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Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 1,744
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 200
Gots: 314 | 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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Photo of ThickNStout
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of nonpo
3.92/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Sintech
4.01/5  rDev -7%
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+)

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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).

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Photo of chicagobluesman
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.