Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.23/5 rDev -17%
split a 12-ounce bottle with a friend. Served in Great Taste of the Midwest glasses (2011 and 2004, respectively).
Aroma: Prominent grapefruit/resiny hops up front with alcohol evident in the finish. Malt aroma low to moderate at best.
Appearance: Largely transparent amber with orange-ish notes. Persistent off-white head with minimal lacing. On the light end of the appearance range for an American Barleywine.
Flavor: Where's the intense maltiness? This beer is delicious but is frankly missing the intense in-your-face-malty character of a badass (12% abv?) barleywine. Hop flavor and bitterness dominate along with a nice, long alcohol-laden finish. If this was presented as an Imperial IPA it would grade higher.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice texture that nevertheless lacks the velvety lushness of the style. Medium-low carbonation with a fairly dry finish, albeit with alcohol quite present.
Overall: It just lacks the intense malt character of a barleywine. Certainly an enjoyable beer but not accurate for the style. I'd give a 4+ if was classified as an IIPA. We'll see how it ages.
01-20-2012 21:56:41 | More by sonofgor
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Verrrryyyy interestink b-wine from New Glarus. Pours a golden amber color with an off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is tremendously tropical. The taste is also quite tropical, and get a very distinct golden raisin note. This could easily double for a malty double IPA. I will cellar at least one to see what happens when the hops calm down. Delicious, but a bit out of style.
01-20-2012 07:07:17 | More by sacrelicio
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Translucent copper. Pours with a very thin head of white foam.
S: Sweet with a hoppy, almost IPA smell.
T: Front-end hops with a little bitterness as typical for American barley wines. The hops last just the right amount of time on the palate, and then the nice sweet malty flavor kicks in finishing with a nice balance of the two.
M: light to medium body, with a nice silky feel.
O: This is certainly a beer for the right mood. However, when ready for it, it is very satisfying. I don’t like a lot of over the top American style barley wines and this is just so balanced, with all the taste complexities marinating to deliver a very enjoyable drinking experiences.
01-19-2012 03:38:31 | More by Reason2B
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
A-Pours a clear, light gold with about a half inch of white foam that leaves decent lacing. Has the look of an IIPA, very light color.
S-Malty sweet aroma with a good amount of citrus hops and just a hint of a Belgian yeast aroma.
T-Strong citrus, fruity hop flavors with a good balance of graham crack/malt. There is a lot of alcohol which may be what contributes to the slight flavor of Belgian yeast.
M-Seems a little light bodied for a barley wine. Lots of alcohol warmth and fairly light carbonation.
Overall, a very tasty beer. A little close to the line between an IIPA and a barley wine but sometimes I wonder where that line is. A very big beer but not very full bodied but lots of hops and alcohol. I'd like more caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is very good.
01-19-2012 01:04:36 | More by adman08
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Has the look of a DIPA. Clear golden color with a short creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.
Lots of citrus and tropical fruit coming from the hops. A nice little malt sweetness reminiscent of honey also. There is a hint of belgian yeast which I know isn't the source, but it's there.
Wow, very different from other barleywines I've had. Big hit of tropical fruit. Passionfruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, star fruit, etc. Getting lots of floral notes from the hops also. The malt is of the lighter variety and gives the flavor the taste of a DIPA. Honey like malt presence. I do get a touch of Belgian yeast in the flavor. Very subtle and I'm not complaining a bit about it. Alcohol comes through some.
The feel is a bit dry at the end, but sticky beforehand. Not as big of a body as the abv suggests and the style commands. Again, reminds one of a DIPA. Smooth beer though.
Barleywine/DIPA? Who really cares. A drinkable Barleywine or an age able DIPA, take your pick. Have it both ways, I know I will. In my opinion, a unique take on the style and one that I thoroughly enjoy.
01-18-2012 03:35:45 | More by jera1350
4.8/5 rDev +23.4%
Enjoyed while in WI on business, poured into a plastic cup (shush, I was in a hotel room and had no other choice!).
A - Reminds me like a slightly darker Apple Ale, looks like carbonated apple juice, lots of rising bubbles, and a half-finger of tan tinted head. Just a ring around the cup as I drank it.
S - A decent amount of citrusy hops mixed with an equal parts of booze and wine. There is a faint sweet aroma, like a sweet apple.
T - Very well balanced. Citrusy hops again but mended well toasted grains and, oddly enough, pie crusts. Yes, I taste pie crust in this brew. The boozy taste is short lived, but notable. I noticed a sweet fruity aftertaste on the sides of the tongue.
M - Medium bodied, a bit carbonated that hits the roof of your mouth almost every sip. Definitely leaves a resin-y feel in the mouth afterward.
O - I'm very impressed. Definitely the best barley wine I've had, which isn't a very exhaustive list though. Really good right off the shelf, but I'm curious to see how this does with some time on it. Very enjoyable all the way around.
01-18-2012 02:52:38 | More by willseph
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a clear, golden to slightly orange color, developing a 1/2 inch white colored head, with decent retention.
The aroma is a hop-bomb. Almost DIPA-like in impression. Strong citrus and tropical fruit character, with just a hint of bread and cracker-like malt notes. Overall very pungent and aromatic.
The flavor starts to bring more barleywine characteristics to the beer, with the hops stealing the show. An almost lemon-drop like flavor dominates adding some piney notes after each sip, as well as some very nice malt characteristics such as a very light brown sugar and toasted cracker flavor that balances excellently with the intense, pungent hoppiness. Once again, very DIPA-like in character, though far more balanced, and yet no loss of hop flavor. The alcohol is virtually non-existant, only evidenced by a pleasant warming sensation after each swallow.
This is a very hop-forward American Barleywine, as it should be I suppose. Without a doubt, the cleanest, least-harsh barleywine I have ever had (while fresh). It almost seems a shame to age something this hoppy. This may be the first American-style barleywine that I would recommend drinking right away, while fresh, rather than wait a year or two. That said, I can't help but cellar a few to see what happens.
01-17-2012 13:54:42 | More by Soneast
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
12 oz red foiled bottle into a tulip pours a lighter orange with some yellow highlights and a generous snowy cover.
Smells of grainy bitter citrus. Many New Glarus beers have clean noses if that makes sense. Maybe the yeast is rather neutral. A hint of the 12 percent can be found here as well, but it is neither overpowering nor off putting.
This is very pleasant, if a barleywine of this abv can be described as such. Tropical fruits meld with the light and bready malt. Hops steal the show but the malt is strong enough to play support. Pineapple, mango, and a slash of mild burn along the back end.
Plenty of bubbles to allow this sit mildly syrupy but smooth on the tongue. Alcohol settles pleasantly into the bones and leaves a gentle numbing, thought the heat is minimal and more felt than tasted.
This may be my favorite Thumbprint/R&D in quite a while. Hits all the right notes and is ready to go right out of the gates. Certainly an Americanized style straddling version and if that type of barleywine floats your boat, I strongly recommend getting your hands on some bottles.
01-17-2012 01:11:36 | More by BarrytheBear
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
I bought a 12oz single bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $2.59 in early 2012.
Pours a semi-clear light amber color with quite a bubbly head of carbonation leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. There are some slight scents of barley but it is mostly of bitter hops giving it more of an IPA scent. The first sip explodes with flavors of bready grains and hops. Drinks extremely smooth and yet is very filling. Is definitely a sipping beer as it will taunt you, daring you to drink 2 in a row which I certainly would not recommend. Even though it is a barleywine, it's definitely something a IPA/IIPA would enjoy trying.
01-15-2012 04:04:36 | More by Lemke10
4.93/5 rDev +26.7%
I've always felt that Barleywines have had a sort of harshness to them. I've honestly never been that big of fan. With that said this beer is astonishingly good. it looks like like a Pale Ale in the glass. Smells like a really good DIPA that is 2-3 months old. The citrus really comes through the palate. I was not aware of the alcohol content until half way through the glass and I was shocked that it was 12%. As it warms up you can start to taste the alcohol but it really is weird how some beers just have that boozy taste and others like this one defy your taste buds. This beer is worth waiting in line for but guess what it will be plentiful on shelves all across Sconnieland for the next month.
01-15-2012 02:16:41 | More by DexterTorrance5
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.
Pours with an orange-gold coloring and very little head.
The nose hits you with a light aroma of hops, much more than I was expecting, but also a slight hit of the high alcohol. Not as strong of an aroma as I was expecting.
Lots of citrus both from the hops and the light taste of the alcohol. You can tastes the malt, but it’s clear there was little to no roasted malt in this beer. Fairly light on body but also a little sweeter than I was expecting. This must have started in the 90s for OG if not higher.
I don’t know that I can call this beer overly balanced, but I wouldn’t expect a young barleywine to be so in the first place. Right now I think it’s very bright with good flavors (almost like pineapple) but the high alcohol overpowers much complexity. Give this six months to a year in the cellar and I bet it’s fantastic.
01-14-2012 03:14:44 | More by spunk509
4.75/5 rDev +22.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
3611 printed in black on the shoulder. No info.
A - Vividly golden toffee in color, this barleywine is decidedly clear with a bone head that's got some insane staying power! Plenty of lace curtains are drawn across the snifter as the head fades away. Brilliant looking!
S - With a hop-heavy nose like IIPA, it can be safely assumed this is an American Barleywine. Bold, juicy mango and pineapple tropical fruitiness overlaps the sweet, bready malt. Rich, gooey caramel undertones create a balancing act with the potent hop nose.
T - Plenty hoppy in flavor but shockingly more balanced towards the malt. Beginning to end, the lip-smackingly juicy hops leave mango, pineapple, and some grapefruit dancing on the tongue. Lots of bready, heavy (not overwhelming) caramel malt to the rescue!
M - A brisk crispness crosses the tongue momentarily before the sweet, full-bodied malt sets in. Moderately bitter hips finish out with a light dryness. Faint alcohol can be felt retro-nasally, but sheer balance brings this to a close.
O - Another excellent beer from New Glarus, the Thumbprint Barleywine teeters on a fine line between Double IPA and American Barleywine but remains balanced throughout. Agreeable, fruity hops and smooth caramel malts mash up for one delicious beer that's a pleasure to drink. I'll be aging plenty of these for years to come. Damn do I love that New Glarus is in Wisconsin.
01-14-2012 00:07:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
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