Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Smoked Rye AleUnplugged Smoked Rye Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beerwolf77 on 01-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOVE this beer! A fan of the unplugged creative brews and this one takes the prize. It tastes like a delicious reuben sandwich to me. Smokey meat, toasted rye bread, a little krauty and some sweet dressing sauce in there too! Not something you want to sit down and drink a six pack of, but a de-freaking-licious little sipper right here.

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4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was a dark copper with a finger of off-white head. The nose was exceptional with a deep smoked bacon aroma. The flavor was very impressive as I recall telling my friend it was as if we were drinking liquid bacon. The mouthfeel was good with a slight carbonation on the tongue. I would've drank this beer all night if it weren't for the fact we only had one four-pack.

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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep bronze body. Thin dirty white head. Lace is minimal. Aroma is campfire smoke and smoked jerky. Also a sweet malty aroma. Great aroma. Awesome flavor as well. This is definitely in the Aecht Schlenkra range. Right up there, and that is high praise. Meaty malt flavor and smoky bacon like flavor. It really is an incredible blend and deserving of a 5. At 8.5% a/v, the alcohol is not noticeable. This is incredibly flavorful and drinkable. Dan does it again. I'd love to see this become a seasonal.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper color with quite bit of suspended solids. Essentially no head.
S- The smoke smell dominates the aroma.
T- Again, the dominant flavor is the smoke with a hint of rye spiciness. You can practically taste the charred wood used in a malt smoking process.
M- Smooth, basically no carbonation.
D- Very similar to Aecht Schlenkerla. May not be 'to style', but damn good.

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4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off I am stunned at the ABV...no hint of that at all...drinks like a session beer...The flavor has a nice smoked meats impression, along with almost a candied maltiness (sugary)....a bit of floral aroma and just a hint of spiciness on the finish. The rye lays dormant on my buds....not a big rye impression but the smoke is pretty strong and dominates in a sense...

The more I drink this the more the sugary maltiness really seems to blend nicely with the smoke..almost a doppelbock sweetness with a smoked element....again, not noticing much from the rye.

Quality, enjoyable beer where the smokiness is strong but not overwhelming..

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Style tick #99.

A: Clear dark copper body under a finger of fine tan foam; mediocre retention, light lace. Gorgeous color, but a bit underwhelming in terms of head.

S: Smoke dominates the aroma (predictably), with delicate cherry-wood notes joining the straight campfire. Beneath the smoke is some lovely rye malt sweetness and spiciness, as well as a bit of dark fruit. Complex, aromatic, and lovely.

T: Smoke shows up right away, but is quickly joined by deeply flavorful rye that's bready, spicy, and even a bit tart, as it evinces a vaguely raisin-like fruitiness. Woody smoke dryness finishes things out. Alcohol does shows up noticeably on the finish, which is about the only flaw I can find in this lovely beer.

M: Thick and rich, with a nice amount of fine, late-developing carbonation. Despite its heft stickiness is kept to a minimum. Perfect for such a big beer.

O: I enjoy smoked beers on occasion, but usually find their one-note approach boring after a while (even in great examples like Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche). This beer, happily, combines the authentic smokiness of Bamberg with greater depth of maltiness than usual, and the rye really seals the deal with some terrific complexity. This definitely isn't a brew for the faint of heart, but if you like smoke and you like rye, you'll love it.


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4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium dark amber. Clear and bubbly. Fairly thick light brown/tan head.

Smell - Actually fairly mild. What's there is definitely smokey. Maybe a little light malt as well.

Taste - Smoke taste is obviously the immediate taste - a little jarring for those of us who haven't had one of these before. Once you learn to get past the smoke, this actually has a pretty sweet medium roasted malt flavor. Melds well into a rich, sweet roasted taste. Not picking up much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Very pleasant.

Drinkability - It took halfway through the second one of these for me to have any appreciation. Now I'm thinking of setting in a store.

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4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the lesser-hyped unplugged beers. I love smoked beers, I am a bit indifferent on the rye part.

It pours a clear reddish brown and absolutely struggles to form a head, thus is has the exact appearance of cola to me.

The smell is great though, it has a thick smokiness with a lot of campfire smell, there is some fruitiness as well, at almost smells like apples underneath, and there is of course some standard malts that bring a hint of caramel.

The flavor is pretty great. It has a balance of smokiness and sweetness that works well. It reminds me of a smoked doppelbock. It has the smoke, but with a nice crisp, slightly fruity, but mostly malty and bready backing. There are hops in here too that provide a little bit of cut to the sweetness.

This is an excellent easy drinker form New Glarus, the label says to sip slowly, but I can't help quaffing it.

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4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jj21, thanks again!

Pours a solid brown color with a small white head that fades quickly.

Aromas are slightly bready, definite hints of rye, then a nice smoked salmon campfire aromas that sits in the background.

First sip... Whoa! Smoky goodness! Light cream and hints of rye bread are at the front of the flavors. The beer then gets a wonderful blast of smoke, charred wood, campfire, and smokehouse flavors meld very well with the light creamy and spicy rye flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite good, very smooth and full.

Overall? Wow... I'm very impressed! The Smoke on the Porter I tasted a few weeks ago was great, this is even better. I think New Glarus needs to start making smoked beers on a regular basis, becauss they are phenomenal.

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