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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Skidz on 06-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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%
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%
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 -2.9%
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%
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%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/27/11

Thanks to smurfbeer

Slight haze further tones the appearance of this sun-faded, golden beer. Leaning toward the lighter side of the spectrum. One finger head thins to a large island with only a small break in foam from the ring of bubbles around the inside. A decent amount of lace formed but didn't hold.

Beer still in bottle, I caught a solid grapefruit aroma. Right after I poured it there was a less-than-subtle alcohol note. After but a few minutes to open up the nose clams down, revealing nuances of tropical fruit: peach, mango, tangerine and faint suggestions of pithy grapefruit and lemon. Comparably calm malt note; dry, dusty, day-old biscuit. Cool.

The taste is right in line with the finer aspects of the aroma. Despite the 85 ibu mentioned on the label, appreciable bitterness is far from scathing and comfortably suits the flavorful hop profile, adding a zesty sweep. Ah, hop flavor. Cleanly-crafted tropical notes bordering on ripe. The malt bill keeps out of the forefront, all the while remaining supportive. You guessed it - biscuit.

By no means hot, IIPA is warming from the first sip; not overly boozy considering the 9% abv though it does build over time (as does some slickness). Medium body for the style. Carbonation is higher than I would prefer; lively but not outrageous. Finishes rather clean with a few residuals.

The abv does creep up after a while, securely moving this into the "sipper" category which is fine since this is one that does well for the long haul.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for spliting this beer with myself and betsona.

A- Pours a light hazed golden color with a little bit of a orange hue to it. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaks of lace on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- I get some citrus style hops in the front of the aroma (mostly orange and mango). There is a light caramel underbody to this that goes hand in hand with the aroma of the hops. Grassy hops in the front of the ending of the nose with a light dash of alcohol. Citrus hops show up one last time to give the beer a final zing to it.

T- Citrus hops right in the front of the beer give off a good hop kick from the get go. This turns to a light grassy earthy hop that blends with a caramel malt underbody by the middle of the beer. Citrus hops in the backing of the beer come out once again showcasing the bitter hop kick. Alcohol does show up in the ending but to be honest doesn't really give off any actual flavor profile.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and some caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, citrus hops, and caramel malts. Flavors were balanced more so to the style in a clean way with no off flavors being present during this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a nice drinker. I really thought the ABV was well blended into the beer as a whole. While I could taste it I didn't regret it afterward as there was no medicinal quality to it at all. This beer could get me in trouble and I would limit myself on it so it didn't happen. Worth seeking out if you want a nice well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of erog5188
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Snow81
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
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 wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a czechvar chalice.

Pours a medium straw with a two finger head that recedes to soapy lace. Good clarity, carbonation climbs the glass actively. Head laces the sides of the lass with every sip.

Aroma is floral hop. Light crackery malt and estery tropical fruit. Slightly sweet pineapple skin rounds out the bitter piney aroma.

Flavor opens piney, estery hop followed by alcohol and fresh cut grass. Hop yields to pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Middle brings a light crackery malt flavor with a biscuit undertone. Malt is sweet and a it light. Finishes bitter and clean with a biting quality that cleanses the palate for the next quaff.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin with adequate carbonation and a bit of residual biting bitterness on the tongue.

This is a good sold double IPA. I can hardly detect the 9%. Very light bodied for the ABV. Nice and another winner from the Carey's.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy gold/copper color with a wispy white cap. OK retention.

S: The nose is definitely interesting and unlike anything I've had. Lots of honey, citrus, pine and resin. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms up a little, but not really distracting.

T: Taste is quite different than the nose. A metallic note is immediately noticeable, along with citrus, pine, and orchard fruit (peach, apricot). Pretty bitter, and kind of balanced. A little more malt flavor would have done the trick.

MF/O: Lingering bitterness, prickly carbonation, and an orchard fruit finish.

Notes: Interesting Double IPA. I can't tell if there are numerous flaws or not, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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 kevinv
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to KeefD for providing this treat as an extra in our recent trade.

No dating noted on the bottle. I'm guessing it's ~2 months old based on the "Limited" brewing notes and the date of the first review.

A - Pours a hazy, vibrant golden color with a nearly 3 finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and wonderful delicate lacing.

S - Huge oily, citrusy, and tropical hops with giant notes of oranges. Only the slightest hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

T - Surprisingly only a moderate bitterness - very inviting. The hops largely dominate, but the taste is held together nicely with a light, bready, caramely malt. Big notes of tangerines, mangos, and oranges. Dry finish. I didn't notice any alcohol throughout, but I finished this one pretty quickly.

M - Crisp carbonation on a medium body. Oily aftertaste lingers. Dry in the finish, mildly bitter.

O - Overall this was a huge hit with me. Easily drinkable for a fairly high ABV. Great DIPA.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale, clear gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid lacing and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple and a bit of pine. A pretty large bready malt back bone. Overall, pretty tame and weak.

T- Citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops make themselves known. A bit dry and bitterness lingers. Quite a bit of malts here too.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Overall, pretty solid it reminds me quite a bit of Dogfish Head 90 minute. Easy to drink and the alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lively froth threatens to escape the very clutches of doom that my glass represents. The cotton-white froth lingers, lingers, and keeps on.. lingering. Hrmm... Its got strong staying power, and apparent stickiness as the head coats the glass in a pattern similar to pancake batter scraped quickly over a hot griddle. Never fully dissipates or leaves. Always a nice milky topper.

Musky, funky, onions, and lemons. Hints of orange juice and lemongrass. This bad boy has some B.O. and it likes to present it strong. Slight apricot presence as the tide flows out.

And all of a sudden.. it falls to pieces! Whaaat?!?! The opening flavors are malty, crazy malty with orange tones and minor citrus backbone. We have this biscuit layered with a slight glaze of orange preserves. Following this is a transition to mild caramel sweetness and BLAM pine frond city. The finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Has some dry characteristics, but nothing I would say is extremely alcoholic. Great transitions in flavors. Maybe I exaggerated the falling to pieces.

Full bodied, slick, sticky, and fluid. Carbonation is gentle and right off the beginning, fading out long before the finish, perfect placement on that. The flow of all the aromas and flavors is well done. Cheers to this beer. Finish is pretty strong, but even with multiple applications it knows its place as a team player, not a star.

Overall, this beer really impresses me the more I drink it. It goes from "hey that is alright" to "Fuck... want more than 12 ounces." quickly. It isn't that any one category is amazing, but the way they all work together creates a tasty beer. It was perfect after working an 8 hour shift at work. Absolutely would drink again. I think its an IPA. Doesn't drink harsh like a DIPA or alcoholic enough. Just a plain ol good midwest or east coast IPA.

A-4.5 S- 4.0 T-4.0 M- 4.0 D- 4.5

Reveal is... IIPA from New Glarus! Hey, I love those guys up there!... Wait... This is a double? A 9.0%?!?! Gtfo.... Seriously, step on up and get outta here. Outrageous.

Going back and drinking it, I can see some dryness popping up, but nothing extreme at all to call this a 9% beer. The beer is simple, nothing complex. I stand by my numbers and think its worth ticking anyday.

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Photo of onefmatt
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear Golden color, minimal head, but a thin creamy white color.

S: Heavy floral hop aroma, citrus smells, sweet maltiness in the nose as well.

T: Sharp hop bite that mellows but lingers (cascade or centennial hops?) Light almost dry malt flavors, almost bready, but with a light citrusy sweet taste. Hops are the prominent flavor in this beer, and definitely on the floral and pine sides of it.

M: Not a heavy body, but carbed well for the style. Slightly chewy due to the hop blast.

O: This is a fantastic double IPA. Booziness is right on the brink of being noticed, but still subtle w/ it being a 9% ABV. If you like hops you can almost chew on you will like this beer.

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Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger white that fell slowly, leaving chunks of lacing down the glass. Looks pretty awesome to me! Aroma is nice mix of pine, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a only a touch of bready malt light deep within. This is definitely a hop bomb. Taste is good, lots of bitterness, plenty of resinous hop flavor, with pine and grapefruit being the central flavors and some orange/citrus going on. A tiny bit of honey-like sweetness is detected, but it's very faint as it fades away to a bone dry finish. This is West Coast in style, all the way, especially with that spicy, peppery finish that I find in so many brews of that style. Alcohol is well-hidden, nice medium-full body, with moderate carbonation, and almost has a nice creaminess to it that balances out the bitter dryness. Good IIPA. Even though I've really gotten away from this style the past year or so, this is still good, but not one that blows me away and makes me want to keep drinking more.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden yellow. A nice amount of white head. Smells strongly of simcoe hops. Cat piss like crazy. Tastes hoppy like a mo fo. Very nice crisp hops with not much else behind it. Highly carbonated and very drinkable. Overall a top notch dipa

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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%
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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Photo of ballz50401
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange. Good carbonation. Average head.

Smell: Citrus and floral notes from the hops. Sweet caramel malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong malty sweetness along with a touch of citrus hop character. Full mouthfeel with a creamy and dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad example of the style, but not one of my favorites either.

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Unplugged Imperial IPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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