Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes.
A. Reddish brown color. Indeed, as many have said before me, it looks exactly like foamy apple juice with a bit of a head on it. Not cider, juice. It has a certain clarity to it. But super bubbly like a spritzer.
S. Smells like apple pie, notes of cinnamon and tart gooseberry.
T. This is interesting. I expected from some of the tart notes in the nose to taste some green apples but I was dead wrong about that. The taste comes across as only red apple varieties. The malt functions as a sort of "pie crust" for the apple pie filling within. Very sweet, can get cloying if you go too fast. Definitely a dessert-minded offering. I had hoped for some more pucker or tartness than this, however.
M. Very carbonated and light. The tingly bubbles do a good job of keeping the flavor refreshing and crisp on my tongue. Body is just perfect, keeping it thin helps to deal with the apple pie sweetness. Not oily at all. I'm super impressed because normally sweet dessert beers end up syrupy, greasy, and/or texturally annoying to my palate. This one is perfect for what I want in a dessert beer mouthfeel.
Overall, I think that this is pretty much liquid apple pie. I have never tried one of those "apple pie liquor" shots that seems to be trendy these days, but I suspect that they may taste much the same as this brew. But that would be a job for another website. It is worth emphasizing that this is NOT a sour, so don't go in to this brew expecting lacto. Expect delicious apple pie instead.
Serving type: on-tap
05-26-2011 16:39:07 | More by WastingFreetime
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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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