Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 1,001
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 305
Gots: 149 | FT: 21
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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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Photo of mikeyv35
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 10/03/2013
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Glass: Heady Stemless
Vintage: 2013

Pours a reddish-brown mahogany in color w/ a lingering 1 finger off-white head that left medium amounts of lacing. Aromas of strong acidity over oak, carmel malts, dark fruit, and wet socks. The taste was of sharp/tart sourness up front, leading into caramel, oak, and plum, and finished w/ mild wet sock funk. Medium bodied, creamy and lush w/ a nice warming sensation. Like Lionel Ritchie said, "all night long". I literally was almost done with my glass before I was even done with the review.

Overall, simply awesome! R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek was the best beer I had in 2011 and this taste just like it minus the bourbon touch. New Glarus nailed this and I would expect nothing less than perfection from my favorite brewery. (802 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for hitting this want. 12oz. bottle into a Tired Hands sherry glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger cream colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear amber. Lacing is stringy but sticks close to the head. Very solid.

Nose is lightly tart red fruit, oak, cinnamon, a slight funk and that signature sweet New Glarus yeastiness. Real aromatic and enticing!

Opens tart red fruit. Cherry, raspberry, strawberry and yumberry. Juicy with a touch of syrup and cinnamon in the middle. Sweet red fruit at the end and finishes tart with the slightest bit of woodiness. Clean, crisp, puckering finish. Real nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Oddly slick and filmy in the mouth and goes down aggressive and prickly. Finish is dry with a slightly lingering, tart aftertaste. A bit strange.

Like most of New Glarus' beers, this one is straightforward, to the point, and delicious! Feel is a bit off but forgivable. Just a really easy drinking and tasty beer! Worth seeking out for sure. (1,037 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a noisy light beige head with a mellow carbonation that pushes through a deep caramel-orange body.

S- The nice full tart aroma has flanders red cherry pit qualities and comes through even during the pour. There are some musty cellar notes and fruit orchard qualities that grow aswell.

T- The tartness is like a 9V battery on the tongue that leads to a nice woody funk with some bright fruity tartness and a slight jammy quality to it. There is a gummy candy sweetness that blends with the tartness in the aftertaste. Some nice full barrel, wet wood flavors along with some white cheese rind brett characters come through as it opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel leads to a battery shocking astringency but it is not jaw locking at all and a gentle fizz finishes each sip.

O- This beer has great depth and wild character but it is not “Belgian wild” character and has a much different wild taste. This is a great beer and I would buy it by the keg. I have never had a tartness with the same tongue shock as this and it didn’t really have any astringency like typical sour ales. (1,132 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, honey, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and acidic fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a slightly better sour presence in the flavor. (542 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a fluffy tan head. Holds at a finger and slowly recedes from there.

On the nose is sour grapes and plums. A bit of funk. Some wood comes in on the end. A bit salty smelling as well. The more I smell I also pick up a bit of citrus towards the end. Maybe some lemon.

Taste is sour plums and grapes. The cedar really comes through in the end of the taste. Not extremely sour but it puckers a little bit. Some funk presents itself on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Really good carbonation. Good body. Not watered down at all.

Would definitely drink again. Glad I got four of them in my trade. Really nice. (641 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper hue with a thin off white fizzy head that subsides almost immediately.

Smells like cedar mulch, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar.

A nice play of sweet and sour. Caramel, brown sugar, then the vinegar and cedar. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Prickly carbonation.

A fantastic sour that reminded me quite a bit of Enigma, but with a heavy woody presence. (383 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of maximum12, thanks again!

Pours a deep dull copper color with a thin and tiny white head. Not the prettiest beer in the glass.

Aromas make up for the so so pour, nice sliced apple, cider vinegar and funky yeast notes.

Taste is quite nice and full flavored. A bit sugar and creamy sweet up front, lactic and sour, with a crisp green apple and cider vinegar character that blends well and cuts the sweetness nicely. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry. Tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and spot on.

Overall, another winner by New Glarus, and a fine sour to boot. (598 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a modest head that leaves a few strips of lace behind

Smell: Tart green apple, ripe berries and tart cherries; a hint of oak

Taste: Tart cherries and stone fruit flavors, up front, with some brown sugar rounding out the tartness in the middle; a touch of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Give New Glarus an inch and they will pack a beer with fruit flavors that can range all over the map; this one verges on the sour side, but there is plenty of tartness and malty complexity as well (577 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 8.11.13

A - Pours a copper-dark orange with a nice tan head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle funk and tart-wood, some slight lemon peel.

T - Lemony-barrel with a hint of tartness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light with some lemon and barrel, easy drinking. (291 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Enjoyed 7/20/13.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a brownish tint to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Sweet berry fruitiness on the nose with some cherry pit as well as a nice dash of oak. Pretty inviting, but not all that sour smelling.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Cherry skins with some tart plums. There is a mild sourness to it, but it's mostly tart. Sweet pie crust on the malts, a little bit of brown sugar and some sweet oak. Mild acidity as well.

M: High carbonation with a medium light body. Finish is sweet.

O: I enjoyed this one more than Enigma. I think this would be the big brother of it. I think this could use some time to let some of the yeast and bugs do their job a bit more. I'll revisit around Christmas time. (886 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Four pack picked up for $10 even at Keyport Liquor and Lounge in Superior, WI, an excellent bottle shop for New Glarus and Central Waters.

A - beautiful beer. It pours a hazy amber, almost brown, into the glass and produces a huge head on a gentle pour, more than three or four inches deep. The foam is thicker than expected from a Wild Ale, but it recedes relatively quickly. The beer never stops moving in the glass.

S - not great, but not terrible either. Some of the sour smells here get translated into less appealing odors like sweat and cheese, but there's still a pleasant tanginess from citrus fruits.

T - delicious. I expected this beer to be more like a Flanders Red than a gueuze, but I was strongly reminded of some of the best Belgian lambics I've tried in the last year. The fruitiness is definitely present on the tongue, but it melds nicely with the sourness of the yeast. The unpleasant tones from the aroma actually give the beer some nice richness. My one complaint about New Glarus Wilds/Sours/Fruit beers is that they're too fruit forward; some of the beer gets lost in the flavor. Not this one, though -- the actual construction of the beer is pronounced and the flavors lend an appropriate supporting role.

M - no booze, no stickiness, very drinkable. However, it is simply too sour. The sourness really creeps up on you unpleasantly towards the end of the sip when you're trying to enjoy the flavors that precede it. Still, the other factors boost my score to 4.

O - New Glarus is really finding their niche. I still need to try Strawberry Rhubarb and Berliner Weisse! (1,641 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to Mjmoser for sending this extra.

A - Pours a bright ruby color that glows when held up to the light. There is very little head apart from a thin, cream colored halo lining the rim of the glass. Lacing is scarce.

S - Smells of granny smith apple, green grapes, and black cherry. Some wheat-like malt aromas in the background as well as some fresh cut oak. Complex.

T - Aggressively sour upfront with raspberry warhead and tart apple. The sour assault continues throughout with just a touch of cedar and oak. Very mild caramel sweetness. The tartness is all of the candy/fruit variety and never ventures into the vinegar regime. Clean flavor with nothing out of place. Delicious.

M - Prickly carbonation to go along with the prickly flavor. Puckering finish with a dryness that lingers.

O - This is a very impressive beer that I could hardly put down until it was gone. I wish I had more of this stuff. The sour fruit flavors are intense, but welcomed. This is among the best sours I have ever had; perhaps THE best. Try this if you can get it. (1,105 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of foam from this one. Color is a dark amber.

Flavor: Very sour and tart. Green apples, cherries, tannins. A bit of malt. Some vinegar and acidity. A bit of red apples as well. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Lively, crisp, and clean. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Very easy to drink and not over the top sour. (358 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, interestingly orange-tinged, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour, fermented fruit, followed by an interesting woody note that leans towards a mix of oak and cedar. Bright plum notes, tart berry character, some definite strawberry character, as well as a light toasted woodiness, and perhaps a touch of caramelized cracker character are noticeable in the nose.

Prickly and effervescent, the beer foams up quite a bit during my first sip. This is fairly tart / sour, it has an edge to it that seems to be acetic in character, though this is well constrained, the predominant sourness seems to be from lactic acid; this is fairly smooth overall, and doesn’t have the sharp / harsh edge that beers with a fair amount of acetic acid have. This has quite a bit of fruit presence with notes of plum, sour, somewhat floral apple, tart not-quite ripe currants, and even some nectarine like notes towards the finish. The latter is accentuated by a hint of nail polish that can comes out in overly ripe versions of that fruit. This has a backbone of soft, caramelized malt, some toasted whole grain cracker notes, and some light nutty malt character. The body is fairly light, there is some viscosity here, and the beer clings to the palate a bit, though this is nicely balanced by the acidity. Soft woody flavors accentuated the light toasted character, the nutty notes, and perhaps a touch of woody spice character.

This has a nice balance of acetic acid and lactic acidity; the former doesn’t overwhelm the flavor profile of this beer, which is an easy flaw. Quite nice and drinkable, assuming you like sour beers, but perhaps a touch simplistic. Still this is a nice mix of fruit and sourness that ends up quite drinkable in the end. (1,921 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - brought 4 back from my recent visit to Madison for the Great Taste

Football season is back!

Served in the fantastically elegant oerbier stemmed glass - glowing garnet brown body, nice creamy beige cap. Quite woody with aromas of oak and cedar, sweet tarts, wild yeast. This is a really nice sour brown - tart and wild with an abundance of wood, berry, cherry, and bread. This is exceptionally crafted and drinking quite well relatively fresh. (458 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They have proven to make traditional sour ales of Belgian origins with pinpoint precision, zeal and class. So why not step into the sill-evolving American Sour Ale game?

Their "Wild Ale" pours with a crystal clear, redish amber hue. It releases a foamy medium-dense blanket of froth. It retains well, though with random pockets and broken lace. It simply does what sour ales do- their quite unpredictable with its pellicle spider-webbing.

Spicy sourness captivates the nose as the waves of scents start off with crab apples, dry white wine and light vinegar notes. Spicy with the suggestion of cedar but also cinnamon, peppercorn and light fennel. Mildly pungent, the scent of sea air, cellar-like must and damp hay helps to develop a complex scent. Background caramel aromas support the more tart and earthy notes and provide a rounded scent.

But to taste, it's a bit more simplified that the nose promises. The caramel hardly shows as the ale favors a light bread crust malt presence instead. But then the dry, clean, and crisp cidery flavors take hold. Distinctive sourness carries flavors of tart dry white wines, dried limes, light vinegar and acidic under-ripened berries. There's a rounded minerally "salty" taste that binds all the malt and acidic tastes and draws in the spicy wood tannin and light peppery character.

Clean, crisp, and highly refreshing, the beer's light body, champagne-like carbonation and sheer acidity strips the thirst with ease. Its short-lived malt texture and carbonation gives the beer a mild lift to start but finishes like the driest zinfindale. Lightly tannin-like and spicy warmth close the beer with a return of powdery sawdust in finish.

Wild Sour Ale is a very formidable sour ale that evades delineation. Yet its cleanliness and long list of subtle complexities gives this ale a charming and seductive character. (1,860 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle, 4-Pack
$9.49
New Glarus Beer Depot

This most recent Thumbprint pours a mahogany body with ruby highlights when backlit and good clarity. The fizzy, crackling head grew quickly to two fingers in height before just as quickly falling to a ring around the glass. A burst of carbonation rises periodically to the surface.

Damp oak, the woods, and a surprising amount of vanilla all contribute to a sour cherry fruitiness that has me salivating. The oak sharpens with a quick swirl but after settling the vanilla and cherries combine to form a medicinal quality at times and an acidic quality at others. Wild Sour Ale seems to never sit still. Evolving, Constantly evolving.

Sharp acidity hits the front of the tongue and works all the way through. Tannic damp oak and sour cherries dominate over the top of a light caramel base. Secondary notes of gritty pear and the tartness is that of a green apple. A ghost like hint of cherry sweetness appears on the finish. This is one complex beer that's tough for me to fully wrap my head around.

The tannins have my lips and teeth feeling the effect. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum but with enough weight to leave some residual flavor behind. Carbonation is pretty zippy and helps push the whole through fairly quickly.

This is a really complex beer. The harder I think as I drink the harder it is for me to pick out exactly what's going on. It's like it's ever changing. With that said, you can count me as another big fan of Wild Sour Ale. Dan Carey did yet another great job up there in Little Switzerland. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Tall off-white fizzy head falls to a simple ring around the glass. Amber in color with ruby highlights. Good clarity but no lacing.

S - Mild cherry tartness. Slightly peppery, spicy. Faint medicinal flowers. Gets more and more aromatic with temperature. Start to get some esters in the form of banana, hinting at chocolate malt, little bit of alcohol.

T - Starts off with some sweetness that very early gives way to big sour tones that last throughout. Midway seems to show some signs of spicing and a tropical flavor similar to pineapple juice.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium to medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Aroma didn't jump right out at me but when deeply pondering shows quite complexity. Flavor beginning to end is focused on sourness. Many Wild Ales from New Glarus seem very similar in acidity. A lot of times it comes across one dimensional as tartness with some berry sweetness and little else to speak of. Was hoping this "wild" beer would hold some funky aroma and flavor but that was not found. A good beer but not really expanding on what I know they can already do. (1,154 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
1.91/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2013)

This is a fairly foul beer, through and through. The sharp aroma of oak is probably it's best quality, as there is also significant amounts of vomit and stinky, cheesy feet in the aroma. The flavor is largely undrinkable, as more of the vomit and stinky athlete's foot (sweat, sock, toe cheese) flavors are present as well. Yes, it's quite sour, so I guess that's a "good" thing, but the flavors are pretty awful. Drain poured my share. Perhaps this needs to still sit for some time. Granted, I've had worse beers. (529 characters)

Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice orangish-red color that faded towards the base of the glass. Nice white soapy looking head which hung around for a while. Quite nice for the style

S oaky sour fruits with some vinegar. I get some earthiness on this one. It smells pretty complex and its difficult to really nail down anything specific.

T more of the same from the nose. This is a fairly unique taste for a sour. It is funky but the fruit seems more like figs or a plum, some dark fruit as opposed to the typical cherry flavor. Good complex flavors.

M almost perfect. Became a bit buttery towards the end so I docked it a bit but I much prefer its more moderately carbonated feel as opposed to others in the genre which drink more like champagne.

O a very good brew. Its quite tart with some funky sourness which I enjoyed. Not mind blowing but I'd happily drink again. A very nice example of the style (879 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1769th Review on BA
Bottle to NG Pils Glass
12oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- When it fills up the glass, its slightly off brown with reddish tinges to it. A bit thicker and darker than I wouldve thought. A brown ale naturally so expected actually. A small impush head that is about 1 finger high. Not really a cling to it, but nice non the less.

Smell- On the nose, its not sweet tart puckering, but gets there. Cherries, oak, sweet, vinegar and malty all wrapped into a combined effort. A nice smelling beer that entices as to whats to come.

Taste- A nice sour. A bit off the beaten path like the bottle says. Not like I really expected. The base malts of the brown ale are somewhat muted against the super prickly sweetness of the sour. A bit yeast and fruity with the cherries on this one. A good sour, but just missing a bit for me.

Mouth- A bit thicker than I thought, but again with a sour brown it happens. The feel of the beer is quite nice with a puckering at the end and then trails off to reveal the cherries and yeast on the finish.

Drink- Its a nice sour. I enjoy 12oz sours and between this and the Berliner. It was a really nice couple days from NG. Enjoyable, drinkable, and highly flavorful. (1,226 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is very similar to rodenbach grand cru, except I'd say its more malty and the yeast profile is different. This holds up to any belgian sour very well. They nailed the wild yeast and oaking. The sourness is perfect. Its sour without being overwhelming. This is THE BEST sour per $. Period. Its freaking $10/4 pack! If this were available in mass quantity I would hardly every buy anything else. Did I say how good of a value this is? Its a great value. I'd take this over quite a few balgian sours also. Its a really great beer from NG. Their thumbprint series is awesome. You must try this, then email NG and tell them to MAKE MORE PLEASE!!! (646 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,521 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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! (631 characters)

Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.