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Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Smoked Rye AleUnplugged Smoked Rye Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 237
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 33
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 01-17-2011)
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Red to brown hue. Poor head retention and a low brown finger of head.

S: This characteristic is fantastic to me. I am Vegan, so this is a bit wierd for me, but its smells like pork roast...and I like it. Hickory smoke with cherry notes.

T: You can really taste the wood, but also the deep thickness of the malt and that specific sugar used. Ive only had Jaggery in beer that was slightly comparable. Mild bittering finish with the boozy character.

M: Tingles. Its a thick wash on the palate and that smoke almost opens your nasal passage. Leaves a dryness in the cheeks.

D: Very nice beer with a special character and understandable that its not brewed that often. Lets keep it that way cause i cant drink many.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:45:01 | More by BasementBer
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12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Typical unplugged appearance with the universal Unplugged label, red foil, and Smoked Rye Ale sticker on the neck. Looks like this is from early 2011.

A - Pours a clear dirty red body. The last oz. or so was pretty grimy with sediment. Fingers worth of off white foam. Really nice lacing and retention.

S - Nice balance between smoked malts and caramel sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice and fruit, but this is otherwise pretty much occupied by the smoke and its hard to pick out much more. Smells really nice though.

T - Smoked ham, BBQ sauce, alcohol, and soooome rye spice. Like drinking a beer with a shot of liquid smoke added. Its awfully tasty but holy hell does it get tiring and rich after a while. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol creeps up in the end.

O - Not the most smokey beer I've had, but probably the richest and meatiest. This is a real winner if you liked smoked beers with notes of meat. After each sip I feel like I've been chewing on a bonfire.

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Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.