Thumbprint Scream IIPA
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #56
ABV:
9%
Score:
96
Ranked #574
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
2,006
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New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: 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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Creevo from Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9/17/19, 4pk in Wisconsin. Best double IPA I’ve ever had. Very well done NGB, it’s actually refreshing and seemingly light. I fully expected the opposite but was pleasantly surprised and impressed. Kinda like Spotted Cow’s 18 year old, hot sister who all the boys want to come over to see.

Sep 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 7/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy off-white head; thick lace.

Mango, caramel & banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild grapefruit flavor up front; caramel & banana notes on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Not sure if this is old or not, but it's not fruit forward enough for me. Drinkable but not a treat; wish they'd date these so I know if I just don't like it!!

Sep 14, 2019
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz btl pour into small snifter.
Looks a bit like a juicy east coasty ipa, Thin white head with aggressive pour, disappears quickly. No matter.
Tropical fruit, floral, mango. Deep rich smell. Touch of malt. Very inviting!
Taste in a wonderful banquet. Each drink brings a different flavor. Obvious tropical flavors. A bit of hop finish. Clean finish. Very balanced flavor for an imperial. Not to heavy. Not to-syrupy.
Feel was medium considering an imperial. Easy to drink. No alcohol taste. Careful.
Very refreshing beer. Delicious. Find it. Buy it. Drink it.

May 18, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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

My latest trivia partners are a husband & wife team who are both into watching sports & I was a tad surprised when they recently traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the NCCA Volleyball championships. She is from SW Wisconsin so when they made a foray to visit her family, I became the lucky recipient of a hook-up.

From the Bottle: "Drink Indigenous"; "'Some people paint, some sing, others write ... I brew.'
—Daniel Carey"; "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."

I was really excited to Pop! the cap on this one! I had one once before at the Madison, WI Old Chicago before it closed, but I did not do a field review. I utilized a C-Line pour to create just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. It was kind enough to leave some nice, sticky lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus for a taste. Nose smelled like a NWIPA throwback with its intense pine and moderate grapefruit quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, approaching, but not quite achieving, creaminess. The taste was revelatory! It was a reminder of why I converted to being a hophead in the first place - undoubtedly high in IBUs, it had the hoppy bitterness not found in more recent Tropical IPAs, NEIPAs, Brut IPAs & the ilk. It seemed to explode with a cool pine resinousness and then die down to a grapefruit citrusiness. Mmm. Imagine being a recovering junkie who has kicked his habit only to be pleasantly surprised by a fix & some works around Christmas ... That will give you a sense of my euphoria. Finish was dry, bitter, hoppy & just what I wanted & needed.

Dec 26, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tall pilsner glass shows this IIPA as a clear effervescent gold body floating a persistent 1/2in white head of foam and leaves erratic lacing

Aroma is flowery, citrus, and bready malt and the flavors match with an added touch of pine. This is not 9%. No booze heat, aroma, or flavor. Scary.

Mouthfeel is almost chewy, medium leaning heady; meaning I get more pressure, not so much a headache as an awareness of pressure in my skull.

Overall a very nice imperial.

Oct 23, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle that has a dating code that makes no sense to me. Pours a slightly cloudy ripe apricot color with a thick white head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma is oranges and pineapple, slightly dank. Flavor is sweet citrus hops with a decent amount of caramel malt backbone. Feel is medium, with only adequate carbonation. Overall a decent enough beer but I wouldn't make a trip to Wisconsin for no other reason than to buy it.

Sep 18, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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

A - Pours a hazy amber with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, orange, grapefruit and caramel malts.

T - The taste is tangerine, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, caramel and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - This is a very solid DIPA. Nice mix of sweet malts and tropical fruit. Pretty easy drinking for 9%.

May 04, 2018
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. The pour is light orange, slightly hazy, and sports a finger of rocky foam with good retention. Typical American IPA nose of lemon, cedar, pine, and a little soap.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a sharp, hoppy flavor. Not much malt up front, but a fair amount of lemon which maintains across the palate. Finishes dry with hints of pine and lemon lingering behind. Nothing spectacular, but a good American IPA.

Apr 16, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, honey-hued body; thick, sticky, foamy white head. Pine resin aroma; some floral notes. Pine-like flavors; some light berry notes; huge hop bitterness throughout; a sly presence of alcohol. Medium body; crisp and sharp on the palate; nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

A fine, easy drinking IIPA. The beer is well-balanced with some excellent depth and complexity. The hop bitterness is right up front but not right in your face. The malt base comes across gently sweet but not cloyingly so. This beer is a pleasure to experience.

Apr 12, 2018
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Arseel from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Contrary to other reviews, only a 1-finger head developed for me (Spiegelau tulip glass), but this did not alter the overall quality of this brew. Floral and herbal in both aroma and taste with an almost creamy mouth feel. Good stuff.

Dec 31, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mostly clear, golden/orange color. A dense egg white head forms with excellent retention and some spotty lace gently clinging to the glass.
S: Floral and citrus hops up front. A green, herbal leafy like hop aroma as well, a touch of woody aromas in there along with faint caramel malt character in the background. Well balanced and enjoyable.
A: Like the nose, plenty of floral, citrus and herbal hop flavors. Fairly green, kind of like tea, and some wood in there. Caramel malt seems a bit more prevalent than the nose, and bit more up front than I would like. Probably not a perfectly fresh bottle, but still plenty of hop character. A touch grapefruit bitterness lingers after. Very well balanced.
M/O: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation that is smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink, I wish I had another bottle. Is definitely something I would come back to.

I am glad I was able to come across some more New Glarus from a friend. I think this might be a little old, but still very enjoyable, with plenty of hop character still. I can see me upping the score almost across the board with a fresher bottle however. A well made DIPA regardless.

Dec 06, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botting code reads C018, 1255

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and bright golden orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a decent-sized ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing. A few broken lines and a spot here and there.

Smell - Floral and slightly woody with a fair amount of citrus sitting beneath. Light booze. Faint caramel malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate floral, citrus and a slight pine flavor makes up the hop profile, while a hint of caramel character makes up the malt backbone. Hint of fruity esters hit mid-taste, along with a touch of funk and spice. green banana? Finish lingers with that touch of funk and some mild orange peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full in body with moderate carbonation. Slick, silky smoothness turns slightly dry and chalky in the finish.

Overall - A commendable DIPA, but I'm not really feeling it. Not enough hop bite. Maybe it's an old bottle? Hard to say with a bottling code that doesn't clearly give out the date, and I have no interest in decoding it.

Nov 07, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass bottled in 9/22

A: Nice fluffy Soapy head that doesn’t last. body is crystal clear medium dark amber.

S: Lots of fruit, honeydew, tangerine, pineapple, and a healthy dose of caramel malts.

T: Light hints of fruit are overshadowed by alcohol the booziness cuts the flavors in two. Nice pieces of fruit honeydew lots of caramel malts in the finish.

M: medium to fuller bodied decent carbonation. Has a little alcohol cling to it.

O: this is a very good traditional DIPA you don’t see anymore. it’s fruity and malty and boozy. This is kind of a Dodo DIPA. If you like your fruit bombs with no backbone or alcohol you will not like this beer.

Nov 04, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank hops; balanced malts without being sweet/heavy for the ABV; well attenuated. Really hoppy without being aggressive. Definitely Midwest styled stuff. A really enjoyable offering.

Oct 28, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling light amber with a thick and persistent off-white uniform foam.

Smell is woody, piney, and ruggy hops with grapefruit--clean but classic except for a hint of Sweet Tarts.

Taste is crisp but bitter, starting with orange, pear, and grapefruit leading into pine and wood. Biscuit emerges as it warms, in both smell and taste.

Semi-bitter with a perfect, medium body, a perfect moderate carbonation and a semi-dry to dry finish. Well done with their deft touch, but not your modern DIPA.

Aug 25, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale gold with a large head. The aroma features a big punch of grapefruit peel, with pine, lemon, mint, mandarin orange, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is straight up classic american IPA, with grapefruit peel, orange peel, dry pine, resin, mandarin orange, tangerine, and some caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty, very bitter imperial IPA. The flavor are on the classic citrus and pine axis, with good vibrancy and a solid malt base to work against.

Aug 03, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A limited release "Thumb Print" beer that happens to be available 12 months out of the year. Must be more of a brand image thing, to justify four-packs and a higher price.

Anyhow, yeah, it's a pretty good, contemporary Dipa. Nothing worth seeking out but still good for the price.

Flavor profile is probably more old school than new--meaning that it's not especially fruity and there's nothing gimmicky about it. The malt leans toward UK-style, with some nodes of biscuit and light butter. But, of course, the hops steal the show, starting bitter and piney and finishing even more bitter and lightly alcoholic.

Aug 03, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled one month prior to consumption. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger or so of white, foamy head that lingers and clings nicely to the glass.

On the nose it packs a punch. Citrusy and tropical fruits, an almost cookie-like malt. There's some grape notes and as it warms an orange smell emerges that is fantastic. There is also a sweet note like caramel.

The flavor is an explosion of the citrus notes and a noticeable pineapple with orange along for good measure. The malt holds up though - not quite overshadowed by the hoppy goodness, but close. I do get more of a cookie dough kind of taste - a little sweetness and a little caramel. The last of the taste is like citrus pith with just a little pine resin to add interest. There's sufficient bitterness to clean the palate, but this beer is about hop flavor versus bitterness, at least to my tongue.

It is fairly full-bodied, at the very least a medium bodied beer. A little drying on the finish and the rind-like citrus hangs around pleasantly for a while.

This is a where have you been all my life kind of beer - really enjoyed the balance and high level of flavor intensity Scream brings without being overpowering, This is a dangerously drinkable beer for 9% and my feeling was the alcohol was quite well hidden. Highly recommended - if you see it fresh, buy it.

May 03, 2017
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egregor35 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Beautiful peach/orange-ish hue. Lots of bubbles with a thin off-colored head.

S- Citrus/Pine, really clean, fresh aroma

T- Sweet malt backbone gives way to tropical citrus fruit body. Bitterness holds off until end for a real snap. Absolutely delicious

Feel- Drinks very easily. Not syrupy or thick- excellent

Overall- Like every other New Glarus beer, a pleasure to drink. A truly special double IPA

Apr 15, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold. Thick, medium, off-white head that last a while with lacing.

Smells Citrus, malt, light Pine, light dank, earthy.

Taste Citrus, bready malt, lighter earthy. Finishes dry with a light bitter Pine linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Mar 15, 2017
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AndrewP17 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: nice golden wheat color with a small off white head
S: lots of citrus and piney hops on the nose
T: holy citrus man!! big flavors of tropical citrus has a bitterness that comes in towards of the end that keeps you coming back for more
F: a nearly perfect iipa feel to it. medium body and great thickness to enjoy all the flavors!!

overall: probably on of my favorite iipas!!!!

Feb 27, 2017
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scream from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just good. Sure there may be better ones out there but this is a solid IIPA. And it goes down pretty nice, not so in your face as some others might be. If you come to Wisconsin grab some because you will not find it anywhere else !

Feb 19, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark golden color with a finger width white head. Good laceing. Smells of piney citrus hops. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Overall, another good one from New Glarus.

Feb 10, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Score these every now and then as extras in my Wisconsin trades for Central Waters. Always appreciated. Pours a standard golden color, 1/2" white head, good clarity. Aroma is a medley of hops, mostly in the non proprietary vein it would seem.

Taste is a good blend of hops once again, solid bitterness, toasted pale maris otter giving the beer its standard golden appearance. Slight sweetness to it, doesn't really delve too much into caramel territory, keeps a lighter malt body than that. Sweet breadiness accompanied by some melon and mango like flavors in the mouth feel. Pretty clean, a little bit of a booze bite.

Would bang again.

Feb 01, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold colour. Smells like citrus hops, pine resin, sweet malts, and a little astringent. Tastes like citrus hops, tropical fruits, and a light malti-ness; lighter than expected, very flavourful.

Jan 31, 2017
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