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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our heady Spiced Ale summons escape from the ordinary. Lavish English and Wisconsin Malts slow brewed caramel goodness into this beefy bronze Strong Ale registering 20 degrees Plato O.G. Aged on Oak in the Open Top Cellar so that Cassia Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice could be carefully hand stirred into the velvety Toffee notes of this aromatic Spiced Ale. 100% Naturally Bottle fermented to warm the chill from your soul.

(Beer added by: Ri0 on 01-10-2014)
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Brilliant clarity to the copper beer. Tall off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Big clove notes are the most evident, cinnamon. Cherry cough drops. Banana runts. Phenolic.

T - Toasty malts are crammed underneath phenolic yeasty flavors. Comes across here even more like cherry cough drops. Shows sweetness the whole way but has a bit of bitterness. Finishes relatively clean after all the yeast flavors throughout. Shows a breath of alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Reminiscent of many dubbels with an obvious cinnamon spice. Tons of character, fresh and bright. Seems that the yeast is so definitive that it drowns out some malt and spice.

Recommendation - Truly unique and worth a try as with almost every thumbprint beer release.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:41:14 | More by Jparker37
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another extra from one of my favorite traders. I've thoroughly enjoyed previous New Glarus experiences. Hope this continues the trend... 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Aggressive head as this pours. Great lacing as the head recedes. Deep gold in color. This beer looks quite inviting.

S- Quite reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, though, without the aroma of the distinct Belgian yest. The spice is evident. Overripe apples with cinnamon and a hint of caramel. Very cider-like, though much heavier. A trace of booze reveals itself.

T- More of the same on the flavor... It's as if someone left a caramel apple out in the sun for a day and sprinkled it with some sweet spices. Mouthfeel and syrupy sweetness is, again, reminiscent of a tripel.

M- Medium, moderately syrupy mouthfeel paired with a good amount of carb. Not supremely enjoyable, but it's by no means offensive. Sugary sweetness coats the tongue.

O- This was an enjoyable beer. Not earth-shattering, by any means. I can see this being a good autumn beer. A bit too much for me right now, and I long for some better integration of the flavors. Still, this is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a light brown in color with a little bit of a golden hue. Has a finger of white head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves a few lines of lacing. Head reduces to a thin layer with a collar around the glass.
S: All spice and banana. Not a whole lot else going on here.
T: Just like the aroma, there's a ton of spice and banana coming through.
M: Carb level feels a bit high, aftertaste is only slightly dry.
O: This is a very enjoyable beer. The aroma and flavor are unique, and something I'm glad to have experienced.

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Pours a clear deep amber with copper highlights and a foamy cream head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by floral notes, along with ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Unfortunately for me, ginger is overwhelming. There's a bit of candy sweetness and toffee evident.

Flavor reveals cola notes, attributable to the ginger and candi sugar interaction. Not my favorite. Cinnamon and clove are easily detected, as well. There's a fruity malt/ester note underneath.

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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.