Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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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

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Added by Skidz on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,911
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,653
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
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347
Gots:
218
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,653 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of GreenBayBA
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SBlobaum
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely sparkling copper exhibiting complete clarity with a mild white foam head settling to a soft fuzzy collar leaving an arm of lace or two.

Smell is a mild mix of corn, toasted wheat and grass with a popping, bright, juicy and crisp apple that even has a bit of a honey note to it.

Taste is tangy, almost tart but mostly sweet juicy red apple with a bready, wheaty finish and some Corn Flakes.

Apple Ale has a crisp but soft froth, medium body and semi-wet finish.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a cider/beer mosa!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours Amber. Bubbly, short, Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells apple juice, light tart apple and lemon hints.

Taste caramel malt, sweet and tart apple, cider, light earthiness. Finish is semi-sweet with an apple linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation

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Photo of ZombPumpkin
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubbly03
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's start off by clarifying that the Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus is no Angry Orchard. No. From the bottle the smell is fresh apple juice. A swig… Surprise, delight, a slight bend of the knee. How apropos, because other apple ales bow to this one. Beautiful foamy head that dissipates after a few moments. What makes this apple ale stand apart is the flavor from the brown ale base. This is no cloyingly sweet sparkling apple cider; oh no. This is fall in a glass, and as you sip, you will feel the sensation of fall leaves swirling around you. You will tighten an imaginary scarf around your neck. Your eyes will glow the same shade as this beer: liquid amber, like the purest honey. ABV is undetectable – it goes down sweet and smooth alright. You will marvel at how you are drinking gently bubbling liquid honey. Don't be afraid – take a bite of the apple. New Glarus Thumbprint Apple Ale is here for you.

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Photo of dleiner
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monty79_1997
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bdubz94
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A clear dark amber color with a finger head that quickly recedes leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is straight up apple juice.

Tastes like apple cider. Very sweet, very refreshing, very juicy.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

Overall, a delicious beverage. Very refreshing. A great fruity beer. My only complaint is the lack of complexity in aroma and taste. Yeah you taste apples but not much else. Would have enjoyed some other flavors blended in as well. However, I prefer this beer to any of the hard apples ciders I have tried.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a white head that goes away quickly. Smell and taste reminds me of apple cobbler. Mild tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and refreshing. Overall a really good beer for people new to craft, or fruit beers.

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Photo of bfrank8
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gregy55902
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was decent, but it is too close to the formula of BMC "ciders" so it is suspect in some aspects. Follows a simple, safe mild apple flavor + sweetness formula that everyone else is already doing with their mass-produced ciders (I know this is "apple beer" but yeah). Nothing too exciting here other than some very faint spices with a nice buttery/cracker-y malt backbone, but I am glad to have tried it. Would have been more exciting with some tartness, but there was none to be found. Still good overall. I'm a bit more excited for the Raspberry Tart bottle, which will be opened when the time is right.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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