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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 310
Gots: 142 | FT: 12
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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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-13-2012 14:01:19 | More by TonyTalon
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danp14

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.8%

05-11-2012 16:55:09 | More by danp14
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Piason

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-11-2012 08:28:21 | More by Piason
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Snowrs

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-11-2012 00:17:16 | More by Snowrs
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zvanwink

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-10-2012 17:12:27 | More by zvanwink
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MClow

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-10-2012 03:07:43 | More by MClow
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-06-2012 19:41:24 | More by atone315
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AaronBurr

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-03-2012 02:54:41 | More by AaronBurr
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jegross2

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company. New Glarus is famous for its fruit beers. This is my first fruit beer by New Glarus.
Score: 86

Summer 2011 vintage bottle served in a New Glarus flute and enjoyed on 04/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a clean and transparent golden straw yellow, apple juice-like color. Has a pretty effervescent appearance. A finger of bubbly head at pour settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Below average lacing and poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet-and-sour apple candy mixed with juicy and sweet honeycrisp apple and mactinosh apple aroma. There's a little candied watermelon and spice in the aroma too. Smells like it could be a Smirnoff Ice variant. Quite pleasant. 4/5

Taste: There's a nice sweet and juicy apple flavor throughout with candied, but not sweet-and-sour (surprisingly, given the aroma), apple flavor on the midpalate. Some have described this beer as a green jolly rancher, and I'd agree. The flavor is very pleasant and crisp, but then there is a really strange aftertaste to the beer. The aftertaste is slightly grainy with a malty corn sugar flavor -- almost like a malty American adjunct lager-like flavor that reminds you "hey, this is a beer" (but in a negative way, given the beer's primary flavors). The aftertaste really ruins what would have otherwise been a really refreshing fruit beer. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lively carbonation. Nice and prickly sweetness on the tongue. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, fruity and crisp. 3.75/5

Overall: No one else I talked to who has had this beer before could recall the aftertaste, but they had the beer awhile ago. Maybe this beer has fallen off or I just got a bad bottle. If not for the aftertaste, I would have probably scored this one much closer to a 90.

Recommendation: If you like fruit beers or the flavor of the green jolly rancher, then seek this one out.

Pairings: Horchata.

Cost: $2.99 for a 12 oz bottle or $10.99 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:56:30 | More by jegross2
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, light amber golden color, well carbonated with a wispy white head. Nose is heavy on green apple, slightly tart, bready, mild honey, and leafy earth. Flavor is surprisingly well balanced between a golden ale, bready malt and dough, with a slightly less artificial than Jolly Rancher green apple sweet/tart flavor. Medium full body, strong carbonation and a sticky, doughy finish. Wasn't pleasantly surprised to enjoy the entire bottle alone, despite some initial hesitation that this would turn too cloying.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:38:36 | More by yourefragile
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cfh64

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-28-2012 22:58:53 | More by cfh64
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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

1/5  rDev -75.8%

04-27-2012 19:15:30 | More by Craftonly23121
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-16-2012 07:21:17 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2012 23:15:18 | More by antoines15
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motorhed

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

04-14-2012 21:15:32 | More by motorhed
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KCM

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-11-2012 01:33:24 | More by KCM
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SweJon

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-07-2012 14:03:11 | More by SweJon
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cardern

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-07-2012 03:01:48 | More by cardern
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2012 21:44:16 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-29-2012 21:57:11 | More by Texasfan549
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DovaliHops

California

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color...almost pilsner or BMC like...medium white head. Scent is WOW...a fresh orchard of red apples...red and fuji apple aromas. Not the typical green apple aroma I get from most Belgian beers. Very unique. Hints of cinnamon. This smells better than any apple cider or sparkling cider I have ever had...and the fact that it's a beer absolutely blows my mind. Taste is initially sweet red apple...which somehow changes to a VERY mildly tart green apple. I know I read reviews of this beer tasting like a green jolly rancher...and they are absolutely right. That is my favorite jolly rancher, and now, it's in beer form. This is weird, because this is not a beer that I would drink on the regular, but for the style being a "fruit beer"....this is the best I've ever had. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and sparkling cider-like. Drinkability is extremely high. Overall, this beer is tasty...I don't care who you are, if you are a fan of apples, you will love this beer. The fresh-apple flavor is like nothing I have ever experienced... other than fresh-squeezed apple juice of course.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 07:28:22 | More by DovaliHops
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redleg411

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-28-2012 20:39:11 | More by redleg411
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a nice amount of lace. Retention ring is thin but present. Really a nice looking beer, could have sworn it was carbonated apple juice.

S: Unreal. Huge freshly picked sweet apples, cinnamon and banana. This literally smells like you just cut up a fresh apple and are smelling it. One of the best smelling fruit beers I've ever come across in my life.

T: Wow again. This is nothing but mashed fresh red and tart Granny Smith apples sprinkled with cinnamon. There's a slight pale malt backbone coming in towards the end, but this is nothing but an apple-centric beer.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated, sweet but finishing with a nice cut. There isn't a lingering sweetness or dryness, it's very sharp which I like.

This beer blew me away. It tastes nothing like a traditional apple cider would, instead this is literally an apple ale/beer. There are so many wonderful apple qualities and flavors here to keep me coming back again and again. I'd love to drink this year-round.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:14:57 | More by ShanePB
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neorunner

Virginia

1.88/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to DougoftheFuture for sending me this in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

12oz bottle shared w/ Pitasoup (he's living w/ me now). Golden yellow in color when poured into a New Belgium tulip with two inches of light fluffy cloud-like head. This beer is nuclear green jolly rancher in the nose to the point of chemical esque aromas. Green apple and cloyingly sweet for flavor. I can't say that I'm a fan of this beer, the chemical aroma comes through in the taste as well. Could be from growing up in an ice cream store and being very attuned to artificial flavors.

The reveal: New Glarus Apple Ale. Well this is a great beer to send in this BIF, if only because it is so polar in all accounts. Reading the label it says they used green apple juice, I'm wondering if it was concentrate.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:50:27 | More by neorunner
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DCon

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ rjacobs6. Poured from the Red Foiled top, White label w/ the WI state as a Thumbprint into my Surly Darkness Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Can mistake this one for a Smirnoff Ice Apple aroma! Going to still give it an above average rating. Hits the nose hard this this apple aroma and huge malt overload.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that bubbles up with an aggressive pour but dies quickly. Has a light, golden colored body with great clarity. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts off EXTREMELY sweet and almost as if you just took a bite out of a juicy, Granny Smith apple. Unreal! Sweet finish as well and flavorful beyond the norm. Bit artificial but this is okay by me.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, A bit watered down here and finishes once again like an Apple Smirnoff Ice.

Overall Impression- Quite interesting! Caught too much artificial flavors in the mouthfeel though... Will still be giving this one an above average rating. Not sure I've had an apple ale like this ever before! I recommend picking this one up along with the others from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 20:08:53 | More by DCon
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.