Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Smoked Rye AleUnplugged Smoked Rye Ale
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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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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of samie85
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper color with a finger of off white head.

Mesquite smoke and bacon with some light rye notes.

Sweet and smoky residual smoke and no discernible bitterness.

Slick and medium bodied with light bitterness.

Pretty drinkable for a smoked beer; I'm not sure I'd buy it again, but am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of CGMLS3
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of WhatAlesMe
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small, short-lived beige head which leaves some legs of lacing on the sides.

The aroma is all about the smoke, and it's mostly of the smoked-meat variety with pork coming to mind. There is a bit of smoked wood in there and an interesting ashy, peaty thing as well as some sweat fruit way back behind the smoke.

The taste is smoky as well, but the first thing I noticed is that it's much sweeter than the aroma with some apples and caramel malts up front. The smoke is present throughout but especially in the finish where the meaty smoke lingers.

The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and ashy and smoky on the palate.

I love a good smoked beer so I was pleased with this beer overall. I still don't think this sits on the Schlenkerla level, but it's just a notch below. Solid.

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Photo of beergod1
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a small off white head that fades fast. Strong smokey aroma with bacon, more smoke, a touch of alcohol, and more smoke. Sweet malty caramel flavor filled with smoke and yes....Bacon.The spicy rye on the finish makes it even better. Very interesting, but after 1 beer, I had enough.

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Photo of VIPbeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Onenote81
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for another NG hookup!

Poured this one into a mug. Pours a cloudy rusty brown. This looks like I dipped my glass into the Yadkin River. Huh. Big smoky aromas - campfire, ham, bacon grease. Yowzas. Much smokier than I thought as it completely dominates the nose.

The mouth was way thin for my liking. Carbonation level was low, and there just wasn't anything to back up these unique flavors. The smokiness pervades the flavors as well, as I feel like I am drinking the dregs from a can of ham. Actually, that may be about right as the body probably matches that as well. I can't pull any rye character from this one. No spiciness; bitterness is near absent. I am not opposed to smoked beers at all, in fact, I have enjoyed them at other times, but this one just downright fell flat for me. This might as well be called New Glarus Liquid Pig. Pass.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory goblet

A- pours a relatively transparent shade of a very dark amber with no head at all. The beer looks nice, but no head = no bueno

S- oh yeah, there's the smoke. And lots of it. It delivers on the name, at least

T- getting a tad bit of rye in front, and the finish is smoke...but mild smoke, not overwhelming at all. Pretty good

M- medium bodied

O- not bad at all, even as someone who isn't crazy about smoked beers

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a deep amber color with brown highlights, has a small tan collar, no real lacing. Smells of smoke (beechwood maybe? seems similar in smoke aroma to other smoked beers that claim to use beechwood, but I might be wrong) on top of a medium strength rye aroma. I can't tease out any other particular special malt or hop aroma from the nose. On the tongue, a veil of smoke flavor hits first, than gets pushed to the sideman spotlight by a caramel malt / spicy rye malt blend of flavors. The rather dry finish also provides with a lovely array of drawn out tannic elements. Body is on the heavy side of medium thickness, yet very smooth and creamy. I feel as though I should have used a snifter (and perhaps sported a fez / smoking jacket combo) rather than a pint glass. A very nice smoked beer that doesn't let the smoke bully all the other flavors and aromas off the stage. Well done!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael, beer served in a snifter because that's what I had in my hand. At the time of this review, this is the #21 beer on the Top Beers - Smoked Beer list.

Beer is clear, amber, with a wispy lazy white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is smoke and more smoke.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little sweet up front and a dry smokey finish, not too dry but dry enough to emphasize the smoke. Beer is sort of one dimensional to me, the smoke dominates everything else, still decent though.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joshua for sharing this bottle.

Review from notes...

Poured a crisp copper bronze with a finger of off white head.

Campfire smoke dominates the nose and has a nice backbone of caramel malt, spicy rye.

Taste followed the nose but more roasted and caramel malt upfront that quickly gets encapsulated by the smoke. The rye spices come into play about half way and finishes very smooth with a very slight bitterness.

Medium to light in body. Just enough carbonation to stay relevant.

I thought this beer was amazingly well done. The smokiness never took it over the top and all though it did dominate the beer it was very tasty.

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Photo of floydie83
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of 321jeff
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours murky brown with very little head or lacing.

Very smoky aroma. Almost like apple smoked bacon. A little bit of caramel sweetness as well.

A brief bit of caramel sweetness at the beginning followed by an intense smoky bacon flavor in the aftertaste. A little bit of sugary sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both on par for the style.

The smoke element is a little too strong in this. I like subtle smokiness, but this one overpowers most other flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nataku00
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this bottle for 7-8 months now after receiving it in a trade and tucking it away in a hidden place. Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a ruby red and amber with some dark cola browns, mostly clear with no head. Light alcohol legs and minimum off white foam from swirling, and a few tiny bubbles sticking to the glass.

Nose is very smokey, applewood smoked bacon like with that hint of burnt sugar sweetness or a wet camp fire. Can't smell any of the rye component as the smoked malts are dominating.

Taste is like drinking liquid smoke. Very savory tasting, smoked bacon and ham, with minimum amount of caramelized sugar sweetness. Not too much rye or sweeter malts in this either, as the smoked malts just continue onto a medium finish, with lingering smoked meats flavor on the tongue.

Light to medium body with a light tickle of carbonation. Beer is a bit difficult to drink as it is one dimensional in the smokiness. Too bad I'm not having some bbq as this might be a decent pairing. By itself, it really is one big smoke bomb of a beer. Really fatiguing smoky flavor that I struggled to finish off by the end of the glass.

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Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 245 ratings