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:
No notes at this time.

Added by alcstradamus on 10-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jegross2
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Cran-bic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company. Full disclosure upfront: not a fan of sours generally.
Score: 84

2011 vintage bottle served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 04/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a cider color with a thin layer of bubble head that quickly dissipates into a pencil thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Tart cranberries, granny smith apples and a little white grape. Hawaiian punch and little sweet vinegar sour aroma too. Nice sweet-and-sour aroma. 3.75/5

Taste: Tart, sweet-and-sour cranberries and grape upfront, with a light yeasty twang, subsides into a funky/sweet cranberry flavor on the back half. I like how the beer starts, but I do not like how it finishes so funky. Decent puckering effect. Very straightforward and one dimensional. The funky finish gets a little less funky as the beer layers. Has a light sweet rice vinegar and cranberry linger -- less crisp than expected given its effervescence. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Very prickly on the tongue. Sweet, sugary and dry. 4/5

Overall: Certainly not a bad beer; this is one of the better fruit beers I have encountered. However, an off-puttingly funky finish really ruins what would have otherwise been a really solid beer.

Recommendation: Fans of Smirnoff Ice will probably love this. I'm sure sour fans will also like this one a lot too.

Pairings: Apple walnut salad with balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Cost: $2.99 for a 12 oz bottle or $10.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-inch white head, extremely clear amber-golden color, very good carbonation, satisfactory lacing

S: Tart cranberry, bit of funkiness, earthy, some straw or wheat (can't pinpoint it)

T: Sweet cranberry up-front that quickly becomes tart and sour, some funk, oak

M: Smooth and creamy, decent carbonation, gets the whole tongue involved

O: Good stuff, maybe just a touch too sweet to give it a 4.5 for me, hope they bring this back soon

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange/red with a small off-white head.

Aroma features a distinct tartness with a little bit of wheat malt.

Wonderful tart cranberry on the flavor. Light and effervescent with a subtle sourness.

Fairly light with good carbonation.

Another hit from New Glarus. They've got the fruited stuff dialed in. Just a bit tart with a nice light refreshing flavor.

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Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice clear honey color, hints of orange and in a weird way, neon pink, with lots of bubbles rising to the glass, very effervescent. A thin wispy white head sits atop the beer for mere moments before receding, leaving behind a thin trace of film. Tart cranberries leap out of the glass, very tart, possibly with some spicing, the funk is somewhat mild but still a nice addition, the aroma reminds me of a nice cranberry sauce during the holidays. The flavors a bit sweeter, much more sugary, but the cranberry flavor is in full force and the tartness cuts down on the sugary aspects. Some faint oak, a little yeast, but the is almost like cranberry soda. The body is nice, very light and bubbly, not uncommon for a beer of this style though it compliments the flavors very well, doesn't get too heavy.

Verdict: Really tasty fruit lambic, it's a bit one dimensional and almost like a fruit soda, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. If you can find this limited release, stock up! 

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a hint of pink. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is slightly tart cranberry aroma with hints of strawberry. Very juicy aroma with a hint of spice and some subtle oak aromas. Taste is initially a little bit tart, followed by sweet strawberry flavors. There are hints of cranberry, but not really getting that sharp, bitter cranberry flavor. Nice combo of sweet and tart. I hate when fruit beers are overly sweet, and this one has quite the balance to it. Nice oak flavors with the fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat "spritzy"...soda like. Light bodied but full of flavor. Drinkability is very high. I could honestly sip on this all day on a warm summer day. Overall, I tend to like my wild ales on the more sour side, but somehow New Glarus came up with a way to add a good amount of fruity sweetness and get me to really enjoy it. Much better than Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very flat looking pour. Not too much carbonation. Very nice clarity in an orange and pink brew. Near perfect for the style.

Lots of sugar and spice! The cranberries play second fiddle to the spiciness.

Very spiced and slightly tart. This could really stand to be more tart, it's slightly bitter, but not annoyingly. Very sweet and perfectly carbonated.

A great NG Fruit brew. This brew is definitely NOT a Am. Wild Ale... It's a Lambic, just read the label. I judged it as a Lambic, not Wild. Every NG brew i've had I would highly recommend, this one is no different. Thanks Nick for sharing the great brew!

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - soft reddish orange without much of a head on it

S - cranberry and fruits with spicy belgian yeast

T - sweet citric lambic upfront washes down to cranberries and some tartness. The cranberries take the driver seat for a bit and has some oak in the mix with it. This beer reminds me of their belgian red made with cranberries, which is pretty solid.

M - a little spritzy and dry on the finish

D - good lambic / fruit beer from this side of the pond. I need to get some more of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - As it pours, it looks a golden body with a reddish tinge. The more than goes into the glass, the darker it gets. By the end it's amber with a pinkish hue and almost no head.

Smell - Cranberry and some tartness. No funk or anything else reminiscent of a lambic.

Taste - Tart cranberry that builds a bit before giving way to a sweet fruity finish. I don't really know I would be able to distinguish it as cranberry from just a sour cherry. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Mouthfeel - As a lambic or any other wild, the mouthfeel is far too sweet. As a fruit beer, it's nice. Light and fruity. Nice on a hot day.

Overall - Not really a wild ale... and especially not a lambic, despite the name and the description from NG. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mark (rempo) for this extra.
Pours a bright orange with a pink hue. Nice tight white carbonation. Head remains but becomes thin, perfectly transparent, you can see co2 rising up to the top to escape. Smells tart! Cherry, cranberry and light lactic lemon sourness. Smells amazing. A bit of damp wood. First sip is like a sweet tart. Cranberry soda, lemon tartness, a little lactic hit, then more sugar. A bit of oak at the end, sweet finish. There is just so much fruit in this beer. Just a little too sweet for me, but it is tart and i do like that part. As you sip it is spritzy in the mouth. Co2 explosions, it's rather a good thing. Sorry but I need this to be drier and have a funk component to it, but otherwise the other parts of this beer are spot on!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/19/12 notes. Received from JYounger30 in the Birthday BIF; thanks Jay! Love the fruit beers I've had from NG so far so have been wanting to try this one. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a murky reddish-orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cranberries, yeast, spice, oak, and lightly sour dark fruits. Nice and the cranberries are there, but not too sour.

t - Tastes of sour cranberries, tart dark fruits, funk, oak, spices, acedic, apples, and some yeast. Taste is a lot more sour and funky then the nose. Great, and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great fruit -forward wild ale. The nose is a tiny bit sour, but the taste is nice and sour/funky. Easy to drink, would love to get more of this one.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

192nd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes.

A: Medium cranberry. Single (bubbly white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells like Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Loads of sweetness and hints of raspberry and cherry. Touch of oak, but (again) mostly cranberry sweetness.

T: Sticks to the name...cranberry all throughout. Touch of sourness is welcoming and there is a slight oakie tint near the end. Refreshing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is quite refreshing and so easy to drink. Great for a warm summer night and a fun twist for a beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer from NG. While I think the Raspberry and Cherry are a bit sugary, this one is well balanced. It has just enough cranberry to justify the name, but not enough to make that pucker-face. The tannin is just right, the juiciness is just right. I would say it's just a bit thin, and tastes more like a cider, hence the scores. Very refreshing. Better served cold

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Photo of Mantooth
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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 kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Light pink with a 2 finger white head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sweet and tart raspberries and cranberries, with just a hint of vinegar.

T- Very sweet raspberries followed quickly by a big tartness and vinegar. Finishes rather sweet.

M- Light body with high carbonation. Tingly, fizzy mouth that lingers afterwards.

O- Love this beer. Not as complex our sour/wild as Enigma but just an amazing fruit wild ale. Hoping to find more of this!

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Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent by seeswo during the Blind Beers BIF, this was a blind 12-ounce poured into a flute. Per the rules, I reviewed the beer blind.

The brew’s a soft tangerine with gentle haze. A one-finger, cream-colored head fizzles away after a few seconds, leaving behind a thin ring.

Wicked taht nose, packed with balsamic vinegar and accented by a fair amount of barnyard funk, sweet cola, burnt sugar, a touch of green apple and buttery oak. Very nice.

The flavor reflects the nose perfectly, starting with the same impressive sour character that squeezes the tongue with force. Balsamic, green apple and cranberry play off oak and caramel. Very buttery, the richness carries long into the finish.

Mild yet prickly carbonation breaks the brew into just a bit of fizz. Nicely viscous medium body. The tartness builds after each sip and the alcohol warms the throat just a bit.

Very refreshing. As lambics go, it’s a lot sweeter than I’m used to, but I love the malty, fruity flavors in this one. The tartness is snappy, the malty body provides a nice, sweet base. As with most beers New Glarus makes, were I in Wisconsin, I’d buy oodles of this.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joshuacavett for sharing.

Review from notes...

Poured a clear and crisp ruby red an ample amount of carbonation that really just fizzed for a moment and disappeard.

Very enticing notes of tart cranberries with great acidic characteristics along with subtle notes of cinnamon.

Tart cranberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, woody notes with some great lactic characteristics as well. I thought that this beer had a little funk on it as well. Very delicious.

Medium body, very crisp, medium carbonation with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall this was a treat of a beer for sure. Very easy drinking and complex at the same time. I would definitely love to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Very interesting looking beer. Looks like a Rose Champagne with less carbonation.

S- Smells like sweet cranberry juice.

T- Just too sweet for me. Not enough tart, well really it's just not tart. Regular cranberry juice has more bite. It's so sugary. It tastes like cranberry juice, soda water and simple.

M- Sugary tongue feel like Mountain Dew. This is not a good thing.

O- Very unimpressed. Reading the label makes me like it less. It's not a lambic, sorry.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a garnet red color with a minimal off white head. Poor head retention.

S- sweet caramel, juicy stewed cranberry and funky aromas.

T- sweet sugary stewed cranberries and funk. Caramel favors in the middle. Finishes tart and funky with a lingering fruit flavor.

D- superbly drinkable

Overalls delicious brew with amazing fruit flavor.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Thanks goes to rudylaw for this one.

A: Pours a murky rudy brown color with a very short lived, thin off-white head that disappeared into a faint collar that left almost no lace.
S: Fruity, sweet and dry notes of red fruits, oak, light earthy funk and a bit of sweat.
T: Sweet fruits with a decent cranberry flavor followed by ambiguous citrus and red berries. There is a bit of gritty dry oak tannins and fruit skins as well. The finish is very sweet, almost syrup like, and the finish is lightly tart with flavors of cranberries.
M: Sweet, syrupy and slick mouthfeel, tingly carbonation and a medium-full body.
O: Much sweeter with less cranberry than expected. Pretty simple and syrupy.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1006th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to erikkoppin for this one.

App- The color of peach juice and water. Very shimmery in the light. No head really formed. Maybe a small small amount of bubbles. Very smooth liquid oily pour.

Smell- Very sweet on the nose. A bit much of a sugary sweet fruit. The cranberries are very forward with a tingly dry cherry note against it.

Taste- Certainly has a juicy lambic taste behind it and had a nice taste for a wild ale. A little damp, a little dank and some sour behind it. Very fruit with the cranberry/cherry combo from nose coming into the taste. Much like Founders Ceries w/o the wheat base behind it.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium thick carbonation. Smooth fruit and a tad tart/sour residual flavors.

Drink- Tasty, fruity and a bit thick to me. Had a nice depth of flavor with some sour and some sweet fruits. I like what New Glarus does with their fruit beers. Glad this one was a 12oz. Don't think I could do more.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: A pale pinkish red. A nice white one finger head forms at top of this brew after the pour. It slowly reduces to a dime sized ring around the edge of the glass. Little to lacing, some minor head retention is left behind.
big thanks to ultraman and millah for hooking me p with bottles of this

bottle poured into Bruery tulip

Nose: What else.... cranberries. Also evident as the beer warms up are a mild oakiness, barnyard funk, and some minor raspberry scent.

Palate: Sublime! This beer is very drinkable and the carbonation is spot on. This beer is light in body, but it packs plenty of texture and complexity. Full of ripe fruit. The cranberries coat the mouth with a pleasant sourness. The oak texture, funk, and wild yeast/bacteria add to the character of this beer on the tongue.

Finish: Delicious and please can I have another. It finishes a a tad on the dry side, but totally like the style. The cranberries linger a bit as does the sourness of the beer, but its welcomed. An achievement by New Glarus. well done.

Rating: 96 out of 100

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Photo of willseph
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear amber in color. Half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. The nose is acidic cranberries, orange rinds, and a touch of wet wood chips. Taste is light, crisp, and a bit sour. Reminded me of a gueuze mixed with lighter fruity beer. Definitely more sour than bitter, so if a Belgian sour is your thing, you'll dig this. Seemed very fizzy to me, like a fountain soda. Overall, an enjoyable beer from a style I'm not very keen on.

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Photo of Soonami
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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 mrand01
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split with nicoco. Poured into a Tyranena tulip.

A: Amber with a pink/reddish hue. Poured with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Lacing is spotty, sticks around for a little while.

S: Raspberry, some light funk...not much in the way of cranberries, but I can't say I've ever had another cranberry beer, so it could be what I'm smelling. Smells a lot like an oud bruin.

T: Very light tartness. Kind of sweet and sour. Can definitely taste the fruit. Not sure how old this bottle is, but I think I may like it a bit older.

M: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation.

O: I'm rating this based on the fact that it's filed as a lambic. This doesn't really taste like a lambic...unless you count Lindemans fruit "lambics." That said, it's a great fruit beer with just a light hint of funk.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.41/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours an odd slightly hazy pinkish orange color with a really thin white head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is cranberries for sure. A bit of funkiness here too. A touch of wood.

T- Wow puckering tartness and cranberry everywhere. A touch of wood but very tart over all. Reminded me of more of a wine cooler taste rather than a beer.

M- Very light in body and carbonation seemed pretty nice.

O- I can understand how people enjoy this, but for me I really stuggled with this one. Apparently I just can't handle the tart/sour flavours.

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Unplugged Cranbic Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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