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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,141 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 317
Gots: 157 | FT: 8
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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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -23%

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a white fizzy head. Faint white ring forms as the beer settles. Aroma is straight apple pie filing and caramel apples. Very sweet and fruity beer. Again with the apple pie and caramel dipped apple. Doesn't really remind me of a cider as it lacks the acidic/tart character. Almost no hops at all. Moderate to low carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Sweet and sticky finish.

05-17-2011 01:19:21 | More by muttyd
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suspect

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the hookup, this was quite a treat.

A: Deep amber color, like that of cider but has the crystal clear qualities of apple juice. Really aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Apples, floral notes and a touch of honey.

T: Really sweet-tart apple flavor mixed with some cinnamon, apple spice. You can definitely tell there are a mix of apple types used in this beer. I was concerned this would taste like Woodchuck hard cider but nope - it tasted like apple beer!

M: Light body, heavy (but not too much) carbonation. The tartness of the apples puckers me up.

O: This is an excellent take on a fruit beer. I am eternally grateful to beerwolf77 for the extra as New Glarus is not sold near me. Which is too bad because this is a beer I would love to have a lot of. I had to try really hard not to drink it really fast.

05-16-2011 02:49:35 | More by suspect
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rye726

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Up for review is a 120z bottle of New Glarus Appel Ale. Poured into a pint glass at room temperature. Tan color with a beige head. Has lots of fresh apples over a nicely balanced brown ale. Nice cider flavors as well. Clean, crisp body. Another great fruit beer from Danny.

05-09-2011 13:15:11 | More by rye726
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dimenhetfield

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

Arrived just in time for a small little get together from burnheartsMKE, thanks man!! This has to be one of the best tasting fruit beers I've had in a long time. Took me right back to childhood memories of smelling apple pie at grandma's house for Thanksgiving. I will search this out again for sure.

05-06-2011 01:42:17 | More by dimenhetfield
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%

APPEARANCE: Light in color, looks like a cider maybe.

SMELL: Apples and sugar. Not super strong on the nose, but promisiing.

TASTE: Delicious. An even mix of sweet apples and those sweet maple sugar candies you can get at Cracker Barrel. The sweetness is similar to the other New Glarus fruit beers, but without any of the tartness. This beer is extremely sweet and extremely good.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe slightly low in carbonation but it kindof works for this beer. In any case the taste is so good that carbonation isn't on my mind as I'm drinking this.

OVERALL: Another incredible fruit beer from New Glarus. Incredibly tasty and infinitely drinkable, I could probably knock out six in an hour if I didn't stop myself, and I'm usually a slow drinker.

9.5/10

05-04-2011 18:38:06 | More by AlexFields
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Thanks to Chris for this tasty extra!

Pours a clear, golden medley of orange, red and brown. Beautiful color. A thin collar of white foam leaves a few patches of lacing.

Sweet, malty, aroma with a touch of cinnamon and apple pie. Somewhat juicy. Little bit of apple tartness.

The taste is a blend of juicy, slightly tart, apples and sweet malts. A hint of cinnamon and pie crust. This really tastes like liquid apple pie. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty with light tartness throughout. Good carbonation. Sweet.

Overall, this is a great apple beer! NG always does a great job of showcasing the fruit in their beers and this is no exception. I'd love to have a six pack of this in the fall. Better than the majority of ciders out there. Worth seeking out.

05-01-2011 14:54:20 | More by sisuspeed
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a somewhat murky amber color with a thin head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma smells a lot like apple pie. I get cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg to it along with a lot of sweet, crisp apples. Very cool and good flavor to it. The apple is very nice.

The taste starts out with a big crisp apple flavor to it. I get good amount of sweetness to it, a lot like apple pie filling. The cinnamon and other spices are a little more muted in the taste, but they are there. Very cool taste, definitely has some things in common with apple cider and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty cool beer, they really got the apple flavor to come out pretty nicely. It was a little on the sweet side, but was still pretty drinkable. Interesting beer, as well as a pretty good one too.

04-29-2011 22:19:14 | More by billab914
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mikeyv35

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Date: 04/25/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured the color of apple juice(light brown mahoghany w/ subtle red highlights) w/ only a skim coat white head that left substantial lacing. Aromas of sweet apple, sour apple, and breadiness. The taste was a little more complex, of sweet apple initially, followed by sour apple, and finishing w/ cinnamon/spices and breadiness. The mouthfeel was thin and clean. Very easy to drink as the sweetness never became cloying as I feared it would.

Overall, pleasure to sample and for what it is it is very good. New Glarus hands down makes the best fruit beers in the US, they really have it down. At 4% ABV and reminding me too much of apple juice, not really my cup of tea., but not a bad brew.

04-26-2011 20:42:08 | More by mikeyv35
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.05/5  rDev -50.4%

12oz bottle courtesy of shellac01 (thanks, Mike!), into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear amber, with a slight head. Little lacing and not much in the way of retention.

S - Unsurprisingly, apples are the dominant note. Bits of caramel and sugar, cotton candy, and lots of granny smith apple. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing nose when it's cold, although it gets a little muddled as it warms.

T - Ohhh no. This is weird -- I didn't really get any of this in the nose, but it's a butter bomb. The diacetyl dominates the flavor, making it very unpleasant. I get the apple to start, then the butter and salt take over. Difficult to get past a few sips.

M - Somewhat slick and oily. Full, decent carbonation otherwise.

O - Man, this is disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy this, but the diacetyl makes it impossible. As much as I don't want to, this is going down the drain. I'm guessing I just got a bad bottle or batch, so I'll have to acquire another and revisit this review. But for now this is it, dammit.

04-26-2011 14:41:36 | More by djmichaelk
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jsh420

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

pours clear bright copper gold with no head just a few bubbles

smells of candy apple booze with some bready malt

taste - the nose gave me the impression this would be overly sweet and cloying - BUT that is not the case - a perfect balance of sweet and tart apple - a good amount of grains in the aftertaste which reminds me this is a beer and not a cider

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation - has a nice crisp and smooth feel

overall - the best apple beer i have had and could throw back a few of these in a session if it was sold in my area

04-25-2011 02:06:05 | More by jsh420
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Reviewed from notes: i've been wanted to try this for a while now.

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: apples, cider, sweet and tart

taste: cider, apples, sour, sweet, tart,

mouthfeel: little carbonation, medium body,

overall: enjoyed this beer dont' think I would be able to drink alot of it at one sitting due to how sweet it was. More carbonation would of helped. But glad I finally got to try this.

cheers,
The CPJ

04-24-2011 16:20:05 | More by THECPJ
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8%

Thanks to my secret Santas for this!

A- Body is a completely transparent copper hue that pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a solid 1/2 finger and bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Nose resembles a white wine. Soft, a hint of astringency, the nose is crisp, and also cider-like. Of course the dominant tone is apple.

T- Taste is similar to the nose-but the dominant character is crisp apple. More ciderlike-with a hint of white wine. The finish is all apple and is mildly dry.

M- Soft carbonation and a light but full ciderlike body.

D- This is a good beer overall. Pretty much what it advertises to be-apple. Because its made with six seperate apple varities nothing in particular stands out.

04-19-2011 02:49:14 | More by PittBeerGirl
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured a transparent copper/amber color with a little bit of white head on it. Smell is nice and fruity. The apples really come through. Taste is the same, heavy on the apples with a little bit of malt. Light mouthfeel, this is a smooth, easy drinking beer. Overall another great fruit beer from NG. This is a really good beer.

04-18-2011 00:36:19 | More by richkrull
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a cigar city snifter on 4/2/11

Pours a pretty golden cider color with a nice bubbly head that leaves quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells of apples, surprise! Not much else happening.

Taste is crisp, sweet, and smooth, with tons of... Yep apples.

Mouthfeel has a nice crisp at the start from the carbonation and then it moves very smoothly the rest of the way down. Not much after taste.

Drinkability is good but this comes off less then a beer and more of a cider. I could drink a couple more but won't seek it out.

04-05-2011 03:10:23 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Duvel.

A - Very light straw golden color. Almost no head produced but what was there was pure white. No lacing left.

S - Smells like apple cider. Bit of tartness in there.

T - Very much like a cider to me. Tart green apple flavor as well. Taste some nutmeg and cinnamon. Reminds me of an apple pie spice my wife uses when baking. Very sweet at the finish.

M - Lightly carbonated. Thin but crisp mouthfeel.

D - It's a bit sweet for me to be too drinkable. Would make a fine drink to get someone started into the craft world.

04-04-2011 00:14:23 | More by GallowsThief
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -21.8%

Another New Glarus fruit beer I had to stock up on for my wife; unfortunately, this one did not begin to approach the complexity or quality of either Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart.

Poureed a clear golden color with aromas of light malt, crisp apples and apple juice. Light bodied and crisp, light malt and apple juice.

03-25-2011 00:03:04 | More by emmasdad
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herman77

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev 0%

A: Clear, light copper, gold with a small white head. Pretty much the color of apple cider. Hardly any lacing.

S: Apple juice with more tart apples than sweet apples. Kind of a weaker nose than I thought it would have, but still smells good.

T: Tart apples with a bit of a carmel malt backbone base. Hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Really good, I was a little afraid this was going to taste like a hard cider, not at all. It still has some basic beer characteristics.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation that feels good and active.

O: Goes down fast, its very tasty and refreshing. I couldn't have a lot but definitely good stuff here. A great fruit beer.

03-24-2011 00:35:40 | More by herman77
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

An extra from younger35. Thanks man. Poured into a shaker

Pours an apple juice amber color. Very clear. Poured hard to get a decent head. Turned into a ring with no lacing.

Aroma of apple juice. Almost cider-ish

Wow. Lots of apple flavor. NG really knows how to make good fruit beers. Pretty much tastes like apple juice with a bit of malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is not too thick but sweet. Good carb.

Overall an interesting beer. Pretty tasty. I might have to get more of this to keep around to show people what a beer can be.

03-21-2011 04:06:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Man this brewery does fruit beer well.
Lovely aroma which is strong on apple, but also holds a characteristic from Enigma, so I'm guessing it's the yeast. It's a fruity quality and it's pleasant too.
Not much of a head. Looks a lot like apple juice with less evidence of bubbles.
The complexity of the apples really shows in the flavor. You can get the sense of the different apples used with tart and sweet flavors and just general apple goodness. Nothing is out of balance or excessive. Really nice.
Moderately light feel and low carbonation. Drinks really easily. This beer is dangerously easy to drink, so it's good it has such a low abv. As my buddy said, this goes good in any season and does well warm or cold.
With all this it is distinctive from a cider. Subtler, less strong and more complex (in general).
Thanks Bry.

03-20-2011 22:21:37 | More by garymuchow
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber and bronze color with a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly, but the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose is loaded with apples, both sweet and tart. The malt aroma is negligible.

Taste: The tasting starts out with slightly sweet and tart apples coming through. The brown malt base doesn't shine through on this at all, except for perhaps contributing some sweetness to the beer. It's very clean and crisp, and the tasting is apples all the way through with some white grapes coming out in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation as it hits the tongue, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Another enjoyable beer from New Glarus. I was surprised with how much apple flavor came out in this. The name of this beer doesn't disappoint; it's exactly what it's called.

03-18-2011 01:27:39 | More by Ek0nomik
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

What would you expect? It looks just like sparkling apple juice. Highly, lively, carbonated with bubbles galore and very little white head that fades very quickly.

Again smell is of sweet apples with a hint of citrus zest. Seems you can smell the carbonation as well. Bright and in your face aromas cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg. very nice.

I must admit I like it. Very apple-y and with a nice mid body and palate. Sweet through the finish with apple rind like mouthfeel and flavor in the middle. Again caramel and cinnamon add to the flavor profile. Great balance and way to drinkable.

03-17-2011 20:49:00 | More by mcallister
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

This beer pours a clear dark amber color, with very small head. The smell is very sweet, and full of apples. The taste was also sweet, and full of apple flavors. A nice amount of carbonation, and a nice flavor, not much like a beer however. Overall if you like apples, this is very enjoyable, like a less sweet hard cider.

03-14-2011 02:23:58 | More by vette2006c5r
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Bung

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. Extra from duffcalifornia.
Reddish golden pour. Thin layer of white head. Quite a bit of bubbles permeating.

Aroma, large amounts of apple, cinnamon and very light malt, caramel.

Aroma had me worried this was going to taste like hard cider, glad I was wrong. Tart apple at first, quickly over-riden by some nice malt and a bunch of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Caramel, finishes with more semi-sweet spice. Doesn't linger real long.

It is on the thinner side, but goes down very easy because of this. Carbonation is active and keeps the stickiness and sweetness down. Apple drinks tend to give me gut rot, but I could easily down a bunch of this stuff.

Kind of like a light pumpkin ale, made with apples instead.

03-13-2011 02:22:16 | More by Bung
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

If it looks like apple juice and smells like apple juice, it must be...wait...this is beer!

12 oz bottle into Corsendonk tulip.

The beer pours a beautiful golden apple juice color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer that sticks around for quite some time. The smell is of freshly squeezed apple juice with a little bit of a cinnamon raisin bread smell in the back. It definitely could pass as a piece of toast with apple jam spread on it. Very nice. Taste is a pure shot of fresh apple upfront with a very nice sweetness that turns tart as it lingers, followed by a hint of spice...maybe nutmeg. After that, the taste lingers with a bready finish not unlike pie crust. The mouth is slightly prickly with carbonation, but balanced by a smooth slickness. The finish is dry and pleasant. Overall, I can suck this down very quickly and at the low alcohol I could definitely have a few. Very nice beer. Disclaimer: I love apples.

03-06-2011 00:43:11 | More by dgfair
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Received this as an extra from leszczynski23 so thanks to him for the opportunity. No bottled on date, poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Clear orange, gold color with one finger white head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Smell is very good. Apples....obiviously. With some brown sugar cinnamon, buscuity maltiness. Smells like a freshly cooked apple pie!

T - Again a lot of apples and light toasted malts. Some brown sugar toward the end. Finishes with a tart cinnamon flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and it's very drinkable because it tastes fantastic.

My first beer from New Glarus, very good stuff.

02-27-2011 23:29:09 | More by Janderson91
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.