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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 297
Gots: 160 | 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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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
Photo of jabo134
4.5/5  rDev +3%

jabo134, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4.5/5  rDev +3%

FleetwoodMatt, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of olafphysics
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

olafphysics, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Lare453
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Lare453, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of DangerDawg
5/5  rDev +14.4%

DangerDawg, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of drewfull
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

drewfull, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of KWMiles
4.5/5  rDev +3%

KWMiles, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Holmes698, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of KevSal
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

KevSal, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

deebo, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Steve_Oldrati, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

drpimento, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Rihup
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Rihup, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BrewN1nja
4.5/5  rDev +3%

BrewN1nja, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of StoughtonGuy
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

StoughtonGuy, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +3%

cosmonick, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BeersAndBears
4.5/5  rDev +3%

BeersAndBears, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

BMart, Aug 06, 2013
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.