Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 696
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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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pints and shared with Tim at the condo. Amber orange body with a bone colored head. Good lacing. Aroma is boozy, with bread and caramel malt backed by citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter citrus peel and pine with sugary sweetness. Medium-full body, oily texture, average-plus carbonation, boozy dry finish.

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sweet hops with the excess present but contained. Some hop oil, citrus and other light fruit. It's not overpowering, but that sure is a nice hop aroma.
More pale than most in this category, yellowish with more gold stream down the middle. Cloudy. Nice full white dense head.
Taste is wonderful. Again all the hop intensity and pushing of excess without the nastiness of many that go extreme. Full on bitterness but it fades out nicely. Pick up hops immediately and the flavors dance around the palette teasing all the receptors in a joyful blissful exhibition of hop complexity and indulgence. The hop oils cross the line at times, yet somehow is not as distasteful or distracting as it can be with other.
Firm shot of warmth in the gut. Pleasingly carbonated and softly too.
This is one enjoyable dance partner. Semi-rough, intense, seductive, teasing, tasteful, a bit over-bearing for moments, but always pulling back before irritating. Smooth and dangerous, she will always leave one wanting more.

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 Teleweizen2
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -pours a super crystal clear sunny golden color with orangey amber highlights. 2 fingers of froathy white foam. Lots of tightly packed bubbles. Dissipates to a thick ring around the rim. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S - the aroma is simple and pleasant. Lots of rind-y citrus like grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Some tropical fruit notes as well. Mostly mango, papaya and a hint of pineapple. As it warms notes of resin, and hemp seed oil come through. Green grass. Honey- like malt character.

T - honeyed malt character with note of grainy sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Quickly followed by an explosive citric bitterness. Leafy greens. Tropical fruit notes balance the bitterness. Finish is quick and bitter.

M - slick texture. High carbonation with tight Champagne like bubbles add a brisk crispness. Medium bodied.

O - They really pull no punches with this one. Just big in your face hops. Mouthfeel really makes it too. Super crispness plays off of the bitterness creating more crispness. Like a positive feedback loop. Great stuff.

Photo of daledeee
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a favorite glass and got a slightly cloudy gold with a big white head and lacing.

Nose is piny.

Taste is grassy and citrus with medium sweetness. Some malt mixed in and a rather puckery finish.

I find this beer to be a pretty good example of the genre.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is clear golden amber with a bubbly off white head. Nose is hop forward, grapefruit and citrus, a touch sticky, assertive malt backbone with fresh grain. Taste is so hop forward, a touch if sticky resignous hops, strong grapefruit, virtually no bitterness. Carb is a spot light, medium body and fairly dry finish.

Photo of Cubieblu
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L – Pours half finger of head. A lot of lacing remains as you consume. Yellowish amber color.

A – When I first poured this cold I thought it smelt like a hoppy malt mess. Reminded me of a hoppy barnyard. (I don't like the smell of malts) However, as the beer warmed up the malt smell gave way to a floral hop smell.

T – Wow!! Taste has nothing to do with the smell. Nice hop bitterness on the front with sweet malt middle. Finishes with more hop bitterness that stays with you a while after you drink. Very balanced brew.

MF – Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D – They won me over on the taste, however, I can’t quite get over the off putting smell. Would still recommend to try.

Photo of birchstick
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the brewery 2 days ago and ready to consume.

A - pours a yellowish amber color with a decent head that dissipates to a nice white ring

N - the nose is off for me. Pretty subtle, but what's there includes grapefruit and seawater (wtf?).

T - Fortunately, this thing tastes nothing like it smells. Starts off with a nice blast of citrus sweetness, which give way to a really nice Marris Otter malt presence. The hops come back with a vengeance on the back end of the tongue, with a burst of grapefruit and some lighter citrus notes. This is big and bold as a IIPA should be.

M - nice and full body with a lot of nice creaminess to it

D - overall this is a solid IIPA from New Glarus. I haven't seen them put out a beer anywhere close to this one as far as hops are concerned, but they proved that they can brew a hop bomb as well as any of the other big timers. This makes me even more curious to try their regular IPA offering. Another winner from the Thumbprint series!

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hot diggity. Raul ain't never been to Wisconsin, but they sure are doing something right over yonder. This thang is big and heavy (not like a Wisconsin girl after some cheese curds "big and heavy") but good, big and heavy. Bitter like a Kardashian breakup up and stronger than my ex governor while on HGH. This lil sucker is supple and smooth.

Raul agrees. Raul agrees well and good!

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

IPA pours a golden clear color with very little head. The smell contains a strong aroma of hops, but has a sweet floral sent. The taste is very well balanced, has a nice floral hop taste, on the bitter side but not crazy. The easiest double IPA i ever had, very easy to drink, but still has a nice full underwater flavor. Overall a very nice Imperial IPA, not as strong and bitter, but well balanced, full of flavor, and has a sweeter fresh taste.

Photo of DemoniChris
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into tulip

A - Gorgeous clear orange-yellow beer with 2 fingers of awesome eggshell white head. Looks amazing.

S - Heavy pine backed up with some citrus. Fruity citrus notes become more apparent the deeper you smell. Great.

T - Just like you would expect from the nose; a blast of piney hops followed by a smooth citrusy finish. One of the most drinkable and balanced DIPAs I've ever had. No alcohol taste at all.

M - Very oily, smooth and resinous. Perfect balance with enough malt character as I want in a bigger DIPA.

O - Glad to have tried this brilliant beer. It's very reminiscent of PtE, but perhaps better given the ABV! I hope to get my hands on more of these.

Photo of parejkoj
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Translucent golden light amber with a medium white head. Somewhat hazy.

Smell: Piney and resiny. Some lemon and grapefruit, although not as upfront as other double IPAs.

Taste: Good balance in malt and hop bitterness, although it leans toward the hops versus the malt. More grapefruit than in the nose. Some mineral flavors can be tasted here and there. Nearly 10% abv is noticeable although not overwhelming. Lingering aftertaste from late addition hops, best described by orange and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good, although the carbonation paired with the bittering hops results in a little abrasiveness on the palate. But very enjoyable. Not cloying like some double IPAs that are too malt forward.

Overall: A very nice double IPA. At this point I'd say the O'So Hop Whoopin is a bit better (although not nearly as 'big' of a beer), possibly because a S.M.A.S.H. has less going on with a single hop and single malt that multiple hop/malt IPAs end up mingling too many complex aromas and flavors. But the New Glarus IIPA is really nice nonetheless and I'd recommend it.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this, apparently just because I was in the proximity of the box that contained it

Appearance: Lightly hazy, copper orange with dark gold and honey colors more apparent when held to the light - pours with a nicely sized, white head - keeps a surprisingly creamy head, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Remarkably, almost hilariously, dank - resinous, wet weed - some citrus, including oily orange and some grapefruit - some wet pine - some onion aromas, but they are actually somewhat balanced with the other strong aromas - lightly herbal and spicy - pale and lightly sweet malts

Taste: Unique, interesting, and undeniably good - a rather unusual hop profile, with some wet, resiny notes - oily citrus, and pine resin - some drier citrus, orange, tangerine, and borderline tropical notes - oily, sticky, lingering bitterness - malts are on the sweeter side, with some cooked biscuits, cooked grains, and some pale notes - alcohol is somewhat noticeable, which combined with the oily nature of the flavor, is suboptimal

Mouthfeel: Close to a full body, nicely carbonated, smooth, a bit too sticky

Overall: Wait, this isn't a fruit beer?

I think this is the first hoppy beer that I've had from New Glarus. And I'm not disappointed. The hop profile here is really interesting. It's a little too wet and oily for my taste, and the alcohol is a bit too apparent, but this is still great. I seriously need to try everything from this brewery.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head; plenty of retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: From the first whiff, you can tell this is going to be big in both the malt and hop directions - cakey and sugary malts buttress scents of lemon, tropical fruits and onions

Taste: The malts take the first step forward, bringing sugar cake flavors to act as the platform for the big hop bill; the hops don't disappoint, bringing a rather unique combination of lemon, tropical fruit and onions; while the hops dominate, there is plenty of sugary malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a well-constructed beer and rather unique in its own right; I would score it higher if I liked the hop bill more but I am not crazy about the onion flavor

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

Photo of ubenumber2
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip , a golden color to this brew , nice 2 finger head with tons of lacing

The smell is very well blended of earthy hops and sweet malt and a slight hint of spice and alcohol

The mouth on this beer is perfect for a IIPA , not too much carbonation and just thick enough

The taste is oh so good , the Hops and bitterness slip in at first then the super sweet malt kicks in , a very complex and well blended beer ,the booze you can taste at the end just compliments it

Overall , this is my favorite IIPA on the market , It's better than Pliny the Elder and Zombie Dust by a country mile , I need and want more of this brew

Photo of cradke
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden yellow. Transparent. Thin fine head that clears out quickly. Very little streaming carbonation that leaves the beer looking like white grape juice.

Smell: Smells like a fresh pine tree. Some citrus but certainly not grapefruit forward. Clean with little ABV.

Taste: Pine forward hops. Very strong hop profile. Clean aftertaste. ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation and feel. Not syrupy or overly viscous. Well done.

Overall: A great IIPA. I love pine forward (as opposed to grapefruit) IIPA and this is one of the best of the style.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JayORear for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a solid gold color. Head is bright-white. Drops to a small wispy cap and collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Very on point.

Smell: Dank and citrusy. Straight up weed with a big hit of pine resin. Oily grapefruit rind. Slightly tropical. Some tangerine. So much dankable. Malts run a little sweet, but it's a nice balance to the hop profile. Slightly toasted with a bready quality. Apricot and mango.

Taste: A bit fruitier than the nose would indicate. Nice balance of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango. Heavy bitterness quickly gives way to a slick, oily pine. A hint of mint. Slightly sweet bready malts. Some caramel sweetness. Warming increases the bitterness, pushing toward aspirin. Unrelentingly bitter, but not particularly abrasive.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily medium to full body. Slightly above average carbonation with a solidly dry finish. Juicy up front.

Overall: Dear New Glarus, keep doing everything awesome...just increase distribution to MA.

A solid DIPA. Hits the right notes and is aggressive enough to be interesting but not so crazy you can't drink it. Seriously, can New Glarus not make a solid take on any style? I think not.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head not lasting long on a hazy dull golden with a slight burnt orange hue. Nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with mostly tart generic citrus, candy sugar, earthy and herbal aromas and some pale malts. Flavor has a mild pale malt base with resins, musty and tart citrus, honey but overall a bit harsh. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry n the finish.

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Pungent citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a bit of toffee and sweaty dankness.

T - Pungent pine and sweat up front with pithy bitterness. Some dry toast in the middle with a finish of harsh bitterness and grapefruit.

M - Medium thick body, modately high carbonation, and a bitter finish.

D - The aroma is spectacular, but the flavor doesn't work nearly as well. The bitterness is harsh and kind of medicinal, but there really isn't quite enough malt to balance.

Photo of Treebs
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku. Bottle shared by pmoney and also opened another bottle bottle two weeks later. Both equally as delicious.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger height of white foam forming on the pour. Some soapy and splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Grapefruit and orange bursts of citrus with a nice piney undertone. A little bubblegum sweetness with sweet bread malt body.

T: Mango and orange. Lemon citrus with pineapple. A lot of tropical fruits going on. Marmalade sweetness with some light bitterness. White bread malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity with a clean finish.

O: Delicious. So well balanced with a great mouthfeel. Fruity and sweet with a piney undertone. This is a top tier DIPA.

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus IIPA. Thumbprint series. More than 85 IBUs according to the label description. Self-identifies as a double IPA. Dry hopped. Bottle fermented. Brewed with English Maris Otter malt. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple but stylish label art and foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which makes some fantastic beers. Acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27. Thanks again, buddy!

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a nice four finger beige colour head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and good (~6-7 minute) retention. Body colour is a very vibrant translucent copper. Clear. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid if typical for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lovely floral, piney, and nectary hop notes. A touch of citrusy grapefruit - but not the biting bitter grapefruit notes of many West Coast Style IPAs. Hoppy while still being pleasant and inviting. Pale malts. Some dank tropical fruit esters. Lightly soapy - which has me worried. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Wow. Really evocative mango and tropical fruits - including pineapple. Juicy and delightful. Some juicy but not bitter grapefruit and some floral/nectary character rounds out the hop character nicely. There's some tangerine there too. I don't often have (Imperial)IPAs with such a developed mango emphasis. A bit piney too. Some grainy bready pale malts provide a supportive full body, allowing the hops to take center stage while keeping it refreshing and approachable. I do notice some alcohol when it hits my stomach, but it's very well concealed in the flavour profile. No yeast character comes through. A bit biscuity - did they use Amarillo? That's what really gets my juices going in an IPA. None of the soapy character from the aroma comes through - thankfully. Lightly grassy. I like the balance of the hops and malts; it's not too sparse with its malts like many beers in the style, and I think that's because they chose malts they knew would complement rather than distract. No hop bitterness comes through; it's all well disguised. Good depth of flavour and build. Well layered. I really like this. Good complexity and decent subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet enough to refresh yet lightly coarse enough to coax out the nuances of the flavours. Perfect carbonation. Great presence on the palate. Lightly oily. Not that creamy, but it doesn't need it. Clean and crisp. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV; I could easily put down a few of these in a night - and I'd want to. Would pair very well with spicy food. This is a solid IIPA from New Glarus that I'd definitely get again - preferably on-draught. Solid, balanced, and brewed with care. Really tasty stuff. Highly recommended.

B+

Photo of Hendry
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Impressive packaging, attractive bottle and an extra generously provided by Bunzilla.
Pours a deep amber, relatively clear and with an average white head that reduces to a permanent cap with respectable lacing.

Aroma is pretty malty, some pine and minor citrus notes in the background.with a noticeable touch of booze in there,some breadiness.

Taste follows the nose really closely: the flavors are strong and decidedly boozy. Heavy side of medium body,rich mouthfeel, but the booze overshadows the better qualities of this IIPA. The carbonation seems right for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium, oily and rich. This becomes more of a sipper as it warms. The aftertaste is malty and boozy with hops present but not dominating overall. A different tasting IIPA that is pleasant but not my taste due to the booze/malt dominance rather than a tropical hop assault.

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 KFBR392
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly merky color. Thin head on all aspects. Light lacing. Below average carbonation even for a hop bomb.

Smell: A heavy caramelized, heavy buttered popcorn aroma. There are some floral hops trying to burst through but overall get pulled down by the heavy aromas. Some boozy accents run through on the undertones of this brew.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty well. A heavy hops hit on the front end. More molasses and saturated hops then I would have expected. Almost too much of a malt backbone. There isn't the traditional hop dryness one would expect, probably coming from the dark sugary hop tones. Again some airy light hop tones want to attack but seem to be drowned by everything else going on in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Meh, nothing that makes you remember this brew. Syrupy sweetness gets lost with some of the hop dryness.

Overall: An okay brew. New Glarus has its strong points and it is not IPAs.

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.