to a sweet, yet strong tart smell. Very reminiscent of Raspberry Tart in the overall tartness. Some yeast and bread notes are faint but present. Finally, the oak from the barrels adds a real complex aspect to go along with the tartness and cranberries. Very impressive.

T - Cranberries along with a tart, slightly acidic and sour taste. Some bread and yeast that are extremely faint along with the oak from the barrels is present.

M - Light bodied with more than enough carbonation. Cranberries and a sour tartness first enter the mouth. As the beer settles in a big blast of carbonation ensues bringing along the oak. The beer finishes a bit dry but still nothing to bat an eye over. *Edit*: As the beer warms the dry and somewhat sour finish fades and the beer finishes very clean, crisp and smooth. The carbonation pushes it through very nicely but without the tough finish.

D - This beer will be a great compliment during holiday dinners. I wouldn't say it is as good as Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but considering you can get twice as much volume wise for about the same price, it's a steal.

11-19-2009 04:00:28 | More by Wisconsin
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Deep red color that shows through the bottle.

S - Citrus aroma comes up from the bottle upon opening and lingers in the roof of my mouth long after swallowing.

T - Taste is exceptionally good. Nice sour flavor without being overwhelming. Not a true lambic, but it doesn't need to be.

M - Very nice mouthfeel compliments the exceptional taste of this beer. Bubbly but not over-carbonated or too thickly malted like some other sours.

D - Overall pretty good drinking experience. Makes a great desert beer, because it's not too sweet or too bitter.

I wish this beer was cheaper to buy or available in Illinois, but it's worth the cost and trouble to get it.

11-18-2009 04:53:24 | More by electrojosh
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked up some of this in Hudson earlier today, and super excited to try it! Huge fan of New Glarus fruit beers so far, lets hope that trend continues.

Pours light clear pink into a tulip glass. When held into the light, it does give off a sort of ruby color, but when initially pouring it I swore it was clear-pink. Aggressive pour produces a one finger soda-foam like light pink, but mostly white, head. Head has the staying power of soda, as it fizzes out rather quickly. No lacing. A very light carbonation, I can literally count the bubbles as they go up.

The nose is sweet and tart cranberrys, with a very nice woody/wild yeast character right in the end. It's not as tart as I thought it would be, and I'm surprised at how sweet it smells. Very vinous and wine like.

The taste almost goes the other direction, most tart than sweet. Tart and sour cranberrys dominate the taste, just like they did the nose, with a tickeling carbonation to add to the experience. Acidic and sour, with a light woody character coming in at the end. Light wild yeast funk, just enough to keep you interested.

This brew appears all but void of carbonation, but when you take a sip, it explodes in your mouth, tickeling the bridge of your mouth and back of your throat. Light body with a very acidic and tart feel.

Drinkability is great. Even the girlfriend liked this one, which doesn't surprise me as she's a fan of the other New Glarus fruit beers.

Overall, a great offering. Not the most impressive beer in the world, but a good try at a Cranberry Lambic, something I've never heard of being done before (thats not to say it hasn't, as I'm sure it has). New Glarus rarely disappoints, and this is not one of those rare occasions.

11-16-2009 01:41:31 | More by Mistofminn
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours and looks like carbonated cranberry juice

Sweet, sharp effervescent cranberry on the nose

Tart, crisp, biting cranberry with a hint of funk. Reminds of a slightly muted Raspberry tart with cranberry as the substitute. Tart at the start with a mild woodiness pushing through at the end. Very nice.

Crisp carbonation inspires fruit laden burp

Drinks with ease

11-15-2009 02:23:34 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of minnunderground


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

Yay finally got a pack of these! Been waiting for weeks to come to my stomping grounds,

A- Pours a cool orange/red color, clear pretty good carbonation

S- Sweet cranberries

T- Sweet cranberries and tartness with it, what I expected...awesome

M-medium and bubbly with tartness

D- Very drinkable a sweet delicious lambic, I need to get more!

11-14-2009 09:55:50 | More by minnunderground
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured into my tulip glass the beer is several shades of blushing red. Large pink head explodes to the top of my glass then fades rather quick.Not much lacing if any.

The aroma is sweet and tart. Just like cranberries. Then this fantastic barnyard funk hits you right in the nostrils. Berry based wines come to mind for sure.

The flavor is full on cranberry. Sweet and pleasant then sour and puckering. This then slowly fades into a musty, funky, dry, finish. So dry and sour yet sweet enough to make it more then mouth pleasing. I love it.

The body is thin and carbonated. Super dry. Makes my teeth feel like there gritty.

Overall a fantastic effort by NG. This might be my favorite unplugged so far. I could see drinking a few of these on a hot summer night. Might have to cellar a few four packs.

11-14-2009 01:00:44 | More by beerwolf77
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4.38/5  rDev +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...

11-13-2009 02:53:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
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2.53/5  rDev -39.6%

A: decent color but head retention is very low with big bubbles, force carbonated
S: OK but too sweet and not enough sourness, very subtle oak
T: more of a wine cooler taste, sweet, ever-so-slight-oak, with very, very little sourness, disappointing for a lambic style, also interesting that cranberries are incredibly tart so I'm wondering what happened to all that potential for the sour/tartness?
M: cloying, too sweet, needed zing from sourness
D: drinkable like an alco-pop or wine cooler

11-11-2009 14:09:39 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

Wasn't too excited about the fact that the Eisbock was ditched for this, but I figured I'd give it a go anyways.

Pours into my Champagne flute with a papaya mango glisten and a small soft white head.

Smell is pretty funky. I smell hits of cranberry, wax, oak, and sourness.

Taste is pretty funky too. Very large farmhouse style presence. Not too tart or sour, pretty sweet actually. Very oaky, which is rigid against the cranberry taste, it doesn't work for me. The is a ripe fruit sweetness about this that irks me to, maybe a bit too wine like.

Overall it isn't what I enjoy in this style, their other fruit beers are certainly better. It isn't tart enough for a cranberry beer and just seems overly funky despite being very fresh. On the other hand it is very light and easy to suck down. NG: Go back to Eisbock.

11-11-2009 02:42:50 | More by crossovert
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

A delightful surprise, this poured a pretty deep pink/orange color. Small head that dissipated rapidly. Nice effervescence; almost champagne like but not in a vigorous way. Cranberry is there but not over-powering and not too sweet the way Lambics can be. Easy drinking, even refreshing, I could drink a lot of this!

11-10-2009 00:43:26 | More by beeronesse
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

My 100th review on Beeradvocate! I wanted my 100th beer to be a special one so I chose a brew from my favorite brewery - New Glarus. I also chose a brew style that I happen to appreciate very much.

Appearance - Poured from the bottle into one of my favorite New Glarus pint glasses. This brew is a clear orange/red color. A fairly aggressive pour yielded a beautiful white one finger head that dissipated after a couple minutes, leaving a thin white layer of head on the brew. What was left of the head left little wisps of lacing down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Smells of fresh cranberries. Smells tart but there isn't a huge nose on this one. Not a lot of complexity in the nose, just fresh, tart cranberries.

Taste & Mouthfeel - The taste mimics the nose. A big tartness up front followed by a bit of a smooth malty background. Medium bodied mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean. The label boasts that this brew spends 5 months resting in oak barrels...and I believe that. You do get some oak notes as you savor this one. I would say that as far as the lambic brewing style goes, this brew and Lindemann's lambics really are great examples.

Drinkability - Just consider that a pint of this brew disappeared almost as quickly as I did this review. I don't know what the ABV is but I would assume it's around 6%. I'm one that loves this brewing style so I could drink it all day. It might be a little too tart for others though. Either way, this is one damn fine beer from New Glarus. Get it before it's sold out!

11-09-2009 20:44:37 | More by drizzam
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle. Split with fellow BA infestaxion. Served in a tulip.

A: Little or no head. Pours a bright, crystal clear candy red. Looks very much like a cran-apple juice blend. Lacing is very minimal.

S: I get a little tartness and funk, but mostly the sweetness from the cranberries.

T: Very sweet cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavors. There's some underlying caramel malt and vanilla that really complement the fruit. There is some sour and tartness, but it's not out of control. I also get nice oak notes which add an overall richness.

M: Medium bodied. A little creamy, with perfect carbonation.

D: I found that my glass disappeared way to fast. With the low ABV, you could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

What can I say, NG kills it once again with one of their Unplugged releases. Cranbic is a sweeter lambic, so that might deter some, but I found it to be quite delicious. I'll have to track down some more of these ASAP. Get some before they're gone!

11-09-2009 06:15:20 | More by heliosphann
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Special thanks to alcstradamus for this one. An exceptional extra. 12oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Poured a gentle 1 finger white coarse head with little retention. Brew was clear and reddish-purple pink... first time I've seen that coloration before. Also very carbonated and with spotty lacing at best.

S: Sour and very tart nose masks hints of oak, sweet raspberry and cranberry.

T: Cranberry, oak with a malty backbone opening that transitions into a distinct sourness. Hints of raspberry, sour grapes and cherries that lasts into the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a distinct coarsity that gets creamier towards the ending. Finish is very dry and clean. Carbonation really dances on the tongue here and adds to the dryness.

D: Like a Lindemann's but with a pleasant tartness that adds greatly to the character. Very well balanced and very tasty.

11-09-2009 04:07:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of dirtylou


4.4/5  rDev +5%

12oz, highly anticipated NG release - scooped my first two, of many, 4-packs from Star Liquor the other day

appearance: served in an unmarked tulip - copper body, hued pink, active carbonation, light beige lace

smell: tart cranberry, tart sugars, lovely oak presence... a familiar angle from NG

taste: reminds me a lot of enigma - substituting tart cranberry for tart cherry. the first hit is of sharp tart cranberry, tongue buckling sourness. New Glarus blends oak and tart fruit together like no other in this country.

mouthfeel: terrific tartness, very sharp from high carbonation. this one twists and bends the palate

drinkability: nice

11-09-2009 01:45:34 | More by dirtylou
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

11-07-2009 21:37:17 | More by blackearth
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle compliments of Rudylaw, BA all the way. Another beer to try from the unplugged series, joy.

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip, no flute glasses to be found in this house. Pours a effervescent pink, almost like champagne and a nice color. Small white bubble head without a lot of retention.

S: Sweet and sour cranberries, yeast, oakiness.

T: A good balance of fruit and beer, the cranberries are not overpowering and from what I can tell the oak aging gives way to a vanilla. I was expecting big bold fruit flavors like the other lambic offering of NG, but this can def be consumed more easily.

M:Light-bodied, would be confused with champagne before fruit puree.

D:A good seasonal brew, cranberry seems fitting of fall in the midwest. Easy drinkability and if I ever cross over to Wisconsin a real bargain of a beer.

11-06-2009 22:59:12 | More by MPLS
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

A-Poured into a fluted tasting glass. The body was orange with a redish tint and some outter rim head with minimal lacing.
S-Slightly sweet with a well represented cranberry tartness.
T-Sweet, carbonated, and pleasant cranberry flavors initially attack your palate. Then your left with a sligtly dry tart sensation that has your craving more!
M-Effervecent and carbon tingled initally flowing into flavor-bursting after-taste.
D-Very drinkable, but I would save this one for special occasions. This gives me a new faith in Lambic beer. thanks Dan...

11-06-2009 17:17:18 | More by RJUGA03
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a nice clear orange color with a small fizzy white head. Much like cranberry juicy, but bit lighter in color.

Scent of bitter, juicy cranberries, prunes, sugars and a hint of yeast. More like cranberry juicy than beer, but I still like it.

Taste of cranberries, honey, sugars, and a nice bready yeast flavor. A tasty fruit beer, but I am doubtful that this will stand up to aging.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium to low bite of carbonation.

10-31-2009 02:53:11 | More by paco1029384756
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Small capped bottle, poured into a flute as suggested on the bottle, cold.

Pinkish, copper tinted highlights, compact bubbly whitish head, good but not great retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly sour and musty; oak plays subtle notes, and eventually the cranberry fruitiness takes over.
Medium to light bodied, refreshing, sweet and sour, fruity and slightly oaky. Nicely carbonated, ends crisp and dry, very easy to drink, a very nice one indeed.

10-31-2009 02:27:58 | More by brdc
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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a bottle into a flute. It pours a clear copper/red mixture. A bubbly 1/4 inch off-white head forms and very quickly reduces to basically no lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma includes a nice dose of sour and oak. This is combined with a fantastic dose of bitter/sweet cranberries and perhaps some cherries. I'm thinking a bit of vanilla too.

The taste is very good as well, including the expected cranberry bitter/sweet mix, but also healthy doses of sourness, oaky, cherry, and vanilla (mildly).

The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. The carbonation is high but goes well with the flavor. It is crisp and clean and leaves a pleasant dry and sour feeling on your tongue.

This is a very easy beer to drink and overall very good. It is flavorful but does not destroy your palate. I am glad that I have many more and get to enjoy it more in the future and have some left to trade, preferably at DLD.

10-30-2009 23:53:43 | More by SykDoc
Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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