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Unplugged Cranbic Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 coldmeat23:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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 jlb502
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of hawks10
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my New Glarus champagne flute...

Pours a pale, almost tan-ish orange with subtle hints of red, a thin cap of off-white head forms and recedes into a haze...

Slightly tart shot of fruit at first but smell quickly becomes dry, oaky and slightly musty. There is a certain, almost buttery/creamy vanilla smell that overpowers most of the fruit component...

Initially quite sweet and fruity, almost too sweet. Loads of fruit and creamy vanilla. A buttery creaminess, something I also smelled, shows up strong in flavor as well. Thankfully a bit of cranberry bitterness cuts down the sweetness in the finish, but not enough. Some oak shows through in the end, slightly drying the flavor out as well, but still this beer is sweet, through and through. Zero hops.

Fruity, sweet, creamy and smooth. Low carbonation and medium bodied...

Not bad, but a too sweet for me. Creamy and buttery, both in smell and flavor, too much. Would have liked some more tart/bitter cranberry component to the beer as well as some more lively carbonation to open things up a bit...

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Man...where were YOU during the dog days of summer??? Now THIS is refreshing. Pours a brilliant shade of red. Very clean hue that light runs right through. The smell is very clean and fresh with a lovely fruit nose. First pass between the lips and over the tongue...and this is a tart one. Nice and crisp. This is the kind you can drink in large volumes. Very thin mouthfeel with a sourness to it that sticks around for several seconds after the swallow. Another winner by New Glarus. Highly recommend.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Thumbprint series (newer batch). I'm not sure whether to review this as a lambic or a fruit beer.

A: Orange-red and very clear with a ring of head on top of the beer. Looks very inviting, but particularly lambic-like.

S: Tart and sweet cranberries with cinnamon and nutmeg. Very nice.

T: Much like the smell. There is a great balance between a dry, tart flavor and some fruity sweetness. There is just a bit of sourness to keep it interesting. The cinnamon and nutmeg are still there, but a bit more restrained than the smell would have you guess. It's complex, but not in a lambic sort of way.

M: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Supports the flavor well.

O: This is really an exceptional beer. It's not a traditional tasting lambic by any means, but it's absolutely wonderful tasting. As a fruit beer, this beer is wonderful. I wouldn't say it's as complex as a lot of AWAs, though.

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Photo of bdub32689
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 batch.

Appearance: Cranbic has an amber cherry color with a tint of peach when the light hits the glass right. The bubbles of a medium white cap pop and fade fairly quickly, but there is some lace left behind.

Smell: Cranberry is the most prominent in the nose, but there a few other aromas here. A light, sweet aroma is not identifiable but definitely there. Some spicy woody notes are there as well.

Taste: Up front the flavor is fairly sweet. The flavor does impart a nice tartness, although the cranberries do not contribute a very robust flavor. It tastes almost like cherries or green apples as well. There is a light spicy oak flavor and a little vanilla toward the end, and the finish is a slightly sour general fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is crisp, almost fizzy, and cuts through the flavor of each sip to keep the tongue fresh. Accompanying the sweetness up front is a tart juiciness that turns lightly dry by the end. A buttery oakiness in noticeable in the middle. The body is on the light side of medium.

Overall: This is sweeter than I would have expected, especially since cranberries are tart to begin with. I found it easy to drink and could easily have a few more bottles.

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Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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 Klym
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a new glarus flute.

A: Like a shirley temple that is light on the grenadine with carbonation and a head to match.

S: Cranberry and raspberry sweetness with some cherry tartness and a tad of pine.

T: All of what is in the nose but wow, do the flavors dance and interact and changes. Tartness sweetness and itensity vary throughout the drink and give an amazing gustatory experience.

M: medium bodied with a little but of a syrupy viscosity and large-bubble carbonation feel. Great mouth on this.

O: This is one of those beers that tastes and feels so great in the mouth I can't help but give it a 5.0 even if I wanted to do otherwise. Seriously, ridiculously delicious and enjoyable to drink. Get this.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to brian23456 for sending this as an extra in a recent trade!

Pours a dark rosé color with golden orange hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a strong barrel presence and prominent fruit presence. Lots of earthy oak in the nose with musty funk and a ton of cranberry. The dry, tart character of the cranberry is complimented really nicely by the toasted oak and funky bugs. Like other NG fruit beers, the fruit is very prominent in the nose but it doesn't overpower the other characteristics.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture as well as a bone dry, tart mouthfeel. Dry and funky with lots of tart cranberry sweetness that's puckering without being harsh or acidic. There's also a strong oak presence that compliments the dryness of the fruit and the musty funk. The fruit character dominates giving the beer more of a dry sweetness than acetic sourness. There is some lingering vinegar-y sourness in the finish but it never becomes overly harsh or unpleasant.

Overall this was an interesting experiment that paid off. The cranberries worked really well in this hybrid fruit/sour beer because of their natural tart and dry flavor. If you enjoy cranberries than you will probably love this beer. If not, I suggest that you skip trying this beer altogether.

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Photo of ajzy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of zeledonia
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of caskstrength
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this with wisconsin belgian red and raspberry tart and old english porter. it was a new glarus tasting potpourri.

looks light red, somewhat transparent. lots of white bubbles, nice white head.

smell is sour, funky, sweet. interesting. unique. I'm not a sour beer guy in general, but I liked it.

tasting it....wow. first 1/3 I was trying to figure out the flavors. second 2/3 I appreciated them. vinegar, sour fruit, some sweetness, a little funk, but not too much. this is a really interesting beer. I kept coming back for more, and I can't say that for the others listed above.

Clean and dry, disappears quickly on the tongue. Rather elegant.

definitely the best of the new glarus fruit beers I tried.

might end up being a gateway beer for me. Bring on the sours?

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Photo of mcaulifww
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.84/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. From the beer exchange, courtesy of mattafett. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear ruddy/pink hued copper body that momentarily develops a finger of off-white head. There is a small collar after collapse, with no lacing. Swirling pulls many bubbles out of suspension and produces a pretty decent (but again, short-lived) head. Quite nice for the style.

S: Tart cranberries with the slightest lactic sourness. Nicely oaky. Just the lightest hint of hay, must, and earth.

T: Fruit-forward to be sure, with a dominant, tart cranberry flavor that is supplemented by sharp lactic sourness. The mid-taste is still tangy cranberries rounded out by tannins and vanilla. A soft funky presence as the taste draws to a close, manifesting as must, earth, and rhubarb, with a semi-dry finish. I don't consider this a true lambic (not a lot of bacterial character), but this is worlds better than the Sam Adams attempt at the style.

M: This is drier than the NG Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red, but it still showcases the fruit nicely in an interplay of sweet and sour. Carbonation is restrained, giving a hint of bite and cleaning up nicely without interfering with the flavor.

D: New Glarus impresses me more and more with each beer. This is an outstanding fruit beer. I wish they'd stop labeling these things lambics / gueuzes, because those words invoke expectations of certain flavor profiles that just aren't found in their beers. A mediocre lambic or wild ale, an A+ (4.5 / 4 / 5 / 5 / 3) fruit beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fdkayti & duff27 for sending this bottle my way! Thanks Kayti & Duff!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a weird pink bodied beer. Modest one finger of white head that drops to a ring around the beer.

Smell: yeah cranberries. Sour cherries. Decent oakiness with a musty and earthy funkiness. Vinegar is also quite present; it smells like its going to be really sour.

Taste: mildly sour and moderately vinegary. Tart cranberries and sweet cherries. To my surprise the beer is sweeter than I expected it to be. The oak barrel seems to have imparted a lot of vanilla character to the beer after some time has passed. It still has a touch of woody oak. The beer is a little musty with a little carboard note in there also.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is starting to get a little bit syurpy.

Overall: This is better than I remember when I drank it was fresh beer along time ago. Still an enjoyable beer. Try to get a bottle if you can and drink them now if you have a bottle!

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Photo of puftdank
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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