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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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1,392 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 335
Gots: 179 | FT: 11
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy brought home a bunch of Unplugged beer from New Glarus. The Unplugged Apple Ale pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apple pie. I get all of the notes I expect, with some cinnamon, apple and bready notes. The flavor also doesn’t disappoint. I get cinnamon, apple and crust notes. This beer tastes like an apple pie. Awesome. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are lots of breweries out there, but I don’t think anyone does fruit beers better than our friends from Wisconsin.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.  Beer was a clear, dark amber color, with a one-finger, white head.  Soft carbonation and very little lacing on the glass. 

Aroma was caramel, apple and cinnamon.  Smells like a cross between a caramel apple and apple cider.  Very nice.

Taste was light tart apples, caramel, cider and cinnamon. 

Easy drinking and tasty. 

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifters

Thanks to Jebus3513 for the share

Pours a clean copper color with little to no head or lacing, just some stray bubbles floating along the surface that quickly fade away. When held up to the light, this looked exactly like apple juice. Uncanny resemblance.

The aroma is apples and caramel. Lots and lots of apples. Tart and sweet with hot, sticky caramel.

A mix of sweet and tart juicy apples and sticky caramel. This tastes like a fermented caramel apple. The finish is very tart and comes through with a sweeping dryness that reminds me of cheap champagne.

The feel is light, maybe approaching medium. Some stickiness from the caramel and a touch prickly from the carbonation, but it works considering the style.

Overall, this is as advertised. Nothing that blows me away but nothing that makes me run back for more.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy, off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the beer.

Smell: This beer is what we thought it was. Smells of sweet natural apples. There is a mild tartness as well.

Taste: Again, the star of this show is the apples. Kind of reminds me of a hybrid between apple cider and apple juice. The natural flavor is very natural. There is some sweetness along with a tartness. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that feels like it will be dry, but it really isn't.

Overall: I don't know how New Glarus does it, but their fruit beers are great. This is another success from this brewery. I would have another.

Photo of bbeane
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... Starts with almost no head, and what little head disappears quickly. Beer is a clear amber color with lots of activity

S- Smells like a nicely spiced apple cider... cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple juice

T- Very little beer qualities... starts out tasting like apple cider, and finishes tasting like apple cider with a hint of beer

M- Light body with light carbonation

O- Tasted great, but I thought you weren't allowed to review ciders on this website. This to me, has almost no beer qualities to it IMO


Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was a bright copper.
s - baked apples and apple juice. no hiding what this beer is.
t - crisp apples with some sweet juiciness in there.
m - medium thickness.
o - very close to a cider and another very enjoyable fruit beer from new glarus.

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 jmarsh123
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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In line at founders for CBS

A-golden yellow with no head whatsoever

S-nice sour apple. Wow blows me away. Almost

T-so good. Like a very good apple cider. With alcohol.

M-medium body and smooth

O-wow. So good. " liquid McDonald's apple pie"

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to BYOFB for a solid brew.

The color is an amber-hues dark gold with perfect clarity but thick enough that it's opaque rather than translucent. A white head begins at about one finger high and recedes to a foam that remains. A bit of lacing is spattered here and there.
The smell is fresh apples with what seem to be mulling spices added, almost like a cider but with a bready malt character that accentuates the impression of apple pie.
The taste follows suit, with fresh apple juice joined by a light spicing tone. The bready malts kick in enough to prove it's a beer rather than a cider without doubt, and a nice caramel flavor pulls through as well.
The feel is nice and crisp without relying on heavy carbonation and without clamping on the tongue and biting down. The body is actually medium, which is nice since so many fruit beers are made as weaker beers. It retains a nice, smooth flow into the finish.
Another very nice beer in the Unplugged series.

Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new glarus glass. Thank you to gripitandsipit for this excellent brew!

Even given my excellent experiences with new glarus I wondered how they would end up capturing apple in a beer. To get to the point, they didn't disappoint. This is straight up the most excellent applesauce you've had in your life.. in a beer. Spicy apples in the nose, spicy apples in an ephemeral taste. This is delicious, and might even trump the cranbic. I'm very happy I got to try this and would recommend it to anyone within a many-mile radius of it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a one finger offwhite head that sticks around for awhile. Looks gorgeous

S- the intense aroma of apples comes to the forefront and absolutely assaults my nose. If you're looking for subtle apple, you're not going to get it here

T- tastes like apple juice. And you know what? That's pretty awesome in beer form. Not nearly as biting or abrasive as apple juice can be

M- it's actually pretty thin...but given the low ABV, it's expected

O- this is awesome. I love it, and wish I had better access to New Glarus

Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Birchstick for this brew as part of the Phishy BIF, pumped to try out my first New Glarus beer, an unorthodox one at that.

Copper in color with a modest white head. Nothing impressive, like fermented apple juice.

The nose isn't as lively as I envisioned, definite apple with some background spice and a bit of breadiness. Apple pie is probably the best way to put it, although it doesn't overwhelm your senses with its sweetness.

First sip kicks this beer into gear, prominent red delicious apples, caramel and copious amounts of cinnamon. The apple pie hinted at in the nose is in full swing here, almost to the point where I don't even know if I can consider this a beer, it really is more like a cider. As it warms up, the malts become more prevalent, but still, more cider than beer if you ask me.

Medium bodied, very sweet and slightly syrupy. Drinks rather easy, but probably best enjoyed slowly.

Really interesting brew, a bit of a novelty, but definitely something unique and neat to try.

Photo of mobius387
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass

Appearance: copper colored, slightly opaque with a small cream head

Aroma: apples and more apples! also some soft sweet caramel underneath. this beer smells of fall

Palate: the carbonation pops off the tongue, but the flavor hits the mouth everywhere. feels light

Taste: tastes like it smells but not quite as strong. its a little on the sweeter side than i thought, but not too sweet that its distracting. the apple flavor is a little over the top, and i can really only drink one of these at a time because it starts to taste like apple juice. but in small sips and spread out its very nice,

Overall: this is another great brew by NG in their line of fruity beer goodness. good flavor, great smell, and a great looking beer. if you are a fan of fruity beers, this is a must! even if you are not (and im not a huge fan), this is a great beer to drink.

redone for 2012, tasted less like apple juice and more like a beer. increased the review.

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

Photo of Retail1LO
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best, most refreshing beers I've ever had. The light ABV is incredibly refreshing. Had a bottle of this from an extra in a trade. Pours a cider-like, amber color. A thin, whispy head that dissipates quickly. This wreaks of apples in a good way. Wow. The taste is PURE apples and some spice. Almost like a sparkling apple cider, but you know this is a beer when you drink it. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. You can't wait for the next face full of this stuff. Can't wait to have more.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 10 oz pour into a tasting glass.

A- Poured a golden bronze color, clear body, well carbonated, ½ finger head, nice lacing, looks basically like carbonated apple juice.
S- Big fresh apple cider aroma, sweet, really refreshing aroma, pretty one dimensional overall.
T- Taste is basically the same as the nose, huge fresh apple taste, slight malt, some spice, really refreshing especially during a hot day, this was actually a perfect palate cleanser during the festival.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, fizzy, sweet, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Pretty one dimensional tasting beer, but overall really tasty, I love New Glarus fruit/vegetable beers and this one does not disappoint.

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.