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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: 149 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a sour expert, but I know that I love Petrus Oud Bruin. Drinking NG Wild Sour is like drinking a "greener" version of that brew. I like that this one did not have to cross the Atlantic or very many state borders, for that matter.

A: It looks like any ale. There is an abundant fizzy head that tapers off to a ring soon.
S: I smell cherries, apples, and a really pure and pleasant version of that funky yeast, something else good its hard to put into words. Valentine's candy?
T: Citrusy freshness, as the bottle says, green plums, it's sour alright, the aftertaste turns sweet. Slight musty bitterness.
M: This would be the most preferred beer ever out of a beer bong.
O: Love it. Thank you NG

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dr. Moll. Thanks Michael.

The beer is amber with a small tan head. The aroma offers cherries, funk. Tart and sweet cherries do a delicate dance. Really well done. Graceful finish. I'd prefer more sour than sweet here, but the folks at New Glarus obviously feel the opposite. A solid beer. Best in small quantities, as the sweetness would become overwhelming.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mobius387
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a cycle brewing snifter

appearance: carmalized apple red, big bubbly white head, lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the body

aroma: the only disappointing part of this beer. very soft oakiness with some grapes and a hit of cherry. not a whole lot going on, but what it has is nice

palate: flavor spreads out nicely on the tongue, its tart but not puckering, very drinkable, almost no alcohol noticed. superb hot weather drinking beer

taste: if you mixed enigma with R&D sour and with belgian red, it would taste like this. not as sour as enigma or the R&D, not as fruity as belgian red, but an amazing balance with lots of robustness. oak hits me first, followed with a big rush cherry/cranberry/grape and has a very nice sweetness to it.

overall: lately new glarus has been crushing it with their fruit beers. R&D sour ale, serendipity, enigma, berliner, and now this. they already were the best fruit beer brewery in the country, and now they just added another big gun to their repertoire. this is just about as good as it gets. easy drinking, tons of flavor, a little tartness, a little sweetness. i would have preferred a bout more sourness to it, but maybe that will come with age. this is now my 3rd favorite thumbprint, after IIPA and enigma.

job well done deb and dan!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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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 983 ratings.