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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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4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip class. This is brought to me by some good friends in Wisconsin. It is the last of my four pack, so I thought it high time to review it.

Pours a hazy mango color, like the color of mango nectar. While it is light-colored, it is almost opaque. Has a half inch foamy white head which reduces with a soap-like consistency.

Has a very fruity aroma, with loads of orange citrus, pineapple, mango, and an airy floral nature that really makes this standout. You could get lost in how good the smells.

After such a wonderful aroma you hope that the taste won't let you down, and thankfully, it does not disappoint. Sweet and mualty upfront, with mild fruit and hints of caramel, this ends with a pleasing bitterness leaves you wanting more. Hints of resin are there to remind you of the strength of this brew.

The medium mouth feel, very smooth and easy drinking, ending with a bit of bitter to nip at tongue.

An excellent DIPA, it is a real disappointment that New Glarus is not sold in the Cleveland area. Sweet, fruity and malty to start, with a pleasing but not overpowering hop bitter to finish, I cannot get enough of this double IPA.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Light golden with good lacing and retention.

S- Some sweet malts, but mostly citrus fruits.

T- Little of the sweet malts come through followed by citrus fruits (orange, pineapple), and then a big pine bitter bite and alcohol finishes off the beer.

M- Medium bodied for 9%, good carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

O- Very impressed by NG for their first DIPA. Would love to try this on draft.

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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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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.  

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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.29/5  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.

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.