Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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)
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2013 23:23:40 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No bottling date that I can see.
A: Pours a cloudy straw/orange color. So cloudy it's almost white - looks almost exactly like a witbier. Tall, frothy and effervescent offwhite head. Big island of foam and lots of heavy, continuous lacing everywhere.
S: Oooh nice. Candied oranges and lemons. A little grapefruit thrown in. Spicy resinous pine. Nice hop variety. Maybe some bready malt?
T: Not as huge of a hop bomb as I was expecting from the aroma. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange, but much less so. Lots and lots and lots of spicy, piney hops everywhere. Not overly bitter, there is a substantial bready malt here backing it up. Wave of drying bitterness in the finish, along with sort of a salty, spicy pine kicking around. Hints of grapefruit and more pine in the drying, lingering aftertaste.
M: Somewhat heavy, quite bitter and dry on the back end.
O: Nice balanced but very hoppy at the same time. Big, bold hoppy flavors with a strong enough malt base to balance it out (mostly anyway). Only really get substantial bitterness in the bitter drying finish, the rest of the time it's quite well balanced.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 03:57:22 | More by Dope
Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.