Thumbprint IIPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow hued with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma brings a healthy malt bill, with some dank hops, hints of citrus, and a bold alcohol presence. The flavor is a balance of hops and malt, with the near 10% abv noticeable throughout. Dank hops and a bit of a sharp bite in the finish. Eh...this is such a competitive style, I don't see myself having this one again.

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3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly merky color. Thin head on all aspects. Light lacing. Below average carbonation even for a hop bomb.

Smell: A heavy caramelized, heavy buttered popcorn aroma. There are some floral hops trying to burst through but overall get pulled down by the heavy aromas. Some boozy accents run through on the undertones of this brew.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty well. A heavy hops hit on the front end. More molasses and saturated hops then I would have expected. Almost too much of a malt backbone. There isn't the traditional hop dryness one would expect, probably coming from the dark sugary hop tones. Again some airy light hop tones want to attack but seem to be drowned by everything else going on in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Meh, nothing that makes you remember this brew. Syrupy sweetness gets lost with some of the hop dryness.

Overall: An okay brew. New Glarus has its strong points and it is not IPAs.

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3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Slight hazy golden honey color, very light fizzy head.

Nose has some booze and sweetness, lots of earthy grassy hops, light pine and hint of citrus, hint fruity apricot like.

Taste quite malty quite sweet and light booze. Earthy hops, quite bitter and astringent, light grassy herbal and pine hops with hint of citrus. Chewy spicy hops like chewing on a mouthful of pellets. Light creamy malts. finish is very bitter and astringent, dry long bitter spicy chewy hop pellets and barely drinkable.

Mouth is med bodied, light booze and decent carb.

Overall eh, way too much astringent spicy hops and too much malty sweetness which should be balanced but isn't somehow. There are two spikes of flavor on opposite ends of the spectrum, sweet malty, and bitter astringent, and neither are great alone, and they don't mesh well, so not a great DIPA IMO.

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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel tulip, about a week after the shipment came in to the WI beer store.

A: Pours a nice golden straw, with a rich white head that sticks around for awhile. Some average lacing, solid carbonation, a little sticky when swirled.

S: Big burst of floral and pine hops immediately hits you. Unlike some other reviewers, I feel there is a definite lack of citrus and tropical fruit in the nose on this one. Definitely an interesting one, but not overpowering or mind blowing by any means.

T: More of the big floral and pine hops. The hop profile is very interesting on this beer, and I believe it would be a turnoff for someone looking for a typical grapefruit hop bomb. It reminds me of a Kern River Just Outstanding. A lot of dry, earthy pinehoppiness. There is something on the back end of this one that I really didn't care for, kind of a bitter pine resin.

M: Sticky and crisp, which is a nice combo. Carbonation sticks around until the end. Hops are bitter and drying on the tongue, but not a full on assault like some other big IPAs.

O: A well made dry IPA, though it could use a bit more malt. I am glad I tried it a couple times to give it a chance, but I will not be purchasing any more of this one. I just could not get over the floral notes and the resin finish and aftertaste. Insane pine hops.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thumbprint IIPA

Poured in New Belgium tulip.

A: Brushed gold with orange highlights. No substantial head or lacing.

S: Initially fruity: nectarines, grapefruit and orange zest. Some resin and pine.

T: A little sweet maltiness touches the palate, then the hops come: general fruity citrus that is soon outstripped by resin and pines. Solid bitterness that lingers through finish.

M: Carbonation is less than
medium and body is greater than
medium. Finish is not particularly warming, but I consider it dry.

D: New Glarus has brewed a competent interpretation of the double IPA style, and it is enjoyable and drinkable. If price is considered, Thumbprint IIPA surpasses many others in the style. If considered on its own merits, I rate it slightly above average.

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3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for this one!

Poured into snifter.

Pours a finger of white head that settles to a thick ring. Leaves some thin lace rings along the way. Color is a clear bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, but it has a big onion flavor. Grassy with some pine notes. A touch of alcohol shows. I get some mandarin flavors.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I was expecting. It has a bready malt profile. Grassy and piney. Onion flavors again. Not overly fruity either.

Taste: Bitter, but not that bitter. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, but that's it. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, it was a decent IIPA, but nothing too crazy. Pretty malty, not that bitter, and not that fruity. Enjoyable though.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Poured a golden color with an offwhite head.

Smelled of some piny/resinous hops, a bit of alcohol.

Taste was fairly balanced, though the hops didn't "wow" me. Too subdued for a IIPA IMO.

Mouthfeel was ok.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not one I would seek out or likely buy.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 704 ratings