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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,136 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 318
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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Huolis72

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2013 04:46:09 | More by Huolis72
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-19-2013 00:12:24 | More by SadMachine
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Etan

Wisconsin

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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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-17-2013 10:06:25 | More by akang
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Lionhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2013 03:44:27 | More by Lionhawk
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magictacosinus

California

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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Braden

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

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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MJsGhost

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-13-2013 15:20:12 | More by MJsGhost
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zookerman182

Alabama

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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-11-2013 01:08:36 | More by XmnwildX12
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Fluffmeister

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

12-10-2013 22:51:24 | More by Fluffmeister
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-08-2013 01:28:18 | More by Eaglefan344
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StevenLaValley

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-07-2013 08:36:10 | More by StevenLaValley
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freehafe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-07-2013 06:44:10 | More by freehafe
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2013 12:36:50 | More by bccrosley
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-06-2013 02:28:47 | More by RayOhioFelton
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gavjamhawk

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2013 20:22:13 | More by gavjamhawk
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BoJengs

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-05-2013 14:23:21 | More by BoJengs
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +8%

Pours very slightly hazy and golden with light copper hues. Head is about half a finger, off white and has decent retention. Lots of bubbles floating up from the etchings in my glass.

Smell has bright fresh apple aromas. Very similar, nearly identical to apple cider. Very slight must at the end.

Taste on this is great. Fresh apple cider like flavors forward that are light and refreshing. Light to moderate sweetness that is not overpowering by any means. Slight acidity in the finish helps balance the crisp sweet flavors a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Light crisp highly refreshing feel. Tons of carbonation helps the sweet flavors remain incredibly crisp with tons if bubble assaulting your tongue.

Overall awesome apple ale. Better then any apple cider I have had.

12-05-2013 03:32:00 | More by Fcolle2
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FletcherC

Turkmenistan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-05-2013 00:38:20 | More by FletcherC
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-03-2013 18:52:13 | More by blue-dream
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-03-2013 13:00:35 | More by maDUECEgunner
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.