Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 1,001
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 305
Gots: 149 | FT: 21
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:
Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle picked up today and consumed in a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 7/9/13.

Aroma: Oak and tannins, tart cherry, hints of dark fruit, some caramel. A bit of earthy funk on the front end. A nice, strong but not overwhelming bouquet of aroma that suggests to me that it is going to be a sour brew on the sweet side.

Colour: Pours a clear but dark brown caramel body, with a 1cm white head that dissipates into small splotches on the surface of the brew. No lacing to be seen as I drink this beer. It looks like a typical brown ale.

Flavour: It's not particularly fruity at the beginning, basically straight up sourness and light earthy funk. There comes hints of tart cherry fruitiness though nowhere near as much as a good kriek which is also balanced out by the sweet, caramel-toffee malt.. this makes for a pleasing and complex cascade of taste. In the end, it all comes together for a nice overall sour that has a substantial component of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly resinous and certainly not a dry sour at all. Refreshing to drink, the sour and sweetness comes together well. Carbonation is very high- as soon as I touched my bottle opener on the cap, I could hear the gas hissing out. Aftertaste is primarily the sourness and a sweet combination of earthy funk.. e.g. all the components are still there at the end.

Overall: My favorite Thumbprint to date. It's a genuine wild ale that seems to have a significant sweet component to it compared to some of the other sours out there, including some fruit lambics. Very refreshing and an all-season brew for the sour heads out there. Much less on the fruit side than Enigma, and it showcases the brown ale malts a bit more. It's not the best sour I've ever had, but it represents an incredible value for the quality and flavour profile you get here. (1,834 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of zoober911
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - a deep red with a slight orange hue. Pours a solid finger width of off white head. Head fades a bit but remains at about half a finger width. Clings perfectly to the glass.

S - Smell is a very soft funk. Berries.

T - A certain sweetness up front with a little bit of sour. The sour lingers foreverrrr. It puckers you up and can feel it in the back of your jaw. Makes your mouth water thinking about it.

F - damn this is smooth. For the amount of head that forms I was expecting the tickle of bubbles but definitely drinks unbelievably smooth for the style.

O - Damn this is good. I would have drink this by the case if I could. Forget trading for whales...NG hit the nail on the head with this and you should try it if you can! (736 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Jeff for sharing this bottle. Any day filled with New Glarus is gonna be a good day. Time to crack open their "new" sour/wild ale. It pours out looking like four month old, weathered copper with good clarity and a musky, gray-tinted head that's only good for a few brief moments before it evaporates into thin air and leaves only a tiny ring behind.

Delicate, sour cherries are laid out in front of my nose on a dry oak platter. Tartness begins to hammer away at my nose hairs with ever-present notes of mild, lactic sourness and evenly dispersed vinous notes. A finishing touch of berries, cherry skins, acidic lemon, and funky oak completes the already elegant aromatic profile of what is seeming like it'll be another New Glarus hit.

Damn. How the hell do they do this? Sour green apples, sour cherry skins, sour grapes, faint lacto notes and a hint of lemon zest. You want some oak with that? No problem. Some stable, toasted malt backbone, too? You got it. Such a delicious and well constructed flavor profile; I've fallen in love and I haven't even walked her to the car yet.

One of the best things about this brew is its ability to rub out that sour hard-on you might have, while retaining superior drinkability by delicately playing footsies with the line of "too acidic, too sour" but never fully crossing over. The abundant vinous and oak notes help as well, and they are dominant in the finish with even a faint hint of vanilla.

Warmth will conjure up some previously evaded flavors, like mild all-spice, cinnamon, and a lighter touch of toffee malt. Ever-evolving from start to finish, keeping me interested the entire way without ever straying from the righteous path. Thin-medium bodied; slick and slippery on the palate, though the finish is quite dry. Good carbonation for a sour ale.

New Glarus continues to keep me happy, and when they come out with shit like this, it just blows my mind. How can a brewery create such a beautifully drinking sour ale that satisfies my tart cravings, remains sessionable like a pale ale, and is available in four-packs for around ten dollars? Why can't breweries who distribute to my area do this? (2,175 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 77apm
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Recently bought bottle poured into an oversized snifter this brew has 2 fingers of a effervescent bubbly head that crackles. The head is mostly gone after drinking a few ounces. A bit hazy but quite clear when held to the light with a ruddy amber with burnt orange highlights. Wow this smells like a Belgian lambic. Lots of barnyard funk, tart green apples and some sweet caramel notes. Nice aroma. First sip is sour but not overpowering. Barnyard funk with sour apples and a slightly caramel malt sweet finish. As it warms some oaky quality emerges. Much more drinkable than the fresh fruit lambics from Cantillon as it isn't super sour. A nice sourness upfront that is balanced with a bit of sweetness in the finish. A bit more body than a fruit lambic with high but not extreme levels of carbonation. Impressive beer. For $2.50 for a 12 oz bottle you won't find a better sour anywhere. New Glarus has their sours down. Damn. (927 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ehammond1
1.91/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2013)

This is a fairly foul beer, through and through. The sharp aroma of oak is probably it's best quality, as there is also significant amounts of vomit and stinky, cheesy feet in the aroma. The flavor is largely undrinkable, as more of the vomit and stinky athlete's foot (sweat, sock, toe cheese) flavors are present as well. Yes, it's quite sour, so I guess that's a "good" thing, but the flavors are pretty awful. Drain poured my share. Perhaps this needs to still sit for some time. Granted, I've had worse beers. (529 characters)

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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