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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 702
Photo of jokemon
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pours a clear golden amber color with a very white foamy head.

Smell is of bubble gum, sweetness and orange citrus zest.

Taste bitter, citrusy, bready malt finish. There are a lot of flavors going on here, all very citrusy.

Overall this beer is fantastic, probably the best IIPA I have had to date. Grats to New Glarus for creating this beer.

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to imperial pint -

This beer pours out a light orange color, with a small head. The aroma is big, brash, and hoppy. Citrus and pine hops jump around wildly. Grapefruit peel is a huge player. The taste is a nice, full, round hoppiness. There aren't any sharp edges here, yet the hop flavor is big and up front. Tropical and citrus hops absolutely dominate. The aftertaste is minimal. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that doesn't quite make it to the top tier. I'd drink plenty of this if I were a Wisconsin-ite, but it's not worth the trouble seeking out with all the great DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of KellyL
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer! A constant stream of tiny bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass continually re-fluffing the delicate merangue like head. Awesome lacing, perfect clarity, gorgeous golden yellow.

The aroma is citrusy, piney and earthy. No frills on the smell, you get the hops and some sweetness from the malt. No booziness like some other Imperial IPA's.

The taste is just like the aroma, citrusy, piney and earthy. I also got a little bit of tropical fruits on the back end. A little malt sweetness is detected, but it balances nice with the hops. As carbonated as it looks, there's no bite from it.

The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. Not thin, but not creamy.

Overall I'd rate this just below the top of the chart for the style. Since we can only rate in increments of .5, I didn't get a 5 overall, I'd really put it at 4.75.

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Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale gold color with a bubbly off white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

S: Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest. Some mango, pineapple and peach going on. A hint of pine in the mix too. Some sweet bready malt is present as well.

T: Excellent balance of malt and hops. More of a sweeter IIPA for sure. Lots of tangerine, ripe grapefruit. and pineapple. Big dose of sweet malt as well.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels fairly slick.

O: Very good drinkability for a near 10% double IPA. Some hopheads won't like it as much since the hops don't come out and slap you across the face, but I think it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head of foam at the top formed from a medium pour, golden in color, minimal lacing.

S - Well-balanced aroma of malt and hops that's not overly powerful.

T - Very smooth for a 9.75% double IPA and not over the top with the hops so a little restrained. The malt is present to support the hops with citrus notes leaving a very nice lingering aftertaste.

M - Little dry, light-to-medium body, smooth carbonation

O - Superb, fresh, and pleasing double IPA without the punch that's present in others in the double IPA class.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 12oz bottle sent from laymansbeerfan, thanks man! Red foiled cap.

A: Pours a pale gold with decent clarity and a fluffy slightly off-white head that leaves rings of lacing.

S: Definite ripe tropical fruit hop profile, with lots of peach, mango, some pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine...there are some floral notes as well as a crisp pale maltyness.

T: Follows the nose. The malt backbone is here but it doesn't dominate in sweetness, just mellows the hops a bit. Lots of exotic fruit notes with a hint of an herbally spice as well.. Bready on the finish.

MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation, letting the flavors shine. No alcohol detected.

O: Real nice IIPA. Hoppy but not overly, still balanced.

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Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden body yields gobs of white head and plenty of lace. So much malt in the nose leaves little room for much else.

Grapefruit is the dominant flavor in this surprisingly fruity double IPA. Plenty of malt to balance the hops. Good carbonation level, a touch creamy. <3 New Glarus!

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Photo of dogger6253
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A rich, golden color with decent carbonation topped by a fluffy, white head with nice retention. The nose is filled with sweet fruits and citrus zest with a little bit of pine backbone. There is also a touch of buttered biscuit.

Each sip begins with a mango and grapefruit hop profile. There is a little bit of a grassy-style hop flavor going on as well. This balances out with a bit of pineapple sweetness and a mellow maltyness. There is a tiny bit of a caramel/vanilla hidden behind the much stronger flavors. Every now and then a sip finishes with a crisp flush of lavender across the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly oily and the carbonation is spot on - high enough that the heavy flavors are lightened nicely and the beer finishes crisply. It should be noted that the alcohol is not noticeable in this beer at all. I am interested to see how this IIPA ages. I feel like a year or two of cellaring would mellow out the hop profile and make this an incredibly balanced drink.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, clear, apricot color. Medium sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Good amount of exotic fruit (mango, pineapple, peach) along with a fair amount of grapefruit and tangerine. Hints of pine along with hints of pale/biscuit malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Good malt base but it's not dominating or overly sweet because it has more pale/biscuit malt. Good amount of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet juicy flavors. A touch of pine and grassy hops but nothing too strong or resinous.

M - Lighter side of medium body. Average carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Easy to drink DIPA. Alcohol is almost non-existent. Pretty clean finish. Goes down easy and shows the hops off wonderfully.

Notes: Nice light DIPA that really shows off the hops. It definitely has a nice malt backbone, but it isn't too strong or sweet. Drinks clean. Really well done.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to funhog for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger, foamy white head, rather thick. Great head retention with nice rings of lacing.

S: Light tropical fruit, grassy hops, some light graham cracker malt. Rather light and flowery.

T: Very light, like the aroma. Some citrus, mostly lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light bready malt and some grassy hops develop as it warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. No sign of the abv at all. Would never have guessed it so high.

O: A pretty good DIPA, but had slightly higher expectations. Not as hoppy as I would like in double, more like a single. But extremely drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of brydeen
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin but persistent frothy white head

S: very faint citrus aroma, with a dank musty smell too. Not the most pleasant

T: taste blows the smell away. Still has subtly citrus notes (grapefruit, orange), but has a lot of piney bitterness. Pretty prevalent malt backbone as well. Excellent.

M: medium bodied with a very bubbly carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O: top notch DIPA outside of the smell. I really enjoy the bitter dry finish. A little more citrusy floral nose would be all I'd change here.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clean golden yellow pour with a finger of foamy white head and decent amounts of lacing.
smells of pine, garlic, grapefruit, caramel.
bitter up front with a spicy garlic kick, tastes of pine, sweet grapefruit citrus backbone. really tasty.
medium body, goes down smooth with a slightly creamy feel to it, nicely carbonated keeps a fizzy tone on the palate and roof.

this is an overall solid dipa.has a lot of different hop notes which is pretty nice for the palate. solid 4's all around - no complaints!

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Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly well filtered slightly amber orange with a 2 finger billowing white crown that displays goot retention and lots of lace!

Smell: Mild citrus (predominantly grapefruit and orange zest), lightly floral, and a faint egg shell sulfur note stand out.

Taste: It opens with a stiffly bittered herbal hop wave, transitions to grapefruit, allows a light (almost toffee like) caramel note to appear momentarily, then finishes with the same herbal bite it opened with.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with active carbonation. Gives the beer a nice bite.

Overall: Fairly traditional for the style and enjoyable. No real wow factor but solid.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Golden yellow, that has pretty good clarity. Nice cap of white foam from a moderate pour. Minimal lacing to my surprise.

S - A nice citrusy character alongside big pine hops. There is another hop smell that seems a bit unfamiliar to myself. A little bit of alcohol sneeks through but seems to mesh well with that strong hop presence.

T - The maris otter malts are a nice mild but certainly present backbone to somewhat balanced flavor before finishing up with a long lasting spicy/piney hop bitterness.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied. Great dryness. Flavors last far after guzzled.

O - I enjoyed how foward and unique the hops were to this beer. Had plenty of mild malts so is wasn't completly one-sided. A great double IPA that leaves your mouth coated with wonderful hop flavors to continue savoring.

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Photo of ckollias
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace.

S: A musty hoppy aroma and your typically in your hop punch I am used with these double ipas.

T: Good hop flavor with a great malt background in the beer to balance this bad boy out. Hints of pine and some citrus in the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Interesting double IPA – good balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz served in a small tulip

Efervescent pour a golden honey orange a bit hazy with a nice white cap. A rocky cap that coats the glass with heavy webbed lacing.

The awesome hop scent shows mixed fruit and pine that is balanced between the two. Pineapple orange and resinous pine needles.

Nice hop blast followed by a full malt coating that is a very light roast. Slick hop oil coating the mouth. I like the malt backing that supports the heavy hop palate but not heavy at all. Fruity ale taste is typical of New Glarus and I enjoy the trademark taste that runs through many of their beers. Slight alcohol bite on the finish reminds you this is a heavyweight.

Smooth light carbonation that complements the intense flavors.

A very good double India pale from a top notch brewing team.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the trader who sent this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a balloon wine glass. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle onion, and onion hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, onion, onion hop, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. All the right aspects for a great IIPA were here in this one, however, the onion aspect in this one was pretty dominant. This helped to cover up the alcohol, but definitely beat up on your palate. Glad I got to try this one and I suggest you at least do the same.

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Photo of Mdog
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow, slight haze, good head.

Smell: Very nice, tropical fruit, pink grapefruit.

Taste: Excellent! Sweetness, pink grapefruit, a little bitterness rounding it out.

Overall: I really liked this beer, smells and tastes like Hopslam to me, nice sweetness to go with the hops. I'm going to have to run back over to Wiscoland to get some more before it's gone.

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Photo of yamar68
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull, still gold with a swelling frothy head that leaves distinct lacing.

Makes my nostrils drool... yum. Mango, a bit of pineapple, banana, tons of lush citrus. A bit of malt is there for support but citrus hops play a delicious, dominating role.

The citrus comes in waves on the tongue. Some orange peel bitterness keeps things a bit dry. This beer represents the goal of a hophead. Damn good stuff.

Drinks about as smoothly as you could expect. Sticky in the mouth. A touch of booze burn but still pretty smooth.

I wish this one would make its way to MN.

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Photo of dafla67
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, warm golden color; a fair sized white head with some lacing.

S: sweet tropical/citrus (orange/banana) aroma.

T: hoppy and citrusy at the start. also, a very good balance of flavor and the alcohol. Finish with malt taste.

M: very smooth and light. well balanced. No strong alcohol flavor. (If you want your DIPA to hit you over the head with alcohol flavor, this is not for you.)

O: a very good DIPA. Given the balance, could drink quite a few and then just wait to get clobbered by the ABV.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and resin from the hops, as well as some orange citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. The dominant character is bitter resin from the hops, with some orange and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz "red-top", 2012 vintage

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - bright, clear orange body, filmy white crest

smell: lush tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit rind, lemon zest

taste: even after a PtE, this stands up well as a great DIPA - bright citrus bouquet - blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, sugars, pineappel. a light boozyness, but quite nice

mouthfeel: medium oily body

overall: solid stuff, would sell year-round

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of 4DAloveofSTOUT, who stopped into my store earlier this morning. Thanks Brian! I shared the bottle with the staff.

This beer pours a light bodied cloudy, light gold in color with moderate cloudiness and a one finger very soapy white head. The nose is clean and fresh. The nose features fresh soapy pineapple hops with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. It definitely utilizes pale malts well. It's really nice. The flavors are fresh and soapy as well. It drinks dry and hoppy with a touch of sweetness at the beginning before going into a grassy hop bitterness. I like it. It isn't too sticky and isn't too dry. The alcohol doesn't show itself at all. It's a nice DIPA. I'm glad I could try it.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy bright orange with a short-lived white head. Dense collar of head retains with light lacing. Nose has canned peaches, citrus, orange and clementine with a not -too-sugary but sweet malt character. Lost of citrus zest, lemon, orange and a touch of pineapple on the palate. Slight piney finish, sweet crackery pale malt is masked quite substantially by the hops. A bit pulpy in consistency, but fairly full body. Moderate bitterness, and just a tad drying. Almost no alcohol which is concerning for my sobriety if I had access to this regularly. A really nice midwest IIPA.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks solid: Golden with the perfect tint of haze to retain the look of its high quality pedigree. There is perfect mix of multi large and small soft bubbles, that stayed around for quite a long time, but NOT in a thick merange way.

Subtle biscuity and citrusy flavors meld to a attractive oracatory introduction.

The first impression in the taste is sweet, ripe tree fruit and muted caramel. The 9.75% abv is held in check by the sopisticated english malt. It's a european perspective, maybe of wine notes that make this a top tier DIPA, but carving out a distinct, third coast personality.

IMO this brew is in the top 10 of DIPAs. It's got the DIPA punch but its notes come at you very evenly. The hop fruit and malt bread are very much high quality, with the ever-full foam head, it makes for a very tastefull package. When NG is at the top of its brewing game, very few breweries produce a more perfect beer.

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