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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 313
Gots: 143 | 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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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
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-22-2012 08:28:21 | More by stealth
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far, this is the best apple beer I have had. It is not even a close contest based on the complexity of the flavors.

Poured into a fluted glass, the beer was a golden color and produced a slight head. Perhaps the only disappointment I have with this beer is the aroma. While the apple scent is present, it is quite mild. The beer is initially sweet like an apple juice beer combo. The combination of different apples is obvious. The apple snob in me takes over, as it is easy to detect both sweet and sour apples. With the apple flavor comes a vanilla taste that I would closely associate with barrel aging. In the after taste, there is a brown sugar flavor with the tart overcoming the sweet apple. This is where it becomes most obvious that this is a brown ale.

A very smooth and easy drinker. Warm or cold weather, one can consume a lot of this complex fruit beer. I only wish this were a regular beer by New Glarus

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:42:03 | More by JohnnyHopps
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a light clear golden yellow with a little bit of a foam around the brim. as soon as the bottlecap pried open my face was hit by a curtain of apples. i've had plenty of cider in my days, and i have to say the only one that ever tasted like real apples was harpoon's - but this is just out of this world. you can tell they used a few different kinds of apples for sure. the taste was not as sweet as i expected, which is great! i think maybe they use their base recipe for spotted cow on this one. same mouthfeel with the fizziness and crisp. this is a great experiment by them, and i am glad i have 3 more to save for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 10:07:10 | More by facundoCNB
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-18-2012 03:22:49 | More by monitorpop
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-17-2012 18:18:27 | More by KC9LDB
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes... Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Looks like bubbly Mott's apple juice. There was very little head, and just a bit of lacing initially.

S) The aroma is of apple, more of a tart variety, not quite Granny Smith tart. It actually smells like Jolly Ranchers green apple candy.

T) Quite a bit sweeter than the nose. Really more like a red delicious apple. This is a little like a sweet amber cider. Very pleasing finish and aftertaste for any individual that enjoys apple.

M) This is light to a medium/light with a good dose of carbonation. It is quite crisp and fairly refreshing.

O) If you don't like apples, then it should be obvious, this is not the ale for you. If you do like apples, then you will likely enjoy this immensely. New Glarus knows how to make a good fruit beer, and this offering does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 15:41:19 | More by RoamingGnome
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-15-2012 12:04:20 | More by fiedler84
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-14-2012 03:17:03 | More by JRod1969
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-14-2012 02:31:10 | More by hinemk76
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.