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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 295
Gots: 148 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep caramel. Khaki head. Nice wisps.

Smell - Caramel maltiness. Slight acetic aroma. There is a bit of cedar, as the label describes.

Taste - Sour apple and a touch of cherry sourness. Sweet caramel malts. Rich malt character rounds it out nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, if maybe just for the style. Good sourness, kicks up in the back.

Overall - Excellent. Complex enough, while still being a straightforward flanders red style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Poured a rather dark chestnut brown color with some reddish highlights. Produced a really nice off-white frothy head with surprising retention for the style. Even some minimal lacing left behind.

(S)- A great play on being sweet yet dry yet acidic. The subtle barrel characters on the nose really drive a subtlely dry yet funky earthiness to the aroma, while the dark fruits provide a nice sweetness yet acidity at the same time. It reminds me of Enigma, but a better one at that.

(T)- Very similar to how the smell was. Great oak barrel presence meeting a slightly dry & earthy yet acidic body with some subtle underlying fruitiness in the form of granny smith apple, plum, and cranberry. Its just a burst of flavors that reminds me of a great flanders style sour, while still sticking with a fruit lambic, and sticking with its american roots all at the same time.

(M)- A great carbonation level meets an even greater mouthfeel overall. A wonderful acidic tartness level that shows all the good things an oak barrel can while still showcasing some wonderful juicy fruits. Very hard to go wrong and actually quite refreshing despite its bold flavors.

(O)- New Glarus and what Dan puts out never ever ceases to please and surprise me. It is one of the few breweries I will blindly try whatever new is coming out. Many may compare this to Enigma, but in my opinion, this is a far better creation than the latter. Not sure what time will do to this, but I look forward to seeing.

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Pours amber in color with a red hue and an off white foamy head that retains nicely

Nose is flooded with a big oak barrel precence, it also has a great acidic character that has very mild vinegar quality a to it. Some coriander like spice along with tart fruity Esters. There is a cedar like finish.

Taste is awesome, more tart then it is sour. Oak is defiantly detectable along with some tart fruity characters and very mild spice. Nice complexity and some great acidity. Some Carmel malt is also present.

Mouthfeel is great load of lactic acid give this a nice sticky feel and also a mild dry bite from the oak.

Awesome sour!

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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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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.