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Unplugged Cranbic Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

550 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 244
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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 kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my first forays into fruit beers although I have had some lambics before. I poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a beautiful light crimson color with a small head. Smells of tart fruit and maybe sherry like alcohol notes. Taste does not dissappoint, nice tart sour flavors of cran followed by a subtle sweetness to finish it off. Has an excellent light feel in the mouth. Very smooth from start to finish.
I am really impressed with this. Not something I could drink everyday as it was a little sweet but very tasty. I need to go buy more!

kbutler1, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with brian23456 who is an awesome BA trader thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown with light garnet tinge. Head is slightly off white and minimal, as is the retention. Some lace.

Smell: Good mixture of cranberries, leather, cobwebs, oak, and lactic tartness.

Taste: Good amount of tartness followed by a semi sharp cranberry acidity. earthy grain, and wheat. Well done!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, fairly light, carbonation seems correct.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a fruit lambic.

Another home run! Dan Carey is a genius with a better batting average than most brewers!

koopa, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear strawberry with nice carbonation rising from the glass. White head displays some light lace.

Nose has tart cranberries, oak and farmyard funk.

Taste is full of sweet cranberries, wood, wild yeast and subtle funk.

Crisp, refreshing body. This is a great beer. It has a nice funky presence that I felt was lacking in their other fruit beers.

rye726, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of botham
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a fiery garnet color with a single finger of rapidly dissipating head that is gone after a few seconds. resembles a soft drink in appearance.

aroma is of light funk and a touch of fruit, alongside a light vinous tartness. very complex and well proportioned in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a masterful bouquet of light farmhouse funk, a touch of vinous acidity, and a distant note of sweet cranberries. the fruit is almost framboise-esque in character. very pleasant and easy drinking.

mouthfeel is a wonderful mix of a light body and a light tartness with a touch of effervescence. this brew is excellent in mouthfeel.

drinkability is very good. well done and extremely well proportioned as far as the fruit, funk and tartness goes. cheers!

botham, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from TPatuto in a trade, thanks Tom

A - this beer is a light brown with light-red
pink highlights, a fizy white head wells up from the pour that fades to a lace quickly

S - the aroma is very berry, similar to NG's raspberry tart, if i didnt know it was cranberry i wouldve guessed raspberry due to its similarity to NG Raspberry Tart, the berry-ness nearly drowns out all other aromas with the exception of a sour funk true to the lambic in it

T - theres the cranberry, the taste is very different from NGRT and very distinctly cranberry and quite delightful, the berry is poignant and abundant, but amazingly does not drown out the yeasty, funky lambic qualities that make lambics great

M&D - light and airy on the palate, with a dry finish, powerful flavors without drowning out other qualities and overpowering the palate, NG has mastered the art of adding fruit to beer and staying true to both, what a brew!

sinstaineddemon, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, capped in the now familiar red foil wrap. A Post-Thanksgiving treat; one of two bottles received, thanks to BA alcstradamus.

A: A careful pour leads to a less-than-lofty head, maybe a 1/2 finger of fizzy whitish-ness falling to a pock-marked cap. The glory here is in the color and clarity: a resplendent shine through vibrant copper-redness, an abundant cascade of small bubbles rising, sparkling. Lace sticks in creamy icicles and scattered flakes.

S: Tart fruit in the nose, a lactic twinge. Musty hay/wheat, wet grass, aged paper. Cranberry aroma is earthy and not very sweet, melding a dankness with a weathered woodiness. Some cereal grain wriggling in intermittently.

T: Punch of tartness upfront, not a pucker-inducer per se, but a cranberry tang that instantly gets one's attention. Once the initial hit subsides, the middle fruitiness is milder and sweeter, marrying with a vague woodiness and dry, earthy grain. The conclusion was the real surprise: yeasty like a buttered biscuit, a trace of vanilla and popcorn. A wonderful journey for the taste buds with every sip.

M: As mentioned above under taste, the feel evolves - what starts with an unsubtle crisp zeal (refreshing, cheek-drawing, astringent) gradually unveils a buttery creaminess. Light-medium body, dry/grainy finish.

D: New Glarus does it again, another terrific fruit creation; this will go on the mantle along with several other memorable brews of 2009. Although it's as memorable as any this year, Cran-bic wasn't the easiest to finish. The reflux induced by the acidity was an issue for me, the back-and-forth flavors grew tiring over the course of 12 oz.; that said I still want more! Highly recommended!

msubulldog25, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus could save me a lot of gas money by just sending their brews one state west to Minnesota. I find myself making at least monthly trips to the Badger State for something good. Picked up a four of this in Hudson, WI a couple weeks ago.

The pour is rosy & the coolest bits & pieces of head I've ever seen. The carbonation must have been hitting it just right, because every piece was moving in a perfect counterclockwise circle. Wild. Uh, smells like tart cranberries out of a can.

Cran-bic. Cranbic. Crrran-bic. Anyway you say it, this is good. Crisp & tart without being sour, sweet without being cloying, & taste of cranberries without tasting like cranberries (which I hate), if you know what I mean. The sweetness of the malt almost turns this to cherry vs. cranberry. Very clean, highly carbonated, but that seems right here. Drinkable? Man, this is one you need to put down between sips, having this held in one's hand would lead to the brew disappearing at a rapid rate.

Well, I've traded most that I picked up, now I'm going to have to go get some more. Excellent beer & another sterling effort from the Unplugged series. A perfect gateway lambic.

maximum12, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasant surprise, totally not into these lambics, but can recognize when one is decently made. Plus, you really can't ever beat a New Glarus brew. Almost always tasty.

Very pink, sweet, sour experience all rolled into one. Might be something cool to have in the beer fridge for when the ladies come over, but its almost too good to be that kind of drink.

This was one of my first forays into something that was fruited and sourish. Not a lambic per se, but hey, it opened my eyes.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A heavy pour produces about two fingers worth of white head that recedes rather quickly. Nice light redish color with orange highlights. Small dots of lacing. Not the most powerful nose but what is there smells great - spiced fruit (cranberries and cherries) with just a hint of sourness. Tastes very refreshing and clean - picks up the cranberries from the nose along with some maltiness and an overall sweetness that is not cloying at all. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is through the roof. I can't put this beer down - when I finish a sip I immediately want another. I am no expert in this style but if this is indicative of lambics, I will be seeking others out. As always, another great NG Unplugged beer.

bound4er, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle as an extra from a very generous trader, Wisconsinbeer1, in a recent trade hooking up my dad with some NA beers. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a very intriguing strawberry blond color that is almost a pinkish red but with highlights of golden showing through here and there. More head than I expected for the style as well with about a finger of pinkish-white head growing off of the body and sticking around for a bit before dying back to a ring. Some lacing down the side of the glass as well as I drink.

Smell- Nose is comprised of fresh tart cranberries, mixed with cereal grains, and an interesting flowery bouquet that comes through as well. Can't really pinpoint the flower but can't shake the smell either.

Taste- Surprisingly, the flavor profile on this is not what I was expecting. Tart cranberries are present but not in the overwhelming fashion which I was expecting. Instead, they are integrated in with notes of honey, cereal, wild flowers, and a touch of sweetness. The cranberries do however linger on the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just the slightest bit thin even for a lambic but the mild tartness and complex flavors really make this a good drinker.

Overall, another incredibly unique and tasty beer from New Glarus. With exception of Spotted Cow, I have loved everything I've had from these folks thus far.

boatshoes, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into New Glarus flute

A- This beer pours a nice pinkish/orange that is very transparent. There is minimal head that recedes rather quick. Many tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell is of fresh cranberries that you can tell are the real thing, not some syrup. There is a bit of woodiness to go along with what might be butter.

T- Much like smell, cranberry is the first taste but not overpowering. It is accompanied by the taste of wood which it was aged in. There also a creamy buttery finish that I particularly like. A good complexity that will probably get better with age.

M- There is that initial bit of bite on the front of the tongue but not too bad. There is a smoothness to this one, oddly just a little sour but not puckering.

D- On this, day of Thanksgiving, I give thanks to New Glarus for another stellar beer. I could put these back all night but that would take all the fun out of enjoying this great beer.

Wisconsinality, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Big thanks to one of the best people on BA, wisconsinbeer1, for providing me with 2 4-packs of this special New Glarus brew.

Poured from the bottle into my New Glarus flutes obtained and sent by who else, wisconsinbeer1.

A - Stunning crisp red with a minimal white head that quickly turns down. Just about exactly what you would think a cranbic would and should look like.

S/T - Cranberries dominate the smell and the taste follows with cranberry and a slight woody flavor thrown in as well. The great thing about NG is that they present the fruit element without making it simply a sweet raz, cherry, or in this case cranberry bomb. It has the perfect balance in that it is neither too sweet nor too puckery. Really, it is just about perfect.

M - Crisp and delightful, really very good.

D - Outstanding. You could drink these all night and not get too tired of it. Made a perfect match with our traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Another winner by New Glarus, which sould not surprise anyone. Great care went into this one and it is a good representation of a fruit and lambic beer. I have enjoyed all their beers and it will be a shame to see this one follow the apple into retirement. NG should bring both the apple and cranberry back on occassion.

Thanks again to my Wiscon buddy in hooking me up with this. Jason, to your health!!!

Beerisheaven, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this was an absolutely exceptional beer. Appearance is off-reddish with a small head that disapates quickly. Smell and taste are very similar, with the nose tinging more toward funk than the taste. But there is a nice cranberry overtone with a strawberry and pear underbody. No alcohol or hops seem to exist. Slightly bitter but very drinkable. Highly recommend this to anyone.

supercolter, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of BeerInReview
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up on a recommendation from a friend. And, he didn't steer me wrong.

A: Pours a copper color with very little head. The head dissipates quickly. No lacing was left.
S: A distinct cranberry aroma emanates from the glass.
T: The malt hits the tongue right away, but it doesn't last long, as the tartness and taste of cranberries quickly grab your taste buds and puts your salivary glands into overdrive. As it finishes, it leaves an oaky taste on the back of my tongue. Mmm...Tasty!
M: A medium bodied beer with very fine carbonation.
D: This is one exceptional beer. This will be my beer of choice this Thanksgiving.

BeerInReview, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-orange color with a small light pink head left a few whisps on lacing down the tulip. Aroma is full of fresh cranberries, light funk, and certain sweetness. Great, fresh, tart cranberry flavor up front, a bit of sourness, and nice underlying funk that never becomes to prevalent but still let's itself be known. Nice balanced, sweetness never becomes too cloying. Medium body, average carbonation. This seems filtered and would love to know how much more funk would have come out had it been unfiltered. Delicious though, and really looking forward to having this one with Thanksgiving dinner.

KeefD, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber hued with glints of scarlet under a well-kempt white froth highlighted with pink. Retention and lacing are both moderate.
Sweet-tart cranberry nose, as one would expect. Some undercurrents of grape juice / white wine, and mentholated cherries. Oak adds toasted coconut and spiced woodiness.
It enters sweetly, and not unlike Raspberry tart, as the berries present similarly. It carries myriad juice flavors, but especially cherry and grape on top of the obvious cranberries, which become more defined in the middle as it puckers up, and strays from the RaspTart path. A sense of mulling spices later on, and moreso as it warms. Oak comes out on the swallow with a vanilla-tinged, toasted coconut suggestions. The cranberry sweet-sour interplay lingers long into the finish.
Intially, it's rampantly carbonation, but it sizzles out, leaving just suggestions of fizz on the sip. It's a bit drier in comparsion (though still quite sweet) than Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, and not quite as viscous as them. The oak-barrel aging sets it apart from New Glarus' other fruited beers. I'd very much like to have a taste of a non-barreled version, just to witness the cranberries stand on their own. That's not a gripe, just a wish. This is very good, and likely the most complex NG fruit beer to date.

cokes, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a light pink fizzy, bubbly head that dissipated leaving a tiny bit of lacing on my glass. The beer is crystal clear with a pretty red color.

Smell: Very sweet juicy berries, tart cranberry, small amount of yest, very small amount of malt.

Taste: Sweet cranberry, tart sour pucker, very fresh tasting, and a very light malt presence.

Mouthfeel: medium body, tart and sour pucker, nicely carbonated, sweet and sticky balanced by the dry tart feel. Leaves mouth pretty refreshed and ready for more.

Overall: Great drinkability. Fairly sweet but balanced by a wonderful tart flavor/feel. Very refreshing and juicy. Will be AMAZING with thanksgiving dinner!! :-)

natasharai, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am soo happy to be able to review this and even happier knowing I have more in the cellar to enjoy. Poured into a snifter and consumed on 11/22/2009.

Gonna make this on short and sweet as alot has already been said about this one but ut is clearly just sublime. Pours out of the bottle a nice reddish color with a small head on top that receded into some nice side glass lacing and really just looked the part from the beginning. Rich aroma of tart cranberry mixed with hints of cinnamon spice and nice touches of brown sugar. Warming really brought out the fruit though as the rich cranberry aroma and flavor dominated everything around. Warming brought some nice light notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and a really nice just fruit pie like flavor to it. Really a nice and sweet spice note to it all the way through really just perfectly done,

I will skip down to summarize that fruit beers can go either way but this one is done damn near perfectly. I have to say one of ths best i have ever had hands down.

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light garnet color with a few bubbly suds. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Sugar and fruit dominate the nose. Hard to say it's cranberry from the nose, but knowing what this is, it's from the cranberries.

Crisp cranberry fruit. Slight tartness of cranberry, obviously cut down with some sugar. Some cherry like flavor as well. Fruity, moderately sweet and delicious.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, but it's not harsh. Finish is amazingly clean and dry.

This is incredibly easy to drink. It's like a carbonated fruit juice. Refreshing and tasty, NG knows how to use fruit in beer like no other brewery. This would be perfect for holiday meals. Awesome!

jera1350, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

younger35, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

darklordlager, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Soneast
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Soneast, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

weatherdog, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

auroracrisis, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Wisconsin, Nov 19, 2009
Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.