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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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681 Ratings
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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 136
Gots: 35 | 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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-18-2012 03:21:44 | More by WanderingFool
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:48:16 | More by liamt07
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2BDChicago

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:36:31 | More by 2BDChicago
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-12-2012 04:08:01 | More by hilgart1
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HopsintheSack

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-11-2012 23:37:31 | More by HopsintheSack
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-10-2012 15:48:16 | More by mjohnson17
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dfernandez77

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:53:36 | More by dfernandez77
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morimech

Minnesota

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:25:54 | More by morimech
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-06-2012 03:00:17 | More by Hophead101
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:21:42 | More by RoamingGnome
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Auracom

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 03:01:35 | More by Auracom
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-03-2012 22:24:53 | More by atone315
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-03-2012 00:25:33 | More by nh2032
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Poured a golden color with an offwhite head.

Smelled of some piny/resinous hops, a bit of alcohol.

Taste was fairly balanced, though the hops didn't "wow" me. Too subdued for a IIPA IMO.

Mouthfeel was ok.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not one I would seek out or likely buy.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 17:03:52 | More by TWStandley
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-02-2012 05:17:19 | More by Localdrinklax
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-01-2012 00:55:17 | More by Kenai4
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-30-2012 20:09:59 | More by mjtiernan
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jp110099

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

04-30-2012 03:06:04 | More by jp110099
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Hachiman

Japan

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a modest snow white head. Beautiful, delicate lacing added to my initial impression.

Smells of bisquity malt and herbal hops. Not much aroma, even after it had warmed up quite a bit.

Taste is very fine. Medium sweet up front with deep, herbal, woody hop bitterness. I haven't looked this up but I tasted Szaz and Fuggle. Fans of a more assertive, harsh bitterness will be disappointed, but I found the softer, deeper flavors stimulating.

The beer was smooth overall, with medium carbonation and a persistent bitterness.

Overall, a fine double IPA that won't overpower milder foods. I had mine with some sauerbrauten, and it both highlighted and blended with the sweet and sour sauce very well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 02:20:18 | More by Hachiman
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bertram

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

04-30-2012 01:45:27 | More by bertram
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-29-2012 04:03:51 | More by MarkyMOD
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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +17.4%

04-27-2012 19:17:42 | More by Craftonly23121
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FishPondManager

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-23-2012 16:01:53 | More by FishPondManager
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mikul93

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-23-2012 04:38:44 | More by mikul93
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good version of this style but not great.

When I poured it, the first thing that came to mind was that it almost looked like a cheap macrobrew lager. It was very light and thin looking. The smell was what you would expect from an IPA; pine, hops and citrus fruits.

The taste was very good but not over the top hoppiness which is what I like in a double IPA. There was also a little taste of yeast or bread which I didn't really care for.

If you are looking for an IPA that is overly hoppy, this one might work for you but being a guy who likes the really bitter IPA's, I can't rank this as high as some of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:54:10 | More by mjpolzin
Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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