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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 310
Gots: 141 | 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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bnuttz

Wisconsin

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

Well, the third New Glarus fruit beer I have sampled. I went into this with high expectations and here are the results.

appearance: a dark copper color, with little head

smell: sweet, apples, smells so good, like a sweet apple cider. Some tartness can be detected also

taste: Apples all over. Wow, this is great. Very sweet and tart at the same time. Tastes like an apple cider sweetened up. The sweetness does not hide the tartness at all.

Well, New Glarus has done it again, these guys just cannot miss on the fruit beers. True, I probably couldnt drink more than one due to the inherant sweetness. But I must reccomend this beer to everyone that can get their hands on it. It is pricier like all the NG fruit beers, but that is understandable because you can tell they dont skimp on the fruit. Get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 00:53:06 | More by bnuttz
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours the color of apple cider, with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no remaining head and no lacing.

S: Smells very strongly like apple cider that's very overpowering.

T: I feel like I'm getting repetitive but it tastes like very flavorful apple cider with a small trace of hops, this is by no means a bad thing.

Overall: It's very well carbonated and the taste fits the style very well, although I'm not sure I could have guess that I were drinking a beer if I were blindfolded. As I said it tastes great but isn't something I'd drink a lot of, it would either get overpowering or old.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:37:22 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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MaxSpang

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Thanks to Duff27 for sending me this fantastic brew!

APPEARANCE

The beer is a crystal clear yellow-orange color. It reminds me of apple juice if you can believe it. The head was about a finger and almost pure white. It disappeared quickly, and absolutely none of it remained in the glass. There was some nice carbonation bubbles floating up, making this beer look quite inviting.

SMELL

Tons of - you guessed it - apples. This is intensely strong in a good way. It doesn't smell like cider, but rather a candy-like tart apple. I could swear I was smelling a caramel apple. It's honestly hard to get much else, save some slight spice character. This is similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart in that I find myself going "There's no way this is beer" to myself!

TASTE

The taste is nowhere near as intense as the smell. That being said, there's a lot of apple flavor in this fella. It's a sweet apple variety rather than a tart Granny-Smith or something. There's a good amount of sweetness, and it reminds me of brown sugar. The caramel flavor comes out but is subtle, and there's a nice little bit of malt right at the end. There's some candy-like sweetness that reminds me of rock candy (not the Belgian kind) or cotton candy. Really incredible flavors coming from this brew.

MOUTHFEEL

The carbonation is very close to perfect, and it creates a nice, crisp, dry finish to an otherwise sweet beer. The body is fairly light. It's big enough to be satisfying while being light enough to be refreshing.

OVERALL

I'm going to come out and say it - New Glarus makes the best fruit beers ever. Like Raspberry Tart is to raspberries and Wisconsin Belgian Red is to cherries, this is the truest apple flavor I have tasted and smelled from any beer. This beer would be amazing in the fall... or any other time of the year! If you love apples, you'll love this beer. Period.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:33:38 | More by MaxSpang
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light brown with a reddish huge. Barely any foam whatsoever.

Smells like a red apple.

Taste kind of like beer mixed with apple juice. I'm assuming this is spot on what they intended since I've never had anything remotely like this before. A little tartness throughout with a very smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel is kind of light, but with a 4.0% ABV that is expected. Not quite as dry as most ciders. Definitely has the apple flavor but is firmly in beer territory.

I love everything from New Glarus. I'm fortunate to have loving relatives in Wisconsin, but would love to have more regular access to their offerings. Very solid lighter beer and very unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:29:32 | More by jmarsh123
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that I notice is that it's beautiful copper color and that it's absolutely clear. It's got a cottony white head which is very appealing but it doesn't hang out for too long.
This ale is bursting with apple aromas, both with a hint of sweetness and tartness. Not smelling much in the way of hops and malts but it still smells good.
Apples! There is a slight hint of earthiness which I assume is coming from the hops.
This is a light bodied beer, it's sweet but leaves a nice effervecence touch from the carbonation that follows the apple sweetness beautifully. It's like drinking and apple flavored champaigne.
I really like this beer. I have never tasted a beer quite like this before. As mentioned before it's like drinking a sparkling wine or champaigne. I also like that this is a beer that I could sit down and drink with my wife, as she really enjoys it as well. New Glarus Apple Ale is hard to come by in my neighorhood but I will again go through the effort to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:11:37 | More by JCaweinstein
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the fall of 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever traded me this in person at DLD '11.

A: Brilliant, translucent rust body under an inch of frothy white head. Pretty good retention and light, sticky lace. Very attractive.

S: Interesting. Apple, unsurprisingly, dominates - but it's a decidedly raw apple aroma, not really cider-like at all. It's much more like apple pie filling: a little spicy, a little caramelized, and very enticing. Really good.

T: Opens with sweet apple flesh, followed by cinnamon, caramel, and a clean, tart finish. Apple skin and light bitterness are also present toward the end. Light spiciness on the aftertaste. A bit more tartness would have been welcome, but it's delicious in its own way.

M: Lively, creamy carbonation in a fairly light body. Refreshing.

O: Excellent fruit beer - extremely apple-forward without losing its beer-ness. Terrific.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:51:39 | More by woosterbill
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77apm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-29-2014 05:03:30 | More by 77apm
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-14-2011 14:34:01 | More by bpfrush
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2014 02:31:06 | More by stereosforgeeks
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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-26-2013 20:28:33 | More by johnyb
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-27-2014 18:24:52 | More by weonfire
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-27-2013 14:12:28 | More by prdstmnky
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Chip_K

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-05-2014 17:55:30 | More by Chip_K
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EvoJoe

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2013 01:04:39 | More by EvoJoe
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cliff1066

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-29-2013 05:12:09 | More by cliff1066
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-05-2012 02:59:19 | More by Gonzoillini
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-02-2014 01:32:02 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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heystevec

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-10-2014 23:33:10 | More by heystevec
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-04-2013 16:57:26 | More by Bunuelian
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2014 04:03:40 | More by Keith_R
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-21-2014 03:37:44 | More by sfr26
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rowbow

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-06-2014 17:15:43 | More by rowbow
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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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replacementpart

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 21:26:46 | More by replacementpart
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mkf629

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-12-2013 23:55:37 | More by mkf629
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.