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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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very good

240 Ratings

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

warnerry, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

AlexFields, Jan 08, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

GPHarris, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Dope, Jan 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

wigoalie1, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

london1o1, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ctwinne, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

derkfromwi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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).

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

DonDeDieulicious, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JMBSH, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

jsanford, Jul 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

beerdedbiker, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


A: Pours a deep burgundy-tinted copper, with excellent clarity and a thin cap of off-white head. So-so retention and some lacing.

S: Smoke and a little spiced malt evidence in the background.

T: Smoke like smoked meat, not a whole lot else except a little maltiness. A smoke bomb. Slight sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: A little disappointing. It seems like they went overboard on the smoked malt and created a monster.

pmarlowe, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kunstman, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

deedric, May 14, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lost notes from 9-4-11

Pours a reddish gold color with a quick head that is thin and fizzy, with lots of carbonation. Smells of plums, raisins and a campfire. Medium Mouth feel, but not chewy.
Taste is very smoky, but hints of sweetness come thru as well. Light alcohol burn followed by more smoke. A very good pale ale base, and the smoked rye puts it over the top. It is not too overpowering, but lingers long after a drink, but somehow manages to turn into sweetness as well

sauron681, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

zachary80, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ADTaber, May 01, 2012
Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.