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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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904 Ratings
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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 287
Gots: 161 | FT: 18
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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours out looking like a blend of the wisconsin belgian red and serendipity. Its brown and red basically, small head to it. Aroma of tart apple, lemon, caramel, brown malt, black cherry, plums and wood.

Taste, plenty sour, easy to drink, not overly acidic, the caramel comes in waves and is never heavy. No alcohol effect on the palate to get in the way of drinking in hot weather.

Kind of a dry mouthfeel, it vanishes away between sips. The cherry and other fruit aspects of the beer aren't anywhere near as large as in their 750ml fruit beer series. Pretty similar to their beer "enigma" but without the smoky edge to the beer. I do slightly prefer enigma a little more than this one. Seems clean moreso than funky or earthy.

I love the affordability on it. Thanks to atone & minnesota ryan for hooking these up. Similar to an oud bruin, but with more tart and sourness than a traditional version of that style. The apple aspect is different, as you're getting green apple out of a beer color you wouldn't expect. Search for a smidge of vanilla, currant.

08-09-2013 22:31:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

08-09-2013 21:05:12 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Icarus70

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-09-2013 19:23:08 | More by Icarus70
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jabo134

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-09-2013 02:54:03 | More by jabo134
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-09-2013 02:42:51 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-09-2013 01:41:24 | More by olafphysics
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Lare453

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.4%

08-08-2013 22:35:26 | More by Lare453
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2013 22:27:14 | More by JeffTheJuice
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DangerDawg

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.4%

08-08-2013 20:59:52 | More by DangerDawg
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drewfull

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2013 14:13:03 | More by drewfull
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-08-2013 13:18:40 | More by KWMiles
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-08-2013 11:58:30 | More by Holmes698
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KevSal

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2013 05:02:11 | More by KevSal
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deebo

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

08-08-2013 02:22:41 | More by deebo
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-08-2013 01:26:05 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.89/5  rDev +11.9%

Wow, what a great beer! Poured a bit cold, but that didn't seem to hurt it a bit. Had a large, tan, thick, foamy head that settled after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a heady, blend of tart, malt, spice, fruit, resin. Flavor's like nose with spot on balance between sweet, sour, and bitter. Body and carbonation couldn't be better. Finish is like flavor, clean, rather long, and very easy drinking for what's not usually so accessible, A masterpiece.

08-08-2013 00:13:06 | More by drpimento
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Rihup

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

08-07-2013 19:21:51 | More by Rihup
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BrewN1nja

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-07-2013 17:50:48 | More by BrewN1nja
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StoughtonGuy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

08-07-2013 04:22:10 | More by StoughtonGuy
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-07-2013 00:16:12 | More by cosmonick
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-06-2013 23:38:18 | More by BeersAndBears
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-06-2013 14:43:34 | More by BMart
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Dirtinabottle

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-06-2013 00:56:04 | More by Dirtinabottle
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Woodman70

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-05-2013 22:50:22 | More by Woodman70
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-05-2013 06:13:18 | More by BigJim5021
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.