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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,144 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 317
Gots: 157 | FT: 8
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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New York

4.64/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: Looks like apple juice with some carbonation and a bit of head.

Smell: Smells like fresh apple cider, just amazing.

Taste: To simplify, this tastes just like a perfect apple cider/beer hybrid.

Mouthfeel: Modest carbonation with a light-medium body. Very drinkable.

Overall: I can get used to this New Glarus fruit beer thing, haven't been let down yet.

12-28-2013 05:45:49 | More by PsilohsaiBiN


4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-27-2013 20:18:20 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-27-2013 00:57:14 | More by eawolff99
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-26-2013 14:28:40 | More by Mplsbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-25-2013 03:04:28 | More by bbadger
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours an ever so hazy golden amber with some flimsy white edging. Aroma is clearly apples, a nice blend of tart and sweet. A bit of wheat and spice on the end. Taste is similar, very tasty and fresh apple juice with a grainy/wheat finish and a lingering sweetness. Crazy delicious. Crisp and medium bodied.

12-23-2013 23:51:25 | More by jbaker67
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2013 22:28:40 | More by muskymike
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2013 21:38:55 | More by huddyball
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2013 04:46:09 | More by Huolis72
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-21-2013 15:25:39 | More by Stinger80OH
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-19-2013 00:12:24 | More by SadMachine
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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

12oz from the recent release into a snifter.

A: Pours at a golden-amber with a small white head.

S: Smells of sweet apples, juicy, mild spiced esters.

T: Taste brings cidery apple, with some bready notes and sweet wheat in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very much like Dan's other fruit beers, sweet and clean. This one is somewhat cider-like but with palpable notes of malted wheat.

12-18-2013 00:14:06 | More by Etan
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-17-2013 10:06:25 | More by akang
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2013 03:44:27 | More by Lionhawk
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks, amerak! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a tanned orange amber, complete with a ton of carbonation as well as a decent half finger of frothy white foam at the top. Lots of bubbles glue themselves to the bottom of the glass at first while the lager-like burst of carbonation follows. Leaves behind some decent stickiness against the glass. Looks a lot like good quality cider.

Oh, yes, this is definitely an apple forward beer at the aroma, but that definitely comes as no surprise, what with given the borderline cider/beer hybrid that this aims to be. Vivid notes of fresh pressed apples, alongside cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel. Smells just like an apple pie, in certain respects. There's some stone fruit in there, but it's indistinguishable underneath the spiced apple-y flavor. This is very lovely stuff, even if it's rather one dimensional.

Gosh, talk about a beer that sort of splits my brain in half in the midst of its hybrid format. I'm a huge cider lover, particularly of the drier, mustier kinds that you get in places such as Normandy or parts of England. This is happily far less on the sweet, candied side, and reaches more towards this cider flavor that pleases me the most. Notes of yellow and red apples explode in the mouth, followed by a touch of caramel from the malts. At the finish, however, some diverse spices come in ranging from cinnamon to tamarind. Some other fruit notes open up, including nectarines and tangerines. Really flavorful stuff. Finishes slightly dry and musty, with a brief hint of tartness. The carbonation is generous here, and melded with the thickened, creamy feel of the beer, it really brings forth the rich tasty fruit and malt notes. Ridiculously refreshing as any good cider, and crisp and unique as a good session ale should be.

Another win for New Glarus, and it's no surprise it's yet another fruit infused beer. I could hoard this stuff in my house. It's flavorful and simple, but there are some undeniable complexities that come straight from the yeast and brewing process used. Beers already taste good when there's actual fresh fruit added, and they taste even better when there's a spicy, funky yeast to back it up. Wonderful, tasty stuff overall.

12-15-2013 09:50:36 | More by magictacosinus
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a translucent amber with active white head that dissipate quickly, leaving a nice ring of lacing.

S- Apples, lots and lots of apples. Reminds me of apple bubble yum. I could smell this for awhile and enjoy every sniff.

T- Smells like green apples, taste like red apples. Kinda sweet on the back end but very refreshing flavors. Adult apple juice.

M- Dances across the palate. Very active and crisp.

O- Dont have much to compare this one to but its spot on with what it clams to be. Lots of apples, crisp and juicy. A apple ale.

12-14-2013 02:00:29 | More by NCalement
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-13-2013 15:20:12 | More by MJsGhost
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

12-13-2013 00:03:30 | More by zookerman182
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-11-2013 01:08:36 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

12-10-2013 22:51:24 | More by Fluffmeister
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-08-2013 01:28:18 | More by Eaglefan344
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-07-2013 08:36:10 | More by StevenLaValley
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-07-2013 06:44:10 | More by freehafe
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2013 12:36:50 | More by bccrosley
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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