Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

437 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 437
Hads: 1,492
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 339
Gots: 200 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Reviews: 437 | Hads: 1,492
Photo of jmp3
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A fun drinking beer lots of sweetness. Sour apple aroma with slight sour taste more sweet tasting to me. Little to no hop aroma and taste. Slight cloudness in glass. Might be fun to mix this with a sour lambic to see what you got. Over a refreshing beer that I would try again. (277 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO4Locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured into a pint glass

A: This beer pours a beautiful deep, translucent copper, with an off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is completely apple cider... nothing but apple and on a good dau, apple cider.

T: Taste is.... I'm sorry apple cider. It's fabulous and wonderful and I would drink it constantly but it's just apple beer that doesn't taste like beer. It literally tastes like apple juice,.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, crisp and clean.

O: Goes down very easy, tasty, not filling, low kick, decent representation of style. This isn't a beer. It's a great lil drink though I feel more goes in the line of cider than beer....but I would hit it up again. (810 characters)

Photo of lester619
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice chrystal-clear amber copper color. The head is thin but it sticks around for the duration. Nice thick sticky lacing. Great fresh apple smell. Thats the only smell at first, but I pick up some more subtle bready, hoppy beer scents as I smell more closely. It's a fantastic smell. I was expecting it to have the fall baking spices added like pumpkin beers. I'm very glad it wasn't. The taste is much like the smell. Very crisp, juicy fresh sweet and sour apple flavors, with just a hint of bread and hops to make you realize this is a beer. That's kind of my problem. I love beer, and I love apples, but does it make either better to put them together? I really like Woodchuck hard cider as a change of pace. This tasted a lot like that except it had a bready, malty base that didn't fit with the apple flavor. That really kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it? I did like the flavor. It's one of the more enjoyable fruit flavored beers I've had. Someone used to cider or wine who is crossing over to beer would be a good audiance for this. Overall, it's a unique and pleasant tasting beer. (1,102 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice light golden copper color with a slight hazyness to it. Small, loosely bubbled and strangely constructed greyish cap that whisps away pretty quickly leaving a thin collar that stays about half the glass down. Lacing is very minimal in spots.

Aroma is musty mushy bruised apples, borderline melon-like with a more musty past-its-prime honeydew thing. Oddly abtrusive yet possibly appetizing and intriguing nose.

Flavor is mellow and musky with a heavy sweet dark apple skin and mush tone. Pretty darn sweet and thickly so; the apple isn't to bad, its not cidery, its mushy, chewy, tangy, and mellow. The sourness is beyond deep in tone, nearly nonexsisitent until very late where some truer crispy apple tones float across the finish.

Feel is partially thick and chewy with a mellow tang and solid sweet dark apple tone thats melony and candy-like. Sugary through and through; smooth and creamy mediumness in body.
A strange brew tis true. One thats either a 'love it' or 'hate it' thing. I'm right in the middle, I don't particularly like it all that much, but it doesn't bother me or uninterest me either. I probably won't buy it again but I'm glad to have tried it. One of those types of brews. (1,213 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuck...what happens when you try to make a cider into a beer? this happens.

Beer is amber and clear with no head, no lacing and low carbonation, this is OK i guess.

Beer smells like apples and spice, this is more upsetting if this isn't what i expected.

Beer is thin to medium bodied and apply. Its sweet and cidery with mild spice and some grain acidity at the end. It's not super enjoyable as I hoped. I doubt I would drink more than the 12 ounces I had. (460 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium orange with nice melon hues. There is a small off-white head. Not super clear but no haze.

The aroma is straight up apple juice. I don't pick up much of anything else at first, but after drinking for a bit I get some bready yeast in the aroma as well.

The taste is somewhat cidery, but I think it tastes more like regular apple juice. There is some breadiness in the start; the finish is all juice.

This is pretty unique and fun to try. It's not entirely my cup of tea, but I can see this being a popular choice for many people. (577 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to rlmartin for including this in our last trade as a bonus.
Aroma is lightly sweetened apples with a touch of honey and biscuit malt. As it warms you get more of the cidery apple characteristics (hints of clove and cinnamon).
The taste starts out initially with obviously apples and honey sweetness. The flavors are crisp with just the right amount of tartness; it is closer to the sweet than the sour side. This would have to be a great late October tailgating brew. The label says this started as a brown ale, but I am not detecting much of that; some notes of brown sugar and caramel maltiness.
Mouthfeel is great; it has a good level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and delicious. Exactly what you think it would be and exactly what you would want it to be. Overall I really enjoyed this beer; it's certainly a change of pace with its lighter body and sweet caramel/honey flavors. I would certainly drink this beer again, preferably in the middle of Autumn. (971 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Secret Bunny from HogWildLiquor. Thanks!

A-Pours a clear copper amber with a little bit of white head and some lacing.

S-Apple cider, apple juice. No beer aromas...

T-Nice blend of tart and sweet apple flavors. Again, where's the beer?

M-Crisp and nicely dry in the finish. Light.

D-Yeah, about 8 oz. of this will do it for me. Glad I got to try it, but not really my thing.

HV (399 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale pours a thin head over a clear amber brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose ripe, slightly funky apple. Flavor is more apple with notes of funky English Ale yeast a little tart but also sweet. Mouthfeel starts a little crisp, trending a little syrupy with more apple in the aftertaste. Except for a touch of yeast funk, this is pretty indistinguishable from a sweet hard cider. Not bad for what it is- a nice dessert beer, or alternatively, a component in a cocktail. Nevertheless, a little disappointing since New Glarus's Unplugged series has been pretty spectacular in my opinion. (613 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company. New Glarus is famous for its fruit beers. This is my first fruit beer by New Glarus.
Score: 86

Summer 2011 vintage bottle served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 04/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a clean and transparent golden straw yellow, apple juice-like color. Has a pretty effervescent appearance. A finger of bubbly head at pour settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Below average lacing and poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet-and-sour apple candy mixed with juicy and sweet honeycrisp apple and mactinosh apple aroma. There's a little candied watermelon and spice in the aroma too. Smells like it could be a Smirnoff Ice variant. Quite pleasant. 4/5

Taste: There's a nice sweet and juicy apple flavor throughout with candied, but not sweet-and-sour (surprisingly, given the aroma), apple flavor on the midpalate. Some have described this beer as a green jolly rancher, and I'd agree. The flavor is very pleasant and crisp, but then there is a really strange aftertaste to the beer. The aftertaste is slightly grainy with a malty corn sugar flavor -- almost like a malty American adjunct lager-like flavor that reminds you "hey, this is a beer" (but in a negative way, given the beer's primary flavors). The aftertaste really ruins what would have otherwise been a really refreshing fruit beer. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lively carbonation. Nice and prickly sweetness on the tongue. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, fruity and crisp. 3.75/5

Overall: No one else I talked to who has had this beer before could recall the aftertaste, but they had the beer awhile ago. Maybe this beer has fallen off or I just got a bad bottle. If not for the aftertaste, I would have probably scored this one much closer to a 90.

Recommendation: If you like fruit beers or the flavor of the green jolly rancher, then seek this one out.

Pairings: Horchata.

Cost: $2.99 for a 12 oz bottle or $10.99 for a four pack. (1,970 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Appearance - Poured a finger of off-white lite tan foam which disappeared in about a minute. Bode is a slightly hazy amber. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Huge nose of apple juice, and just a whiff of minerals.

Taste - There's very good apple flavor here, it's definitely sweet but not overly sweet like some carbonated apple juices are. The apple flavor seems very natural and authentic, not artificially flavored. I'm trying to find more "ale-like" nuances here but I can't find any. There may be a touch of breadiness long into the finish, but it is not easy to find.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, very juice with some lighter but crisp carb, it's somewhat smooth but has some carb prickle that builds up air in the esophagus quickly, very much like soda pop would. Some of the carb has edges all the way down, but I don't find this enjoyable or desirable.

Overall - So there is excellent apple flavor here. But If there is a brown ale base used here it has been overcome by the apples. If you like apples, you're going to love this, as the apples are bold and natural flavored. I'm glad to have tried and rated this but I will not seek it out again. (1,163 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Current rating seems a little high....one of these is about all I can handle....not a horrible brew but I prefer their other fruit beers better.

Pours a cloudy copper color...nose is lighter than expected but is very fresh smelling...enjoyable nose....taste is much sweeter than I anticipated. I expected some acidic bitterness but this is more like baked sweet apples covered in brown sugar...Medium bodied....

A nice change of pace beer...I would think about ordering it as a desert beer or perhaps with some pancakes for breakfest but that is about it....just real overwhelmingly sweet. (595 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of kmeves
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifters

Thanks to Jebus3513 for the share

Pours a clean copper color with little to no head or lacing, just some stray bubbles floating along the surface that quickly fade away. When held up to the light, this looked exactly like apple juice. Uncanny resemblance.

The aroma is apples and caramel. Lots and lots of apples. Tart and sweet with hot, sticky caramel.

A mix of sweet and tart juicy apples and sticky caramel. This tastes like a fermented caramel apple. The finish is very tart and comes through with a sweeping dryness that reminds me of cheap champagne.

The feel is light, maybe approaching medium. Some stickiness from the caramel and a touch prickly from the carbonation, but it works considering the style.

Overall, this is as advertised. Nothing that blows me away but nothing that makes me run back for more. (857 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

unplugged from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear apple cider color with fast receding head to a dismal collar ..no/little lacing

S- is mostly apples in a pleasant way with some malt a slight touch of sour apple/fruit

T- is fresh apples.... really to me it tastes like apple cider with some malts and caramel a little hop presence.a touch of musty apple

M- is medium carbonated and sweet with bursting apple flavor

D- really can only drink 1 is fairly sweet and taste to much like apple cider..good to try but not one i will seek out soon (539 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015-06-10
12oz bottle split between a pair of Georgetown samplers. 2964 12:28 is the bottle code.

Pours clear amber with a small head. Smell is apples and beer. Mostly apple juice.

Taste is delicious apple juice. But not beer.A little twist of tartness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent. Overall, good if you like apple juice, not going to satisfy a beer craving, though. (381 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Thanks Matthew!

A: Pours a clear apple juice color with a frothy off-white head that briefly foamed up after the pour before fading into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Surprisingly musty notes of stinky cheese almost edge out the crisp and lightly sweet scents of fresh squeezed apple juice. Apple does smell juice-like rather than a specific type of fresh apple.
T: Carbonated apple juice all the way. Tastes like a cider. I get notes of pear mixed in with the golden apple, caramel, and slight butterscotch. Finish has some of the cheese from the nose, and the aftertaste is full of apple skins and martinelli's apple cider. Very mild tartness. Crisp finish.
M: Chewy mouthfeel, thick and syrupy at times, but finishes dry and sweet. Splashy carbonation. Drinks well.
O: Very similar to a cider, maybe a bit thicker and maltier than most. Overall good, but not NG’s best. (884 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.62/5  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. (634 characters)

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.