Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Ratings: 1,653 |  Reviews: 464
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label has changed to show 'Unplugged', unsure if the recipe has been revised. A 12 oz. bottle, red foil-wrapped, poured to a pint glass.

A: Perfectly clear, a warm and cider-like gold-orange. Minimal rising bubbles. Starts with a fizzy, heavily-carbonated white head, over a finger-high but quickly dropping to a thin ring and vague film.

S: Smells, not surprisingly, of apples. Mushy, red delicious apples with skins included. A bit of a candy-like sweetness.

T: A very convincing cider substitute; apples are so front-and-center here, it's reasonable to forget this is a beer. Malt backbone and a zesty cinnamon spicing. Mostly sugar-sweet with a slightly tart/backing.

M: Extremely crisp, fresh. An effervescent feel at first, followed by a stachy, lip-smacking finish. Light-medium body, alcohol well-hidden.

D: Terrific drinkability; 'gulpable' is a better adjective. Worth the effort to get this one to Oregon - would LOVE to have more!

Received this lone bottle recently from milwaukeeclassic (thanks, Duane).

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another NG fruit beer for me. Poured in to NG flute glass.

A: beer pours a very pale amber with little to no head, minimal lacing, crystal clear

S: the initial aroma is very sweet with a nice fresh crisp apple nose, some delicate cinnamon and spice character is in there as well. This smells like a very light and qauffable beer.

T: the taste starts sweet and then comes a bit of tartness similar to green apple, the finish is sweet with some notes of spices. Nice refreshing finish. Unlike other NG fruit beers, this one has no wood character and no lasting tartness. This one is very light and very refreshing.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, crisp and refreshing

D: New Glarus really knows how to preserve the delicate flavors of fruit and translate them to beer. This one nearly taste like a sparkling cider, I almost forgot this was beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Clear goldenrod, slight amber, with a small white head and not a ton of visible carbonation. It actually really closely resembles apple juice, with just a touch of active bubbly.

Incredible aroma of candied caramel apples. This is authentic, juicy, sweet, and fresh smelling. The aroma of rich apple orchards come leaping out of the glass, along with a touch of burnt sugar caramel and toffee aroma. I really like this!

The flavor follows similarly to the aroma, as the authentic, juicy apple flavor is dominant, with just a touch of bitterness, and some sweet candy toffee elements as well.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A really nice apple beer. I wish it was just a touch more bitter and a bit less sweet, but I'd only be nitpicking. I love this stuff!

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year 2013, I think

Pours a hazy gold with a broken white sheet atop. Smells like apples! And maybe a bit of cherry juice as well. Flavor is sweet apples with just a hint of tartness on 'em, some caramelized sugars, some bits of grain. Medium on thin with prickly low-mod carb and a semi dry finish. I like this beer, I bet it's cheaper than the Lindeman's also. I wish there were more of these apple ales, I quite like them when done well.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,653 ratings