Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale
BA SCORE
88.1%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 1,649 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:
#1,665
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,649
Liked:
1,453
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
3.84
 
 
Wants:
347
Gots:
222
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,649 |  Reviews: 463
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richkrull
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent copper/amber color with a little bit of white head on it. Smell is nice and fruity. The apples really come through. Taste is the same, heavy on the apples with a little bit of malt. Light mouthfeel, this is a smooth, easy drinking beer. Overall another great fruit beer from NG. This is a really good beer.

 327 characters

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jvillefan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

 879 characters

Photo of dheldman
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with mikesgroove, think a four pack of these run about ten dollars, poured into my Duvel tulip glass on Tuesday, reviewed from notes, color is a light golden yellow, actually a bit cloudy, 3/4 inch bubbly head that did not last long, small amount of lacing and retention, green apples but not quite granny smith because they did not smell too sour, mild citrus, sugar, and white wine, starts off with a variety of apples, flavors from both red and green ones come through, sweet with sugared candy in the middle, finishes with more apples, not much else going on flavor wise, would have been even better is some tartiness showed up, still not a bad fruit beer, sweet, sugary, and light mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste did not last long and what did was a little sweetness, more along the lines of Lindemands in this case, could have drank a whole lot of this stuff, alcohol is not even there and supposedly this stuff is below four percent, went down very easy, quite sweet without overdoing it, inviting and light, not the best of the Unplugged series but still a good beer overall, would drink again, worth trying

 1,186 characters

Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this long time want of mine.

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured out a glistening, apple cider color, that had a head, then it didn't, then it grew on back again, then it vanished into the night again. Overall, the headage was minimal at best.

S: If you're expecting apple cider, this is not your gal. I got sort of a cherry jubilee-apple combo here that was quite divine. This wasn't "artificially flavored" apple. This was the real deal.

T: The taste was a bit more "cidery" and with a pronounced "Pixie Stick" dust quality. I would say Braeburn apples on this, but I'm probably wrong. The tartness was placed just right!

M: The prickly carbonation is the tip-off that this is in fact a beer, rather just a mere cider-like gimmick. The sour apple almost cause jaw-lock in the same way that the most delectable of Russian River or Cantillon sours do.

O: Sooo fresh and inviting. I could drink this stuff all day!

 953 characters

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: medium amber with slight haze; 2-3 fingers of ivory foam

S: apple and spice - lots of apple juice and apple pie aromas

T: fruity and sweet - honestly tasted like organic apple juice - hints of spice you'd probably associate with an apple-based dishes during the fall and winter, like clove or nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice...

M: light, fresh, and brisk; clean-finishing, modest carbonation, touch of tartness

O: I'm not sure what to make of a beer that tastes this much like apple juice - if that's what you're looking for, you might want to go as high as a 4.5, but for me, as a stand-alone product, for which I had no expectations, it was a good-tasting, easy-drinking ale that went real easy on the abv, but not necessarily what I'm inclined toward in an ale.

 769 characters

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 1,649 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.