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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 6
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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Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-04-2014 05:57:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-16-2014 01:59:46 | More by InfiniteWizard83910
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Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-30-2014 21:09:03 | More by IMFletcher
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-09-2014 03:51:23 | More by beinerso
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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-30-2014 22:44:37 | More by mmulebarn
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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sonoffenrir

Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle date 358 3 (December 26, 2013).
A: Beautiful ruby red with two fingers of off-white foam. Bubble swirls from the bottom of the glass like a waterspout

S: Nose is of cloves, cardamon and banana bread. Very strong of esters. Thought I had opened a Belgian Strong Ale by mistake.

T: First off, let me say that I'm a HUGE New Glarus fan. I haven't found a New Glarus beer that I wouldn't drink again. Until now. The aroma, although spicy, did not translate to the palate. The taste was almost overwhelmingly one-dimensional, that of banana bread with bitter walnuts. I found absolutely none of the cinnamon that other reviewers found. I used to do coffee tasting for a living, so I have an excellent palate, so from all the other reviews, I expected alot more from this beer, especially a New Glarus Thumbprint. In fact, if I hadn't paid $10.50 for the 4-pack, I would have considered this one a drain pour. I can't remember ever being more disappointed in a brew. If it was only minor issues, I would definitely give it another shot, but it was so disappointing, I doubt I will.

M: Mouthfeel was substantial, with a bit of stickiness. Pretty much what was expected

O: I'm really hoping that I got a bad batch. It was purchased from my usual store, so I'm going to discount the fact that it was mishandled, being less than 100 miles from the brewery, and the distributor being beyond reproach.

Update: I wanted to give this beer the benefit of the doubt, so I picked up another 4-pack. In the meantime, I found an article that included an interview with New Glarus's brewmaster, Dan Carey. He stated that what he was going for, with this Thumbprint, was a beer that tasted like a Wisconsin icon, the brandy old fashioned, with the taste of the bitters and the sweetness of the brandy. In this case, he hit the nail right on the head. Not being an Old Fashioned drinker, I completely missed it. Now that I know what the end result was supposed to be, he nailed it. Kudos to New Glarus, This had to be tough one to nail. It just goes to show the expertise that Dan and his wife must have.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:09:25 | More by sonoffenrir
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cosmicevan

New York

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Jan2! Enjoyed from a new glarus flute.

a - brew poured an amber brown. Great champagne like carbonation with a nice full bubbly head and streaky lacing.

s - nose is odd. Clove, banana, sugar, vedgies and white spicing.

t - much like the nose the tadte is odd. Leads with ginger. Very vedgie with some banana wheat sugar clove toffee and a hint of toastedness like an amber ale with some earthiness.

m - a bit prickly and heavy handed on the sweet

o - overall a tickers gonna tick but is isnt anything i would want more than a bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:24:47 | More by cosmicevan
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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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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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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DanGeo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-29-2014 11:13:02 | More by DanGeo
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-06-2014 20:34:11 | More by Rborre321
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falconxman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-25-2014 00:50:43 | More by falconxman
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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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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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