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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 320
Gots: 170 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

graphicsguy, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Punkrckr281, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

london1o1, May 24, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of sweet apples, some light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a very strong sweet apple flavor that dominates. I had expected it to be more sour than sweet but I’m not disappointed either. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a very mild hops presence that brings a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the sweet apple flavor.

TheManiacalOne, May 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

pixieskid, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Archemedies, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

2beerdogs, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TonyTalon, May 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

danp14, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Snowrs, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

zvanwink, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MClow, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

atone315, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

AaronBurr, May 03, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

jegross2, May 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

yourefragile, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cfh64, Apr 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Craftonly23121, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

motorhed, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

KCM, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

SweJon, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cardern, Apr 07, 2012
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.