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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Spiced AleThumbprint Spiced Ale

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very good

43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 252
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Ri0 on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 252
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.8% ABV

A - This hazy copper-colored beer pours with some life, filling the snifter with a lace-leaving off-white head.

S - A subtle blend of wintery spices joins forces with fresh potpourri and earthy banana esters for a lively aromatic entry. Caramel dipped pralines add slightly nutty characteristics to the malt base of this beer as it finishes with faint warming alcohol.

T - Rich caramel-drizzled bread coats the tongue with warming maltiness as the soft spiciness sets in, bringing a wonderful potpourri blend to the foreground gently.

M - With a medium body and smooth texture, Spiced Ale makes an impressive entry that grows nicely spicy only to finish with warming alcohol; a perfect way to end the beer.

O - New Glarus' Spiced Ale decorates the tongue with a blend of potpourri that compliments the beer's rich base of caramel-drizzled bread, finishing with warming alcohol. The whole package is conducive to cold weather enjoyment, especially where the spice and warming alcohol are concerned but, since it's a little higher octane, this would be a prime candidate for setting aside for next year's harsh Wisconsin winter as well.

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Photo of don1481
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Ol' Trusty Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a lot of white-ish foam. Lots and lots of bubbles flowing up in this one.

Smell: If King Kong wanted a beer, this would be right up his alley. VERY strong banana notes. Some cinnamon comes through and a hint of the ginger as well. Subtly spicy smelling. Pretty complex.

Taste: Huh. That's... different. VERY yeasty, bready, with the cinnamon and ginger definitely shining through. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there seems to be more to it. Not toffee, not caramel. AHA - that's the spice notes. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: For something this bold-tasting, it's pretty crisp and clean in the mouth. Good amount of carbonation, but not so much that it's like drinking seltzer water. Well-balanced and some of the spice notes linger.

Overall: This is... different, for sure. Dan Carey has done it again - creating a beer that doesn't fit into the usual categories that you have to have more than one of to really get a true feel for. I'll always buy at least one 4 pack of each Thumbprint that comes out because this is what it's all about.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of EvolutionAles
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very spicy and fruity malt forward aroma with big hints of winter spices and oak. Huge upfront mix of winter type spices with hints of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, and cardamon. Solid barrel presence with hints of oak, wood, and vanilla. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Fruit hints of banana, raisin, and fig. Hops are pretty light. A very solid spicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very spicy, woody, and fruity malt forward taste with big notes of winter spices, oak, and malt. Big upfront taste of winter spices with notes of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, and cardamon. Good oak aged presence with notes of oak, wood, and sweet vanilla. Toasted malt with notes of toffee, caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Solid fruit taste of bananas as well as some fig and raisin. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Light hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very spicy and somewhat chewy. Finishes dry. A little heat is felt but things are still smooth.

Overall: A very good spicy brew. Good mix of winter spices with a nice kick of oak and some Belgian like fruit undertones.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer....would put it on par with most winter/Xmas ales. The beer pours a rich amber with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is pine, nut meg and cinnamon. The taste follows the scent closely. Themouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its good....but one is enough for me.

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Photo of Asrugan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Rborre321
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.