Beer Review: NEW GLARUS UNPLUGGED APPLE ALE

Beer Review: NEW GLARUS UNPLUGGED APPLE ALE

New Glarus brings forth the Unplugged Apple Ale, a concoction that resonates with the unmistakably fresh and crisp essence of Wisconsin Apples. Crafted by Brewmaster Daniel Carey, this brew kicks off with a brown ale foundation, employing barley sourced from Wisconsin farms and a fusion of apple varieties cultivated in Gays Mills—specially squeezed for this brewing venture.

Appearance:

Pouring into a goblet from a 12 oz. bottle, the Apple Ale unveils a vivacious amber gold hue crowned with a fleeting head of tight bubbles that swiftly dissipates, leaving the body visibly clear and devoid of any lingering lacing.

Aroma:

Wafting from the glass is a medley dominated by the scent of apple juice, intertwined with notes of cinnamon and subtle hints of nutmeg, setting the stage for the olfactory journey that lies ahead.

Taste:

Diving into the tasting experience, the Apple Ale offers a profusion of apple flavors—ranging from the succulent sweetness of juicy apple to the tangy and spiced facets. Not a trace of bitterness disrupts the sip; instead, it effortlessly resembles the essence of a well-crafted cider, leaving little room for the discernment of barley and hops.

Mouthfeel:

The lively carbonation injects a sense of effervescence, while a slightly sticky mouthfeel adds a nuanced dimension to the overall drinking experience.

Overall:

In the quest for discerning the barley and hops within, one might find themselves at a loss, as the Apple Ale leans heavily into its apple-centric character. Nevertheless, it manages to be exceptionally tasty for what it is, surpassing the quality of many hard ciders in the realm of flavors and drinkability. A testament to New Glarus’ artistry in crafting a brew that effortlessly blurs the lines between beer and cider, making it a delightful deviation for those seeking a fruity escapade.