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Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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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:
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Added by Skidz on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,677
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is a coppery orange with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. The nose is very cidery, with notes of apple juice, grapes, and white wine.

The beer has a light-medium body, a nice firm feel, and a sharp, fruity flavor. The flavor follows the nose well and the beer is very cider-like in its profile (minus some tannins). Lots of sweet, refreshing flavors of fresh red apples greet your palate up and down. Not as acidic as I thought it would be, but there is definitely a faint tartness that keeps the sweetness from overpowering the profile. Towards the back of the palate, there is an appetizing, wine-like dryness that readies your mouth for a quick next sip. Very refreshing.

Another outstanding entry in New Glarus' ``Thumbprint'' series. This is the third one I've had and have thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. My hats off to this amazing little brewery that's been around longer than many people realize (and thanks to Ri0 for hooking me up). I really envy our Wisconsin BAs for being able to get these outstanding beers so easily.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mjpolzin
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A low abv fruit beer is not my style so I haven't tried any brews out of this category from local brewer, New Glarus. A friend gave me this one to try. It was very, very good and although I still don't think a fruit beer is what I would normally pick, I might have to carve out a place for some New Glarus fruit beers, especially maybe on a hot summer day.

This beer smells and tastes like apples, almost to the point where it is hard to remember you are drinking a beer. The apple flavor was very smooth though and it was enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of dav2080
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a CS snifter

A- Looks like a apple cider. Clear with the thinnest ring of lacing around the glass.

S- Obviously apples explode out of the glass. Slight vinegar smell.

T- The apple is muted perfectly to not make this ale overbearing with sweetness. It is a well rounded apple ale.

M- Pretty thin here as expected. Small amount of carbonation follows down the throat.

O- A very well done apple ale by New Glarus. They have this corner of the market nailed down.

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Photo of lokieman
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of topdown
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of markcp
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of HereforBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of valkarie70
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be a short review. Its pretty much what you'd expect from an Apple ale, but its still is very tasty and refreshing. I could see waking up in the morning and having this with breakfast, if I was on vacation of course.

Golden color, with splotchy lacing, and little to no head. The nose is a brown sugar and of course, sweet apples. Slightly viscous with light carbonation and a lingering finish, but I wish the finish was a little bit longer. I'm going to keep the other three that I haven't tried them when the weather warms up. I will certainly look for more in the future.

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Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky lighter brown color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Average to above average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Sweet apples jump out. Some doughy, pie crust tones as well. Light airy malt tones. Dominated by the apples though.

Taste: Sweet red apples with some mild tartness make your mouth water. The front is simply wonderful, unfortunately it falls off after that. The apples continue to be the biggest player and just gradually fade away. Some light malt tones come through in the body. The finish is some faint sour apples.

Mouthfeel: Bright on the front then leaves a slight funk on the palate.

Overall: The beginning of this brew is so wonderful but just does not have the gusto that New Glarus other fruit beers have. More of a gimmicky feel then a truly great fruit beer. Would be a good choice for a cider fan.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NODAK
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is of red apple juice....mostly sweet, somewhat tart...but definitely something that would be hard to differentiate from apple juice.

Taste is initially of tasty, sweet apple juice as you'd expect from the store....there is a slight bready quality in the middle that gives the impression this is more of an adult juice, but not much. On the end, there's a hint of tart that wraps it up cleanly and delicious.

Honestly, this couldn't be any more delicious if they tried. It's adult apple juice basically. It's better than any cider I can recall having.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Copps in Antigo, $9.99 / 4 pack. into a New Glarus flute glass.

pours a light copper color with a half inch bubbly head. the smell is of very ripe apples and fresh apple cider. the taste is almost identical, fresh apple cider with a great tart finish though not sour at all. like tart granny smiths. alcohol is absolutely undetectable. medium to light bodied with perfect carbonation.

overall another absolutely amazing fruit beer from New glarus!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of joe1510
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$10.69 - 4-Pack
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

2012 Bottling

New Glarus's Thumbprint Apple Ale pours with the color of unfiltered cider, hazy, tarnished copper. A surprisingly white head snaps to a thick cap on the pour before quickly fizzing back to a thin skim and ring. Patchy lacing gets left behind that eventually falls back into the body. While it's not the best looking beer it is a good looking cider...

The nose is first and foremost apples. Overripe apples, cider, and even slightly sour apples are all apparent. Don't get me wrong, this is no one sided apple beverage. Clean grain and bready maltiness make for the beer base to the apple accompaniment. The apple is robust and a borders on sharp at times.

Apple is more subdued and even handed than the nose led me to believe. The brown beer base is more pronounced. Soft but noticeable brown bread and a touch of sugary sweetness lay a firm base. Slightly overripe apples and a sparkling juice aspect come along mid-palate. The long finish is all unfiltered cider.

A light and active body make for an amazingly easy drinker. The carbonation and big apple flavors are reminiscent of sparkling apple juice at times. The finish is sweet but nowhere near cloying, again along the lines of cider, very natural sweetness.

Apple Ale is another good beer from New Glarus but, in my opinion, should be done away with in the Thumbprint series. The fruited 750s are much more enjoyable and the limited number of Thumbprint releases would be better served leaving this out of the yearly lineup.

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