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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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856 Ratings
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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 264
Gots: 159 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.

(Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013)
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice orangish-red color that faded towards the base of the glass. Nice white soapy looking head which hung around for a while. Quite nice for the style

S oaky sour fruits with some vinegar. I get some earthiness on this one. It smells pretty complex and its difficult to really nail down anything specific.

T more of the same from the nose. This is a fairly unique taste for a sour. It is funky but the fruit seems more like figs or a plum, some dark fruit as opposed to the typical cherry flavor. Good complex flavors.

M almost perfect. Became a bit buttery towards the end so I docked it a bit but I much prefer its more moderately carbonated feel as opposed to others in the genre which drink more like champagne.

O a very good brew. Its quite tart with some funky sourness which I enjoyed. Not mind blowing but I'd happily drink again. A very nice example of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:09:06 | More by DrewskiWhit
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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.