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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 294
Gots: 148 | 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:
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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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi clear amber orange, well carbonated, not much head.

S-Funk caramel, oak, some grass and apples. All in good balance.

T-Well balananced sour, caramel, oak, apples and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated with a crisp finish.

O-A well made sour, the brown ale base is present proving a nice caramel flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a New Glarus Champagne Flute.

The beer pours a light amber color, hues of garnet and burgundy, slightly hazy but fairly clear of sediment with a fizzy off white head that rises out of the beer, about a finger high that recedes quickly and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is simple, tart apple cider vinegar, cherry, red grapes, funk and sweet malt. Flavors are right in line, lots of apple cider vinegar, cherry pie filling, red grape, oak, funkiness with sweet simple malt. It's a fairly balanced sour, more so on the tongue than in the aroma, although the acetic sour qualities are a touch heavy at times. The body is lively, lots of carbonation, touch juicy that finishes crisply and a bit dry.

Verdict: A nice sour from New Glarus, and they are definitely getting the hang out this. This does feel a lot like Enigma, perhaps with more of a cherry influence, but it tastes so similar. I'd still prefer to drink their lagers or fruit beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New Glarus Wild Sour Ale

Poured from 12 oz bottle into accompanying New Glarus glassware. Served chilled...

A) A hazy natural brown. An aggressive pour will lead to a huge head with the carbonation, but a nice smooth pour will bring about a finger of off white head. Nice retention and lacing too.

S) The aroma is of tart fruits with a pleasant earthy/woody scent for a backdrop. You can pickup the scent of the yeast as well. It is fresh and outdoorsy, with a little funk too...

T) Follows the nose, but is much more intense to my sense of taste. A nip of green grape skin, and fresh tart apple. The flavor hits you like that first crisp bite. You can catch a little of the malt in the flavor too. Finishes nice and sour...

M) A lighter medium body, that is well carbonated. An awesome sourness coats the palate, leaving your mouth watering. You purse your lips for a second, and reach for another sip. Fantastic....

O) This is without a doubt my favorite thumbprint beer to date. Purchasing a case is simply not enough. I'd like to age some of this, but I keep drinking it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.