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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 294
Gots: 148 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 115
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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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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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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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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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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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