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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

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 32
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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Zuidman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-21-2013 15:04:55 | More by Zuidman
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-13-2013 12:22:11 | More by pathman
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ackeeper

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-12-2013 03:48:24 | More by ackeeper
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +24%

06-02-2013 22:34:29 | More by coldmeat23
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-28-2013 02:08:07 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-28-2013 01:40:22 | More by mendvicdog
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davey101

Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:31:26 | More by davey101
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-18-2013 03:30:46 | More by warnerry
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2013 18:30:13 | More by spycow
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2013 01:40:46 | More by superspak
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-08-2013 02:05:24 | More by AlexFields
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly and light tan head into a willi becher tumbler that settled to a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was a bright copper color.
s - very smoky but nicely done.
t - rye spice dominates but there is some balance with caramel malts too.
m - slick and slightly thin.
o - incredibly drinkable and another one of a kind winner from new glarus.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 15:47:23 | More by GPHarris
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish-amber. Good sized, fizzy off-white head. Fades slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Smells like someone left some rye bread in the toaster too long. A little fruitiness, raisins perhaps? And some caramel to sweeten it up. Quite a bit in fact. Cuts the acrid smoke nicely.

T: Quite sweet with caramel and some smoke and rye (duh). Sweetness fades a bit exposing a more acrid, bitter smoke but still nothing overpowering. Smoke is very meaty, like drinking barbequed beef. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Very accurate perception of that flavor, however.

M: Medium bodied, a little syrupy. Touch chalky from the char in the finish, too.

O: Very interesting beer. I'm not a fan of smoked beers but this one isn't too overpowering. Sweetness helps balance the smoke and the smoke has a strong meatiness to it to keep it from being so acrid and bitter. A lot of smoked beers taste like someone just poured liquid smoke into the bottle. This one is much better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:56:26 | More by Dope
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-23-2012 00:29:36 | More by t0rin0
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 10.26.12.

A - Pours a very dark amber with a thin very light tan head. The head sticks around, then quickly moves to the edges.

S - Sweet, carmel, and some rubbing alcohol.

T - Sweet carmel, with a smokey finish.

D - Lower carbonation and a light body.

O - This was a sweet mess with a smoke finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:21:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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wigoalie1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-22-2012 02:39:51 | More by wigoalie1
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london1o1

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-18-2012 02:06:40 | More by london1o1
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ctwinne


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-15-2012 21:42:47 | More by ctwinne
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-25-2012 01:44:42 | More by derkfromwi
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown, not thick, relatively good clarity going for it, considering the color is brown. Thin 1/4" head, doesn't stick around for too long. Aroma, mild smoke notes, thank you, not over the top, maybe some brown malt and cocao notes.

Taste, pretty smooth, yet has a zing to it, maybe some noble hops, maybe the better than average carbonation to help keep the beer from bogging down. Has as much bacon going for it as beers that claim to have bacon going for it, just that super mild meat aspect to it, but not big time like some traditional rauch beers I've had.

The rye doesn't have a spice component, comes off more like a more substantial wheat flavor here. Like crack'd wheat was smoked. Good mouthfeel, hides alcohol quite well, can't believe how strong this was when I read the abv here writing the review. A lot of 'thin' beers (i.e. not heavy stouts) can have troubles with hiding this amount of alcohol, not the case in this instance.

Caramel and toffee notes underneath making a smooth experience, but don't let that fool you into thinking there are no hops here, they're just in the right amount.

A favorite of mine for camping, one of my favorite smoked beers (not anywhere near a favorite style of mine).

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:02:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DonDeDieulicious

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-04-2012 16:58:22 | More by DonDeDieulicious
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-28-2012 18:30:32 | More by DIPADude01
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-24-2012 03:31:59 | More by JMBSH
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jsanford

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chestnut brown with a dense white head that settles to a slight ring, leaving behind some streaky lacing. Intense meaty smoke aromas dominate, almost like beer jerky, along with sweet caramel, fruity, spicy rye, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is right on with the nose, lots of meaty smoke, spicy rye, brown sugar, and malt. Really smooth and well-crafted, and one of the most Schlenkerla-esque Smoked Beers I've had from the States (huge compliment there). Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a really solid Rauchbier-style brew, truly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:22:51 | More by jsanford
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beerdedbiker

Vermont

5/5  rDev +30.5%

07-09-2012 14:30:36 | More by beerdedbiker
Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.