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New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Generally available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten path of Belgium this is truly a sour ale. A ridiculously long lager in in our oak casks elevates rich round caramel malts backed with distinctive tart notes.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a dark red/brown, with small white head. Aroma is extremely acidic and sour, with apples, hay and wheat. Flavor is more sourness, with apples and cherries. A smooth palate, with with a pleasent finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2005
An aggressive pour yields a murky brown body with a short-lived head. Sweet ’n sour aroma - the tartness comes from lemon citrus and sharp wet hay while the sweetness is like malted wheat. There’s a strong sugar cookie sweet base in the flavor, and when the sour worm tartness kicks in that sweetness comes along for the ride, even taking part in the finish (which is the only spot I could taste the oak barrel). I would like this beer more if it weren’t so sweet. The lambic style’s tartness is fun because it’s part of a spritzy, refreshing beer. Here the tartness is trying to upright a sinking ship founding in a syrupy carmel sea.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Enchanting murky orange in color. Honestly, the aroma on this beer is extremely offensive, giving hints of balsamic vinegar mainly, wet lettuce and a touch of cherry rock candy. Fortunately, the flavor isn’t a total disaster like the aroma but compared to other domestic and foreign examples of the style, this is just simply subpar. The Balsamic vinegar flavors continue on with a light tartness and hints of dark fruits, mainly cherries and red apples. I’m confused about this beers score.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Unbelievable aroma of sour candied apples. Cloudy dark orange, thin head but good lacing. Fizzy sweetness of apples up front. Quite malty mouthfeel for the style. Finish comes through with a pretty sour taste, but not nearly as strong as La Folie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 Murky brown body with a small effervescent head. Huge bold and appetizing tart aroma. Mouth-watering sour apple, exotic fruity acidity, slight licorice/phenolic funk. Very lush mouthfeel, dense carbonation. Similar in palate to the Apple Ale. This is special stuff, the best of the Unplugged series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 4 Feb, 05 - Hazy brown color with hues of coper coming through the light. Small ecru colored head. The aromas are plentiful and stunning. Cream, tart apples, pineapple, cherries, butterscotch, mild licorice, hints of oak and raspberries just to mention a few of the things that seem to float by. Lightly oily feel with a mild spritz near the end of the quaff. Light sweet malt start with flavors of cherries, coconuts, bananas, nutmeg, starfruit, peaches and very light oak. Dan, Deb and company have released two new absolutely fantastic brews in the last week. I’m nearly speechless, THANKS. Rerate: OK perhaps my original rate was just my lust for the lack of a flemish red, so after having Panil, I thought it right to rerate with a "new" bottle. The aroma has a more grainy component and the flavors are more sweet end simple. I still enjoy this one as a simple Flemish red.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Aroma: cinnamon, pineapple, coconut, spiced rum, cream, pears, and sugar
Appearance: murky brown, creamy head, lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, pineapple, coconuts, cream, spiced rum, some spicy bananas, and cinnamon/sugar
Palate: very smooth and creamy, slight tart bite
Overall: Excellent, very yummy--like drinking a pina colada!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 GABF 2004 (previously known as Enigma): Pours a slightly cloudy copper golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with Granny Smith apples and bourbon oak. The texture is very similar to the other New Glarus fruit beers. Body is sweet and sour with a nice oaky balance and a touch of nutmeg. A very unique and enjoyable treat. The bottled version is very well done too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8215) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Has the look of apple cider, Big spicy wood tannins and lambic-like sourness... butter, scotch, bourbon, honey, with some mellow sugar and coconut rum flavors... very soft and smooth palate, with some red wine flavors. Very interesting brew.


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