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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 276
Gots: 161 | 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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SeanBond

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-03-2013 03:15:13 | More by SeanBond
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-03-2013 00:48:23 | More by Andreias21
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very clean amber pour with 2 fingers of head with nice retention. the smell is very funky, acidic, definitely getting some oaky barrel aroma.. mustard seed, raspberries. an amazing flavor profile.. oranges, cherries, barrel/cork flavor, wet hay, cheesy funk, fruity tart with a nice overall acid taste. a phenomenal sour.. never had one so damn tasty! somewhat of a filling beer, medium body with high carbonation, dry but so damn tart it makes your mouth water for more.

this is a fantastic beer. just outstanding, do not hesitate and PICK THIS UP, TRADE FOR IT, WHATEVER!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:40:22 | More by facundoCNB
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-03-2013 00:31:57 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super spot on brown. No red, no orange, just clean clear brown. Plenty of dense foam head when poured aggressively.

S - Nice and sour - grape, cherry, wheat, lemon - strong and complex.

T - Very sour up front with lots of subtle fruit, malt, and raisin notes at the finish. Sweet aftertaste is quite pleasant.

M - Thick and frothy to start out, but smooth going down. Tingles on the tongue.

O - I must admit I haven't had too many beers of this style. That being said, I felt that this was well executed and as good or better than I would have expected. I would agree with serving this at the recommended 40-45F temp.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:27:08 | More by Bowers-Brew
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lookrider

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2013 20:22:31 | More by lookrider
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sts

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-02-2013 19:31:48 | More by sts
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-02-2013 19:09:37 | More by huskermike12
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2013 05:07:05 | More by runfoodrun
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2013 03:59:42 | More by hopswap1
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SCZ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2013 02:14:18 | More by SCZ
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leedorham

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2013 00:32:35 | More by leedorham
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Florida9

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark chestnut brown in color. Moderately translucent Forms a tannish, bubbly head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Only a modest sour quality. Fruity, tart, and a good dose of oak. Tart sour cherries.

T: The tart cherries carry over to the taste. Lots of oak. Yet, there is still a sweetness. There is definitely some sweet-sour action going on with this beer. Sour cherries is really the best analogy. Light tartness, light sweetness, and fruity..with oak.

M: Medium bodied. Light oaky astringency. Mild to moderate tartness. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very nice beer and certainly on par with Russian River. A true Wisconsin sour!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:58:15 | More by Florida9
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-01-2013 19:29:51 | More by imperialking
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -48.5%

08-01-2013 15:51:54 | More by chippo33
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tbdkev

Indiana

4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellence from New Glarus yet again.

A: Pours a deep amber with scant head and lacing.

A: The aroma is fairly complex and can be described in a number of ways. Candy-like sour cherry/apple seems to be the aggregate effect, very fruity and very yeasty (definitely some hints of Brettanomyces). On warming a little, some of the cedar notes (described on the bottle) stand out a bit more.

T: Overall, very candy-like (sour cherry/apple), with some background notes of caramel and wood (cedar) as indicated. The initial taste provides sweetness and gradually lingers to a pleasant sour, tart finish.

M: The sour/tart flavors are complemented well by the carbonation--not too much, not too little. It has the characteristic dry finish I've come to enjoy from most sours. It several respects, it tastes and feels wine-like.

O: A different kind of sipping beer--one that you continually sip for ten minutes until you realize, unfortunately, that your glass is empty. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 07:14:01 | More by tbdkev
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sgoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-01-2013 02:48:18 | More by sgoro
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2013 02:43:35 | More by atoulouk
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Brewzma

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-31-2013 22:32:12 | More by Brewzma
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi clear amber orange, well carbonated, not much head.

S-Funk caramel, oak, some grass and apples. All in good balance.

T-Well balananced sour, caramel, oak, apples and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated with a crisp finish.

O-A well made sour, the brown ale base is present proving a nice caramel flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:15:17 | More by rlee1390
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-31-2013 13:34:19 | More by aasher
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-31-2013 02:36:18 | More by AlexFields
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-31-2013 02:35:28 | More by schmidtmattsays
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kevanb

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:30:14 | More by kevanb
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ZachBDC

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-31-2013 00:00:04 | More by ZachBDC
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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