Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from 12 oz bottle to Duvel tulip. I really need to start incorporating some other glassware.
A: Clear dark orange appearance with a pleasantly small white head. Great look to the beer, both with an aggressive pour to start and then slowing it down.
S: Cliche, but yes...green Jolly Rancher. Apple through and through, but definitely not in an overly sweet way. Smells genuine and tart, bordering cider, but not crossing the boundary. Awesome.
T: Just along the same lines of the smell. This is amazing. Like biting into a less tart green apple. There's no prick on the teeth like a Granny Smith, but there's something bordering that taste.
M: Extremely smooth. The low ABV helps this, but I really have no complaints. Even after a few IPAs before, this is extremely palatable and I'm able to get as much flavor from the beer as I'd hope.
O: A great beer. I had no idea what I'd think of it, but holy crap...I need to get more.
11-14-2012 03:07:51 | More by Andrew61923
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel Green tulip.
A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar.
S: Green sour apple jolly ranchers are big on the nose. There is a sold malt undertone to it with some red apple sweetness.
T: A touch of jolly rancher up front, but it quickly gives way to a nice, bright red apple flesh with just a smidgen of raw apple skin. The finish is slightly mealy like an apple core that's been set out exposed to the air too long, but not in a bad way. The malt base gives it a touch of sweetness and a little heft to the body.
M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. The finish is malty and sweet.
O: I'm glad the base brown ale malts still have some say in the taste and it doesn't come off as a cider. A nicely put together beer with the main focus being the apples. Definitely a nice fall treat.
10-03-2012 00:47:34 | More by Treebs
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
A: very clear, light yellow, big head that stays for the whole session.
S: apple all over the place, some tartness
T: delicate apple flavor, kind of tart, a bit of sweetness
M: not a lot of body, but it has good carbonation and it's crisp.
O: good beer even though I'm not the biggest fan of apple-related products all the time. Thanks a lot too Treebs for giving me this as an extra!
09-22-2012 18:10:51 | More by Holland
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle from the fall of 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever traded me this in person at DLD '11.
A: Brilliant, translucent rust body under an inch of frothy white head. Pretty good retention and light, sticky lace. Very attractive.
S: Interesting. Apple, unsurprisingly, dominates - but it's a decidedly raw apple aroma, not really cider-like at all. It's much more like apple pie filling: a little spicy, a little caramelized, and very enticing. Really good.
T: Opens with sweet apple flesh, followed by cinnamon, caramel, and a clean, tart finish. Apple skin and light bitterness are also present toward the end. Light spiciness on the aftertaste. A bit more tartness would have been welcome, but it's delicious in its own way.
M: Lively, creamy carbonation in a fairly light body. Refreshing.
O: Excellent fruit beer - extremely apple-forward without losing its beer-ness. Terrific.
09-09-2012 21:51:39 | More by woosterbill
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
This the last bottle of a pack I purchased when I was in Madison eight months ago.
A: This is a bright and clear pale golden beer with a white head that settles to a thin cap and leave some lacing on the glass.
S: You can smell the apple even before you pour it even if your quick about it. The sweet and tart apple aroma is a lot like the apple Jolly Rancher but not artificial. There is a little bit of fruity esters as well.
T: It's balance of juicy, sweet and tart where apples flavor dominate but there is some ale character in there with a slight maltiness. There is a bittersweet medium apple flavor with a very slight hops bitterness no hops flavor.
M: Medium bodied with a moderately light carbonation.
O: There are many ciders that lack the depth and intensity of apple aroma and flavor as found in this beer. The age may have slight softened the beer but it still an outstanding ale.
07-30-2012 00:56:18 | More by MadScientist
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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