Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 297
Gots: 154 | 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%

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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours with an active bubbly head. Above average carbonation active in the glass while drinking. The color is a brown/rose red color. Murky looking body. Pretty beer.

Smell: A bright carbonated cherry front to the beer. A wonderfully tart sweetness bites in the body. Plums and pears are perfectly balanced. Some chardonnay crispness in the aroma. Outstanding.

Taste: Follow the aroma very well. Crisp bright carbonation touches the palate right away and dances on the lips. Bold tart body bites perfectly balanced with the sweet fruity tones of this beer. The finish is some slight dryness with tones of juicy fruit take continue to make your mouth water long after drinking. Funky yeast plays around through drinking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, biting, mouth watering.

Overall: One of the best beers I've had in a long time. This beer has opened my mind up to a whole new world of tart and sour beers. It is so tough to put this one down. New Glarus continues to knock it out of the park with these unique and delicious styles of beer. Bravo.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of homebrew311
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Duffman929 for picking this one up for me (as well as other NG treats). Poured into NG flute glass. Pours a somewhat hazy reddish brown color with bright white head and some lacing. Nose starts with some nice acidic balsamic vinegar followed by some fruity notes of cherry and raspberry paired with oak. Taste is very tart on the tongue with heavy fruit up front and building sourness as I sip this brew. Notes of cherry, grape skin, and raspberry on the palate with a tannic and somewhat dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, right on for they style. This one has lots of similarities to the rest of the fruited sour family from NG, perhaps a little more tart than the rest which I can only say is a bonus. Definitely worth seeking this one out!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.