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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: 127
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, warm golden color; a fair sized white head with some lacing.

S: sweet tropical/citrus (orange/banana) aroma.

T: hoppy and citrusy at the start. also, a very good balance of flavor and the alcohol. Finish with malt taste.

M: very smooth and light. well balanced. No strong alcohol flavor. (If you want your DIPA to hit you over the head with alcohol flavor, this is not for you.)

O: a very good DIPA. Given the balance, could drink quite a few and then just wait to get clobbered by the ABV.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of 4DAloveofSTOUT, who stopped into my store earlier this morning. Thanks Brian! I shared the bottle with the staff.

This beer pours a light bodied cloudy, light gold in color with moderate cloudiness and a one finger very soapy white head. The nose is clean and fresh. The nose features fresh soapy pineapple hops with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. It definitely utilizes pale malts well. It's really nice. The flavors are fresh and soapy as well. It drinks dry and hoppy with a touch of sweetness at the beginning before going into a grassy hop bitterness. I like it. It isn't too sticky and isn't too dry. The alcohol doesn't show itself at all. It's a nice DIPA. I'm glad I could try it.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy bright orange with a short-lived white head. Dense collar of head retains with light lacing. Nose has canned peaches, citrus, orange and clementine with a not -too-sugary but sweet malt character. Lost of citrus zest, lemon, orange and a touch of pineapple on the palate. Slight piney finish, sweet crackery pale malt is masked quite substantially by the hops. A bit pulpy in consistency, but fairly full body. Moderate bitterness, and just a tad drying. Almost no alcohol which is concerning for my sobriety if I had access to this regularly. A really nice midwest IIPA.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks solid: Golden with the perfect tint of haze to retain the look of its high quality pedigree. There is perfect mix of multi large and small soft bubbles, that stayed around for quite a long time, but NOT in a thick merange way.

Subtle biscuity and citrusy flavors meld to a attractive oracatory introduction.

The first impression in the taste is sweet, ripe tree fruit and muted caramel. The 9.75% abv is held in check by the sopisticated english malt. It's a european perspective, maybe of wine notes that make this a top tier DIPA, but carving out a distinct, third coast personality.

IMO this brew is in the top 10 of DIPAs. It's got the DIPA punch but its notes come at you very evenly. The hop fruit and malt bread are very much high quality, with the ever-full foam head, it makes for a very tastefull package. When NG is at the top of its brewing game, very few breweries produce a more perfect beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dfernandez77
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly warm golden color. Poured cold with a barely discernible haze – possibly proteins or hop oil – that disappeared warmer. Light, fragile, and lacy white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Nicely floral balanced with pine and resin. Malts come up clean and richly sweet. Not a huge aroma for an IIPA – but very well balanced and enticing.

Taste: Follows with the aromas. Well balanced – slightly restrained but definitely representing in the IIPA style. Fresh floral and resiny hop in the flavors, nice crisp bittering backbone. The malt is there to support the hops – clean slight complex sweetness. Then the hop bittering and flavors are all over the palate. The appealing bitterness sticks for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium light considering what you might expect from the 9.0% ABV. Carbonation forgoes the head and bursts on the tongue. Finishes a little slick, crisp, and finally slightly astringent.

Overall: Not a big punch like a West Coast IIPA. More nuanced like a playful slap with a velvet glove – not surprising from a brewery owned by a lady. Great balance. Well conceived hop bittering flavor and aroma. Cleanly brewed malt profile.

If you have a palate that appreciates excellent and slightly restrained presentation – this will please you as much as the much ballyhooed big boys in the DIPA style. Very appealing.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Golden amber with slight haze. There was about a finger of head, that settled to some patchy coverage. There was very nice lacing.

S) Initial aroma was malt sweetness and light alcohol. There is a floral scent with some tropical fruit too.

T) Nicely balanced flavors. Malt sweetness with hints of citrus and pineapple. Not a hop bomb, but enough to keep me happy. Brings some rind and alcohol tingle to the finish.

M) Medium to full bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated. This coats the mouth and sticks around for a while.

O) This is a solid Imperial IPA, and definitely worth a try. Enjoyed it, but what it really made me crave was a Hopslam.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Old Fashioned in downtown Madison. *Many* ounces poured in a pint glass on May 4th, 2012.

A - IIPA initially shows a typical hazy-golden orange and builds clarity throughout the drink. Very little head, but what's there is very similar in consistency and color to Spotted Cow. Lots of carbonation coming up and solid lacing.

S - Crisp, juicy orange and mandarin peels, banana, pine cones, touch of menthol, perhaps even an herbal/grassy quality.

T - Pretty robust profile here - extra ripe, sweet tangerines, resinous fruity hops, lightly floral, and well-balanced piney bitterness at rear palate. Touch of honey malts. Long lingering bitter fruit aftertaste.

M - Moderately dry, high carbonation, light body. Very appropriate.

D - Beyond decent and very much worth your time. I'm grateful that I got this for $2.50/pint as part of Madison Beer Week.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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