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%
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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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3.1
madmitch76 (26434) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
14th January 2012
Clear amber beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Mild carbonated sting in the tail. A reasonable level of smooth smoke. Slightly sweet malt with a little citrus underneath. Semi dry finish. All right.

4
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Bottle. Clear beautiful ruby color, medium tan head, great lacing. Aroma of subtle smoke. Taste is pumpernickel roasted over a campfire. Nice.

3.3
cgarvieuk (26374) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle at home ... copper .. thin tan head ... big fishy smokkey nose... soft toffee malt ... juicy malts ... smokey wooody toffee malt ...

2.9
jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours copper amber. White head. Nose and taste is mostly medicinal with smoke, BBQ meats, rye and sweet caramel. Medium body.

3.2
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber/mahogany color with an off-white head. S: Very, very smokey. A bit of salt and meat, sort of like bacon, with a definite toffee undertone. A little bit of nuttiness and a mild chocolate aroma. Not much rye in the nose. T: Like with the nose, a dominant smoke quality to the beer. A hint of dark fruit, along with some more meat and salt. Also as the nose indicated, there is a bit of toffee and nuts. M: Medium in body and carbonation. O: Not bad, but the smoke is really overpowering and you have to really reach to find anything else.

3.3
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small white head that lasts awhile. The aroma is smoke and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and smoke and light rye flavor. Good.

3.6
Ratman197 (15624) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of smoke, rye, light fruittiness and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smoth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, ryeand ligt fuittiness with a smooth dry lingering smoke finish.

3.6
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
12 ounce bottle courtesy of TheGuy. Not just any guy, THE guy. What a guy. Thanks Chuck! Opened 6/23/11. Pours a clear brownish color with a medium creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Big smoky aroma. Really smoky. Smoke fruity notes and caramel as well, and I THINK a bit of a rye bite when I really look for it. The taste is also intensely smoky. Hickory, burnt wood, some rye notes are more present here, along with a bit of stone fruits. Medium bodied. This is not accented with smoke. This hits you across the face. Good thing I FINALLY got over my dislike of smoked beers. Not loving this one, as it is a bit too smoky for my taste, but still a good beer.

3.6
Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle from Festival Foods in La Crosse. The beer is a clear deep amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Very smoky aroma with notes of malt and ham. Medium body with a smoked malt character that doesn’t go too far into bacon territory. Some sweetness and rye bread notes as well. The finish is smoky with a malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

4.5
crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
One of the lesser-hyped unplugged beers. I love smoked beers, I am a bit indifferent on the rye part. It pours a clear reddish brown and absolutely struggles to form a head, thus is has the exact appearance of cola to me. The smell is great though, it has a thick smokiness with a lot of campfire smell, there is some fruitiness as well, at almost smells like apples underneath, and there is of course some standard malts that bring a hint of caramel. The flavor is pretty great. It has a balance of smokiness and sweetness that works well. It reminds me of a smoked doppelbock. It has the smoke, but with a nice crisp, slightly fruity, but mostly malty and bready backing. There are hops in here too that provide a little bit of cut to the sweetness. This is an excellent easy drinker form New Glarus, the label says to sip slowly, but I can’t help quaffing it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-29-2011 04:33:25


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