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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,405 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 335
Gots: 184 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 1,405 | Reviews: 436
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light brown with a reddish huge. Barely any foam whatsoever.

Smells like a red apple.

Taste kind of like beer mixed with apple juice. I'm assuming this is spot on what they intended since I've never had anything remotely like this before. A little tartness throughout with a very smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel is kind of light, but with a 4.0% ABV that is expected. Not quite as dry as most ciders. Definitely has the apple flavor but is firmly in beer territory.

I love everything from New Glarus. I'm fortunate to have loving relatives in Wisconsin, but would love to have more regular access to their offerings. Very solid lighter beer and very unique.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of memphischas
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Strong apple juice better than any cider

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip type glass. Pours a clear copper color win a slight bone white head hat quickly coasters around the rim. The aroma is that of straight sweet apples and really nothing more. Clean, crisp apple flavor takes center stage on this one. Light mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Really there isn't too mug to say other than this is an excellent easy drinking sweet, apple flavored beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The infamous Apple Ale. Glad I finally get to try this stuff. Bottle into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Clear cider brown with a fast fading finger or so of off white head. No lace or cap.

S: Wow this smells like Door county in a glass. Apples some sweet some tart. Cinnamon and pie crust. Smells like a like aplle pie in a glass.

T: Holy crap! Straight up apple cider. Great balance of sweet and tart apples. Plenty of cinnamon and pie crust. Just a touch of vanilla in the finish. This reminds me of Enigma but with more emphasis on the apple. Wonderful.

M: Light and thin body. Bubbly carbonation. Surprisingly not as dry as I thought it would finish.

D: One of if not the most drinkable beers I've had to date. I will be stocking up on this one. No more need to bust out hard ciders for all my non beer loving friends. This one will do just fine.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours the color of apple juice, very clear with a light amber color but no head. Nose is sweet and appley, like fermented apple juice.

Taste is all apple, very sweet, a little too sweet. The apple is way over the top. Again, it's not bad but it's like fermented apple juice.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of rjp217
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. No date could be found...

A - Hazy orange color with a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lace left on the glass

S - Apple explosion! Red delicious, Granny Smith, golden yellow all wrapped into one. Candyish. Overpowering apple and fresh

T - Another Apple explosion! A little tart and ciderish. The low ABV is hardly noticeable at all. I could drink this with a smile on my face all day

M - Semi bitter and carbonated. Rolls into the palate smoothly

O - New Glarus just nails fruit beers every time. While not my preferred style, I can totally respect what they do with these because they're delicious and super easy to drink. Apple Ale is a fun, sweet and refreshing take that I really enjoy, well done!

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2.27/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light, golden brown in color. Small dirty khaki head with poor retention. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves a surprising amount of lace on the glass though.

S - Smells alot like apple cider to me. A nice sweet/tart apple mix with little else in the nose. No noticeable hop aroma and the lightest hint of bready malt notes.

T - Somewhere between apple juice, cider, and a light bodied brown ale. More tart than anything else, with just enough sweetness to keep it from being puckering.

M/D - Medium bodied with a slight chewiness. Very easy drinking. No real resemblence to a brown ale (which the bottle claims to be the base). An excellent fruit beer and another great and very intriguing beer from New Glarus.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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