Thumbprint Scream IIPA
New Glarus Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #59
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4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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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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bmur112 from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Dec 12, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden color with an impressively robust head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: An explosion of citrus and tropical fruit, rich in pineapple and grapefruit with a hint of orange

Taste: Shortbread malt lays the backbone for the tropical fruit and citrus parade, bringing pineapple, grapefruit, orange and papaya; after the swallow, the malt bill builds in intensity though it never quite reaches the level of the hops (that's a good thing)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some boozy warmth

Overall: With one fell swoop, the Careys have thrown down the gauntlet to show that New Glarus can brew a DIPA with the best of them

Thanks, WI-Beer-Man, for the opportunity

Aug 24, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.49 4-Pack
Woodman's - Kenosha

This one is about a month old now. Time to get drinking. Scream is perfectly hazy, perfectly unfiltered, and saturated orange. Micro carbonation bubbles coat the surface of the glass while keeping the dirty white head standing at attention. The foam is incredibly fluffy and long lasting, coating the glass in sheets. That's one pretty beer.

Have you ever smelled a beer and could tell it's dry? That's Scream. Bitter aspirin hoppiness and clean alcohol fumes bring about the sense of dryness.. Clean melon notes, a touch of white grape, pithy citrus, bright pine, and spiciness all come forward from the liberal use of hops. Good depth. A soft drizzle of caramel sits atop a sugar cookie maltiness that's impressively clean.

Pithy citrus leads the way on the palate, both grapefruit and orange, bitter. The melon, cantaloupe mostly, brightens up the middle along with dripping, juicy orange and ripe apricot. Pine and that bitter aspirin I mentioned above bring up the rear. The crushed aspirin is integrated well and adds assertive bitterness. The malt is pale and adds a simple sugar cookie base as a canvas for the assertive hoppiness. A touch of peppery alcohol wraps it up nicely.

The mouthfeel is soft and supple which accentuates the silky body. For such a big beer New Glarus did a great job keeping the weight of the body under control, keeping it in the moderate range. Bitterness is assertive on the swallow while alcohol fumes dry it all up.

Well, New Glarus brewed yet another gem of a beer. Surprise, surprise.... The depth of the hop profile sets this one apart. Drinkability is dangerous and the body fits perfectly. It's still drinking like a champ so go grab some now. The only thing hampering this beer is the ever present note of booze, though supremely clean, it's constant presence takes a bit away from the overall product. I'd love to see this made available more often than once a year, or whatever they plan to do.

Jul 13, 2014
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into an IPA glass.
Pours a love, slightly hazy golden hue with a slim finger of bubbly white head. Leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is not hugely strong but has plenty of citrus shining through with a hint of resin.
This is a fabulous tasting beer. Lots of citrus flavor right up front. Big and juicy orange pith with a bit of sweet pineapple. A nice, drying pine resin finish. As it warms, there are also hints of spice and toffee. The alcohol is almost completely hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.
Overall, a bracing and delicious IIPA. Fabulous.

Feb 03, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the imperial IPA generally celebrates hop aroma and flavor over the earmark seventy ibu, thinking that deeper bitterness may not be feasible or desired; no such things come out of the New Glarus camp- its full steam ahead for this deeply resinous IPA!

Its frothy pour pulls a blanket of barley-stained froth from the honey-amber ale below, its stern appearance is reaffirmed with the very first whiff. Deep citrus character folds in on pine, grass, pepper and tropical fruits. Its firm alcohol seems of curacao liquor while the initial taste is caramel and biscuit laden.

Its creamy bitterness layer upon each other with lavish angel food cake-like consistency and taste. A citrusy marmalade seems to employ fruit punch tangy citrus with peps of honey and citrus juice. Its high tropical taste steers the beer to a savory fade with high mango, pineapple and apricot flavors leading the way.

With the sweetness and full body lessening only slightly, the bitterness takes hold and grips the throat with the intensity of pine tar. Extremely bitter, resinous and sticky, any dry finish won't be found here. Instead, there's the drippy, sprucy and sappy bitterness that closes with fresh-cut gras and spicy bubble gum and super glue slicing through.

Aug 14, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy glowing orange body, sticky lace all around the glass, long lasting surface coverage after the initial head settles down.

Sweet and sticky hop aroma, big citrusy orange and a little mango.

Lots of fruitiness in the taste, orange, grapefruit, and mango all have their time to shine. Grapefruit peel bitterness builds into the aftertaste. Flash of sweetness right beforehand. Big and burly, though not overly sweet or syrupy, pretty balanced all things considered. Really enjoyed this, and wish I had a few more.

Pretty awesome that this uses 100% WI grown hops.

Aug 10, 2014
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BuccoFan from District of Columbia

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

My first New Glarus. It's fantastic. Nice murky, golden color, with a nice mix of pine and malt. Body is robust, but still sharp. Think those Stone Enjoy By versions that do not have the yeasty, bready taste. ( i.e., the awesome versions).

Aug 08, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single, bottled in late June (so 2+ months old) into the spieglau ipa glass.

A: clear caramel amber with a 2 finger off white head that subsides after a minute leaving spotty lacing.

S: big caramel sweetness, pulpy sweet orange and mango and a hint of grapefruit rind.

T: matches the nose...big hops but beautifully balanced...not very bitter.

M: very smooth, a little sticky and syrupy the first few sips but then less so. Low to mid carbonation. Again, not much bite though a little rind and resin lingers. pretty sweet without being cloying.

Glad I took that little road trip across the border. Not my favorite profiles, but it is just exceptionally well made.

Sep 02, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : A traditional IPA/DIPA appearance, with an apricot melon colored body, 90% opaque, creating a gorgeous hue when light penetrates it; and a fluffy, pasty white cap @ 2 fingers. The head stays with the beer for awhile, and recedes still keeping structure and solid lace on the sides of the glass. I'd expect no different from NG.

S : A gorgeous aroma of freshly cut fruit on a platter...melon rind and flesh, blueberries, strawberries, grape. A faint citrus hop to bring it into tradition accompanies it but doesn't steal the show. Medium strength bouquet.

T : High presence of fruitiness, with melon, lemon, papaya, and orange peel. A touch of biscuit malts balance the profile. Some pine flavors also balance out the whole IPA spectrum to satisfy both sides of the fence. Slight onion but not enough to wash out the fruit. The end (and breaths) are largely fruity and vinous.

F : Quite a creamy presence with buzzing carbonation and a dry, parched finish. Warmth from the alcohol.

O : Another solid offering from New Glarus. I have no qualms about this beer except for the fact that I would have liked more fruitiness in the flavor like there was in the nose.

Sep 07, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Parish Brewing goblet. No bottled date visible
A- sunny, yellow-orange color with a slight haze. Almost like a glass of OJ. Finger-sized, diminutively-bubbled white head. Thick lacing.
S- floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, rosebush, resin a and a bit of alcohol.
T- citrusy fruit, like the nose. Some grassiness on the backend with mild bitterness.
M- light-medium feel with a prickly carbonation.
O- really enjoyed this one. Thanks to a great trader. Definitely upper-echelon DIPA.

Mar 23, 2015
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Stooven from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think of New Glarus as being an IPA-sorta brewery. That this beer is so effortless in its overall presentation is almost annoying. Like a rich hipster finding an acetate of the White Album at a flea market.

Sep 01, 2016
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Dragyourbone1 from Wisconsin

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

A: cloudy orange with light carb sprigs and inch thick creamy white fluff that dissipates to a contoured head after a few minutes as it sat while attending to other voices.
S: floral, almost rose like, and citrusy- orange, melon, lemon. The dank citrus sweetness increases as it warms. It's a heady mixture of citrus/passionfruit.
T: Moderate in thickness, buoyed by remaining head tufts. Finishes somewhat dry. I was expecting the nose to follow through a little more based on the scent.
O: Tasty ale. Hops present in scent but a little shrouded/blended/masked in taste. A nice blend. Alcohol is well hidden even when warmed... Well at least for ten minutes. Marked as 85 IBU's but the malt character softens those edges. Be careful with this one, but be sure to pick a 4pack up if available.

Mar 13, 2015
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my SN IPA glass
Appearance: Bright golden hue with a hint of orange. A solid finger or so fo head that suosides to a good solid ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell: citrusy with some resin and an earthy odor.
Taste: Citrus and fruit followed by an herbal earthiness . Not much bitterness. There is a lot going on with this beer but there is also a lot of restraint.
Mouthfeel: Thick body with slightly less than moderate carbonation. Almost a syrupy quality.
Overall: There are things in this beer that I would normally not like. However, it all works together so well. This is such a well made beer. It is a great example of where the style could go.

Feb 16, 2015
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AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance was a great looking amber tint. Lacing until the last of the beer.

Smell was strong oranges and malts. Just Enough resin to notice.

Taste was very nice. Tons of malt and citrus fruits. Good balance with the 85 IBU.

Feel was mild carbonation. Lighted bodied than I expected. Lots of resin lingers.

Overall a good beer. Requested in a trade, and glad I did. Would definitely purchase if given the opportunity.

Sep 04, 2015
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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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cambabeer from New York

3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow almost white head. Smells like fake orange juice, not in a bad way. Think tang or Tropicana. Sweet and pink grapefruit. Not much hops in the front but quite a bit in the aftertaste.

Mar 04, 2015
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jdkitchi from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Oct 25, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle opened 10.18.14

Solid stuff.

Oct 31, 2014
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cfrances33 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Oct 27, 2014
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1up from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Sep 11, 2014
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EmptyPockets from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jul 22, 2014
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TmKeisySC from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Nov 04, 2014
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BeerBeak81 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 08, 2015
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Half-full from Illinois

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

Mar 12, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 04, 2015
Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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