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 spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't get a much better balanced IIPA. This one pours a color somewhere between orange and bronze. Forms an everso off white head and coats the glass well. Aromas are abundant with hops...and a variety of hops. Citusy, slightly cidery, and boldly malty. Toasty and yeasty are a few other characteristics I picked up. Taste of serious malt to ground the hops. A lot of variety of hops here lends to high bittering and high flavoring. Some citrusy, some floral, some resiny, some mild bittering, some agressive bittering. All in balance with plumb and peach flavors from malt. Light notes of brown sugar and molassas accompany the bitter late in the body and into the finish. Finishes spicy and hot from alcohol and hopping. Not overly dry. Aftertaste mimicks the body and carries until the next sip. The delicacy and balance makes this beer a rarity.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to finally get a chance to try a brew from New Glarus,pours a light golden with fluffy white atop.Not over the top hop wise in the aroma make no mistake its presence is there very herbal and piney but there is a real caramel malt note in there as well.A big well balanced IPA there is alot of malt to keep up with the heavy dose of hop,lemony/herbal hop goes niecley with a lightly sweet caramel backbone.I really like this double IPA its not tottaly one sided in its hop profile,well done.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought a bunch of samples from New Glarus. The IIPA pours an attractive slightly hazy golden orange with a decent white head leaving a nice lacing. The smell includes a interesting herb followed by citrus and a strong floral and malt notes. The taste brings more of the nose along with a bitter refreshing bite that combines with a strong malt. The mouthfeel was full/medium body. Not quite as high in abv as some IIPAs but was very nice.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Clear pale gold.

Smell: Orangey, leafy, aspirin, fresh mint, papaya, alcoholic esters and a honey-like maltiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy body draws in the smoothness. Hop bitterness is very aggressive. Citirc rind, peppercorn, warming alcohol, mint, leafy resin and some dry bready malt. Hops don't let up so easy either. Tropical fruit, yeast and hard lingering hop in the bitter finish.

Overall: Hops are clearly the show stealer here, perhaps too aggressive as with each sip there is no recovering … just more hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: cloudy apricot, with a decent, but soon-gone, creamy white head.

Smells: raw, fresh, piney, bitter hops....juicy citrus...and just the way I like it, though not as bold and loud as I'd expect from a potent Imperial IPA.

Tastes: soft, then bitter entrance on the palate, hop feel lasts long in the mouth, as well, and feels a bit prickly on the tongue and every other inch of the mouth. It's an odd sensation, and one you may find in other piney West Coast-style DIPAs, but this one is peculiar. Not a clean mouthfeel in the least, though, paradoxically, it drinks down nice and smooth. There's way too much going on in the flavor, and bitterness never leaves you alone. Well matched by sweet malts, by the way, making for nice balance.
Me, I like it.
Not like I like other IPAs, but well enough.

Full-bodied, long, bittersweet, fruity finish, with memorable flavor and texture. I liked it more as I finished the bottle

Very nice, Dan & Deb, keep up the good work!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear straw yellow color. Produced an awesome white fluffy head with fantastic retention. Tons of sticky lace left behind as it finally went down.

(S)- A great combo of dry pine and fresh citrus of lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit. Neither overpowers the other; a harmonious blend of the two.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A really nice combo of dry pine and fresh citrus zest. Finishes just lightly sweet with caramel malts.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, yet a fitting bitterness level. Complex citrus and a mellow maltiness.

(D)- An excellent DIPA. Neither component overpowers the other; creating an excellently balanced beer for the style in my opinion. Crisp and refreshing, this would be an great DIPA for the summertime. New Glarus always comes up with a surprise each year, and this year, they have just started!

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to hopdog for the trade...
Appears an amber gold with a 1 finger off white head that slowly fades into a fizzy film. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell is of some biscuity sweetness, along with hoppy citrus and orange and a touch of pine.
Taste is pretty nice. Same aromas zipping along the mouth making for a nice brew.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be missing just a little something and there's a touch of thinness but it's not really bad.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Red foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is prickly citrusy fruity hops. Taste is pale malt with balancing hops and more as indicated in the nose. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Another nice brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crossed the river specifically to pick this one up, & turns out the Imperial Weizen just arrived too...two for one!

Popped open on another dreary, rainy late April evening, it's almost May, for the love of god, give us a sixty degree day or two in a row! Pale, see-through yellow, & you could count the bubbles if you were so inclined. Smell registers sweet: citrus, pear, sugar. Not what I was expecting at all. Smells balanced...

This is a head-fake of a IIPA. The smell gets all sweet & cuddly, but the taste is rip-roarin' hops, just the way I like it. Hopsmack, which should be a word, leads with a helmet. Great bitterness, a dripping pine sap taste that coats & leaks all over the mouth. A dab of onion in the undercoat, which grows as the beer warms. Mango? Or is that grapefruit? Whatever it is, the bitterness wipes it off the map. This is a chugger of a beer, too. I'm busting a move on this weeny twelve ounces like it's a watery pilsner.

Borderline excellent, definitely quaffable, & this makes me almost completely forget that forgettable Hop Hearty beer. Now I know New Glarus knows what to do with a hop! Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale looking light copper. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of lace. Any visual signs of carbonation are missing in action (aside from a few stray bubbles surfacing). The aroma is more piney and citrusy than pungent and resiny. I prefer the later more in an aroma for this style, but the aroma is still decent. A little sweet malt is detected on the nose as well. The flavor consist of a pretty solid hop blast and then a lingering sharp bitterness. The hoppiness is piney and citrusy, as it was on the nose, with a little bit of hop resin characteristics as well. The bitterness is sharp and almost astringent. The beer could use a little more of a malt backing, like maybe some toffeeish or caramelly malt tones in the background, but there's really not a lot there. Carbonation is on the low side and the body of the beer is around medium-full. I've got to say I'd pass on this one if I saw it at a liquor store.

Thanks for the sample cokes. It's not like New Glarus to drop the ball on their unplugged brews, but I think they did on this one. I'd take their Hop Hearty any day over this one.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Stigs for sending this one my way.

Appearance: golden yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: grapefruit, citrus, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp,

overall: this is a very nice DIPA. Glad I finally got to try it. It's been on my wants for quite sometime.


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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found at Riley's in Madison, but this stuff is everywhere

appearance: golden orange, thin white carbonated head

smell: pine, citrus, bitter hops

taste: hoppy (kent golding, cascade, tomahawk, warrior, and chinook hops all present according to bottle. warming sensation present. complex hop flavors and bitterness

mouthfeel: very bitter/hoppy, perhaps the downfall

drinkability: the hops will take over your body after a couple

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma isn't really that bold. Malt as present, if not more so, than the hops. Hops have an intensity presence more than an aroma, but still some resiny and flowerness.
Virtually no head, but a steady ring. Amber gold with reds. Cloudy with a thick look about it. Some lacing.
Taste is bolder than aroma, but not exceedingly intense. Good balance. Besides a moderately intense bite of bitterness, hops are floral, citrus and drying. Malt is a touch sweet and supportive.
Adequately thick. Enough carbonation and fairly soft. Decently hearty. Almost chewy.
Warmed up nicely. Aroma increased in time. Hits the mark overall. Well done for upper midwest's first bottled double IPA.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the chance to try this one Barrythebear!

A - pours a nice light bronzish yellow with a huge billowing head

S - huge bouquet of grass, pine, and citrus hops with a bit of toasted malt

T - starts off with sweet fruity hops that are grounded by a bit of grain malts. Next up is a modicum of onion 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...very similar to the Two Women I just had...must be the water up in those parts

D - pretty 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 cokes
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SIlty goldenrod with a fleeting poof of whipping cream.
Nose of august grasses, pine tar, and lemon rinds. It lacks that "I'm snorting lines of hops" rush that seems implicit in the DIPA style, it also lack even a token malt appearance, aroma-wise.
It starts up with a honeyed graham cracker maltiness, that dissolves towards apricot, pears, and red apples. A bit doughy and loose in the midlands, before turning its focus onto meshing of citric zest, equal in oranges, grapefruits, limes, and lemons. That is its crowning moment, as the citricity of the brew is alluring. Fades towards spruce and pine needles, as a iron-forged grasses add a herbal (and more British- seeming) tone at the close. Alcohol is largely cloaked. Vaguely similar to Hop Wallop.
It's rich body and low carbonation, suggest heft, but a general lack of malt focus eliminates that conclusion.
It's certainly a drinker, and the hop burps are pungent and dank, but it's wholly the least punishing and the least flavorful Double IPA I've had. Label this a "standard" IPA- which tasted blind would be my guess- and the malt load is still needy.

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Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 148 ratings