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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 328
Gots: 176 | 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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Duffman929
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several bottles, over the last two seasons.

A - Looks like carbonated apple cider.

S - Strong smell of apples.

T - Carbonation hits the mouth and then a tart taste of green apple. It is light and has no lingering flavors. It is exactly what I expect it to taste like.

M - Very bubbly, similar to a sparkling apple cider.

O - NG does fruit beers better than most others. This is a great anytime beer, but 1 per sitting is good enough because of the sweet apple nature.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/19/12 notes. Received from JYounger30 in the Birthday BIF; thanks Jay! Love the fruit beers I've had from NG so far so have been wanting to try this one. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apple juice, cider, green apples, and light bread and grains. A ton of apples, very nice.

t - Tastes of green apples, cider, apple juice, slightly tart or sour green apples, light spice, and grains. Again, a really great tasting beer.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Crisp and dry.

o - Overall I thought this was another good fruit beer from NG; I've yet to have a bad one from them. This was exactly what I was expecting/hoping for, as it tastes a lot like hard cider/apple juice. While I enjoyed the NG Cran-bic more, if I could buy any of these fruit beers off the shelf I'd always have some in my fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nova009
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- small half finger fizzy white head appears on the pour and quickly dissipates to a white covering on the surface, powerful string of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass to the surface, dark golden color like apple juice

S- apples, crisp apples, smells a little tart as well

T- sweet and creamy, spiced apples, tastes like smooth apple cider with a small bite

M- light and crisp, decently high carbonation that works well, slick and clean on the palate

O- this is a delicious fruit beer, clean and crisp, however no more than two or else your stomach will start feeling it

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.