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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 296
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of bound4er
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A. Orangish amber appearance with an above average head that leaves exceptional lacing.

S. Lots of pitted sour fruit smells (cherry, plum, etc.), wood (mainly oak and caramel) and faint malt.

T. Tart, refreshing, clean, crisp, fruity - sour cherry dominates the palate with a touch of grainy malt on the finish. Wonderful tasting beer.

M. Light bodied with adequate carbonation.

O. Killer Thumbprint release - such a fun and easy to drink sour. Hopefully NG will release this again next summer. Worth seeking out.

bound4er, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

krome, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Davit
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Davit, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

MacQ32, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

eawolff99, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Etan, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -8.5%

BARFLYB, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CelticAleMan, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 27 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear medium amber. Half finger of yellowish head, okay retention and lacing. Don't expect much in the fizz from a sour, so no surprises, and no complaints.

Smells like tart cherries, with a nice warmth behind it that fills in any gaps. A delightful mix of fruity and tart.

Taste is excellent. Potently sour, but not enamel-stripping, and mellow enough that I can taste all the nuances. A delicate sweetness flows in and then out early on, bringing some stone fruit with it (cherries or unripe plums). Finishes with a sour/bitter resurgence, right when I need it.

Medium-bodied and mouth-filling, but with an invigorating, almost eruptive carbonation. Fizzling and buzzing, sending flavors dancing. Awesome, and the perfect complement to the flavor.

Dang, this is a good beer. Everything about it is solid, but what really impresses me is the balance point of the sour - it's big, but restrained enough that all the other delicacies come through. Falls somewhere between refreshing and indulgent, leaving me with each of those feelings at times. Excellent stuff.

zeledonia, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of IndyDad
4.5/5  rDev +3%

IndyDad, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of cw577enfield
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

cw577enfield, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of phishphorce
4/5  rDev -8.5%

phishphorce, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slight hazed brown copper color with a tan fast receding head
S- tart fruit of apples and cherry malts and earth
T- superb with a tart hit of light fruits with some sweet malts and caramel and mild hay funk with notes of wood
M- me3dim carbonation low acidic tart and sweet
O- delightful sour brown ale reminded me a little of enigma

gatornation, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of dorkinajeep
4/5  rDev -8.5%

dorkinajeep, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of archi348
4.5/5  rDev +3%

archi348, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ellswrth
4.5/5  rDev +3%

ellswrth, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Respect_the_Saaz
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Respect_the_Saaz, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of RobinLee
4.5/5  rDev +3%

RobinLee, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

HopsHopenstein, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazy reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Looks apple cider-like in color. Aroma of oak, cinnamon, and sour fruit. Perhaps some smoke with further warming; the scent keeps changing. Flavor holds apple cider vinegar, caramel, peaches, and abundant oak towards the finish which creates a nice drying effect. Peach gets stronger with warming.

jbaker67, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown with a slight reddish / orange hint. White head

S - Sweet tarts, lemon, slight cherry, apple, straw

T - Tart, sweet tarts, light sour cherry, orange, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and wild berry. Tastes like a cherry Berliner. Really nice.5

MF - Medium carbonation. Really a soft mouthfeel with a slight dry and tart bite in the finish

O - After the Berliner and now this New Glarus is showing they are really good with the lighter sours. Can't wait for them to expand their program

jeonseh, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of bcm75
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bcm75, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of NewGlarusFan
5/5  rDev +14.4%

NewGlarusFan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Icarus70
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Icarus70, Aug 09, 2013
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.