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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,080
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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djbulbasaur

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

09-07-2012 19:04:41 | More by djbulbasaur
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Braden

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-14-2013 21:31:15 | More by Braden
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ScottP

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-26-2012 22:59:24 | More by ScottP
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lakesider1818

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

04-24-2013 06:15:38 | More by lakesider1818
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Phoenix2443

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-02-2012 02:49:02 | More by Phoenix2443
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groovy24

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-08-2012 02:41:15 | More by groovy24
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stbo101

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-20-2011 02:44:23 | More by stbo101
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-22-2012 20:25:19 | More by tat2dhllblly
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DrJoe82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-24-2013 01:02:52 | More by DrJoe82
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gpawned

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-12-2012 18:08:31 | More by gpawned
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johnbjaeger

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-26-2011 16:20:52 | More by johnbjaeger
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-17-2012 18:18:27 | More by KC9LDB
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mschwaberow

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-17-2014 01:39:31 | More by mschwaberow
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TATURBO

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-26-2011 18:02:01 | More by TATURBO
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MEW

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-08-2013 23:33:31 | More by MEW
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a 12 oz. bottle, strikingly similar to that of the "Unplugged Series," though the label does not say anything of the sort. Red foil over the cap and neck with a red label and white printing of "Apple Ale."

Pours out bright gold and sits a dark amber in the glass with a meager off-white head, fading fast.

Smells of dried apple leather and caramel. A very sweet, candylike aroma. Reminiscant of apple juice concentrate, with a light, spicy hop aroma behind. Very pleasant and inticing.

Tastes sweet up front and builds up steam from there. Apple cider all the way to the bank. A blend of caramel and a light trace of cinnamon tingling the sides of your tounge also give good feeling to this beer. Hopping minimal and barely noticeable, just like the other two fruit beer by New Glarus. Full of real apple flavor, even a bit of skins and stems thrown into the mix. Excellent.

Smooth, rich and creamy in the mouth, medium bodied with carbonation that relaxes your entire mouth, just plain soothing. Makes it all the more worthwhile.

I could drink this stuff easier than I could water. This beer is cutting it close, and is right on par with their other fruit beers, mabye even better. Wow, this is tasty, tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 03:05:36 | More by Skidz
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leakyfaucet12

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- this is a pretty good looking beer. It has a good retaining head with a golden color. The carbonation is obvious with bubbles sticking to every part of the glass.

s- Smells like the label says apples. There are some breads and grains tones in there but it smells like cutting an apple and smelling it.

t- amazing, and one of the words that describes this beer the best is FRESH. By far the most fresh and refreshing beer I have ever had. The apples in this one dominate without being too sweet. I am in heaven drinking this one.

m- Extremely good and carbonated. the mouthfeel is light and I believe this is perfect for what they are doing. I dont like fruit beers or lambics to be to thick because they seem like a syrup.

d- I could drink this all night. The beer to me other than the appearance is perfect. I am a big fan of this beer and would reccomend it to anyone of you bas out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:51:42 | More by leakyfaucet12
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had my eye on this since it hit the shelf. I am guessing that this is going to be very limited edition so if you find this anywhere, thank the gods and purchase a few bottles. Bought at Sendiks for $2.99. Has the "Unplugged" series red foil on top with a neck label that says Apple Ale. The body label is typical of New Glarus with a branch of red apples. The narrative on the label says that it is brewed with a Brown ale base and blended with 3 kinds of locally grown apples that his friend personally squeezes.

Now for the report card...The color is a light copper color with a pretty thin head, but lots of carbonating action flowing from the bottom. The aroma is so unbelievably refreshing, that you believe you are in the midst of an orchard. It is not just apple smell, but freshness as well. The first sip brings pure enjoyment to the taste buds. The apple flavor spreads quickly, but doesn't swarm you with a sugar-sweetness. This beer is almost as flawless as you can get with a fruit brew. In my mind, New Glarus has earned the crown for fruit enhanced brewing. This is just one more winner to add to the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart line!
One thing to note, this is exactly as the label says..an Apple Ale. If you do not like apples or cider in general, you will be wasting your time with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 02:20:55 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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younger35

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple four packs of this from New Glarus not long ago. I've had this brew many many times on tap but never was able to formally review it. It's one of my all-time favorites but I've only had it fresh. I hope a couple months of age on it doesn't diminish that fantastic apple taste. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear yellowish orange that is exactly the same color as apple juice. A nice one finger frothy white head forms from all the terrific bubbles that permeate throughout the glass. A weak cap is left with a really uneven collar and not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- Just absolutely amazing scents of apples of all kind. Some tartness resembling green apples are the most evident but there is also a fleshier softer smell of overly ripe reds. Slightly spicy from all the fruit and honestly that's about it. Definitely smells more like apple cider than beer but I don't care. It's a fruit beer and the nose is amazing.
Taste- Oh good lord! The few months on this has taken just a slight bit of the sharp tart I remember. Better or worse? Not 100% sure but I'm going to lean towards the fresher, sharper version as my favorite. More of the Brown Ale base has made its way through adding the slightest bit of caramel to all the apple goodness. The beer starts with the freshest apple flavor you could think of. Like the nose, it consists mostly of lightly tart green apples but there is a duller fruitier red apple as that tartness fades. Finishes with the aforementioned red apple earthiness and a slight bit of the lingering caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Light and amazingly crisp and clean with a refreshing yet sharp kick of carbonation. Spot on for a beer like this.
Drinkability- The very first time I had this beer on tap was a bar in Kenosha Wisconsin. Before I even realized what was going on, I had 6 of these delicious treats under my belt (By the time I was done I cashed the keg and could have bought an entire case from the brewery with how much I spent). I always drink these WAY to fast and it's about the most drinkable "beer" I've ever had. I use beer loosely since it's more like cider than beer but who cares. Amazing amazing stuff that they need to put on there regular lineup just like the Belgium Red and Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 23:05:43 | More by younger35
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:34:27 | More by camil1mj
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dimenhetfield

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:42:17 | More by dimenhetfield
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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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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orangish gold color with a finger of whitish head

Smell is apple, almost smells like apple cider but a tartness comes through. Almost like a caramel covered apple in the finish.

Taste is apple (of course), cinnamon, caramel covered apple, slight tartness... delicious!

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation....

Well this is a wonderful creation, I have had several hard ciders hoping they would replace my urge for this stuff.... But nothing does, Hard Ciders just taste thin and flavorless in its place.

Amazing flavor for 4%, Flavor wise it tastes more like 10%!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:29:42 | More by nickapalooza86
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mattkooler

Kansas

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep copper hue with a nice initial head that dissipates quickly. Nice carbonated bubbles float to the top of the beer for quite a while

S- Amazing smell as soon as I poured the beer, I smelled pure apple.

T- The taste is a great mix of beer and apple. There is just enough malt and hop profile in the back to keep the beer balanced, however, the overriding taste is apples.

M- Extremely crisp and nicely carbonated. Very appropriate for this beer.

O- I've had this one before, and I enjoy it immensely every time. This is a great beer to change up my drinking routine and get me out of a rut. Tastes of pure apple with nice carbonation and amazing crispness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:55:05 | More by mattkooler
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle thanks to beerwolf77

Poured into a goblet glass

A- Huge fluffy 2 finger white head sits on top of a golden copper body. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass

S- Smells like a cider. Tons of sweet apple and spice. Maybe some brown sugar or cinnamon. The malts from the brown ale definitely come through as well and blend really nicely.

T- Wow. Just like the aroma. Super creamy malts with a nice hint of apple and spice. Absolutely delicious.

M- Nice thick cream ale style body with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.

Best fruit beer I've had hands down.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:24:35 | More by Arenbeer
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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