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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 321
Gots: 160 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

brystmar, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Phoenix2443, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

leschkie, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of vitrael
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a lot Dan's unplugged series, it's difficult to put this one in a box. It has little in common with most other fruit beers I've approached, and in particular it associates more with fresh apple cider flavors than beer flavors. That said, I'm giving Dan the benefit of the doubt (which he well deserves) and figuring he set out to create a beer of intense, unadulterated fresh apple flavor, with the body and mouthfeel of a beer. And that he did.

At the first crack of the bottle, you get the sensation that you've bitten into a honeycrisp apple off the vine, and its juices are wafting up into your nose. The delicate fresh sweetness borders on the flavor of white grapes or a good chardonnay. The appearance is crystal clear and golden, with a thin white film of a head. Before tasting, you could mistake it easily for a sparkling apple juice.

You'll discover, as soon as you part your lips, the full bouqet of fresh apple flavor is executed perfectly on the tongue. It is really very sweet, quite cider-like, but balanced nicely due to the lightness of body and relatively high carbonation. The actual character of the hopping here is almost imperceptible, just enough to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. How such a powerful fruit characteristic was achieved, I really don't know. Barley has taken a back seat in this beverage.

My hat off to Dan as usual (probably the only exception was choco-abbey... man, what was that about?)

vitrael, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear orange gold with a finger of nice head that leaves behind thin lacing.

S- WOW! Apples hit you from the moment you open the bottle. Almost a green sour apple candy.

T- Beer? Taste just like sour apple juice. Pretty amazing actually. Nice sour notes.

M- Very light body and smooth.

O- Not anything like I was expecting. Hard to classify this one as a beer, more of a hard cider I would say. Nonetheless, I will see if I can get it again!

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Agold, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mrpickles, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1018th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Bottle stamp of 3081

Thanks to Erikkoppin for this one

App- A very well done and clear golden color with a one finger very fast receding head that left no cling or lace. Lots of bubbles in the glass.

Smell- Apples for days even out of the bottle it just filled the air with crisp green apples, A little sweetness and what seemed like a white wine note behind it.

Taste- I know someone said it below me and I hate to repeat but good lord this taste just like a Jolly Rancher. A little sugary, a little sweet and a little tart with a mix of all the apples. I really get no bitter or hops or malts on this one, just the light a crisp apples.

Mouth- A pleasant light/medium body with a semi medium/high carbonation level. Right amount of balance of smooth and bubbles.

Drink- Damn this was tasty. Between all their Fruit beers, they really should move out to all parts of the country. They are killing it with this style. This would be a great summer beer here in So.Cal. I would love to have this one again.

FosterJM, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

pirmannt1, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

LambicKing, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of tasteegood
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this 4 pack for 11.99 at a popular cheese castle in Wisconsin on a drive back to Chicago with my old man.

I did get an opportunity to sample it before purchasing and decided to buy it despite my apprehension. Once I got back to my place, I spilt it with a friend.

A- Nice golden color with little carbonation, no head retention.
S- Apples and tons of them. Smell like a combination of Golden and Red Apples.
T- Apples, sweet, don't detect much tartness. Not a fan of the aftertaste, the finish mimics an artificial apple butter-like taste.
M- Nothing fancy, sweet risidual, not overbearing. However, I may struggle to finish a whole beer.
O-This is a decent beer, but reminds me more of a cider or even a "Cidral" (Mexican cabornated apple soda). For 11.99, I would seek another beer, but I was suckered into it since the likelihood of finding this beer in Illinois is rare.

tasteegood, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

FievelGoesWest, Dec 28, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that I notice is that it's beautiful copper color and that it's absolutely clear. It's got a cottony white head which is very appealing but it doesn't hang out for too long.
This ale is bursting with apple aromas, both with a hint of sweetness and tartness. Not smelling much in the way of hops and malts but it still smells good.
Apples! There is a slight hint of earthiness which I assume is coming from the hops.
This is a light bodied beer, it's sweet but leaves a nice effervecence touch from the carbonation that follows the apple sweetness beautifully. It's like drinking and apple flavored champaigne.
I really like this beer. I have never tasted a beer quite like this before. As mentioned before it's like drinking a sparkling wine or champaigne. I also like that this is a beer that I could sit down and drink with my wife, as she really enjoys it as well. New Glarus Apple Ale is hard to come by in my neighorhood but I will again go through the effort to find it again.

JCaweinstein, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ScrimshawFan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sparkling apple juice, with a thin head off the pour. Crystal clear, like a pilsner.

S: Boozy apple juice. Extremely fruity and sweet in the nose. Smells like apple juice mixed with a good lager.

T: Like the nose, extremely fruit-forward, with some booze under the veil, and a light, crisp, clean lager bite to cut the sweetness.

M: Lagerish. Crisp, clean, and wonderfully refreshing.

Couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but this is an excellent fruit beer.

Heavenisbeer, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

csiewert, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

coreymcafee, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

doucmehu, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

GRG1313, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

whartontallboy, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from Romulux.

A: looks like fizzy apple juice. White head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher.

T: Tastes like a green apple Jolly Rancher. Spot on!

M: Refreshing and well carbonated.

O: NG is the king of fruit beers and this one is no exception. I would love a case of this to pull from on the days I feel like a break from big, boozy stouts and barleywines.

camil1mj, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

McCranky, Dec 20, 2011
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.