Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thumbprint Scream IIPAThumbprint Scream IIPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

179 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,820
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 26.28%
Wants: 188
Gots: 336 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bigpoppa67 on 06-07-2014

Scream pierces reality, effortlessly slicing our sky, He flies over the Brewery just as Abe circled over Wisconsin’s 8th Infantry during the Civil War. He calls us to something bigger. Scream boasts an inspired 85 IBUs that reverberate cleanly though this IIPA. New Glarus Brewery grown estate hops join other Wisconsin grown hops to dominate this brew from Kettle Boil to Dry Hopping. You hold a deceptively seductive Original Gravity of 20.9 degrees Plato following the always 100% naturally bottle conditioned fermentation. Luscious Wisconsin grown and malted barley along with English Maris Otter malt is the bold heart of this lustful sensory enchantment. Surrender is inevitable so enjoy today.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 179 | Hads: 1,820
Photo of bwood06
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - A moderate pour produces a tall 2 1/2 finger head that is off white in color with just a bit of an orange tint to it. The head is well retained and takes forever to dissipate. Head is frothy in character. The beer itself is clear with moderate visible carbonation rising at a medium pace towards the surface. Bright amber defines the coloring of the beer. 4.25/5

S - A heavy dose of both grapefruit and citrus greet the nose on first appearance, leaning more towards grapefruit. There is a bit of a light bready undertone to the aroma, which is indicative of the light malt in this beer. As the beer warms there is more of a tangerine sweetness to the aroma that is paired with honey, caramel and peaches. 4/5

T - Sweet caramel hits the tongue right away along with a light bready malt and a hint of yeast. Then comes in a bit of tangerine, citrus fruit, and lemon curd. Grapefruit follows the tangerine, continuing the citrus fruit theme but with a different citrus flavor. Finally comes the pine and with it a moderate bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite some time. 4.5/5

M - Medium bodied and crisp throughout the entire profile. Moderately carbonated with no full on burn taking place. Very drying during the second half of the tasting which lingers. Slight alcohol warming on the back of the throat upon swallowing. 4.25/5

O - Very well balanced beer between sweet and bitter. Despite its high abv this is a very approachable double IPA that is not crazy bitter or one that features tons of complex dark fruitier notes. The flavors in this beer maintain a lightness that make it very enjoyable with easily noticeable transitions between flavors. 4.25/5

 1,733 characters

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep hazy orange with thick fluffy head that fades slowly, rings of lace. Fruity hop aroma with citrus peel. Similar taste, fruity and citrusy with a touch of dark fruit and bread balance. Very nice back end bitterness that's not overpowering. Creamy soft mouthfeel with crisp dry finish. Have had this IPA several times and have never been disappointed, excellent brew.

 396 characters

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger head, light tan in color, moderate retention, even surface, thick lacing streaks. The liquid has a dull orange-amber color, active and widely dispersed bubbles without beads, brighter hues at the rims and edges. The nose is loaded with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine sap, more floral as it warms, pinch of cocoa, borderline tropical array of pineapple, nectarine, peach scents. Full-bodied, slightly heavy, the carbonation is strong and overall texture noticeably creamy. Again, it is heavy on the tangerine, grapefruit citrus, filling in the blanks with pine, cocoa, on the sweeter side even as it does present some herbaceous bite. Expands into accents of licorice, sweet tea leaf, pretzel dough and salt. Given its sweetness not imbalanced, more so crafted for accessibility and pleasure, drinks easily for its fuller body.

 846 characters

Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle btamped 2655 07:25 so this was bottled 09/22/15 @ 07:25, tasted 12/27/15 @ 17:15, roughly 96 days old, so right on the end of the 90 Day IPA Window, let's see how this one stacks up. Poured into 13oz tulip.

A — Pours a deep orange hue with the slightest bit of haze to it. A billowy off-white head forms with the pour but it fades to a thin filmy layer on top of the body of beer. Lacing left behind is extremely consistent and looks fantastic.

S — Smell is driven by tropical hop characteristics though it is fairly muted, I get notes of pineapple, pine, lemon, light peach, some sweet red apple as well. There is a nice malt base here that is lightly bready and semi-sweet, slightly grainy, but not in a bad way.

T — Taste is fruity, hoppy, and semi-sweet, initial notes of peaches and stonefruit lead way to a pineapple and lemon custard like sweet hop profile. Light notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and lemon peel help round out an overall bitterness.

M — Medium-Full bodied, there is a lingering bitter finish as well.

O — Very good overall, like most things from NG it is incredibly well made, there are subtle nuances here, nothing is overpowering and it all manages to strike a harmonious balance of flavors.

 1,248 characters

Photo of danh53
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale honey orange with a a fluffy, lingering head of foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma is candied citrus flesh, caramel malts, and herbal notes bordering on vegetable. The taste follows the nose. The citrus flavors are too sweet and the garlic and onion notes are a little to strong. There is some lingering alcohol presence as well. The mouth feel really comes to the rescue here making the flavor better than the sum of its parts. This is medium bodied and drinks super smooth. It covers and clings to the palate with such a delicate soft feel. The carbonation is hardly noticeable at the front of the tongue, but it comes rushing in just in time to provide a lively and bitter finish. I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for this beer, but I'll definitely drink it again if given the chance.

 805 characters

Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/30/15

A: Medium to burnt orange with some copper at the core and honey around the edges - mostly clear, some chill haze - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap and a medium collar - leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Citrus, floral citrus, and candied citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, zest, and oil - very floral, with some citrus spice - lightly tropical notes, with some sweet pineapple - leafy and resinous with some hop cones - pine - grass and some peppery yeast - some depth to the malts, pale and caramel - light biscuits, caramelized malts - malty sweetness, citrus candy

T: Big citrus and caramel - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, zest - lightly tropical flavors - herbal and floral notes - big pine notes - resinous and spicy - leafy and lightly earthy - malts are sweet - pale malts, caramel malts, caramelized malts, touch of malt extract - alcohol is fairly obvious, adds a little heat

M: Medium body, mostly smooth, oily, low carbonation, finishes a little boozy

O: What's your favorite scary beer?

When I think about New Glarus, IPAs do not really come to mind. But, unsurprisingly, they can do the style. Scream is a little too sweet, with a little too much alcohol flavor, it's remarkably aggressively hopped. This is worth a try.

 1,306 characters

Photo of mradamhimself
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Scream a few times over the last 1.5 years, and this last time I wasn't as impressed which I think might be due to a not-as-fresh batch from the Mars Cheese Castle. I'll try to pull from memory to rate fairly as I drink it and write this review. Dan does a really nice job with the base - good medium-heavy mouthfeel, and bright, deep copper color with very thin white ring as a head. Nice fruit comes by way of the hops - some apricot and a little grapefruit in the nose. Appropriately bitter - this is an amazing beer when fresh...not amazing when more than 5-6 weeks old. See if you can authenticate the bottling date when purchasing, or just go to the brewery and get it there.

 695 characters

Photo of 98green
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 4-pack of bottles. Didn't find much to impress from the first one I tried, but I liked the second one (different day) much better. For an imperial, neither the hops nor the malt hit full blast, but the balance is actually nice. Maybe not at the top of my IIPA list, but I'd recommend it to others to try

 310 characters

Photo of Sconnie25
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw hue with a bit of head and quite a bit of carbonation. Smells of hops and citrus. Tastes hoppy with hints of citrus also. Has a bitter aftertaste but still goes down smoothly. A fantastic beer yet again from New Glarus!

 240 characters

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Julian date stamped 2035; thanks to my friend, Ken, for picking this up for me while on a road trip to the brewery
A - thinner creamy ivory head slowly fades on a hazed amber colored ale
S - juicy hops with grapefruit, mango, mandarin; while caramel, honey, and toffee round out the sweet malt nose
T - sweet malt and bitter hops with flavors of mango, pine, grapefruit, mandarin zest, caramel malt, bread crust,
M - full bodied, moderate carbonation, quite resinous, finishes bitter yet a bit sweet also
O - very solid DIPA (or IIPA). I look forward to drinking the rest of the 4 pack in the near future.

 618 characters

Photo of Roland7792
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange. Smell is a bit of malt with fruity peach, pine and touch of grapefruit maybe. Taste is similar with some pepper spice but strong alcohol and med-high bitterness. Feels is dry finish

 218 characters

Photo of lochraneg
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: amber to orange hue, thin white head.
Smell: fruit. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Pine. Hops
Taste: citrus. Tropical fruit. Resin.
Feel: clean crisp.
Overall: very good. Find it

 185 characters

Photo of Hop_God
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: amber to orange hue. Thin white head.

S: juicy fruit. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Pine. Hops

T: citrus. Tropical fruit. Resin.

F: clean crisp.

O: very good. Not quite up to the hype IMO

 195 characters

Photo of ThickNStout
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). Bottled 6/16/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger and a half pale head. Almost full layer across the surface and a wide halo that leaves a few scattered small clouds of lace.

Hoppy, citrusy aromas of orange, grapefruit, peach and some faint bread.

Tastes bitter yet sweet. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mild peach, pepper, bread and a touch of booze heat. This straddles the line between hop bitterness and flavor with a good amout of malt presence backing it up.

Slick, semi oily medium body with a swift zing of carbonation. Finishes bitter with citrus zest, fruit skin and a mild malty sweetness.

New Glarus has a quality imperial IPA here. Even at three months this holds up as a really nice example of the style. This is one that I would try again without hesitation.

 878 characters

Photo of dfillius
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle don 6/16/15, reviewed on 9/27/15
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger white head with stellar retention. The best retention I've seen in ages. 1/2 finger remains after 2 minutes. Liquid is golden-orange with chill haze.
S: Dusty herbal/citrus hops. Not strong overall. Where is the smell? After it warms, some evergreen hops break through.
T: Bitter brigade from the get-go with a juicy orange/grapefruit juice finish. Alcohol breath in the latter half of the sip that is a negative.
M: Bitter at the outset. Creamy finish followed by a pithy dry bitterness. Alcohol warmth is a bit too much.
O: A very good DIPA, but reinforces my decision to switch over to single IPAs and APAs now. Too much alcohol character.

 761 characters

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this one a couple of weeks ago when a friend was gracious enough to bring me some brews back from his trip to Wisconsin.

My strong pour gets me a full two inches of head that actually crests the top of my glass. Head is doughy tan in color and turns rocky as it fades slowly. Dots of scattered lace is left behind. The body is a gel like haze of murky orange tones. Nose is stinky and dank with tones of fresh cut veggies and pine along with pepper. With first sip I get lots of dank, piney hops up front. There is some citrus rind that plays mid palate with a noticeable orange liqueur feel, kind of reminds me of Grand Marnier. The alcohol is strong but not harsh at all. This is a very big Double IPA. Finish is dry and has some nice spicy notes. Bitterness does linger on the mouthfeel in all the right ways. A bold and beastly brew.

 855 characters

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent DIPA. Nice golden color. Not hazy but not clear. Hops and slight alcohol are present on the nose. Good taste but I feel like the hop bitterness is not the perfect fit for the sweetness of the malt. Glad I got to try it!!! I'm just used to their sours. Huge shout out to @patriots for picking this bottle up for me. I really did enjoy it.

 354 characters

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good solid DIPA aroma. Full fruitiness with a richness and intensity that is big but doesn't cross into skunky or distasteful. Fades a bit, but nice overall.
Darker gold and slightly cloudy. Appropriate dense off-white head.
Again a nice hop fruitiness in taste with additional hop flavors of grass. A big and growing bitterness that doesn't cross over to the dark side of too much. Enough malt that creates some sweetness but doesn't go to too rich. Shorter finish than some but I like that better than too much.
Has a sticky body that I like in this style. Full yet soft. Nicely done.
This one is good because it does each part nicely. The total is less than the sum, lacking something magic, but a guy can't go wrong with one of these anyday.

 755 characters

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this 12oz bottle. Poured into a tulip, it appears a beautiful hazy golden copper color with a white cap that fades to a thin film.

It smells very citrusy like rinds with herbal character. A little cheesy/sulfuric towards the back.

This tastes citrusy with rinds and pulp thats very orange/grapefruit-like with some additional fruity alcohol warmth/solvent character and lingering resinous pine. Its got some cling and slight cheesiness.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A pleasantly citrus forward dipa.

 554 characters

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cool red and gold label with a screaming eagle. Hazy orange syrup body with lots of fine carbonation. White, fine, dense head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, plus plenty of malt, a bit of which I swear smells smokey. Taste has those same tropical but bitter citrus fruits, plus some spice and faint alcohol. Intensely bitter, which I can't fault them for, but not my style without some malty backbone. Full bodied, fine carbonation that bites initially but quickly fades- must be a product of the natural fermentation process.
For all the talk on the label about the malts they used, they do not at all balance the bitterness. Still, the fruit flavors are prominent and realistic, making a beer that hopheads will aprreciate.

 734 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : A traditional IPA/DIPA appearance, with an apricot melon colored body, 90% opaque, creating a gorgeous hue when light penetrates it; and a fluffy, pasty white cap @ 2 fingers. The head stays with the beer for awhile, and recedes still keeping structure and solid lace on the sides of the glass. I'd expect no different from NG.

S : A gorgeous aroma of freshly cut fruit on a platter...melon rind and flesh, blueberries, strawberries, grape. A faint citrus hop to bring it into tradition accompanies it but doesn't steal the show. Medium strength bouquet.

T : High presence of fruitiness, with melon, lemon, papaya, and orange peel. A touch of biscuit malts balance the profile. Some pine flavors also balance out the whole IPA spectrum to satisfy both sides of the fence. Slight onion but not enough to wash out the fruit. The end (and breaths) are largely fruity and vinous.

F : Quite a creamy presence with buzzing carbonation and a dry, parched finish. Warmth from the alcohol.

O : Another solid offering from New Glarus. I have no qualms about this beer except for the fact that I would have liked more fruitiness in the flavor like there was in the nose.

 1,169 characters

Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance was a great looking amber tint. Lacing until the last of the beer.

Smell was strong oranges and malts. Just Enough resin to notice.

Taste was very nice. Tons of malt and citrus fruits. Good balance with the 85 IBU.

Feel was mild carbonation. Lighted bodied than I expected. Lots of resin lingers.

Overall a good beer. Requested in a trade, and glad I did. Would definitely purchase if given the opportunity.

 427 characters

Photo of Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single, bottled in late June (so 2+ months old) into the spieglau ipa glass.

A: clear caramel amber with a 2 finger off white head that subsides after a minute leaving spotty lacing.

S: big caramel sweetness, pulpy sweet orange and mango and a hint of grapefruit rind.

T: matches the nose...big hops but beautifully balanced...not very bitter.

M: very smooth, a little sticky and syrupy the first few sips but then less so. Low to mid carbonation. Again, not much bite though a little rind and resin lingers. pretty sweet without being cloying.

Glad I took that little road trip across the border. Not my favorite profiles, but it is just exceptionally well made.

 681 characters

Photo of nonpo
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great carbonation and head.... Dank piny hop aromas... Dank flavor with a Bitterness lingers ... Good overall... Personal preference is towards aromatics and flavors of hops.... Gray beer but lends itself to bitter fans

 220 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chuckwax (Reddit) for this one. Bottle code but no date.

Pours a bit of a fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lines of lacing, slight clear mostly hazy nectar orange color.

Nose brings a big mix of big hops and some malts, bright citrus candied orange peel tangy citrus orange zest, with a sweet candy malt light pale malt though, a touch of booze, a tart fruit like hop character, various fruits mixed berry citrus and even a touch tropical all mixed.

Taste brings sweet malts out front, candy malts with a little nutty caramel note, more pale sweet candy malts, with a touch of warming booze. Then finally the hops, fair bitterness, candied orange peel and candied stone fruit, with more generic mixed fruit, again blend of berry citrus and tropical like, little stick hop resin, light fruity jam jelly syrup like, etc. Finish is sticky sweet, little syrupy still, but drier, hint of booze, candied fruit and fruity jam with sweet malts lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little syrupy sweet, hint of booze, lighter but decent carb.

overall eh, maybe this is older but hard to tell, so much sweet malt and basic hops, lots of various fruits and hop characters blended that don't really homogenize to a nice IPA character, over the top but nothing special at the same time.

 1,316 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.