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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 313
Gots: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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duffcalifornia

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a single bottle.

A: A golden cider color. Much more amber than an actual cider such as Woodchuck with a head about one finger tall that disappeared very quickly.

S: Very strong smell of apples, with hints of vanilla. Very appealing. Also had the same faint aroma found in other fruit ales from NG (specifically the Raspberry Tart).

T: Tastes almost exactly as it smells. Tastes like a sparkling cider, with just the faintest taste of alcohol in the finish, when you taste the ale qualities and that hint of vanilla.

M: fairly thin, with medium carbonation.

D: Extremely easy drinking. Like previously mentioned, it's very difficult to taste any alcohol in this at all, so it goes down easy and smooth.

Am going to have to pick a four-pack of this up before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:41:12 | More by duffcalifornia
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the New Glarus brewery when I visited with my brother-in-law over Christmas Break.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into a generic tulip. About a finger of quickly receding frothy head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell - Nice tart yet sweet apples up front that recedes to a barley and malt aroma. That is where the beer kicks in. Slight cinnamon when it warms up.

Taste - Similar to the nose. The initial taste is sweet apple cider, like sparkling cider you can purchase in stores. The taste is honestly extremely pleasant and not overly sweet. After the initial sweet blast is over, a more "beer" flavor such as brown ale kicks in. Just outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint sweet.

Drinkability - I could drink these all day, no joke. No cloying sweetness at the end as one would expect. I'm glad I got two four packs of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:25:32 | More by SpdKilz
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kbnooshay

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance is more of a clear gold then brown. smells like apples and sugary water syrup. way closer to a cider than a brown ale but it has much more drinkability than a cider. low carbonation and sticky sweet. this was cool but i wish i had more than a third of a 12 oz bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:12:22 | More by kbnooshay
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper, light brown, orange tint, lots of bubbles

S: fresh picked big apple aroma, hint of grain and spices

T/M: sweet red apples, tart granny smiths, slight spices, also hint of apple pie spices, light body, prickly on the tongue, big carbonation.

D: Complete surprise to me, very refreshing, reminds me of a good hard cider. Could easily throw back more than a few and wish I bought more than a 4 pack.
Seek this out, newbies may really enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:43:02 | More by BeerLover99
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drewba

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This looks like a sparkling apple juice. One finger off white head cascades up but only leaves a thin bubbly ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Apple cider, some tart granny smith apples, cinnamon, clove. I can detect a fair amount of sweet and a hint of tartness in the smell as well.

T - Simply put, this is a hearty, carbonated apple cider. To break it down; lots of sweet(but not too much) and a little tartness from the apple, cinnamon, clove, and bread. Super clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. I wish the carbonation was a little higher, but that make take away from the fact that this is so close to actual cider.

D - I wish I had more. My girlfriend really liked this, and remarked that she loved the apple flavor and appreciated the lack of aftertaste. I know that this isn't all that fair of a comparison, but when I drink Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, I only ever want a small pour, but with Apple Ale, I want to take my girlfriend's pour back. Also, my burps now smell DELICIOUS.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:43:02 | More by drewba
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated the opportunity to try this one and thank Bmoyer0301 busting this brew out on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a crystal clear orange color with a thin film of white bubbles that hangs around the inside perimeter of the glass. Swirls and sips produce some spotty lace work on the glass.

The smell of this brew is primarily fresh apple juice with some faint spices akin to cinnamon and some depth of apple skin, not just flesh.

The taste of this brew is all apples, apple juice via sweet concentrated form. Drinking this brew is easy going if you approach it like you are enjoying a hard cider, it is slightly acidic with does a decent job at balancing out the sweetness of this offering. A long lingering aftertaste of apple is left inside the mouth.

Medium to light in body with a modest level of carbonation. Quite easy drinking, if you enjoy apples or hard cider this is certainly a brew to give a try. First impressions of this brew are pretty hard to swallow. This brew was quite tasty in a back-sweetened cider sort of way.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:03:24 | More by stakem
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours a rich golden hue with high clarity and one finger of creamy white head. Comparable to a quality hard cider. As the head dissipates it forms something of a creamy caldera above the liquid line. Interesting...

Smell -- The aroma is quite singular: apple juice. It's pleasant, but not especially interesting.

Taste -- Lots of sweet apple flavor up front - Golden Delish? Very fruity and naturally sweet-tasting, not terribly different in character from Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart in this regard. Grainy malt character makes itself known toward the finish. Lingering flavor of unfiltered apple cider.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with milder prickly carbonation that finishes a bit foamy. Good stuff.

Drinkability -- Pleasantly surprised! For me, this is probably the most drinkable of all of the New Glarus fruit beers, and that's saying something. Not as intensely fruit flavored as Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but this doesn't produce the kind of fruit overload/saccharine fatigue that might make you inclined to share a bottle rather than pouring a second glass. I could see myself putting away a pack of this in one evening without much effort.

If you love any of the other New Glarus fruit beers, gets your hands on this one as well!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:25:48 | More by yeahnatenelson
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vkv822

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bubbly white head that leaves a thin white film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is of sweet, crisp apple. There are some cinnamon, graham cracker notes in the backing. Really quite nice.

The taste follows the nose quite well with crisp, sweet apple juice and a very pleasant bready, graham cracker finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly and works quite well with the beer.

I really enjoy this beer, and really wish this was distributed outside Wisconsin as this would make a wonderful autumn beer. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 04:31:01 | More by vkv822
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for the bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a light copper for with a minimal white head.and just a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar. Nose brings some cinnamon and other spices plus quite a bit of cider character. A bit odd, but I like it.

Flavor brings quite a bit of spools and some sweetness plus some nutmeg and other spices. A bit too sweet. Feel is prickly with a lot of carbonation. Overall, quite a unique beer but I really am enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:27:32 | More by Thorpe429
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to GraniteSkunk

Pours a clear copper orange with a small, fading head. Disappears into spotty film and a ring around the glass.

A nice strong whiff of apple cider, green apple peel, a hint of spice, and light sweetness.

Plenty of apples and spice right up front. Light caramel sweetness alongside cinnamon and lovely warm flavor. This really reminds me of apple cider and candied apples. Brown sugar and apple peel are also apparent with a hint of breadiness. Finishes crisp and refreshing with some lingering flavor.

Light bodied, bubbly and refreshing. Drinks so well, and the alcohol is nonexistent. For a straight up fruit beer, this pretty much nails the apple flavor, although if you don't like cider, I can see this missing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:58:39 | More by xnicknj
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange, little head.

Smells of apples and cherries, slight cinnamon note

I can taste apple, pear, orange dreamsicle, and candied apple. Interesting and complex.

Medium mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation.

This beer rocked. Complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:45:47 | More by Strix
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear brassy color with a short-lived white head.

S - apple cider, apple pie, baked apples.

T - red delicious, macintosh, and sour green apples all rolled into this tasty brew.

F - light bodied, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

D - very drinkable especially if you like apples, as I do.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:49:09 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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teamizm

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - looks like apple juice with a bit of head and dissipates fairly quickly.

S - smells like apple juice/apple cider

T - taste, well, like apple juice and candy apple with alcohol.

M - medium carbonation, like a light apple cider

D - At 4%, very drinkable, but a little too sweet to drink more than one bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 08:19:32 | More by teamizm
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

thanks to zimberbloke for this one.

A- Very minimal head is created on the pour and none is left after a minute. The beer is crystal clear and a few shades darker than apple juice.

S- Apple is intensely strong on the nose. It literally fills the room. Its a juicy red cider smell. A little bit of green apple tartness is picked up too.

T- Wow, uh. This is weird. Apple juice and cider wash over the palate. Its very sweet but has a touch of tartness at the end. Being that I don't like cider, this is a but too sweet for me.

M- Very prickly and dry. Light bodied.

D- Just about sickeningly sweet. It leaves that cider twang in the back of the throat that I can't deal with.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 06:02:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $2.50 in Fall 2010.

A much talked about New Glarus beer. It pours a golden amber color as you take in the scent of apple cider. Upon tasting there is a strong apple tartness to it. It takes a few sips to get used to teh tartness but after that it drinks rather smooth since there is not much carbonation to it. One of the more interesting beers you will find.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:01:47 | More by Lemke10
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kk73

Hawaii

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this one.

A - Pretty much pours out the color of apple juice with a smallish head that quickly disppeared into a white ring around the edge of my glass.

S - Smell is of sweet apples, sugar, and light cinnamon spice.

T - Taste follows the nose. Sweet but not overpowering. Light apple tartness that moves all the way toward the finish. Low abv = no alcohol detection here.

M - Light and fresh, you can taste the apple with each sip. Light and bubbly carbonation as you can see the bubbles rising slowly to the top.

D - The only two fruit beers Ive had have been this one and the Wisconsin Belgian Red and both took me by surprise. Both very good beers, New Glarus certainly does fruit beers well. The light and not so overpowering sweetness combined with the low abv and light body make this one highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 23:31:32 | More by kk73
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours the color of apple juice, very clear with a light amber color but no head. Nose is sweet and appley, like fermented apple juice.

Taste is all apple, very sweet, a little too sweet. The apple is way over the top. Again, it's not bad but it's like fermented apple juice.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:04:58 | More by kingcrowing
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a one finger off white head which dissolves quickly, leaves no lacing. The light copper color looks nice. The aroma has apple, and some spice. Maybe cinnamon. Quite nice.

The taste is very nice. Apples and some cinnamon. There are 6 varieties of apples used, and brewed with a brown ale base. The apples taste like a nice combination of sweet and tart apples. Very nicely done.

Medium bodied and sweet, with low carbonation. Another truly great fruit beer from New Glarus. I could easily drink this beer again and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:30:30 | More by hardy008
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Halcyondays

California

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head, limited lacing, solid head retention.

S: Winter spice, green and yellow apples, mulled cider; decadent, like the best apple pie you've ever smelled.

T: Pretty much with the nose. More cider like than beer. Beautiful winter spice/cinnamon with the true apple flavour, absolutely delicious.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, soft carbonation with a very mild acidity.

D: As with the other New Glarus fruit beers I've had this is incredible. The top 4 fruit beers of my life, they're all New Glarus, can't say more than that.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:23:34 | More by Halcyondays
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuck...what happens when you try to make a cider into a beer? this happens.

Beer is amber and clear with no head, no lacing and low carbonation, this is OK i guess.

Beer smells like apples and spice, this is more upsetting if this isn't what i expected.

Beer is thin to medium bodied and apply. Its sweet and cidery with mild spice and some grain acidity at the end. It's not super enjoyable as I hoped. I doubt I would drink more than the 12 ounces I had.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:21:27 | More by drabmuh
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readbaron

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella glass - with a hard pour you get a bit of white foamy head that quickly dissolves into a ring of foam. Dark golden and crystal clear - a fantastic combo.

Smells amazing - apples and spice - cinnamon and nutmeg - with faint yeasty undertones

Tastes like it smells - primarily of apples, but not quite so sweet as a cider would be. Starts and finishes sweet, but there's some fuller malty flavor in between. Finishes clean.

Light, crisp, effervescent mouth feel.

A tad sweet, but I could easily drink several of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:38:10 | More by readbaron
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wstein70

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and it had a slight fizz sound. Poured into the glass and it foamed very briefly. Nice gold/brownish color, very clear no haze what so ever. The smell of apples and spices was very pleasant. I thought it would taste like a cider, but it surprised me and didn't. More like a apple infused pale ale. Not much hop flavor, primarily apple. But very clean and crisp, no heavy after taste. Would be a great beer for lounging out by the pool during the Florida summers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 20:18:57 | More by wstein70
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BarrytheBear for this one! Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a half finger of foam that quickly settles. Looks exactly like apple juice.

Smell: Fresh apples, apple juice and some slight spice notes.

Taste: Freshly squeezed apple juice, sweet and tart apples with a sweet malt flavor at the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very crisp.

Drinkability: New Glarus nailing a fruit beer....who would have thought that! Another fruit beer that I've had from them that is insanely good. Very nice beer at a low abv makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:19:08 | More by Axic10
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice

Pours a light fizzy head that fades down to nothing instantly. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is an absolutely clear pink hued peach. Despite the no head, it is a gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma: Dry, crisp golden delicious apples. It smells like an apple harvest or something. Apple sauce flavors. Apple cider. Pretty much all apples.

Taste: This beer tastes like some of NG sours' base brown ale. However, it has none of the sour components, but rather apple flavors and some dry spice. It is pretty much straight up apples. It is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly dry, but clean.

Overall, it is another solid brew from NG. It is pretty easy drinking and I will have no problem with this bottle and probably want another. Awesome stuff.

Edit: As I get further into the bottle it becomes harder to drink due to the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 18:44:35 | More by mothman
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid copper orange color with no head and no lacing, even despite a hard pour. Bottle says it's a brown ale base, but there's nothing brown about the look. Nose is mostly apples and light spices. Not getting much of a base beer aroma, but it smells excellent. Taste is very reminiscent of apple cider, which is to be expected I suppose, but I'm just getting anything in the way of beer. This thing is very sweet, but not cloyingly so, and is basically all apples and spice. I'm honestly having a hard time picking out which spices in particular were used (cinnamon?), if any at all, but it's all very well balanced, with no bitterness from hops. Body is medium, carbonation is perfect. All in all, this one tasty brew, but it doesn't really taste like beer. It does, however, taste better than any hard cider I've ever choked down. An interesting ale, and very nice for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 21:21:27 | More by KeefD
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