Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,475 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 339
Gots: 199 | FT: 16
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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Photo of beckje01
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Voonder
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of kmeves
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of paulozanello
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of codewarrior
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of shippos
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Photo of amphion1065
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of dogger6253
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Kshock
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber red color, about like you'd expect cider to look. A modest white head retreats quickly, leaving no lacing behind. The liquid is very clear.

Aroma is crisp autumn apples. A second sniff reveals more of a freshly pressed cider. A very nostalgic smell.

A bracing blast of autumn, surprisingly biting upon my first sip. Apple flavor, yes, but also a round malt flavor that brings it all together. The bottle says that a Brown Ale base beer was used, and while I wouldn't have guessed it from the appearance, it does make sense in the flavor department. Decent hop bitterness, more than I expected it to have. The Brown Ale toasted quality becomes more apparent as this warms a little.

Somewhat of a full bodied beer, not quite chewy, but close to it. Tart and semi-sweet finish. Medium to high carbonation. I would actually like to cellar this for a bit, to even out the balance a bit, but really good as is.

Overall, this is a very refreshing beer.

Photo of camil1mj
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my bruery tulip, copper in color with no head. Aroma of apple cider, almost an apple pie aroma. Taste follows the nose, sweet, tart apples with some malts in the back. Smooth and hides alcohol well. Tasty and different, a great change of pace, very good, if not great!

Photo of boomer31
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this the last time it was Unplugged and loved it. Happy it came back, I'll be keeping a bunch of this.

A - Light brown, transparent and a white head. I mean this looks like apple cider and the bubbles look like a hard cider.

S - A light sour but no spice...this is not an apple spice beer THANK GOD!

T - That slight sour I thought I noticed is not anywhere in the taste. Instead, sweet apple and caremel malts. The malt is mild but noticeable. Everyone needs to try this beer, again a great fruit beer by NG.

M - Very light, very sessionable and highly carbed. The apple does stick to your tongue but it's not overly sweet.

D - At 4% you really need to stock up on this. I can't wait to share this with family at Thanksgiving. What a great beer.

I love NG and I love this beer. It's got apple but it's not over the top. Its not sour apple but its not overly sweet.

Photo of adman08
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with a hint of copper and a moderate amount of fluffy white head.
S-Aroma of vinegar with a bit of vanilla and sweet apples.
T-Lots of apple flavor with a bit of vanilla. The apple flavor is a combination of both sweet and tart apples.
M-Somewhat creamy feeling. Very sweet, not tart/dry. Decent carbonation.
Overall, outstanding. It's really impressive that they could get this kind of flavor from apple juice since apples don't have a very strong flavor compared to most fruits. The vanilla flavor I noticed reminds me of some barrel aged beers I've had. Another New Glarus fruit beer that you could just sit and sip all day.

Photo of afausser
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp. Thanks to a great trader, and very happy to be enjoying this one on New Year's Eve!!

Appearance: Pours a peachy orange. Fizzy, with very little head, and carbonation almost like sparkling cider. Leaves a thin ring of lacing with large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: No surprise here--apples and cider, as well as some spices (cloves?) and a fair amount of malts in the nose.

Taste: Tastes nearly like apple juice, with a syrupy sweet alcohol taste that is barely present. It actually shocked me how little you can taste the alcohol here. It's sweet and fizzy, starting out with sweet apples and moving to a slightly tart aftertaste in the finish. Simple, but delicious, and well done. There's something in the aftertaste that's not quite apples, which as it warms turns out to be a light white grapefruit, and a hint of light grapes as well. Tastes like real fruit--delicious in its simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, large carbonation makes the apple juice taste really pop and stand out, as well as adding the illusion of a slight spice in the aftertaste. Well done.

Drinkability: VERY drinkable--though also filling. Would love to have this over and over again.

Photo of drewba
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This looks like a sparkling apple juice. One finger off white head cascades up but only leaves a thin bubbly ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Apple cider, some tart granny smith apples, cinnamon, clove. I can detect a fair amount of sweet and a hint of tartness in the smell as well.

T - Simply put, this is a hearty, carbonated apple cider. To break it down; lots of sweet(but not too much) and a little tartness from the apple, cinnamon, clove, and bread. Super clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. I wish the carbonation was a little higher, but that make take away from the fact that this is so close to actual cider.

D - I wish I had more. My girlfriend really liked this, and remarked that she loved the apple flavor and appreciated the lack of aftertaste. I know that this isn't all that fair of a comparison, but when I drink Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, I only ever want a small pour, but with Apple Ale, I want to take my girlfriend's pour back. Also, my burps now smell DELICIOUS.

Photo of ahalloin
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuggled this baby back from WI to the East Coast. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The fluid is a bright copper color with a glow to it. The head that formed was miniscule, but a small amount of lacing was retained around the edge of the glass.

The smell is amazing!! It smells like a tart apple pie with distinctions resembling a crust and apple peel! There are also hints of clove. There is also an underlying cidery foundation in the smell.

A drink reveals a very quaffable brew, with a decent malty sweetness up front, quickly giving way to a apple cidery/pie flavor, and a tart dry finish. Wow! Very nice indeed. Not sickeningly sweet like a lot of fruit beers/hard cider products, but enough apple tartness to let you know the ingredient was used.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a healthy amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

The drinkability is quite good as the beer doesn't have an overwhelming apple sweetness, but is more geared toward the apple tartness.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a bottle into a pint

A. Pours a golden/amber transparent beer with a 1 finger cream head. Head retention is about a minute and a half. Small ring of lacing around the glass.

S. Apple is the highlight here as expected. More sour apple than sweet. Some malt coming out.

T. Very nice. Some good apple flavor upfront. A nice balance of sweetness and just a little tart. More of an apple cider flavor than fresh apple. Leaves a sweetness on the lips like candy.

M. Light carbonation but otherwise a very smooth drinking ale. Body is a 4 out of 10. Finishes pretty clean. Fits the style very well.

O. A nice take on an apple ale. Very easy to drink. Great on a hot summer day. Not too acidic or sweet that you can only have one. Would have no problem drinking again.

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.