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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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445 Reviews
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Reviews: 445
Hads: 1,536
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 347
Gots: 210 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of teamizm
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.27/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of kk73
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.86/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of readbaron
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of wstein70
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from 2010 release poured into an Ommegang balloon glass on 11/25/2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Brilliantly clear, amber-orange, with a white creamy head. Average head retention and some lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Weak spice and some apple.

Taste 4/5
Light, but bright, tartness and apple notes with a refreshing sweet spiciness. Medium finish with a good after-apple aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium-light body and good carbonation.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Easy drinking yet flavorful.

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Photo of birchstick
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow without much head at all - looks like a hard cider

S - smells of apples and spices - almost like a spiced apple cider

T - I was thinking hard cider all of the way until I finally got to taste some. Tastes of sweet apples (in between tart and dry), which is then followed by some nice cinnamon spiciness. There is also a sweet, caramel malt backbone to it that is much more subtle than the apple flavors. It provides a nice balance that fits nicely into the flavor profile.

M - tart, dry mouthfeel as a result of the apples with a medium body. Pretty decent.

D - this a delicious fall treat. This is the first apple ale I have had (although I have had many hard ciders) and was pleasantly surprised. Due to the sweetness, 2 would be my max, but it was very enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foiled 12oz from a 4-pack poured into a snifter.

Many, many thanks to zimmerbloke for this beer. An extremely generous BA.

L: Crystal clear, light brown. Champagne carbonation. Looks like sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice, brings childhood new years to mind.

S: Spicy-hot apple. Slight twinge of booze, but not overmuch. Really smells like a warmish apple juice with a touch of spice.

T: Starts sweet and builds into a delicious appley spiciness. Sweet, but not too much. Great seasoning in the spice here.

F: Feels just like sparkling cider, perfectly champagne-y. Carbonation is wonderful.

D: Could drink this all day. Perfect in fall, will be perfect in winter, and I could see cracking this on a hot summer day as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Generally, if you can't tell if the beer favors the apple character or the ale character, than that's a pretty good indication that the beer acheives balance. That is what this beer does very well.

Starting with a deep amber color and basically clear, it starts with a foamy/froathy head that shows some zesty pep that causes it to disipate rather quickly. Only a lace around the rim remains after minute or so. Low on lacing and legging, the beer tends to show the cidery side of appearances.

Ale-like maltiness shows up first in aroma, with a slow rise of caramel, butterscotch, and apple. Zesty spices of cinnamon begin to give the impression of apple pie. Quite simple, foreward, and again- balanced.

Flavors are delicately balanced. The apple taste blends well with the caramel malts, spicy cinnamon, and overall malty notes for a taste that varies from one flavor to another with each sip. For a beer that is this low on complexity, it layers its flavors very well without ever loosing balance. Except, as the beer warms a mild winey-tawny taste comes to live and reveals yet another layer that surprises the palate.

As expected, this apple-heavy beer takes on a tart, acidic feel but not without a creamy rebutal with each and every sip. It's quite remarkable that this beer never lets go of the malty-rich texture that would otherwise send the beer into cider teratory.

This is one of those beers when you hate to see the bottom of the glass. Ironically, its so easy to drink that it happens very quickly. Its simplicity and variance makes it alluring, yet highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear orange amber color just like apple juice. Produced a good off-white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A fresh, crisp, and vibrant apple aroma with just the smallest hint of a cinnamon/nutmeg spice. Very reminiscent of an apple pie overall.

(T)- Just like the smell. A fresh/vibrant apple flavor that is tart yet sweet at the same time. Has just that small hint of a pie crust/cinnamon-like spice to it.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It has that great crisp twang of apples with a nice mellow spice. Smooth as can be.

(D)- Move over hard ciders! This has a great feel to it with a great crisp apple profile. I could drink this all day long if I wanted. Yet another winner for the style for New Glarus.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - Deep goldenrod in color with perfect clarity, coaxing a head out of this was difficult. A tall pour was all that got a loose white foam to spring up then sink to a skim shortly thereafter. No lace left over.

S - Crisp apple juice, freshly squeezed, just wafts out miraculously. Fantastic crisp fall aroma, this brew makes my mouth water...a lot. Slight notes of amber malt are all that keep this (somewhat) grounded to a beer. No hops.

T - A nice amber malt backing is very reminiscent of Enigma. A faint hop finish comes through to slightly, and very nicely, offset the crisp, fresh apple flavor. I pick out McIntosh immediately. Perfect fall flavor with a great complexity.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Lingering dry apple sweetness. Nice.

D - It's a damn shame this is in "expensive" four-packs. As a standard offering I could crush this all fall long. That's not to say it's not worth the money. Epic drinkability.

[Note as of 02-10-11 - If you can still find this (it's at most places) get it. The beer is changing nicely and drinks just as well, if not better than fresh!)

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Photo of mariposafan
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a soda pop head - loose and it dies almost immediately.

The aroma is candy sweet. Some apple there but it's almost like candied apples.

The flavor is tart with sweet apples overlaying it. Some beeryness sneaks in there but it's mostly apples. Sweeter and with more depth than most hard ciders and with more bite than unfermented ciders.

The mouthfeel is soda again, but here it seems more appropriate. Light with strong carbonation. The carbonation does the job that bitterness might otherwise do, cutting through the sweetness to ensure the taste doesn't become cloying.

No alcohol to the taste. Drinks a lot like a sweet cider, but there's a complexity there that you'd normally only find in a good dry cider.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip type glass. Pours a clear copper color win a slight bone white head hat quickly coasters around the rim. The aroma is that of straight sweet apples and really nothing more. Clean, crisp apple flavor takes center stage on this one. Light mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Really there isn't too mug to say other than this is an excellent easy drinking sweet, apple flavored beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a thin tan head that leaves a trace of lace.

Apple juice, bubblegum, banana Runts candy. Sweet and candy like.

Sweet candy and bubblegum are the main flavors here. The apple is there lurking, but it is not real prominent. You know it's there, but it's the sweet caramel and bubblegum that stand out the most.

Crisp and quite refreshing. The carbonation is a bit sharp, but it levels off. This is close to a medium body, but falls a bit short. Pretty nice for a four percent beer.

A nice beer, but I feel the apples are overshadowed in it. You can taste it, but the malty sweetness overtakes it. That same sweetness takes the drinkability down for me as well. I think one of these would be about all I would want in one sitting.

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Photo of lester619
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice chrystal-clear amber copper color. The head is thin but it sticks around for the duration. Nice thick sticky lacing. Great fresh apple smell. Thats the only smell at first, but I pick up some more subtle bready, hoppy beer scents as I smell more closely. It's a fantastic smell. I was expecting it to have the fall baking spices added like pumpkin beers. I'm very glad it wasn't. The taste is much like the smell. Very crisp, juicy fresh sweet and sour apple flavors, with just a hint of bread and hops to make you realize this is a beer. That's kind of my problem. I love beer, and I love apples, but does it make either better to put them together? I really like Woodchuck hard cider as a change of pace. This tasted a lot like that except it had a bready, malty base that didn't fit with the apple flavor. That really kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it? I did like the flavor. It's one of the more enjoyable fruit flavored beers I've had. Someone used to cider or wine who is crossing over to beer would be a good audiance for this. Overall, it's a unique and pleasant tasting beer.

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Photo of boomer31
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.