Unplugged Cranbic Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Cranbic AleUnplugged Cranbic Ale
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Unplugged Cranbic AleUnplugged Cranbic Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 319
Reviews by Janderson91:
Photo of Janderson91
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to adamb0719 for this big want! No bottled on date. Enjoyed on 08/25/11.

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with a small white head. No lacing is present at all.

S - Very woody, with some cranberries obviously, cherries and other dark fruits. And some rich malts as well.

T - Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Cherries and cranberries throughout. Much sweeter than your normal lambic with a hint of acidity. Again, very oaky. Good stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Pretty high carbonation but still creamy.

O - Overall, this was an excellent beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would love to have another one. Grab this one if you can.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Pours a beautiful pink/red with quick white head. Smell is kind of weird funk, light cranberries, and sour lemon. Taste is intense cranberries with some other berry presence. Cherry, blackberries, raspberries and a nice sour wild funk. Feel is heavy carbonation, with a moderate stickiness that is welcome. Crisp, light easy to drink.

Overall this beer is a great take on a fruited wild ale with a fruit you don't often see in beers. Very nice.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, thanks Shawn and Dani for opening this one up today, 2/6/2014.

App- Light ruby-brown body, 1-finger white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of retention, a bit of lacing. Looks very well carbonated in the glass, like a champagne would.

Smell- Very much sour, like Wild Sour Ale was. A non-descript fruitiness comes out, perhaps from the cranberries. A lot of nice dry sugariness at the end. Not complex, but good.

Flavour- Similar to the nose, although the base malts come out more than in the nose. Acidity, sour is 3/10, sweet cranberries. Think Enigma but lighter bodied and crisper.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied, which is just fine for this beer. Good carbonation, good aftertaste of aforementioned fruitiness. This beer is a bit too sweet for me to down a bottle on my own, even if I wanted to.

Overall- Interesting beer; nothing insanely special but it's a solid fruit beer by NG.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a neat beer this is! It pours a crystal clear amber red with golden hues, no head, and next to no lacings. Despite appearances, the carbonation is crisp and assertive. The aroma is rather overwhelmed by straight oak woodiness and hints of vanilla. As the beer warms a cran/apple fruit nose comes through. The tartness that is to come remains well concealed. The first sips, and second, third, fourth, etc... leave me baffled. This is quite tart but not acrid, not sour. It is rather light in body yet oak and earth notes are quite pronounced. I keep waiting for sourness to follow the tartness but it doesn't come. I wait for heaviness to follow the woody flavors but that too does not arrive. Instead we find a very self contradictory beer. Sweet cranberry juice and apple notes blend with vanilla and oak to form the flavor. Hay comes through in the after taste. Balance is superb. The closer the beer grows to room temp the more forward the fruit becomes. Cherry and raspberry notes come through. Lactic acid supplied creamy flavors begin to poke about the pallet. Tartness persists. Drinkability is unrivaled.

Note on style: I do not believe this beer to be a lambic an am not reviewing it as such. More notes to come on how this beer came to be...

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Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of weatherdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall narrow glass as per instructed on the bottle. I'm assuming this is to take advantage of the champagne like carbonation.

It pours a crystal clear red hue with a head that quickly dies. The bubbles are tiny and numerous like a highly carbonated beverage should be.

The aroma is of tart fruit, no artificial sweetness and has a bit of a funky thing going on which I love.

Taste up front is just this wonderful tart cranberry and lambic bite. It isn't as harsh and mouth puckering as some others I've tried but it's got enough funk to please. The back end is where you get the barnyard brett flavors I'm used to in a wild ale. Once again not overwhelming as others but enough for you to know its there. The fruit is present but not over powing and not as tart as I would suspect for a lambic/cranberry combo but I enjoying it nonetheless.

Mouth feel is sharp due to the high carbonation but very drinkable, It's the most drinkable 'sessionable' lambic I've ever had. I finished the glass faster than I had wanted to and wanted to grab another. Most examples of this style I'm a one and done and will move on to something else.

Once again I applaud NG for putting this out there. It will introduce a whole ton of unwitting Wisconsinites to the style since the unplugged series can pretty much be picked up everywhere beer is sold. The value is the best I've ever seen. I still can't believe all the beers for the unplugged series are $8-9ish 4-pack. Just an unreal deal. I picked up eight of these and I think I'll have to get at least another eight

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Photo of blackearth
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted tasting glass. Color is a pale mix of gold and pink with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of tart fruit, sourness and a bit of oak. Light bodied and low carbonation, this beer has a pleasant sourness with a lingering tart cranberry flavor in the finish. This could be passed off as a sparkling wine or champagne. The flavor is superb.

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Photo of newk340
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: no head, a sparkling amber that was gorgeous in the 6oz sampler glass it was poured into (split with hu5om).

S: difficult to discern a distinct smell, but there were faint hints of cranberries and hops.

T: a citrusy tart beginning that quickly fades into the sweet taste of cranberries as each sip concludes. as the glass gets lower and lower i find myself taking smaller and smaller sips to savor it all the longer.

MF/D: suprisingly smooth for as much as it sparkles, easy to drink too quickly and not savor the deliciousness. incredible mouthfeel overcomes initial tartness of taste. if it were still produced, would gladly buy cases more. please make it again!! this solidifies my belief that New Glarus is the premier craft brewery in the midwest.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear red-tinged copper with only a collar of head and no lacing.

S - Cranberry dominates the nose, with only small earthy funk presence. The is both tart and sweet aromas.

T - A reasonable tart cranberry taste up front quickly transitions to sweet. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but I would have like a more pronounced tartness throughout. Very faint funky yeast presence. Not a bad flavor, but a bit too much like a cranberry soda.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel

O - A pretty good beer, but a bit too sweet and lacking complexity. I would love to see a more traditional dry, tart, funky lambic that utilized cranberries, as is it seems like a flavor combination that could be incredible.

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Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Slender lacing, color lands between copper and rose. Smells of tart cranberries, rose water, fresh cut wood and subtle wild flowers. Very puckering, very out there. Got some funk going on, mild but I'm getting that same rose water flavor as I did in the nose. Botanical, could be a by-product of the yeasties eating up the cran-sugars. Wood has a delicate pull on the palate. Very dry and certainly tart, all of which make for a very interesting brew. I am without a doubt happy to run into this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, light amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong cranberry which not much else coming through. The flavor is a little more complex, but still heavy on the fruit. The beginning is sweet cranberrys and that is followed with some tart cranberry and oak characters. The beer is slightly puckering but is not as sour as some other beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American lambic that really showcases cranberries while not tasting like a wine cooler or some of the lower rated fruit lambics that you see on the shelves.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ehammond1
2.7/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks for sharing this one Cavery!

Glowing cherry red and light auburn with perfect clarity throughout. The head is fairly large and slightly pink. Dotted lacing down the glass.

Bright aromas of cranberry and cherry leap from the glass, along with a grape-like sweetness.

I wasn't nearly as impressed with the flavor as I was the aroma. It tasted like cranberry/cherry butter or margarine with a somewhat artificial, stinging, sweetness. It wasn't for me, but fortunately everyone around me eagerly drank my share.

Thin to medium mouthfeel though a touch oily. Perhaps this added to me associating this beer with butter or margarine.

This one wasn't for me, though everyone nearby thought I was crazy for saying so. Oh well. More for everyone else!

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Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle as an extra from a very generous trader, Wisconsinbeer1, in a recent trade hooking up my dad with some NA beers. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a very intriguing strawberry blond color that is almost a pinkish red but with highlights of golden showing through here and there. More head than I expected for the style as well with about a finger of pinkish-white head growing off of the body and sticking around for a bit before dying back to a ring. Some lacing down the side of the glass as well as I drink.

Smell- Nose is comprised of fresh tart cranberries, mixed with cereal grains, and an interesting flowery bouquet that comes through as well. Can't really pinpoint the flower but can't shake the smell either.

Taste- Surprisingly, the flavor profile on this is not what I was expecting. Tart cranberries are present but not in the overwhelming fashion which I was expecting. Instead, they are integrated in with notes of honey, cereal, wild flowers, and a touch of sweetness. The cranberries do however linger on the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just the slightest bit thin even for a lambic but the mild tartness and complex flavors really make this a good drinker.

Overall, another incredibly unique and tasty beer from New Glarus. With exception of Spotted Cow, I have loved everything I've had from these folks thus far.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a well-appointed 12 oz bottle (extra in a brew-swap with Robtobfest, thanks man!) into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A: WOW - looks like a Kool-Aid color, rosey orange and clear as a bell. Pours with very little head, some laid back lacing throughout and some faint bubble trails of carbonation.

S: There's the cranberry but also some distinctively Belgian notes of banana, vanilla and maybe a little clove.

T: There's some definite sugar present but a nice gob of cranberry bitterness as well, especially coming down the home stretch.

M: Creamy and fairly thick with berries, culminating in a happy palate coated in a thin oily residue.

O: Is this a lambic? I don't think so. It is, however, a very interesting brew. It's a smidge too sweet for my taste, too bad it wasn't dialed back a bit to reveal more of the bitterness of the berry. That being said, cheers to New Glarus, this is an ambitious brew I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of Juicer
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Soonami
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from erock.

This beer smelled very nice when I opened it. Plenty of lively wild Brett, cinnamon, and a bit of vanilla in the nose. However, the beer doesn't quite live up to the nose--the beer is slightly tart, but pretty sweet with a fresh cranberry flavor but not much Lambic funk. The mouthfeel is nice, but the residing sweetness is a little too sticky. Overall though I thought this was a delicious easy drinker, kind of the middle ground between the NG fruit beers and a true Lambic. It's nice that the sweetness doesn't taste artificial like the lindens beers are and the carbonation is sufficient but not overwhelming

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasant surprise, totally not into these lambics, but can recognize when one is decently made. Plus, you really can't ever beat a New Glarus brew. Almost always tasty.

Very pink, sweet, sour experience all rolled into one. Might be something cool to have in the beer fridge for when the ladies come over, but its almost too good to be that kind of drink.

This was one of my first forays into something that was fruited and sourish. Not a lambic per se, but hey, it opened my eyes.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at the NG Brewery on the way to DDay.

Pours a pink color with a full finger of off-white head that retreats with some fizz.

I smell tart fruit, similar to fruit soda or spiked punch at the holiday party! Getting cranberries, cherries and raspberries.

Tastes the same, but there is a sour quality to this... as well as a bubbly champagne like fizz. It's not as overwhelming as the Red or the Tart, but there is still quite a bit of those NG fruity qualities in here.

It's light-bodied and finishes quite dry. Can't wait to have another with Thanksgiving dinner. Another winner from new Glarus!

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bay01
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a New Belgium tulip

A - Pours a clear amber/ruby with no head and lots of action on the nucleation point

S - Funky and sour, this is definitely a true wild beer
T - Good amount of tartness alond with some woody funkiness, a bit of sweet/vanilla in the end that is incorporated with the woodiness.
M - fairly high level of carbonation for a lambic but I think it adds a refreshing character.
O - Wow, what a great beer; has a bit of sourness but not so much that it's not drinkable. This is a complex and delicious beer that I could have several of but don't want to deplete my stash.

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Photo of freehafe
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 600 ratings