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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Zachtheporter, Jun 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

IMFletcher, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ldhughes3, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

MarkyMOD, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

falconxman, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

neckbracesub, May 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud I think, for giving this to me.

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lacing, mostly clear rosy reddish orange beer.

Nose has an apple tea mulling spice like aroma, some fair spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamom, etc, as well as some apple cider like notes, a creamy like almost diacetyl thing, the more I smell the more I get buttery oak, toasted oak as well. That's actually about it.

Taste brings more spices, big cinnamon right out front, clove, allspice, cardamom, etc, lots of mulling spices. Then into apple cider again, a little tart apple note, a touch of acidity I think too. then into heat, some spices nice cinnamon heat as well as pepper like heat but that could all be from the cinnamon, etc. A touch of sweetness, syrupy caramel and toffee like, etc, and a little tingly booez. Then a faint toasted buttery oak. Also a bit of ginger in the center, etc. Finish is sticky sryupy sweet, a bit more ginger and cinnamon heat, as well as mulling spices, little more apple cider, and sweet syrupy caramel candies, and some warming booze on the back end.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, little syrupy, lots of carbonation, a little tingly heat.

Overall decent, I do like the mulling spices and ginger, etc, apple notes are interesting as well but not great, oak is an interesting addition, booze kicks in a bit.

jlindros, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

lupercmda, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

EROCK75, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mrebeka, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, May 15, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiced Ale pours a hazy bronze color, with a huge frothy head. There is a very spicy aroma, with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste has a nice alcohol warmth, lots of cinnamon, lots of nutmeg, very spicy. Good full flavors, good warm feel. Overall its alike a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin.

vette2006c5r, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

brandoman63, May 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

KAF, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

atrocity, May 02, 2014
Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Strix, May 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

OnWisconsin, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sunn, Apr 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

pisano, Apr 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ralerwen, Apr 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

cnbrown313, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

vinny21bal, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice lightly hazy dark amber/copper hue with a one finger super faint tan head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket and no real side lacing.

S - Aromas of apples, cinnamon stick, allspice, faint ginger, faint oak.

T - Taste is rather boozy, faint cinnamon stick, allspice, and ginger. The apples are very faint too. It is rather potpourri with big toffee notes. This is definitely a strong ale, heavy emphasis on the strong side.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, which keeps it light on the tongue, but, still is a sipper.

O - Overall this was a fun, aromatic beer. I think it might benefit from some aging to let that alcohol die down some.

rudzud, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

cwelsh55, Apr 13, 2014
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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.

RoamingGnome, Apr 11, 2014
Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.