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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 274
Gots: 162 | 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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joe1510

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle, 4-Pack
$9.49
New Glarus Beer Depot

This most recent Thumbprint pours a mahogany body with ruby highlights when backlit and good clarity. The fizzy, crackling head grew quickly to two fingers in height before just as quickly falling to a ring around the glass. A burst of carbonation rises periodically to the surface.

Damp oak, the woods, and a surprising amount of vanilla all contribute to a sour cherry fruitiness that has me salivating. The oak sharpens with a quick swirl but after settling the vanilla and cherries combine to form a medicinal quality at times and an acidic quality at others. Wild Sour Ale seems to never sit still. Evolving, Constantly evolving.

Sharp acidity hits the front of the tongue and works all the way through. Tannic damp oak and sour cherries dominate over the top of a light caramel base. Secondary notes of gritty pear and the tartness is that of a green apple. A ghost like hint of cherry sweetness appears on the finish. This is one complex beer that's tough for me to fully wrap my head around.

The tannins have my lips and teeth feeling the effect. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum but with enough weight to leave some residual flavor behind. Carbonation is pretty zippy and helps push the whole through fairly quickly.

This is a really complex beer. The harder I think as I drink the harder it is for me to pick out exactly what's going on. It's like it's ever changing. With that said, you can count me as another big fan of Wild Sour Ale. Dan Carey did yet another great job up there in Little Switzerland.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:26:10 | More by joe1510
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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.