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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Photo of afksports
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve aka leakyfaucet for this one. The first beer of my first Wisconsin trade box. Ahh, feels good. Enjoying it with my girlfriend, who has observed that this post so far is cheesy.

The beer isn't. It's clear, has some nice initial bubbles, and a cider/apple amber ale appearance. The smell blows you back with apple. Tartness for sure, very much like a cider, but there's a character to the smell that reminds you it's an ale. Not quite mom's Thanksgiving non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider. The taste follows that apple-but-ale theme, and is packed with apple sweetness, but manages to finish with a tinge of bready malt. The taste is certainly for apple fans, but may throw the standard cider drinkers off the taste-profile path they're used to.

It's drinkable though. Tart, sweet, light and crisp - this is an interesting brew for sure. Its only problem is that it introduces something not often done, and the combination seems to slightly overshoot the sweetness.

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Photo of heythere
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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 dstc
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep amber color with off white head. Head dissipates rather quick. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is mostly fruit. Caramel malts deep down in there but mostly an apple cider smell.

Nice apple taste. Green apples and tartness up front ending a bit sweeter with a lingering apple taste.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and rather sharp on the tongue.

Nice apple beer. Very well made.

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Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 duffcalifornia
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a single bottle.

A: A golden cider color. Much more amber than an actual cider such as Woodchuck with a head about one finger tall that disappeared very quickly.

S: Very strong smell of apples, with hints of vanilla. Very appealing. Also had the same faint aroma found in other fruit ales from NG (specifically the Raspberry Tart).

T: Tastes almost exactly as it smells. Tastes like a sparkling cider, with just the faintest taste of alcohol in the finish, when you taste the ale qualities and that hint of vanilla.

M: fairly thin, with medium carbonation.

D: Extremely easy drinking. Like previously mentioned, it's very difficult to taste any alcohol in this at all, so it goes down easy and smooth.

Am going to have to pick a four-pack of this up before it disappears.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the New Glarus brewery when I visited with my brother-in-law over Christmas Break.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into a generic tulip. About a finger of quickly receding frothy head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell - Nice tart yet sweet apples up front that recedes to a barley and malt aroma. That is where the beer kicks in. Slight cinnamon when it warms up.

Taste - Similar to the nose. The initial taste is sweet apple cider, like sparkling cider you can purchase in stores. The taste is honestly extremely pleasant and not overly sweet. After the initial sweet blast is over, a more "beer" flavor such as brown ale kicks in. Just outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint sweet.

Drinkability - I could drink these all day, no joke. No cloying sweetness at the end as one would expect. I'm glad I got two four packs of these.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance is more of a clear gold then brown. smells like apples and sugary water syrup. way closer to a cider than a brown ale but it has much more drinkability than a cider. low carbonation and sticky sweet. this was cool but i wish i had more than a third of a 12 oz bottle!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper, light brown, orange tint, lots of bubbles

S: fresh picked big apple aroma, hint of grain and spices

T/M: sweet red apples, tart granny smiths, slight spices, also hint of apple pie spices, light body, prickly on the tongue, big carbonation.

D: Complete surprise to me, very refreshing, reminds me of a good hard cider. Could easily throw back more than a few and wish I bought more than a 4 pack.
Seek this out, newbies may really enjoy this.

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Photo of drewba
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This looks like a sparkling apple juice. One finger off white head cascades up but only leaves a thin bubbly ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Apple cider, some tart granny smith apples, cinnamon, clove. I can detect a fair amount of sweet and a hint of tartness in the smell as well.

T - Simply put, this is a hearty, carbonated apple cider. To break it down; lots of sweet(but not too much) and a little tartness from the apple, cinnamon, clove, and bread. Super clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. I wish the carbonation was a little higher, but that make take away from the fact that this is so close to actual cider.

D - I wish I had more. My girlfriend really liked this, and remarked that she loved the apple flavor and appreciated the lack of aftertaste. I know that this isn't all that fair of a comparison, but when I drink Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, I only ever want a small pour, but with Apple Ale, I want to take my girlfriend's pour back. Also, my burps now smell DELICIOUS.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated the opportunity to try this one and thank Bmoyer0301 busting this brew out on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a crystal clear orange color with a thin film of white bubbles that hangs around the inside perimeter of the glass. Swirls and sips produce some spotty lace work on the glass.

The smell of this brew is primarily fresh apple juice with some faint spices akin to cinnamon and some depth of apple skin, not just flesh.

The taste of this brew is all apples, apple juice via sweet concentrated form. Drinking this brew is easy going if you approach it like you are enjoying a hard cider, it is slightly acidic with does a decent job at balancing out the sweetness of this offering. A long lingering aftertaste of apple is left inside the mouth.

Medium to light in body with a modest level of carbonation. Quite easy drinking, if you enjoy apples or hard cider this is certainly a brew to give a try. First impressions of this brew are pretty hard to swallow. This brew was quite tasty in a back-sweetened cider sort of way.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours a rich golden hue with high clarity and one finger of creamy white head. Comparable to a quality hard cider. As the head dissipates it forms something of a creamy caldera above the liquid line. Interesting...

Smell -- The aroma is quite singular: apple juice. It's pleasant, but not especially interesting.

Taste -- Lots of sweet apple flavor up front - Golden Delish? Very fruity and naturally sweet-tasting, not terribly different in character from Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart in this regard. Grainy malt character makes itself known toward the finish. Lingering flavor of unfiltered apple cider.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with milder prickly carbonation that finishes a bit foamy. Good stuff.

Drinkability -- Pleasantly surprised! For me, this is probably the most drinkable of all of the New Glarus fruit beers, and that's saying something. Not as intensely fruit flavored as Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, but this doesn't produce the kind of fruit overload/saccharine fatigue that might make you inclined to share a bottle rather than pouring a second glass. I could see myself putting away a pack of this in one evening without much effort.

If you love any of the other New Glarus fruit beers, gets your hands on this one as well!

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Photo of vkv822
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bubbly white head that leaves a thin white film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is of sweet, crisp apple. There are some cinnamon, graham cracker notes in the backing. Really quite nice.

The taste follows the nose quite well with crisp, sweet apple juice and a very pleasant bready, graham cracker finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly and works quite well with the beer.

I really enjoy this beer, and really wish this was distributed outside Wisconsin as this would make a wonderful autumn beer. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for the bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a light copper for with a minimal white head.and just a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar. Nose brings some cinnamon and other spices plus quite a bit of cider character. A bit odd, but I like it.

Flavor brings quite a bit of spools and some sweetness plus some nutmeg and other spices. A bit too sweet. Feel is prickly with a lot of carbonation. Overall, quite a unique beer but I really am enjoying this.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to GraniteSkunk

Pours a clear copper orange with a small, fading head. Disappears into spotty film and a ring around the glass.

A nice strong whiff of apple cider, green apple peel, a hint of spice, and light sweetness.

Plenty of apples and spice right up front. Light caramel sweetness alongside cinnamon and lovely warm flavor. This really reminds me of apple cider and candied apples. Brown sugar and apple peel are also apparent with a hint of breadiness. Finishes crisp and refreshing with some lingering flavor.

Light bodied, bubbly and refreshing. Drinks so well, and the alcohol is nonexistent. For a straight up fruit beer, this pretty much nails the apple flavor, although if you don't like cider, I can see this missing.

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Photo of Strix
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange, little head.

Smells of apples and cherries, slight cinnamon note

I can taste apple, pear, orange dreamsicle, and candied apple. Interesting and complex.

Medium mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation.

This beer rocked. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear brassy color with a short-lived white head.

S - apple cider, apple pie, baked apples.

T - red delicious, macintosh, and sour green apples all rolled into this tasty brew.

F - light bodied, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

D - very drinkable especially if you like apples, as I do.

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Photo of teamizm
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - looks like apple juice with a bit of head and dissipates fairly quickly.

S - smells like apple juice/apple cider

T - taste, well, like apple juice and candy apple with alcohol.

M - medium carbonation, like a light apple cider

D - At 4%, very drinkable, but a little too sweet to drink more than one bottle at a time.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.27/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

thanks to zimberbloke for this one.

A- Very minimal head is created on the pour and none is left after a minute. The beer is crystal clear and a few shades darker than apple juice.

S- Apple is intensely strong on the nose. It literally fills the room. Its a juicy red cider smell. A little bit of green apple tartness is picked up too.

T- Wow, uh. This is weird. Apple juice and cider wash over the palate. Its very sweet but has a touch of tartness at the end. Being that I don't like cider, this is a but too sweet for me.

M- Very prickly and dry. Light bodied.

D- Just about sickeningly sweet. It leaves that cider twang in the back of the throat that I can't deal with.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $2.50 in Fall 2010.

A much talked about New Glarus beer. It pours a golden amber color as you take in the scent of apple cider. Upon tasting there is a strong apple tartness to it. It takes a few sips to get used to teh tartness but after that it drinks rather smooth since there is not much carbonation to it. One of the more interesting beers you will find.

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Photo of kk73
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this one.

A - Pretty much pours out the color of apple juice with a smallish head that quickly disppeared into a white ring around the edge of my glass.

S - Smell is of sweet apples, sugar, and light cinnamon spice.

T - Taste follows the nose. Sweet but not overpowering. Light apple tartness that moves all the way toward the finish. Low abv = no alcohol detection here.

M - Light and fresh, you can taste the apple with each sip. Light and bubbly carbonation as you can see the bubbles rising slowly to the top.

D - The only two fruit beers Ive had have been this one and the Wisconsin Belgian Red and both took me by surprise. Both very good beers, New Glarus certainly does fruit beers well. The light and not so overpowering sweetness combined with the low abv and light body make this one highly drinkable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours the color of apple juice, very clear with a light amber color but no head. Nose is sweet and appley, like fermented apple juice.

Taste is all apple, very sweet, a little too sweet. The apple is way over the top. Again, it's not bad but it's like fermented apple juice.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a one finger off white head which dissolves quickly, leaves no lacing. The light copper color looks nice. The aroma has apple, and some spice. Maybe cinnamon. Quite nice.

The taste is very nice. Apples and some cinnamon. There are 6 varieties of apples used, and brewed with a brown ale base. The apples taste like a nice combination of sweet and tart apples. Very nicely done.

Medium bodied and sweet, with low carbonation. Another truly great fruit beer from New Glarus. I could easily drink this beer again and again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head, limited lacing, solid head retention.

S: Winter spice, green and yellow apples, mulled cider; decadent, like the best apple pie you've ever smelled.

T: Pretty much with the nose. More cider like than beer. Beautiful winter spice/cinnamon with the true apple flavour, absolutely delicious.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, soft carbonation with a very mild acidity.

D: As with the other New Glarus fruit beers I've had this is incredible. The top 4 fruit beers of my life, they're all New Glarus, can't say more than that.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuck...what happens when you try to make a cider into a beer? this happens.

Beer is amber and clear with no head, no lacing and low carbonation, this is OK i guess.

Beer smells like apples and spice, this is more upsetting if this isn't what i expected.

Beer is thin to medium bodied and apply. Its sweet and cidery with mild spice and some grain acidity at the end. It's not super enjoyable as I hoped. I doubt I would drink more than the 12 ounces I had.

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Photo of readbaron
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella glass - with a hard pour you get a bit of white foamy head that quickly dissolves into a ring of foam. Dark golden and crystal clear - a fantastic combo.

Smells amazing - apples and spice - cinnamon and nutmeg - with faint yeasty undertones

Tastes like it smells - primarily of apples, but not quite so sweet as a cider would be. Starts and finishes sweet, but there's some fuller malty flavor in between. Finishes clean.

Light, crisp, effervescent mouth feel.

A tad sweet, but I could easily drink several of these.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,639 ratings.
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