New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A bold rich smoky nose is created naturally with a blend of smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany and Chilton, Wisconsin as well as robust Wisconsin Rye. Special Ale yeast ferments this hazy deep amber brew in the bottle. This is a big smoked beer fermented with Turbinado sugar and appropriate for sipping slowly today.

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jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Reddish amber color with a short lived tan head. Great big smokey head with some bacon and a little plastic. Great big smokey beer with lots of bacon, campfire, some band aid and plastic. The alcohol comes out as it warms. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. I like smoked beers and this is definitely a smoked beer.

markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to GhostFace. Cheers, Neal! Pours a clear yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is big campfire aroma with a bit of caramel and some mild sweetness behind the huge smoke presence. This is one to ponder as the smoke lightens as the beer warms. Light in body and big in flavors. Interesting...

italarican (1550) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with small white head. Meaty aroma with notes of tireyard and cinnamon. Flavor is slightly salty, notes of speck, campfire, and caramel. Moderately heavy oak and meaty smokiness in the finish. Nice malt backbone. I like!

j12601 (11819) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle at a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a lightly hazed amber ruby with a thin white head. Big rubbery smoke on the nose, a touch of sweet malt. Malt, toast, roast, a bit of sweetness and a touch of salinity. Medium bodied, salty and smokey, lots of rubbery malt. Malt, roast and a touch of smoke. Finishes with more smoke and a bit more sweetness.

vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Very smoky aroma with wood and light meat tones. Flavor is mostly smoke, less wood or meat tones.

AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle from Three Cellars. Pours brownish brown with faint yellowish tints. Faint off-white head. Aroma has whiskey, earthy peat and caramel. Taste is of slightly salty smokey meat, sweet caramel and some fruit. Very interesting. Finishes smokey and dry, with a tangy-ness that lingers for a while. Interesting take on a smoked, but without the type of fullness of body I would prefer, plus I did not ever get any rye in the aroma or flavor ... and I like rye.

SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Translucent mahogany with a thin beige head. Med-full body with med-full carbonation.

Aroma: strong but dank meaty smoke, fruity esters.

Taste: woody smoke, smoked meat, dark bready malt, yeast esters, and some alcohol.

alexsdad06 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is very smoky. This is a meaty kind of smoke like you would get from bacon and ham. The flavor is more smoke, with splashes of caramel, rye, barbecue sauce and char. Consumed not long after the release.

crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2012
Smoked and bacon though the aroma is a bit weak for a smoked beer. If this had some rye character I think it would be really interesting but I just don’t get it here. As smoked beers go not bad but the mouth is kinda oily.

Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/27/12. 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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