Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
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.
06-12-2014 01:44:05 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-20-2014 07:37:33 | More by MattyG85
4.29/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
02-25-2014 21:05:27 | More by KFBR392
4.29/5 rDev +18.2%
A - Brownish/red - slightly cloudy. Foam head measured ~2 inches when poured aggressively. Lacing is minimal to none.
S - Spice, malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Not as aromatic as would have expected.
T - Sweet, spicy, and tart up front - flash of bitterness in the middle - vanilla bourbon finish - Lots going on with each sip.
M - Thick and creamy - works well with flavor profile.
O - Complex yet drinkable. It's not my favorite New Glarus unplugged, but it's a great change of pace to a lot of the other beer styles I've been drinking as of late. I would pick up another 4-pack if it's still around next time I'm at the brewery. Prost!
03-07-2014 23:18:23 | More by Bowers-Brew
4.28/5 rDev +17.9%
I gotta' say I'm a little surprised by the low scores on this one. This is an incredibly rich and complex drink which I found immensely interesting and enjoyable.
Nice amber color and whitish head with o.k. stamina.
Aroma was not as rich and complex as the flavor but still nice and interesting with many of the aspects to be described forthwith.
First thing I noticed with the taste was the classic (for New Glarus) fruitiness that comes from his wild ales with a slight tartness but fruit non-the-less. Next was the oak, wood and vanilla. Then the caramel/toffee flavors with a shot of richness and full body flavor. And finally the spiciness, esp. the allspice but also the drying that seems to come from spiced beer. Subsequent drinks were an adventure in what would present next in a fun an interesting way. Any of the above could show in any level of balance or blending. It was really nice. Alcohol was very hidden and made minimal if any appearance in flavor or feel.
A slightly thin body for style but certainly still in the moderate zone with a bit above average carbonation.
I enjoyed this very much. Went well with the a first time listening of the re-releases of the first 3 L.Z. albums at the roost (Wow that 's rich too).
08-08-2014 03:32:24 | More by garymuchow
4.23/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
01-14-2014 03:15:49 | More by don1481
4.23/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a huge, dense head with good persistence. There is a strange yeasty/spicey aroma that reminds me of bubblegum and spices at the same time. Amber-sienna color. Starts off with an assertive spiciness and some bitterness. Malt BURSTS THROUGH to make this into DELICIOUS Christmas cookies, then the spice dominates into the finish.
I REALLY wanted to hate this one. Spiced biers are so hit-or-miss, and I DESPISE ginger. But, New Glarus does no wrong, and this is fantastic. I may get a second 4-pack of this. It's fantastic.
01-17-2014 01:38:03 | More by TheSSG
4.11/5 rDev +13.2%
poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Was probably bottle a week ago.
A - Bright dark red/bronze color that is semi clear with a dirty white 2 finger head. Thick collar and lacing.
S - There is so much going on in my glass. Yeast, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, caramel, toffee, light wood, banana bread.
T - It is sweet with some yeast up front. It gets pretty complex with sweet cinnamon toast, banana bread, and all spice. Chewy caramel and waves of thick toffee shine, with some oak on the finish.
M - Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Many of the spices linger on the palate.
O - I'm not a lover of spiced ale, but this was pretty good. My guess is that if you enjoy pumpkin or holiday spiced style beer (I don't) you will want to try this beer. Always fun to try a new Dan Cary creation.
01-10-2014 00:45:20 | More by Ri0
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
This pours a golden amber color with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma has hints of coriander, banana, citrus, and other spices in the mix. The taste is smooth and clean with mild tastes of banana and spices that are very well blended. Finishes crisp and clean that is rather tasty and well made!
01-11-2014 04:02:45 | More by Lemke10
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Big frothy head with gobs of lace, bright amber
Smells of cinnamon, with an herbal hop note.
Starts out fairly normal, caramel malt, bready notes, red delicious apple, then in the aftertaste you get black pepper, cinnamon, and a variety of other spices.
Medium-dense mouthfeel, smooth finish.
I liked this quite a bit more than I like most "spiced" beers or winter warmers. The spices accentuate the taste rather than feeling you have eaten a spice rack. Nicely done.
05-02-2014 02:27:25 | More by Strix
4.04/5 rDev +11.3%
A: Clear shade of bronze with a short-lived goopy white head.
S: Pretty sweet, with apples, oak and grassy hops standing out.
T: Wow, very strange. Opens fruity and sweet with some caramel followed by an amalgamation of spices……..ginger and cinnamon being the only ones I can positively identify. Seems like they used a Belgian yeast. Oak rounds it out and ties things together nicely.
M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. No complaints here.
I liked this more than I expected to, given the style. This is nice for a slow sipper, though one would probably be my limit.
03-22-2014 03:29:31 | More by GeezLynn
Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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