Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
More thanks to BYOFB for a solid brew.
The color is an amber-hues dark gold with perfect clarity but thick enough that it's opaque rather than translucent. A white head begins at about one finger high and recedes to a foam that remains. A bit of lacing is spattered here and there.
The smell is fresh apples with what seem to be mulling spices added, almost like a cider but with a bready malt character that accentuates the impression of apple pie.
The taste follows suit, with fresh apple juice joined by a light spicing tone. The bready malts kick in enough to prove it's a beer rather than a cider without doubt, and a nice caramel flavor pulls through as well.
The feel is nice and crisp without relying on heavy carbonation and without clamping on the tongue and biting down. The body is actually medium, which is nice since so many fruit beers are made as weaker beers. It retains a nice, smooth flow into the finish.
Another very nice beer in the Unplugged series.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2011 16:11:22 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2013 bottle. Pours a clear golden color with 1/2 finger bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. A tangy apple bite comes through in the nose, maybe a little caramel in there too. It smells like cider in a way that no other ale does: right up my alley. Taste is appley and tangy up-front. The sides give a little pucker. It's pretty much apple until the finish, which has some malty wheat flavor. After the apple fades (5 mins or so) there's a vegetal aftertaste that I don't recall from the previous bottling. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation, which tingles the tongue and the throat on the way down. Overall it's well-made, lots of apple, some acidity, some tanginess. It isn't very complicated but it's very, very enjoyable. It tastes a bit like cider, but it isn't, so I give it extra points for the style. Here's hoping this special edition brew continues to make a regular appearance.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 23:26:16 | More by foobula
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.