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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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983 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 407
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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New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at PPRBSG09. I had been hoping to try this beer for a long time, and it didn't disappoint! Pours a clear light orange with a small head. Aroma of sour apple, cheese, and apple vinegar. Flavor of fresh apples, sweet apple cider, apple vinegar, and some sour apple notes. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:02:09 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich amber color with a single finger of eggshell colored head that has good retention and leaves very light lacings. very close to apple juice in color.

aroma is of faint sour apples, with an acidic character and little else. the apple flavor is nicely restrained and pleasantly sour, with only a light sweetness added on. not much as far as malts or hops go.

taste is lightly sweet with the same distinct sour biteon the back end. the apple is again somewhat restrained, with just enough flavor to sustain the sour character. a very light yeasty character shows up upon a bit of warming, otherwise the brew is basically an apple flavored sour ale.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly tart, with a sour, acidic finish of residual apple flavors.

drinkability is good. for a fruit beer, there is not much 'beer' in the profile, but the flavors present come together into a very pleasant composition, though it still could use a bit more yeast or malt character. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 23:44:47 | More by botham
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Leather tan color, in between an IPA and a brown ale, very transparent, no head whatsoever.

S: Sweet apple scent with a bit of roses. Very nice.

T: Unique. No tastes of barley, hops, or anything else considered beer. Strong and pleasant sweet apple taste with medium carbonation. Has a slight, barely noticeable funk at the end of it. Strangely, I really like it!

M: Carbonation's a little heavy, but otherwise good.

D: Too sweet to have more than 1.5.

Overall: We in the Midwest, especially Wisconsin, are spoiled by New Glarus' Unplugged brews. Apple Ale is like carbonated apple juice with alcohol. Though that description does it no justice, it's fairly accurate. It's good, not great. I love the apple scent and taste, both are extremely unique and tasty. But it doesn't taste much like beer. Also, it's a bit too sweet for more than one. Certainly one I'd recommend, but I probably won't buy another 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:35:01 | More by PurpleCloud
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a perfectly clear light copper color with a bubbly tan colored head.

S-the nose has tons of apple juice in it with a light cider backing. hints of spicey phenol, ever so faint.

T-same as the nose, a little more vibrant juice flavors, hints of cider behind, a touch more spice behind, a little thin in the finish on the flavor.

M-syrupy texture and rather full bodied. high carbonation, semi dry crisp finish.

D-a little sweet and thins out in the back on the flavor but not the body. singular but knows what it is. Talk about an awesome halloween beer. this would be great for a halloween party!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:16:43 | More by cpetrone84
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of duffcalifornia - thanks Paul! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, rich caramel brown. Almost perfectly translucent, this looks quite similar to a darker cider. Unfortunately there was little to no head on this beer.

The smell is very sweet, and not just with fruit aromas. Apples are there, as are some cherries. But there's also a caramel, molasses-like aroma in the mix. This smell a lot like a bag of candy. Very malty, and very pleasant.

Unlike other New Glarus fruit beers I've had, the fruit in this case is rather muted. There is definitely a tart apple flavor, but it's really in the background. In the forefront is a very lush caramel quality that borders on cloying sweetness. This is actually fairly similar to a liquefied caramel apple.

The mouthfeel is great, and actually quite reminiscent of cider. Lively and effervescent, with a very nice medium body, this is very easy to drink.

I have to imagine that the apple qualities of this beer have faded over the past several months. At this point, it is still a very tasty and sweet drink, albeit one that's a tier below other New Glarus offerings of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:38:39 | More by amphion1065
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky lighter brown color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Average to above average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Sweet apples jump out. Some doughy, pie crust tones as well. Light airy malt tones. Dominated by the apples though.

Taste: Sweet red apples with some mild tartness make your mouth water. The front is simply wonderful, unfortunately it falls off after that. The apples continue to be the biggest player and just gradually fade away. Some light malt tones come through in the body. The finish is some faint sour apples.

Mouthfeel: Bright on the front then leaves a slight funk on the palate.

Overall: The beginning of this brew is so wonderful but just does not have the gusto that New Glarus other fruit beers have. More of a gimmicky feel then a truly great fruit beer. Would be a good choice for a cider fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 18:41:19 | More by KFBR392
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cooked apple aroma escapes on uncapping the bottle...let's pour first before further comment...amber hue, apple cider-y, slightly hazy, mostly clear, without a head to speak of...nose is pungent, snappy, appley all the way, tart, and hot...Taste? Sour twang at first, then sweetness ensues...bracing mouthfeel, then mellow...juicy, high carbonation, tasty, tingly...though it fades a bit toward the end...not bad. No, actually, it's okay.
Not what I like, but it's sure to suit plenty of tastes out there...here's to them!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 07:10:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Again, thanks to Masterski for providing this in trade.

A thin head formed atop this beer and faded rather quickly. The beer was a clear copper color that was very bright. In fact, almost brass in color. A touch of visible carbonation.

Well the aroma was very clear. Apples and apples. A bit like Martinelli's sparkling cider, a bit like apple cider. Very interesting.

Interesting.. Begins as an apple cider... gets a bit sweet and then ends with a bread like flavor. Certainly does taste like a fresh pressed cider. Nice and interesting.

Medium to light body and a refreshing mouth feel. A touch like champagne.

Nicely drinkable. Glad I tried it, but not sure it would be something I would seek. I'd like to try it with a pork dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:38:31 | More by Reagan1984
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours the color of apple juice, very clear with a light amber color but no head. Nose is sweet and appley, like fermented apple juice.

Taste is all apple, very sweet, a little too sweet. The apple is way over the top. Again, it's not bad but it's like fermented apple juice.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:04:58 | More by kingcrowing
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Crystal clear pale brass.

Smell: Apple pie filling, not much else other than that.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet, semi-syrupy sugary mouthfeel. Sweet apple flavor, just like the aroma ... apple pie filling. Hint of cherries and cinnamon from the fermentation. Some cookie dough maltiness within reveals that this is actually a beer. Very sweet finish.

Overall: Awesome to see beers this far down the spectrum of sweetness and even being away from most qualities of beer. You'd think this was a cider though after a few sips some malt comes through.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:57:09 | More by Jason
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of sweet apples, some light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a very strong sweet apple flavor that dominates. I had expected it to be more sour than sweet but I’m not disappointed either. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a very mild hops presence that brings a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the sweet apple flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 04:23:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review.

Half inch white head that is quite fizzy. Head dissipates quickly and there is very minimal retention. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Transparent lighter copper in color. Almost no lacing.

Smell is of sweet, freshly cut Macintosh apples. Smells more like a cider than a beer to me.

Taste is as suggested from the nose.

Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Quite drinkable.

A nice offering from New Glarus whose best offerings incorporate fruit in the brewing process such as this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 05:08:09 | More by ibbjamin
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light copper color. Lots of carbonation can be seen, and there is a half inch of fuzzy head. This beer look a lot like sparkling cider.

S: Sweet apple scent reminds me of apple juice.

T: Sweet apple flavor with a hint of brown sugar malt on the finish. This beer tastes like the filling of an apple pie.

M: Medium to light body. It's slick with a little zip of carbonation. Sweet and sugary finish.

D: I'm really enjoying this beer as it's certainly a change of pace with its lighter body and sweet sugary flavor. I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:37:55 | More by SiepJones
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Apple Ale looks like apple cider with a more robust head. It is a caramel or dark golden orange color with a hazy effervescence. The cap on top froths up suitably, eventually leaving a few wisps of a cap and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Tons of red apple notes in the aroma. It smells sweet and again reminds me of apple cider. There is a bit of a tart acidity that enters my nose as well.

The flavor is nearly spot on for sparkling apple cider. The flavor starts with a burst of red apple skin and sugary apples, with only the tartness giving away any clue that this is not a cider. A bit of white grape juice or white wine adds a little more character to the flavor. Not much from the malt bill actually gets through, and there are certainly no hops present.

The crisp carbonation suits this beer well. It has a light to medium body, and the sweetness from the flavor carries over into a sensation on the lips.

Duplicating the flavor of a cider is an interesting feat, but it is not what I am really looking for in a beer. I would drink this again, but I have enjoyed New Glarus' other fruit beers more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 06:25:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly what I was expecting, this beer is half way between a cider and an ale. It is better than any cider I have tasted, so it might be especially good for someone interested in cider. That said, it has a rather crisp golden yellow appearance with a white head that clears away quickly. It is rather carbonated and has an apple and floral aroma. It goes down very easily and tastes a little sweet, a little sour and went down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 01:51:20 | More by Atricapilla
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained in trade. no date found. poured into tulip. tasted in early/mid june 2009.

looks like apple juice. 1-finger near-white head, foamy, fades to wisps and ring. some splotchy semi-rings of lace here and there.

aroma: smells like fresh apple juice, with touch of skins. not quite cider (non-alcoholic version). touch of caramel.

taste: sweet, tastes like apple juice or soda... almost no bitterness. trace acidity and trace note of fermentation.

fizzy, crisp w/ light to medium body and moments of syrupy feel, but acidity and fizzy carbonation cut through.

semi-refreshing, although a bit sweet. it's ok - interesting, but just not as bold, bright, fresh, and complex as some of their better fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 08:00:44 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like apple juice, with an small white head that didn't leave ton of stick on the sides.

S - Doesn't smell like beer, but smells inviting. Candied apples, apples, cinnamon, apple pie, vanilla, all good stuff.

T - Tastes quite sweet and good and a lot like apple juice, although sweeter with a bit more spice and apple pie taste. Easy to get down.

M - A little syrupy, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - It's good, and it's really great for what it is. Doesn't taste like a beer, but the ladies will love it, and I don't mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:02:06 | More by AgentZero
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of eggshell head over the dark amber brew. Head was short-lived, quickly fading to a layer of small bubbles, and lacing was minimal. Excepting the head that was present, looks like cider. Aroma is deeply of sweet apples, with a tinge of sour here and there. Smells like cider. Taste is pretty much cider as well, but as much sour component, and this incorporates the slightest of discernable malt character, adding a smoothness at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but this one's just too sweet for what I would expect from a apple beer. Now if it were a cider, that would be a different kettle of fish, so to speak. Worth a try for fruit brew lovers out there, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 22:05:17 | More by ppoitras
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is from the Unplugged series. Big thanks to ThomasHardy for knocking this off my wants.

pours a golden amber sort of like apple juice. Smells delicious, lots of apples in here for sure. Smell reminds me of sparkling cider without fizzy kick in the nostrils.

Taste has solid and smooth apple flavor with a little twang like cider. I can tell there is a malt backbone in this but its difficult to detect.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Though this beer seems pretty filling. Its definitely drinkable though I don't think I'd enjoy bottles back to back.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 05:51:28 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mikesgroove strikes again! Thanks dude

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams shaped pint glass. Fizzy white head quickly recedes to a thin ring. Color is like, well, apple juice. I have a two year old, and we are very familiar with apple juice.

Smell is fresh cut red apples. Taste is also very much like apple juice with a hint of caramel malt in the finish. It is not overly sweet, but it comes close.

Mouthfeel is thick and sugary. Only a mild carbonation. I know it's supposed to be beer, but all of my senses say it's a cider

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 12:44:18 | More by bort11
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper/orange color with a fat off-white head that fizzled like crazy and stuck around for a while.

Smell: Apple cider/juice wraps it all up. I keep trying to find the beer smells, but all I get is the cider/juice.

Taste: Very tart and sweet, but in a good way. Tastes good, just not like beer. If that is what Dan was going for, bravo!

Mouthfeel: Very crisp dry in the finish. Would be really nice on a cool day.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:01:16 | More by nsmartell
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3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, light copper color. It poured with a very short lived, light tan fizz.

s: Earthy apple cider. Not at all complex, just very pleasant.

t: This was a little on the sweet side for me. It reminded me of a sugary apple cider.

m: This had a fairly viscous body, but it was relatively still.

d: Thanks to imperialking for this one. Not bad, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 21:22:09 | More by DIM
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3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a soda pop head - loose and it dies almost immediately.

The aroma is candy sweet. Some apple there but it's almost like candied apples.

The flavor is tart with sweet apples overlaying it. Some beeryness sneaks in there but it's mostly apples. Sweeter and with more depth than most hard ciders and with more bite than unfermented ciders.

The mouthfeel is soda again, but here it seems more appropriate. Light with strong carbonation. The carbonation does the job that bitterness might otherwise do, cutting through the sweetness to ensure the taste doesn't become cloying.

No alcohol to the taste. Drinks a lot like a sweet cider, but there's a complexity there that you'd normally only find in a good dry cider.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:04:09 | More by mariposafan
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very sweet with candy and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet but also has an apple tartness at the same time. Light bodied, very sticky texture. A very good beer, the fruit is not overpowering but instead compliments the malt, yeast and hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 14:56:12 | More by kmeves
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber red color, about like you'd expect cider to look. A modest white head retreats quickly, leaving no lacing behind. The liquid is very clear.

Aroma is crisp autumn apples. A second sniff reveals more of a freshly pressed cider. A very nostalgic smell.

A bracing blast of autumn, surprisingly biting upon my first sip. Apple flavor, yes, but also a round malt flavor that brings it all together. The bottle says that a Brown Ale base beer was used, and while I wouldn't have guessed it from the appearance, it does make sense in the flavor department. Decent hop bitterness, more than I expected it to have. The Brown Ale toasted quality becomes more apparent as this warms a little.

Somewhat of a full bodied beer, not quite chewy, but close to it. Tart and semi-sweet finish. Medium to high carbonation. I would actually like to cellar this for a bit, to even out the balance a bit, but really good as is.

Overall, this is a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:40:57 | More by dancinwillie
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.