Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,342 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 329
Gots: 174 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2012 vintage which, due to the Midwest drought, uses Washington Fuji apples instead of a Wisconsin variety.

Pours a thick, dense, white head that has good persistence. Aroma is euphoric; bright, tart apple dominates the nose, but there is a nice yeasty aroma that smells like fresh apple skin, with a malty, almost woody hint behind that. Color is a straw-amber. Flavor starts sweet, brightly tart, and rich with apples. There is an underlying syrup-like (in the pleasant, not overpowering or over sweet) sweetness as the malt blends with the apples. It's a very dry bier; after the apple caresses your tongue, it's a clean, smooth, malt finish. This is a much thicker liquid than cider, and whereas cider becomes yeasty/apple skin bitter in the finish, the wheated brown ale slips through, leaving the finish satisfyingly malty.

This is phenomenal. I remember liking the 2009 (I think it was) version the best, but each and every year of this is gold (I'd only have about an 1/8 point variance between the 2009 and this).
I am a big fan of cider, but in all honesty, New Glarus Apple Ale is better than ANY cider I've ever had. Like I said, that malt finish replaces the low-point of cider with one of the high-points of bier.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very lightly hazy orange-amber color. There is big, fluffy, bright-white head which fades from 2 fingers to a ring of foam.

S: Great apple aroma. Smells like the best apple cider I've ever had. Tangy tart green apple melds with some mild spice and warm caramel.

T: Similar to the nose, very apple forward. It really tastes more like an apple cider than a beer. In fact, I can hardly taste anything that resembles your standard beer at all. Tart apple dominates, followed by some spice that reminds me of apple pie.

M: Medium-thin mouthfeel with mild but foamy carbonation. Fairly sweet so it leaves my mouth slightly sticky.

O: Very unique. If I didn't know better, I would just guess that I was drinking the best apple cider I've ever had. Doesn't taste of beer or alcohol at all. Simply lovely.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep gold, almost orange color. Slightly violent pour produces a big, frothy head. Retention and lacing is pretty darn good. Very effervescent with a continuous stream of carbonation of bubbles. Body is slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S- This is a bouquet of apples all the way through. Sweet and fruity apples with maybe a hint of cinnamon. Apple scent is very dominant with full and juicy flavors.

T- Pretty much the same as the scent. Full, ripe, and juicy apples hit the tongue and preside throughout the drink. I can't tell if there is a hint of cinnamon or not, but towards the end a slight bite appears. The bite is kicked off by a hint of barley grain flavor. Grain flavor lends some smoothness to the drink that ends with a sweet aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, high carbonation, and smooth going down. This would be a great, easy drinking summer beer, but it's still drinking great now in January.

Overall, this is a great first impression of New Glarus. I have their other fruit beers, and this just gets me excited to try those. Drinks like a cider, yet the grain at the end proves that this is indeed a beer.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.