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Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 1,708
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 193
Gots: 302 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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.
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 1,708
Photo of nonpo
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -13.4%
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)

Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear gold with bone white head with heavy lacing and great retention. Nose has a prominent hop forward aroma with notes of light pain, lemon zest, grass, grain, and a bit of bitter hop resin towards the finish. Taste features moderate bitterness with some herbacious hop notes along with pine, honey, lemon and a mellow finish. The bitterness packs a punch up front but quickly mellows and finishes refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, a nice approachable double IPA with well hidden ABV, and a nice overall flavor. (563 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Off white head, cappucino-ish. Lots of carbonation. Deep copper and orange hue. Strong pine and orange / citrus hop aromas. Stinging hop burst, huge citrus flavors - orange and guava. Some dank, piney, forest floor flavors. Malty sweetness but still a bitter hop tinge on the finish. Great aromas, great flavors. Impressive this was concocted with all Wisconsin hops! (367 characters)

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So disappointed with this beer, maybe it was old. Didn't see a date on the bottle. Not much out of the nose and the flavor was harsh bitterness and malt. Like I said, maybe I got an old bottle because I can't believe this is the beer people go crazy over. I also can't beleive this is the beer the brewery intended to produce. (326 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz Bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste - Alcohol, citrus and pine.

Feel - High level of carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - An overhyped beer... Guess I was just expecting something special.

Grade (B+) (259 characters)

Photo of vainosuomi
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color. Smell is strong of grapefruit, some pine and other citrus. Taste follows nose, and adds slightly sweet malts. Great balance of hops.Crisp finish that leaves a pleasant balance of bitter and sweet. (210 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first New Glarus. It's fantastic. Nice murky, golden color, with a nice mix of pine and malt. Body is robust, but still sharp. Think those Stone Enjoy By versions that do not have the yeasty, bready taste. ( i.e., the awesome versions). (239 characters)

Photo of chicagobluesman
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a variety of New Glarus offerings from the Woodman's megastore in Kenosha.

L: Pours a beautiful golden amber, just a little cloudy, durable head, great lacing on the glass

S: Grapefruit, pine resin, citrus, grass, lemon, some ocean.

T: I get some sweetness at the front end, which I associate (and love) with many New Glarus offerings. But then you're in a world of grapefruit, crisp pine with a lovely resin aftertaste. Terrific balance-sure there is a malty sweetness but then a complex, very pleasing, hops flavor carries the day. Not astringent as is the case with some IIPA's, not at all overpowering. Full, complicated, challenging--this beer demands that you stop what you're doing and pay attention. Not overwhelming, manages to convey the qualities of a strong ale while still having a lightness about it.

Mouthfeel: The right degree of thickness, only moderate carbonation, lovely resiny pine coating in the mouth lingers.

O: A terrific IIPA, perhaps one to set the standard by which to judge others in this category. Worth going out of your way to score. A beer to study, savor and admire. Another impressive offering from New Glarus. Yay! Time for me to do another bike ride to their lovely hill top brewery! (1,248 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Beautiful foamy, thick and sturdy head. Shows superb persistence. Cloudy golden body with a copper hue. Gorgeous beer. 5

Grapefruit peel, zesty orange and grapefruit juice, sweet vanilla and malt. Light resinous hops. 4

Grapefruit and spicy hops are notable first before a sweeter and juicier orange flavor emerges. Dank and resinous hop flavors close things out. With warmth, the malt develops vanilla and caramel properties that blend with the citrus to form a creamsiclesque flavor. 4

Thick and rich mouthfeel with a dank, resinous, spicy and zesty hop profile. Carbonation and grapefruit peel give a lively and bitter feel that lingers but with some sweetness. 4

Excellent brew with many flavors to enjoy. (753 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I rather liked the taste, but then again I'm a huge Squirt fan. Scream IIPA embodies most if not all the qualities of a solid IIPA and then mix in 20% Squirt to give it a definite grapefruitish taste and aftertaste. (216 characters)

Photo of ManBearPat
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer... Well balanced considering the intense hop-profile. It is one of those beers that you could drink several of before noticing the higher ABV.

I would seek this out in the future. (192 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to The Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Clear golden color in the glass with a huge three finger off white head

Smell: Bright fruity notes balance nicely with pine; Super fresh aroma

Taste: Fresh citrus upfront with pine and grassy notes mid palate and throughout the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Crisp with a bitter dry finish

Overall: Really enjoying this offering; surprised how fresh it is. The citrus and piney hops balance well here, with very little malt presence to speak of. The mouthfeel is a little light for the style, which detracts from the overall rating. All in all its one of the better IPAs iv had recently, and the hops used are balanced wonderfully. (704 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle at my local Stein's Liquor. There's no bottled on date (per usual with New Glarus); but knowing when it was released, I'd say I'm within the window of freshness. Poured right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a somewhat hazy apricot-tinged amber with about an inch of white head that dissipates after a little while and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Lovely nose on this one: there are bright fruit hop notes--citrus, stone fruit, and pineapple--as well as a fleeting sense of pine. This one smells like a juicy, ripe fruit. There's a bit of cracker/bread malt in the mix, as well, but this certainly takes a back seat to the hops.

T: There's some cracker malt at the front, along with a sweeter caramel malt flavor coming through. Almost immediately, the hop flavor emerges: juicy, bright, and tasting of fresh fruit. That's what really strikes me: a lot of DIPAs can do the piney thing, or they can do the rich, bitter citrus thing. This one tastes of very fresh fruit. The middle has a bit of a building tart flavor, and this coincides nicely with the brightness of the fruit hop flavor. The malts are still having a say--nice balance on this. The close has more of the fresh fruit, at this point the citrus is coming through the most clearly. The close is fairly clean, though there is a definite citrus zest bitter that stays around for a bit. I cannot make out anything in the way of clear alcohol on this, which is pretty incredible given the ABV.

F: Medium-bodied. It begins quite smooth and creamy--very nice level of carbonation on this one--but it has a building tartness to it. Bright when it should be, and bitter when it should be. Nice feel.

O: You can call it homerism, but I have yet to find a DIPA that I enjoy more than this one. It has one of the nicest bouquets of any beer I've tried in this style--if you enjoy your IPAs and DIPAs fruity, then you really can't go wrong here. And how in the world the Careys can mask the alcohol so well and still provide such a nicely balanced beer is beyond me. Give this one a try. (2,130 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy amber gold under a 1” cream colored foam collar that dissipates to a quick film.
S: Resiny, grassy hops, citrus.
T: Big malty hop entrance that comes across very well rounded. Citrus rind bitterness seasons big melon flavors with slightly above average malt in the background.
F: Very creamy, very soft in the mouth, medium body and carbonation.
O: A very well constructed, well balanced IPA that presents yet another reason to make the drive to Wisconsin. (476 characters)

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical New Glarus excellence. The aroma is a knockout! Smell of juicy fresh citrus (orange and some lemon). Nice lacing. Strong, refreshing citrus hop taste (again, lots of orange) with barely enough malt to call balanced. Slightly cream mouthfeel for an IPA. Very drinkable...this can creep up on you. Nice. (316 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, although I drank it a week after purchasing it in Wisconsin. It poured a rather light color for a DIPA with a large thick head. Both the smell and taste were quite sweet, even for a DIPA, and the alcohol was not concealed at all. There were pine flavors but didn't have the citrus flavors that I hoped it would, and there was overall a lack of complexity (again, it was just overpowered by the sweetness and alcohol). More malty than I'm used to, and less hoppy. Overall, this is one of very few New Glarus beers that left me disappointed. (571 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours s a clear, light orange hue with a one finger white bubbly head. Smells a piney resin with a malty backbone. Tastes of the piney resin but the malty backbone creates a near perfect situation. The citrus comes through especially in the end. Pine does resinates into the nose and sits on the back palate. Nice mouthfeel for a DIPA. Overall a good DIPA with nice balance. (380 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New Glarus Scream has a medium, white, spongy head, a semi-clear, gold-orange appearance, and some fine, powdery sediment. Lacing is not heavy. The aroma is of strong, piney hop resin, riding alongside white bread, and the flavor is the same with sugar and a high, yet, not harsh, bitterness level. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and New Glarus Scream finishes a touch boozy and pretty well drinkable.

RJT (406 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired the four pack from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin. Expecting greatness based on this beer's high ratings and since New Glarus usually puts out top notch stuff in my opinion.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a very bright juicy golden orange body. About a finger of soapy white head that stays for a while considering the high abv. Leaves good fat scattered lacing.

S - The smell is fresh, fruity, juicy, & floral. Lots of juicy stone fruits, mango, grapefruit, apricots.

T - The taste is everything an excellent DIPA should be - extremely fruity & juicy, the stone fruits are most dominant in this one. Grapefruit, mango, peaches, with a bit of bready malt in there to balance.

M - The feel is extremely smooth & juicy. Refreshing even, considering the high 9.00% abv. Very light-bodied and easy-drinking for such a high abv. Dangerously drinkable stuff.

Overall, a delicious representation of what an excellent DIPA should be from New Glarus. Would definitely drink much much more of this if it was more available to me.

New Glarus Scream IIPA -----4/5. (1,160 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to SeeingMeansMore for the awesome extra, enjoyed from a batch 002 oversized TB snifter.

a - brew pours a murky orange with a finger of frothy ipa head that had good saying power.

s - nose is fairly zesty. there is a zing of some sort of all spice on top of a light citric hop. sweet and candy like.

t/m/o - much like the nose suggested, there is a zestiness to this ipa. the hop profile is light and sweet citric, but there is a heavy all spice to it...kind of sweet, kind of fruity, definitely unique. medium bodied, pushing fizziness. tasty. almost feels like a vedgie beer from shorts brewing. kind of mango like (637 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks & Maximum Respect to @scjohnsonwax for this surprise.

All in all, a very tasty IIPA. A bit piney and citrusy. But I think it's quite approachable for those who like them a bit less hop forward than me. Finishes with a hint of maltiness and resiny pine. Quite good. (272 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect balance of piney and tropical.

L - One finger head that subsides pretty quickly, leaves spotted lacing throughout the glass and sticks. A beautiful burnt orange pour that is lighter around the edges, not see through and hazy as hell. Gorgeous.

S - Piney, hoppy. Pretty standard imo.

T - This is where she shines. A wonderful balance of pine and citrus. Initial bite of pine with the hop forward kick and as it goes down the citrus comes forward. A real duel tasting brew. I think the pineyness is a bit more prevalent, but they are both there. Also, the alcohol is practically nonexistant. Although it's 9%, it's so well hidden.

O - A wonderfully crafted and balanced brew. Would trade for again. (722 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tapered pint glass. Bottled on the 148th day of 2014, 17 days prior to consumption.
Look = 4.0 Pours a clear, golden color with 1.5 fingers of frothy, off white head that fades to a thin, persistent layer with medium lace. There is light but persistent carbonation.
Smell = 4.0 Relatively strong aroma of floral and citrus. Hops are not overpowering, as the smell is somewhat balanced by sweetness and a hint of alcohol.
Taste = 4.5 Citrus and pine flavors upfront. It’s a hop forward beer, but it’s balanced nicely with a little sweetness. The finish is bitter and dry, but not overly so, with a mildly persistent aftertaste.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Crisp, fits the aroma nicely.
Drinkability = 4.5 Very drinkable for a IIPA. Hop forward but balanced in both aroma and taste.
Overall = 4.225 Very solid IIPA, strong in all categories but really stands out in the balanced taste and drinkability. (953 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours a cloudy orangish yellow. A mildly aggressive pour yielded a half a glass of off-white head that settled to a skim leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

It smelled like Calvin Broadus' braids when I opened it. After I poured it some citrus started coming out with orange seeming most prevalent, but it was still dank.

The taste was a good combination of citrus and dank vegetation with a pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation.

I was not overly impressed at first, but the more I drank it, the more I liked it. The alcohol is well hidden. (622 characters)

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Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.