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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 128
Gots: 38 | 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: 693 | Reviews: 195
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle. Assist to beerwolf77. Thanks again. Served in a Bell's tulip.

Pours a very light apricot color with a good white head. Fairly long-lasting before it falls down to a think cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose is quite pungent, stinging the nostrils. Fantastic aromas of tropical fruit and, to a lesser degree, orange and other citrus. That's all there is to it. No malt. Damn straight; that's how it should be.

The flavor is not quite as intoxicating (in the figurative sense; I suppose in the literal sense it's the other way around) but still quite nice. Ripe mangoes plus some peach and orange. Really tasty. Fairly-bruising bitterness hits my palate, though I won't complain. It's been awhile since I've had a really hard-hitting IIPA. Props to New Glarus for making a really fine concoction.

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 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

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have always admired the fruit beers from new glarus, but beet so/so on their other stuff. this one changes that, as it is a fantastic double ipa. pours super red, coppery and bright with a huge frothy off white head. the nose is more like a strong ale than an ipa, I smell booze and malt in balance with the absurd quantity of hops. lots of oils in this, sweeter, not a bitter bomb, thanks to a nice caramel and red malt backing. the hop profile is really unique, sort of piney, but also really fruity, like dried cranberries or pomegranates. really mineral heavy in the finish, along with an almost sticky hop feel. fuller bodied and a little sugary towards the end, but the carbonation is good and its actually a very drinkable beer for its size and depth. my only regret here was that I only had one. I don't know why it doesn't, but I wish this stuff had wider distribution. one of the more unique double ipas ive had in months, and one of the more hefty beers that wasn't the color of motor oil ive maybe ever had. top quality here folks.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently I need to move my review from Unplugged Imperial IPA to here...

Thanks to Mike for sending this one my way.

A: The beer pours a bright golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma to the beer with lots of grapefruit and lemon peel. A mild pine note as well as some floral character. A hint of caramel malt and bread is also present.

T: Big time lemon peel and perhaps even some lemon flesh. A lot of grapefruit is present as well as some grass and pine. Mild bread and malt flavor with a decent bitterness on the back end.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: This was quite a nice Double IPA. Really crisp and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold, super sharp clarity, lasting foam. Drippy arcs of lace form as the glass is slowly sipped.

Aroma is flush with floral hoppage, pithy grapefruit, earthy mango. Dry, underscored with some fruity dankness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Somewhat reserved for a fresh Imperial IPA.

Moderate bitterness, the earthy hops build in the middle, and linger long into the aftertaste. Weedy, with a resiny earthiness of mango and apricot. Some light pale malt surfaces at room temperature. Feel is very light and dry, almost ghostly for being 9%. Personally I like a little more fullness, but it's got some fortitude nonetheless. Tangy citrus aftertaste is unmistakably Fantome somehow... well done! Plan to savor the rest of these.

Thanks Jay for this one...

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-14-2011 03:03:03

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Slight hazy golden honey color, very light fizzy head.

Nose has some booze and sweetness, lots of earthy grassy hops, light pine and hint of citrus, hint fruity apricot like.

Taste quite malty quite sweet and light booze. Earthy hops, quite bitter and astringent, light grassy herbal and pine hops with hint of citrus. Chewy spicy hops like chewing on a mouthful of pellets. Light creamy malts. finish is very bitter and astringent, dry long bitter spicy chewy hop pellets and barely drinkable.

Mouth is med bodied, light booze and decent carb.

Overall eh, way too much astringent spicy hops and too much malty sweetness which should be balanced but isn't somehow. There are two spikes of flavor on opposite ends of the spectrum, sweet malty, and bitter astringent, and neither are great alone, and they don't mesh well, so not a great DIPA IMO.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee after picking largadeer up at the airport. Served in a Bell's tulip. This is about three months old, but at least I know it was refrigerated the whole time.

A - Pours with a voluminous three fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Faintly transparent apricot skin color.

S - A mix of crackery and lightly toasted grains, pine, tropical fruits, light chive, and ripe oranges. Still quite pungent and hoppy considering the age - impressive.

T - Taste is a bit heavier on lemon and grapefruit flavors, withe notes of floral and grassy hops, and minimal malt sweetness. There's a touch of bread and yeast in the finish, but it's quite restrained. I was quite surprised by the ABV - nothing to be found here. Bitter crops up after about 6oz, but never gets out of hand.

M - Super dry, with crisp medium-high carbonation, and extremely resinous residuals. Sufficiently hefty, juicy, medium-full body.

D - I haven't been able to get up to WI in a while, and I was worried this would be a malty mess by the time I got to try it. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Why can't more breweries make hoppy beers that will maintain quality as long as this? The alcohol is sneaky, but I'd gladly drink a few bottles of this one in an evening.

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

New Glarus IIPA, label copy…blah, blah, blah,…A provocative 85 IBUs reverberates cleanly through this double IPA. True hops saturation from kettle boil to dry hop cellaring dominates this elegant and lustful sensory enchantment. You hold a deceptively seductive Original Gravity of 19.2 % Plato, now 9% ABV, following the always 100% natural bottle fermentation. Luscious English Maris Otter malt tis the essential heart of this voluptuous double IPA. Surrender is inevitable so enjoy now."

I'll take that advice. And, here we go…

Beautiful clouded peachy coloration, huge, milky white head. Lovely stuff.
Now, let's smell it…

Pithy, musty, pungent, deep down and slightly sour. Grapefruit and mango, fermenting pineapple juice, and ripe banana.

In the mouth, hops aplenty. All those bitter, hoppy citric fruit flavors pounce again on the palate. And the alcohol heat rises up a little. Crisp, delicious malt holds down the stage, hops dance and keep the tongue happy. Prickly, tingly, and utterly hoppy.

One excellent double IPA, great job, Dan & Deb!

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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks I love an IPA that I have never had.

Beer served in a snifter, it is amber / brownish and clear with a white head, medium one finger, small and medium bubbles, some lacing and a nice retention, minimal lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is a little piny and earthy with a malty backbone.

There is nothing wrong with this IPA as a beer but as an IPA it is too malt forward to me, medium in body, sweet up front, an interesting finish but only moderately bitter. I think it is fine but it is not my style. When I want an IPA I want a more aggressive hop presence and finish. Not some "balanced" malty beer. It is a fine beer but not a repeat for me.

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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.


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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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