New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 172   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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FirkinA (6) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2011
If you’ve ever been on a road trip and stopped at a gas station my guess is you’ve at least seen "Wild Bill’s Original Jerky Chew", it’s the one that comes in a chew tin. Well, if you’ve given into temptation and done a "lipper" of Bill then you are well on your way to a bad connotation drinking experience. Like the Unplugged Apple Ale this Smoked Rye loses its head pretty quickly and leaves not a snail trail of lace behind. The color however is a rich copper/burnt sienna(via Bob Ross) As I mentioned, the aroma of this beer is straight "Wild Bill", with Rye and Smoke the expectation of strong smoke and caramel was anticipated but the plastic, acidic, smokey, sting was not. The taste only expands on the aroma, and then some. The Rye and Smoke combine in the mouth to cause a ripple effect of smoke and burnt toast... and plastic. While my experience with this beer is definitely stained with the memory of long road trips and aching guts, this is definitely my least favorite of New Glarus’ offerings.

juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark Amber in color and topped by a small, rocky head of off white foam that quickly fades and leaves steaks of lace on the glass. The aroma is still quite smokey with notes of woody, oak smoke, smoked meat, spicy rye, scorched caramel, and some toffee sweetness. The smoked malts are the star and come across very meaty. The flavor follows with the smoked malts and meats up front followed by some spicy rye and bread. Burnt caramel and toffee add a touch of sweetness to balance out the rich smokiness from the malts. Medium bodied and smooth with balanced carbonation that leads to a lengthy, smokey finish with the alcohol adding a bit of warmth. Maybe not quite as good as the first time I had it, but still a really interesting take on the smoked beer style. Solid beer.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Brown in color with a smaller tan head. Peat, iodine and spicy rye scents. Quite meaty in aroma. Lots of smoked malt flavors. Lightly sweet and a touch tangy. Smooth feel, with just a little zip. 11/10

bytemesis (9510) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from 2011 - thanks to TheAlum! Pours cloudy hazel, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is wood smoke, a bit of meat, caramel, toffee. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, a hit of smoke up front, meaty, a bit of rye spice. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, kinda hot.

Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from many years ago that has been sitting in my fridge. Not sure why I hung onto this for so long but I drank the other bottles before I started rating beer. I’ve recently begun to appreciate the smoked style and despite this bottle sitting for so long in my fridge, the smoke is still quite pronounced. Clear dark amber pour with a nice off-white head. Some lacing. Smoky malty nose. Mellow smoky taste with some nice caramel roast in the finish, a hint of sweetness. Really nice, wishing I had some nice BBQ pork to go along with this beer.

slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"yum! excellent beer, and I think the best NEW NG offering I’ve had in a while. smokey aroma blends well with sweet carmel malts and a touch of hops and rye. flavor is juuust about as good. mahogony in color. couldn’t keep my nose off the glass and it went away too fast. thanks John."

jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a brown color with white head. Smoke, spicy, toast aromas and flavors.

merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Very Minimal Lacing S: Smokey, Mild Caramel, Mild Rye T: Liquid Smoke, Caramel M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Smokey, Mildly Sweet Overall, other than the smoke and a caramel character, if there is Rye in this beer, it gets completely masked by the heavy smoke properties. Wasn’t a fan.

davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Typical unplugged appearance with the universal Unplugged label, red foil, and Smoked Rye Ale sticker on the neck. Looks like this is from early 2011. A - Pours a clear dirty red body. The last oz. or so was pretty grimy with sediment. Fingers worth of off white foam. Really nice lacing and retention. S - Nice balance between smoked malts and caramel sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice and fruit, but this is otherwise pretty much occupied by the smoke and its hard to pick out much more. Smells really nice though. T - Smoked ham, BBQ sauce, alcohol, and soooome rye spice. Like drinking a beer with a shot of liquid smoke added. Its awfully tasty but holy hell does it get tiring and rich after a while. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol creeps up in the end. O - Not the most smokey beer I’ve had, but probably the richest and meatiest. This is a real winner if you liked smoked beers with notes of meat. After each sip I feel like I’ve been chewing on a bonfire.

BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Pours clear dark amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is ash, smoked meat, spicy rye, pear fruity esters, and spicy hops. Flavor is spicy and earthy rye with moderate smoked meat, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with thin, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is smoke, roasted and cookie malts, rye, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is smoke, bready malts, light caramel, floral hops, dark fruit esters, and faint spice; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

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