Thumbprint Apple Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,895
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Mar 31, 2022
Sep 25, 2004
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Notes: 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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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

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
4.06 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
3.95 by Krusader from Wisconsin on Dec 21, 2021
4.48 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Dec 14, 2021
4 by bouncepass from California on Oct 20, 2021
3.64 by BigIronH from Michigan on Oct 03, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TedHead from Illinois

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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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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
3.81 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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
4.96 by Jmilton from Michigan on Mar 14, 2021
4.03 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Feb 28, 2021
4.47 by jstern from California on Feb 20, 2021
3.98 by Chilmer from Iowa on Feb 01, 2021
4.22 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Etched identification marking on bottle is '020231134773B'.
Clear, amber colored body. Massive surge of rising bubbles keep feeding the off white small bubble head. Leaves behind scattered strands of lacing on drinking side.
Aroma is subdued, with malt and apples.
Taste is very expressive with the apple flavor, sweet and crisp. Has a malt backbone.
Thicker than medium mouth feel, almost like creamy apple butter. Excellent carbonation.
It is difficult not to drink this down in one swig. Unknown ABV% but there is no alcohol detected. Just the essential fall essence of crisp apple sitting on top of the brown ale base.

Dec 28, 2020
4.61 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin on Dec 19, 2020
4.51 by HopHippie from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2020
3.76 by brandoneast from Texas on Sep 16, 2020
4 by chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska on Apr 29, 2020
4.16 by EMH73 from New York on Mar 17, 2020
4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
4 by RitzCarling from Illinois on Jun 29, 2019
4.13 by rab53 from Washington on May 31, 2019
4.06 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on May 22, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep gold that is almost brown topped by a dense finger of cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells like straight apple juice in the best possible way along with a hint of caramel
T: Taste is crisp and sweet apples with a little caramel. Slight bitter apple skin as well. Swallow is more sweet apple notes with some lingering caramel.
M: This beer is fairly light in body but it is not watery. Carbonation is fairly effervescent but it stays just below prickly while the beer has a semidry finish
O: Overall this is a delicious beer that is probably flirting with cider territory from the flavor department. Definitely good and worth a try. Not the most complexity in the world but definitely an enjoyable drink.

Jul 18, 2018
4.16 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 18, 2018
4.23 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Mar 14, 2018
4.16 by SBlobaum from Illinois on Dec 20, 2017
4 by Vidblain from Minnesota on Dec 18, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Barely sparkling copper exhibiting complete clarity with a mild white foam head settling to a soft fuzzy collar leaving an arm of lace or two.

Smell is a mild mix of corn, toasted wheat and grass with a popping, bright, juicy and crisp apple that even has a bit of a honey note to it.

Taste is tangy, almost tart but mostly sweet juicy red apple with a bready, wheaty finish and some Corn Flakes.

Apple Ale has a crisp but soft froth, medium body and semi-wet finish.

Sep 24, 2017
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEER88 from Washington

Like a cider/beer mosa!

Sep 05, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours Amber. Bubbly, short, Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells apple juice, light tart apple and lemon hints.

Taste caramel malt, sweet and tart apple, cider, light earthiness. Finish is semi-sweet with an apple linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation

Aug 31, 2017
4.83 by ZombPumpkin from Illinois on Aug 25, 2017
4.3 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2017
4 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 16, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by bubbly03 from Missouri

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.

Jun 19, 2017
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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