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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 276
Gots: 161 | FT: 17
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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MrPlayboy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-24-2014 01:48:50 | More by MrPlayboy
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scottfrie

California

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark iced-tea color with a large, fluffy, dark tan head that faded into a thick and lasting fuzzy film.
S: Bright and complex notes of cinnamon, apricot, peach, cedar, oak, caramel, funk, cherry, and a light tartness come through. This smells very delicious and inviting.
T: Very unique and mildly tart flavors of plums, cherry skins, apricots, woody oak, and caramel. The finish has a kiss of strawberry and mild chocolate, and the aftertaste has a very mild lemon tartness and lingering cedar/cinnamon spiciness.
M: Medium body, viscous and greasy mouthfeel that is slick, smooth, and a pleasure to drink. Carbonating is delicate, fluffy, and soft.
O: I was impressed by this one. It has just the right amount of complexity to the flavors, and just the right amount of tartness so as to not overpower them. It’s too bad this is my only bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 01:07:55 | More by scottfrie
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-23-2014 23:04:56 | More by Eighty
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farnold

New York

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-22-2014 21:47:10 | More by farnold
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-20-2014 02:39:38 | More by Howlader
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-19-2014 22:53:29 | More by cp45
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ddedhed

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-19-2014 22:33:10 | More by ddedhed
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The color is a dark brownish red, almost like iced tea. It's pretty cloudy, yet sports a massive crown of foam. Very, very impressive for a highly acidic sour beer. The nose has fairly strong aromas of green apples, dry white wine, grapes, and a sweet cherry-like note as well.

The beer has a medium-light body, a fairly firm feel, and a sweet-and-sour flavor. Up front I get just a hint of fruity sweetness, then a good dose of lactic sourness. The sweetness gets overpowered, but not completely. It hangs on quite tenaciously, providing balance and palatability. Primary flavors I get include both red and sour apples, pears, and white wine. The acidity dries out the palate a bit on the finish and lingers behind, making you salivate.

Another of New Glarus' Thumbprint line of beers. Like all the others I have been fortunate enough to try, this one is stellar. It reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgogne with its sweet-and-sour profile. Those who relish sour bombs may not be terribly impressed, but those who enjoy more balanced sours will really dig this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 21:08:58 | More by deadonhisfeet
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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-19-2014 04:16:11 | More by IPAIsaac
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-16-2014 12:40:22 | More by dannyfayy
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Brocklanders34

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-15-2014 19:24:13 | More by Brocklanders34
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Dexterityviking

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-15-2014 04:38:59 | More by Dexterityviking
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bcp5296d

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-14-2014 15:08:25 | More by bcp5296d
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2014 03:45:11 | More by sjstraub
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-13-2014 03:23:53 | More by mhenson42
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-10-2014 23:35:35 | More by Lehighace06
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-10-2014 22:45:23 | More by SkiBum22
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jackmax

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-10-2014 19:21:51 | More by jackmax
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - crimson amber color with a finger width head to it. decent lacing as well.

Smell - lots of funky tartness up front followed by oak and then tobacco.

Taste - quite funky at first and then i get some cigar tobacco flavor to it. probably from the oak

Mouthfeel - it finishes with a great smoothness, but that tobacco flavor it strong

Overall - quite a unique beer, but that tobacco flavor was a bit offputting. love New Glarus and would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 15:57:34 | More by beatenbyjacks
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-09-2014 23:54:52 | More by waddellc2
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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cdgrunde


4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-09-2014 15:53:18 | More by cdgrunde
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HoldenDurden

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-08-2014 01:47:02 | More by HoldenDurden
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

07-08-2014 00:57:00 | More by MeisterSmudge
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GopherPharmer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-07-2014 23:35:26 | More by GopherPharmer
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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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