Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by vitrael:
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Like a lot Dan's unplugged series, it's difficult to put this one in a box. It has little in common with most other fruit beers I've approached, and in particular it associates more with fresh apple cider flavors than beer flavors. That said, I'm giving Dan the benefit of the doubt (which he well deserves) and figuring he set out to create a beer of intense, unadulterated fresh apple flavor, with the body and mouthfeel of a beer. And that he did.
At the first crack of the bottle, you get the sensation that you've bitten into a honeycrisp apple off the vine, and its juices are wafting up into your nose. The delicate fresh sweetness borders on the flavor of white grapes or a good chardonnay. The appearance is crystal clear and golden, with a thin white film of a head. Before tasting, you could mistake it easily for a sparkling apple juice.
You'll discover, as soon as you part your lips, the full bouqet of fresh apple flavor is executed perfectly on the tongue. It is really very sweet, quite cider-like, but balanced nicely due to the lightness of body and relatively high carbonation. The actual character of the hopping here is almost imperceptible, just enough to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. How such a powerful fruit characteristic was achieved, I really don't know. Barley has taken a back seat in this beverage.
My hat off to Dan as usual (probably the only exception was choco-abbey... man, what was that about?)
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2012 22:45:24 | More by vitrael
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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.