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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

238 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
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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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
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-05-2012 23:53:41 | More by ms11781
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Goblet.

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:26:17 | More by pmarlowe
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-26-2012 03:30:37 | More by Kunstman
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deedric

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-14-2012 00:17:48 | More by deedric
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sauron681

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:58:19 | More by sauron681
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zachary80

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-07-2012 04:29:39 | More by zachary80
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-01-2012 18:42:06 | More by ADTaber
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samie85

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper color with a finger of off white head.

Mesquite smoke and bacon with some light rye notes.

Sweet and smoky residual smoke and no discernible bitterness.

Slick and medium bodied with light bitterness.

Pretty drinkable for a smoked beer; I'm not sure I'd buy it again, but am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:27:02 | More by samie85
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-07-2012 19:08:29 | More by CGMLS3
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-31-2012 14:20:42 | More by fiedler84
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WhatAlesMe

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-24-2012 01:05:23 | More by WhatAlesMe
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gford217

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small, short-lived beige head which leaves some legs of lacing on the sides.

The aroma is all about the smoke, and it's mostly of the smoked-meat variety with pork coming to mind. There is a bit of smoked wood in there and an interesting ashy, peaty thing as well as some sweat fruit way back behind the smoke.

The taste is smoky as well, but the first thing I noticed is that it's much sweeter than the aroma with some apples and caramel malts up front. The smoke is present throughout but especially in the finish where the meaty smoke lingers.

The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and ashy and smoky on the palate.

I love a good smoked beer so I was pleased with this beer overall. I still don't think this sits on the Schlenkerla level, but it's just a notch below. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:18:04 | More by gford217
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beergod1

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a small off white head that fades fast. Strong smokey aroma with bacon, more smoke, a touch of alcohol, and more smoke. Sweet malty caramel flavor filled with smoke and yes....Bacon.The spicy rye on the finish makes it even better. Very interesting, but after 1 beer, I had enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:23:17 | More by beergod1
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VIPbeer

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-02-2012 14:50:31 | More by VIPbeer
Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.