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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | 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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KAF, May 03, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 -3.3%

cwelsh55, Apr 13, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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
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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.