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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 320
Gots: 171 | 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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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
Photo of strangebrew52
4.5/5  rDev +9%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of eroc360
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of McCranky
5/5  rDev +21.1%

McCranky, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of dexterk1
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber to yellowish. It has a head that diminishes relatively quickly after being poured into a pint glass.
Odor is very nice. Smells of apples or perhaps apple cider. sweet smelling and light. Very pleasant.
Mouth fell is light and very crisp. carbonation is pretty high and has a apple juice kind of feel.
Taste is pretty sweet. It has a lot of apple flavor (obviously). Beer flavor is light, but it works well for what it is. It is a fruity beer and lives up to that designation. Overall a good specialty beer with some interesting flavor and is different.

dexterk1, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of sliks96
4/5  rDev -3.1%

sliks96, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of davesway10
4.5/5  rDev +9%

davesway10, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -27.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Beertracker, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an initial half inch head that recedes into nothingness after a couple minutes...clear copper/golden body. Some lacing left on the side of the tulip.

S- Aroma consists of a sweetness that is more of apple cider than apple juice.

T- One word: apples. Very sweet, somewhat tart at the same time. Hops are nearly impossible to pick out.

M- Right on par with Apple Ales cousins (brothers?) Wisconsin Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium.

D/O- Strike it up as another world class fruit beer from Dan and company. My only (minor) complaint is the head retention. I could see how some would say this becomes cloying after awhile but I think it's great. I'd really like to see this be a year-round 750ml offering from New Glarus, right along side it's cousins....brothers?

Duff27, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -3.1%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
2.13/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with no head. What happens is a few white bubbles pop up and then are gone. Looks like a darker shade of apple juice.

S- This is pretty easy it smells like apples. I can't pick up anything other than apple sweetness.

T- Tastes pretty much like apple juice and is pretty sweet.

M- Very light and pretty good amount of carbonation.

O- This one reminds me of a cider or wine cooler or better yet a glass of apple juice. Too sweet and has no taste or anything that I enjoy from beer. I do however understand how some people enjoy this beer.

nrbw23, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -3.1%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -3.1%

denimdemon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of MkUltra84
4.5/5  rDev +9%

MkUltra84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Jhiser
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jhiser, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of geoffsm12
4.5/5  rDev +9%

geoffsm12, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev -3.1%

EROCK75, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice sparkling, clear, copper color, lots of bubbles rising showing off a nice amount of carbonation. It has a a slight fizzy white head that dissipates extremely fast leaving a ring of film along the edges of the glass, very appealing and inviting for a lighter fruit beer. The nose is out of control, massive amounts of granny smith apples, faint spices, and a hint of grains, apple pie in a glass. Flavors are spot on, lots of tart green apples and pie spices with a nice smooth biscuit malt finish to remind you this is beer and not cider but stays away from being a gimmicky all out apple pie beer. Nice bubbly texture keeps this easy and refreshing, not overly light but just a lovely session beer.

Verdict: This blows ciders away, massive apple flavors but nice touches with the biscuit and spicing that is so easy to drink, refreshing and flavorful. Such a great take on beer.

kevanb, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +21.1%

smogfood, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is insanely clear, and just a sparkling light golden color. It pours a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Wow, is this a beer, or is this just apple juice? All kidding aside, it is immensely fresh smelling. It smells very sweet and I can guarantee that if someone went into this smelling blind, they would think that fresh apples were just cut under their nose. Amazing.

T: This is just a bountiful blast of liquid apples in your mouth. The few ciders I've had don't even come close to what this beer is all about. It is just sublime how much apple flavor is really in it. It finishes with the slightest touch of malt, it kisses your tongue with a bit of sweetness, and bit of dryness. It is so drinkable and incredibly hard to put down for more than a 20 second interval.

M: Good, yet very soft and velvety carbonation. Light and airy mouthfeel, this starts and ends very crisp and clean.

Dan proves, once again, that he is the unabridged king of fruit beers. This is a must try for anyone living in the state of Wisconsin, and an envy of anyone living out of state.

iDrinknewglarus, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Crundy
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It looked just like carbonated apple juice or sparkling apple cider. very fresh and crisp looking. White head and very well carbonated

S: Smelled like freshly squeezed apple juice with perhaps a little bit of caramel

T: Tastes like sweet sparking apple cider, there was also a feint caramel malt flavor as well.

M: lots of bite, bright and crisp mouth feel, light bodied

O: This is a sweet beer I could drink over and over again. Its a very attractive beer with lots of apple flavor and smell and highly drinkable with a small abv. Delicious.

Crundy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bergie331
5/5  rDev +21.1%

bergie331, Dec 02, 2011
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.