Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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92
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1,641 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:
1,641
Reviews:
461
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
346
Gots:
221
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,641 |  Reviews: 461
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.

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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.

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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 Barracudas
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.

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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.

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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.

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

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light amber
S: Sweet and tart red apple, some malt sweetness, apple juice
T: Sweet fresh red apple, tart green apple, balanced, light honey
M: Medium light
O: Great for the style. Not something I'd drink a ton of but I can't imagine a non sour style apple ale being any better

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Photo of yasky
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,641 ratings.
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