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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,311 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 327
Gots: 176 | FT: 15
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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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

_morandi_, Sep 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Soneast, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -27.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

claytong, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz from the recent release into a snifter.

A: Pours at a golden-amber with a small white head.

S: Smells of sweet apples, juicy, mild spiced esters.

T: Taste brings cidery apple, with some bready notes and sweet wheat in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very much like Dan's other fruit beers, sweet and clean. This one is somewhat cider-like but with palpable notes of malted wheat.

Etan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -3.1%

monitorpop, Mar 18, 2012
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 BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

BDeibs, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Norseman, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

ralerwen, Sep 07, 2014
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
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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
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

tykechandler, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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 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
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

thebouch01, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Danielr26, Mar 15, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -19.6%

Basoos1, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

smutty33, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

scott2269, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kyrojack, Aug 29, 2014
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
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.