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Thumbprint Scream IIPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scream pierces reality, effortlessly slicing our sky, He flies over the Brewery just as Abe circled over Wisconsin’s 8th Infantry during the Civil War. He calls us to something bigger. Scream boasts an inspired 85 IBUs that reverberate cleanly though this IIPA. New Glarus Brewery grown estate hops join other Wisconsin grown hops to dominate this brew from Kettle Boil to Dry Hopping. You hold a deceptively seductive Original Gravity of 20.9 degrees Plato following the always 100% naturally bottle conditioned fermentation. Luscious Wisconsin grown and malted barley along with English Maris Otter malt is the bold heart of this lustful sensory enchantment. Surrender is inevitable so enjoy today.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm very happy New Glarus is from my home state. Their fruit beers are top notch but they also create some great hoppy beers. This scream is really a treat. Bright orange amber, mango, cherry, very well rounded. I have never had a New Glarus that blew my mind but I have never had a bad one. They make excellent, well rounded, expertly crafted beer. And this is no exception.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass
A: Orange with a 1+ finger head
S: Bold showcasing all varieties of hop notes- citrus, tropical fruit, pine, earth with malt underneath
T: Fresh, juicy citrus/tropical fruit up front then the midpalate keeps the forward notes and adds some earthy/peppery complexities and the finish just wraps it all up in a balanced, lenghy end
M: Medium-bodied, bitter, balanced
O: This is very enjoyable and very well made. Cool that it's mostly WI grown hops/malt, they certainly are high quality

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Photo of huntley101888
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Hazy golden color. You can see through it, but it is blurry. Head after a somewhat subdued pour was maybe 1/4 inch. Honestly, I didn't pay a ton of attention to that. I rated 5/5.

Smell - When I popped the top off the bottle, the aroma definitely showed itself. Bready, kind of dank smell. Little bit of booziness on the nose. I rated 4.25/5.

Taste - It's delicious. Bitter as it hits the tongue with those dank hops saying hello as the sample passes. On my first swig, I almost thought a bit of roastiness was present, but it may have just been some breadiness. I rated 4.75/5.

Feel - Carbonation is appropriate for an IIPA. It's thicker than a regular IPA, as it should be, but I would not describe it as chewy or syrupy. I believe it is appropriate for the style. I rated 5/5.

Overall - I have to give it a 5/5 overall. This was a gift from a friend travelling through Wisconsin. If it were readily available in my area, you can be assured that I would be a regular customer. I'm glad to have the opportunity to taste and review this beer.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a bottle of this from the Trig's Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, WI. Scream IIPA pours a golden hue with a decent head and lacing. The aroma has hints of bready malt and some citrus hops. The flavor initially starts out bready and cereal grain based and finishes with a slight citrus hop bitterness that is accentuated by the higher alcohol content. This is a fantastic IIPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This is a really fantastic double IPA that really showcases both delicious hop and malt profiles. Overall, extremely tasty, recommended, and I am glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of mschrei
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Cloudy golden orange. Piney hoppy nose, translates the same with a crisp taste. Slightly bitter, slightly juicy, nicely balanced.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. There’s also a bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of bwood06
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - A moderate pour produces a tall 2 1/2 finger head that is off white in color with just a bit of an orange tint to it. The head is well retained and takes forever to dissipate. Head is frothy in character. The beer itself is clear with moderate visible carbonation rising at a medium pace towards the surface. Bright amber defines the coloring of the beer. 4.25/5

S - A heavy dose of both grapefruit and citrus greet the nose on first appearance, leaning more towards grapefruit. There is a bit of a light bready undertone to the aroma, which is indicative of the light malt in this beer. As the beer warms there is more of a tangerine sweetness to the aroma that is paired with honey, caramel and peaches. 4/5

T - Sweet caramel hits the tongue right away along with a light bready malt and a hint of yeast. Then comes in a bit of tangerine, citrus fruit, and lemon curd. Grapefruit follows the tangerine, continuing the citrus fruit theme but with a different citrus flavor. Finally comes the pine and with it a moderate bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite some time. 4.5/5

M - Medium bodied and crisp throughout the entire profile. Moderately carbonated with no full on burn taking place. Very drying during the second half of the tasting which lingers. Slight alcohol warming on the back of the throat upon swallowing. 4.25/5

O - Very well balanced beer between sweet and bitter. Despite its high abv this is a very approachable double IPA that is not crazy bitter or one that features tons of complex dark fruitier notes. The flavors in this beer maintain a lightness that make it very enjoyable with easily noticeable transitions between flavors. 4.25/5

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Photo of Webzombie
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For me the best double/imperial ipa I have had because you can still taste the hops and it is not incredibly boozy. My go to if I want something super hoppy and don't intend on drinking more than one beer. The grapefruit hops taste will kick you in the nuts which is good every now and then. Not really the kind of beer that you could drink multiple of in one evening.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep hazy orange with thick fluffy head that fades slowly, rings of lace. Fruity hop aroma with citrus peel. Similar taste, fruity and citrusy with a touch of dark fruit and bread balance. Very nice back end bitterness that's not overpowering. Creamy soft mouthfeel with crisp dry finish. Have had this IPA several times and have never been disappointed, excellent brew.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger head, light tan in color, moderate retention, even surface, thick lacing streaks. The liquid has a dull orange-amber color, active and widely dispersed bubbles without beads, brighter hues at the rims and edges. The nose is loaded with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine sap, more floral as it warms, pinch of cocoa, borderline tropical array of pineapple, nectarine, peach scents. Full-bodied, slightly heavy, the carbonation is strong and overall texture noticeably creamy. Again, it is heavy on the tangerine, grapefruit citrus, filling in the blanks with pine, cocoa, on the sweeter side even as it does present some herbaceous bite. Expands into accents of licorice, sweet tea leaf, pretzel dough and salt. Given its sweetness not imbalanced, more so crafted for accessibility and pleasure, drinks easily for its fuller body.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle btamped 2655 07:25 so this was bottled 09/22/15 @ 07:25, tasted 12/27/15 @ 17:15, roughly 96 days old, so right on the end of the 90 Day IPA Window, let's see how this one stacks up. Poured into 13oz tulip.

A — Pours a deep orange hue with the slightest bit of haze to it. A billowy off-white head forms with the pour but it fades to a thin filmy layer on top of the body of beer. Lacing left behind is extremely consistent and looks fantastic.

S — Smell is driven by tropical hop characteristics though it is fairly muted, I get notes of pineapple, pine, lemon, light peach, some sweet red apple as well. There is a nice malt base here that is lightly bready and semi-sweet, slightly grainy, but not in a bad way.

T — Taste is fruity, hoppy, and semi-sweet, initial notes of peaches and stonefruit lead way to a pineapple and lemon custard like sweet hop profile. Light notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and lemon peel help round out an overall bitterness.

M — Medium-Full bodied, there is a lingering bitter finish as well.

O — Very good overall, like most things from NG it is incredibly well made, there are subtle nuances here, nothing is overpowering and it all manages to strike a harmonious balance of flavors.

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Photo of danh53
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale honey orange with a a fluffy, lingering head of foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma is candied citrus flesh, caramel malts, and herbal notes bordering on vegetable. The taste follows the nose. The citrus flavors are too sweet and the garlic and onion notes are a little to strong. There is some lingering alcohol presence as well. The mouth feel really comes to the rescue here making the flavor better than the sum of its parts. This is medium bodied and drinks super smooth. It covers and clings to the palate with such a delicate soft feel. The carbonation is hardly noticeable at the front of the tongue, but it comes rushing in just in time to provide a lively and bitter finish. I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for this beer, but I'll definitely drink it again if given the chance.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/30/15

A: Medium to burnt orange with some copper at the core and honey around the edges - mostly clear, some chill haze - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap and a medium collar - leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Citrus, floral citrus, and candied citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, zest, and oil - very floral, with some citrus spice - lightly tropical notes, with some sweet pineapple - leafy and resinous with some hop cones - pine - grass and some peppery yeast - some depth to the malts, pale and caramel - light biscuits, caramelized malts - malty sweetness, citrus candy

T: Big citrus and caramel - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, zest - lightly tropical flavors - herbal and floral notes - big pine notes - resinous and spicy - leafy and lightly earthy - malts are sweet - pale malts, caramel malts, caramelized malts, touch of malt extract - alcohol is fairly obvious, adds a little heat

M: Medium body, mostly smooth, oily, low carbonation, finishes a little boozy

O: What's your favorite scary beer?

When I think about New Glarus, IPAs do not really come to mind. But, unsurprisingly, they can do the style. Scream is a little too sweet, with a little too much alcohol flavor, it's remarkably aggressively hopped. This is worth a try.

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Photo of mradamhimself
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Scream a few times over the last 1.5 years, and this last time I wasn't as impressed which I think might be due to a not-as-fresh batch from the Mars Cheese Castle. I'll try to pull from memory to rate fairly as I drink it and write this review. Dan does a really nice job with the base - good medium-heavy mouthfeel, and bright, deep copper color with very thin white ring as a head. Nice fruit comes by way of the hops - some apricot and a little grapefruit in the nose. Appropriately bitter - this is an amazing beer when fresh...not amazing when more than 5-6 weeks old. See if you can authenticate the bottling date when purchasing, or just go to the brewery and get it there.

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Photo of 98green
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 4-pack of bottles. Didn't find much to impress from the first one I tried, but I liked the second one (different day) much better. For an imperial, neither the hops nor the malt hit full blast, but the balance is actually nice. Maybe not at the top of my IIPA list, but I'd recommend it to others to try

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Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Julian date stamped 2035; thanks to my friend, Ken, for picking this up for me while on a road trip to the brewery
A - thinner creamy ivory head slowly fades on a hazed amber colored ale
S - juicy hops with grapefruit, mango, mandarin; while caramel, honey, and toffee round out the sweet malt nose
T - sweet malt and bitter hops with flavors of mango, pine, grapefruit, mandarin zest, caramel malt, bread crust,
M - full bodied, moderate carbonation, quite resinous, finishes bitter yet a bit sweet also
O - very solid DIPA (or IIPA). I look forward to drinking the rest of the 4 pack in the near future.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange. Smell is a bit of malt with fruity peach, pine and touch of grapefruit maybe. Taste is similar with some pepper spice but strong alcohol and med-high bitterness. Feels is dry finish

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Photo of lochraneg
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: amber to orange hue, thin white head.
Smell: fruit. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Pine. Hops
Taste: citrus. Tropical fruit. Resin.
Feel: clean crisp.
Overall: very good. Find it

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Photo of Hop_God
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: amber to orange hue. Thin white head.

S: juicy fruit. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Pine. Hops

T: citrus. Tropical fruit. Resin.

F: clean crisp.

O: very good. Not quite up to the hype IMO

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). Bottled 6/16/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger and a half pale head. Almost full layer across the surface and a wide halo that leaves a few scattered small clouds of lace.

Hoppy, citrusy aromas of orange, grapefruit, peach and some faint bread.

Tastes bitter yet sweet. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mild peach, pepper, bread and a touch of booze heat. This straddles the line between hop bitterness and flavor with a good amout of malt presence backing it up.

Slick, semi oily medium body with a swift zing of carbonation. Finishes bitter with citrus zest, fruit skin and a mild malty sweetness.

New Glarus has a quality imperial IPA here. Even at three months this holds up as a really nice example of the style. This is one that I would try again without hesitation.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly cloudy golden orange. A nice white puffy head which leaves minimal lacing at top. You can taste the 85 IBUs and you can feel the heat of the 9%. Nice medium thickness for a IIPA.

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 9.0% = 108, or 2.1 Bud Lights.

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Photo of dfillius
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle don 6/16/15, reviewed on 9/27/15
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger white head with stellar retention. The best retention I've seen in ages. 1/2 finger remains after 2 minutes. Liquid is golden-orange with chill haze.
S: Dusty herbal/citrus hops. Not strong overall. Where is the smell? After it warms, some evergreen hops break through.
T: Bitter brigade from the get-go with a juicy orange/grapefruit juice finish. Alcohol breath in the latter half of the sip that is a negative.
M: Bitter at the outset. Creamy finish followed by a pithy dry bitterness. Alcohol warmth is a bit too much.
O: A very good DIPA, but reinforces my decision to switch over to single IPAs and APAs now. Too much alcohol character.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this one a couple of weeks ago when a friend was gracious enough to bring me some brews back from his trip to Wisconsin.

My strong pour gets me a full two inches of head that actually crests the top of my glass. Head is doughy tan in color and turns rocky as it fades slowly. Dots of scattered lace is left behind. The body is a gel like haze of murky orange tones. Nose is stinky and dank with tones of fresh cut veggies and pine along with pepper. With first sip I get lots of dank, piney hops up front. There is some citrus rind that plays mid palate with a noticeable orange liqueur feel, kind of reminds me of Grand Marnier. The alcohol is strong but not harsh at all. This is a very big Double IPA. Finish is dry and has some nice spicy notes. Bitterness does linger on the mouthfeel in all the right ways. A bold and beastly brew.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent DIPA. Nice golden color. Not hazy but not clear. Hops and slight alcohol are present on the nose. Good taste but I feel like the hop bitterness is not the perfect fit for the sweetness of the malt. Glad I got to try it!!! I'm just used to their sours. Huge shout out to @patriots for picking this bottle up for me. I really did enjoy it.

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