Unplugged Imperial IPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Imperial IPAUnplugged Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Skidz on 06-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of znarf
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a large head and light lacing . Suggest a pint + glass to start this beer. More flowery with a hint of citrus aroma. The carbonation and five hop recipe give a pleasant mouth bite feel. Bitter grapefruit finish that will stay with you. Hard to find. Write the brew master and ask him to make another batch. I will be doing this.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle in standard pint glass

A - Pours very nicely, producing a perfect 2 finger off-white head. Dissipates slowly to a thin layer of foam on the side producing decent amount of lacing. Color is cloudy bright yellow. Almost a wheat-ish appearance.

S - Fabulous nose. Pine, Citrus, Nutty. Great nose for a DIPA!

T - Wow is all I can say! Starts off very smooth, biscuits and bread then on the back end a very snappy hop kick consisting of pine and citrus. Pretty much matches the nose to a T!

M - Again, Wow! Robust, rich, smooth. Just fabulous.

O - I have a strong hunch this will be my go-to DIPA up here this summer. New Glarus belts another one out of the yard just like Prince Fielder in the bottom of the 14th tonight. An upper-deck walk-off brew folks!!

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Photo of Snow81
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light orange glow with a nice clean body

Head: Big white head that leaves a nice lace on the glass

Smell: Bright citric hops

Taste: Bright tropical fruit with a big citric hop and heavy light malt that finishes hot

Weight: Medium body with low carbonation

Finish: Bright citric hops with nice sticky lips and a subtle heat

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a brilliant, yet hazy, deep gold color. Bright white head that doesn't stay around too long (sort of surprising) and solid lacing.

S - Immediately I get grapefruit as well as a piney/resin-y hop aroma. This beer is mouthwatering if you're a hop-head.

T - The malt in this beer is very understated, hanging out in the background...I was sort of waiting for it to build a bit but it never did (fine by me, it still tastes great). You definitely get the piney hop flavors along with some citrus hops. The grapefruit comes through and you even get a little grassy hop flavor

M - very crisp mouthfeel with a very dry finish, not a grating astringent quality that you get from some IIPAs, though. The beer is quite carbonated, which plays well with the citrus/grapefruit flavors.

O - This is a great hoppy IIPA that gives some sweetness without a huge malt flavor. That's great in my book and I've come to expect nothing less from the fine folks at New Glarus. I would definitely drink this over and over again and hope that they move it from the Thumbprint series to one of their regular seasonals.

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Photo of jj21
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce red-foil topped bottle
Out-f$^#ing Standing!!!!
Pours a fantastic hazy light orange with a 1-1/2" white fluffy head. Great lacing left. Moderate carbonation streams to the top. Big on the nose. Very hoppy, earthy, citrusy grapefruit, piney, all the usual culprets in a great IPA. The taste was amazing. Great hops up front balanced very well with the malts. Buttery mouthfeel. Very easy to drink as the alcohol is undetectible. A damn shame that it won't be brewed again anytime soon, if ever.

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Photo of erog5188
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle when I arrived back in Wisconsin in May:

Poured the Red Foiled bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright and Vibrant gold color, not too much head retention, the appearance actually reminded me quite a bit of Pliny The Elder.

S: Citrus! Citrus! Citrus! I love the aroma of this beer and the aroma is very similar to NG Moon Man.

T: I thought the amount of hops was very well complimented by the malty back bone. I feel that the flavors compliment each other very well.

M: Rich and smooth, No complaints

Overall: I enjoyed this beer very very much, I think Dan hit this one right on the head. The choice of hops was excellent and it wasnt overwhelmingly bitter in my opinion....now I wonder when I will figure out how to rack this great of a product out of my fermenters...


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Photo of daveytheformer
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick white head that fades to a lot of lacing.

Smells perfumy, floral, resinous pine and citrus as well as a little bready malt flavor.

Tastes like pine, lemon citrus, and a little caramel sweetness and I do mean just a little. Lots of grapefruit and grassy hops with a light bitter aftertaste.

Moothfeel is crisp and medium with really good carbonation.

Overall is excellent! I love this beer and was kind of sad it was the last beer of my 4-pack.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to OrbitalRox for the bottle!
Bright, coppery orange, a bit hazy, capped with a modest white head. Good retention, maintaining a thick mist most of the way through. Sticky, blotchy lace. Pungent hoppy aroma. Unusual in that it's more floral, rather than the familiar overload of piney, citric hops you usually find in the style. I like it. Juicy orange citrus works in the background. Modest pale maltiness contributes some toasty sweetness. Accents of floral, peachy esters. Big, but accessible. First sip....wow....pretty damn hoppy. I love the balance on this, no sticky malt dragging things back into the middle. Very much hop driven. Still some toasty sweetness, just enough to keep it on the side of delicious. Perfumey esters, working with the malt to create a pleasant caramel apple flavor in the middle. Citrusy clementine orange, bright and moderately bitter, moving into a boldly hopped finish. Floral hops are right up front, a bit of metallic bitterness in the aftertaste, definitely unusual for this kind of beer. Reminds me a bit of what would happen if you were to make a giant english IPA. Some citrusy notes, with a dash of herbal hop quality. Gentler carbonation, small bubbled and refined. A bit lighter feeling than most double IPAs, but that only serves to further accent the hops and provide a bit more drinkability, at least for me. Coupled with the delicious hop flavor, this is a winner in my book. I feel like a lot of double IPAs get bogged down with too much body and sweetness, and it doesn't allow the hops to really shine. Provided I'm not driving, I could drink pints of this all night, easy. If it were possible to make a beer like this without alcohol, I wouldn't drink anything else. Reminds me of why I like beer so much.

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Photo of AndrewOToole
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color, small head that dissipates quickly (like most DIPAs I've had).

Fruity hops dominate the smell, mostly mango and orange.

Same fruity flavors come through with a sweet balanced malt backbone (from Maris Otter malt, according to the bottle). Pine sap hop flavor in the aftertaste. Bitterness isn't overpowering, even at 85 IBUs.

Fine carbonation that starts to tingle if you leave it in your mouth for very long. I tend to like my IPAs and DIPAs a little more carbonated than this, but I know this is closer to the style.

This beer isn't insanely hop-forward like most DIPAs - I feel like the enamel of my teeth is still intact - however it works incredibly well. I have to hand it to New Glarus for making a different, yet excellent adaptation of the style.

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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip. (thanks to my buddy for bring me down this bottle)
A: Nice white frothy head that forms well and holds up just fine for the style. A layered swath of lacing is left. Slow, low levels of carbonation.

S: Really wonderful use of aroma hops, this is a truly powerful and unique aroma profile. Hints at pineapple, dancing on the rim of passion fruit and notes of piny grapefruit. Complex and very well done. The hops used are cutting edge and project this passionate aroma.

T/M: The beer has a lighter character, than I was expecting, with a smooth, silky body, not creamy in any sense. The hop flavor dominates the palate, as the malts really are set back in this one. The spicy, citrus like hop profiles set this with the high contenders of the IIPA world, but as the nose suggested the pineapple is a element that is sought after and I believe was achieved here. The lingering finish is a bit short and I am wishing it was longer, as I keep going back for frequent sips.

O: Overall, very wonderful IIPA, one that I wish they would keep on the main line or that would surface itself again... The aroma is really the high light for me, truly awesome. Nearly no complaints, lower level of carbonation and a shorter lingering effect on the mouthfeel are just about it. But huge props for the blending of hop to create this Island Style like hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright pale gold and quite clear with a good effervesence of bubbles. The lightest, most yellow of any Double IPA's I've seen. Solid white medium cap of firmly set froth. Settles quickly yet keeps a modest foamy topping and laces the glass entirely with decoratively fine frosting.

Vibrant and highly citric nose. Pungently high ended lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine peels. Abundantly fresh, misty, and lively with citusy verve. Solid pine notes gives a sweet resinous drippy oilyness right in with the overall tone. A nice array of hops here.

Taste is bountifully charged with fat citrus bestowing an ample toned peel mist of yellow grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Semi acidic with a mellow bitterness yet sharply compositioned over a light sugary coated soft bread cookie. Pineyness emerges late along with a smurfing of alcoholic warmth and resin oil. Very light caramel malt drifts in the background. Not overly complex, just a whole lot of hops that are quite built up with a higher end citrus thats very enthralling. Mostly hops and mostly citric. Lovely!

Feel is about medium with a crystal clean start, smooth until the midway point where the citrus flavors and character flood in along with a roughly edged warmth and cottony coating of fluffy citrus skins and pith strands. Man oh man does the citrusy stuff stand on your palate for a prolonged period. Very nice in that respect.

This stuff is amazingly fine to drink. The overall milder tone of bitterness, the cleaner, fresher profile, and simpleness mends together appropriately while supporting its own citric hoppy heft.
In a word...drinkable! Oh...so close to perfect.

Indebted to jeffboo for another fine WI acquisition!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear lemon with a hint of haze. Topped by a 1/2 inch white head. Fair retention.
S: Sweet pine, soft citrus hops, pineapple, honey, and a hint of caramel malt. Sweet perfection.
T: Sweet honey, citrus, pine hops (with the perfect amount of bite), and a hint of caramel malt in the background. Peppery spice too. Nice complexity and excellent balance.
M: Smooth at first, then quickly giving way to the hops which are strong but not overly so.
D: Drinks like an IPA (not like a typical IIPA), which for me is high praise. Tremendous balance and alcohol is kept in check. Excellent summer brew. Enjoyed this prior to burgers on the grill...Thanks Kris!

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4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden hued, with 2 finger head, little lace, and an interesting glass-wall coating of 1/8" CO2 bubbles.

Smell is absolutely perfumelike. Daffodil, apple blossom, cedar and papaya.

Taste is quite hop heavy, towards the bitter pine jagged edge, some fruitiness and malt backing come to the rescue right before it teeters over. Gets your attention, without being too cruel.

Mouthfeel works about right. It is a tad thin but certainly not bad. I wouldnt mind a bit thicker and slicker to coat my teeth with this tasty stuff.

Overall, this beer is on par with my high expectations going into it. What can you say? New Glarus just keeps churning out winners.

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Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale gold and sits a lightly foggy golden amber in the glass with a good sized creamy off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, holding to the sides and leaves a good coating of lace around the glass.

Aroma is a rich melding of gooey caramel, apples, oranges and grapefruit laid down on bed of dried pine needles. Crisp and fruity with a balance of lightly toasted malt character and hints of rum cake.

Flavor is delightfully balanced, the journey starts with both malt and hops character in equal pace. Ever so lightly toasted, borderline biscuity malt character boasts caramel and some mild fruity esters on the mouth, apples, pears and nectarines mainly. Hops put out a massive whallop of pine infused citrusy flavors, ruby red grapefruit, orange, kumquat pulp, and just an added bit of spicy, green hops flavor. Alcohol warms up in the well-bittered finish, complete with a light pepperiness and much piney goodness lingering on.

Delightfully creamy and smooth in the mouth, total carbonation mellowness and silky flowing medium-full body. You could fall asleep on this cushiony body.

Very tasty IIPA, great backbone and character exceeds demand. Very well rounded, and this is fresh at that. Give it time, and the malts will come out a bit more, I'd say drink it while it's fresh because this is damn tasty. Dreadnaught fans will find this to be a familiar face.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice hazy, golden straw color with some white head. Looks a fair bit like a slightly more golden Pliny as far as the IIPA world goes. Smells nicely of citrus, tropical hops. Taste is really good and follows the nose. Hoppy, tropical, citrus, grassy hop goodness. Orange bomb carries through. Really smooth. Really, this beer is shocking as a WI IIPA. This is no homer review because NG is often not my bag and WI IPAs and DIPAs go the same way - this is the best I've had from WI in the IIPA front. Wow. This sits nicely in the mouth with medium carb and a good IIPA mouthfeel. I am shocked. I assumed that I would find this beer to be mediocre based on my experience with WI IPA/DIPAs, but its quite good. You can't go wrong if you like the citrus in a DIPA.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear golden yellow. Perfect clarity, thumb size head, taking quite a long time to disappear, leaving nice lacing afterwards.

S:Wonderful smell! Smells strongly of citrus hops. I love a beer that hits me right away with a stong hop smell. I also smell a hint of oranges and lemons.

T: So happy that the taste matches the smell. All too often I love a smell and the taste doesn't match or vice versa. Has a incredibly strong citrus hop flavor thaat hits you right away, andn at the finish but isn't too bitter. Also has a slight floral hoppy taste. Great balance of major hops and a smooth taste.

M: Good mouthfeel. Not too thick but thick enough where the hops sit on your tongue a second before leaving. Good carbonation

O: Overall, I love this beer! Great balance, perfect mouthfeel, wonderful smell and great appearance. I would defintely drink this again.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up as soon as I heard that Osama was killed!

a-great orangeish yellow color with nice head retention
s-nice balance of piney and fruity hops. very inviting smell
t-just like it smells nice bitterness that sits in the tounge. very good
m-medium body and oh so smooth.
o-great drinkability and very good beer. looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, with tangerine highlights around the edges, and is capped wit a short-lived white head that is nice while it lasts. Lace is minimal.

S - The nose is pungently hoppy, with a very mild earthy malt base. The hop bouquet is rife with fresh cut grass, green foliage, zesty citrus and sappy mango. Excellent.

T - The taste is, again, hugely hoppy, proffering huge grassy notes backed up by citrus zest, mango and tropical fruit, and some pine-evergreen. The malt is quite light, contributing little more than an underlying biscuity tone.

M - (I)IPA. Good.

O - I am really a fan of the light-malt DIPA, and this is a really good example. It reminds me of Pliny at three+ weeks; I don't know how old this brew is, but I'd guess it is at least three weeks old.

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Photo of cbo2122
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant beer with a beautiful finish. It looks great in the glass and pours nicely. A great all around taste, the hops are brought out to near perfection, with the bitterness balanced out with a piney sweetness. No complaints here, this is one of my favorite IPA's.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out clear, pale orange with a medium head of small white bubbles. Malt aroma with piney hops and rotten fruit. There is also a burst of alcohol in the nose. The flavor is very malty, with lots of fruit, like apricots and those oranges that come in a can. The hops come in with a forceful bitter presence, but are not over the top. This is actually pretty well balanced for an extreme beer. The most amazing thing is how smooth and easy drinking this beer is. While the alcohol is biting in the nose, it's no where to be found when you sip this beer. I don't know what the abv is on this beer, but it's very well hidden. Also, the flavor is very clean. This is a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange with a large head and TONS of lacing that leaves thick clouds down the glass.

Sweet grapefruit hoppiness and strong fresh piney hop smell. Mmm that's a great smell.

Huge sweet maltiness. Lots of hops. Wow. Subdued piney hop flavor and a strong grapefruit flavor with some pineapple and passion fruit to delight. Wow. This is a great brew. This one makes me wish I lived closer to New Glarus.

Many thanks to jj21 for giving me his last one of these.

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Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap.

It is a light gold with a white head.

The main upgrade form the bottle ot the tap is the smell. It smells like straight-up mango, just beautiful, tropical, fresh mango. It is amazing.

The taste is reminiscent of the bottle, with perhaps a tropical fruit hinge, some citrus rind, smoother malt, and some decent bitterness.

This one has an epic scent, I wish the taste would be a bit more epic but I was satisfied.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice light bronzish yellow with a huge billowing head very nice

S - Huge bouquet of grass, pine, and citrus hops with a bit of toasted malt as a backbone.

T - Starts off with sweet fruity hops that are grounded by a bit of grain malts, and finishes very with some nice herbally pine and a bit spiciness. Lot of different hop flavors going on in here. Definitely deserves to call itself a IIPA...solid stuff!

M - Nice mouthfeel to it medium bodied nice level of carbonation, nice dry finish

D - Really solid IIPA. A lot of different hop flavors going on witha nice malt basis. I was really excited to try a IIPA from this brewery, doesn't seem like something they would tackle but they did it (as they do most of their stuff) very well.

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Photo of kk73
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this bottle.

A - This pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a huge three finger white fluffy head. Head retention is good, a some nice lacing.

S - A little congested, but some nice citrus hops poke thru the nose. Some piney, orange, lemon, and some spice in the finish. Some light bready malt.

T - Taste like tropical fruit and pine trees. Piney, citrus hops pack a bitter punch to the palate. A fair malt background, and one can barely notice the 9.0 abv.

M - Light and bubbly on the tongue. Lots of carbonation.

O - This is a nice, dry, bitter, tropical DIPA without the big bready malt backbone. Very nice and refreshing because sometimes those big bready malts can get the better of me. I really like this but may never be able to get another one.

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