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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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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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Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

barczar, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of thumperskibum
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

thumperskibum, Jun 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

MastaShonuf, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

katiebecck, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ajevne, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

craft_shannie, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

weonfire, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cmwilliq, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Lehighace06, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MrPlayboy, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

JPortillo, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

JamesShoemaker, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Purp1eOne, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.8% ABV

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

PopnLoads, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

CraigTravor, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BurdockBoy, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +5%

Served in a tumbler.

Aw, it looks like VDubb and the Mrs. were thinking of me in Wisconsin, 'cause they brought me a bottle o' this. Good people. It pours a clear ruby-garnet topped by a finger or so of rich khaki foam. The nose comprises allspice, toasted caramel, light French toast, and a touch of dark greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the caramel, but plenty o' spice breaks on through, especially cinnamon, ginger, light black pepper, and mace. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew, if a touch one-dimensional with the heavy spicing. I'd have another if given the opportunity.

TMoney2591, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ChrisL24481, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

LanePerson, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

dataylor21, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Michael914, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Thedrizzle, Jun 03, 2014
Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.