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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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655 Ratings
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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%


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:
85 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011)
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally drank on 4-28-2011.

Hey! I have a New Glarus beer in my glass! Thanks goes out to zimmerbloke for sending another four pack of Wisconsin's finest my way. Cheers Matt. My Duvel tulip was graced with the 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pale slightly cloudy body (obviously unfiltered), eggshell two finger soapy head, moderate lacing. I typically am automatically turned off by dark IIPA's but love the look of a light hued version. I'm gonna dock it only a half a point because the lacing could be a little better but otherwise, this is about perfect for me. 4.5/5

S: All about the hops here... The way is should be. Pungent citrus hops to be specific. Bright notes of tangerines and pineapple are discernible. A touch of spicy pine lingers in the background for some welcome contrast. Very well done. 4.5/5

T: Here's where the pine really steps forward. Specifically, bitter pine sap is the star. Juicy grapefruit juice and pith makes an appearance, as does some onion on the finish (chinook?). I'm hard pressed to pick up on the marris otter back bone. This is really just a delivery system for the hops. Big alcohol never fully manifests itself. Taste wise, I'd be hard pressed to call this anything other than a 7% PNW IPA. A big ole' hop kick to the teeth. I dig it. 4.5/5

M: The heavy dose of bittering hops really helps to destroy my palate and numb my tongue. The body itself is full and luscious with a nice dose of scrubbing bubbles. Although the finish is long and lingering, its completely due to the hops and the malt doesn't contribute to sticky finish. Again, very well done. 4.5/5

O: Apparently I like this better than most who have reviewed it. I was really quite curious how Dan Carey was going to tackle the style and was expecting a twist taking it off the beaten path. He didn't put a spin on it at all. Instead, he made a perfectly to style big IPA that fits my palate to a T. Well done Dan. It doesn't get much better than this. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:17:32 | More by hopsbreath
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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.