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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

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Added by alcstradamus on 10-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for hooking me up, Steven. Almost 3 years old, this added beauty with age. Reddish brown, with some spider lace, and only the faintest head. Pleasant berry aroma. Smooth mouth feel, with some acidic bite. Very drinkable. Tasty and good job, different and not as biting as the Mikkeller 2 days ago.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a clear hazy light red color with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Only a few spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Very watery looking in my opinion - like watered down cranberry juice cocktail. Smell is of tart cranberries/cherries, wood, slight vinegar, and funky aromas. Taste is of cranberries, sour cherries, wood, and some funky yeast flavors. There is an acidic twang that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a very crisp carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good fruit lambic and another winner from New Glarus. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After drinking half a case of this, the realization came it was time to slow down. I hadn't stopped to review it yet! What was I thinking??

Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip, 45º straight from the fridge. They recommend a flute on the label, but I tried it and prefer the tulip. Bright ruby orange, with a pink-tinged crown of vanilla cranberry sherbet. As it breaks, a drippy semicircle of lace is left on the opposite edge.

Barrel aroma of musty oak, vanilla, and obvious cranberry. Restrained and not especially funky, the proportion of fruit stands out, but with the traditional note of wet wood in the background. A swirl later as it warms brings out mild notes of rhubarb, cheese rind, and hay, but overall it's a little subdued.

Tart and spritzy, pure juicy cranberry and vanilla oak flavor. Firmly tart verging on sour, but it disappears as quick as it arrives. A tartness more characteristic of lactobacillius, clean and ephemeral, rather than acetic and lingering. There is distinctly dry, oaky aftertaste. In the middle as the cranberry recedes, residual vanilla and hay notes wash over. Simple and straightforward, not as complex as traditional Belgian lambics, but a lighter, more palatable traditional version for a broader audience (the gf loves it). It bears mentioning that this isn't intended to be a "traditional lambic", but simply inspired by them.

Light feel, almost too light, this is utterly slammable in fact. Not extremely sour, so there's nothing holding you back. It would be dangerous if the abv were any higher. The fruit is so well integrated, similar to the Apple Ale, with touches of Enigma-esque barrel complexity. Dan Carey does it again. I'd like to see a version of this with more than 5 months in the barrel, just to see what the critters do...

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3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a slightly reddish aspect; the foamy head retains nicely and leaves a fair amount of lace

Smell: Sweetened cranberry tartness with mulled spices and oak underneath

Taste: Sweet cranberry juice, up front, with the mulled spices and tartness developing by mid-palate; though the sweetness persists after the swallow, the subtle oak character adds a dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, refreshing fruit beer from New Glarus but just a little too much sweetness for my palate

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Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a peach ting. There is a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very sweet, tart, and funky. Sweet malt with some tart cranberry and citrus notes. There is a sourness that helps balance out the sweetness a bit.

Taste: Tart cranberries with some sour yeast, quite acidic. The finish reminds me a bit of raspberries as well as cranberries. There is a sweet malt in the background, but the fruit dominates.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good lambic. A bit too sweet for my taste, but I enjoyed it overall.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light sweet cranberry and acidic undertones is very enticing. Taste is a complex mix between some lightly sweet cranberry with some tart notes with a well balanced finish that includes green apple-like acidity and some light funky ester. Even though this beer present great complexity it is still very easily drinkable and very refreshing which I rated very highly. Body is about average with great carbonation. An excellent beer form a brewer that consistently amaze me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear orange/red color with a small, bubbly white head with a pint tint. It looks like a champagne in terms of its bubbly body and head.

S - It smelled of sweet cranberry with some tart notes. Not much else here.

T - Loads of cranberry flavor that is sweet at first but develops a more tart and sour taste as you continue to drink it.

M - It is sharp and very crisp. It has a mouth puckering quality from all the tartness. A very light bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice lambic. Of course, it's no surprise that New Glarus has cranked out another good fruit beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into delirium tremens snifter.

Pours a small white head that fades down instantly. Color is a clear bright cherry pink red.

Aroma: Really nice aroma. Fresh cranberries. Very fresh. Low hop profile. Tart. Not a lot here, but I like what is here.

Taste: A lot more flavors are in the taste. Sugar, cranberries, yeast, cherries. A nice big taste. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and tart. Fairly light bodied. Good carbonation level. Ends pretty clean. Very good.

Overall, I think this beer is amazing. Very refreshing and I am glad I have decent access to this. I think this is one of my favorite beers that have come from the unplugged series. I could drink a lot of this.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't really been a fan lately of the New Glarus stuff, but I did love the only other Unplugged one I had, Old English Porter. So hopefully this one lives up to the Unplugged title. Thanks to levifunk for this one.

A very light fizzy head arrives, and actually seems to stay, mostly. The beer is a clear amber orange cognac color with hints of a reddish hue.

The aroma comes right on with lots of bourbon and oak. This is much different than I thought. A nice malty aroma that is very light but good, some sweetness, and a slight fruity aroma. It seems to have an apple juice aroma, and just the slightest hint of cranberry. I still can't get over how much bourbon and oak came out of it.

The taste starts pretty sweet, with a nice malty flavor. Again quite a bit of bourbon flavors, and some oak with that, but not heavy oak. A tingly acidity is also there. A fruit presence, but not so much cranberry as like an apple juice fruit punch. It does have a little tartness from the cranberry.

The mouth is medium body with lower carbonation and very tiny bubbles, and some tingly acidity.

It finishes mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness. Some lingering sticky sweetness and flemmy. It has a long lingering bourbon and some oak. There is some lingering tart fruit, again not much on the side of cranberry but a nice fruit medley. Drinks nicely except for the acidity.

A surprise with tons of bourbon and oak flavors, which I like. Not much for the cranberries, but any cranberry beer I've had that had a lot of cranberry was too overpowering. This seems to do the fruit well with the blend of the bourbon and light malts.

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

Acquired from HogWildLiquor courtesy of Secret Santa 2010, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cranberries, some spices, wild Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste starts with a very brief burst of sweetness that is quickly followed by the tart flavor of cranberries. However the sweetness will frequently rotate back in along with touches of caramel and vanilla that you normally find with oak barrel aging. The sourness isn’t as over-powering as some as some beers in the style and the flavors seem more harmonious which provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style and it’s definitely one of the better Lambics that I’ve had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber-red color with a slight off white head and some pretty decent retention. Nose is strong cranberry with a bit of acetic and lactic character. The taste is somewhat creamy and sweet with noticeable levels of cranberry as well as hints of wood and some acetic and lactic character. The sourness is just right and blends quite well with the fruit. Drinks really well when young and I'd like to see how it ages.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner Stemware. It poured a deep amber color with a little bit of an orange/red tint to it. It started with a thin and fizzy head to it, which quickly retreated to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a tart, sourness to it with a little acidicness to it as well. I get a little of the tart, slightly sweet cranberries to it as well. Very appealing and flavorful aroma.

The taste starts off with more of the fruity, tart, slightly sweet flavors. The flavors quickly turn more sour with a modest musty, funky flavors as well. The sourness lasts right through the finish and lingers nicely after. It's a little acidic, but more sour and tart overall.

The mouthfeel feels a little heavy for the style, but medium bodied overall. Carbonation also feels a little light compared to others in the style. Overall it was an excellent beer. I loved the way the sour and fruity flavors came together. Very flavorful and complex and just a great beer overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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

12 oz bottle into a flute.

Pours a beautiful looking clear and effervescent coppery amber, with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with more of a thin and fizzy covering, leaving back some light spotty froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The cranberry flavor sits right on top of the aroma with a tart sting, but there's a bit more going on here behind it, with a mix of sugary doughs, lightly spicy hops, and some gentle warmth all helping give this some airy depth in the nose.

The taste once again tart up front with cranberry, with those doughy sugars helping add some balancing sweetness to the profile and a tingle of spicy hops running through the center of the profile giving this some zip. Finishes sweet at first but then settles into a dry long lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, but still definitely has some presence in the mouth, with a sprightly and vibrant carbonation that prickles the mouth with a pleasant crispness. There seems to be some warmth present here (I can feel it in my stomach and back of the throat as I work on this) but the underlying slickness of this really keeps this smooth and easy.

Well, what can you say, it's another phenomenally well made Fruit Beer from New Glarus. Take the Rapsberry Tart or Belgian Red but insert cranberries instead and you get the picture. What's makes this even more impressive about this though, is that despite the higher ABV than those two, this still drinks like a champ. Great stuff as usual from these guys.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

Twelve ounce bottle shared last night.

A: Pours a clear reddish orange with a 1/4-inch thick white head which settles to the rim and leaves spots of lace.

N: Sour, tannic, fruity - cherries.

T: Fruity, sweetly tart, cherry skin and juice, cranberry seems to have faded.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finish is tart and fruity.

O: Not much cranberry left in this bottle, instead plenty of cherry replacement. Aged nicely, one of my earliest acquisitions. Thanks to whomever added this to our trade way back in the day.

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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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