Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 183
Gots: 270 | FT: 25
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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Ratings: 1,606 | Reviews: 171
Reviews by joe1510:
Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.49 4-Pack
Woodman's - Kenosha

This one is about a month old now. Time to get drinking. Scream is perfectly hazy, perfectly unfiltered, and saturated orange. Micro carbonation bubbles coat the surface of the glass while keeping the dirty white head standing at attention. The foam is incredibly fluffy and long lasting, coating the glass in sheets. That's one pretty beer.

Have you ever smelled a beer and could tell it's dry? That's Scream. Bitter aspirin hoppiness and clean alcohol fumes bring about the sense of dryness.. Clean melon notes, a touch of white grape, pithy citrus, bright pine, and spiciness all come forward from the liberal use of hops. Good depth. A soft drizzle of caramel sits atop a sugar cookie maltiness that's impressively clean.

Pithy citrus leads the way on the palate, both grapefruit and orange, bitter. The melon, cantaloupe mostly, brightens up the middle along with dripping, juicy orange and ripe apricot. Pine and that bitter aspirin I mentioned above bring up the rear. The crushed aspirin is integrated well and adds assertive bitterness. The malt is pale and adds a simple sugar cookie base as a canvas for the assertive hoppiness. A touch of peppery alcohol wraps it up nicely.

The mouthfeel is soft and supple which accentuates the silky body. For such a big beer New Glarus did a great job keeping the weight of the body under control, keeping it in the moderate range. Bitterness is assertive on the swallow while alcohol fumes dry it all up.

Well, New Glarus brewed yet another gem of a beer. Surprise, surprise.... The depth of the hop profile sets this one apart. Drinkability is dangerous and the body fits perfectly. It's still drinking like a champ so go grab some now. The only thing hampering this beer is the ever present note of booze, though supremely clean, it's constant presence takes a bit away from the overall product. I'd love to see this made available more often than once a year, or whatever they plan to do.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden color with an impressively robust head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: An explosion of citrus and tropical fruit, rich in pineapple and grapefruit with a hint of orange

Taste: Shortbread malt lays the backbone for the tropical fruit and citrus parade, bringing pineapple, grapefruit, orange and papaya; after the swallow, the malt bill builds in intensity though it never quite reaches the level of the hops (that's a good thing)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some boozy warmth

Overall: With one fell swoop, the Careys have thrown down the gauntlet to show that New Glarus can brew a DIPA with the best of them

Thanks, WI-Beer-Man, for the opportunity

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into an IPA glass.
Pours a love, slightly hazy golden hue with a slim finger of bubbly white head. Leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is not hugely strong but has plenty of citrus shining through with a hint of resin.
This is a fabulous tasting beer. Lots of citrus flavor right up front. Big and juicy orange pith with a bit of sweet pineapple. A nice, drying pine resin finish. As it warms, there are also hints of spice and toffee. The alcohol is almost completely hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.
Overall, a bracing and delicious IIPA. Fabulous.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy glowing orange body, sticky lace all around the glass, long lasting surface coverage after the initial head settles down.

Sweet and sticky hop aroma, big citrusy orange and a little mango.

Lots of fruitiness in the taste, orange, grapefruit, and mango all have their time to shine. Grapefruit peel bitterness builds into the aftertaste. Flash of sweetness right beforehand. Big and burly, though not overly sweet or syrupy, pretty balanced all things considered. Really enjoyed this, and wish I had a few more.

Pretty awesome that this uses 100% WI grown hops.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the imperial IPA generally celebrates hop aroma and flavor over the earmark seventy ibu, thinking that deeper bitterness may not be feasible or desired; no such things come out of the New Glarus camp- its full steam ahead for this deeply resinous IPA!

Its frothy pour pulls a blanket of barley-stained froth from the honey-amber ale below, its stern appearance is reaffirmed with the very first whiff. Deep citrus character folds in on pine, grass, pepper and tropical fruits. Its firm alcohol seems of curacao liquor while the initial taste is caramel and biscuit laden.

Its creamy bitterness layer upon each other with lavish angel food cake-like consistency and taste. A citrusy marmalade seems to employ fruit punch tangy citrus with peps of honey and citrus juice. Its high tropical taste steers the beer to a savory fade with high mango, pineapple and apricot flavors leading the way.

With the sweetness and full body lessening only slightly, the bitterness takes hold and grips the throat with the intensity of pine tar. Extremely bitter, resinous and sticky, any dry finish won't be found here. Instead, there's the drippy, sprucy and sappy bitterness that closes with fresh-cut gras and spicy bubble gum and super glue slicing through.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront presence of citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, apricot, pineapple, peach, and tangerine. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass and pine resin. Solid pale malt backing with hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A very good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely ripe and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus fruit and fresh grass. Big upfront citrus hop presence with good notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, apricot, tangerine, and peach. Solid earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass and pine resin. Good backing presence of malt with some notes of grains, cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Very juicy and nicely bitter. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really great Imperial IPA. Great taste of fresh citrus fruit with a nice soft malt backing. Up there with some of the best big IPA's.

Photo of Mantooth
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Picked up in a recent trade... poured from a bottle into a Trophy Brewing tulip glass.

Pours a golden rich orange with a frothy white head and a phenomenal nose - loads of citrus and caramel and pine (oh my). The taste is out of this world too, straight up pineapple up front - loads of musk melon - oily pine finish - lingering butterscotch - wow. This is easily one of the best ipa's I've ever had - easily.

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and hazy light gold brew with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger snow white head. Retention is very good. Leaves behind wide, flat fields of lacing.

Strong whiff of grapefruit as soon as the cap came off. Heavy citrus notes in the aroma: ruby red grapefruit, a tiny bit of cat musk, peel. Also a little bit of mango. Pale and caramel malt body, very light but slightly sweet in the background.

Super sweet tropical notes! Guava immediately comes to mind, along with mango, starfruit, and one or two other fruit that I just can't put my finger on. The bitterness is guised in such syrupy-sweet clothing that it's very deceptive.

Malt body is very plain; some chewy, sugary white bread and pale malt. Long sweet finish. If there are any citrus notes in the flavor, it's only as sweet tangerine hiding behind all the tropical notes. Just a hint of banana on the back-end (likely the yeast).

Not a lot of body; it's a little syrupy for me. A little sting. Very noticeable alcohol finish.

This is one of a few new-er IPAs/DIPAs that are really hitting the tropical fruit hop varieties hard, and as such, it really stands apart from more traditional pine/citrus hop IPAs. It's not unique in that fashion, but it really makes it a huge change of pace, and quite different from the ordinary.

Very, very tasty DIPA, although I think the balance and the feel leave quite a bit to be desired. It's absolutely worth seeking out, and (within its distribution) may well be the most affordable DIPA with this kind of flavor profile.

I'm probably in the minority, but I think this DIPA is just shy of greatness, although it's very, very good.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a stemless Heady Topper snifter.

Pours a frothy 1 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy papaya. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. I like where this is heading.

Nose is huge, dank hop bitterness. Citrus, pine, cut grass, mango and cane sugar. Very aromatic, clean and to-the-point.

Opens citrus, papaya and mango. Middle is more tropical fruit, cane sugar, and a juicy, hop bitterness. Pretty simple but tasty as hell. Ends a slightly resiny hop bitterness with more loads of tropical fruit juiciness. Excellent.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down smooth. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

A big deviation from what New Glarus usually does but this is certainly a standout in their lineup. I hope they continue to put this one out as its certainly one of the best beers they make. Outstanding!

Photo of WoodBrew
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scream is probably my favorite New Glarus offering....overtaking Moon Man and Black Top. This is as solid IIPA that you can get. The beer poured a clear orangish color with white head that was leaving a lace. The scent carried fresh pine with orange peel like citrus. The taste was bitter through the drink but there was enough sweet malt to balance the beer. The bitterness carried pine and apricot like citrus with a touch of spice. The mouthfeel was medium to full in body with good carbonation. Overall...excellent.

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Very drinkable and balanced DIPA. My first NG offering was not a disappointment.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy orange body. Medium white head. Settles to a wispy surfacr with some lacing and a medium collar.

Smell - It's hoppy, but it's not the whole aroma. Citrus. Kinda grapefruity. Toasty malt. Very sweet smelling. A little boozy.

Taste - Hops are more dominant. Grapefruit. Sweet orange. Very malty. Kinda sweet. Toasty malt is back. Very dry. Kinda boozy. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Kinda boozy.

Overall - Thinking about it makes it less impressive. If I just accept that it's a big IPA, it's pretty tasty.

Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Today 3 of us did a comparison tasting of 4 IPA/IIPA's brews: The brews were New Glarus Scream, Revolution Anti Hero, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Second Fiddle came out on top with a rating of 5.0. Two of us feel it is the best IPA on the scene today. Scream came in a solid second at 4.5. It was a surprise to all three of us because we had not had it before. Great nose, nice color, great taste. Very Solid. Anti-Hero was well liked by all three of us and came in at 4.25. But Fiddleheads second brew Mastermind did not quite live up to our hopes.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and vibrant orange. Active carbonation forms a fluffy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

Damn, that's one of the juiciest aromas I can remember. Papaya, mango, juicy fruit, light bubble gum, tutti fruity. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Bready malt is dominated by hops.

Tropical fruits blast the palate. Moderately bitter with a natural sweetness similar to over ripe mango. Citrus and tropical, bready malt.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Top notch and arguably one of my favorites. I hope they continue to crank this one out, or something similar. Bravo.

Photo of mbmiche
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Solid DIPA. The one I had might have been just a little older--I missed the citrus the few other reviews talk about, and there was definitely a strong malt backbone.

Photo of NavyGoat
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, New Glarus produces another great brew. Looks good and has a good aroma. This one stands up to be a very good tasty IIPA !!

Photo of larryarms847
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red/orange, well carbonated and a thin head.

Aromas of orange and lemon peel are balanced with a bready malt back bone.

Wow! New Glarus can make IPAS! This was a total citrus hop bomb that faired very well on a side by side with Bell's Hopslam. Hopslam took the victory, but this was very similar and a close second.

Mouhtfeel wasn't quite right where I wanted it, not sticky and dank enough for me.

Overall I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for this again, delicious!

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3/16...pours rusty orange with 1/4 inch white foam. Cloudy. Powerful pine grapefruit nose. Potent bitter rips through, light sweetness but otherwise a tongue scraper. Heavy and difficult, not for the faint of heart. I am clearly an outlier on this one.

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a hazy bright orange color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- big dose of citrusy hops up front on the nose, with an emphasis on grapefruit. Also picking up some tropical notes of passionfruit & pineapple. Fresh cut grass and mint leaves, closing with clean, slightly sweet malt, nice showcase of hops

T- fresh citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavor up front mixes with muddled mint leaves, passionfruit and fresh cut grass. Leafy green notes continue the hop showcase, eventually finishing with a very subtle malty sweetness

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing slightly creamy

O- such a clean and flavorful hop showcase with an emphasis on citrus, mint and grassy notes. Malty background is subtle, but enough to allow the hops to be showcase, very well made DIPA

Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3rd (d)ipa review in an hour. My wife is sure to be way impressed when she gets home!! Kiss-kiss, steasy66.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy orange-gold. Topped with almost a finger of thick white head.

Smell. Huge sweet tropical fruits initially smack me in the face. Fresh papaya is the big standout. Also some lemon and lychee. Really distinct stuff here ...and really fucking awesome.

Taste. Again, juicy, juicy tropical fruits. Quite sweet and a little bit of pine needle and lemon zest. Maybe a touch of caramel and light malts coming through. A touch of fusal alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

The best and most unique smelling beer I've had in a while. Tastes unique too, but not as amazing as the smell.

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Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.