Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
12oz bottle without bottling date poured into a Bell's tulip today and consumed today 3/25/2013. This review is also based off notes from previous consumption of one 4pk over the past 2 weeks.
Aroma: An explosive nose full of sticky sweet honeyed biscuits, toffee, a little bit of caramel and earthiness with a good amount of pine. Smells fantastic and appetizing. I can't really imagine how it could smell much better than this- outside of different smells, but the nose already has a ton! (5)
Colour: A cloudy amber body that pours with a 1cm white head that dissipates into a film on the surface of the brew after a minute or so. Very attractive beer. Not a whole lot of lacing. Certainly above average for the style, but I think it could use a bit more head retention. Semantics. (4)
Flavour: Awesome! It begins with a nice piney hop blast that stings the palate. Then there's honey, toffee, caramel and some earthiness that is ostensibly from the Maris Otter which comes a split second later to provide some balance. But the hop blast continues unabated, lest you think this is a balanced beer. Kicks you right in the face and keeps going on. (4)
Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium body. Good carbonation- the fizz on the tongue is a great companion to the hop blast in the flavour. The aftertaste is a clean, pure pine bitterness which is going to set up camp and isn't going anywhere for at least the next few minutes. Awesome. The 9.75% ABV hides itself pretty well, but as it warms up you start to notice it. Which is OK, I needed a respite from the hop blast.. (4)
Overall: As a homebrewer, I love Dan using Maris Otter in brewing this beer. Its got the earthy malt flavours I love from English-style IPAs, while being combined with the crap-ton of hops he must have used. It's great in an unique way compared to something like Pliny the Elder or Hopslam. And I guess if you expect American DIPAs (like the aforementioned beers) to kick you in the face, steal your wallet and key your car on the way out, I'd say this qualifies rather easily. You won't be disappointed to drink this beer. (4)
03-25-2013 23:23:40 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
08-15-2011 01:15:03 | More by orbitalr0x
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
09-29-2011 00:39:31 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
05-22-2012 03:33:46 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -15.5%
Acquired via trade,
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.
07-16-2012 22:41:09 | More by ehammond1
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-02-2013 07:04:13 | More by MattyG85
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-13-2011 18:25:24 | More by TKEbeerman
Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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