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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 195
Hads: 697
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 125
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

85 IBU
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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went to the brewery on Saturday March 9th, 2013 and picked this up.

Served in my new New Glarus nonic pint glass that has a etching of Wisconsin on the bottom for aeration points! Celebrating the 20th year of New Glarus Brewing Co!

Pours a nice white head with strong lacing that holds nicely to the side of the glass. The head pours 1/4 inch and falls to a thin layer that still covers the whole beer. The color is a light color with a slightly copper tint, completely clear, and very carbonated.

The smell was a new smell of what I can only think is mosaic hops. Smells of blueberries from two inches above the glass and some sweet mango right up to the glass. All the floral fruity smell of hops without the organic green bitter that lingers on the tongue.

The taste is clean, although there is enough protein to hold the head up and hold the beer flavors on the tongue longer without washing them away. The hops are very up front and present, but it's not so overpowering and it's still amazingly balanced with the malty sweet flavors. Citrus orange is is a strong flavor along with an slight blueberry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, but still holds the hop flavors up and hold them to the tongue without washing them away. When I take a drink the carbonation doesn't bite, but it's there causing a gentle tingling and introducing the hops to the sweet part of the tongue.

This is an amazingly well crafted beer where the hop flavors are big, but don't bite and I would personally like the body of this beer on its own it so good. It's a well rounded, nothing is wrong beer. The only variable that the brewer can't control is the opinion/preference of the drinker. This is something that has a lot of things that every brewer should aspire to create in their beer.

The only thing I can against this beer is that because it is so well rounded that it's too drinkable. I'm so used to hop bombs that leave your tongue numb that this one makes me want to keep drinking with another bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mykd
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of beckard13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JoeD15
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of fenlop54
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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