Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
1,642
Reviews:
461
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
346
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221
For Trade:
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Photo of SPD656
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mplsbrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rudylaw
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a see through amber with orange hue. A nice, ample white head is present.

Smells ike apple juice, some pear... all around orchardy goodness.

Tastes just like Simply Apple apple juice. Nice and refreshingly tart! God, is this amazing.

I could drink a dozen of these. The alcohol is nowhere to be found... apple concentrate beer equals an incredible, unique drinking experience.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - Deep goldenrod in color with perfect clarity, coaxing a head out of this was difficult. A tall pour was all that got a loose white foam to spring up then sink to a skim shortly thereafter. No lace left over.

S - Crisp apple juice, freshly squeezed, just wafts out miraculously. Fantastic crisp fall aroma, this brew makes my mouth water...a lot. Slight notes of amber malt are all that keep this (somewhat) grounded to a beer. No hops.

T - A nice amber malt backing is very reminiscent of Enigma. A faint hop finish comes through to slightly, and very nicely, offset the crisp, fresh apple flavor. I pick out McIntosh immediately. Perfect fall flavor with a great complexity.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Lingering dry apple sweetness. Nice.

D - It's a damn shame this is in "expensive" four-packs. As a standard offering I could crush this all fall long. That's not to say it's not worth the money. Epic drinkability.

[Note as of 02-10-11 - If you can still find this (it's at most places) get it. The beer is changing nicely and drinks just as well, if not better than fresh!)

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light, golden brown in color. Small dirty khaki head with poor retention. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves a surprising amount of lace on the glass though.

S - Smells alot like apple cider to me. A nice sweet/tart apple mix with little else in the nose. No noticeable hop aroma and the lightest hint of bready malt notes.

T - Somewhere between apple juice, cider, and a light bodied brown ale. More tart than anything else, with just enough sweetness to keep it from being puckering.

M/D - Medium bodied with a slight chewiness. Very easy drinking. No real resemblence to a brown ale (which the bottle claims to be the base). An excellent fruit beer and another great and very intriguing beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mikesgroove for this. Another New Glarus beer in the books. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Shared with capra12.

A: Moderate pour yields apple juice... yep... plain and simple apple juice. You want more? Ok fine... .5 finger white head that dissipates quickly, partially clear slightly orangy-yellow beer. Near non-existant lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed apple juice and cinammon. Extremely fragrant and sweet. This one really blows my mind and is really what NG does best. An astoundingly fruity nose. You know exactly what flavors you're going to get here.

T: Apple juice but a little sweeter from start to finish. A bit of spice... but again, there's nothing else to say that could describe this one better. Finish is rather clean with a sweet and tangy aftertaste. Perfectly simple.

M: Light to medium bodied, slightly coarse, and medium carbonation. Slightly watery in the mouth and with a clean finish. Aftertaste is pleasantly filmy.

D: Like an apple cider... but better in every way. Great taste and crispness. Extremely light, smooth, and drinkable. This is the epitome of a summer beer and a shining example of what New Glarus does best and what all fruit beers should strive towards... amazing. Seek it out!

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Photo of spointon
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear light orange color with a thin white head. The head rapidly dropped to a broken ring and did not leave any lace behind, but the color and clarity more than made up for this.

S= Smelled like apples and caramelized sugars with a hint of malty richness. Not overly aromatic, but the smells that are there really resonate.

T= Started off with a quick pop of malic acid bite, then moved into the more beery realm of sweet malts and caramelized sugars. The middle was all apple fruit flavor, slightly tart and slightly sweet. Finished crisp and lightly sweet, with an aftertaste reminiscent of baked apple pie.

MF= A little lighter than medium in body with a nice and crisp carbonation level. Very refreshing and clean feeling in my mouth.

D= Off the charts drinkable and so refreshing. I wish this was available to me by the case in the heat of June-August. So tasty and worth every good word that has been printed about it.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition - scooped a case for drinking and spreading

i have heard how great this beer was since i moved here in 2005 - i just missed the original release

appearance: poured into a standard pint glass, clear placid golden-straw body, light cream head and no lacing left behind

smell: holy smokes...thats some fresh apple cider! Thoughts of fall Saturday mornings at the farmers market with loads of fresh apples and organic cider fill my head

taste: This beer is a little ridiculous to be honest. It's absolutely fantastic cold as ice but could likely be served heated (i'll try that sometime). There is little difference between this beer and a great apple cider...the tartness level is just perfect and the strong red apple presence is really great in this one

mouthfeel: tart, light and lively

drinkability: insanely drinkable for me - i love fresh apple cider

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Photo of brewbucker
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this actually getting better with a little age on it. I bought it as soon as it came out and had a couple which I thought were very tasty. Now it is sublime. pours a very clean copper with a small head and moderate carbonation. The aroma? Well the aroma is probably the most natural smelling fruit beers I have encountered. A little tart. A little sweet. Hints of spice. Flavor started out on the sweet side but seems to be getting more tart as it warms a little. Again. It is such a natural flavor compared to some other fruit beers. I saw this for sale as recently as a week or two ago and now I am kicking myself for not buying a few more four packs.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange-copper-amber with an ephemeral head. Active carbonation visible within and throughout keeps a thin spotty layer of foam afloat. Tracing drapes the edges of the glass.
S-Sweet. tart, fresh red apples. A bit of malt character emerges as the temperature rises.
T-Upfront is blend of bold sweet apples and light sweet malt which rapidly and pleasantly transition onto the sour taste buds. Midpalate is full of apple pie aroma, with cinnamon, spice, and dough. Faint hops in finish supplement the tartness with a little bitterness, cut into the sweet, full flavor, and wrap up a very pleasant drinking experience with a combination of tartness, even malt, and fruit.
M-Light-to-medium bodied w/robust carbonation, very evenly balanced, and pleasant. The body and carbonation complement each other well, and carry each other through the finish. The fresh apple dominates, but the other characteristics keep it in check, and make it interesting.
D-I was extremely impressed with this brew, a great combination of top-notch flavor and lively mouthfeel. I'm not usually big on this style, but I will definitely buy this again. It pairs well with crepes, and drinks well on its own. Sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, bright copper color with the faintest suggestion of head and virtually no lace.

S: Incredible aroma of fresh-pressed, roadside farm stand apple juice. The kind that's so fresh, it was probably hanging on the tree that morning. Slightly tart edge of green apples, with the sweet spiciness of a Fuji or Honey Crisp.

T: See above. Spiced apples and caramel, with hints of cider, cinnamon, and homemade pie crust. Unbelievable!

M: Initial blast of fresh, ripe apple sweetness that leads into a brief fresh fruit tang, and which is gradually eclipsed by a creeping dry spiciness.

D: This is an amazingly balanced fruit beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after reading a couple of reviews of this I decided to try it and managed to pick up the last 4 pack of this at the Brat Stop. What an awesome score!

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another in the bounty of New Glarus goodies traded to me by alcstradamus. Again, thank you.

Pours a clean, clear copper with orange highlights & just a little head (about a quarter-inch). Not much lacing, a swirl left some little strands.

Smells awesome: sweet baked apples, some honey-like sugar, baking spices.

Taste is like farmhouse cider with a subtle but solid malty, bready follow-up in the body. Delicious. Finishes tart.

Mouthfeel is very active, prickly, tingly -- hits you like A1. Acidic in a good way. Thicker & stronger than cider without being sticky.

I really enjoyed this beer -- my experience with fruit beers is that they tend to be either very thin or taste like the fruit has been "added" in some way. This was right up front & defined by the apples without losing the body & malt that makes a great beer. One of the best fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yup, looks pretty much like fizzy apple juice. Very clear and golden amber. Mildly carbonated, yet managed to produce a solid one finger off white head that receded to leave a nice collar. Also managed to leave some decent, thin yet sticky clouds of lace.

Nice aroma here. Not surprisingly there is a lot of apple, fruity and aromatic, in the aroma, as well as a hint of spice. Like apple pie in a glass, with caramel and crust from the malts. A hint of cinnamon and allspice as well.

A must for any fan of apple pie and beer. Apple and malts in wonderful balance, aromatic and flavorful with a touch of tartness. Caramel and pie crust from the malts, and a nice hint of earthy pie spice.

Another great brew from New Glarus. Apple and malts are married together to make for an interesting medium bodied brew. Mildly carbonated yet quite finely so, making for a nice spritzy feel.

Incredibly drinkable, and perhaps the perfect breakfast ale. Another incredible Unplugged offering from this great brewery. The alcohol is almost hidden by the sweet, aromatic, and slightly tart apple juice. Im lucky to be able to make frequent trips to Wisconsin. I suggest you head to the land of the cheeseheads and pick up a few four packs before they are all gone.

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Photo of vitrael
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a lot Dan's unplugged series, it's difficult to put this one in a box. It has little in common with most other fruit beers I've approached, and in particular it associates more with fresh apple cider flavors than beer flavors. That said, I'm giving Dan the benefit of the doubt (which he well deserves) and figuring he set out to create a beer of intense, unadulterated fresh apple flavor, with the body and mouthfeel of a beer. And that he did.

At the first crack of the bottle, you get the sensation that you've bitten into a honeycrisp apple off the vine, and its juices are wafting up into your nose. The delicate fresh sweetness borders on the flavor of white grapes or a good chardonnay. The appearance is crystal clear and golden, with a thin white film of a head. Before tasting, you could mistake it easily for a sparkling apple juice.

You'll discover, as soon as you part your lips, the full bouqet of fresh apple flavor is executed perfectly on the tongue. It is really very sweet, quite cider-like, but balanced nicely due to the lightness of body and relatively high carbonation. The actual character of the hopping here is almost imperceptible, just enough to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. How such a powerful fruit characteristic was achieved, I really don't know. Barley has taken a back seat in this beverage.

My hat off to Dan as usual (probably the only exception was choco-abbey... man, what was that about?)

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, believe brdc hooked me up at DLD but I could be wrong!

Pours a crystal clear light amber, some orange highlighting, thick white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is real neat, like apple juice, caramel, lightly sugary, toasty/biscuity, treacle, pears, cider, very malty, quite sweet, but really interesting maltiness, and real nice apple aroma, definitely unique. Taste is similar, lots of apple juice character, very fresh, lightly tart, great maltiness, caramel and honey, toast and biscuit, very rich and full, very fresh and juicy, this stuff is great! Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, real nice tartness. Insanely drinkable, I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick white head and generous lacing. You can smell the beer from the second you pop the cap. Smells of fresh baked apple, cinnamon, and sweet malts. Taste is actually not overwhelmingly sweet. Good sourness notes with cinnamon and a little nutmeg with tons of tasty apples in every sip. Mouthfeel is medium with good body and tons of carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic.

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Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new glarus glass. Thank you to gripitandsipit for this excellent brew!

Even given my excellent experiences with new glarus I wondered how they would end up capturing apple in a beer. To get to the point, they didn't disappoint. This is straight up the most excellent applesauce you've had in your life.. in a beer. Spicy apples in the nose, spicy apples in an ephemeral taste. This is delicious, and might even trump the cranbic. I'm very happy I got to try this and would recommend it to anyone within a many-mile radius of it.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apple Ale pours a pretty transparent deep golden color (like apple juice) with reddish hues. There is a lot of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. It forms a bubbly white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a foam ring on the surface.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with the apple notes coming through very nicely. Also some honey sweetness and floral notes. Mild but extremely pleasant.

Taste starts with sour green apples and maybe some grapes (?) .It soon shifts to a lot of honey sweet notes, again with the apples and a slight citric/floral notes. Malt is faintly grainy and barely perceptible. Ends with a sweet/sour combination and a kind of carbonated-water finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing with mild flavors and pretty high carbonation. Body is very light and smooth. Drinkability is absurdly high. I could drink this forever.

Wow, I'm impressed. Good job New Glarus.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear brassy color with a short-lived white head.

S - apple cider, apple pie, baked apples.

T - red delicious, macintosh, and sour green apples all rolled into this tasty brew.

F - light bodied, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

D - very drinkable especially if you like apples, as I do.

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Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a 120z bottle of New Glarus Appel Ale. Poured into a pint glass at room temperature. Tan color with a beige head. Has lots of fresh apples over a nicely balanced brown ale. Nice cider flavors as well. Clean, crisp body. Another great fruit beer from Danny.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep gold, almost orange color. Slightly violent pour produces a big, frothy head. Retention and lacing is pretty darn good. Very effervescent with a continuous stream of carbonation of bubbles. Body is slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S- This is a bouquet of apples all the way through. Sweet and fruity apples with maybe a hint of cinnamon. Apple scent is very dominant with full and juicy flavors.

T- Pretty much the same as the scent. Full, ripe, and juicy apples hit the tongue and preside throughout the drink. I can't tell if there is a hint of cinnamon or not, but towards the end a slight bite appears. The bite is kicked off by a hint of barley grain flavor. Grain flavor lends some smoothness to the drink that ends with a sweet aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, high carbonation, and smooth going down. This would be a great, easy drinking summer beer, but it's still drinking great now in January.

Overall, this is a great first impression of New Glarus. I have their other fruit beers, and this just gets me excited to try those. Drinks like a cider, yet the grain at the end proves that this is indeed a beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a beer but it tastes like a cider oh my god what is the world coming to?!?!?!

Smells of apples. Like apple juice. More like sparkling cider than like hard cider, which considering the MO of New Glarus' fruit beers actually makes a lot of sense.

Tastes very much like it smells only just a little bit gleefully alcoholic. It tastes like fizzy apple cider with just a tiny bit of booze burn near the back, and then the aftertaste is a chewy yeast that's similar to the one they use in their fruit beers. I pick up no nodes of brown ale but I absolutely don't need to because this gets the job done just fine.

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Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into wine glass.

A - Hazy Amber/Gold with fluffy white 2 finger head. Leaves some lacing. Stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Apple Pie/Cider, Cinnamon. Sweet and tart,

T - Like grandma's apple pie with just the right amount of sweet and tart. Such a fun beer to quaff.

M - Good Carbonation, light bodied.

O - A delicious apple fruit beer that isn't the garbage that is out there from the Macros. Get some!

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear shimmering amber with tiny, light carbonation that diffuses into a thin veil of froth on the surface. This simply looks like a lightly carbonated Apple Juice.

S- Baked Apple and champagne-like effervescence fills the nose. Im also picking up some dark cherry notes, smells almost like a apple and cherry pie. Very sweet and inviting.

T - New Glarus does it again with this fruit offering! The sweet flavor of apples hits you right up front, but no where near cloying. The finish has a slight tartness that perfectly balances the taste of this low ABV beer.

M - Perfect viscosity for the flavor, not too watery, and not overly rich and frothy. There is enough carbonation to give this a champagne type mouthfeel, without causing any off flavors or acidity.

D - Off the charts in this category. A sip becomes a drink, and a drink becomes a gulp, and a gulp becomes... well my 4 pack wont last long. I cant imagine anyone NOT liking this stuff.

It is not terribly complex, but seems to successfully accomplish with apples what their Belgian Red does with Cherries. Their Unplugged Apple Ale is just further proof that New Glarus is the American (possibly World?) Champions of the Fruit/Veg segment of craft brewing.

If you are lucky enough to find this, don't hesitate to pick it up. If you don't like it (doubtful!) you wont have to go far to find someone who will.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,642 ratings.
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