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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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 +3.9%

SkinniePost, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

einman, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

mmulebarn, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

77apm, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Spike-likes-beer, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

DantheMan75, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kerry4porters, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

herman77, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

wolf_switzer, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

GeezLynn, Mar 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Hugonaut13, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

MattyG85, Mar 20, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Brilliant clarity to the copper beer. Tall off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Big clove notes are the most evident, cinnamon. Cherry cough drops. Banana runts. Phenolic.

T - Toasty malts are crammed underneath phenolic yeasty flavors. Comes across here even more like cherry cough drops. Shows sweetness the whole way but has a bit of bitterness. Finishes relatively clean after all the yeast flavors throughout. Shows a breath of alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Reminiscent of many dubbels with an obvious cinnamon spice. Tons of character, fresh and bright. Seems that the yeast is so definitive that it drowns out some malt and spice.

Recommendation - Truly unique and worth a try as with almost every thumbprint beer release.

Jparker37, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

robbyc1, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jbaker67, Mar 16, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Vinithing, Mar 16, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance - Medium amber-brown. Hazy. Fairly tall, sudsy, off-white head. Good retention.

Smell - Rich medium-roasted malts. Sweet dark fruit and toffee. A little spiciness - I'm getting mostly ginger - but not especially prominent.

Taste - Rich sweet malts. Mainly toffee and raisin. Spice is more evident in the taste than the aroma. Ginger, again, comes through most prominently, but cinnemon and allspice are also evident. Alcohol seems a little over-prominent. A little cloying. Not sure all the flavors quite work together.

Mouthfeel - Full, creamy, and warming.

Overall - I liked everything about this beer but the flavor. The flavors didn't seem to work as well together as was perhaps envisioned - or maybe it's just not my thing.

scaliasux, Mar 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

AlexFields, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Resuin, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

gio540, Mar 11, 2014
Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.