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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,210 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 319
Gots: 164 | FT: 12
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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Photo of zookerman182
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden red color....like apple juice.
Aroma is farm fresh apples, reminds me of a farm. So fresh smelling.
Flavor is apple cider but light enough to be perfect. There's a crisp fresh apple taste with mild spice. Perfect balance here.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and perfectly dry.
Flavor hits then goes away.
I really enjoy this and want to try more new glarus.

zookerman182, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple from masterchiefmd. Thanks, Chris! This is from the Unplugged release

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, Apple Ale sits a clear copper with a ton of visible carbonation. Thin white head that dissipates to a patchy disk rather quick. Appealing

S: Crisp apples, very fruity and aromatic, ripe in nature - apples, green, red and golden dominate the nose. Pleasing, fragrant and delicate.Malt is present, mild and biscuity in nature. I get the faintest hint of hops but it's possibly my imagination.

T: Wow. This is about as close to fermented apple juice as you can get. Strong apple flavors dominate the palate while retaining a fairly high level of (apple-like) complexity. There's apple sweetness, tartness and flavor. Malt? Hops? Not so much. Finishes dry and very refreshing, maybe a little cidery?

M: Prickly carbonation, light body, hysterically dry finish. Excellent

D: Extremely drinkable, this should be named Panty Peeler or something to that effect

Notes: The NG Unplugged series has proven to be some of the more interesting and unique beers out there. This beer is one of them and pushes the definition of what a beer is.

DefenCorps, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The infamous Apple Ale. Glad I finally get to try this stuff. Bottle into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Clear cider brown with a fast fading finger or so of off white head. No lace or cap.

S: Wow this smells like Door county in a glass. Apples some sweet some tart. Cinnamon and pie crust. Smells like a like aplle pie in a glass.

T: Holy crap! Straight up apple cider. Great balance of sweet and tart apples. Plenty of cinnamon and pie crust. Just a touch of vanilla in the finish. This reminds me of Enigma but with more emphasis on the apple. Wonderful.

M: Light and thin body. Bubbly carbonation. Surprisingly not as dry as I thought it would finish.

D: One of if not the most drinkable beers I've had to date. I will be stocking up on this one. No more need to bust out hard ciders for all my non beer loving friends. This one will do just fine.

beerwolf77, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Winter
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper in color with a dissapating light tan pillowy head. Aroma consists of fresh apples, pie crust, malt and a sweetness akin to apple pie filling. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, yet uncommonly smooth.

My initial impression is to compare this to cider and forget that it's an ale. I quickly disregarded that thought, as this is so much better than any hard cider I've ever had. The initial taste is of sweet sugary apples. Feint tartness and practically no bitterness at all. The apple flavor dominates any hops that may have been used. Malt background is there but takes a backseat to the apple flavor. This would border on being a bit too cloying, except the finish is dry enough to evaporate most of the sweetness.

This stuff slides down like silk with little resistance. Some concerns that this isn't much of a beer, but I think if you add the bitterness of hops and a stronger malt body, the taste would completely fall apart. This is sweet enough to be a dessert beer or enjoyed alone by itself for you to discover its nuances. Combine this with a slice of fresh apple pie and vanilla ice cream and you've got a perfect match.

Winter, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of shadetree67
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber gold in color. Stiff pour yielded minimal head which dissipated very quickly. No lacing or retained head. Even swirling the glass wont bring the head back. More reminiscent in appearance of a cider than a beer.

S. Tart Apples. Smells fantastic though not very complex as apples are all that I smell.

T. Tart Apples and spices. Slight caramel malt. Classic new glarus finish which comes from the yeast - it is present on all of their fruit beers. Delicious.

M. Lively carbonation. Sticky finish like apple cider.

O. As a fan of hard cider and beer - I really like NG's apple ale. It's very refreshing and goes down easy. I should have bought more than a single 4-pack

shadetree67, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of hoosier3334
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

hoosier3334, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be a short review. Its pretty much what you'd expect from an Apple ale, but its still is very tasty and refreshing. I could see waking up in the morning and having this with breakfast, if I was on vacation of course.

Golden color, with splotchy lacing, and little to no head. The nose is a brown sugar and of course, sweet apples. Slightly viscous with light carbonation and a lingering finish, but I wish the finish was a little bit longer. I'm going to keep the other three that I haven't tried them when the weather warms up. I will certainly look for more in the future.

Cubatobaco, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of d5001986
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Not really much to look at, reddish with minimal head.

S: Tart apples, slight vinegar, and sweet.

T: Apple cider beerified. Sweet, but not so much it's unappealing. Simple, but great!

M: Crisp light body with high carbonation.

O: I'll admit I'm not a fan of hard cider's, so I wasn't expecting to be wowed here. But this stuff is solid, New Glarus just can't do any wrong with fruit beer.

d5001986, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours a rich golden hue with high clarity and one finger of creamy white head. Comparable to a quality hard cider. As the head dissipates it forms something of a creamy caldera above the liquid line. Interesting...

Smell -- The aroma is quite singular: apple juice. It's pleasant, but not especially interesting.

Taste -- Lots of sweet apple flavor up front - Golden Delish? Very fruity and naturally sweet-tasting, not terribly different in character from Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart in this regard. Grainy malt character makes itself known toward the finish. Lingering flavor of unfiltered apple cider.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with milder prickly carbonation that finishes a bit foamy. Good stuff.

Drinkability -- Pleasantly surprised! For me, this is probably the most drinkable of all of the New Glarus fruit beers, and that's saying something. Not as intensely fruit flavored as Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but this doesn't produce the kind of fruit overload/saccharine fatigue that might make you inclined to share a bottle rather than pouring a second glass. I could see myself putting away a pack of this in one evening without much effort.

If you love any of the other New Glarus fruit beers, gets your hands on this one as well!

yeahnatenelson, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, first off, I'm biased towards fruit beers. Love 'em.
Second: Big thanks to battlekow for this tasty brew!

A: Amber in color. Scant head with no lacing.

S: Fresh apple cider from a country store. Just a lovely sweet apple smell. Considering that that is what this beer pimps itself as, I gotta love it.

T: More of the same, but better. This beer really tastes like fresh pressed apple cider. If you've ever had good cider, you know what this tastes like. If you've never had good apple cider, shame on you!

M: Mouthcoating, smooth, low level of carbonation. Alcohol feel is well nigh absent.

D&N: If you like fruited beers, and you like apple cider, this beer will be a wonderful experience. I love it.

JackTheRipper, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an initial half inch head that recedes into nothingness after a couple minutes...clear copper/golden body. Some lacing left on the side of the tulip.

S- Aroma consists of a sweetness that is more of apple cider than apple juice.

T- One word: apples. Very sweet, somewhat tart at the same time. Hops are nearly impossible to pick out.

M- Right on par with Apple Ales cousins (brothers?) Wisconsin Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium.

D/O- Strike it up as another world class fruit beer from Dan and company. My only (minor) complaint is the head retention. I could see how some would say this becomes cloying after awhile but I think it's great. I'd really like to see this be a year-round 750ml offering from New Glarus, right along side it's cousins....brothers?

Duff27, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of 7ways
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering transparent amber, and very reflective. Quite a loud head that recedes quickly.

Smells of nothing but apple cider. Fresh, not like hard cider.

Oh. Oh my, that is delicious. It's hard to tell that you are drinking beer, but it's easy to tell that this is no hard cider either. Any trace of flavors from the yeast or malt are blended in perfectly. Maybe a little caramel. The aftertaste is sweet Jonah gold and tart Granny Smith, skins included. If I close my eyes and wish really hard, it tastes like apple pie including a doughy, sugary crust.

Medium mouthfeel, round but gentle.

I'm pleased that it's not full of "apple pie spices", cinnamon, whatever. Just clean, juicy apple. Bravo.

7ways, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Kev (kmpitz2) for sharing this brew. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium copper color with just a little bit of large bubble foam. There is no lacing. The smell has lots and lots of apple, and even a touch of cinnamon. It smells just like an apple pie, like grandma used to make! The taste is very sweet and cider-like. More cinnamon floating around. I bet Johnny Lieberman's apple pie beer tastes like this! The mouthfeel is very very heavy for a fruit beer, very nice. The drinkability fairs well also. A damn good apple beer.

SheepNutz, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of eyncognito
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking many of these since its release.

Looks like apple juice, a vigorous pour stirs up an off white head that quickly fades. Smells like....apples,apples,apples...also hints of spice-pie spices, like cinnamon. Very faint malt aroma, crusty and sweet like honey.

Tastes follows the nose. Apple pie in a bottle. I can't really tell the differences in the varieties of apples used. I'll leave that to smarter reviewers who have an apple passion.

Light, somewhat creamy when poured vigorously. Perfect carbonation.

This beer does what no other I've yet tried does: New Glarus made an apple beer. All too often apple beer is too sweet, too tart, too cidery, not enough beer. While the malt is far from dominant that doesn't detract from its brilliance.

I plan on following the suggestion of a previous reviewer and heat one of these up like a hot cider.

eyncognito, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of sugit
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Man, it's amazing how much this things looks like Apple Juice with a lot of carbonation.

S: This beer is def not shy about what it's about. Apples and more apples. Smells darn good though.

T: Again, not shy about the apples.

My only other Apple beer experince consisted of having an "apple beer" at an apple orchard.

I saw a sign for apple beer and though, sure why not. I was a bit shocked when they took some apple cider and poured Bug Light into it. Needless to say, I was less than inpressed.

This on the other hand, this beer was MUCH better. First of all you while this beer is all apples you can tell it's quality versus Bud Light dumped into cider.

A very crisp apple taste with a fair amount of tartness and caramel sweetness. Just a darn tasty beverage.

M: Good carbonation level. Very clean and crisp finish.

D: If you like apple cider, you'll love this beer. I like apple cider and I like this beer. I could drink this all day on a hot summer day.

sugit, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into allagash tulip.

This beer is all about apples. If those aren't your thing, steer clear. It pours like apple juice, although there's a nice white head on top. Nose is again- all apples- fresh and sweet red apples. The taste is... wait for it... apple-y with a big tidal wave of fuji and red delicious. Faint cinnamon and spice rounds out the profile. Light bodied-, well-carbed, refreshing.

If you like apples- you'll prob. like this beer. It's more apple-flavored-beverage than beer, but damn, is it tasty. Reccomended.

650

ShogoKawada, May 22, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity aroma dominated by apples. Apple juices with some light spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a touch of clove. Sweet malts with some hints of caramel and biscuit. Also a light hint of honey. Literally smells like apple cider with real apples. Interesting and good.

Taste: A sweet and fairly tart juicy taste of apples. Big apple presence that tastes like fresh squeezed apple juice. Some spicing blends in with notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Soft bready malts with some caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Towards the finish there is a slight tart cherry like taste. Sweetness is balanced. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: An interesting and pretty tasty take on a fruit beer. Its like fresh apple juice but has just enough malt presence to make it a beer.

MattyG85, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending this one my way! Served from bottle into a New Glarus flute (also from StayWhatYouAre2). Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, green apple, pastry, bread, sugar, and apple pie. The flavor was of sweet malt, pastry, green apple, sugar, apple pie, and subtle wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Upon first investigation of this one I was knocked back by the aroma of apple pie. I couldn’t believe what I was smelling! This beer smelled like America! So right out of the gate I was excited to try this one. The flavor even carried over on this one with the same components. I’m really glad this was the case because usually a lot is lost between the two when I really enjoy the aroma. Really well done on this one New Glarus!

thagr81us, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of naproxen
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The drinkability on this baby is exceptional indeed, I enjoyed two without remorse before putting up this review (last night...not this morning, but now that I think about it what a perfect breakfast beer when coffee stouts aint your thang)

Poured into a run of the mill pint glass with an overall crisp, clearp, light amber coloring and not too impressive of a head. The aroma of this is top notch, it is bursting with fresh from the orchard apples and I almost think I could be about to drink some Mott's.

The taste...I expected it to be as apple juice sweet as its nose implicated but this is not entirely the case. yes, it is on the sweet side, but there is a smooth malty backbone to it that won't let you forget too long that it is indeed a beer you are enjoying. It is mildly spiced with hints of cinnamon, but overall just tastes like an apple malt beverage.

Regardless, for a fruit beer, top notch. I would love to have easy access to this for hot summer mornings :-)

naproxen, May 07, 2009
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle topped with red foil. sampled june 16/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. a nice blend of different apples - a little granny smith, a little red delicious, and some other types too. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. bit of butterscotch and caramel. bit earthy.

taste is great. wow, there's apples in that beer. or is it beer in those apples? there's a touch of sweetness, but it never comes across as sugary or artificial - just a nice ripe apple sweetness. a touch of slightly tart and sour apple. cracker and white bread. touch of grain. almost no bitterness at all, just the slight sour+tart character. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. pretty light body. medium-light carbonation.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great apple blend. nice beer-apple mix. good stuff!

grub, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as the target beer in Math Trade 3 BIF from fear025. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a briliantly clear (read a newspaper thru it clear), lightly fizzy, dark golden color with hints of amber. A thin cap of bubbles lingers very briefly and falls to a thin white ring on the perimeter of the glass.

S - Sweet, sugar and brown sugar base...hint of vinegar, very appley/cidery, a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Not really getting anything beery out of this - no malt, no hops. I like what I'm smelling, but if this was just poured into my glass without any description, I'd be hard pressed to call this beer - definitely seems more cidery.

T - Sugary sweet, a hint of artificial sweetener flavor, tons of apple juice, brown sugar. Very much as I'd predict out of the aroma. I can't call this anything but cider, but I have to admit it is a good tasting beverage.

M - Thin, almost watery consistency with a light, spritzy sort of carbonation. Very light, almost delicate feeling. Lingering sweetness that coats the lips a bit.

D - Light, crisp, refreshing. Seems perfect for a warm late summer/fall day...like the last one of the year before the cold sets in for good. Almost dessert like in a way too. Goes down like water...at only 4% it is extremely sessionable. Not sure how to really put this into a style for comparison to other "peer level" beers - haven't really had anything quite like it that the brewer is calling a beer. That being said, it is an excellent low alcohol, easy drinking, gateway potential, fruity beer.

portia99, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the hookup, this was quite a treat.

A: Deep amber color, like that of cider but has the crystal clear qualities of apple juice. Really aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Apples, floral notes and a touch of honey.

T: Really sweet-tart apple flavor mixed with some cinnamon, apple spice. You can definitely tell there are a mix of apple types used in this beer. I was concerned this would taste like Woodchuck hard cider but nope - it tasted like apple beer!

M: Light body, heavy (but not too much) carbonation. The tartness of the apples puckers me up.

O: This is an excellent take on a fruit beer. I am eternally grateful to beerwolf77 for the extra as New Glarus is not sold near me. Which is too bad because this is a beer I would love to have a lot of. I had to try really hard not to drink it really fast.

suspect, May 16, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I meant to drink the Bohemian Pilsner but mistakenly opened an Apple Ale. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip, the beer is vibrant copper with one inch white head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

The aroma transports me to an apple orchard. Perhaps an orchard in Wisconsin? Six varieties of apples, the label reads, and I do believe it. Fresh, crisp, apple aroma. The beer smells very sweet and sugary. Reminiscent of a cider. I'm unable to see (or smell, rather) past the nice apple aroma so I'll simply tell you that I noticed no hop or malt characteristics. There wasn't a trace of the brown ale in the nose.

Wow! Delicious! Sweet and slightly tart, crisp apple flavor. It really tastes more like a complex blend of fresh apple cider and apple juice than beer. No alcohol is noticeable. The finish is sweet, crisp, and clean.

Light-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This beer was a serious treat.

HopHead84, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Clear, light coppery amber with a white collar and skim of fine bubbles. Some lacing, good retention. Definitely some apples in the aroma, lower tartness and more of a baked apple or applesauce character. Mild caramel. Tons of apple in the flavour, nice balance of sweet and tart apple character. More cider than apple juice with just a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. Lightish body with average carbonation. On the dry side without being bone dry. Crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable, especially if you like apples.

DrJay, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear honey golden hue with a nice almost two finger head that fades to leave a thin white halo and nice cloud.

S - Smell is excellent, like candied green apples. Its not really cloy or fake, but its defiantely not 100% fresh, like good candied apple smell though. Nice.

T - Follows the nose but perhaps a bit too sweet. Nice tart green candied apple flavours. Wouldnt mind seeing some fresh apple but this is definately cider like in taste.

M - Mouthfeel is average for a fruit beer, especially one of this ABV. Slightly thin and soft carbonated.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer, love the sour apple/green apple/candied apple flavours and aromas going on.

rudzud, Jul 03, 2012
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.