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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,246 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 320
Gots: 170 | FT: 14
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 merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle designated part of the "Unplugged" series, compliments of dancinwillie. Thanks Sean! Pours a clear golden amber body with a small white head which quickly diminishes to a cap. Some wispy island chain lace graces the tulip glass.

Aroma is mostly apple, fresh McIntosh and Granny Smith, as tantalizing as walking around in an orchard's cellar in late October. A hint of juicy caramel underneath.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, with ample carbonation.

Taste is tart and sweet. McIntosh apples, again, in all their fruity, tasty glory. Early summer green apple notes are present but this is more red apple sweet than tart. Hints of caramel add some dimension. Nothing artificial or cloying. Label says this has a brown ale base, but nothing in taste or appearance bears this out, for what it's worth.

This is more like a cider than a beer, but it is very well done. I could definitely have more than one if these were available outside Wisconsin. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

merlin48, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head that falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet apple fruitiness like a sugar-laden apple cider. Just a touch of wild apple funkiness. Spiciness that comes off of cinnamon-like, which works well with the sweet caramel and brown sugar notes that's in there. Smells overall like warm apple pie. Pretty nice here.

4.5 T: Tastes just like apple pie as well, or maybe hot spiced apple cider. Cidery (obviously) with cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Sweet brown sugar and caramel. Not ridiculously complex, but quite tasty just like apple pie at Thanksgiving.

5.0 M: The mouthfeel is perfect for what it is. Lighter medium body. Champagne-like level of carbonation and just as spritzy. Super smooth. Wonderful.

4.5 D: This drinks as easy as apple cider or champagne as well. I could drink plenty of this in a night, but would eventually like to mix in something more typical.

DavoleBomb, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of PeteRock
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my typical pick ... I don't usually go for brews labeled here as 'FRUIT/VEGETABLE' beers.

Let me say that I had this once at the Mars Cheese Castle in Wisconsin and was very impressed.
This beer pours a nice light amber and has a small but dense head. the mouthfeel is amazing. this may be the result of expecting a cider but at first sip this is a light bodied pilsner/lager with tons of fresh green apple flavor.

there is not much to say other than it is a tasty fruit beer with a great feel and light body that won't fill you up.

Definitely worth a try.

PeteRock, May 29, 2012
Photo of johanvond
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Dead Man's Chest
Nov 15th 08

The New Unplugged Beer From New Glarus is an Ale with a brown base featuring Wisconsin grown barley and six varieties of local apples. (They get extra points in my book for local materials.) Let's see how this harvest turned out.
The cap popped off with the sent of warm apples. The head was robust and tall over the crystal clear brownish amber body. There is a charge of tartness that sucombs to brown sugar. You get Granny Smith apple farm richness with the malt blending with sweet and tart apples. It's fall in a glass and it reminds me of the fruit farm I went to as a kid back in Northeast Ohio.(Paterson's) How could you not love a beer like this.

johanvond, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Lovethemhopps, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the in-laws while eating apple crisp - how appropriate!

A - Not sure how to evaluate this, as I don't have much frame of reference. It looks like carbonated apple juice, but with a two-fingered head and spotty lacing. The rising bubbles settle down pretty quickly after pouring.

S - It smells like fermented juice. I suppose that's the point, isn't it? There are some faint spices in there, kind of like an apple pie.

T - Tart and sweet at the same time. Really pleasant - it tastes like cider but with the slightest hint of malt.

M - The carbonation gives it a nice zing. Smooth and creamy, just like good cider.

D - If you love cider this is great for sessions, if you don't it still might be nice for the occasional try.

Another great New Glarus fruit brew! Wish I'd grabbed more of this when I was in Milwaukee.

MasterSki, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear bubbly golden/amber body with thin white head that quickly receded into a ring of retention and left scant traces of lace. Huge bubbles of carbonation are present throughout the body.

S - This ale packs the aroma of baked apples with a bit of cinnamon and caramel malt. Simple yet effective.

T - Flavor is similar to hard cider but perhaps a little sweeter and less alcoholic tasting. There's not much else to say about this other than APPLE. There is also some bready malt in the finish.

M - Light body with a syrupy texture and crisp mouthfeel. Sweetness and a very subtle apple tartness envelopes the palate.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. If you are looing for apple, this is it. Simply put, New Glarus brews some of the best fruit beers... period.

ffejherb, Dec 20, 2008
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
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.