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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
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Reviews: 447 | Hads: 1,553
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours the color of apple cider, with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no remaining head and no lacing.

S: Smells very strongly like apple cider that's very overpowering.

T: I feel like I'm getting repetitive but it tastes like very flavorful apple cider with a small trace of hops, this is by no means a bad thing.

Overall: It's very well carbonated and the taste fits the style very well, although I'm not sure I could have guess that I were drinking a beer if I were blindfolded. As I said it tastes great but isn't something I'd drink a lot of, it would either get overpowering or old.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an uneventful pour with a quickly dissolving head. A color that not surprisingly resembles apple juice. A golden copper hue.
S: very pleasant and abundant apple aromas. Sweet and tart with what appears to be a hint of cinnamon. Nice.
T: Let this one age a bit...trust me. The first couple of offerings we a tad mild, however I let one sit about 2 months and the profile really opened up! A nice balance between beer and fruit...perhaps a bit too fruity, but the booze and spice cut it a bit so as to not be too fruity.
M: medium carbonation with a dry finish. Light and not filling.
O: not a bad effort from one of the best breweries around. I will caution you however too let it age a bit before drinking. The scent and flavor really represent themsleves in much truer fashion.

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Photo of shadetree67
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber gold in color. Stiff pour yielded minimal head which dissipated very quickly. No lacing or retained head. Even swirling the glass wont bring the head back. More reminiscent in appearance of a cider than a beer.

S. Tart Apples. Smells fantastic though not very complex as apples are all that I smell.

T. Tart Apples and spices. Slight caramel malt. Classic new glarus finish which comes from the yeast - it is present on all of their fruit beers. Delicious.

M. Lively carbonation. Sticky finish like apple cider.

O. As a fan of hard cider and beer - I really like NG's apple ale. It's very refreshing and goes down easy. I should have bought more than a single 4-pack

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Photo of Vogie
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first New Glarus experience. Special thanks to my friend in Madison for picking me up a four-pack of this.

Poured 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A. Poured a nice apple cider color with a small head that disappeared quickly after it was completely poured. Also has a decent fizziness to it.

S. Wow fresh apple smell up front with a hint of cinnamon.

T. A strong fizzy apple cidery taste up front with some cinnamon and other spices on the back end.

M. Light with a decent amount of carbonation.

O. This was a great representation of an apple cider beer. I love that it had a lot of carbonation and was full of fresh apple flavor. It is sweet but not overbearing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is on the fence about fruit beer.

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

A: Sparkling apple juice, with a thin head off the pour. Crystal clear, like a pilsner.

S: Boozy apple juice. Extremely fruity and sweet in the nose. Smells like apple juice mixed with a good lager.

T: Like the nose, extremely fruit-forward, with some booze under the veil, and a light, crisp, clean lager bite to cut the sweetness.

M: Lagerish. Crisp, clean, and wonderfully refreshing.

Couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but this is an excellent fruit beer.

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

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island tulip

A - Sparkling amber with a hint of red, small white head which shrinks quickly, good lacing

S - Blend of apples, sugar

T - Apple juice, fresh grains --> more apple, honey --> some caramel, bread, and a touch of champagne on the back half, ending fruity and sweet, but not overly so.

M - Very well carbonated, sweet without being sticky, light to medium-bodied

D - Do you find apple juice drinkable? I do.

A straightforward, nicely done apple beer. I'll buy this whenever I can - tasty stuff.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/25/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured the color of apple juice(light brown mahoghany w/ subtle red highlights) w/ only a skim coat white head that left substantial lacing. Aromas of sweet apple, sour apple, and breadiness. The taste was a little more complex, of sweet apple initially, followed by sour apple, and finishing w/ cinnamon/spices and breadiness. The mouthfeel was thin and clean. Very easy to drink as the sweetness never became cloying as I feared it would.

Overall, pleasure to sample and for what it is it is very good. New Glarus hands down makes the best fruit beers in the US, they really have it down. At 4% ABV and reminding me too much of apple juice, not really my cup of tea., but not a bad brew.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, first off, I'm biased towards fruit beers. Love 'em.
Second: Big thanks to battlekow for this tasty brew!

A: Amber in color. Scant head with no lacing.

S: Fresh apple cider from a country store. Just a lovely sweet apple smell. Considering that that is what this beer pimps itself as, I gotta love it.

T: More of the same, but better. This beer really tastes like fresh pressed apple cider. If you've ever had good cider, you know what this tastes like. If you've never had good apple cider, shame on you!

M: Mouthcoating, smooth, low level of carbonation. Alcohol feel is well nigh absent.

D&N: If you like fruited beers, and you like apple cider, this beer will be a wonderful experience. I love it.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Great dessert beer. Really joyed this after a nice rich meal. Don't normally love beers this sweet but I would recommend this for certain situations.

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Photo of beckje01
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with lots of activity and a nice white head.

S- Semi sweet apple it's a very nice smell but maybe a touch dry.

T- Nice apple flavor with a slight tartness at the end but very nice. There is a hint of malt that makes it clear you're not drinking cider.

M- Great activity it really sets off the flavors.

D- Very drinkable, this really should be a regular beer for new galarus it would compliment their other fruit beers well.

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Photo of Voonder
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks TATURBO for this one!
Pours clear copper colour with one finger white head. Smell - sour apples. Taste - well it is more apple juice than a beer, strong honey flavour as well. This a great beverage - very crisp, refreshing, very tasty, it is just not a beer. I will rate it pretty high because I really liked it, i took me 30 seconds to finish a glass, but just so you know, there is nothing really related to beer here. I guess I'll need another one to figure this one out.

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Photo of kmeves
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very sweet with candy and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet but also has an apple tartness at the same time. Light bodied, very sticky texture. A very good beer, the fruit is not overpowering but instead compliments the malt, yeast and hops.

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

Apple Ale pours a pretty transparent deep golden color (like apple juice) with reddish hues. There is a lot of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. It forms a bubbly white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a foam ring on the surface.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with the apple notes coming through very nicely. Also some honey sweetness and floral notes. Mild but extremely pleasant.

Taste starts with sour green apples and maybe some grapes (?) .It soon shifts to a lot of honey sweet notes, again with the apples and a slight citric/floral notes. Malt is faintly grainy and barely perceptible. Ends with a sweet/sour combination and a kind of carbonated-water finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing with mild flavors and pretty high carbonation. Body is very light and smooth. Drinkability is absurdly high. I could drink this forever.

Wow, I'm impressed. Good job New Glarus.

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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 shippos
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured witha creamy dense white head, lacy on a almost clear amber sicer colored body. waffs of apples and some dense sugary malt, freshly squeezed apples and fresh apple skins and some residual sourness form the apples. oh my god...shocking and absolutly amzing first taste. sugary at first the some tartness hits followed by a tongue lapping sweetness that coats your lips followed by a very tart almost spicy prickly carbonation or acidic character. well pronounced tart sharp acidic character. no off flavors whatsoever very very well crafted...these guys are just amazing. for me though one bottle was enough, kind a wish i had a few more for further down the road.

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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 NoLiberty
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp, clear light amber color with a slight peach hue. A soft white head builds and quickly resides into a low thin cap with moderate lacing up the side.

Aroma is crisp, clean and dominant with fresh pressed apple smell. Slight pear and white grape skin notes. This could pass for a juice or cider with a light alcohol touch.

Flavor is definitely fruit forward but balanced by a crisp tartness, not unlike that in New Glarus' Red, and a light sweet malt presence. Pear juice and caramel flavors finish the beer. Nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
I had about 3 ounces of this beer and it was probably all I needed. This beer has the potential for syrupy sweetness and while doesn't get there I still could only drink so much

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Photo of amphion1065
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of duffcalifornia - thanks Paul! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, rich caramel brown. Almost perfectly translucent, this looks quite similar to a darker cider. Unfortunately there was little to no head on this beer.

The smell is very sweet, and not just with fruit aromas. Apples are there, as are some cherries. But there's also a caramel, molasses-like aroma in the mix. This smell a lot like a bag of candy. Very malty, and very pleasant.

Unlike other New Glarus fruit beers I've had, the fruit in this case is rather muted. There is definitely a tart apple flavor, but it's really in the background. In the forefront is a very lush caramel quality that borders on cloying sweetness. This is actually fairly similar to a liquefied caramel apple.

The mouthfeel is great, and actually quite reminiscent of cider. Lively and effervescent, with a very nice medium body, this is very easy to drink.

I have to imagine that the apple qualities of this beer have faded over the past several months. At this point, it is still a very tasty and sweet drink, albeit one that's a tier below other New Glarus offerings of the style.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: not a whole lot going on here, with very thin, minimal head, and not much for lacing left over either. basically really looks like a dark apple juice.
S: pretty nice apple aromas, nothing overpowering. again reminds me of apple juice, but a little bit stronger. its maybe even a little bit sweeter than i would expect though.
T: holy apple. i gotta say as much as it reminds me of apple juice STILL, i love it. the flavor is super thick and concentrated, if you love apples, youll love this. im a little torn because it almost crosses the line of juice and beer.
M: the carbonation is prickly enough to bring this beer alive, although after about half a glass, it does start to get pretty thick and heavy. the absolute rock bottom ABV just makes this so tasty.
D: im loving it for this one glass, but its not something i could repeat again real soon. as a first beer of the night, or just a treat here or there, this is a sure hit, because the flavor just rocks.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very appetizing, rich, golden amber color, much like cider. The head is white and very fizzy, it dissapates almost instantly into just a bit of film on top.

There isn't much in the nose, just a hint of green apple and a slight touch of caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. I wish there were more power in these scents.

The flavor is the real shining part of this beer. There is a strong apple base that lets flavors like cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar maple and vanilla. There is great power in each of these flavors, but none of them dominate the others. This is a harmony seldom found in such potent flavors. It is with delay that I rate the taste 5.0 because there is little to really establish this as beer, but the flavor is sublime regardless so I went ahead with the perfect.

The body is nice a thick, not heavy though, much like syrup. There is a little carbonation that lightens the sip at the end, preparing the pallette for the next sip. The refreshing quality of this beer, low alcohol content and great flavor make this one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I wish it were a regular offering so I could make it my dedicated session beer. Terrific.

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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 Ek0nomik
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber and bronze color with a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly, but the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose is loaded with apples, both sweet and tart. The malt aroma is negligible.

Taste: The tasting starts out with slightly sweet and tart apples coming through. The brown malt base doesn't shine through on this at all, except for perhaps contributing some sweetness to the beer. It's very clean and crisp, and the tasting is apples all the way through with some white grapes coming out in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation as it hits the tongue, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Another enjoyable beer from New Glarus. I was surprised with how much apple flavor came out in this. The name of this beer doesn't disappoint; it's exactly what it's called.

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Photo of Kshock
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chris! Have been really wanting to get this beer.

A- deep clear brown color with little lacing and almost no head after pouring. Great color.

S- smells Mildly of apples and some malt sweetness. The nose is very mild but enjoyable.

T- great apple sweetness, with a slight hint of sour apples. The malt is fairly mild but enough to balance the apples into a great clean finish.

M- I've noticed that almost every NG beer I drink has a great soft texture. This one is certainly one of those, great soft mouth feel.

O- really loved this beer, wish I had cases for the hot SD summer.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from leszczynski23 so thanks to him for the opportunity. No bottled on date, poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Clear orange, gold color with one finger white head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Smell is very good. Apples....obiviously. With some brown sugar cinnamon, buscuity maltiness. Smells like a freshly cooked apple pie!

T - Again a lot of apples and light toasted malts. Some brown sugar toward the end. Finishes with a tart cinnamon flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and it's very drinkable because it tastes fantastic.

My first beer from New Glarus, very good stuff.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from Romulux.

A: looks like fizzy apple juice. White head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher.

T: Tastes like a green apple Jolly Rancher. Spot on!

M: Refreshing and well carbonated.

O: NG is the king of fruit beers and this one is no exception. I would love a case of this to pull from on the days I feel like a break from big, boozy stouts and barleywines.

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