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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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879 Ratings
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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 284
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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geekrot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-16-2013 00:20:43 | More by geekrot
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Durb777

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-15-2013 23:45:14 | More by Durb777
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

07-15-2013 14:56:26 | More by Thorpe429
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-15-2013 13:34:20 | More by Gotti311
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-15-2013 02:01:18 | More by egrace84
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-15-2013 01:05:31 | More by anticipation23
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-15-2013 00:16:57 | More by jarrgal
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Duff27

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Two inch off white dense head. Body is a soft red amber. Present effervesance. Head sticks around entire length of session along with splotchy lacing.

Aroma is slightly acidic, think cranberries. Gets better smelling as it warms a bit.

Taste reminds me off a lightly sugared, lightly carbonated pitcher of strawberry/cranberry Koolaid. On the tame side of sour, would give it a 3.5 out of 10 on the scale.

Gentler carbonation than similar beers from New Glarus (Enigma, Old English Porter). Full mouthfeel. Nearly flawless.

Well what can I say? Picked up "enough" (hopefully?) yesterday and anxiously waited until I could drink it on a fresh palate today. Another world class beer from Dan and company. New Glarus. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:16:37 | More by Duff27
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a huge, soapy, tan head that collapses, leaving nice lacing. Bright, assertive, sour aroma has notes of wet wood and the skin of fruits (despite my description, this smells GREAT). Deep burnt umber color. Starts EXTREMELY, LIP-PUCKERINGLY sour! HOLY SHIT! This has notes of unsweetened berries and wood rolled into a monumentally sourness. There is a wisp of malt and hop in the beginning before the sourness takes over. The sourness peaks as it leaves the mouth, lingering on the back of the tongue. There is a lingering sourness that allows the malt to reapper with EXCELLENT notes of oak.

This is PHENOMENAL! It's INSANELY sour, but yet it still really allows the oak to shine through. Behind that lip-puckering (this is the only bier that ACTUALLY made my lips pucker) sourness, there is a wonderful, smooth, soft backing of oak. If you pay close attention, you can get many notes similar to what you'd find in a bourbon; albeit those are subtle and in the background.

I CANNOT WAIT TO CELLAR THIS!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:58:09 | More by TheSSG
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2013 19:27:52 | More by Dactrius
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bradner

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-14-2013 03:31:47 | More by bradner
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz red foiled bottle into a Westy chalice. My most anticipated Thumbprint since, well, the re release of Berliner Weiss. Hopin Uncle Dan is on a role here.

Pours a vivacious brown with a slew of tiny bubbles prickling their way the upper reaches. Spittles of spatter as well.

Smells a bit Flandersesque with that know-it-when-you-smell-it-but-cant always pin point it New Glarus house scent. There's a raw wildness in the background, but not quite enough to quell my fears that this will be all too similar to Enigma.

Thank god this isn't Enigma repackaged with a twist. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Enigma but I was hoping for a departure here and Wild Sour delivers in spades. Thankfully, I also get none of the cherry that others have reviewed and is, in my opinion, a bit played out. Rather, the label here actually nails it perfectly. Tart green plums is the predominant fruit here and it works incredibly well. Light caramel and vanilla lay down a supple foundation for the onslaught of green plum. Awesome tartness with just enough sweetness to keep it in check. Woody tannic kiss on the end seals the deal from this little sinful coquette.

Well hells bells, Dan! An awesome, accessible, affordable, and acquirable Wild Sour that has me wondering just how much I can justifiably purchase. A winner, and along with Berliner, a faith renewed in the a thumbprint series. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:38:45 | More by BarrytheBear
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2013 01:26:00 | More by BrettD
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-14-2013 00:24:57 | More by beerwolf77
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WolfKeeper

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-13-2013 23:51:10 | More by WolfKeeper
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a lightly ruddy, amber-copper color. There is a fizzy off-white head which bubbles away to almost nothing. Bubbles visibly rising through the beer.

S: Opens with a light lactic sourness and red cherry. A touch of sweet orange rind and some caramel. Almost a little bit of raspberry.

T: Similar fruit themes to the aroma, but with a more pronounced lactic, vinegar sourness. Sour cherry with a hint of oaky vanilla is reminiscent of an Oud Bruin, but not as deeply malty. Some citrus keeps the flavor bright. Toffee and caramel complement the fruit notes and share the load of sweetening the beer. Finish is cherry, vanilla and a touch of vinegar.

M: Medium bodied and a little sticky sweet. Carbonation is medium in quantity but very effervescent.

O: A fantastic beer. It has many characteristics in common with an Oud Bruin, but stays much lighter overall. This makes it more refreshing and drinkable. Love the combination of fruit and vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:47:08 | More by WankelEngine
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-13-2013 01:02:19 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Fireslayer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-12-2013 22:25:42 | More by Fireslayer
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep amber, slightly hazy, half finger of off white head.... Full Disclosure... This is no where near my first go around with this amazing beer!

Smell is cranberry, raspberry, cherry, tartness, sour apple, oak, vanilla, and more cranberry

Taste is super tart cranberry, cherry, oak, tartness(almost like a warhead), sour vanilla, blackberry

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a drying finish, nice!!!

Ya I just can not believe beers like this and Enigma are available at the price they are!!!! But that is just proof IMO that other breweries are ripping you the F off... For sours that are not as good.... Cheers Wisconsin Folks and enjoy the magic that is NG!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:36:12 | More by nickapalooza86
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Scalzo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2013 20:57:35 | More by Scalzo
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clearly effervescent. Pours clear with a red/amber hue. Head is fine and dies quickly. Leaves a very pleasant lacing. It's very good looking.

The smell is sour, sweet, and fruity. I smell some of the souring bacteria along with cherry, which is not at all superficial. A really straightforward scent. I'm expecting drinkability here.

This is a very balanced sour. I taste the cherry again, but the flavor makes me doubt there was fruit added to the fermentation. There is some sweetness that rounds the beer and makes you want to keep sipping. Very drinkable and delicious.

There is heavy carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly refreshing. Very sessionable.

I'm incredibly impressed here. I don't think this beer was designed to have over-the-top flavor. Instead, it's comparable to a very mellow and drinkable Flanders Red. It's incredibly balanced and not too sour or sweet. I really dig this one. I will be buying lots and lots.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 17:15:25 | More by lunarbrew
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-12-2013 07:41:34 | More by BrownAleMale
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2013 03:18:51 | More by smurfbeer
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-12-2013 02:19:32 | More by TurdFurgison
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-12-2013 02:02:41 | More by jjheinrichs
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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