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Thumbprint IIPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 195
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I can see.

A: Pours a cloudy straw/orange color. So cloudy it's almost white - looks almost exactly like a witbier. Tall, frothy and effervescent offwhite head. Big island of foam and lots of heavy, continuous lacing everywhere.

S: Oooh nice. Candied oranges and lemons. A little grapefruit thrown in. Spicy resinous pine. Nice hop variety. Maybe some bready malt?

T: Not as huge of a hop bomb as I was expecting from the aroma. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange, but much less so. Lots and lots and lots of spicy, piney hops everywhere. Not overly bitter, there is a substantial bready malt here backing it up. Wave of drying bitterness in the finish, along with sort of a salty, spicy pine kicking around. Hints of grapefruit and more pine in the drying, lingering aftertaste.

M: Somewhat heavy, quite bitter and dry on the back end.

O: Nice balanced but very hoppy at the same time. Big, bold hoppy flavors with a strong enough malt base to balance it out (mostly anyway). Only really get substantial bitterness in the bitter drying finish, the rest of the time it's quite well balanced.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle traded to me from mnbears fan at DLD. thanks again matt! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent light golden colored body with a modest bright white head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- woah, this is going to be a hop monster. the initial whiff brings forth tons and tons of hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. some orange zest and some mango notes as well. floral hops come through decently strong as well. some sweet caramel and bready malts peek through at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sweet caramel and bread like malts that i could smell, which provide a surprisingly strong malty backbone. the hops arnt as forceful as i would have expected either. lots of floral and piny notes. grapefruit makes a strong showing as well. lesser amounts of mango, pineapple, and orange zest.

M- the body is on the larger side of medium, and the carbonation is at an acceptable level. not as bitter as i would have liked. the alcohol shows itself a little more than i would have preferred also.

O- id drink this one again, but i was expecting more out of a new glarus unplugged series. there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass, slightly chilled.

A = pours a light amber him with a two fingers of head

S = smell is a very, floral, hoppy, citrusy mostly grapefruit

T = initially bitter hops, very citrusy, a very "clean" taste

M = smooth, very crisp, hints of alcohol in the end

D = drinkability is very high for this one as the alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Very drinkable and potentially dangerous at 10% ABV

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kzoobrew
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed yellow body. Visible carbonation. Two finger bones white head set atop. Head recedes slowly leaving a rather thick sheet of lacing behind.

Full and layered aroma. Citrus and pine aroma pleasant upfront balanced by a decent amount of resin behind. I am questioning the hop bill, may be Summit, I am picking up some green onion aroma in a DIPA for the first time. This aroma is not too off putting though it is not what I prefer. Overall the aroma is pleasant.

Much the same as the nose, the flavor is equally balanced and layered. Citrus and pine still heavy upfront. Beneath lays a rather strong resinous flavor along side some more oniony flavor. This onion flavor is usually described as an unpleasant attribute, I would not go that far however. The flavor works but is not what I would choose. I appreciate this beer, I even enjoy it there is just on attribute that just does not agree with me. I really enjoy the Maris Otter, I love this malt. The warmth it provides really enhances the brew.

Medium bodied, moderate to lively carbonated IIPA. The texture is slightly resinous and oily. The finish is dry are pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent for the style.

Very good beer. Quite enjoyable, there is one singular attribute that throws me off. Remove this minor attribute this beer goes from very good to incredible. Overall I am impressed, very well crafted IIPA.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KHM
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus IIPA. Thumbprint series. More than 85 IBUs according to the label description. Self-identifies as a double IPA. Dry hopped. Bottle fermented. Brewed with English Maris Otter malt. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple but stylish label art and foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which makes some fantastic beers. Acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27. Thanks again, buddy!

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a nice four finger beige colour head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and good (~6-7 minute) retention. Body colour is a very vibrant translucent copper. Clear. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid if typical for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lovely floral, piney, and nectary hop notes. A touch of citrusy grapefruit - but not the biting bitter grapefruit notes of many West Coast Style IPAs. Hoppy while still being pleasant and inviting. Pale malts. Some dank tropical fruit esters. Lightly soapy - which has me worried. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Wow. Really evocative mango and tropical fruits - including pineapple. Juicy and delightful. Some juicy but not bitter grapefruit and some floral/nectary character rounds out the hop character nicely. There's some tangerine there too. I don't often have (Imperial)IPAs with such a developed mango emphasis. A bit piney too. Some grainy bready pale malts provide a supportive full body, allowing the hops to take center stage while keeping it refreshing and approachable. I do notice some alcohol when it hits my stomach, but it's very well concealed in the flavour profile. No yeast character comes through. A bit biscuity - did they use Amarillo? That's what really gets my juices going in an IPA. None of the soapy character from the aroma comes through - thankfully. Lightly grassy. I like the balance of the hops and malts; it's not too sparse with its malts like many beers in the style, and I think that's because they chose malts they knew would complement rather than distract. No hop bitterness comes through; it's all well disguised. Good depth of flavour and build. Well layered. I really like this. Good complexity and decent subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet enough to refresh yet lightly coarse enough to coax out the nuances of the flavours. Perfect carbonation. Great presence on the palate. Lightly oily. Not that creamy, but it doesn't need it. Clean and crisp. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV; I could easily put down a few of these in a night - and I'd want to. Would pair very well with spicy food. This is a solid IIPA from New Glarus that I'd definitely get again - preferably on-draught. Solid, balanced, and brewed with care. Really tasty stuff. Highly recommended.


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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tfidler
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Lemke10
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for 2.59 in Spring 2011.

Pours a clear, light amber color with a thin head that leaves some slight lacing around the glass. The scent is oh so strong with dry, bitter hops with a little sweet apricot and bready yeast in the mix. Taste starts out strong and crisp really pounding the taste buds. The hops are well mixed with some sweet malts giving it a slight citrus taste that finshes smooth, crisp, and clean. I'm not normally one that likes the really hoppy beers, but this was fantastic. I highly suggest trying this if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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Photo of cetherid
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip.


beer ilooks like your typical american lager. A basic pale yellow/golden color, however it has a huge amount of pillowy off-white head. (About 3 fingers worth dissipating to about a fingers worth after sitting for a few minutes.)


As soon as this one was cracked open, a big whiff of fresh hops came out of the bottle. A nice combination of citrus fruit and grassy/dank aromas. A nice little sweet malt is detectable as well.


hop dominant IMO. Getting lots of pine/resiny tastes to this. A slight touch of sweetness from the malts but that's about it. No "nutty" flavors detected which is apparently a trait of the Maris Otter malts.


about medium bodied with decent carbonation. A pretty dry finish on this beer as well which is probably attributed to the abv and lack of sweetness.


A decent DIPA, but one I wouldn't seek out. Definitely not a terrible beer but would rather grab a DIPA from FFF or Short's if I wanted something from the midwest. Can't comment on price but availability is a little difficult as it being a New Glarus brew.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dogger6253
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A rich, golden color with decent carbonation topped by a fluffy, white head with nice retention. The nose is filled with sweet fruits and citrus zest with a little bit of pine backbone. There is also a touch of buttered biscuit.

Each sip begins with a mango and grapefruit hop profile. There is a little bit of a grassy-style hop flavor going on as well. This balances out with a bit of pineapple sweetness and a mellow maltyness. There is a tiny bit of a caramel/vanilla hidden behind the much stronger flavors. Every now and then a sip finishes with a crisp flush of lavender across the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly oily and the carbonation is spot on - high enough that the heavy flavors are lightened nicely and the beer finishes crisply. It should be noted that the alcohol is not noticeable in this beer at all. I am interested to see how this IIPA ages. I feel like a year or two of cellaring would mellow out the hop profile and make this an incredibly balanced drink.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Hardly any lacing is left behind on the glass.

Hoppy aroma that is a combination of citrus and dank plants. No sign of malt or alcohol.

Flavor is full of citrus and pine. A touch of dankness and some onion. Bitterness is very high bordering on extreme. The malt is dry and adds no real flavor. Alcohol is warming but does not add much flavor either.

Hard to believe this body carries all the alcohol. Medium bodied at most with decent carbonation.

A hop bomb for sure. Was expecting a little bit of malt from a New Glarus beer, but they went all out hoppy on this one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottle code of 0523.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A spicy, earthy, and citrusy mix of hop esters with a solid biscuity background. Very hoppy upfront with good hints of spicy pine resin, floral and earthy hops with some grass. Solid hints of citrus with orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Malts in the back end with hints of bready biscuit, grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty hop forward and dank aroma. Very solid.

Taste: As juicy, piney, and bitter as it smells. Big taste of hops throughout that are nicely bitter and oily. Earthy hops with some floral and herbal notes. Big taste of spicy pine resin. Solid citrus taste with notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Towards the finish come some of the bready malt with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Very hop forward and juicy. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily and chewy. A little alcohol heat comes through. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good mix of citrus and piney hop flavors.

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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