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Thumbprint IIPA - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 135
Gots: 36 | 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 SheepNutz


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to Chris for this one. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a fairly clear light orange color with one finger of head. Just a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and hoppy. Nice citrusy aromas, and a little bit of honey sweetness. The taste is also fairly sweet. Lots of honey up front, and a nice hoppy finish. Lots of citrus and a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is good. A fairly nice double IPA.

08-13-2011 23:41:29 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, with tangerine
highlights around the edges, and is capped wit a
short- lived white head that is nice while it lasts .
Lace is minimal.

S - The nose is pungently hoppy, with a very
mild earthy malt base. The hop bouquet is rife
with fresh cut grass , green foliage, zesty citrus
and sappy mango. Excellent.

T - The taste is, again, hugely hoppy, proffering
huge grassy notes backed up by citrus zest ,
mango and tropical fruit, and some pine-
evergreen. The malt is quite light, contributing
little more than an underlying biscuity tone.

M - (I )IPA . Good.

O - I am really a fan of the light- malt DIPA, and
this is a really good example. It reminds me of
Pliny at three+ weeks; I don 't know how old this
brew is, but I' d guess it is at least three weeks
old .

08-13-2011 23:19:14 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

From notes

Not sure who brought this one, but thanks Urbancaver for hosting.

A - clouded yellow body, medium white head.

S - pungent lemon/pine hops

T - pine and grapefruit, bitter, a bit of heat

M - Big robust body, drying.

O (D) - A really good IIPA, Good hop profile, fairly well balanced.

08-13-2011 23:13:37 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of kzoobrew


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Slightly hazed yellow body. Visible carbonation. Two finger bones white head set atop. Head recedes slowly leaving a rather thick sheet of lacing behind.

Full and layered aroma. Citrus and pine aroma pleasant upfront balanced by a decent amount of resin behind. I am questioning the hop bill, may be Summit, I am picking up some green onion aroma in a DIPA for the first time. This aroma is not too off putting though it is not what I prefer. Overall the aroma is pleasant.

Much the same as the nose, the flavor is equally balanced and layered. Citrus and pine still heavy upfront. Beneath lays a rather strong resinous flavor along side some more oniony flavor. This onion flavor is usually described as an unpleasant attribute, I would not go that far however. The flavor works but is not what I would choose. I appreciate this beer, I even enjoy it there is just on attribute that just does not agree with me. I really enjoy the Maris Otter, I love this malt. The warmth it provides really enhances the brew.

Medium bodied, moderate to lively carbonated IIPA. The texture is slightly resinous and oily. The finish is dry are pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent for the style.

Very good beer. Quite enjoyable, there is one singular attribute that throws me off. Remove this minor attribute this beer goes from very good to incredible. Overall I am impressed, very well crafted IIPA.

08-13-2011 22:45:06 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-13-2011 22:40:48 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ncketchum


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Served in an imperial pint glass, slightly chilled.

A = pours a light amber him with a two fingers of head

S = smell is a very, floral, hoppy, citrusy mostly grapefruit

T = initially bitter hops, very citrusy, a very "clean" taste

M = smooth, very crisp, hints of alcohol in the end

D = drinkability is very high for this one as the alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Very drinkable and potentially dangerous at 10% ABV

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:15:39 | More by ncketchum
Photo of scaliasux


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance - Pale yellow with a hint of amber. Hazy. Short white head with good persistence.

Smell - Piney and citrusy (grapefruit) hops dominates. Very nice.

Taste - Also dominated by hops character. Fruity grapefruit flavor most prominent. Also some hints of pine and spice. Surprisingly smooth for such a substantial hops presence. I'm not a big hop head, but this is drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not overwhelming and surprisingly refreshing. I found this very enjoyable, though I'm often not a fan of overly hoppy beers. Another fine brew by New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2011 02:48:17

08-13-2011 22:04:02 | More by scaliasux
Photo of jwinship83


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

12oz bottle traded to me from mnbears fan at DLD. thanks again matt! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent light golden colored body with a modest bright white head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- woah, this is going to be a hop monster. the initial whiff brings forth tons and tons of hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. some orange zest and some mango notes as well. floral hops come through decently strong as well. some sweet caramel and bready malts peek through at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sweet caramel and bread like malts that i could smell, which provide a surprisingly strong malty backbone. the hops arnt as forceful as i would have expected either. lots of floral and piny notes. grapefruit makes a strong showing as well. lesser amounts of mango, pineapple, and orange zest.

M- the body is on the larger side of medium, and the carbonation is at an acceptable level. not as bitter as i would have liked. the alcohol shows itself a little more than i would have preferred also.

O- id drink this one again, but i was expecting more out of a new glarus unplugged series. there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

08-13-2011 21:53:07 | More by jwinship83
Photo of zeledonia


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Enjoyed and reviewed 21 Jun 2011. Reposted here due to some merging/unmerging issues.

Pours clear golden yellow with a fluffy white two-finger plus head. Great head retention and solid lacing. Quite a nice-looking beer.

Smell is all about the hops, a potent mix of pine, fruit, and citrus, in that order. Good malt backing and a twinge of alcohol late.

Taste is, hmm... fairly standard DIPA stuff. Starts out slightly sweet and malty, moves quickly through strong fruit (grapefruit and pineapple) and some pine, then on comes the hefty bitterness, which carries on through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly sticky. It just slowly drifts away on the finish, both the feel and the taste gradually fading until I can't quite tell if they're still there or not.

A good, hefty, piney/fruity DIPA. I like it, though it's a solid step below my favorites, due to not having as much of the tasty hop flavors I look for.

08-13-2011 21:24:19 | More by zeledonia
Photo of doucmehu


3.45/5  rDev -19%

Poured into Duvel tulip, about a week after the shipment came in to the WI beer store.

A: Pours a nice golden straw, with a rich white head that sticks around for awhile. Some average lacing, solid carbonation, a little sticky when swirled.

S: Big burst of floral and pine hops immediately hits you. Unlike some other reviewers, I feel there is a definite lack of citrus and tropical fruit in the nose on this one. Definitely an interesting one, but not overpowering or mind blowing by any means.

T: More of the big floral and pine hops. The hop profile is very interesting on this beer, and I believe it would be a turnoff for someone looking for a typical grapefruit hop bomb. It reminds me of a Kern River Just Outstanding. A lot of dry, earthy pinehoppiness. There is something on the back end of this one that I really didn't care for, kind of a bitter pine resin.

M: Sticky and crisp, which is a nice combo. Carbonation sticks around until the end. Hops are bitter and drying on the tongue, but not a full on assault like some other big IPAs.

O: A well made dry IPA, though it could use a bit more malt. I am glad I tried it a couple times to give it a chance, but I will not be purchasing any more of this one. I just could not get over the floral notes and the resin finish and aftertaste. Insane pine hops.

08-13-2011 21:13:35 | More by doucmehu
Photo of scottyshades


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy gold/copper color with a wispy white cap. OK retention.

S: The nose is definitely interesting and unlike anything I've had. Lots of honey, citrus, pine and resin. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms up a little, but not really distracting.

T: Taste is quite different than the nose. A metallic note is immediately noticeable, along with citrus, pine, and orchard fruit (peach, apricot). Pretty bitter, and kind of balanced. A little more malt flavor would have done the trick.

MF/O: Lingering bitterness, prickly carbonation, and an orchard fruit finish.

Notes: Interesting Double IPA. I can't tell if there are numerous flaws or not, but enjoyable nonetheless

08-13-2011 20:21:16 | More by scottyshades
Photo of wagenvolks


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle courtesy of MilwaukeeCrusher--poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours with a clear, brassy body that sports a few trails of carbonation leaking up the sides. Head is massive, and stubborn. Rocky, off-white foam retains effortlessly and coats the glass with sticky webs of lacing. The aroma is very tropical in its hop presence, with pineapple and mango coming to mind. Pine and herbal hop cones are backed by a crisp, bready malt note.

The flavor, like most of New Glarus' beers, is deceptively simple in its decadence. Rich fruitiness and resin from the hops pairs with a cracker-crust pale malt note and a boozy finish. Bitterness is leafy and raw, but not astringent like some recent IIPA releases (lookin' at you, Sierra Nevada). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing for 9% ABV, with a medium body and drying finish. Overall, a very solid example of the style and typifies what the midwest likes to do with their Double IPA's. Worth a try.

08-13-2011 20:08:18 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of bound4er


4/5  rDev -6.1%

A. Straw color with an ever so slight haziness. White head of one finger that leaves minimal lacing.

S. Tropical hop aromas of mango and pineapple followed by some pine. A bit of malt peaks through too. For a DIPA the nose is somewhat shy.

T. Citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops really explode across my palate. Bitterness picks up nicely across the mid-palate. Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitter citrus flavor.

M. Medium bodied with some creaminess/oiliness.

O. This a highly drinkable, clean tasting DIPA that hides its alcohol beautifully. Not a hop/malt/alcohol bomb like a lot of DIPAs which is actually a nice change of pace.

Reviewed on: 04-07-2011 00:45:29

08-13-2011 20:07:05 | More by bound4er
Photo of beerwolf77


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from a bottle given to me by BeerFMAndy. Just being specific since I ended up buying several four packs and drinking it many times on tap.

A: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Solid two fingers of cream hued head set up and leave thick lace rings around the glass. Cap forms.

S: Sweet and tart citrus fruits explode from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Just a trace of malt comes through.

T: The flavors are a bit more subdued than the aroma. Still plenty of citrus fruit but the malt cuts through giving it much more balance.

M: Medium body with a creamy and soft carbonation.

O: Another great hop forward beer from NG. This is a perfect hot weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:35:36 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Strix


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

Reviewed 5-08-2011

Pours a clear yellow-orange, decent head with nice lacing.

Hops predominate the smell, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine.

Big grapefruit and orange peel twang in the taste, a bit of a pine note, and finishes with a green pepper flavor that reminds me of Moon Man.

Mouthfeel smooth and resinous.

This was glorious. I loved Moon Man and I wouldn't be surprised if the recipe for this is just triple the ingredients for Moon Man. This is super drinkable and instantly right up there with my favorite DIPAs, I can only hope we'll be seeing more of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:31:10 | More by Strix
Photo of nhindian


3.75/5  rDev -12%

Had to repost to this listing...

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours a straw yellow color, fairly light for the style. A decent amount of carbonation can be seen through the body, and it's pretty hazy as well. Two solid fingers of white head lay on top of the beer, with several minutes worth of retention that dissipates into a thick cap. Lacing is thin and sporadic.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and floral hops. Getting a lot of lemon, grapefruit, oranges, flowers, and grass. Pretty much entirely hop-centric.

T - The taste is surprisingly much different than the nose. A lot of citrus falls away in lieu of the more floral tones. It's earthy and especially grassy and not what I was expecting at all. There's still a good amount of tangerine and lemon, but this IPA is interesting in its profile. Not much malts here, but I am hard-pressed to call this a hop bomb. It finishes pretty damn bitter and has a little bit of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. The hops weigh heavily on the palate and sort of numb the tongue. You can definitely feel the hops in the mouth. Dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I can appreciate and understand New Glarus embracing different hop profiles to deliver a flavor that isn't found in many other IPAs; the Thumbprint series is essentially the new Unplugged line if I understand correctly. It's unique for sure, but it's sort of strange, due to the huge grass flavor I'm getting, along with hop spice, and lemon. Overall, I can't say I'm incredibly impressed with this offering.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-13-2011 06:40:37

08-13-2011 19:30:10 | More by nhindian
Photo of hardy008


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Reviewed originally on 4/09/2011.

Clear dark gold with a large white foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing. Nice aroma with grapefruit, pine, lemon, lemon zest, and a light amount of sweet malt.

The taste is just like the aroma, but the flavor is not as strong as I thought it would be. Nice bitterness, balanced by some sweetness from the malt.

Oily, somewhat creamy, light to medium bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden for 9.0 %. Modest carbonation with a dry finish. This is another nice beer from New Glarus. It is not as good as the best DIPAs out there, but is good enough that I would like to see this be brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-09-2011 03:33:49

08-13-2011 19:24:14 | More by hardy008
Photo of AmericanGothic


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with one finger of off-white head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit, peach and sweet malt. A bit subdued.

T: Starts with the grapefruit, then adds sweet malt in the middle, and finishes with the grapefruit bitterness. There is an occasional metallic tinge on the end that is annoying, but it's not there all the time. Also some pepper and alcohol in the finish. As the beer warms, a bit of lavender enters the flavor profile.

M: Light, buoyant and creamy, pretty nice.

O: Another tasty beer from New Glarus. Worth a try if you can find it.

08-13-2011 19:11:40 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of homebrew311


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Served on tap at Comet Cafe.

A: pale gold, spotty lacing, slight haze, small head

S: c-hops up front, tropical notes of mango, guava and grapefruit, some graininess in the back

T: sweet malts, fruity hops, bitter by the middle, beer loses momentum towards the finish, dry finish

Mf: light body, nice carbonation

D: easy drinking dipa, nice feature of fruity hops with good balance and not too much bitterness

08-13-2011 19:06:22 | More by homebrew311
Photo of petroos

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Many thanks to backfat for this bottle!

Split a 12 oz. bottle with my girlfriend over dinner. Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a fluffy offwhite head. Slightly cloudy with visible carbonation. I would like a bit more orange glow to the color but overall it's nice enough.

S: Smells delicious. Hops to full effect. I get a lot of tropical aromas, especially pineapple. On the backend there is orange and a hint of grapefruit and pine. Smells great!

T: Very crisp with the citrus notes overtaking the tropical notes which leads into a nice level of bitterness. Does not go overboard and does not have the syrupy problem a lot of DIPAs do. Alcohol is very well hidden too.

M: There may be a bit too much carbonation for me out of this bottle, but otherwise it feels great. There is a creaminess that accentuates the citrus which then sort of dries out as the bitterness starts to show up.

O: A very solid brew that I'd definitely have again if ever given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:59:39 | More by petroos
Photo of Duff27


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Originally reviewed 4/17/11

A- One inch white head atop a light, partially cloudy, golden beer. Average head retention and very good lacing.

S- Strong citrus and floral notes right from the pop of the cap.

T- Mmm. Fresh, pungent citrus. Bitter, bitter, bitter...but good! Very present alcohol for being 9%abv.

M- Average carbonation. Borderline syrupy for the style.

D/O- One of my favorite breweries doing one of my favorite styles...sign me up. I wouldn't put this in the top tier of DIPAs but it is very good. Glad New Glarus put this out for the hop addicts.

08-13-2011 18:59:02 | More by Duff27
Photo of woosterbill


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to everyone who traded me one of these at DLD! Original review entered on 5/30/11.

A: Very pale amber body (totally clear, btw) with a finger of frothy white foam. Nicely pale DIPA, with good sticky lace. I'm looking forward to the hops, as this appearance promises malt won't be getting in the way. Awesome.

S: A little fainter than expected and hoped for, with herbal hops dominating. Some dry malts are noticeable, too, but this is really all about the dry, leafy, herbal hops. A little underwhelming, actually, but by no means unpleasant.

T: Malt sweetness comes out more than expected, but the hops still rule. Cleanly bitter herbal + grapefruit flavors finish things out. Crisp bitter finish.

M: Smooth, soft, and full of delicate, silky carbonation. Perfect.

O: While this was a tasty beer, I have such high regard for the brewery that anything that doesn't blow me away really disappoints me. On the plus side, the 9% doesn't show at all; I just wish the hops were a bit more powerful in the aroma and more complex overall. Drinking this side-by-side with CW Illumination, it was easy for me and Hopstoopid120 to agree that Central Waters makes the better DIPA.


08-13-2011 18:51:11 | More by woosterbill
Photo of THECPJ


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Stigs for sending this one my way.

Appearance: golden yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: grapefruit, citrus, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp,

overall: this is a very nice DIPA. Glad I finally got to try it. It's been on my wants for quite sometime.


08-13-2011 18:50:24 | More by THECPJ
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head. Very bubbly, head does not seem to want to recede any time soon.

Smell: Very citrus-y. Nice and pungent, bitter hoppiness as well. Malt backbone seems to be present but the hops dominate the smell.

Taste: Wow delicious! Perect balance of bitterness in conjunction with citrus flavors. Honestly I am surprised this beer is not more highly regarded! Maybe due to the slight noticability of the alcohol content but other than that it is clean and nice and refreshing. Reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (I hate these comparisons most times but this one really does remind me of it).

Mouthfeel: To style, heavier side of medium but low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very much enjoyed! I would love to have regular access to New Glarus offerings and am so happy I had the chance to try this one out!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:39:55 | More by OddNotion
Photo of dc55110


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Tried to track this down last weekend while I was in Superior and couldn't find it. Took WI 35 home stopping at every establishment along the way. Didn't find it until I made a slight detour to New Richmond.

A-Pours a light orange with a solid finger of head, which dissipates fairly quickly.
S-Nice floral and slightly citrus bouquet.
T-Not as power full of hop punch as I was expecting from the aroma. While the floral and citrus flavors are there, a more piney hop character steels the show in the taste department.
M-A very smooth drinker for 9%. Very crisp, with a slightly dry finish. The flavors do not linger.
O-This is a good beer, a very well done first entry into the new Thumb Print Series. That said, with the amplitude of DIPA's out there, I would seek out a few others before I go out of my way for this one again.

08-13-2011 18:38:52 | More by dc55110
Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.