Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,646 Ratings
Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Skidz on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,646
Reviews:
462
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
346
Gots:
221
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,646 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubbly03
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's start off by clarifying that the Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus is no Angry Orchard. No. From the bottle the smell is fresh apple juice. A swig… Surprise, delight, a slight bend of the knee. How apropos, because other apple ales bow to this one. Beautiful foamy head that dissipates after a few moments. What makes this apple ale stand apart is the flavor from the brown ale base. This is no cloyingly sweet sparkling apple cider; oh no. This is fall in a glass, and as you sip, you will feel the sensation of fall leaves swirling around you. You will tighten an imaginary scarf around your neck. Your eyes will glow the same shade as this beer: liquid amber, like the purest honey. ABV is undetectable – it goes down sweet and smooth alright. You will marvel at how you are drinking gently bubbling liquid honey. Don't be afraid – take a bite of the apple. New Glarus Thumbprint Apple Ale is here for you.

 924 characters

Photo of dleiner
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monty79_1997
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bdubz94
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A clear dark amber color with a finger head that quickly recedes leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is straight up apple juice.

Tastes like apple cider. Very sweet, very refreshing, very juicy.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

Overall, a delicious beverage. Very refreshing. A great fruity beer. My only complaint is the lack of complexity in aroma and taste. Yeah you taste apples but not much else. Would have enjoyed some other flavors blended in as well. However, I prefer this beer to any of the hard apples ciders I have tried.

 583 characters

Photo of beerguy04
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a white head that goes away quickly. Smell and taste reminds me of apple cobbler. Mild tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and refreshing. Overall a really good beer for people new to craft, or fruit beers.

 233 characters

Photo of bfrank8
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gregy55902
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was decent, but it is too close to the formula of BMC "ciders" so it is suspect in some aspects. Follows a simple, safe mild apple flavor + sweetness formula that everyone else is already doing with their mass-produced ciders (I know this is "apple beer" but yeah). Nothing too exciting here other than some very faint spices with a nice buttery/cracker-y malt backbone, but I am glad to have tried it. Would have been more exciting with some tartness, but there was none to be found. Still good overall. I'm a bit more excited for the Raspberry Tart bottle, which will be opened when the time is right.

 606 characters

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber color with a 1/4" head.
S - The aroma is definitely apples.
T - Very nice apple flavored beer. A little tart but not overly so.
M - Fairly light mouth feel, average carbonation.
O - This is a very simple brew without complex flavors, just straightforward apple. I would not drink it all the time, but it is very enjoyable. And different.

 370 characters

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lanciloti
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PDGreenB
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an excellent fruit ale. I'll admit I'm a sucker for New Glarus, but this drink is impeccable. Poured from glass into a pint glass at Sugar River Pizza in New Glarus, WI. Comes out amber and copper in color, reminiscent of an apple cider. The taste is crisp and sweet, but not overwhelming. The head is small, but healthy for a typical fruit-flavored ale. This drink is great for colder weather, and decidedly a favorite in my book.

 436 characters

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,646 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.