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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews by RoamingGnome:
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3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Glarus Spiced Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into accompanying New Glarus stemmed glassware. Served chilled.

A) Nice looking amber with good clarity. Bubble trails... A two finger head with good retention and lacing.

S) Cinnamon stick... This has some fruitiness to it. The aroma is a little like an apple cinnamon nut muffin.

T) I prefer the aroma... The spice is a bit much for my liking. Like a pile of potpourri in my mouth. If this was heated up I could see people drinking it like a Christmas wassail. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Spices coat the mouth.

O) I have no doubt this is a well crafted brew, but it is not doing much for me. Easily my least favorite thumbprint to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:11:05 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Rustic Inn, Jackson, WY.

A- Fairly dark amber pour to a small hotel room glass. A one finger off white cap forms with nice retention and a puffy foamy texture. Thick patches of lace result after each sip.

S- Ginger and allspice seem to be the prevailing aromas in this bottle with cinnamon and malts coming in behind that. Medium caramelized malts, fruits and general spiciness.

T- The spices really open up here and take over with enough ginger, cinnamon and allspice to remind me of a pumpkin ale. Apple fruit esters, raisin, phenolic spice, earthy, vanilla sweetness and caramel malts.

MF- Medium bodied ale with a creamy texture that is slightly chewy. Carbonation really puffs up on thr palate at a medium high level. Spiciness coats the palate in the finish from the ginger and cinnamon.

I know this is a spiced ale but the spices truly are a bit much. The malts and yeast try to balance it out but the added spices feel harsh even compared to Pumpkin Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 00:00:06 | More by cbutova
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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-27-2014 15:20:14 | More by DaveMiller
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-26-2014 01:44:28 | More by Troville1990
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

07-19-2014 03:21:40 | More by jbwimer
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-16-2014 08:42:01 | More by PseudoBen
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-15-2014 21:36:16 | More by MillerMan16
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-15-2014 16:05:53 | More by atlbravsrno1
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2014 17:20:56 | More by jbriggs7
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2014 03:12:47 | More by AndrewBV
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-11-2014 19:28:22 | More by kscaldef
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-10-2014 14:50:19 | More by smartassboiler
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-09-2014 13:20:05 | More by blue-dream
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-06-2014 00:39:27 | More by mfl620ks
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-05-2014 23:57:35 | More by NickThePyro
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-03-2014 13:36:59 | More by IronTom
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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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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

07-01-2014 20:47:06 | More by sammyg832
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2014 02:30:11 | More by DemoniChris
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-29-2014 11:13:02 | More by DanGeo
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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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