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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,366 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 331
Gots: 177 | FT: 10
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this one on the shelf when I stopped by New Glarus.

A: Pours a lovely golden brown hue with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. The retention is low but some spotty lace is noted.

S: Wow nice aroma, this one had my wife begging to drink it. Tons of fresh red and green apple, lots of sweetness with a touch of bitter. It is spiced no doubt about it. Tons of cinnamon with a splash of nutmeg. Cider has nothing on this one.

T: Wow the flavors. If you like the cider brews, you will love this one. Tons of fresh sweet and bitter apples.... skins included. Bold spice pushes thru as well... Very hot apple cider like. Wonderful flavors, with insane drinkability.

M: Light to medium in body, bubbly with an insane smoothness.

D: If you like cider beer, hell if you like cider you will love this one. Tons of apple and spice, if you were pour it in a glass for a beer hater they would have no idea this one is a beer. No hint of alcohol. This one is all about apple and spice... In such a wonderful way.

New Glarus does it again. It is a different monster than Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but just as tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with the code 3111. I reckon that's the 311th day of 2011.

It pours a clear light gold with close to a 2 finger head of foam and has a lot of lacing.

The smell is...green apples, green apples! I LOVE that aroma.

The taste is yummy. Loads of apples bringing both sweet and tart notes that really intensify when I swish the beer in my mouth. I was looking for the base beer, Brown Ale, and though it had some hints of one, the fruit just dominated completely and I'm alright with that. Lots of flavour in this 4%abv brew to enjoy.

On the upper end of light bodied with a nice effervescent level of carbonation, the mouthfeel was good and the drinkability..excellent.

A real fun beer to drink.

Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a somewhat thinner head, but one that quickly disappears leaving behind a darker gold, lighter read color that is somewhat clear and easy to see through...quite nearly matches the color and grain of wood in my IKEA kitchen table...

s - apple pie; theres the fruit present with a mixture of some bready malt that makes a nice 'grammas apple pie' kinda feel to it

t - wow... if i didn't know better, i'd claim it as a heck of a cider... apple immediately, but a nice, frsh granny smith taste to it...

m - clean, crisp, clear and cold

o - a pretty good apple ale... Enjoyable

Photo of drizzam
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass...crystal clear copper color. Minimal bright white head which dissipates pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Smells like I took a big bite out of a fresh green apple. Not much else to the aroma but fresh apples. Very tasty smelling.

T - What else to expect from the taste here besides...apples. I do get a bit of a cinnamon undertone from this one as well. A very tasty brew indeed!

M - Thinnish mouthfeel, I think the medium carbonation lends to this a bit. Finishes crisp with no aftertaste.

D - This brew has a very high sessionability factor! Not sure what the ABV is here, but is has to be below 5%. I'm gonna be going out and picking a bunch of this up while it's still on the shelves to ensure I have plenty available for the Summer! If you like this beer style, this is a must try! Great job New Glarus!

Photo of ballewblake
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unplugged label, poured into my Duvel Tulip

One finger off white head on pour, clear amber body. Head falls quickly, but a quick swirl brings back some fiz, otherwise retention is weak. Nose is a really really sweet apple cider, with a hint of spice, jolly rancher? smells great. Taste is just as interesting, lots of cider flavors, sweet, well carbonated on the tongue. I really like this, perfect quencher after working out! Great mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Thanks to Taturbo for this one!

Photo of waltonc
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Spdklz for this great extra. Another great fruit beer from New Glarus. Nothing overly complex, but this is just a delicious liquid embodiment of tart apples. Starts out slightly sweet but finishes fairly dry so that it's not cloying. Light to medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Quite a refreshing brew. Would love to get more of this.

Photo of dar482
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an amber color.

The beer straight up tastes of fresh apple juice in the front, slightly tart, and some sweetness. Then the beer moves onto this medium plus bready and chewy body that surely separates this as an "ale" instead of a cider. The beer has a substantive body instead of being light and champagne like.

A very delicious and refreshing brew that stands up as a beer instead of a cider.

Photo of boomer31
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this the last time it was Unplugged and loved it. Happy it came back, I'll be keeping a bunch of this.

A - Light brown, transparent and a white head. I mean this looks like apple cider and the bubbles look like a hard cider.

S - A light sour but no spice...this is not an apple spice beer THANK GOD!

T - That slight sour I thought I noticed is not anywhere in the taste. Instead, sweet apple and caremel malts. The malt is mild but noticeable. Everyone needs to try this beer, again a great fruit beer by NG.

M - Very light, very sessionable and highly carbed. The apple does stick to your tongue but it's not overly sweet.

D - At 4% you really need to stock up on this. I can't wait to share this with family at Thanksgiving. What a great beer.

I love NG and I love this beer. It's got apple but it's not over the top. Its not sour apple but its not overly sweet.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of IAMJOSH
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of drewba
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle designated part of the "Unplugged" series, compliments of dancinwillie. Thanks Sean! Pours a clear golden amber body with a small white head which quickly diminishes to a cap. Some wispy island chain lace graces the tulip glass.

Aroma is mostly apple, fresh McIntosh and Granny Smith, as tantalizing as walking around in an orchard's cellar in late October. A hint of juicy caramel underneath.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, with ample carbonation.

Taste is tart and sweet. McIntosh apples, again, in all their fruity, tasty glory. Early summer green apple notes are present but this is more red apple sweet than tart. Hints of caramel add some dimension. Nothing artificial or cloying. Label says this has a brown ale base, but nothing in taste or appearance bears this out, for what it's worth.

This is more like a cider than a beer, but it is very well done. I could definitely have more than one if these were available outside Wisconsin. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

Photo of beerhan
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Elkhunter36 for extraing this my way!

A-Looks like a slightly dark apple cider with a fairly weak head of which only a faint lacing remains.

S-Apples, brown sugar, some grain, some maltiness.

T-Holy apples! This seriously just tastes like apple juice. Really hits the spot when you are in the mood for something refreshing. No description needed if you have ever had apple cider.

M-The carbonation on this one kind of sneaks up on you. You expect it to have dissipated with the head but its actually very effervescent and bubbly. I would actually liked it toned down a bit because it gives you a bit of a gassy feeling actually.

O-This beer is delicious and I would love to have more at my disposal. Thanks again for the experimentation New Glarus.

Photo of johanvond
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Dead Man's Chest
Nov 15th 08

The New Unplugged Beer From New Glarus is an Ale with a brown base featuring Wisconsin grown barley and six varieties of local apples. (They get extra points in my book for local materials.) Let's see how this harvest turned out.
The cap popped off with the sent of warm apples. The head was robust and tall over the crystal clear brownish amber body. There is a charge of tartness that sucombs to brown sugar. You get Granny Smith apple farm richness with the malt blending with sweet and tart apples. It's fall in a glass and it reminds me of the fruit farm I went to as a kid back in Northeast Ohio.(Paterson's) How could you not love a beer like this.

Photo of zookerman182
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden red color....like apple juice.
Aroma is farm fresh apples, reminds me of a farm. So fresh smelling.
Flavor is apple cider but light enough to be perfect. There's a crisp fresh apple taste with mild spice. Perfect balance here.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and perfectly dry.
Flavor hits then goes away.
I really enjoy this and want to try more new glarus.

Photo of kif
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffejherb
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear bubbly golden/amber body with thin white head that quickly receded into a ring of retention and left scant traces of lace. Huge bubbles of carbonation are present throughout the body.

S - This ale packs the aroma of baked apples with a bit of cinnamon and caramel malt. Simple yet effective.

T - Flavor is similar to hard cider but perhaps a little sweeter and less alcoholic tasting. There's not much else to say about this other than APPLE. There is also some bready malt in the finish.

M - Light body with a syrupy texture and crisp mouthfeel. Sweetness and a very subtle apple tartness envelopes the palate.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. If you are looing for apple, this is it. Simply put, New Glarus brews some of the best fruit beers... period.

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the in-laws while eating apple crisp - how appropriate!

A - Not sure how to evaluate this, as I don't have much frame of reference. It looks like carbonated apple juice, but with a two-fingered head and spotty lacing. The rising bubbles settle down pretty quickly after pouring.

S - It smells like fermented juice. I suppose that's the point, isn't it? There are some faint spices in there, kind of like an apple pie.

T - Tart and sweet at the same time. Really pleasant - it tastes like cider but with the slightest hint of malt.

M - The carbonation gives it a nice zing. Smooth and creamy, just like good cider.

D - If you love cider this is great for sessions, if you don't it still might be nice for the occasional try.

Another great New Glarus fruit brew! Wish I'd grabbed more of this when I was in Milwaukee.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head that falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet apple fruitiness like a sugar-laden apple cider. Just a touch of wild apple funkiness. Spiciness that comes off of cinnamon-like, which works well with the sweet caramel and brown sugar notes that's in there. Smells overall like warm apple pie. Pretty nice here.

4.5 T: Tastes just like apple pie as well, or maybe hot spiced apple cider. Cidery (obviously) with cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Sweet brown sugar and caramel. Not ridiculously complex, but quite tasty just like apple pie at Thanksgiving.

5.0 M: The mouthfeel is perfect for what it is. Lighter medium body. Champagne-like level of carbonation and just as spritzy. Super smooth. Wonderful.

4.5 D: This drinks as easy as apple cider or champagne as well. I could drink plenty of this in a night, but would eventually like to mix in something more typical.

Photo of PeteRock
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my typical pick ... I don't usually go for brews labeled here as 'FRUIT/VEGETABLE' beers.

Let me say that I had this once at the Mars Cheese Castle in Wisconsin and was very impressed.
This beer pours a nice light amber and has a small but dense head. the mouthfeel is amazing. this may be the result of expecting a cider but at first sip this is a light bodied pilsner/lager with tons of fresh green apple flavor.

there is not much to say other than it is a tasty fruit beer with a great feel and light body that won't fill you up.

Definitely worth a try.

Photo of shadetree67
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber gold in color. Stiff pour yielded minimal head which dissipated very quickly. No lacing or retained head. Even swirling the glass wont bring the head back. More reminiscent in appearance of a cider than a beer.

S. Tart Apples. Smells fantastic though not very complex as apples are all that I smell.

T. Tart Apples and spices. Slight caramel malt. Classic new glarus finish which comes from the yeast - it is present on all of their fruit beers. Delicious.

M. Lively carbonation. Sticky finish like apple cider.

O. As a fan of hard cider and beer - I really like NG's apple ale. It's very refreshing and goes down easy. I should have bought more than a single 4-pack

Photo of beerwolf77
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The infamous Apple Ale. Glad I finally get to try this stuff. Bottle into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Clear cider brown with a fast fading finger or so of off white head. No lace or cap.

S: Wow this smells like Door county in a glass. Apples some sweet some tart. Cinnamon and pie crust. Smells like a like aplle pie in a glass.

T: Holy crap! Straight up apple cider. Great balance of sweet and tart apples. Plenty of cinnamon and pie crust. Just a touch of vanilla in the finish. This reminds me of Enigma but with more emphasis on the apple. Wonderful.

M: Light and thin body. Bubbly carbonation. Surprisingly not as dry as I thought it would finish.

D: One of if not the most drinkable beers I've had to date. I will be stocking up on this one. No more need to bust out hard ciders for all my non beer loving friends. This one will do just fine.

Photo of hoosier3334
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple from masterchiefmd. Thanks, Chris! This is from the Unplugged release

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, Apple Ale sits a clear copper with a ton of visible carbonation. Thin white head that dissipates to a patchy disk rather quick. Appealing

S: Crisp apples, very fruity and aromatic, ripe in nature - apples, green, red and golden dominate the nose. Pleasing, fragrant and delicate.Malt is present, mild and biscuity in nature. I get the faintest hint of hops but it's possibly my imagination.

T: Wow. This is about as close to fermented apple juice as you can get. Strong apple flavors dominate the palate while retaining a fairly high level of (apple-like) complexity. There's apple sweetness, tartness and flavor. Malt? Hops? Not so much. Finishes dry and very refreshing, maybe a little cidery?

M: Prickly carbonation, light body, hysterically dry finish. Excellent

D: Extremely drinkable, this should be named Panty Peeler or something to that effect

Notes: The NG Unplugged series has proven to be some of the more interesting and unique beers out there. This beer is one of them and pushes the definition of what a beer is.

Photo of Winter
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper in color with a dissapating light tan pillowy head. Aroma consists of fresh apples, pie crust, malt and a sweetness akin to apple pie filling. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, yet uncommonly smooth.

My initial impression is to compare this to cider and forget that it's an ale. I quickly disregarded that thought, as this is so much better than any hard cider I've ever had. The initial taste is of sweet sugary apples. Feint tartness and practically no bitterness at all. The apple flavor dominates any hops that may have been used. Malt background is there but takes a backseat to the apple flavor. This would border on being a bit too cloying, except the finish is dry enough to evaporate most of the sweetness.

This stuff slides down like silk with little resistance. Some concerns that this isn't much of a beer, but I think if you add the bitterness of hops and a stronger malt body, the taste would completely fall apart. This is sweet enough to be a dessert beer or enjoyed alone by itself for you to discover its nuances. Combine this with a slice of fresh apple pie and vanilla ice cream and you've got a perfect match.

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.