Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,642 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
Ratings:
1,642
Reviews:
461
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
346
Gots:
221
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,642 |  Reviews: 461
Photo of majorbase2
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, dark orange color with a small head that recedes quickly. Surprisingly intimidating appearance for what turns out to be such a soft beer.

Aroma is sweet, sugary and dominated by apple. Nothing too notable here.

Taste is tart and very sweet. Strong presence of red and green apples, with some sweet honey and light cinnamon notes. A bit of a bite from the sugar. Absolutely no presence of alcohol.

Fairly easy drinker, although it is a bit acidic and sticky when it goes down. I could easily down a four pack of one of these on a hot summer day. Would like to have seen more alcohol in this one. I think a little bite would've been a nice touch to the beer, although I could see it distracting from the masterfully captured apple flavors.

Overall, another homerun fruit beer by NG. Surprised to see it in 12 oz format.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mateo2699
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time reviewing a fruit beer. Poured into a snifter.

Pour is a darker reddish copper, nice opacity. Nice fizzy head reminiscent of a sour or champagne, but not as noisy.

Very subtle Apple smell, definitely not over powering. More cooked apples than fresh. Getting some honey and caramel as well.

Taste is pretty impressive. Definitely getting apples in any form you can imagine. Apple pie, apple cobbler, fresh toast, slight cinnamon and brown sugar. Slight tartness in the back end with a burnt toast after taste.

Overall pretty impressive. Flavors are spot on as the name implies.

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Photo of JeltMaaj
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THoffner
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KnappStout
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willrun_4beer
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bplabernie
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SPD656
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gooseman80
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger high off white colored head that has a bit of a reddish orange tint to it and is creamy in appearance. Head dissipates rather slowly to a thin wispy layer. Beer itself is on the hazy side of cloudy with massive carbonation rising quickly towards the surface of the glass. 4.5/5

S - The aroma is a combination of sweet and tart apples (granny smith, golden delicious, and honeycrisp). There is a bit of a lemon undertone as well as a light maltiness to it. Very juicy and smelling of fresh cut apples. 4.25/5

T - The taste follows the aroma perfectly. Combination of sweet and tart apples (granny smith, golden delicious, and honeycrisp). Also present are hints of cinnamon and honey with a bit of lemon as well. Very light malty undertone to the flavor provides a base for the apples to build off of. There is a bit of caramel that interplays with the apples right off the bat that provides an interesting sweetness in addition to the apples and honey. Lingering sweetness on the swallow. 4.25/5

M - Light and crisp during the first part of the sip leads into a slightly more medium bodied middle that brings out a slight creaminess and stickiness. Carbonation comes across as more of a tickle than a burn. Slightly drying on the back end that lingers for quite some time. 4/5

O - This beer is like drinking a combination of apple juice and apple cider as well as eating applesauce all at the same time. Excellent apple flavors throughout with a balance of sweet and tart apples. This is every bit as good as any apple cider on the market, and it's not even a cider. 4.25/5

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/21/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big balanced sweet/tart apples, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big balanced sweet/tart apples, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice notes; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from the apple acidity as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/acidic, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,642 ratings.
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