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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
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688 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 130
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

85 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011)
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Reviews by Axic10:
Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a half finger of white fluffy head that settled down to a thin layer after a minute.

Smell: Very citrus forward nose. Bitterness of grapefruit mixed with sweetness of pineapple. Sweet notes from the hops as well and a small hint of alcohol.

Taste: Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet pineapple and tangerine mixed with bitter grapefruit and bitter floral hops. Strong dry hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: Very enjoyable IIPA which is very west coasted in character. Definitely would like to get some more of this.

Axic10, Aug 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of mykd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew evacuates the red foil topped bottle a nice golden yellowish orange with a foamy one inch head settled on top. Bubbles rise up on the sides of the glass. Aromas are awash with big citric hops..grapefruits, oranges, peaches. Hints of pine and resiny hop oils abound. A mellow sweet caramel is present..however the hops run the show..fresh and abundant. Lovely.

First sip brings a wave of lush hop flavors. Sweet citrusy grapefruit tones dance across the palate along with some pine and plenty of slick, resiny green hop oils. There's a nice sturdy caramelly malt background that ties everything in. Initially sweet...the hop bitterness hits on the way down but it's not too abrasive. An awesome Double IPA by all accounts and the best New Glarus brew I have tried thus far.

Mouthfeel has a nice slick, creamy medium body that makes this brew incredibly drinkable. Smooth, mellow carbonation, each sip leaves me begging for another. They should bottle this in 750's! A hopheads delight...I hope Dan can find a way to get this into the regular New Glarus lineup. Highly recommended.

orbitalr0x, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

NWer, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -5.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly hazy orange/honey with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent retention anleaves some nice lading.

S - Mostly citrus hops with a bit of noticeable alcohol. Only a faint amount of malt.

T - Nice bitterness up front, mostly grapefruit zest and a bit of lemon. More malt in the taste than the smell, but definitely more hops than malt. Finishes with some juicy citrus. Nice lingering lemon.

M - Medium mouthfeel. The finish is bitter but not as dry and clean as with many other DIPAs.

O - The bright lemon notes make this one stand out. Still, this is a good but not great DIPA. I'm glad to have tried it, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

warnerry, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of beckard13
4.25/5  rDev 0%

beckard13, May 21, 2012
Photo of JoeD15
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

JoeD15, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and resin from the hops, as well as some orange citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. The dominant character is bitter resin from the hops, with some orange and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA that I am glad I got to try.

Mora2000, May 22, 2012
Photo of fenlop54
4/5  rDev -5.9%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev 0%

ryancl, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Chadster1975
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Chadster1975, May 20, 2012
Photo of strangebrew52
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

mjtiernan, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev 0%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of warmbier804
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

warmbier804, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade,
Thanks stig!

Hazed orange with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves only small spots of lace down the glass.

Initially pleasant aroma of citrus, bread, and mild alcohol, though as the beer warms, a slight onion presence creeps its way in, and I'm not a fan of that aroma.

Moderate to high bitterness, passion fruit and citrus, some bread, mild alcohol, and a bit of vegetable/onion make for a pretty easy drinking DIPA, all things considered.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but I don't need to seek it out again.

ehammond1, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottle code of 0523.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A spicy, earthy, and citrusy mix of hop esters with a solid biscuity background. Very hoppy upfront with good hints of spicy pine resin, floral and earthy hops with some grass. Solid hints of citrus with orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Malts in the back end with hints of bready biscuit, grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty hop forward and dank aroma. Very solid.

Taste: As juicy, piney, and bitter as it smells. Big taste of hops throughout that are nicely bitter and oily. Earthy hops with some floral and herbal notes. Big taste of spicy pine resin. Solid citrus taste with notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Towards the finish come some of the bready malt with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Very hop forward and juicy. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily and chewy. A little alcohol heat comes through. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good mix of citrus and piney hop flavors.

MattyG85, May 02, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me from benpopper. Thanks Ben!

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a golden straw yellow with a white capped head. This IIPA is surprisingly clear for being bottle fermented.

S: Lots of citrus and pinny hop aromas in this beer. The aroma is not too in your face, nor is it extremely complex, but this brew smells like a really good IIPA.

T: The flavor is a step above the nose. Fresh, raw, hops. Excellently crafted, this brew can improve by throwing in a little caramel malt. The malt profile is very light, very pale.

MF: Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent IIPA. It can be bigger, it can be more complex, but I really like the ABV, and it is extremely well crafted compared to the IPAs found in Florida.

TKEbeerman, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Soonami, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Kasabuske
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Kasabuske, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

rudylaw, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev 0%

jtladner, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Zonian1, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev 0%

cmwilliq, Jun 15, 2014
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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.