Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 1,653
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 189
Gots: 280 | FT: 22
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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 LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
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 +13.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.1%
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. (2,130 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -26.9%
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 +2.1%
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 +9.2%
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 -2.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -13.8%
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%
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 -2.3%
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 -6.9%
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)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip

A. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a 1 finger of had that subsides quickly.

S. Citrus, pine, sweet bread malts.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get citrus and pine. Some sweet maltiness. Some bitterness but not a ton. Nice floral and orange peel aftertaste.

M. 4 out of 10 on body. Nice crisp carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A very nice DIPA. Would definitely get some more. Not too heavy. But very nice flavor. (485 characters)

Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid 3.75. I was actually impressed by this one based on what I was expecting. Not sure how beers like this make it to the top 250, but still I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. (196 characters)

Photo of JimOfOakCreek
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very pleasant bear, tasty, very hoppy, citrussy with a bitter after taste. The bitterness lingers on the tongue a bit too long. Scream needs to be drunk slowly, sipped not slammed. If drunk too fast the bitterness becomes over-powering. When enjoyed at a slow pace this beer is world class delicious. (311 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Parish Brewing goblet. No bottled date visible
A- sunny, yellow-orange color with a slight haze. Almost like a glass of OJ. Finger-sized, diminutively-bubbled white head. Thick lacing.
S- floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, rosebush, resin a and a bit of alcohol.
T- citrusy fruit, like the nose. Some grassiness on the backend with mild bitterness.
M- light-medium feel with a prickly carbonation.
O- really enjoyed this one. Thanks to a great trader. Definitely upper-echelon DIPA. (534 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange with light carb sprigs and inch thick creamy white fluff that dissipates to a contoured head after a few minutes as it sat while attending to other voices.
S: floral, almost rose like, and citrusy- orange, melon, lemon. The dank citrus sweetness increases as it warms. It's a heady mixture of citrus/passionfruit.
T: Moderate in thickness, buoyed by remaining head tufts. Finishes somewhat dry. I was expecting the nose to follow through a little more based on the scent.
O: Tasty ale. Hops present in scent but a little shrouded/blended/masked in taste. A nice blend. Alcohol is well hidden even when warmed... Well at least for ten minutes. Marked as 85 IBU's but the malt character softens those edges. Be careful with this one, but be sure to pick a 4pack up if available. (793 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow almost white head. Smells like fake orange juice, not in a bad way. Think tang or Tropicana. Sweet and pink grapefruit. Not much hops in the front but quite a bit in the aftertaste. (195 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color. Bursts with tangerine smell when first poured. Has only a slight mandarin taste, fades quickly to a grassy bitterness. Well balanced but not my favorite DIPA (176 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We knock a pair of bottles, pouring into our Monk Beer Abbey snifters. The beer shows up a shiny acorn squash coloring, and holds a solid two finger head. The latter is barely off white, retaining well before disappearing into crystalline hills of lacing. Haze certainly accompanies this beer, while outright sediment is lacking. Carbonation appears to be moderate, with especial activity at the periphery of the glass. The aroma is fresh and perfumed, blossoming forth with notes of resinously grapefruity, grassy, and floral hops, vanilla blossom sweetness, dusty pale and English grain, juicy sweetness of pear drippings, mineral-heavy well water, clay, dried pasta, vinous tomato acidity, peppery and woody alcohol, dried florals and spiciness of potpourri, wet cornmeal, and orange skin oils. The flavoring is intense and welcomed, blending together bitterly oily and skinny grapefruity and floral hoppy sting, pale and biscuity grainy grit, Magic Marker phenols, savory and sweaty ale yeastiness, souring lemon and orange peel, sweeter hints of tangerine flesh and juice, coiny and irony metallic bite, dusty yellow-paged library books, sea saltiness, plastic wrap, graphite, moldy straw, honeydew melon fruitiness, and old ice. To remark, the aftertaste keeps on giving, with that same massively bittering citric, grassy, and floral hoppiness. The body is medium but lofty, and the carbonation dances actively across the palate and tongue. The latter unfolds a wonderful creamy foaminess as the beer swirls around your mouth. Slurp and smack are bold, and lean towards a crisply wet finishing pop. The mouth is coated and seared with the smoldering cooled puck of ethanol. Abv is appropriate, and drinkability is excellent for such a big, bitter beer.

Overall, this beer is all about its hops!! Sure, you have grain because it forms the base, but the balance (and, in this case, thankfully) falls strongly to the green. This is not a malt bomb at all, lacking that dragging heaviness and fullness of sweeter caramel grainy sludge. What malts are there, are biscuity, contributing a serious but subdued toasty sweetness without hogging any more of your time. Generally, each aspect of it comes across in this refined, mature, and well-planned manner. It does sit in contrast, however, of the other hoppy offerings we’ve have from New Glarus. These have been softer and sweeter, and much less in your face. Although this previous exposure to their product is limited to only a handful of beers, this is a happy departure for us. We suppose this is our introduction to their “Thumbprint” series, and we couldn’t be more excited. (2,661 characters)

Photo of Detlef90
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great example of a grassy, earthy, herbal double ipa. Not bitter, smooth and fruity in the aftertaste. Wow. New Glarus continues to deliver the goods. I drank this after a Hopslam and I think might like this better. (233 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my SN IPA glass
Appearance: Bright golden hue with a hint of orange. A solid finger or so fo head that suosides to a good solid ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell: citrusy with some resin and an earthy odor.
Taste: Citrus and fruit followed by an herbal earthiness . Not much bitterness. There is a lot going on with this beer but there is also a lot of restraint.
Mouthfeel: Thick body with slightly less than moderate carbonation. Almost a syrupy quality.
Overall: There are things in this beer that I would normally not like. However, it all works together so well. This is such a well made beer. It is a great example of where the style could go. (714 characters)

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Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.