Thumbprint Scream IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer was poured into a IPA glass, showing a golden copper color. There was a generous bubbly white head which left lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma was huge, with big notes of grapefruit, peach, and a hint of the malts to come.
Taste - On the initial taste, I detect big grapefruit. Further notes include grass and a very pleasant peachy malt. The aftertaste is more citrusy than bitter, but leaves a mild layer of resin on the back of the tongue. For a 9% ABV, this is a really pleasant drinker.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for the style. I wish the taste would linger just a little longer.
Overall - I am not a big IPA guy, but I do like Imperial IPAs. For the style, this one is pretty spectacular.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:02:54 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.49/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A - Copper orange, with a slight haze, and a bright white head that reduces down to a thin layer over the entire top and laces outrageously. About the most delicious-looking IIPA I've ever poured.
S - Big bright hop notes of grapefruit, lemon and a slight hint of pine and resin. A slight floral trail, like rose petals. Not exactly typical new school IIPA, but a tremendous nose regardless.
T - Delivers on the promise of the nose, with a fat, juicy heart of citrus, tangerines and grapefruit flesh, lemon pith and a subtle floral and pine element. The middle hints a honey sweetness, along with a grassy hop line that pops up. A close that narrows down to bitterness and citrus, with the fruit flesh element winning in the fade.
M - This is a thoroughly hopped beer, and it shows in the feel. Strong bitter end and a subtle oily hop build. Still - this is a surprisingly easy beer for 9%.
O - Who would have thought that one of the better hop fruit bombs would be found in the fields of Wisconsin, but I am so glad I got the chance to have this exceptional beer. A wonderful introduction to NG. Thanks so much to the couple who kindly gifted a couple bottles to me.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 17:15:22 | More by Tsar_Riga
4.24/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
When I think of New Glarus and hype, I always think of their fruit beers (which I rarely buy due to the large format bottle and relatively large price). But surprisingly, Scream has apparently now surpassed those offerings in terms of the awe in which it is held by many beer geeks. (And NG has never been much known for their IPAs!) Well, I did enjoy Hop Hearty a few years back, and the latest barley wine is good and sure tastes like a double IPA. So let's see what Scream is about and perhaps discover why its voice has been heard above its colleagues.
A: A glowing, unclouded orange-gold topped by a finger of off-white head. I generally prefer a cloudier appearance for IPAs, with tangible chunks floating about, but this will certainly do. Update–the amount of lace clinging to the glass on the way down has me thinking it may be easier just to throw the glass away rather than attempt to wash it. 4.0
S: I get an earthiness reminiscent of Hop Hearty, along with a load of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit, in that order. A sweet nose, with malt evident in a supportive, nonthreatening way. Definitely makes me want to take a sip (or gulp). 4.25
T: Went with the gulp, and am not disappointed. This is one well-balanced IIPA. The flavors are much closer to the 12% barleywine than the HH, but it lacks that certain alcholic bite (which is a good thing, from my perspective, especially for the style). The finish comes quickly and is more grapefruit-centric than I expected. This beer does a good impression from a hoppyness standpoint of what has traditionally been thought of as a west-coast IPA, but is more drinkable than just about any west-coaster I’ve had, as the bitterness is rather restrained (nor are there any peculiar or “interesting” aftertastes that eventually become annoying). And there is quite a malt backbone contributing softness and an almost English quality. Indeed, in fine print, the label mentions the addition of Maris Otter malt, yet boasts of 85 IBUs–those IBUs are deceiving, though, as they are masked to the extreme by soft malty goodness (or evil, numbing malt gloves, depending on your perspective). As is so often the case, New Glarus has excelled as much by keeping things out as by putting them in. I may not really be qualified to comment on this, but I like to imagine it has something to do with the disciplined Germanic approach. In any event, after the loss of a few more inches from the glass, Scream’s pineapple flavors are starting to make a slight inroad against the grapefruit pith, but they clearly face an uphill battle. If somehow those tropical essences could offset a bit more of the ruby red, this might become my favorite IIPA of all time. (But if this really is a one-off, that would kinda suck anyhow.) 4.25
M Medium-to-big. Quite soft, not so viscous as to be ponderous. No major complaints, but a little more “juiciness” and less pillowy softness would make it absolutely fantastic. 3.75
O It is probably not ideal to finish off a double IPA in a matter of just a few minutes. But such is the quaffability of this big citrus beverage. At the end of the day, I conjecture that is one key to Scream’s success with beer raters of all stripes. A beer that impresses but is not here to impress at the expense of drinkability. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 05:16:17 | More by brewmudgeon
Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.