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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,241 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 320
Gots: 170 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and clear copper color with a lot of carbonation rising from the bottom, yet resulting in a rather thin head.

It smells like candied apples- caramel and red apples. It's very sweet.

The flavor is heavy on the apples, again the red kind. It almost tastes like carbonated apple juice but for the bready malt. Very low in bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, leaving behind a sweet aftertaste.

High on the drinkability if you like apples. I'm tempted to chug these.

Vonerichs, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my dogfish head glass on 2/4/11.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that rapidly faded to just a few bubbles on the surface

S - Aroma is sort of faint, sort of a cross between apples and brandy

T - very interesting flavor, its like drinking apple juice but not as sweet and lightly carbonated, borderline hard cider. There is some caramel as well along with the apples but thats about it.

M/D - light to slightly medium bodied with a nice zippy carbonation. The drinkability is high but might be enough for me after a few. Sort of want to get back to something a bit hoppy.

mikereaser, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev -3.1%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold, very clear but a small fizzy white head reaches about a finger and fades. Really in distinguishable from sparkling cider.

A smack of crisp green apple tartness that begins to show more apple sweetness and malt depth as it warms. Malts are light maybe like oatmeal with a touch of cinnamon or all spice intermingling with the dominant apple aroma.

Apple juice is the dominant flavor and I get notes of all spice and cinnamon before any malt. Malts are mealy, cereal grains with some cookie dough sweetness to it. No hop flavors and the apple and dusting of autumn spices linger to the finish.

Nice supportive body, quite a bit more substantial than cider. Carbonation is crisp and agitates the delicate spice flavors.

Quite a delicious beer, much more substantial and full then a hard cider. Malt adds a warm sweetness and bready flavor, coupled with the light spice notes this tastes like a delicate apple tart

rawfish, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -3.1%

thebouch01, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an unusual brew this was... In a good way too...

Clear pour with an ample head.. Smelling like apple juice all the way with perhaps the slightest of booze... Dead on apples here...

Sweet apple juice like flavors dominate here... This one could hurt you its so subtle in its delivery... No booze detected at all here... Straight apple flavors all the way... Not overbearing alothough I'm not sure I could down a sixer without needing a break...

A terrific little brew here...

Tilley4, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of vinny21bal
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a burnt gold/orange. Head is white and creamy, but quickly dissipates to no cap with a small bubbly collar. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Apples in all forms. Juice, skin, and flesh. Loaded with sugary apple sweetness. A touch of something more tart, but it's closer to a granny smith than it is to cranberry or tart cherry. A tiny hint of tannins. Straight up apple with a tiny malt backbone that can't really distinguish itself. Boil it down and make a pie!

Taste: More of the same. Apple pie filling without all the spices. Cider, fresh pressed juice. Apple skin and flesh. Juicy, seriously juicy. A touch of something akin to cinnamon, but it's minor. Vague backing sweet maltiness. Very light and easy. Sweet sweet apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Almost feels syrupy, but ends up with a medium body and crazy levels of smooth. Minimal carbonation.Wet and clean.

Overall: New Glarus makes fruit beer like your grandma makes cookies.

It's apples in a bottle with booze. A bit too sweet overall and lacking that tart edge I like with other New Glarus fruit offerings. Solid nonetheless.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

derkfromwi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of FrankHammer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

FrankHammer, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar.

S: Green sour apple jolly ranchers are big on the nose. There is a sold malt undertone to it with some red apple sweetness.

T: A touch of jolly rancher up front, but it quickly gives way to a nice, bright red apple flesh with just a smidgen of raw apple skin. The finish is slightly mealy like an apple core that's been set out exposed to the air too long, but not in a bad way. The malt base gives it a touch of sweetness and a little heft to the body.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. The finish is malty and sweet.

O: I'm glad the base brown ale malts still have some say in the taste and it doesn't come off as a cider. A nicely put together beer with the main focus being the apples. Definitely a nice fall treat.

Treebs, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4.75/5  rDev +15%

sliverX, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this gem. I haven't even tasted it, but considering this is a fruit beer by New Glarus, I assume it's awesome.

Consumed 7/18/13

Appearance: Pours a hazy blend of copper and medium amber - some nice clarity around the edges - medium sized, creamy, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Baked and cooked apples, like a homemade apple pie splattered with apple sauce - cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices - fresh-pressed apple cider (definitely not hard cider) - esters common in New Glarus fruit beers - very sweet fruit - some sweet, pale malts, like apple cider

Taste: Not far off from throwing apple pie in a blender, or at least apple pie filling - sweet, cooked apple flesh and some apple skin - apple juice, apple cider, and apple sauce - a light touch of spice, particularly cinnamon, but not as much as I thought from the aroma - sweet, light, pale malts, like pie crust sprinkled with sugar - a bit too sweet overall, but very interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, lots of residual sugars, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: I want some apple drink. It's green!

Another great fruit beer from New Glarus, no surprise there. This is really sweet, and could probably benefit from some tartness. Regardless, the amount of apple flavor here is amazing. I hope to drink this again. Repeatedly. Perhaps out of a juice box.

angrybabboon, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +9%

scott2269, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

BarrytheBear, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev -3.1%

PopnLoads, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours, well, candy-apple red. slight foaming and neat lacing. not much fruit aroma while pouring, but the snifter perfectly captures a huge apple juice bouquet.. not like the green apple tart commonly associated with belgian dubbels.. instead, sweeter and more cidery. the sugar here seems more derived from the fruit than the fermentation or malt. champagne-like dryness in aroma and a slight hint of something. hops? eh? taste is overwhelmingly apple, like faux grocery store passover champagne. supposed brown ale base shows no character. not much beer here, save for a malty note to build body. mouthfeel is a bit syrupy for me, but this beer far outweighs any cider around. moderately drinkable, very satisfying after a spicy thai meal.

goodbyeohio, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ldhughes3, May 07, 2014
Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

pknyc, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TonyTalon, May 13, 2012
Photo of younger35
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple four packs of this from New Glarus not long ago. I've had this brew many many times on tap but never was able to formally review it. It's one of my all-time favorites but I've only had it fresh. I hope a couple months of age on it doesn't diminish that fantastic apple taste. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear yellowish orange that is exactly the same color as apple juice. A nice one finger frothy white head forms from all the terrific bubbles that permeate throughout the glass. A weak cap is left with a really uneven collar and not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- Just absolutely amazing scents of apples of all kind. Some tartness resembling green apples are the most evident but there is also a fleshier softer smell of overly ripe reds. Slightly spicy from all the fruit and honestly that's about it. Definitely smells more like apple cider than beer but I don't care. It's a fruit beer and the nose is amazing.
Taste- Oh good lord! The few months on this has taken just a slight bit of the sharp tart I remember. Better or worse? Not 100% sure but I'm going to lean towards the fresher, sharper version as my favorite. More of the Brown Ale base has made its way through adding the slightest bit of caramel to all the apple goodness. The beer starts with the freshest apple flavor you could think of. Like the nose, it consists mostly of lightly tart green apples but there is a duller fruitier red apple as that tartness fades. Finishes with the aforementioned red apple earthiness and a slight bit of the lingering caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Light and amazingly crisp and clean with a refreshing yet sharp kick of carbonation. Spot on for a beer like this.
Drinkability- The very first time I had this beer on tap was a bar in Kenosha Wisconsin. Before I even realized what was going on, I had 6 of these delicious treats under my belt (By the time I was done I cashed the keg and could have bought an entire case from the brewery with how much I spent). I always drink these WAY to fast and it's about the most drinkable "beer" I've ever had. I use beer loosely since it's more like cider than beer but who cares. Amazing amazing stuff that they need to put on there regular lineup just like the Belgium Red and Raspberry Tart.

younger35, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DeanMoriarty, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Eaglefan344, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained in trade. no date found. poured into tulip. tasted in early/mid june 2009.

looks like apple juice. 1-finger near-white head, foamy, fades to wisps and ring. some splotchy semi-rings of lace here and there.

aroma: smells like fresh apple juice, with touch of skins. not quite cider (non-alcoholic version). touch of caramel.

taste: sweet, tastes like apple juice or soda... almost no bitterness. trace acidity and trace note of fermentation.

fizzy, crisp w/ light to medium body and moments of syrupy feel, but acidity and fizzy carbonation cut through.

semi-refreshing, although a bit sweet. it's ok - interesting, but just not as bold, bright, fresh, and complex as some of their better fruit beers.

tai4ji2x, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of vande
4.43/5  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

vande, Jan 25, 2012
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.