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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 295
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 maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My kindly mule/wife skipped across the border to Hudson to grab the newest in the Thumbprint series before the Twin Cities hordes could pour across & eradicate the supply. Standard New Glarus 12 oz. packaging.

The pour is roughly the same color as the deep orange sunset that I'm holding it up against - is there anything better than a cool summer evening in Minnesota? Pretty feisty in the glass. The nose is exactly, precisely what I hope for in this kind of beer - tart, tittering, fruity without being cloying, this one does a gorgeous number on the nostrils. Wonderful.

New Glarus' Wild Sour Ale reminds me a lot of an oud bruin, a style of which I'm pretty fond. The foreskin is more tart & acidic than sour, but maybe that's splitting hairs; still, right up my alley, no jaw-aching sourness here, thank goodness. Then the fruit flows into the taste buds: sour cherry, lemon zest, pale grapes, maybe even a hint of spiciness. The alleged oak aging is close to invisible to these taste buds, though it is dry as Jed's Creek in September. Ends up with that pleasing dryness, back-o-the-tongue tart kick once again.

Yes, indeed, this is a sessionable wild ale that won't break your heart or your wallet. The wizards at New Glarus have done it again; I haven't always liked their wild ramblings, but I always appreciate the effort. And here it's paid off in an excellent brew.

maximum12, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MaseFace, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

HopsMatt, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of smonice
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

smonice, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

c64person, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Jeff for sharing this bottle. Any day filled with New Glarus is gonna be a good day. Time to crack open their "new" sour/wild ale. It pours out looking like four month old, weathered copper with good clarity and a musky, gray-tinted head that's only good for a few brief moments before it evaporates into thin air and leaves only a tiny ring behind.

Delicate, sour cherries are laid out in front of my nose on a dry oak platter. Tartness begins to hammer away at my nose hairs with ever-present notes of mild, lactic sourness and evenly dispersed vinous notes. A finishing touch of berries, cherry skins, acidic lemon, and funky oak completes the already elegant aromatic profile of what is seeming like it'll be another New Glarus hit.

Damn. How the hell do they do this? Sour green apples, sour cherry skins, sour grapes, faint lacto notes and a hint of lemon zest. You want some oak with that? No problem. Some stable, toasted malt backbone, too? You got it. Such a delicious and well constructed flavor profile; I've fallen in love and I haven't even walked her to the car yet.

One of the best things about this brew is its ability to rub out that sour hard-on you might have, while retaining superior drinkability by delicately playing footsies with the line of "too acidic, too sour" but never fully crossing over. The abundant vinous and oak notes help as well, and they are dominant in the finish with even a faint hint of vanilla.

Warmth will conjure up some previously evaded flavors, like mild all-spice, cinnamon, and a lighter touch of toffee malt. Ever-evolving from start to finish, keeping me interested the entire way without ever straying from the righteous path. Thin-medium bodied; slick and slippery on the palate, though the finish is quite dry. Good carbonation for a sour ale.

New Glarus continues to keep me happy, and when they come out with shit like this, it just blows my mind. How can a brewery create such a beautifully drinking sour ale that satisfies my tart cravings, remains sessionable like a pale ale, and is available in four-packs for around ten dollars? Why can't breweries who distribute to my area do this?

tectactoe, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of UffDaBock
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMO the New Glarus unplugged aka thumbprint beers are some of the best "bang for the buck" beers you can get across the country and in the world. This is up there and might take the title as my favorite in the thumbprint series. IIPA & Enigma were my prior favorites. You get a terrific aroma, balanced taste and addictive mouth feel for a beer that runs you ~$2.50 per bottle. As others have stated, I can't wait to age some of these beers. I will be making a journey this weekend to buy as many as I can. Dan is a genius and is a personal hero of mine. This is the conclusion of my unconventional review.

UffDaBock, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Cantillon Zwanze 2012 glass

A- Darker than I expected, pours a dark golden brown color with tints of red coming out, 1 1/2 finger white head, splotchy lacing, very clear.
S- The aroma is nice, brett upfront, sour grape skin, lemon, cherries, fruity.
T- Nice acidity right away, but very balanced, very smooth, not puckering at all, sour grape, brett, love the mellow sourness, slight sweet tartness as well.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, dry finish, but after every sip cleans the palate.
O- Really enjoyed this sour ale. the drinkability is amazing, so easy to drink, refreshing, sour, fruity, one of my favorites from New Glarus.

Chriscrundwell12, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of goodstrongbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

goodstrongbeer, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish orange, bright clarity, with a lighter orange highlight in the meniscus of the glass. Spotty lace around the edges, and lasting surface coverage for the first five minutes.

Oaky and acidic aroma, sour cherry and some minerality.

Bracing acidity in the taste, sharp and citric, fruity cherry and cranberry notes at the front with dry oak in the aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Got some sour grapefruit when tasting again on a fresh palate. Clean sourness, acidic with palate scrubbing carbonation. Definitely delivers in the wild yeast and sourness aspects. Reminiscent of the first batch of Enigma years ago, unique and complex.

Review #3000

emerge077, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of 33nickadams
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat transparent, amber color with a slight head. Smells of oakiness, cherries, banana and what can be described as funk. Upon tasting, tart cherries followed by a tolerable sourness. Finishes dry with a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate and well carbonated. Overall, I am generally not a fan of sour beers, but this is one of those beers that changes my mind about that. I am going to look into trying some other beers of this style, and compare them to this. This is what I like to describe as a great beer experience.

33nickadams, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

jera1350, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JimGlonke, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Michigan, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Canada_Dan, Jul 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Roger85, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

stealth, Jul 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ringwersen, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Zuidman, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

bpfrush, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pmoney, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

tourdot, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Benish, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jreindl, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sliks96, Jul 21, 2013
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.