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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,307 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 325
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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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If Raul was cruising with Eve in the Garden of Eden and New Glarus apples were the forbidden fruit, Raul would be tempted to take a bite. Just smooth, all kinds of smooth. Crisp like my baby mama hair after too much hair spray, yet delicate like my baby mama hair sans hairspray.

Not amazing, but Raul likes it. Yep!

RaulMondesi, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of mverity
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber brown with bubbly tan head that settles pretty quickly into a medium tan collar. Aroma is of warm apple cider: brown sugar, cinnamon, some faint clove. Taste is wonderfully the same; apple, sweet caramel and some spice. Fairly carbonated and medium body. Another amazing beer from New Glarus!

mverity, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Matt_Ortiz, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: deep orange to copper color. a half finger plus of an off-white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves little behind. not quite clear but almost there

Smell: up front i am greeted with apples, turns into a more of an apple cider flavor. some sweet malt complexity.

Taste: opens up with huge taste of apple cider. almost tastes exactly like a little lighter version of cider you'd buy fresh at harvest time. light caramel malt play in the end but mostly covered by apple sweetness

Mouthfeel: sweet but not quite cloying. fairly light.

Overall: ehhh, i can't say i am disappointed because i didn't expect much from this one. overall it just tastes like cider and there isn't much else too it.

SportsandJorts, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice dark amber color with a small cream head.

S: Aromas of apple, cider, and some dough.

T: A nice tarness up front, cider and some apple pie.

M: Good carbonation, light body, a little sticky with a pleasant finish.

O: Geat representation of style They sure know how to make fruit beers in wisconsin and would sure like to get more for those warmer days ahead. Next time I will have to try this ala mode.

arlingtonjoe, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of cwelsh55
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

cwelsh55, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +9%

1Sundown2C, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. There are numbers on the bottleneck but they're smeared.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Cinnamon and apples. Pretty much just like apple crisp.

T- Apple, a bit more cinnamon and some light malt. Sweet but not cloying. Tastes like sparkling apple juice, not apple cider, but apple juice. Light note of caramel is appropriate.

M- Quenching and the medium body makes it so that, luckily, I don't feel like I'm just drinking cider. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Tasty and refreshing, but I could've used some more carbonation.

Immortale25, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of bigaltemple
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bigaltemple, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -3.1%

BMart, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of BrooBub
4.5/5  rDev +9%

BrooBub, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of gmendez1122
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

gmendez1122, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of replacementpart
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

replacementpart, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 12oz bottle from laymansbeerfan (thanks!) who is generous beyond belief. Shared with my wife in 8oz tasters.

A: Darker, clear gold, with some white head that does fade quickly.

S: Exactly what you would hope for from a New Glarus apple beer; red apple sweetness, hearty apple cider, definite malt breadiness, some brown sugar, suggestions of spices and cinnamon on the finish.

T: Apple and bready malt, akin to apple cider but with light/moderate malt backbone and enhanced body. Sweetness is moderate with suggestions of brown sugar and caramel. I get more red apple than green apple, but there is some fruity tartness as well.

MF: Light/medium body, higher carbonation, with some creamy tones and flashes of tartness.

O: Impressive beer, takes the apple ale game to another level. Flavors are reminiscent of the best apple ciders, with enhanced body and malt backbone. Suggestions of caramel malt lends a nice layer of complexity, but this beer is really as straightforward as the name. Well done.

Scotchboy, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Marco_Gtz, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

beersdmf17, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Thishops4u, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of AnalogErik
3/5  rDev -27.4%

AnalogErik, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of dbrelsfo
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

dbrelsfo, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Jeffrey2310, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev +9%

mmulebarn, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GABrew, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

77apm, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of SirPutzly
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

SirPutzly, Mar 29, 2014
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,307 ratings.