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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 127
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 695 | Reviews: 195
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of dc55110
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried to track this down last weekend while I was in Superior and couldn't find it. Took WI 35 home stopping at every establishment along the way. Didn't find it until I made a slight detour to New Richmond.

A-Pours a light orange with a solid finger of head, which dissipates fairly quickly.
S-Nice floral and slightly citrus bouquet.
T-Not as power full of hop punch as I was expecting from the aroma. While the floral and citrus flavors are there, a more piney hop character steels the show in the taste department.
M-A very smooth drinker for 9%. Very crisp, with a slightly dry finish. The flavors do not linger.
O-This is a good beer, a very well done first entry into the new Thumb Print Series. That said, with the amplitude of DIPA's out there, I would seek out a few others before I go out of my way for this one again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- There is a hint of hazy to the deep golden body and a strong carbonation pushing up to the sticky beige head that sticks to the glass in rings.

S- The fresh green hop have a slight unripe fruit aroma with some more citrus notes to follow, then finishing with green apricot notes.

T- The juicy green citrus hops has some nice pungency with a slightly woody hop finish that lingers a bit. There is a touch of malt sweetness that supports the flavor.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer great classic full flavor hops with very little bitterness, making it very easy to drink.

Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rich golden color with a bit of white head and some decent lacing as well. Nice solid hop aroma, not overpowering though. Taste is fantastic, very well balanced with a great bitter finish. Light to medium bodied beer with a great mouthfeel. This beer goes down extremely smooth for a 9% beer. I really like this one a lot. Great tasting, easy drinking beer. I'll buy this one a lot while its available.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first of the Thumb Print series I get to try courtesy of a great trade with BYOFB.

This is a clouded brew the color of which resides somewhere between yellow and amber. A light yellowish head settles to a bit over one finger tall and sits like a craggy pillow on top. Lacing is left in sticky deposits nicely down the glass. A very pretty beer, this.
The smell bursts right off the opening of the bottle with a nicely complex hops bouquet. Ripe fruits varying from citrus to tropical mingle with a bit of pine and some earthiness. A bit of malts adds some balance, but fresh pineapple is the main event. It smells delicious.
The flavor is good, more of a leafy bitterness pulling through over the juicy hops, though. Pine really pulls through with some resinous and pith notes. Malts keep the hops from being too bracing, and I wouldn't go beyond saying the balance is good.
The body is medium and carbonation is light. A nice, pacesetting crispness is in the feel along with a very nice, mellow smoothness that stays creamy all the way through the finish.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to funhog for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger, foamy white head, rather thick. Great head retention with nice rings of lacing.

S: Light tropical fruit, grassy hops, some light graham cracker malt. Rather light and flowery.

T: Very light, like the aroma. Some citrus, mostly lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light bready malt and some grassy hops develop as it warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. No sign of the abv at all. Would never have guessed it so high.

O: A pretty good DIPA, but had slightly higher expectations. Not as hoppy as I would like in double, more like a single. But extremely drinkable for the abv.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip. (thanks to my buddy for bring me down this bottle)
A: Nice white frothy head that forms well and holds up just fine for the style. A layered swath of lacing is left. Slow, low levels of carbonation.

S: Really wonderful use of aroma hops, this is a truly powerful and unique aroma profile. Hints at pineapple, dancing on the rim of passion fruit and notes of piny grapefruit. Complex and very well done. The hops used are cutting edge and project this passionate aroma.

T/M: The beer has a lighter character, than I was expecting, with a smooth, silky body, not creamy in any sense. The hop flavor dominates the palate, as the malts really are set back in this one. The spicy, citrus like hop profiles set this with the high contenders of the IIPA world, but as the nose suggested the pineapple is a element that is sought after and I believe was achieved here. The lingering finish is a bit short and I am wishing it was longer, as I keep going back for frequent sips.

O: Overall, very wonderful IIPA, one that I wish they would keep on the main line or that would surface itself again... The aroma is really the high light for me, truly awesome. Nearly no complaints, lower level of carbonation and a shorter lingering effect on the mouthfeel are just about it. But huge props for the blending of hop to create this Island Style like hop aroma and flavor.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour produces a 2 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is a clear deep yellow. Lacing is patchy and spotty with great cling. A perfect looking brew all the way around.

S: Nose is very aromatic. Citrus, peach, pineapple, cane sugar, and other tropical fruits. A bit of resiny hop bitterness in their also. Appropriate and impressive for its style.

T: Opens very light. Pine, grass, and resin hop bitterness mixed with a citrus and pineapple malt backbone. Good balance. More fruitiness towards the middle and end with the hops fading out rather quickly. A balanced ipa that leans more towards east coast. Finish is cane sugar and citrus sweetness with some citrus hop bitterness sprinkled in. Piney and bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and tingling going down. Finish is slighty dry and messy with a lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I'd expect from a IIPA. Great lively body to cover the high ABV and accentuate the flavor.

O: This is a very impressive offering from New Glarus although those who enjoy more hop forward IPAs may not favor it as much. Definitely worth a try as its one of the 5 or 6 best that I've had in the style.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz "red-top", 2012 vintage

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - bright, clear orange body, filmy white crest

smell: lush tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit rind, lemon zest

taste: even after a PtE, this stands up well as a great DIPA - bright citrus bouquet - blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, sugars, pineappel. a light boozyness, but quite nice

mouthfeel: medium oily body

overall: solid stuff, would sell year-round

Photo of dbossman
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy apricot hue with a one-inch head that eventually fades to a thin film, but lacing is good

S: Tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, grape fruit, and Marciano cherries; a tiny bit of a sweet boozy and malty background but mostly loads of awesome tropical hops

T: Still loads of tropical fruits with some undertones of marijuana and pine; man, this is a hoppy wonderful beer

F: Sticky and oily and near perfect mouth feel for a DIPA

O: This is an amazing DIPA; I love the mingling of dank and tropical hops; man, I love this beer

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with 1-2 fingers of rich eggshell-white head (although it does have a bit more of an off-look to it at times as well). This retain with rich ½ finger of froth, which maintains some creamy edging in particular and leaves back a lot of sticky lacing which dots the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and piney up front and is layered on top of herbal accents and a fresh mix of fruit, both of the juicy variety and the more bitter grapefruit type as well. Malts offer a supportive grainy sweetness underneath the hops, while I’m getting a good bit of peppery spice, which starts to emerge a bit as this warms.

The taste is fresh and bright with bitter grapefruit giving this a lot of flavor and being softened on the edges by a herbal feel and the sweetness of grains and ripe tropical fruit (pineapple and mango are really standing out to me). The finish is warm and spicy, with lingering notes of dry pine and pith, but I’m fortunately not finding this to be overly intense. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light sharpness to the carbonation up front that then gets progressively more smooth and creamy as things spread out into the mouth, thanks to an underlying sleek oiliness from the hops. There is some warmth to this that intensifies those hop flavors a bit and it’s real borderline for me as to whether or not it’s interfering at all with this.

Coming from New Glarus, I had high hopes for this and I was very pleased to not be let down. Despite some age on this, the hop flavors here still had a fresh, clean, and flavorful pop to them, yet this was still very well balanced. My only complaint was with the alcohol content but I was even able to forgive even that for the most part when the overall experience was done as well as this was. I’m going to seek some fresher examples of this out in the future. It was pretty darn good.

Photo of mobius387
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a golden yellow. fairly cloudy as it filled my glass but became a bit more transparent as it settled down. nice big white head.

Aroma: as soon as this beer started to fill my glass i smelled sweet hops. pine is probably the strongest. definitely citrus as well

Palate: feels fairly full in your mouth for an IPA. most of the flavor sat on my tongue, didn't notice heavy carbonation or anything. the after taste evolves into more of the sweet/spice flavors of this beer.

Taste: this was a perfect balance of hopiness, flavor and alcohol. some dipas are either too hoppy or too alcoholic and leave you wanting more flavor. NG nailed it on this one.

Overall: this surprised me. usually NG does well and i enjoy pretty much all their beer, but this one knocked it out of the park. one of my new all time favorite dipas. this is right up there next to their belgian red in terms of quality. im going back to the store today and getting more. absolutely loved this beer!

Photo of OddNotion
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head. Very bubbly, head does not seem to want to recede any time soon.

Smell: Very citrus-y. Nice and pungent, bitter hoppiness as well. Malt backbone seems to be present but the hops dominate the smell.

Taste: Wow delicious! Perect balance of bitterness in conjunction with citrus flavors. Honestly I am surprised this beer is not more highly regarded! Maybe due to the slight noticability of the alcohol content but other than that it is clean and nice and refreshing. Reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (I hate these comparisons most times but this one really does remind me of it).

Mouthfeel: To style, heavier side of medium but low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very much enjoyed! I would love to have regular access to New Glarus offerings and am so happy I had the chance to try this one out!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright clean amber/orange color with a light off white head, good retention and light lacing.

The smell has a nice light toasted malt quality mixing in with some real funky hops with a light buttery quality and a hint of lemon.

The flavor follows the nose very closely with a good malt backbone and that hint of diacytle butteryness is even more apparent here. The strong hops really start to take over the more you drink, very light lemony with a long lingering bitter grassy finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with a touch of hoppy resin.

Very solid double IPA, I like the touch of buttery diacytle like flavor and the nice english malt backbone, makes this beer stand out a bit from the pack.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant but slightly hazy golden-yellow body with a contrasting stark white head. There's little lacing.

The smell is juicy grapefruit and pine with a bready malt.

It has a nice balance to it from the bready malts. The hops are the same grapefuit and pine in the nose. I also picked up some orange. It has a really fresh and clean hop profile and the finish is long.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium-light carbonation.

It a really outstanding DIPA that I'm certain to seek out again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the trader who sent this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a balloon wine glass. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle onion, and onion hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, onion, onion hop, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. All the right aspects for a great IIPA were here in this one, however, the onion aspect in this one was pretty dominant. This helped to cover up the alcohol, but definitely beat up on your palate. Glad I got to try this one and I suggest you at least do the same.

Photo of hopsbreath
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

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Hardly any lacing is left behind on the glass.

Hoppy aroma that is a combination of citrus and dank plants. No sign of malt or alcohol.

Flavor is full of citrus and pine. A touch of dankness and some onion. Bitterness is very high bordering on extreme. The malt is dry and adds no real flavor. Alcohol is warming but does not add much flavor either.

Hard to believe this body carries all the alcohol. Medium bodied at most with decent carbonation.

A hop bomb for sure. Was expecting a little bit of malt from a New Glarus beer, but they went all out hoppy on this one.

Photo of Jaycase
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: hazy, golden copper. three finger head

s: grapefruit, citrusy hops. hint of caramel

t: grapefruit at first then transitions to piney hop through the end. slightly bitter finish.

m: light as cotton candy. it's like it comes in as liquid but then quickly evaporates once it's in the mouth. strange I know, but that's the sensation I'm getting.

o: This is a good DIPA. Very drinkable considering the abv but it does catch up after some time. I can't get over how light the mouthfeel is, almost surreal. I'm just rueing I only grabbed a 4 pack of this. Another trip to our good neighbor to the north is in order.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allow me to preface this by stating I’m aware this is probably a bit past its prime. However, I will still review as objectively as I can.

Appearance – Pours a hazy tangerine color into a tulip. About a finger of white head appears which dissipates quickly but literally coats the class with lacing.

Smell – A wonderful citrus aroma (pineapple, papaya, orange, mango), weed (no joke), still a decent amount of hops, and a sweet malty backbone.

Taste – Hurray! While this is a sweet IIPA, it is not from an excessive malty backbone; it is more so from the sweet aforementioned fruits from the aroma. Lots of citrus (mango in a big way), a nice caressing of hops, and a slight malty backbone. Very surprised by this beer coming from NG.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, quite creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – I am sitting here kicking myself for sending the other three of these I purchased out as extras. A very interesting IIPA and one I would drink again. I really enjoyed the sweeter side of this beer, mainly from the wonderful fruit flavors (what else should I have expected with this coming from NG!?!). If you get this, try it now!

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.