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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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445 Reviews
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Reviews: 445
Hads: 1,535
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 347
Gots: 210 | FT: 15
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Pours apple juice/apple cider colored with a thin wispy head. Not much lacing.

The smell is of apple cider with a hint of cinnamon.

The taste of apple is sweet with some sour. A touch of caramel, bread and a hint of cinnamon mix in.

While it is sweet, there is a touch of sour and a hint of spicing. Reminds me of baked apples.

A beer with strong cider character.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that reduces to a ring of foam around the top. Bits of foamy lace on the sides.

S: Apple pie, nice sweet apples and cinnamon. A bit of cider as well.

T: Nice apple flavor with some light caramel and some nice spice. A bit of cinnamon and some light malt. Not overly complex, but tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking. Thought the aroma was better than the flavor profile, and wish it tasted like it smelled. But it was still good and a beer I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice

Pours a light fizzy head that fades down to nothing instantly. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is an absolutely clear pink hued peach. Despite the no head, it is a gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma: Dry, crisp golden delicious apples. It smells like an apple harvest or something. Apple sauce flavors. Apple cider. Pretty much all apples.

Taste: This beer tastes like some of NG sours' base brown ale. However, it has none of the sour components, but rather apple flavors and some dry spice. It is pretty much straight up apples. It is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly dry, but clean.

Overall, it is another solid brew from NG. It is pretty easy drinking and I will have no problem with this bottle and probably want another. Awesome stuff.

Edit: As I get further into the bottle it becomes harder to drink due to the sweetness.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a nice amount of lace. Retention ring is thin but present. Really a nice looking beer, could have sworn it was carbonated apple juice.

S: Unreal. Huge freshly picked sweet apples, cinnamon and banana. This literally smells like you just cut up a fresh apple and are smelling it. One of the best smelling fruit beers I've ever come across in my life.

T: Wow again. This is nothing but mashed fresh red and tart Granny Smith apples sprinkled with cinnamon. There's a slight pale malt backbone coming in towards the end, but this is nothing but an apple-centric beer.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated, sweet but finishing with a nice cut. There isn't a lingering sweetness or dryness, it's very sharp which I like.

This beer blew me away. It tastes nothing like a traditional apple cider would, instead this is literally an apple ale/beer. There are so many wonderful apple qualities and flavors here to keep me coming back again and again. I'd love to drink this year-round.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated the opportunity to try this one and thank Bmoyer0301 busting this brew out on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a crystal clear orange color with a thin film of white bubbles that hangs around the inside perimeter of the glass. Swirls and sips produce some spotty lace work on the glass.

The smell of this brew is primarily fresh apple juice with some faint spices akin to cinnamon and some depth of apple skin, not just flesh.

The taste of this brew is all apples, apple juice via sweet concentrated form. Drinking this brew is easy going if you approach it like you are enjoying a hard cider, it is slightly acidic with does a decent job at balancing out the sweetness of this offering. A long lingering aftertaste of apple is left inside the mouth.

Medium to light in body with a modest level of carbonation. Quite easy drinking, if you enjoy apples or hard cider this is certainly a brew to give a try. First impressions of this brew are pretty hard to swallow. This brew was quite tasty in a back-sweetened cider sort of way.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. A fruit beer from New Glarus? Yes please.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apple pie. I get all of the notes I expect, with some cinnamon, apple and bready notes. The flavor also doesn’t disappoint. I get cinnamon, apple and crust notes. This beer tastes like an apple pie. Awesome. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are lots of breweries out there, but I don’t think anyone does fruit beers better than our friends from Wisconsin.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My crazy, sexy, cool cellar continues to yield forgotten treasures. Once I have reduced the backlog, I will not allow that kind of thing to happen again. In the meantime, here goes ...

From the label: "Apple Ale sings with the fresh crisp taste of Wisconsin Apples. Our Brewmaster begins with a brown ale base employing Wisconsin famed wheat and a blend of Cortland, Macintosh and Jonathan apples. Our apple growing friends squeeze them especially for this brew."; "Expect this Ale to pour a beautiful copper color. The fresh bouquet will rise to meet you even before the glass touches your lips. So be sure to sip slowly and enjoy the fruits of a Wisconsin Harvest."; "Vielen Dank!"; "[undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

I employed a very gentle pour, resulting in mere wisps in terms of head. Color was a slightly hazy light-brown with amber highlights. It did, indeed, resemble freshly squeezed apple juice. Nose was very much driven by the apple juice employed in its production. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste was of lightly spiced apple juice. If I had the proper equipment, I might consider heating this in a double boiler as a sort of mulled cider-type of drink. Finish was a pleasant admixture of apple and spice, the latter most likely cinnamon. Very tasty cold and would be welcomed as a hot drink also.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a somewhat murky amber color with a thin head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma smells a lot like apple pie. I get cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg to it along with a lot of sweet, crisp apples. Very cool and good flavor to it. The apple is very nice.

The taste starts out with a big crisp apple flavor to it. I get good amount of sweetness to it, a lot like apple pie filling. The cinnamon and other spices are a little more muted in the taste, but they are there. Very cool taste, definitely has some things in common with apple cider and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty cool beer, they really got the apple flavor to come out pretty nicely. It was a little on the sweet side, but was still pretty drinkable. Interesting beer, as well as a pretty good one too.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep amber. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like apple juice, but a little less sweet. A little bit of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Unsweetened apple flavor. Earthy maybe isn't the right descriptor anymore. Slightly acidic. Then the sweet apple juice kicks in. Finishes like apple juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's pretty good, but apple just isn't an interesting enough fruit for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head, limited lacing, solid head retention.

S: Winter spice, green and yellow apples, mulled cider; decadent, like the best apple pie you've ever smelled.

T: Pretty much with the nose. More cider like than beer. Beautiful winter spice/cinnamon with the true apple flavour, absolutely delicious.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, soft carbonation with a very mild acidity.

D: As with the other New Glarus fruit beers I've had this is incredible. The top 4 fruit beers of my life, they're all New Glarus, can't say more than that.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, light amber golden color, well carbonated with a wispy white head. Nose is heavy on green apple, slightly tart, bready, mild honey, and leafy earth. Flavor is surprisingly well balanced between a golden ale, bready malt and dough, with a slightly less artificial than Jolly Rancher green apple sweet/tart flavor. Medium full body, strong carbonation and a sticky, doughy finish. Wasn't pleasantly surprised to enjoy the entire bottle alone, despite some initial hesitation that this would turn too cloying.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from buzze40, into a tulip.

Hazy orange with a finger or two of white head - retention is minimal but there's some lacing. Nose has some apple flesh, and some mild spicing vaguely resmebling some apple pie. Malt is semi-sweet, and almost resembles a cider. More cooked apples and spicing that further resembles apple pie, sweet malt and a sorta-dry finish. Fairly high carbonation that I wasn't crazy about, but a few swirls took this down to an amazing level. New Glarus does it again - best fruit beers around.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I meant to drink the Bohemian Pilsner but mistakenly opened an Apple Ale. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip, the beer is vibrant copper with one inch white head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

The aroma transports me to an apple orchard. Perhaps an orchard in Wisconsin? Six varieties of apples, the label reads, and I do believe it. Fresh, crisp, apple aroma. The beer smells very sweet and sugary. Reminiscent of a cider. I'm unable to see (or smell, rather) past the nice apple aroma so I'll simply tell you that I noticed no hop or malt characteristics. There wasn't a trace of the brown ale in the nose.

Wow! Delicious! Sweet and slightly tart, crisp apple flavor. It really tastes more like a complex blend of fresh apple cider and apple juice than beer. No alcohol is noticeable. The finish is sweet, crisp, and clean.

Light-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This beer was a serious treat.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to snifter.

A - Medium orange; hazy with a very slight translucence. A ring of white head formed around the edges of the glass.

S - Apple cider and some sweet bready undertones. Not exactly apple pie (at least not in the way that WBR had a wonderful cherry pie aroma).

T - Sweet and tart apple flavours mingle together with a spice profile and some bready malts adding to the palate to create somewhat of an apple pie like flavour. A touch too tart for me.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - This was pretty good and definitely interesting. That said, my expectations for this was that it would be an apple version of WBR and it didn't live up to that.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body the color of strong iced tea with a slight red hue to it. There is a spongy white head that is gone after the first sip. The gentle carbonation of big bubbles glides through to the surface.

S- This beer has a fruity pectin aroma with an apple quality and a unsweetened candy jolly rancher note but it is pretty natural apple over all.

T- The fruity taste of pears and tart apples is crisp and has a soft malt flavor to support it. There is a light toasted note to the malt followed by a fruity finish that is a bit more jolly rancher than cider but is a pleasant combination of the two.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture and a very slight apple astringency in the finish.

D- This beer has a big apple flavor without being sugary candy or chemical tasting. The apple flavors have some nice bright fresh fruit flavors and a soft bit of support from the malt. This beer is easy to drink and the best example of apple beer I have tried.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Younger35 for this foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is significantly darker than the pale color I expected. Rather, it looks like a glass of apple juice except for the 3/4 finger of head blanketing the top of my glass.

S: The apple aroma is stronger and sweeter than I expected (clearly I've underestimated all aspects of this ale). Rather than showing off a tart green apple, the beer goes with a sweet, fuller array of red and yellow varieties. The apple presence is very sugary, very juicy.

T: Each sip has the sweet sugary profile of apple juice. There is little here to remind me that I'm drinking a beer. On the other hand, this isn't a hard cider. The sweetness is intriguing, heavily dependent on the apples for such a blast. If I didn't know any better, I'd never call this a beer.

M: An amazing ale, spot-on for the sweetness of apple juice with the kick that all adults can enjoy. Some things, like the offerings from New Glarus, never cease to amaze me.

D: I love apple juice and I love beer. Therefore, it stands to reason that I love this drink to a geometrically greater degree. I don't see myself drinking this all day long but as a one-off treat it really hits the spot.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy brought home a bunch of Unplugged beer from New Glarus. The Unplugged Apple Ale pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apple pie. I get all of the notes I expect, with some cinnamon, apple and bready notes. The flavor also doesn’t disappoint. I get cinnamon, apple and crust notes. This beer tastes like an apple pie. Awesome. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are lots of breweries out there, but I don’t think anyone does fruit beers better than our friends from Wisconsin.

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Photo of Duff27
4.34/5  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?

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Photo of AlexFields
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Light in color, looks like a cider maybe.

SMELL: Apples and sugar. Not super strong on the nose, but promisiing.

TASTE: Delicious. An even mix of sweet apples and those sweet maple sugar candies you can get at Cracker Barrel. The sweetness is similar to the other New Glarus fruit beers, but without any of the tartness. This beer is extremely sweet and extremely good.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe slightly low in carbonation but it kindof works for this beer. In any case the taste is so good that carbonation isn't on my mind as I'm drinking this.

OVERALL: Another incredible fruit beer from New Glarus. Incredibly tasty and infinitely drinkable, I could probably knock out six in an hour if I didn't stop myself, and I'm usually a slow drinker.


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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 Tone
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color and a lighter golden along the edges. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells strongly of apples and only very slightly of cider. Fits the style a Fruit/Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes strongly of apples, not so much a cider flavor, but actual apples. This is a first for me, and I quite enjoy the fact that a good apple flavored beer is out there. Can't pick out very many other flavors besides the apple, though.

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Photo of aasher
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of Alewatcher, who gave me a bottle simply because he had heard me say that I love this beer in the past. Thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a very light bodied and clear rusty copper in color with a very light and quickly dissipating off white lacing. It doesn't look like much. The aromas are of slightly buttery, spiced caramel apples. It smells great, like roasted apples with cinnamon. The flavors mimic the aromas with more of an apple juice/cider type flavor than the roasted apples. It has nice flavor and isn't cloying like Lindemans Pomme. The closest thing I could relate it to is perhaps Leinenkugels Apple Spice that they used to make. It drinks really light in body and has nice flavor. At four percent, this is incredibly drinkable. My fiancé would love this.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.