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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,429 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 338
Gots: 192 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Ratings: 1,429 | Reviews: 440
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired the four pack of this stuff from my mom on a recent Wisconsin trip. Excited to finally have it, and I'm expecting greatness based on my experience with New Glarus' other fruit beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a coppery orange body with a finger or so of off-white head, and excellent clarity. Minimal lacing, but it looks very nice.

S - A beautiful, intoxicating aroma. The sweetened malt melds wonderfully with the crisp sweet juicy authentic apple aroma. Smells more like a nice juice blend than it does a beer, almost.

T - The taste is very much cider like, this is the closest I've seen it in a beer before, that is for sure. The crisp, sweet, juicy, apples shine nicely. A slight sour / earthy / wood sort of presence is there, but it is mostly all apple juice.

M - The is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied, and ridiculously easy-drinking.

Overall, definitely the closest thing that I've come to experiencing a cider in beer form, that's for sure, and it is definitely the best use of apples in a beer that I've had so far, aside from New Glarus' other beer projects that involve apples. Move over Angry Orchard, because this stuff is the real deal.

New Glarus Apple Ale -----4/5.

Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark golden yellow with a slightly rusty red-amber hue and a very thin layer of off-white foam.

An explosion of freshly picked apples, some acidic tartness, and some earthy funk. Very much like very good hard apple cider.

This beer also explodes with heavy apple flavor, which in this case is a good thing. Slightly sour, earthy, grassy notes are also present, but the apple really stands out the most.

Light-bodied, medium-high prickly carbonation, oh so much sour apple tart goodness.

Overall, a very solid brew, one that really made a good impression on me. Definitely a beer I'll be buying more of in the near future.

Photo of mr-jj
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

Color looks just like apple juice, but with a small frothy head with decent retention and even some lacing. Smell is all about the apples. Smells like apple cider. The taste is more apples - not apple juice, definitely more like cider with definite fermentation flavors. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall, I have a hard time distinguishing this from a cider - maybe a bit of malt flavor in the background and the lacing confirm that it is indeed an ale. Very enjoyable drink.

Photo of Sp015
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very easy drinking fruit beer, which I'm not typically a fan of. Sour apple is certainly forward. Sweet, but not overpowering or puckering sweet.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a bottle into a pint

A. Pours a golden/amber transparent beer with a 1 finger cream head. Head retention is about a minute and a half. Small ring of lacing around the glass.

S. Apple is the highlight here as expected. More sour apple than sweet. Some malt coming out.

T. Very nice. Some good apple flavor upfront. A nice balance of sweetness and just a little tart. More of an apple cider flavor than fresh apple. Leaves a sweetness on the lips like candy.

M. Light carbonation but otherwise a very smooth drinking ale. Body is a 4 out of 10. Finishes pretty clean. Fits the style very well.

O. A nice take on an apple ale. Very easy to drink. Great on a hot summer day. Not too acidic or sweet that you can only have one. Would have no problem drinking again.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straight forward apple ale. Not too sweet. Not as complex as some of New Glarus' other offerings, but definitely enjoyable.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight up Apple juice.. With malt.

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair with rating, not my thing.

Photo of CraigP83
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Apple Cider assault on the senses. Wonderful rendition of a fruit beer. Best cider alternative I've had

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep amber. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like apple juice, but a little less sweet. A little bit of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Unsweetened apple flavor. Earthy maybe isn't the right descriptor anymore. Slightly acidic. Then the sweet apple juice kicks in. Finishes like apple juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's pretty good, but apple just isn't an interesting enough fruit for me.

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such an amazing apple flavor. It is not artificial at all. Nice and sweet with some mild tartness. New Glarus can do no wrong with fruit beers.

Photo of Igotmypistola
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda funky. Like sweet apple candy. Just too sticky, sweet for my liking.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of an apple ale I feel like this taste more like an apple cherry raspberry sour. Really good!

Photo of marissarenee
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! This is how I always wanted hard cider to taste, but it never does. Tastes and smells like actual apples and is not too sweet.

Photo of Kraj30
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love this beer.. amazing with cinnamon whiskey as a sidekick

Photo of Ryanster8
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color, strong fresh apple smell and taste. Would not describe this as a beer but rather a carbonated apple juice. Very refreshing and slightly on the dry side which is nice because it's not overly sweet like apple juice or cider typically is.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

perhaps I just wasn't in the mood as I LOVE all NG fruit beers, but this one was just a hopped up apple juice to me.

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: light brown hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: the smell of apples is incredibly strong, but it doesn't seem overly cidery, which is interesting. There is a little beer aroma under it, which is nice, but the story here is all apples all the time.

Taste: apples are what is advertised, and apples are what you get. There's a sweetish, malty brown ale underneath, but the apples take over everything. Quite good if that's what you're into.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good fizziness. It works.

Overall: this is a sweet and appley beer. I like it a lot, but it's a bit on the sweet side to just quaff all day.

Photo of Jonada
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a copper orange, brown color with not much head at all, but does settle to a thin ring. Body is clear with a few light amount of sediment.

Smell: Apple, apple juice, apple cider, red apple skin, light sweetness. One dimensional, but really nice.

Taste: Medium sweetness right away, followed by apple juice, cider-like spices, and finally a light bready/pie crust character to remind you that this is in fact a beer. Definitely a sweet beer but not even approaching cloying, and there's a very light tartness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. Finishes semi sweet. Super drinkable.

Overall: Another excellent fruit beer from New Glarus. So much clean, crisp fruit character and incredibly easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my New Glarus flute-style glass, drank over 30 minutes

Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Great dessert beer. Really joyed this after a nice rich meal. Don't normally love beers this sweet but I would recommend this for certain situations.

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Sourish apple juice, authentic, swear i can taste the peel shavings. Flavor leaves a sour, creamy feel. This one left me a lot on the fence and a few days after, i still can't quite seem to make up my mind if i l would try it again or not. Interesting for sure.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: medium amber with slight haze; 2-3 fingers of ivory foam

S: apple and spice - lots of apple juice and apple pie aromas

T: fruity and sweet - honestly tasted like organic apple juice - hints of spice you'd probably associate with an apple-based dishes during the fall and winter, like clove or nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice...

M: light, fresh, and brisk; clean-finishing, modest carbonation, touch of tartness

O: I'm not sure what to make of a beer that tastes this much like apple juice - if that's what you're looking for, you might want to go as high as a 4.5, but for me, as a stand-alone product, for which I had no expectations, it was a good-tasting, easy-drinking ale that went real easy on the abv, but not necessarily what I'm inclined toward in an ale.

Photo of memphischas
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Strong apple juice better than any cider

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

From notes on 11/30/13

Pours light copper with little head. Smells like apple cider. Very fruity aroma. Interesting flavor. Lots of apple flavor. Very tart. At the same time, lots of malt flavor. If you can imagine a nice amber beer with tart apples, blended oddly very nice, because it sounds horrible, but is actually great, this would be it. This is definitely not a cider. This is a must try if you want something different.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,429 ratings.