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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 317
Gots: 157 | FT: 8
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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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

1/5  rDev -75.8%

04-27-2012 19:15:30 | More by Craftonly23121
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ThatsThatDude

New York

1/5  rDev -75.8%

03-04-2014 01:16:04 | More by ThatsThatDude
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ryno2112


1/5  rDev -75.8%

09-26-2012 00:56:09 | More by ryno2112
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neorunner

Virginia

1.88/5  rDev -54.5%

Thanks to DougoftheFuture for sending me this in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

12oz bottle shared w/ Pitasoup (he's living w/ me now). Golden yellow in color when poured into a New Belgium tulip with two inches of light fluffy cloud-like head. This beer is nuclear green jolly rancher in the nose to the point of chemical esque aromas. Green apple and cloyingly sweet for flavor. I can't say that I'm a fan of this beer, the chemical aroma comes through in the taste as well. Could be from growing up in an ice cream store and being very attuned to artificial flavors.

The reveal: New Glarus Apple Ale. Well this is a great beer to send in this BIF, if only because it is so polar in all accounts. Reading the label it says they used green apple juice, I'm wondering if it was concentrate.

03-24-2012 23:50:27 | More by neorunner
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.05/5  rDev -50.4%

12oz bottle courtesy of shellac01 (thanks, Mike!), into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear amber, with a slight head. Little lacing and not much in the way of retention.

S - Unsurprisingly, apples are the dominant note. Bits of caramel and sugar, cotton candy, and lots of granny smith apple. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing nose when it's cold, although it gets a little muddled as it warms.

T - Ohhh no. This is weird -- I didn't really get any of this in the nose, but it's a butter bomb. The diacetyl dominates the flavor, making it very unpleasant. I get the apple to start, then the butter and salt take over. Difficult to get past a few sips.

M - Somewhat slick and oily. Full, decent carbonation otherwise.

O - Man, this is disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy this, but the diacetyl makes it impossible. As much as I don't want to, this is going down the drain. I'm guessing I just got a bad bottle or batch, so I'll have to acquire another and revisit this review. But for now this is it, dammit.

04-26-2011 14:41:36 | More by djmichaelk
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -48.4%

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with no head. What happens is a few white bubbles pop up and then are gone. Looks like a darker shade of apple juice.

S- This is pretty easy it smells like apples. I can't pick up anything other than apple sweetness.

T- Tastes pretty much like apple juice and is pretty sweet.

M- Very light and pretty good amount of carbonation.

O- This one reminds me of a cider or wine cooler or better yet a glass of apple juice. Too sweet and has no taste or anything that I enjoy from beer. I do however understand how some people enjoy this beer.

12-14-2011 11:45:16 | More by nrbw23
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -46%

thanks to zimberbloke for this one.

A- Very minimal head is created on the pour and none is left after a minute. The beer is crystal clear and a few shades darker than apple juice.

S- Apple is intensely strong on the nose. It literally fills the room. Its a juicy red cider smell. A little bit of green apple tartness is picked up too.

T- Wow, uh. This is weird. Apple juice and cider wash over the palate. Its very sweet but has a touch of tartness at the end. Being that I don't like cider, this is a but too sweet for me.

M- Very prickly and dry. Light bodied.

D- Just about sickeningly sweet. It leaves that cider twang in the back of the throat that I can't deal with.

12-18-2010 06:02:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

01-04-2012 01:43:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

02-18-2012 08:37:40 | More by chrispoint
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josephwa

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

02-05-2013 21:22:41 | More by josephwa
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cheers405

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

01-27-2012 03:40:40 | More by cheers405
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incubuscience

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

06-15-2014 02:25:27 | More by incubuscience
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Herky21

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

03-08-2014 16:12:05 | More by Herky21
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -32.2%

Toasted golden in color- a shade right between yellow and amber. The head is greying beige and vanishes nearly as soon as the pour is completed. It looks like cider, and for good reason.
The nose is, not surprisingly, dominated by apples, all red and sweet. Deeper in, some cedar and yeast notes add traces of spice.
Begins with elephantine apple aggression. All laid out at the fore. Red apples. Juicy. Sweet. Sugary. Some cinnamon notes at the close, with a slight cedar woodiness. But complexity is foregone in order to deliver all apples, all the time.
This is basically carbonated apple juice. It's not readily identifiable as alcoholic, and certainly not as beer.

This needs to be more tart, as the sweetness is heavy handed. More yeasty, lambic-esque nuance would be a start. I'd also appreciate some semblence of malt and/or hops contributions. Until then, I'll view this as more of a malternative, or hard cider, than a beer.

I enjoy the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart quite a bit, but this is hardly drinkable for me. It maintains the fruit, but lacks the nuance. It's just not in the same league.

10-12-2004 05:50:26 | More by cokes
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Akrat


3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-28-2012 18:15:16 | More by Akrat
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Tennessee

3/5  rDev -27.4%

07-15-2014 16:05:30 | More by atlbravsrno1
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -27.4%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

11-16-2011 19:38:30 | More by enelson
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Mandark

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-10-2013 05:45:16 | More by Mandark
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ackeeper

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-12-2014 13:53:10 | More by ackeeper
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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

03-17-2013 01:52:47 | More by krl2112
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-17-2011 02:22:00 | More by TasteTester
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Nachos4two

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

02-06-2013 15:39:50 | More by Nachos4two
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3/5  rDev -27.4%

08-08-2014 00:44:51 | More by Thedrizzle
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dazanas

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-06-2013 22:40:26 | More by dazanas
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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.