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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 1,004
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 148 | FT: 19
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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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had really high hopes for this one, but like all new glares beers, this is incredibly sweet, which doesn't really work for me in the sour context, and in fact gets in the way of some of the more interesting features of this beer. it pours a clearish amber color with a pretty decent white head but it fades out. the nose here is sweet and malty, with a sharp acidity, especially when it warms up. not ac funky and bacterial tasting as it smells, i get a lot of berry type sweetness, summery and bright, with even an orchard fruit complexion as well. the sourness is only short lived, and its all in the finish. harshing acidity moves into tooth coating residual sugar that is indicative of new glares generally. i liked it, don't get me wrong, but all the sugar distracts from the souring elements that are supposed to define this one. a bit of a let down for me, but it doesn't alter my lofty appreciation of everything the make, this one just misses for my palate.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Tall off-white fizzy head falls to a simple ring around the glass. Amber in color with ruby highlights. Good clarity but no lacing.

S - Mild cherry tartness. Slightly peppery, spicy. Faint medicinal flowers. Gets more and more aromatic with temperature. Start to get some esters in the form of banana, hinting at chocolate malt, little bit of alcohol.

T - Starts off with some sweetness that very early gives way to big sour tones that last throughout. Midway seems to show some signs of spicing and a tropical flavor similar to pineapple juice.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium to medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Aroma didn't jump right out at me but when deeply pondering shows quite complexity. Flavor beginning to end is focused on sourness. Many Wild Ales from New Glarus seem very similar in acidity. A lot of times it comes across one dimensional as tartness with some berry sweetness and little else to speak of. Was hoping this "wild" beer would hold some funky aroma and flavor but that was not found. A good beer but not really expanding on what I know they can already do.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber-brown with almost a finger of cream coloured head.

Smell. Very funky and acetic with notes of caramel, red apple, and a little bit of melon and wood.

Taste. Sour but not as funky as the nose lead, plums and pear, some nice citrus-like sourness, and a little bit of dark cherry and dark berries.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, fairly soft medium carbonation.

Overall. A nice easy drinking sour. Not really exceptional like some of the better sour american wilds, but I would absolutely drink it again if easily available.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, interestingly orange-tinged, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour, fermented fruit, followed by an interesting woody note that leans towards a mix of oak and cedar. Bright plum notes, tart berry character, some definite strawberry character, as well as a light toasted woodiness, and perhaps a touch of caramelized cracker character are noticeable in the nose.

Prickly and effervescent, the beer foams up quite a bit during my first sip. This is fairly tart / sour, it has an edge to it that seems to be acetic in character, though this is well constrained, the predominant sourness seems to be from lactic acid; this is fairly smooth overall, and doesn’t have the sharp / harsh edge that beers with a fair amount of acetic acid have. This has quite a bit of fruit presence with notes of plum, sour, somewhat floral apple, tart not-quite ripe currants, and even some nectarine like notes towards the finish. The latter is accentuated by a hint of nail polish that can comes out in overly ripe versions of that fruit. This has a backbone of soft, caramelized malt, some toasted whole grain cracker notes, and some light nutty malt character. The body is fairly light, there is some viscosity here, and the beer clings to the palate a bit, though this is nicely balanced by the acidity. Soft woody flavors accentuated the light toasted character, the nutty notes, and perhaps a touch of woody spice character.

This has a nice balance of acetic acid and lactic acidity; the former doesn’t overwhelm the flavor profile of this beer, which is an easy flaw. Quite nice and drinkable, assuming you like sour beers, but perhaps a touch simplistic. Still this is a nice mix of fruit and sourness that ends up quite drinkable in the end.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Sonny for sharing.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to two glasses. Fairly clear red body with some brown hues in the middle. Small, fizzy off white head forms but falls pretty quickly. Small ring leaves a few legs but no lace.

S- Fruity in the aroma, almost like a berry preserve. Reminds me a bit of the Strawberry Rhubarb they did and has a Flanders red feel.

T- Opens up a bit here but the general berry flavor is still the biggest thing happening for me, somewhere between strawberry and light fruits. Mostly lactic sours with some vinegar hints. Reminds me of blueberry lactic yogurt.

MF- Lighter end bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a medium tartness on the palate.

Fruity with a nice sourness. Berry flavor is big but the beer drinks easily and it feels somewhere in the Flanders side of things.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed live. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic green & gold New Glarus branded cap covered in red foil and appealing New Glarus label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are sky high given the brewery and style. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as a wild ale because it identifies as such in the name and on the label.

Served chilled - straight from me freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of muted off-white colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and frothiness. It could use a fuller head with a softer complexion. Some inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it has "legs." Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance; it's got a dark decadent glow. Transparent. Appears adequately carbonated.

I'm looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Overall, it's within style conventions.

Sm: Cedar wood, lactobacillus yeast and accompanying sourness, tart green apple fruit, crab apple, hay/straw, and some faint spice - white pepper, light (white) plum, and controlled wild yeast(s). I don't get any true bacteria or lambicus yeasts; it evokes a controlled, clinical character which makes it obvious it wasn't truly spontaneously fermented. I don't get much oak; the wood profile is primarily cedar and I don't find any vanilla or toasty notes consistent with oak barrel aging. Belgian pale malts. A buried hint of lime.

The aroma doesn't suggest heavy sourness or tartness, but does evoke a moderate inclusion of each.

Any hop character is minimal in presence, and seemingly generic in character - perhaps a light floral touch, but little else. Maybe a faint fruitiness?

No alcohol is detectable. An appealing aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Superb tart fruit - mainly green apple/crab apple. Has a lovely surge of lactobacillus-induced clean sourness, which isn't pucker-inducing but leaves the drinker with a satisfying lip-smacking note. The wild yeasts lend some added sourness, but again it's obvious this didn't undergo true spontaneous fermentation; it's got that clinical clean controlled feel of most American wild ales, and that holds it back from really giving the Belgian sours a run for their money. It's not an overwhelming sourness, but delivers enough to satisfy the discerning sour-lover. The same can be said about the tartness. I don't find any explicit brettanoymces funkiness. I don't get the heavy puckering character of actual lambicus yeast or bacteria either.

Spritzy crystal malts. Has some limited spice: mainly white pepper. Straw/hay. Clean barley. Pale Belgian malts. A biteen cidery. Has a kiss of vinegar; it could use more of an acetic build. Light lime. Some vague crackery malts.

Any hop character is quite tame; maybe there's some generic floral and fruity notes but I have trouble finding much there.

The only barrel character I find is a restrained cedar, which is an interesting, almost even a unique, approach to the style. I don't find the telltale vanilla or toastiness of oak.

No alcohol comes through.

It's a well balanced sour, and it's got superb cohesion, but I don't know that I'd call it gestalt. If we're nitpicking, it's not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style, but don't get me wrong - there's plenty of both. Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Excellent sweetness/bitterness/sourness balance; the sourness/tartness is a highlight - as it should be.

Overall, I'm a big fan. This is some tasty stuff.

Mf: Has a perfect acidity. Great body and plump thickness. Near-perfect smoothness/coarseness and dryness/wetness; it's coarse and dry enough to coax nuance out of the flavour profile but smooth and wet enough to keep it refreshing. balanceExcellent presence on the palate. Nicely soft; very approachable. Just a biteen overcarbonated, but I'm nitpicking. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Good execution.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or astringent.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Another enjoyable sour from New Glarus. I'd definitely get it again and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. It's an excellent example of the style, but I don't know that I'd call it world-class. I'd buy it by the case if I had the opportunity. I already want another.

Thanks again to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this.

Drank very well from a Cantillon glass.

Would pair well with a salad, but frankly I think it demands to be consumed alone and savored.


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 8.11.13

A - Pours a copper-dark orange with a nice tan head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle funk and tart-wood, some slight lemon peel.

T - Lemony-barrel with a hint of tartness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light with some lemon and barrel, easy drinking.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly (negligible carbonation to regenerate) and has no sediment. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity (minimal nail polishy tart funk), candi sugar/raisin sweetness, and a hint of vanilla. The taste has a more aggressive, tart fruitiness upfront - most reminiscent of cherries - followed by some molasses sweetness, and finishes with lingering fruit, oak, and black tea bitterness. It's light-medium bodied and drinkable, has balanced tart acidity, fruit, and sweetness, relatively lacking in carbonation, minimal wood or bitterness (not a distinct cedar, but close), and leaves a pleasant, lingering fruitiness on the palate. This is a very approachable sour, it has great complexity without being too abrasive and wild - would drink again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is murky rusted copper with a tight tan head. Woody with balsamic notes and some tart cherry. A fair bit of the dark malt comes through. Flavor has a brighter sour cherry note to it. Wood is integrated better and the darker caramel malts are cleaner and brighter. Sour tart cherry in back, strong carbonation and fairly puckering through the finish. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure where I got this bottle from, but there it was in my cellar so...
Poured into a NG "horse and carriage" pokal, orange-amber in color, slightly hazy, with a full three fingers of frothy white head that eventually sank to a ringlet, leaving random sheets of lace on the glass. Aroma was mildly lactic, notes of vanilla, somewhat yogurty, ripe stone fruits and berries. On the palate, it was sour, but not very sour, pretty mellow actually, flavors of raspberry and peach, vanilla and yogurt, like in the aroma, a touch of butterscotch, oak, caramel malt sweetness and cherry pie dough. Medium body, smooth and creamy for the style, lower carbonation. Nice overall, though a little more sweet and less sour than I expected.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dr. Moll. Thanks Michael.

The beer is amber with a small tan head. The aroma offers cherries, funk. Tart and sweet cherries do a delicate dance. Really well done. Graceful finish. I'd prefer more sour than sweet here, but the folks at New Glarus obviously feel the opposite. A solid beer. Best in small quantities, as the sweetness would become overwhelming.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with my lovely ladyfriend katalijne. Big thanks to Beeryurt for sending me this Wisconsin treat. Poured into my trusty Night Shift snifter/tulip hybrid thing.

Pours a slightly dull amber with a brief but imposing 2-finger off-white head. Initially frothy and thick, the head recedes rapidly to a thin collar. Spots of soapy lacing appear quickly as I drink, then just as quickly run down the sides of the glass to rejoin the collar of foam. Looks a little watery, on the whole.

On the nose, notes of crabapple, cranberry, unripe peach, sour yogurt (there's the lactobacillus rearing its head!), damp hay, and a slightly cheesy earthy-floral all fight for dominance. Slight notes of dry red wine emerge as the beer warms. The yogurty character seems a bit strong, to the point of distracting me from the more pleasing but subtler fruit notes. Overall funkiness is a bit restrained, fairly robust but lacking the same untamed character that can be found in this beer's Belgian counterparts.

In the mouth, however, this beer is far more pleasing. Opens with cranberry and Granny Smith apple tartness, before the same slightly yogurt-like lactic sourness emerges mid-palate. Unlike the aroma, however, the lactic sour notes in the mouth complement the other flavors instead of overwhelming them. Lemon, lime and a very light earthy hop note emerge on the middle of the palate as well, with the citric notes lingering on towards the back of the palate. Finishes dry and subtle notes of lemon-pepper spiciness, with lactic sourness re-emerging and lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spritzy but soft and smooth. Palate-coating for much of the duration, with some lactic dryness lingering on the back of the palate.

On the whole, I'm impressed without being overwhelmed. That lingering, persistent yogurty note kept this from being a truly excellent beer for me--or perhaps I'm just not meant to drink lactobacillus-fermented sours. Regardless, I'm happy to have gotten to try this, and although there are other sours I like more, I'll definitely be seeking out more New Glarus beers in the future on the strength of this one.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head.

S: The aroma is interesting and not quite as acidic as I expected. Rich fig, light vinous tartness, lactic, caramelized grain, some bretty pineapple.

T: Taste brings plenty of acidity, contrary to what I expect from the aroma. Lots of plum-like notes, with the tartness reminiscent of the skin and the fruity sweetness reminiscent of the flesh. Certainly a mix of acetic, lactic, and a bit of brett. Some notes of green apple and molasses and mild mustiness. Very fruity. A little sulfuric hint mid-palate.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: This is an interesting take on a Flanders Red/Brown, and the label advertises it as spontaneously fermented. Definitely warrants a continued attention to NG's burgeoning wild program.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tim. Thanks! Pours into my tulip glass a somewhat opaque amber color that clears up as it settles with a full one finger off white head that quickly receds. Aroma of sour vinegar, cherries, lots of fresh apples, berries, oak, some brown sugar. Flavor is big time sour, cherry is there, white vinegar, light malt presence and brown sugar, then finishes with a lingering distinct apple flavor left on the palate, very acidic and a punch in the face with sour. Easy drinking, plenty of carbonation, low to medium dry, but also worth slowly sipping if you like. Very nice brew, though I think I liked Enigma slightly better--but the difference between the two is very nuanced from what I can tell.

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Photo of Jonada
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber red/brown color with 1 finger of an off white head that dissipates quickly to a think collar. Body is slightly hazy but still relatively clear, with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Lacto sourness, sour cherry, some tropical fruit notes of kiwi and mango, slight caramel sweetness and some mild oak.

Taste: Sour apple, cherry, lactic sourness, barnyard funk (more prevalent in the finish), mild sweet caramel maltiness and more of the same mango, peachy fruit character the was in the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Medium levels of gentle carbonation.

Overall: Another good beer from New Glarus. Really unique from other sour brown ales I've experienced, with a nice medium sourness and just enough funk.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out maroon in color with a more than two-finger white head with good

Smell is definitely brett forward and definitely some sour funk with a little cherry in the nose. Really smells nice

Taste is brett forward with what I think must be some lacto to sour this nice ale. Definitely taste of cherry to some extent. Acidic with a dry finsh.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin as I would expect with the little carbonation.

Overall this is a really nice wild sour ale. Really glad I got to try this as it was looking not so likely until a nice trade. I sure hope they make this again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, honey, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and acidic fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a slightly better sour presence in the flavor.

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Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a New Glarus Champagne Flute.

The beer pours a light amber color, hues of garnet and burgundy, slightly hazy but fairly clear of sediment with a fizzy off white head that rises out of the beer, about a finger high that recedes quickly and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is simple, tart apple cider vinegar, cherry, red grapes, funk and sweet malt. Flavors are right in line, lots of apple cider vinegar, cherry pie filling, red grape, oak, funkiness with sweet simple malt. It's a fairly balanced sour, more so on the tongue than in the aroma, although the acetic sour qualities are a touch heavy at times. The body is lively, lots of carbonation, touch juicy that finishes crisply and a bit dry.

Verdict: A nice sour from New Glarus, and they are definitely getting the hang out this. This does feel a lot like Enigma, perhaps with more of a cherry influence, but it tastes so similar. I'd still prefer to drink their lagers or fruit beers.

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Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Enjoyed 7/20/13.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a brownish tint to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Sweet berry fruitiness on the nose with some cherry pit as well as a nice dash of oak. Pretty inviting, but not all that sour smelling.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Cherry skins with some tart plums. There is a mild sourness to it, but it's mostly tart. Sweet pie crust on the malts, a little bit of brown sugar and some sweet oak. Mild acidity as well.

M: High carbonation with a medium light body. Finish is sweet.

O: I enjoyed this one more than Enigma. I think this would be the big brother of it. I think this could use some time to let some of the yeast and bugs do their job a bit more. I'll revisit around Christmas time.

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Photo of d5001986
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance is clear deep copper red color with small quick dissipating head.

Smells of vinegar. Also fruit, namely cherries and a funky, yeastyness.

Taste is tart and funky. Fruit as plum, apple, and cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, low carbonation.

Overall a pleasant drinking beer and the price is excellent.

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Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of foam from this one. Color is a dark amber.

Flavor: Very sour and tart. Green apples, cherries, tannins. A bit of malt. Some vinegar and acidity. A bit of red apples as well. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Lively, crisp, and clean. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Very easy to drink and not over the top sour.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a damn near the same color as the bottle it came out of. Hazy with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Very inviting.

S- Fresh tart apples, dark cherries, slight vinegar. Some bright notes as well as some earthy character.

T- follows nose well, but kicks the tart up a notch with the sour patch kids like twang. Brash upfront and smooth on the back end.

M- Soft on the tongue despite the acidity. The light carbonation makes it go down unbelievably easy for the style.

O- yes, yes, yes. one of the better sours out there. Puckers the corner of your mouth yet finds a way to be balanced.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a dark, brownish amber color with a finger of dense, foamy head that lasts for a minute or two and falls slowly to leave behind a foamy, webby coat of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells super tart and sour, a bit cool and herbal on the inhale. All I can say is sour and acidic overall. Hard to get much nuance...I think I am getting sour cherries, some caramel, and an undefinable funk. I am preparing for this to be really sour.

T - Hmm, not as sour as I expected. Actually an underlying caramelly, sugary sweetness cuts the tart/sour quite a bit. Still sour and acidic overall however with a firm intensity that is quite good. I wouldn't call this puckering however - really doesn't affect the front of the mouth at all, strictly hits the side of the tongue. I wouldn't call this extremely complex, but definitely satisfying.

M - A neutral thinnish body, a bit on the watery side with a fairly high, finely bubbled carbonation that attacks the tongue but fizzles away quickly. Neutral sour and tart feel on the tongue and the whole mouth. Despite the sour intensity, the sweet components really turn this into a manageable and tasty beer...not quite for the beginner sour drinker, but still on the approachable side for newbies but still more than enough for the accomplished sour drinker. Glad I have a second bottle to savor again.

O - Overall, a good wild ale. Lacking a bit in complexity but still a satisfying wild ale. A malt sweetness at the base that really cuts the sourness in the beer bringing to a manageable level.

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.