Thumbprint Spiced Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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254 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our heady Spiced Ale summons escape from the ordinary. Lavish English and Wisconsin Malts slow brewed caramel goodness into this beefy bronze Strong Ale registering 20 degrees Plato O.G. Aged on Oak in the Open Top Cellar so that Cassia Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice could be carefully hand stirred into the velvety Toffee notes of this aromatic Spiced Ale. 100% Naturally Bottle fermented to warm the chill from your soul.

Added by Ri0 on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
21
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of TH28
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep golden with a hint of orange, clear, with a thick white head. Aroma is an intense mix of oak, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon, ginger, and caramel. Taste starts with rich caramel and toffee and gives way to a woody, oak flavor with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol warming. Finishes dry, with a lingering oak and vanilla flavor.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 4-pack almost 30 months ago and spaced out the tastings, in part hoping the alcohol would mellow and, also, that the spices and malts would mature together.
Only the latter happened. The spices are more subtle and the brew slightly sweeter.
But the alcohol, New Glarus needs to tame that.
Does Spiced Ale deserve to be on New Glarus' site page of "Beers We Have Known and Loved" ? Since I presume the "we" includes me, a devotee, my answer is a cautionary "yes"

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells awesome. Vegetal, Fall warming spices of nugmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Not to sweet, semi dry finish. Great medium thick mouthfeel. Coats your pallet. This is up there with the best Fall beers I've ever had. Solid.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.
(A)- Pours a deep and dark caramel colored amber. Produced a giant cap of frothy white with great retention and thick rings of lacing all the way down the glass as it slowly dissipated.
(S)- A rich and welcoming spice box. Clove, vanilla, toffee, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon on the make for one sexy aroma.
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. This lovely rich sweetness of caramel and toffee meets a very rustic but deep spice flavors that work very well together without it tasting muddled.
(M)- A good carbonation level meets a superb balance of spice and sweet richness without being too rich or heavy.
(O)- A wonderful beer. Everything works so well together. Not sure if an old ale, american strong, or winter warmer, but in any case this is superb and would be a great alternative to a pumpkin ale during the colder months

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good deal of cinnamon and nutmeg, almost like a winter warmer like beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed amber orange, plenty of foam initially, settles to a fingers width of skim and chunks of lace hanging around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is pleasant, caramelized plantains in syrup, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon. Nicely complex and far better than the majority of Winter Warmers I've had.

Medium bodied with slightly low carb and packed with flavor. Banana esters, light buttery vanilla oak traces, nutmeg, cinnamony cassia that doesn't put off any heat. A little rum-like. Not overwhelming, an interesting unique mix of flavors. Can't say I've had an oak aged winter warmer before. Overall this isn't as bad as some have made it out to be.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mush
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hesscabob
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Danmullens1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lunarbrew
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer....would put it on par with most winter/Xmas ales. The beer pours a rich amber with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is pine, nut meg and cinnamon. The taste follows the scent closely. Themouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its good....but one is enough for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clean orange with generous three finger head. One the head settles, it leaves behind a coating on the glass. The aroma is, well, spiced... Just like the name implies. Notes of bubblegum, nutmeg, clove and coriander all present with hints of orange and banana in the back. The taste starts with heavy spice which come off a little over the top on the palate. The clove brings a bitterness to the flavor and almost makes it taste medicinal. The finish is more of the same with some sweetness and citrus fruit towards the end. Overall, this one does not work that well for my tastes.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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