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New Glarus Unplugged Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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"Some people paint, some sing, others write...I brew." --Daniel Carey A few times a year we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, uncensored, uncut, unplugged. The bottle you hold is handcrafted for the adventurous soul. We brewed this one small batch, and make no promises to ever brew this style again. Warning: Caution. Our Imperial IPA will smack you In-Your-Face. This is an aggressively hoppy IPA. An explosion of hops including East Kent Golding, Cascade, Tomahawk, Warrior and Chinook dominate this pale summer brew. IBUs delivered like youíve never enjoyed before. Our imperial IPA is alive with a bottle fermentation that catapults hop aromas to the front with bitter notes that will dance till dawn on your palate. Serve immediately at 45 degrees F. Thanks for Supporting the Arts. --Daniel & Deborah Carey


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle, from Rileyís. As I open and pour the bottle it looks like a run-of-the mill IPA...it was one of the first imperials that I didnít notice unique flavors in the aroma besides hops. On first taste, it goes down smooth. A hearty, though not overly complex flavor profile. Lots of nice moderately floral hops, tho not any citrus to speak of. As far as the mouthfeel, it reminds of Spotted Cow in that itís a more yeasty, creamy feel. Itís really great...makes it a very creamy, more imperial-tasting ipa.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (426) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Tasted on tap at Alchemy in Madison WI. It poured a clear amber with a white head and spotty lacing. Well hopped aroma and taste. Tasty and strong at 10% ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with medium frothy head leaving decent lacing. The aroma is a strong fruity hop and pine. Thick mouthfeel with a strong bitter hop bite with flavors of pine and orange. Hides alcohol well, a very impressive IIPA from New Glarus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1727) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Clear orange pour with a white head, some lacing. Pine and citrus dominate the nose. Floral, a touch sweet, then big hops and big bitterness. A bit more bitter finish than I like in a double.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvp (157) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Poured from bottle. Nice piney aroma. Pours out nice golden yellow with a white frothy head. medium bitterness, light sweetness, thick cramy texture. real good on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
12 oz bottle from pepsican. Thanks, Andy. Quick rate. Pours a deep well hazed amber darker hue. Orange glowing edges, well hazed, darker body. A frothy whitish head atop dies to a filmy ring, laces ok. Aromas are sticky sweet caramel, a bit oxidized. Toffee, toast, biscuits. Bready with some florals, citrusy grapefruit rind, and lemons. Sweet and sticky, aged Barleywine-esque. Initial is biscuity and caramel driven, malty, but well done. Toasty, some bready malts and toffee. Carmelized malts are the crux here. Some florals, deadened a bit, gentle grass, earthy dryness. Middle brings the bulk, a medium bodied assault, so itís not overdone. Toffee and toast, carmelized malts. Sticky sweet at times, backend shows dry florals and earthy hops. Any sort of dominant hop character has faded well. Still, a soapy earthy hop finish gives some life, decent bitterness lingers, a bit toasty, linger dry malty character passes that sweeter sticky middle. Overall, you can tell this beer was pretty good in itís hayday. Today, it still stands the test of time. Itís a pretty solid beer, still dry and a bit hoppy, the malt elements arenít overdone when they strike firmly. A bigger beer, aged like a dry sort of Barleywine. Solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours a hazy light gold color. Heavy pine resin nose with slight tropical notes. Tons of pine resin in the flavor. This is a hop bomb. Bitter hops all the way. Full bodied with a lasting bitter finish. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra! A: Pours a hazy gold/copper color with a wispy white cap. OK retention. S: The nose is definitely interesting and unlike anything Iíve had. Lots of honey, citrus, pine and resin. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms up a little, but not really distracting. T: Taste is quite different than the nose. A metallic note is immediately noticeable, along with citrus, pine, and orchard fruit (peach, apricot). Pretty bitter, and kind of balanced. A little more malt flavor would have done the trick. MF/O: Lingering bitterness, prickly carbonation, and an orchard fruit finish. Notes: Interesting Double IPA. I canít tell if there are numerous flaws or not, but enjoyable nonetheless

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Hands down one of my favorite brews from New Glarus. Clean and crisp with a fantastic hop profile.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
This beer isalive and well and being sold under the name IIPA. I just bought two bottles from the brewery in July and it is very fresh. Beer pours cloudy, golden color with a large egg white head that is totally retained. Aroma is very citrusy and juicy also some earth. Taste is very enjoyably bitter. Anoter fantastic New Glarus brew. Dan Carey is a freaking genius!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2012
12 ounce thanks to 5000. Tropical fruity aroma followed by hops and more tropical fruit. Slight malty character to the beer. Really nice.


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