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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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447 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,553
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 348
Gots: 208 | FT: 13
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: 447 | Hads: 1,553
Photo of NSK79
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter

A - Pours a reddish orange, very little head, and receded quickly, no lacing.

S - Smells like fresh apple cider, mild tartness comes through in the nose

T - Exactly what you would think from the nose with a very fresh and tart apple taste, balanced with a hint of brown sugar I think.

M - light to medium bodied, light carbonation, not sticky as I expected, but more on the dry side.

O - I'm loving this beer much more than I initially thought I would when I purchased it. It delivers such a balanced flavor without being overkill. These guys definitely know what they are doing with fruit beer.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another from the Stellar New Glarus.
Poured in my NG glass, light brown, cider color.Cloudy unfiltered apple cider look with a nice creamy head.Medium carbonation.
Smells awesome.White wine, cider, bready apple pie crust, vinegar, spices like cinnamon, clove ginger. Pepper, yeast adds a nice bite in the mix. Doesn't smell like overly sweet juice or cider at all, light spicy and crisp.
Flavor is wonderful.Lightly sweet, very fresh lemony character that comes from very fresh apples. Pepper, clove, yeast, vinegar, chardonnay, perfect carbonation to lighten and enhance the wonderful mix of flavors. Finishes long and spicy with another touch of bread.
Not sure about the complaints of this being too sweet.Light, crisp, refreshing and tart with a great spice profile is more like it.
for what it is..an apple beer..it is spot on hence my high score
excellent unique beer from what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this one on the shelf when I stopped by New Glarus.

A: Pours a lovely golden brown hue with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. The retention is low but some spotty lace is noted.

S: Wow nice aroma, this one had my wife begging to drink it. Tons of fresh red and green apple, lots of sweetness with a touch of bitter. It is spiced no doubt about it. Tons of cinnamon with a splash of nutmeg. Cider has nothing on this one.

T: Wow the flavors. If you like the cider brews, you will love this one. Tons of fresh sweet and bitter apples.... skins included. Bold spice pushes thru as well... Very hot apple cider like. Wonderful flavors, with insane drinkability.

M: Light to medium in body, bubbly with an insane smoothness.

D: If you like cider beer, hell if you like cider you will love this one. Tons of apple and spice, if you were pour it in a glass for a beer hater they would have no idea this one is a beer. No hint of alcohol. This one is all about apple and spice... In such a wonderful way.

New Glarus does it again. It is a different monster than Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but just as tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with the code 3111. I reckon that's the 311th day of 2011.

It pours a clear light gold with close to a 2 finger head of foam and has a lot of lacing.

The smell is...green apples, green apples! I LOVE that aroma.

The taste is yummy. Loads of apples bringing both sweet and tart notes that really intensify when I swish the beer in my mouth. I was looking for the base beer, Brown Ale, and though it had some hints of one, the fruit just dominated completely and I'm alright with that. Lots of flavour in this 4%abv brew to enjoy.

On the upper end of light bodied with a nice effervescent level of carbonation, the mouthfeel was good and the drinkability..excellent.

A real fun beer to drink.

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Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a somewhat thinner head, but one that quickly disappears leaving behind a darker gold, lighter read color that is somewhat clear and easy to see through...quite nearly matches the color and grain of wood in my IKEA kitchen table...

s - apple pie; theres the fruit present with a mixture of some bready malt that makes a nice 'grammas apple pie' kinda feel to it

t - wow... if i didn't know better, i'd claim it as a heck of a cider... apple immediately, but a nice, frsh granny smith taste to it...

m - clean, crisp, clear and cold

o - a pretty good apple ale... Enjoyable

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Photo of drizzam
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass...crystal clear copper color. Minimal bright white head which dissipates pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Smells like I took a big bite out of a fresh green apple. Not much else to the aroma but fresh apples. Very tasty smelling.

T - What else to expect from the taste here besides...apples. I do get a bit of a cinnamon undertone from this one as well. A very tasty brew indeed!

M - Thinnish mouthfeel, I think the medium carbonation lends to this a bit. Finishes crisp with no aftertaste.

D - This brew has a very high sessionability factor! Not sure what the ABV is here, but is has to be below 5%. I'm gonna be going out and picking a bunch of this up while it's still on the shelves to ensure I have plenty available for the Summer! If you like this beer style, this is a must try! Great job New Glarus!

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Photo of ballewblake
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unplugged label, poured into my Duvel Tulip

One finger off white head on pour, clear amber body. Head falls quickly, but a quick swirl brings back some fiz, otherwise retention is weak. Nose is a really really sweet apple cider, with a hint of spice, jolly rancher? smells great. Taste is just as interesting, lots of cider flavors, sweet, well carbonated on the tongue. I really like this, perfect quencher after working out! Great mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Thanks to Taturbo for this one!

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Photo of bifrost17
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle split with my special lady friend, made possible by my good friend durb777, thanks Nick!

A: The beer honestly looks to me like an IPA/DIPA. Pours a hazy orange IPA looking color, a white head forms but dissipates pretty quickly. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, decent lacing.

S: Wow! Smells fresh apple cider up front. After the initial apple cider smell I start getting lots of caramel and honey notes. Wow, looks exactly like beer, but smells just like cider.

T: Tastes pretty similar to the nose, but not so much of the apple cider up front. Lots of caramel and honey going on, maybe a slight sourness in the finish. I even get a little bit of a tart cherry note in there.

M: Creamy, smooth, light, and bubbly.

O: Overall I'm pretty surprised by this beer. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but New Glarus definitely delivered again! I don't think I could drink more than 12 ounces of this beer, for being only 4% I'm finding it pretty sweet and rich. The way this beer blurs the lines between an ale and cider is pretty unreal. Keep doing what you do New Glarus!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus' Apple Ale smells and tastes astonishingly like fresh apples; and it's dark amber body with golden highlights is also reminiscent of cider. There's little head, and only a thin collar remains of that; and lacing is limited to just a few tiny spots here and there. The taste is of apples, although a touch of malt can be found if you look close enough. It's very delicately carbonated, and surprisingly much fuller in the mouth than might be expected. It finishes sweet with some lingering maltiness. It's certainly not your average beer, and I see it as somewhat of an apertif or dessert beer, but it's delicious regardless.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, bought at the New Glarus Brewery in New Glarus, WI.

A - Sparkling apple juice.

S - Oh my. Crisp, fresh apple cider. Apple pie, crust included. Cinnamon. Oh man. I could smell it all day. New Glarus should invest in an air freshener business on the side.

T - Sweet, clean, refreshing. Tart and very tasty, with a lingering malt taste that reminds you it is a beer. Slight biscuit.

M - No stickiness, definite plus. Very carbonated. Light and bubbly.

O - Excellent fruit beer, I would not expect less from New Glarus, and one of my personal favorites of the style. It never lets you forget you're actually drinking a beer, either. Must try if you're a fan of fruity beer or apples, and recommended if you wanna try something new. Good stuff.

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear shimmering amber with tiny, light carbonation that diffuses into a thin veil of froth on the surface. This simply looks like a lightly carbonated Apple Juice.

S- Baked Apple and champagne-like effervescence fills the nose. Im also picking up some dark cherry notes, smells almost like a apple and cherry pie. Very sweet and inviting.

T - New Glarus does it again with this fruit offering! The sweet flavor of apples hits you right up front, but no where near cloying. The finish has a slight tartness that perfectly balances the taste of this low ABV beer.

M - Perfect viscosity for the flavor, not too watery, and not overly rich and frothy. There is enough carbonation to give this a champagne type mouthfeel, without causing any off flavors or acidity.

D - Off the charts in this category. A sip becomes a drink, and a drink becomes a gulp, and a gulp becomes... well my 4 pack wont last long. I cant imagine anyone NOT liking this stuff.

It is not terribly complex, but seems to successfully accomplish with apples what their Belgian Red does with Cherries. Their Unplugged Apple Ale is just further proof that New Glarus is the American (possibly World?) Champions of the Fruit/Veg segment of craft brewing.

If you are lucky enough to find this, don't hesitate to pick it up. If you don't like it (doubtful!) you wont have to go far to find someone who will.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wine glass.

Appeared a orange/gold/red color with a 1 finger white head. Very active looking with lots of carbonation. Nice and clear.

Smell is of apples...duh. Also somewhat of an apple pie smell - perhaps some caramel. Smells a bit like natural apple juice/cider. Definitely a slight 'funky' smell present.

Taste is awesome. Very natural apple taste mixed with a touch of spicy-ness and funk. Very sweet - tastes like a cider. Slight white wine flavors in there. No alcohol detected.

Light, crispy, and refreshing mouth-feel. Very carbonated and champagne-like.

Very nice beverage. Definitely something that my significant other enjoys. Will seek out more next autumn...New Glarus..if you read this..please make a Brett-ed version of this. I feel that it could turn out incredible!

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Photo of Buddha22
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a great fruit beer. When poured a beautiful amber/butterscotch color appears. A little fizzy head appears, but dissipates quickly. Apple tart comes in the nose with a sweet sugary smell to accompany it. Also a cider scent is pretty prevalent. Taste is similar to a candied apple, but not overpowering at all which is pleasant. You don't get sick of the sweetness, at least after one bottle. Malts work well to counter act the sweetness and to keep you wanting more. Mouth feel is light to medium with good carbonation. Very drinkable. It is a fruit beer so easy to get down. But for someone who usually doesn't like fruit beers, this is very well done.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Copps in Antigo, $9.99 / 4 pack. into a New Glarus flute glass.

pours a light copper color with a half inch bubbly head. the smell is of very ripe apples and fresh apple cider. the taste is almost identical, fresh apple cider with a great tart finish though not sour at all. like tart granny smiths. alcohol is absolutely undetectable. medium to light bodied with perfect carbonation.

overall another absolutely amazing fruit beer from New glarus!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very slightly hazy and golden with light copper hues. Head is about half a finger, off white and has decent retention. Lots of bubbles floating up from the etchings in my glass.

Smell has bright fresh apple aromas. Very similar, nearly identical to apple cider. Very slight must at the end.

Taste on this is great. Fresh apple cider like flavors forward that are light and refreshing. Light to moderate sweetness that is not overpowering by any means. Slight acidity in the finish helps balance the crisp sweet flavors a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Light crisp highly refreshing feel. Tons of carbonation helps the sweet flavors remain incredibly crisp with tons if bubble assaulting your tongue.

Overall awesome apple ale. Better then any apple cider I have had.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foiled 12oz from a 4-pack poured into a snifter.

Many, many thanks to zimmerbloke for this beer. An extremely generous BA.

L: Crystal clear, light brown. Champagne carbonation. Looks like sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice, brings childhood new years to mind.

S: Spicy-hot apple. Slight twinge of booze, but not overmuch. Really smells like a warmish apple juice with a touch of spice.

T: Starts sweet and builds into a delicious appley spiciness. Sweet, but not too much. Great seasoning in the spice here.

F: Feels just like sparkling cider, perfectly champagne-y. Carbonation is wonderful.

D: Could drink this all day. Perfect in fall, will be perfect in winter, and I could see cracking this on a hot summer day as well.

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Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into wine glass.

A - Hazy Amber/Gold with fluffy white 2 finger head. Leaves some lacing. Stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Apple Pie/Cider, Cinnamon. Sweet and tart,

T - Like grandma's apple pie with just the right amount of sweet and tart. Such a fun beer to quaff.

M - Good Carbonation, light bodied.

O - A delicious apple fruit beer that isn't the garbage that is out there from the Macros. Get some!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition - scooped a case for drinking and spreading

i have heard how great this beer was since i moved here in 2005 - i just missed the original release

appearance: poured into a standard pint glass, clear placid golden-straw body, light cream head and no lacing left behind

smell: holy smokes...thats some fresh apple cider! Thoughts of fall Saturday mornings at the farmers market with loads of fresh apples and organic cider fill my head

taste: This beer is a little ridiculous to be honest. It's absolutely fantastic cold as ice but could likely be served heated (i'll try that sometime). There is little difference between this beer and a great apple cider...the tartness level is just perfect and the strong red apple presence is really great in this one

mouthfeel: tart, light and lively

drinkability: insanely drinkable for me - i love fresh apple cider

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Photo of brewbucker
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this actually getting better with a little age on it. I bought it as soon as it came out and had a couple which I thought were very tasty. Now it is sublime. pours a very clean copper with a small head and moderate carbonation. The aroma? Well the aroma is probably the most natural smelling fruit beers I have encountered. A little tart. A little sweet. Hints of spice. Flavor started out on the sweet side but seems to be getting more tart as it warms a little. Again. It is such a natural flavor compared to some other fruit beers. I saw this for sale as recently as a week or two ago and now I am kicking myself for not buying a few more four packs.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange-copper-amber with an ephemeral head. Active carbonation visible within and throughout keeps a thin spotty layer of foam afloat. Tracing drapes the edges of the glass.
S-Sweet. tart, fresh red apples. A bit of malt character emerges as the temperature rises.
T-Upfront is blend of bold sweet apples and light sweet malt which rapidly and pleasantly transition onto the sour taste buds. Midpalate is full of apple pie aroma, with cinnamon, spice, and dough. Faint hops in finish supplement the tartness with a little bitterness, cut into the sweet, full flavor, and wrap up a very pleasant drinking experience with a combination of tartness, even malt, and fruit.
M-Light-to-medium bodied w/robust carbonation, very evenly balanced, and pleasant. The body and carbonation complement each other well, and carry each other through the finish. The fresh apple dominates, but the other characteristics keep it in check, and make it interesting.
D-I was extremely impressed with this brew, a great combination of top-notch flavor and lively mouthfeel. I'm not usually big on this style, but I will definitely buy this again. It pairs well with crepes, and drinks well on its own. Sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, bright copper color with the faintest suggestion of head and virtually no lace.

S: Incredible aroma of fresh-pressed, roadside farm stand apple juice. The kind that's so fresh, it was probably hanging on the tree that morning. Slightly tart edge of green apples, with the sweet spiciness of a Fuji or Honey Crisp.

T: See above. Spiced apples and caramel, with hints of cider, cinnamon, and homemade pie crust. Unbelievable!

M: Initial blast of fresh, ripe apple sweetness that leads into a brief fresh fruit tang, and which is gradually eclipsed by a creeping dry spiciness.

D: This is an amazingly balanced fruit beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after reading a couple of reviews of this I decided to try it and managed to pick up the last 4 pack of this at the Brat Stop. What an awesome score!

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another in the bounty of New Glarus goodies traded to me by alcstradamus. Again, thank you.

Pours a clean, clear copper with orange highlights & just a little head (about a quarter-inch). Not much lacing, a swirl left some little strands.

Smells awesome: sweet baked apples, some honey-like sugar, baking spices.

Taste is like farmhouse cider with a subtle but solid malty, bready follow-up in the body. Delicious. Finishes tart.

Mouthfeel is very active, prickly, tingly -- hits you like A1. Acidic in a good way. Thicker & stronger than cider without being sticky.

I really enjoyed this beer -- my experience with fruit beers is that they tend to be either very thin or taste like the fruit has been "added" in some way. This was right up front & defined by the apples without losing the body & malt that makes a great beer. One of the best fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yup, looks pretty much like fizzy apple juice. Very clear and golden amber. Mildly carbonated, yet managed to produce a solid one finger off white head that receded to leave a nice collar. Also managed to leave some decent, thin yet sticky clouds of lace.

Nice aroma here. Not surprisingly there is a lot of apple, fruity and aromatic, in the aroma, as well as a hint of spice. Like apple pie in a glass, with caramel and crust from the malts. A hint of cinnamon and allspice as well.

A must for any fan of apple pie and beer. Apple and malts in wonderful balance, aromatic and flavorful with a touch of tartness. Caramel and pie crust from the malts, and a nice hint of earthy pie spice.

Another great brew from New Glarus. Apple and malts are married together to make for an interesting medium bodied brew. Mildly carbonated yet quite finely so, making for a nice spritzy feel.

Incredibly drinkable, and perhaps the perfect breakfast ale. Another incredible Unplugged offering from this great brewery. The alcohol is almost hidden by the sweet, aromatic, and slightly tart apple juice. Im lucky to be able to make frequent trips to Wisconsin. I suggest you head to the land of the cheeseheads and pick up a few four packs before they are all gone.

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Photo of vitrael
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a lot Dan's unplugged series, it's difficult to put this one in a box. It has little in common with most other fruit beers I've approached, and in particular it associates more with fresh apple cider flavors than beer flavors. That said, I'm giving Dan the benefit of the doubt (which he well deserves) and figuring he set out to create a beer of intense, unadulterated fresh apple flavor, with the body and mouthfeel of a beer. And that he did.

At the first crack of the bottle, you get the sensation that you've bitten into a honeycrisp apple off the vine, and its juices are wafting up into your nose. The delicate fresh sweetness borders on the flavor of white grapes or a good chardonnay. The appearance is crystal clear and golden, with a thin white film of a head. Before tasting, you could mistake it easily for a sparkling apple juice.

You'll discover, as soon as you part your lips, the full bouqet of fresh apple flavor is executed perfectly on the tongue. It is really very sweet, quite cider-like, but balanced nicely due to the lightness of body and relatively high carbonation. The actual character of the hopping here is almost imperceptible, just enough to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. How such a powerful fruit characteristic was achieved, I really don't know. Barley has taken a back seat in this beverage.

My hat off to Dan as usual (probably the only exception was choco-abbey... man, what was that about?)

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, believe brdc hooked me up at DLD but I could be wrong!

Pours a crystal clear light amber, some orange highlighting, thick white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is real neat, like apple juice, caramel, lightly sugary, toasty/biscuity, treacle, pears, cider, very malty, quite sweet, but really interesting maltiness, and real nice apple aroma, definitely unique. Taste is similar, lots of apple juice character, very fresh, lightly tart, great maltiness, caramel and honey, toast and biscuit, very rich and full, very fresh and juicy, this stuff is great! Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, real nice tartness. Insanely drinkable, I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.