Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 130
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

85 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011)
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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have never been disappointed with the Thumbprint Series, but my first thought was that a DIPA sounds boring compared to the other efforts. All things considered, I was impressed with this one.

The ale poured a orange-yellow color with a 1/2 inch white head into my tulip glass. An appropriate amount of lacing was left on the glass. The ale revealed a potent grapefruit aroma that tickled the insides of the nose. Grapefruit and earthy notes dominated the initial taste with a malty backbone. The grapefruit notes became progressively sweeter toward the aftertaste. The hops seem to hit a little bit more in the aftertaste as the ale gives a warming to the back of the throat. The ale was not unusually smooth, but it did go down easy.

Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of DIPADude01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mykd
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rjmclaw
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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 wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 16/7/12 thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles struggling to make their way too the surface, a loose two finger head falls to a thin film rather quickly and leaves some random lace

S pineapple, pine, grapefruit with some booze and sweet malt, a nice mix of tropical citrus and pine

T some lemon and even more pine, the booze is well hidden but not entirely, slightly sweet and lots of rind and pine resin on the finish

M a nice bitter bite, tiny pinprick bubbles, and a strong aftertaste, not much booze felt on the way down but you know its in there soon enough

O this one went down a little too fast, its a palate wrecker but I don't mind at all, this one could hurt you if your not careful. A little higher grade here as the smell and taste were close but not quite 4.5

another thanks to Sean and Alex for getting this one too me, oh how I wish I had more access too the American craft scene

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beerdedbiker
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over as an extra.  

A: Pours a golden yellow, which is light for the style, with a huge 2.5 plus fingers width of snow white colored head, which takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  A solid amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S: Citrus with lemon zest and grapefruit, very dank and resiny, with a bit of hop spice, a touch smoky.  Malts are almost undetectable on the nose.  

T: Interesting taste to this one.  Like the nose, its dank, resiny, and herbaceous.  Some citrus, that is mostly grapefruit and maybe some citrus rind/peel characteristic.  Malt backbone is more noticable than on the nose, which gives it a balancing sweetness, but it certainly takes a back seat to the hops, no doubt about that.  

M/D:  Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, with a big drying finish to conclude each sip.  The big ABV is incredibly well masked, and drinkability is very good.  

O: Overall, a very solid brew here. Its difficult to stand out in a style that has some many great offerings, and this one does not. Its nothing spectacular, but is quite good and certianly worth a try.  

Photo of jokemon
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pours a clear golden amber color with a very white foamy head.

Smell is of bubble gum, sweetness and orange citrus zest.

Taste bitter, citrusy, bready malt finish. There are a lot of flavors going on here, all very citrusy.

Overall this beer is fantastic, probably the best IIPA I have had to date. Grats to New Glarus for creating this beer.

Photo of SweJon
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to imperial pint -

This beer pours out a light orange color, with a small head. The aroma is big, brash, and hoppy. Citrus and pine hops jump around wildly. Grapefruit peel is a huge player. The taste is a nice, full, round hoppiness. There aren't any sharp edges here, yet the hop flavor is big and up front. Tropical and citrus hops absolutely dominate. The aftertaste is minimal. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that doesn't quite make it to the top tier. I'd drink plenty of this if I were a Wisconsin-ite, but it's not worth the trouble seeking out with all the great DIPAs on the market.

Photo of KellyL
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer! A constant stream of tiny bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass continually re-fluffing the delicate merangue like head. Awesome lacing, perfect clarity, gorgeous golden yellow.

The aroma is citrusy, piney and earthy. No frills on the smell, you get the hops and some sweetness from the malt. No booziness like some other Imperial IPA's.

The taste is just like the aroma, citrusy, piney and earthy. I also got a little bit of tropical fruits on the back end. A little malt sweetness is detected, but it balances nice with the hops. As carbonated as it looks, there's no bite from it.

The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. Not thin, but not creamy.

Overall I'd rate this just below the top of the chart for the style. Since we can only rate in increments of .5, I didn't get a 5 overall, I'd really put it at 4.75.

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale gold color with a bubbly off white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

S: Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest. Some mango, pineapple and peach going on. A hint of pine in the mix too. Some sweet bready malt is present as well.

T: Excellent balance of malt and hops. More of a sweeter IIPA for sure. Lots of tangerine, ripe grapefruit. and pineapple. Big dose of sweet malt as well.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels fairly slick.

O: Very good drinkability for a near 10% double IPA. Some hopheads won't like it as much since the hops don't come out and slap you across the face, but I think it's pretty damn good.

Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head of foam at the top formed from a medium pour, golden in color, minimal lacing.

S - Well-balanced aroma of malt and hops that's not overly powerful.

T - Very smooth for a 9.75% double IPA and not over the top with the hops so a little restrained. The malt is present to support the hops with citrus notes leaving a very nice lingering aftertaste.

M - Little dry, light-to-medium body, smooth carbonation

O - Superb, fresh, and pleasing double IPA without the punch that's present in others in the double IPA class.

Photo of jawneyt
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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