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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 297
Gots: 152 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a modest head that leaves a few strips of lace behind

Smell: Tart green apple, ripe berries and tart cherries; a hint of oak

Taste: Tart cherries and stone fruit flavors, up front, with some brown sugar rounding out the tartness in the middle; a touch of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Give New Glarus an inch and they will pack a beer with fruit flavors that can range all over the map; this one verges on the sour side, but there is plenty of tartness and malty complexity as well

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4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They have proven to make traditional sour ales of Belgian origins with pinpoint precision, zeal and class. So why not step into the sill-evolving American Sour Ale game?

Their "Wild Ale" pours with a crystal clear, redish amber hue. It releases a foamy medium-dense blanket of froth. It retains well, though with random pockets and broken lace. It simply does what sour ales do- their quite unpredictable with its pellicle spider-webbing.

Spicy sourness captivates the nose as the waves of scents start off with crab apples, dry white wine and light vinegar notes. Spicy with the suggestion of cedar but also cinnamon, peppercorn and light fennel. Mildly pungent, the scent of sea air, cellar-like must and damp hay helps to develop a complex scent. Background caramel aromas support the more tart and earthy notes and provide a rounded scent.

But to taste, it's a bit more simplified that the nose promises. The caramel hardly shows as the ale favors a light bread crust malt presence instead. But then the dry, clean, and crisp cidery flavors take hold. Distinctive sourness carries flavors of tart dry white wines, dried limes, light vinegar and acidic under-ripened berries. There's a rounded minerally "salty" taste that binds all the malt and acidic tastes and draws in the spicy wood tannin and light peppery character.

Clean, crisp, and highly refreshing, the beer's light body, champagne-like carbonation and sheer acidity strips the thirst with ease. Its short-lived malt texture and carbonation gives the beer a mild lift to start but finishes like the driest zinfindale. Lightly tannin-like and spicy warmth close the beer with a return of powdery sawdust in finish.

Wild Sour Ale is a very formidable sour ale that evades delineation. Yet its cleanliness and long list of subtle complexities gives this ale a charming and seductive character.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish orange, bright clarity, with a lighter orange highlight in the meniscus of the glass. Spotty lace around the edges, and lasting surface coverage for the first five minutes.

Oaky and acidic aroma, sour cherry and some minerality.

Bracing acidity in the taste, sharp and citric, fruity cherry and cranberry notes at the front with dry oak in the aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Got some sour grapefruit when tasting again on a fresh palate. Clean sourness, acidic with palate scrubbing carbonation. Definitely delivers in the wild yeast and sourness aspects. Reminiscent of the first batch of Enigma years ago, unique and complex.

Review #3000

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3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a fizzy head that rises quickly but starts to fade quickly, then retains a nice head covering for a while, decent lacing, sought hazy but clear iced tea brown color.

Nose goes to all kinds of places, a nice sour malt, soured mash like, little sweet malt, lots of sour lactic funk, lacto souring maybe pedio, tons of buttery oak and vanilla, toasty oak, a little berry like almost vinous wine, raspberry, apple, mulberry, etc.

Taste starts quite sour, a creamy lactic sour funk, and maybe pedio too, with a soured mash like flavor, sour dark reddish malts. Then a mild berry fruit, hint raspberry and mulberry, little acidic bite with more vinous wine notes, lactic acid, other generic berry. Some buttery oak and little vanilla, toastyoak. Finish is sticky and flemmy, mild sweetness with sour malt and sour berries.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall very interesting, nice Flanders like sour malts and fruits, great berry, nice souring bacteria, and great barrel.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha. Served in a fine plastic cup.

A - Off-white creamy foam settles to a cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Mostly transparent dark orange-amber body.

S - Quite lactic, with a bit of spicy oak present as while, but also with a fairly pronounced malt bill; the end result is quite yogurty, much like the New Glarus Gueuze was when it was fresh. The malt character is actually suggestive of fruit, even though I know there isn't any in here. Some definite tartness to the aroma.

T - The taste is a fair bit more sour, with higher doses of tart berry and underripe stone fruit tanginess to it. There's some acetic vinegar mingling with the lactic sourness, and light oak in the periphery.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with some tannins in the finish. Pleasant carbonation, no alcohol, and moderate acidity.

D - It's a very well made American Wild Ale. I appreciate the restraint on the brett side of things, and I look forward to seeing how this develops over time; the Gueuze got quite a bit more sour and less yogurt-heavy, so I anticipate this will do something similar. I dig New Glarus' terroir in any case. Also, $10 for a 4-pack of oak-aged sour beer? Hell yes.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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