Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale
BA SCORE
4.13/5
1,650 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
Ranking:
#1,672
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,650
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
Wants:
347
Gots:
222
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,650 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of drewone
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russwbeck
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out of the bottle clear yellow and very bubbly. Despite, or perhaps because of, the bubbles, the head really is nothing but fiz. After a few minutes, there is no activity in the beer.

S: You don't really have to be close to the beer to realize it smells exactly like green apple Jolly Ranchers...which luckily I love. It smells like apple juice, or apple soda if such a thing exists. Extremely sweet, hard to tell this is beer. Weirdly, I like it.

T: The taste continues the Jolly Rancher theme, but is MUCH more smooth and less soda-like. Realistically the only thing I can taste is apples, maybe there's a slight malt presence on the backend. Very sweet, but not fake by any stretch of the imagination. As close to apple soda as you can get without me hating it.

MF: Light, carbonated well, and absurdly drinkable.

O: I love this beer. I need to get more of it. Extremely sessionable and something I could drink with dinner. New Glarus, how are you this good with putting fruit in beer?

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heythere
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Tart apple, sweet, no alcohol - at 4% I didn't expect much.

Appearance: deep gold almost amber in color, large bubbles, thin, light yellow head with very little retention

Taste: Very sweet at first, almost honey like. Followed by the tart apple that I was getting from the aroma. No hop bitterness, or flavor really.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium-full body. Highly carbonated, very large bubbles.

Overall: Very sweet, probably couldn't drink more than 1 or two of them in a sitting due to sweetness.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a somewhat murky amber color with a thin head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma smells a lot like apple pie. I get cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg to it along with a lot of sweet, crisp apples. Very cool and good flavor to it. The apple is very nice.

The taste starts out with a big crisp apple flavor to it. I get good amount of sweetness to it, a lot like apple pie filling. The cinnamon and other spices are a little more muted in the taste, but they are there. Very cool taste, definitely has some things in common with apple cider and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty cool beer, they really got the apple flavor to come out pretty nicely. It was a little on the sweet side, but was still pretty drinkable. Interesting beer, as well as a pretty good one too.

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Photo of jrs3994243
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of guntherhophead
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am actually drinking the New Glarus 'Unplugged' Apple Ale not sure if it's the same.
This has a nice bourbon(Maker's Mark) look to it, a nice amber gold and in my vast experiance, it's a good sign. This pours smooth with a brief, lacey head. Little carbonation a.k.a. not much bubble action but to taste it the carbonation is fine. The smell is sour apple, light citris and a hint of molassas. The taste is really nice with, of course, apple but not overwhelming. Some spice with notes of grain (rice)

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Photo of dtm426
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp reddish brown. A touch of white head. The pour is not impressive. Smells heavily of apple but in a very bland boring way. The taste is considerably better. Lots of apple and a touch of light malts. The apple flavour is top notch. Solid well carbonated mouthfeel. Overall very tasty but more like a cider than anything else!

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice

Pours a light fizzy head that fades down to nothing instantly. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is an absolutely clear pink hued peach. Despite the no head, it is a gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma: Dry, crisp golden delicious apples. It smells like an apple harvest or something. Apple sauce flavors. Apple cider. Pretty much all apples.

Taste: This beer tastes like some of NG sours' base brown ale. However, it has none of the sour components, but rather apple flavors and some dry spice. It is pretty much straight up apples. It is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly dry, but clean.

Overall, it is another solid brew from NG. It is pretty easy drinking and I will have no problem with this bottle and probably want another. Awesome stuff.

Edit: As I get further into the bottle it becomes harder to drink due to the sweetness.

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Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber in color. Forms an extremely small fizzy white head that fizzes away quite quickly. No lacing at all.

S: The very muted scent of apples. Almost non-existent.

T: As you might imagine, there is a strong flavor of apples, specifically Red Delicious apples with accompanying flavors of candy apples and vanilla. A light apple skin bitterness/astringency. A little sweet, but not overly so.

M: Light bodied with an easy carbonation level. Very clean tasting.

D: About as easy to drink as a glass of apple juice, which, for me at least, means I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time. An interesting beer that might be appropriate for dessert or as a snack, with almost no resemblance to the typical beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a unique beer! i was expecting a green apple tart brew, but i took a sip and it was golden delicious all the way. This tastes like a strongly carbinated cider, with some cinnamon and spices thrown in. It's really amazing how apparent the juicy red apple is. Even the mouthfeel has the same viscosity as apple juice. The drinkability of this is funny in that it is related to the season,lol. During three seasons it would be easy to drink a few bottles, but during fall it would be easy to drink a 6-pack! sigh....it is a shame this is retired.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayCheG
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very inviting with a lot of carbonation and very good lacing.
S: Apples... not much else for me besides apples
T: A beer that tastes like apple juice? Does this count for a fruit for today?
M: Nice carbonation and goes down very well
O: Its like apple juice as a beer. New Glarus does a very good job with these fruit beers.

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Photo of BeerDazed
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out looking like a little more champagne-y type of beer, golden with great clarity and tons of bubbles. Aroma was exactly like an apple. Lots of 'em.

Obvious apple taste, but stays away from being cidery, isn't super dry, and cider usually imparts more alcohol because there aren't any hops, less if any malt etc. . .; Nice and relatively complex, you would think straight apple, usually green, but no, this smells like all kinds of different apples. Sure it has a decent amount of sugaryness to it, but so do apples, and this isn't like we're talking Lindeman's level of sugar, its just like an apple, slightly tart and sweet at the same time.

I couldn't see knocking back an entire 4 pack to myself, but I think a few ounces of this stuff during a drinking session really hits the spot. They add enough other stuff to it to make it right up the alley of apple pie (crust, cinnamon).

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a flute. Big thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a clear, effervescent gold, with 1 1/2 fingers of rigid brite-white head. Retains with a nice creamy look around the edges, staying strong, and leaving some quality patchy lace back. The aroma is straight up apple juice in the nose. This is a bit cider-like as well, with the tartness of the apples playing nicely with the sugary sweetness of the wheat. Bit of floral hops and spice make themselves known in a more subtle fashion. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but I swear that I'm getting just a touch of warmth in here as well.

The taste is crisp apple flavors, with a delicious malt base of sugar and bread. Spicy Noble hop character pulls up the back, tasting a bit like the cinnamon topping on this piece of apple pie. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a crisp and bubbly pop to it, and man, does this go down easy or what? I literally think that I could have used 2 bottles of this for the review.

I love how they used the hops and spice to counteract and compliment both the tartness and sweeter components of these fruit beers, and this is just another great example of that. They really need to make this a fall seasonal during apple season. Very nice!

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Photo of July2Nov
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wisconsinality for this beer.

Appearance: Maybe because the the apple is in my head, it looks just like apple juice, but with more carbonation.

Smell: Like sweet and tarty apples. Very inviting.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Unlike a cider, this one is not as sweet as you might imagine. Just like an apple, the first taste you get is apple skin, that melds into the juiciness of a ripe and delicious apple. Slight tart taste at the end of the beer with mild carbonation. Mouthfeel is like a spiky apple juice.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable as it's akin to apple juice and it's very refreshing. Low in alcohol makes this one very easy to drink. Very good take on a fruit beer and one I would happily drink again. Kudos to New Glarus, you just made a fan. This would be great with a salad.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.  Beer was a clear, dark amber color, with a one-finger, white head.  Soft carbonation and very little lacing on the glass. 

Aroma was caramel, apple and cinnamon.  Smells like a cross between a caramel apple and apple cider.  Very nice.

Taste was light tart apples, caramel, cider and cinnamon. 

Easy drinking and tasty. 

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: i've been wanted to try this for a while now.

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: apples, cider, sweet and tart

taste: cider, apples, sour, sweet, tart,

mouthfeel: little carbonation, medium body,

overall: enjoyed this beer dont' think I would be able to drink alot of it at one sitting due to how sweet it was. More carbonation would of helped. But glad I finally got to try this.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,650 ratings
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