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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

506 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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nlmartin

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%

Big thanks to my 2012 Secret Santa Montrosse. Dude you seriously treated me to some killer beers!

A- The beers appearance is a pleasing golden coloration with a light cranberry splash. I am thinking a tequilla sunrise sort of effect. The head was white and shortly lived. No lacing is noted.

S- The aroma of the beer is a mixture of sweet and tart aromas. Think of Belgian Red with cranberries in place of cherries. Nice floral aromas chase about fresh cut oak aromas. All of these aromas are built on a nice biscuity aroma. Subtle acidic aromas waft about the beer.

T- This beer is all about the interplay of sweetness and tartness. Very pleasant cranberry sweetness and sour layered on a nice malty biscuity base beer. The beer never becomes overly acidic. Its sort of like a moderately sweetened balsamic vinegar.

M- The body is light and nicely carbonated. The beer never becomes overly acidic. This is just a nice interplay between sweet and sour.

O- This beer has a very nice interplay between sweet and sour. Only complaint is I only have one of these.

01-30-2013 15:45:41 | More by nlmartin
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jeddsp

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-19-2013 13:41:13 | More by jeddsp
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bobertkuekn

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-13-2013 00:56:48 | More by bobertkuekn
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, clear light red, medium white head. The aroma is has light vinergar. The flavor is balanced between cranberry sweetness, and a pleasant tartness. It has a lingering sour finish. The beer is light, acidic, easy drinking for a sour. A very enjoyable beer, very glad to have tried it.

12-28-2012 22:33:12 | More by bonkers
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zrab11

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-27-2012 15:22:50 | More by zrab11
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mcaulifww

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-20-2012 16:37:25 | More by mcaulifww
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-07-2012 17:13:22 | More by thebigredone
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loony4lambic

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-05-2012 03:04:02 | More by loony4lambic
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

11-23-2012 00:24:39 | More by t0rin0
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Wiscivore


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-04-2012 01:10:34 | More by Wiscivore
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bdub32689

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-30-2012 14:46:47 | More by bdub32689
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Pete27lax

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

10-21-2012 05:49:15 | More by Pete27lax
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-18-2012 01:43:11 | More by smurfbeer
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elcrawl

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

10-14-2012 18:17:02 | More by elcrawl
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

10-12-2012 01:52:09 | More by Gatch
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schneid

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-13-2012 20:39:49 | More by schneid
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5%

A: This has a really warm orange hue with notes of pumpkin, apple cider, and tangerine pressed through a centrifuge and just the serum partition remains.

S: Pretty mild overall, but has some light clean tangerine notes poking through a light funk tapestry. Reminds me of standing in an orchard during high pollen at the beginning of harvest season.

T: Fruit-centric brett, again with notes of tangerine (the color is seems to be highly suggestive) and mild sourness that is extremely well placed and akin to a fruit snack. It also seems to somehow bring a lot of complex malt flavors (special B, biscuit, honey) together with obvious light ones (white wheat) - this gives it some muscle halfway through.

M: Light, mild, refreshing, *NOT ASTRINGENTLY ACIDIC IN ANYWAY*

O: Amazing wild ale for taste, refreshment, availability, and price. Total package.

09-06-2012 03:48:23 | More by CharlieMurphy
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

thanks to fdkayti & duff27 for sending this bottle my way! Thanks Kayti & Duff!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a weird pink bodied beer. Modest one finger of white head that drops to a ring around the beer.

Smell: yeah cranberries. Sour cherries. Decent oakiness with a musty and earthy funkiness. Vinegar is also quite present; it smells like its going to be really sour.

Taste: mildly sour and moderately vinegary. Tart cranberries and sweet cherries. To my surprise the beer is sweeter than I expected it to be. The oak barrel seems to have imparted a lot of vanilla character to the beer after some time has passed. It still has a touch of woody oak. The beer is a little musty with a little carboard note in there also.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is starting to get a little bit syurpy.

Overall: This is better than I remember when I drank it was fresh beer along time ago. Still an enjoyable beer. Try to get a bottle if you can and drink them now if you have a bottle!

09-03-2012 12:16:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

09-01-2012 22:22:17 | More by claytong
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a white foamy head retains nicely and leaves some decent lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with sweetened cranberry juices with some underlying mulled spices and oak that emerge more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with sweet cranberry juice combined with some lemony sour/tartness that emerges midway through the flavor, though the sweetness kicks back up in the finish. As it warms the subtle acidic and oak notes that add more dimension to the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Finish is on the sweeter end but the bumped up carbonation helps to create a dry balance.

Overall this is avery drinkable, refreshing fruit beer from New Glarus but just a little too much sweetness for my palate. Not as good as their Apple Ale or Raspberry Tart. Maybe that my bias towards those flavors but this one just felt a little one noted.

08-27-2012 20:35:33 | More by claspada
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks for hooking me up, Steven. Almost 3 years old, this added beauty with age. Reddish brown, with some spider lace, and only the faintest head. Pleasant berry aroma. Smooth mouth feel, with some acidic bite. Very drinkable. Tasty and good job, different and not as biting as the Mikkeller 2 days ago.

08-22-2012 02:28:54 | More by Sammy
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cocoapuph

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-20-2012 04:15:41 | More by cocoapuph
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black13

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to sherm1016 for this bottle.

Opened this on a rare day in Oregon that hit 100F! Hoping it's refreshing.

A: A good pour produces a nice white head that rapidly dissipates to nothing. It sounded very effervescent, if only for a moment. Appears reddish/pink and reminds me of some Jello I made the other day.

S: Sweetness and a light fruity aroma. Not able to pinpoint the fruit, but it smells like berries.

T: Starts off with a sweet cranberry-esque taste, but also resembles berries in general. Quite refreshing with a crisp clean finish. Didn't pick up any tartness or sourness, which I really enjoy. As it warms up, I start to pick up dark fruit flavors that add some more body and complexity to the beer.

M: Quite effervescent with a full bodied flavor and feel. It coats the mouth without being overpowering.

D: Very drinkable, especially on a hot day like today. It would be easy to put down a few of these, and at this ABV, you probably wouldn't feel it.

08-05-2012 04:03:50 | More by black13
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DonDeDieulicious

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

08-04-2012 16:58:45 | More by DonDeDieulicious
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Short lived white head on a kind of pinkish-amber body. Very little lacing, no cap or collar.

S- Same sort of crisp, tarty smell you get from Apple Ale/Enigma/Wisconsin Belgian Red/Raspberry Tart. Can't pick out the specific fruit just yet but it smells good.

T- Ah yes, there it is. Like refreshing cranberry juice, only way better. Mouth puckering tartness (borderline sour) at the beginning, only to finish sugary sweet at the tail end. Nary a trace of alcohol.

M- Has that *dance-on-your-tongue" carbonation that we've come to know and love from New Glarus. Medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Highly drinkable (my pint was gone in less than 10 minutes) but I wouldn't want more than one serving. My only complaint is that I wish the appearance was up to par with all of Cran-Bic's other attributes. Another great tart fruit beer from New Glarus.

08-02-2012 03:22:35 | More by Duff27
Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.