Unplugged Imperial IPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Imperial IPAUnplugged Imperial IPA
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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 beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
According to the label this 'IIPA' is 9% abv.

A: Clear, orange-golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise through the column in clumps rather than streams.

S: Bready and vinous, with retreating hops that lose their tropical fruit and citrus notes within five minutes. The qualities are remarkably clean, advertising well the malt profile to come in the taste. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright and acidic bready malt that is crisp and appealing, if not particularly deep. Hop aromatics are restrained early, showing a fairly wide spectrum of flavors (dominated by grapefruit citrus and pine) but not shouting about them particularly loud. Soft malt is retained into the middle, where fruit flavors are delicate and vinous. Bitterness is moderate in the finish and slightly astringent, with some new grapefruit peel and lemongrass as well as a marginal lean toward the sweet also happening late. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, simultaneously delicate and exciting on the palate allowing the drinker to note that the acidity is more tasted than felt, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a very interesting DIPA that comes across as malt-forward, owing to a feather-light (for the style) backbone of English malt that is striking upon its deconstruction. It is just as enjoyable when taken as a whole, with a soothing texture that adds to the experience. While it might not turn too many heads as a limited-release, almost any Midwestern brewery would be lucky to have this beer as its well-rounded DIPA for all seasons.

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Photo of vitrael
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden brew, just a little darker than a Weizen, with a small white head.

S: Huge pine and lemon hop aroma, like a Christmas tree, or like Pinesol (but not astringent/chemical).

T: Strong pine and lemon flavor again with an average bitterness balanced on a medium-bodied malt base with a sort of bready middle (finish goes back to the hops). Very clean, complex, and refreshing. This was probably my favorite New Glarus beer the moment I tasted it.

M: Nice average body appropriate to IIPA with good carb and crisp, clean character.

Great! Says here it's not brewed anymore, but I saw quite a bit of it in the grocery store. From the aroma it can't be that old. I might have to get some more.

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

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head. Very bubbly, head does not seem to want to recede any time soon.

Smell: Very citrus-y. Nice and pungent, bitter hoppiness as well. Malt backbone seems to be present but the hops dominate the smell.

Taste: Wow delicious! Perect balance of bitterness in conjunction with citrus flavors. Honestly I am surprised this beer is not more highly regarded! Maybe due to the slight noticability of the alcohol content but other than that it is clean and nice and refreshing. Reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (I hate these comparisons most times but this one really does remind me of it).

Mouthfeel: To style, heavier side of medium but low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very much enjoyed! I would love to have regular access to New Glarus offerings and am so happy I had the chance to try this one out!

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

Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. This beer is a deep gold color with a one finger rocky white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smells resinous and grassy. This gives off a really nice aroma.

Bitter hops up front with a little nutty sweetness from the malts.

For a IIPA this is smooth. For the alcohol content it's not very noticeable, doesn't coat the mouth and leave a potent lingering aftertaste. Sometimes I like the aftertaste but it's a good change to have a quality IIPA without the hardcore aftertaste.

One of the lighter IIPA's I've tasted. Nothing here is over the top or extreme which is what I typically go for. This is different and good.

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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 vobr0002
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden color withtwo fingers of head that last for a long time.

S- citrus fruity smell with some malty biscuit coming through in the smell. I enjoy the smell of this beer

T- crisp taste with a bitterness that lasts on the tongue but is not too harsh. Very hoppy, kinda a grassy taste at the end.

M- medium carbonation, thin feeling in the mouth.

O- this beer is very good overall. Its definately an iipa that any beer enthusiast would enjoy.

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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 Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a slight haze and one and a half finger head.

S- A wide variety of hop aromas with a solid caramelly malt aroma in the not so distant background.

T- What would normally be a hop fire on my tounge was put out and brought into balance by a solidly sweet malty counterpart. Robust throughout with the hops just barely winning the balance war.

M- Medium body with moderate to low carbonation.

O- A high quality well balanced IIPA.

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

Poured from a pint glass this brew is a bright golden yellow with extremely active carbonation. This had a 3 finger white head. The aroma was extraordinary with citrus and pine hops exploding. The taste was just as bold. Nice citrus up front with a strong pine hop finish. Nothing more to write about this but sticky thick hop goodness! Worth the money on a four pack!

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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 emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FrankenBrew for sending out a few more unplugged treats. This one poured a golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrusy hops (orange, pineapple) and a little malt. Similiar on the palate, medium bodied with a nice hop/malt balance.

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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 edognight
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very BIG and drinkable beer. Personally, I won't drink a beer unless you hand it to your Miller Lite loving friend and he chokes and recoils with a violent -what the heck is this???

That's a good sign.

Flavor is big hops up front with a complex and fruity well hopped finish. Definitely on the fruity side. Lots of big citrus, a bit of soft fruit (apricot, pineapple) and a tiny bit of butter. Head is a monster foamy straw, and the color is a light amber. Not the strongest looking beer, but don't let the color fool ya.

If you have a jones for a strong beer flavor, this will tickle your happy spot!

Light malt and a big beer. Perfect for watching the boats from the deck on Bone Lake, western Wisconsin.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Light golden with good lacing and retention.

S- Some sweet malts, but mostly citrus fruits.

T- Little of the sweet malts come through followed by citrus fruits (orange, pineapple), and then a big pine bitter bite and alcohol finishes off the beer.

M- Medium bodied for 9%, good carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

O- Very impressed by NG for their first DIPA. Would love to try this on draft.

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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 TKEbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me from benpopper. Thanks Ben!

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a golden straw yellow with a white capped head. This IIPA is surprisingly clear for being bottle fermented.

S: Lots of citrus and pinny hop aromas in this beer. The aroma is not too in your face, nor is it extremely complex, but this brew smells like a really good IIPA.

T: The flavor is a step above the nose. Fresh, raw, hops. Excellently crafted, this brew can improve by throwing in a little caramel malt. The malt profile is very light, very pale.

MF: Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent IIPA. It can be bigger, it can be more complex, but I really like the ABV, and it is extremely well crafted compared to the IPAs found in Florida.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I go this one from Mikesgroove in a recent trade. Thanks Mike, I love New Glarus!

The look on this one is pretty promising; very clear and crisp dull gold color with a few streams of lazy carbonation bubbles. The finger or so of white head rises and recedes into a collar fairly quickly, but a good bit of lacing stays behind.

The aroma as soon as I pop the cap off is excellent. A ton of fruity hops bring orange, blood orange, generic citrus, and some grapefruit. Very juicy flavors. Pale malt is an afterthought.

This is a IIPA that tastes almost as good as it smells. Hop juice is the first thing that comes to mind as a ton of hoppy citrus comes through. Grapefruit leads the way, with pine coming next. A good bit of orange and other citrus comes through also, but the grapefruit and pine a little more powerful. There is a good amount of bitterness also. The malt underneath is a light, bready malt; it's definitely there, but it's just along for the ride. The aftertaste is fruity and bitter, the hops linger on your tongue. A little bit of booze and warmth hide in the background, but they stay out of the finish and aftertaste for the most part.

Aggressively bitter with a fairly light body.

I really liked this one. It's a fruity IIPA that is big on the hops with just enough pale malt thrown in to create a backbone. New Glarus is almost enough of an enticement for me to visit Wisconsin.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bubbles start out sticking to the sides but are quickly released to the golden body topped by an eighth of an inch of frothy white head.

S - Piney and citrus hops make for an inviting DIPA.

T - That's the ticket. Pine, grass and a hint of citrus in the flavors provided by this hopped up brew. There's a nice ballance against the sweet base of light malts.

M - Slightly coarse feel but texture does a good job of bringing out the flavor characters.

~ This is a solid brew. Another fine, high quality beverage offered by the folks in Southern Wisconsin.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive slightly hazy golden orange with a fluffly eggshell white head leaving sticky lacing. The nose hits you with dank herb right off the bat followed by juicy citrus and a strong floral note and caramel malts. The taste brings more of the nose along with a bitter refreshing bite that combines with a strong malt backbone that is far from sweet the way i find most dipas to be. Not quite as high in abv as some dipas but i was extremely happy that i didnt have to cut my teeth on cloying malt sweetness along with my hops - very nice.

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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 boomer31
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful golden transparent with a bright white head. Some nice lacing

S - First time I had this all I smelled was peaches. Now I'm getting peach and grapefruit.

T - Nice grass, fruit and peach hops up front. In the back more grass and bitterness. A nice long finish of bitter hop and alcohol burn. A bit sweet but not cloying.

M - Great high carb, nice long hop finish

O - A great 2x IPA from NG. I hope they bring this back. I've had this for almost 2 months and it still has hop bite and a great nose.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Somewhere between orange and gold. Hazy. Creamy head dissipates to a file fairly quickly. Adequate lacing.

S - Grapefruit is almost overwhelming immediately after the pour. After letting it sit for a minute or two, the grapefruit is almost completely gone, replaced by pine/resin. I can just barely dig out alcohol if I try hard enough.

T - Very piney, with light citrus notes. Oddly enough, the bottle I drank two days ago had very heavy citrus flavors and minimal pine. Malt flavors very quietly linger in the background, which I like to see in an IIPA.

M - Smooth and viscous. Carbonation on point.

O - A well done IIPA. It's nice to see a solid IIPA that doesn't turn into a syrupy malt bomb like many other brewers seem to make. Straight 4s on everything!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a generous fluffy white head. The lacing is spotty.

It's extremely aromatic with grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. There's a slight grassy touch.

The taste is fresh grapefruits with a touch of pine and grass. It's delightfully bitter and dry. There's little malt balance to this, but that's how I prefer it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. It finished dry.

Overall, a very solid DIPA from New Glarus that, if given the opportunity, I'll definitely have again.

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Photo of bevenson
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the previous week in New Glarus. No date on bottle, but was purchased a mile from the brewery so I'm assuming it's really fresh. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Straw yellow and clear with a rocky off white head that stands for several minutes before falling to the sides of the glass. Looks perfect.

S - Strong pine and grapefruit comes out immediately when poured, with a little tangerine coming in from behind. Light alcohol evident in aroma (the pleasant rose aroma, not the hot "we had fermentation problems" aroma). Low bready malt aroma with thankfully no sweet caramel in aroma. One thing too many DIPAs overdo is adding to much crystal malt; we'll see if that carries over to the flavor.

T - An assault of hops as pleasantly expected. Strong bitterness with an equally strong hop flavor. Woody, resiny, grapefruit, pine are the main flavors with tangerine and peach in the aftertaste. I don't know what hops he used, but it must have been every American variety the brewer could procure. A bready, biscuty malt flavor is in the background to remind you that there is something other than hops in this beer. An appreciably dry finish with a hearty hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate carbonation with medium body. Alcoholic warmth becomes evident way too late in the glass. Very, very smooth DIPA.

D - To date, the best DIPA from the Midwest I have had and a rival of Pliny the Elder. Abrasive Ale is too sweet, Hopslam is too rough. This one is assertive enough to be a DIPA and doesn't mess it up with too much sweetness. I hope New Glarus brings this one back again. Now I'm off to find some extra sharp cheddar to go with the rest of this glass.

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