Thumbprint Apple Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale
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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #7
ABV:
4%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,011
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
1,684
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 21, 2023
Added:
Sep 25, 2004
Wants:
  350
Gots:
  214
Apple Ale sings with the fresh crisp taste of Wisconsin apples. Our Brewmaster begins with a brown ale base employing Wisconsin farmed barley and a blend of apple varieties grown in Door County. Our apple growing friends squeeze them especially for this brew. Expect this ale to pour a beautiful copper color. The fresh bouquet of apple will rise to meet you even before the glass touches your lips. So be sure to sip slowly and enjoy the fruits of a Wisconsin harvest.
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured and enjoyed at fridge temperature from a tulip glass. Murky dark copper color, with a soap-sudsy looking thin white head. Straight-up fresh-pressed apple cider, with a light malty backbone and notes of tart apple lingering on the finish. The apple provides a beautiful complement to the base brown ale. Good balance, not too sweet, just an outstanding beer.
Dec 21, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2023
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at 57°. Apple juice copper amber color; excellent clarity; tight white head; ok cap retention leaves small island of micro dots; thin ring; spots of lace on agitation. Apple juice nose. Taste follows, minimal sweetness with just a wee bit of sourness. Medium minus carbonation, light crisp body. Outstanding fruited ale; like drinking adult apple juice.
Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by jhargs37

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.95 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by bouncepass from California

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by BigIronH from Michigan

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark coppery color with a fluffy tan head that dissipates very quickly. It smells like sweet apples with hints of "funk" and a slight sourness to it. The taste is like fresh apple juice with little malt presence and just enough hoppy bitterness to keep it from being sweet. It's less sweet than a cider but it's not dry like a wine. Overall a very very good fruit beer.
Aug 30, 2021
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle, no date (but I was told this was the 2021 bottling by the friend who picked it up in WI for me). Served in a Libby globe porter stemmed glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color - initial white head died back quite quickly to leave no head or lacing at all.

Smell: Pleasant amount of apples with a bit of honey underneath it.

Taste: Definite apple flavor, with a bit of bready malt backbone, and then some tart/mildly sour apple at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation, crisp and dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very well done fruit-based beer. This would be perfect in the fall, but is quite pleasant and tasty/refreshing as well at the end of a summer evening.
Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle reads 'D041'; consumed on 3/31/21

Pours a nearly crystal-clear orange-copper body capped with a finger of fluffy, slight off-white foam; sub-par head retention fades to a paper-thin island of cap, an expansive, bubbly collar, and minimal substantial lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma bursts forth with a casually defined green apple Jolly Rancher tone and mineral character reminiscent of Flintstones vitamins; baked apple crisp phases into the the background as bready malts become more pronounced into the back end and a green apple freshness washes over the close.

Taste opens with soft, flaky malts and a minerality, setting the tone for warm apple juice into a pillowy apple crisp sensation and hint of caramel over the mid-palate; the slightest green apple tart imparts a brightness to the back end of the profile before heartier notes of baked red apples finish.

Mouthfeel presents a body slightly fuller than medium and stoked with a prickly puff of carbonation; waxy textures tease a vague stickiness, which soon steadily fades to a firming density over the mid-palate and a barely perceptible tartness tingles to a peak before a spritzy grit lingers through the finish.

Natural and ripe, this brew effectively distinguishes itself from the cider fusion-types of ale with integrative yeast and involved malt profile, leaving a tactful, fresh presentation of a singular expression at multiple points of nuance.
Apr 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.96 by Jmilton from Michigan

Mar 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by jstern from California

Feb 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Jan 30, 2021
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1684 ratings