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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Photo of Winter
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber in color with a white sudsy head. The aroma is all hops -- citrusy, grassy and piney combine with a hint of malt, sitting behind all of that, trying to get noticed. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste is delicious hoppy goodness. Resiny hop bitterness initially. Sharp, snappy bitterness over the middle. Turns somewhat grapefruit/citrusy toward the back.

If you're a hophead, you're going to love this beer. Despite the use of 6 different hops (East Kent, Golding, Cascade, Tomahawk, Warrior and Chinook) the flavors are balanced very well for an IPA with such an extensive hop profile. I think this is nearly just as good as Hop Hearty, which is a great IPA.

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Photo of Knuckles
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the foil-wrapped bottle into my New Glarus Brewing Co. pint glass, all of which are courtesy of, well, me. I was in New Glarus as part of my cross-country beer trek, and as the town of New Glarus was only about fifteen or twenty minutes southwest of Madison, I had to stop. I've long loved the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (nee Cherry Ale), and am also rather fond of smoked cheddar. This stop gave me the opportunity to satisfy both my urges. As I was going batshit crazy in the company store (little tip: there's a grocery down the street that actually sells the beers for a little less), I decided to pick up a four pack of this beer. I gave one to BeerPanther, one to FirstMan, kept one for myself and now haven't the faintest goddam idea what happened to the last one. Who stole my beer?

Appearance: I poured it a bit to gently, and got almost no head. It was there, but only reluctantly, and didn't stay around the party for too long afterwards. It's shade of orange is just a shade darker than the melmac bust of JFK I have on my desk, but not as deep as I expect to see in an IIPA.

Smell: Wow. In contrast to the Big A that I had last night, there will be no ass kicking of the malts on the part of the hops. The malts play a huge part in the nose, battling for equal time with the aroma hops. Nicely done.

Taste: These two combatants are evenly matched, but it's almost like a bout of Polish boxing. Typically in an IIPA I expect a huge hop rush at the front, a nice malt middle and then a very hoppy finish (or, as in the case of the Big A, hops all the way through, but somewhat timidly escorted by the malts). This beer, on the other hand, gives them both fairly equal play in all parts of the taste. There is a definite malt middle, but the hops don't really dominate at any point. Even now, as it's sitting on my tongue, the malts are really overshadowing the hoppiness of this IIPA. MInd you, this is after I've let this baby warm up. Cold, the hops are much more prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously viscous, like a french kiss from your pint glass. It moves in and over your tongue, and then lasciviously meanders off down the throat, leaving only memories behind.

Drinkability: First few sips, I wasn't actually impressed with this beer. As it's warmed, it has definitely grown on me. I wish I could find that missing beer so I could.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at New Glarus Brewery.

Appearance: Very clear, golden tan with slight notes of amber. Frothy white head with great retention.

Aroma: Fruity. Apples and pears and maybe even notes of grape. There is a bit of hop-like smell in the aroma, but not nearly as much as you would expect from an Imperial IPA. A bit of earthy sharpness does bring forth expectations of bitterness.

Taste: The upfront flavors are caramel and fruity. There is bitterness throughout but never overpowering. The mouthfeel is full and twinged with bittering. The finish lingers a bit and there are fruit flavors and bitterness that stick to the tongue. Apple and Citrus fruit are pleasantly found lingering here.

Notes: This is a different Double IPA. It isn't devoid of hops, but it doesn't seem to focus on their flavors like other Imperial IPAs do. The bitterness lingers throughout the tongue, but they are never out of control or demanding like many other examples of this style. This one is very drinkable, but different from other Imperial IPAs.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden amber with an off-white frothy head which lasted well to coat the glass.

The aroma was grassy hops with some light citrus fruit and a nice caramel and malty backbone. Some slight higher alcohol aroma was present. Slight DMS in the aroma (sulphur).

The flavor was malty with a clean flavor (lager yeast?). The maltiness was well done and contained a light caramel component with substantial bittering that despite the label came off more as a noble hop experience than anything else. There was a light citrus and some good complexity, but the beer favors a lager more than an ale.

The finish was slightly malty with a substantial bittering component that was citrusy and grassy in the final incantation into the afteraste. The body was medium full and well done for the style. I liked the beer quite a bit, but it seemed overly clean and the hops more noble than American. Nicely done, will lick the glass later, but just a bit clean.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI.

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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 mentor
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opprotunity. Pours a fluffy/clingy nearly white half-finger head over a rather cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells kinda subdued. Piney, apricot, mildy malt sweet, but not an alcoholic hop bomb, like I was expecting. Just a tinge of grapefruit pith. There's a clean fresh smell that I've only ever gotten when riding in a car...windows wide open, a couple days after a rain, rushing through undeveloped woody northern Michigan on a bright sunny summer day. Lakes, pine, and earth. Tastes of citrus hops, malt sweet, and stingy alcohol. Hops are dry with mostly lemon, but also some grapefruit pith and pine. Malt has some honey and some deep dark fruity esters. Apricots, yes, but also some woody peach pit and dates (?). The sweet sugary finish leads into a sweet aftertaste that carries grapefruit pith and hints of pine as memories of the hops. Md-thick mouthfeel with some syrup qualities. Moderately carbonated, which worked just fine by me.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bronze color with about a quarter inch of ivory head. Very active carbonation. Nose is hoppy, wood and citrus, a bit grassy, but overall less powerful than I expected for an "Imperial IPA."
Big delivery in taste though. A strong flourish of pine and citrus hop with slight caramel undertones. A modest malt balance steps in momentarily before a sour-bitter aftertaste presents at the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy. Good drinkability that increases with the session.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Dan in his Unplugged series. The appearance of this beer was phenomenal. The golden amber body hosts a wonderful setting to the flurry of little carbonation bubbles that run circles in the glass. The head is fluffy and sticky enough to drownd yourself in. The smell is very nicely filled with fresh hops. For a IIPA, I would expect a little more of a citrusy, pine kick. There seems to be more bittering hops than late addition aroma hops. The taste is very smooth a filled with a grapefruit bite. A sharp, hop oil tingle massages the tongue and spreads softly down the throat. I have to agree with others, that this beer needs a little more of a malt presence. The hops are definately there for the hop head, but not as balanced as other great IIPA's. A good beer that is just about two steps from a phenomenal one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shiny brassy color with thin layer of head. Lots or lace rings around the edges of the glass as I drank it down. Nose is hops and a bit bready. Flavor is a hop wallop. Some stringent spruce flavors, but also some mellower and more broader feeling hops. Wood flavor and feel too. Some grapefruit and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium body and a bit thin, but refreshing after I came in from the driving range. Very easy to drink and find myself having to force myself to slow down with this beer.

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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 bashiba
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazy amber with just a touch of head and good lacing.

Smell was a nice green hop odor with some citrus and juniper mixing in.

Taste was a very smooth hop charachter, a nice hint of pine with a little grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry.

Drinkability is good on this tasty beer, although lacks some of the hop punch that can be found in other Double IPA's.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was lucky to pick up a couple of these from some great BA's...loved the NG Hop Hearty, so I am really looking forward to this seasonal offering.
Pours a clear, light copper color w/ two full fingers of bright white head...disappears to half its size almost instantly w/ very little lacing.
Aroma is very similar to a Hop Wallup I enjoyed last night...grapefruit and some citrus w/ a decent sweet malt backbone as well. Also get a whiff of some alcohol...no idea what the ABV is and don't care.
Taste is again, very similar to a Victory HW...but a touch sweeter.
Tons of citrus hops up front w/ plenty of malt to balance it out...bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel is syrupy and medium-bodied for the style...I have had better IIPA's yet I do enjoy this one.
I believe I was expecting a bit more after trying their IPA...drinkability is one and done in an evening due to he sweetness. Many thanks to Kev and Don for sending these my way...I'll let the other sit for awhile.

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Photo of longarm
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-red in appearance with robust, white carbonation lasting almost indefinitely.

Aroma has a subtle piney-citrus twang to it.

Flavor dominated by several varieties of hops (as mentioned on the label) but little noticeable malt presence. In a simple IPA, this would be a bit of out balance, but in an Imperial IPA, it's awesome and tastes good. If you dislike hop flavor, avoid it. If you like to disentangle several hop flavors, you'll like this one. Some sweet malt backbone keeps things in check.

Full-bodied, the mouthfeel is cloying with a little bite on the finish...but it works. Surprisingly alcohol isn't noticeable even though it has to be in there.

Very nice beer that grows on me with every sip, maybe because it clearly packs a healthy punch.

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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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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thx kev

pale orange and clear, nice and cold. lots of bubbles ascending quickly. creamy and dense head that finds its happy place at a slight but thorough coating. uniform, tight lacing. looks light and crisp.

smells hoppy with some licorice and an eye-burning alcohol character. smells serious.

starts thick and syrupy, wastes no time assaulting the drinker with an overwhelming bitter twang from all directions.. notes of everything from citrus to green to smoky bitter, but nothing too dominant. finishes a bit chalky.. but once that clears you're left with the previously-hidden sweet malt. completely unbalanced but containing an array of interesting flavors.

drinkable despite its viscosity and crazy flavor. there's just something that makes this "not quite right" for a double IPA.

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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 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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Photo of kmpitz2
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris, my in-laws and Don. All have given me the chance on this beer.

It pours a slightly hazy light orange color with a finger of head that falls to a light coating over the brew. The nose is very nice. I get a ton of nice citrusy hops and caramel malts along with a blast of alcohol. The flavor is nice. I get some citrusy hop and peppery hop. There is even some candied flavors in there. A slight cotton candy and caramel. Not too bad. The feel is thick and slightly syrupy with a moderate carbonation. I'd like to know the ABV. Its very drinkable. Very refreshing with a really nice flavor. The bitter on the finish is not all that big. A very nice beer here folks.

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Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. Citrus, pine - very strong. There is a hint of the caramel malt in the back, but it's minor to the hops. Lots of hop flavors in this one. Citrus and pine all mixed together. The hope flavor overtakes the malt here as well. Lots of hop stuff going on. The body on this one is pretty thick and the drinkability is just ok because of the high hop levels.

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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 truthbrew
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at brewery 3 days after release. Orange copper brew with thin, white head and huge piney resin aroma. Taste is rich, quite malty and bitter as expected, though finish is very clean and doesn't impart to harsh of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, sticky with balance towards malt. Very easy drinking and enjoyable for a IIPA.

Never expected New Glarus to brew this style, but a nice straight forward example that blends English and American hops.

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