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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,078 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 311
Gots: 143 | FT: 12
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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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-12-2013 18:56:04 | More by CityofBals
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-05-2013 17:31:40 | More by oldvines
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't blown away by this one the first time I had it but the second time, whoa!!! The first time I had it I was like, "okay, it's apple flavored, BFD". The second time I had it after having some Belgian Red and I liked it way better than the BR. Maybe the tartness of the BR really made the Apple Ale shine, I don't know, whatever it is I'll be looking for more of this if I can find it.

Pours looking like apple cider, the smell is all sweetness and apples too, yum. The flavor is where I was blown away in the second tasting. The BR is all tart cherries, the Apple Ale has a lot of apple flavor and a crispness in it but there is this butterscotch flavor that dominates at the end that is like nothing I've ever had. I didn't recognize it the first time I had it but it was the most obvious thing the second time around and made for a wonderfully complex flavor. The mouthfeel goes right along with the flavor, buttery. As for drinkability it's crisp, yet that butterscotch flavor was wonderful. I want more, great drinkability. I loved this beer, best thing NG makes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:27:33 | More by plumcrazyfx
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz red foil laden bottle into a flute glass

Effervescent yellow with a white collar. Surface is continually barraged by an army of aggressive bubblage.

Smells like the holidays. Cinnamon doused apple pie, both sweet and tart.

Oh, the things New Glarus does with fruit. Beautiful interplay of sweet and tart apples. Pie crust and cinnamon also showcased. Highly enjoyable and scary how the smell and tastes of this beer play into memories of childhood and holiday time with family.

Light, crisp and extremely refreshing. More juicy than dry. Drinks more like juice than a cider like Wood Charles.

This is the epitome of drinkability. So fresh, so accessible and low in alcohol, and so pleasant to drink on a rainy fall afternoon. Thank you, New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:42:25 | More by BarrytheBear
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-21-2012 17:25:46 | More by smutty33
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-27-2012 00:49:08 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into allagash tulip.

This beer is all about apples. If those aren't your thing, steer clear. It pours like apple juice, although there's a nice white head on top. Nose is again- all apples- fresh and sweet red apples. The taste is... wait for it... apple-y with a big tidal wave of fuji and red delicious. Faint cinnamon and spice rounds out the profile. Light bodied-, well-carbed, refreshing.

If you like apples- you'll prob. like this beer. It's more apple-flavored-beverage than beer, but damn, is it tasty. Reccomended.

650

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 17:51:06 | More by ShogoKawada
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-01-2011 02:03:23 | More by BeerThursdays
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Todd on RB for this New Glarus goodie.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a quick one finger white head. A small ring of foam remains with little to no weibbing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is unbelievable. Sweet McIntosh, Gala, and Red Delicious apples dance in the nose, I don't think anyone could tell the difference between this beer and real apple juice. A sweet malty undertone with a tea like aroma as well. Taste begins with sugary sweet apple sauce and a a touch of cinnamon spice. Some graininess and caramel malt midway with more sweet apples. Aftertste is slightly dry with a cider like flavor. I just wish there was a touch more sour on tongue, but really, this beer (and I use that term loosely) is delicious. Light body with a crisp feel and mild carbonation. I drank apple juice like it was going out of style when I was a youngin. I don't detect any alcohol in this what-so-ever and could easily enjoy this every morning with breakfast if it was available to me. This is a must try for any beer geek, I need more!!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:33:47 | More by BeerTruth
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-15-2012 16:42:55 | More by cfrances33
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VonZipper

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2014 22:05:02 | More by VonZipper
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vande

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:44:17 | More by vande
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.5%

11-30-2012 22:50:40 | More by sbricker
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(A) Good look. Clear, Clean, signs of carbonation and no apple chunks.
(S) Delightful. Apple aroma could be smelled long before bringing the glass to my mouth.
(T) Fantastic! A great taste, like slightly sour green apples but with the sweetness of apple pie.
(M) Good. Crisp and clean, but a little too bubbly for my palate.
(D) This goes down the hatch with ease. Chug, Swig, or sip just a great, drinkable beers.
A beer that could be introduced to non-beer drinkers as a gateway beer.
Way to go New Glarus!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:45:41 | More by u2carew
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid copper orange color with no head and no lacing, even despite a hard pour. Bottle says it's a brown ale base, but there's nothing brown about the look. Nose is mostly apples and light spices. Not getting much of a base beer aroma, but it smells excellent. Taste is very reminiscent of apple cider, which is to be expected I suppose, but I'm just getting anything in the way of beer. This thing is very sweet, but not cloyingly so, and is basically all apples and spice. I'm honestly having a hard time picking out which spices in particular were used (cinnamon?), if any at all, but it's all very well balanced, with no bitterness from hops. Body is medium, carbonation is perfect. All in all, this one tasty brew, but it doesn't really taste like beer. It does, however, taste better than any hard cider I've ever choked down. An interesting ale, and very nice for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 21:21:27 | More by KeefD
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2012 23:15:18 | More by antoines15
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-07-2014 13:46:56 | More by ldhughes3
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bort11

Missouri

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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magictacosinus

California

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, amerak! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a tanned orange amber, complete with a ton of carbonation as well as a decent half finger of frothy white foam at the top. Lots of bubbles glue themselves to the bottom of the glass at first while the lager-like burst of carbonation follows. Leaves behind some decent stickiness against the glass. Looks a lot like good quality cider.

Oh, yes, this is definitely an apple forward beer at the aroma, but that definitely comes as no surprise, what with given the borderline cider/beer hybrid that this aims to be. Vivid notes of fresh pressed apples, alongside cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel. Smells just like an apple pie, in certain respects. There's some stone fruit in there, but it's indistinguishable underneath the spiced apple-y flavor. This is very lovely stuff, even if it's rather one dimensional.

Gosh, talk about a beer that sort of splits my brain in half in the midst of its hybrid format. I'm a huge cider lover, particularly of the drier, mustier kinds that you get in places such as Normandy or parts of England. This is happily far less on the sweet, candied side, and reaches more towards this cider flavor that pleases me the most. Notes of yellow and red apples explode in the mouth, followed by a touch of caramel from the malts. At the finish, however, some diverse spices come in ranging from cinnamon to tamarind. Some other fruit notes open up, including nectarines and tangerines. Really flavorful stuff. Finishes slightly dry and musty, with a brief hint of tartness. The carbonation is generous here, and melded with the thickened, creamy feel of the beer, it really brings forth the rich tasty fruit and malt notes. Ridiculously refreshing as any good cider, and crisp and unique as a good session ale should be.

Another win for New Glarus, and it's no surprise it's yet another fruit infused beer. I could hoard this stuff in my house. It's flavorful and simple, but there are some undeniable complexities that come straight from the yeast and brewing process used. Beers already taste good when there's actual fresh fruit added, and they taste even better when there's a spicy, funky yeast to back it up. Wonderful, tasty stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 09:50:36 | More by magictacosinus
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-03-2013 06:06:53 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

07-21-2014 03:16:51 | More by facesnorth
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-08-2013 16:06:01 | More by PHBoiler
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice thin amber colored body. The head is about a 1/4 inch tall and fades away quickly. For a fruit beer it looks decent.

S - Apple cider aroma with a malty hint.

T - Pungent apple flavor with a hint of spice and hops. I've never had a better apple brew.

M - The feel has a coarse texture that helps to bring out the pungent taste. Very nice!

~ One and I'm probably done. That's usually all I can do when it comes to the fruit line.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:26:30 | More by cdkrenz
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-03-2013 01:18:35 | More by meatyard
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-06-2013 18:10:05 | More by Gotti311
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.