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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 31
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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KFBR392

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of head which settles to about half a finger while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Low to medium amount of active carbonation. Color is a clear ruby red color with some accents of brown.

Smell: Spice loaded front of moss, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and ginger. Slight pinch of alcohol burn in the body. Detectable malt body which adds tones of vanilla, caramel, and molasses.

Taste: Spices lead up front but certainly not in an overpowering fashion. A splash of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon hit the palate then yield to a rounded malty body with accents of caramel and vanilla. The malt body continues to ride into the finish where the spiced tones pop their head up again leaving the palate with a light dryness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely drinkable for the style. Nice transitions of dry spices and rich malt keep the palate wanting more.

Overall: Spiced ale more then any other style in my opinion seem to have the most wild variations due to the challenges of finding balance with all the ingredients. Leave it to New Glarus to create the front runner in the style in my opinion. Balance is key here and leads to a simply wonderful brew. For most drinkers this isn't a style many seek out, myself included, but this brew is simply fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 21:05:27 | More by KFBR392
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle to snifter. Pours a clear orange rust color with good amount of white head. The lacing takes some time to dissipate. There's a ring left.

Aroma's reminiscent of a tripel or strong pale, but actually allspice, pumpkin pie spice (which I assume is the cassia), and candied ginger. The latter comes across like a very robust ginger ale. Got a touch of diacetyl - similar to Spotted Cow, actually. Hard to pick up the oak barrels.

The taste is aggressively spicy. Allspice, ginger, burnt caramel, perhaps toffee. Very noticeable alcohol burn, which may come across as unpleasant to some. Moderate carbonation. Accordingly, very syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 01:25:31 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-27-2014 15:20:14 | More by DaveMiller
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Troville1990

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-26-2014 01:44:28 | More by Troville1990
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pathead

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-21-2014 00:38:12 | More by pathead
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

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

07-19-2014 03:21:40 | More by jbwimer
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PseudoBen

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-16-2014 08:42:01 | More by PseudoBen
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MillerMan16

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-15-2014 21:36:16 | More by MillerMan16
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-15-2014 16:05:53 | More by atlbravsrno1
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2014 17:20:56 | More by jbriggs7
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AndrewBV

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2014 03:12:47 | More by AndrewBV
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-11-2014 19:28:22 | More by kscaldef
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-10-2014 14:50:19 | More by smartassboiler
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blue-dream

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-09-2014 13:20:05 | More by blue-dream
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-06-2014 00:39:27 | More by mfl620ks
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-05-2014 23:57:35 | More by NickThePyro
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IronTom

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-03-2014 13:36:59 | More by IronTom
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roger617

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 01:04:11 | More by roger617
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

07-01-2014 20:47:06 | More by sammyg832
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2014 02:30:11 | More by DemoniChris
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-29-2014 11:13:02 | More by DanGeo
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barczar

Kentucky

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Body is moderate, with prickly carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Not a fan of ginger in my beer, or overly spiced beers, in general. Just not my cup of tea. Spices are way overdone.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 18:40:15 | More by barczar
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thumperskibum

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-26-2014 20:24:28 | More by thumperskibum
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MastaShonuf

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-26-2014 06:54:58 | More by MastaShonuf
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katiebecck

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-26-2014 01:14:59 | More by katiebecck
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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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