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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

981 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Included as an extra from Preismj, much appreciated... this will be my first New Glarus brew. I've been putting them off for longer than I've wanted to. Finally time to try something! This one's got a mild clarity to it - a mixture of bronze and gold. A decently sized light grey-tinted head rests on top, not much lacing left behind.

Jesus Christ, you'd have thought I threw an apple pie in a blender and tossed it in your glass from the aroma - huuuge apple presence. Sweet, sweet apples; pure, raw, savory, mildly tart. Very reminiscent of apple pie filling. Tons of cinnamon, but moderated enough as to not overpower. Some bread and buttery notes from the malt which really give that baked apple pie crust feel to it.

I start picking up some mild port-like and vinous aromas underneath it all - an interesting little guy. Not sure why these are there, but they certainly aren't off-putting. Overall, the aroma is fantastic; very sweet and delectable with a very light tartness and a nice amount of spices. Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce. All day.

I take a taste. Is it apple cider? Not quite. Is it apple juice? Not quite. It takes the good qualities from both and forms them into it's own mold. This is an apple BEER, dammit, and it actually tastes like one. No mistaking this for cider or juice or some bullshit like that. Crushed, juicy apple flavors abound - sweet, with a very light sour tinge on the back end; complete with light cinnamon spices and a solid breadiness, just like the aroma had indicated.

There's a mild astringent spike about halfway through, but it doesn't harm much of anything at all. No port/vinous notes in the flavor at all, which is probably a good thing - I don't want anything to distract from this apple pie orgy in my face right now. There is a very mild alcohol character, which was surprising for being only 4% ABV, but it's far from deal-breaking. Brown sugar, apple, and cinnamon in the finish. Crisp and almost dry with a thin body and medium-heavy carbonation.

Fantastic. Fruit beer done right. Sweet without being too sweet - one of the hardest things to accomplish. I didn't want this one to end - needless to say, I'll be getting my hands on some more New Glarus stuff, pronto. Those guys know what they're doing up there in ol' Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 16:41:21 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: deep orange to copper color. a half finger plus of an off-white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves little behind. not quite clear but almost there

Smell: up front i am greeted with apples, turns into a more of an apple cider flavor. some sweet malt complexity.

Taste: opens up with huge taste of apple cider. almost tastes exactly like a little lighter version of cider you'd buy fresh at harvest time. light caramel malt play in the end but mostly covered by apple sweetness

Mouthfeel: sweet but not quite cloying. fairly light.

Overall: ehhh, i can't say i am disappointed because i didn't expect much from this one. overall it just tastes like cider and there isn't much else too it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:37:58 | More by SportsandJorts
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice dark amber color with a small cream head.

S: Aromas of apple, cider, and some dough.

T: A nice tarness up front, cider and some apple pie.

M: Good carbonation, light body, a little sticky with a pleasant finish.

O: Geat representation of style They sure know how to make fruit beers in wisconsin and would sure like to get more for those warmer days ahead. Next time I will have to try this ala mode.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:29:55 | More by arlingtonjoe
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-13-2014 03:30:56 | More by cwelsh55
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. There are numbers on the bottleneck but they're smeared.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Cinnamon and apples. Pretty much just like apple crisp.

T- Apple, a bit more cinnamon and some light malt. Sweet but not cloying. Tastes like sparkling apple juice, not apple cider, but apple juice. Light note of caramel is appropriate.

M- Quenching and the medium body makes it so that, luckily, I don't feel like I'm just drinking cider. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Tasty and refreshing, but I could've used some more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:42:04 | More by Immortale25
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 12oz bottle from laymansbeerfan (thanks!) who is generous beyond belief. Shared with my wife in 8oz tasters.

A: Darker, clear gold, with some white head that does fade quickly.

S: Exactly what you would hope for from a New Glarus apple beer; red apple sweetness, hearty apple cider, definite malt breadiness, some brown sugar, suggestions of spices and cinnamon on the finish.

T: Apple and bready malt, akin to apple cider but with light/moderate malt backbone and enhanced body. Sweetness is moderate with suggestions of brown sugar and caramel. I get more red apple than green apple, but there is some fruity tartness as well.

MF: Light/medium body, higher carbonation, with some creamy tones and flashes of tartness.

O: Impressive beer, takes the apple ale game to another level. Flavors are reminiscent of the best apple ciders, with enhanced body and malt backbone. Suggestions of caramel malt lends a nice layer of complexity, but this beer is really as straightforward as the name. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 13:03:34 | More by Scotchboy
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.5%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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