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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 320
Gots: 170 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

IAmAWalrus, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Boston_Steve, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

DerekMorgan, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

chippo33, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kramerbarthomer, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

riemster, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hendrick24, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

arusso13, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MJSawyer, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mrebeka, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is a coppery orange with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. The nose is very cidery, with notes of apple juice, grapes, and white wine.

The beer has a light-medium body, a nice firm feel, and a sharp, fruity flavor. The flavor follows the nose well and the beer is very cider-like in its profile (minus some tannins). Lots of sweet, refreshing flavors of fresh red apples greet your palate up and down. Not as acidic as I thought it would be, but there is definitely a faint tartness that keeps the sweetness from overpowering the profile. Towards the back of the palate, there is an appetizing, wine-like dryness that readies your mouth for a quick next sip. Very refreshing.

Another outstanding entry in New Glarus' ``Thumbprint'' series. This is the third one I've had and have thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. My hats off to this amazing little brewery that's been around longer than many people realize (and thanks to Ri0 for hooking me up). I really envy our Wisconsin BAs for being able to get these outstanding beers so easily.

deadonhisfeet, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jakea, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of mjpolzin
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A low abv fruit beer is not my style so I haven't tried any brews out of this category from local brewer, New Glarus. A friend gave me this one to try. It was very, very good and although I still don't think a fruit beer is what I would normally pick, I might have to carve out a place for some New Glarus fruit beers, especially maybe on a hot summer day.

This beer smells and tastes like apples, almost to the point where it is hard to remember you are drinking a beer. The apple flavor was very smooth though and it was enjoyable to drink.

mjpolzin, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

dav2080, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a CS snifter

A- Looks like a apple cider. Clear with the thinnest ring of lacing around the glass.

S- Obviously apples explode out of the glass. Slight vinegar smell.

T- The apple is muted perfectly to not make this ale overbearing with sweetness. It is a well rounded apple ale.

M- Pretty thin here as expected. Small amount of carbonation follows down the throat.

O- A very well done apple ale by New Glarus. They have this corner of the market nailed down.

gueuzedreg, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

lokieman, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Soneast, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

topdown, Jan 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

markcp, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

HereforBeer, Jan 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

valkarie70, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be a short review. Its pretty much what you'd expect from an Apple ale, but its still is very tasty and refreshing. I could see waking up in the morning and having this with breakfast, if I was on vacation of course.

Golden color, with splotchy lacing, and little to no head. The nose is a brown sugar and of course, sweet apples. Slightly viscous with light carbonation and a lingering finish, but I wish the finish was a little bit longer. I'm going to keep the other three that I haven't tried them when the weather warms up. I will certainly look for more in the future.

Cubatobaco, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jwat, Jan 06, 2014
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.