Thumbprint IIPA | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
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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Photo of KFBR392
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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 -17%
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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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of TWStandley
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of Retail1LO
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a hazy, golden/straw color with a minimal head. The nose on this is super hoppy, super resinous, and super boozy. REAL boozy. The taste is extremely sweet up front. This reminds me a ton of FFF Behemoth. Right on the edge of DIPA/barleywine. The finish is kind of flat, as this is a low carb beer. THere's a bit of tartness on the finish. Overall, this is a decent beer, but not one I'd return to anytime soon.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice tangerine amber with a 1 finger head. Smells wondeful, holy xmas tree, its like they blended one up and stuffed it in the bottle. Really a wonderful, resiny, pine hop aroma jumps out at you, subdued citrus notes, and a little malt in the background. Pine and grass hit my mouth first, citrus and lemon, bitter but with not enough maltyness to back it up for my taste. Mouthfeel was a bit dry, woody, and cloying for me, some may like it, but this was not my favorite, a little out of balance for my tastes. Wonderful flavors, just not finished in my opinion.

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Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow amber color with a quarter finger of white foam.

S-Honey and tangerines with juicy pineapple notes.

T-Sweet pineapple and honey with a crisp, light bitterness on the finish.

M-This is just about perfect for me for a double IPA. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a somewhat syrupy feel.

D-A pretty tasty and palatable IIPA. I would most likely repeatedly buy this if it was brewed more often and more easily accessible to me.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade,
Thanks stig!

Hazed orange with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves only small spots of lace down the glass.

Initially pleasant aroma of citrus, bread, and mild alcohol, though as the beer warms, a slight onion presence creeps its way in, and I'm not a fan of that aroma.

Moderate to high bitterness, passion fruit and citrus, some bread, mild alcohol, and a bit of vegetable/onion make for a pretty easy drinking DIPA, all things considered.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but I don't need to seek it out again.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their red foil wrapped 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of egshell foam, body is a lighter golden amber, a nice haziness (I incorporated the sediment prior to opening the bottle), pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Very floral and tropical, some nice bright nice citrus, with some pith at the back.

Taste - Begins with a very forward blast of citrus, very bright and potent, and the tropical fruits follow immediately, followed nearly as quickly by some pine, and slightly bitter floral flavors. Next comes a pretty good ruch of alcohol heat - longer into the finish there is some very assertive grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - This beer is medium and extremely smooth, and has almost a creamy mouthfeel to it. Carb is on the lower side of medium, that is smooth on the palate and provides a few edges at the back of the tongue. The finish on this is dry and a touch chalky, and noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall - This beer has such a nice nose and appearance, and the beginning of the first sip was fantastic - there are truly some great flavors here but they are unbalanced, and the alcohol is not hidden very well, and has gotten fairly hot halfway through the glass. It is a pretty good DIPA, but not one that I can recommend.

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Photo of rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeGross2 for including this in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange hue with a one finger creamy white head that slumps down to a thick quarter inch head and nice sticky side lacing.

S - Soft pine and grapefruit citrus with a sweet malt backbone. A bit too malty for my liking.

T - Like the nose this has nice faint citrus and pine with more of the sweet malts. Again, this is just a bit too malty for my liking. I prefer a DIPA to be a big citrus bomb.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and very lightly/softly carbonated. ABV is somewhat hidden.

O - Overall, this is probably a good beer, its just a bit too much past its time? for me. The citrus and pine hops are there, and were clearly prominant at some time but now they are now second fiddle to malts.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Phocion
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark straw-colored and very bubbly body with a solid finger of frothy, nearly-white head and excellent retention. Thick bubbles lace the side of the glass. Beautiful beer.

Aroma is full of grapefruit. Decent array of tropical/citrus fruits, but overall very one-dimensional.

Flavor is still predominately citrus, especially grapefruit. Hint of pine on the finish, along with some earthy and soapy flavors. Nice spicy lemon zest hidden in there as well.

Medium/heavy body and good carbonation. Slightly slick and oily, but mostly smooth.

Drinkable but not particularly impressive. Much better DIPAs out there, I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of cetherid
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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 birchstick
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the brewery 2 days ago and ready to consume.

A - pours a yellowish amber color with a decent head that dissipates to a nice white ring

N - the nose is off for me. Pretty subtle, but what's there includes grapefruit and seawater (wtf?).

T - Fortunately, this thing tastes nothing like it smells. Starts off with a nice blast of citrus sweetness, which give way to a really nice Marris Otter malt presence. The hops come back with a vengeance on the back end of the tongue, with a burst of grapefruit and some lighter citrus notes. This is big and bold as a IIPA should be.

M - nice and full body with a lot of nice creaminess to it

D - overall this is a solid IIPA from New Glarus. I haven't seen them put out a beer anywhere close to this one as far as hops are concerned, but they proved that they can brew a hop bomb as well as any of the other big timers. This makes me even more curious to try their regular IPA offering. Another winner from the Thumbprint series!

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Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy Yellow with a 2 finger white head. good lacing

S- Has a nice piney citrus smell with a little hint of yeast

T- Has a slight grapefruit flavor at the beginning and a nice smooth citrus flavor in the middle and then ends with a touch of pine

M-It is medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good drinkable DIPA. I would of liked some more hops to this DIPA but overall it was still good. Far off from my favorite DIPA but no way a bad DIPA

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Photo of davidbowers13
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, yellow in color with a white head of three fingers with a medium pour. Good lacing and fair retention.

S - Citrus and pine, but not as strong as other IIPAs I've had. A little lacking but smooth.

T - Mostly grapefruit. While smooth and balanced it's not my favorite. It seems one dimensional in my opinion.

M - The mouthfeel is carbonated well. Not too sweet, so it's easy to go back for more.

O - A good IIPA, but not my favorite. I feel it could be more hop forward, but that's how I prefer my IIPAs. It is well balanced for those looking for something not too hop forward.

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Photo of xhuskr
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thnx to my sister for getting this one for me

A: as yellow as a republican at the DNC (or switch the matter). Bubbly with a good amount of lace

S: I felt like I should be drinking this on the beach...nice fruit aroma/citrus/grapefruit

T: Nice IPA..didn't have the gusto of of CA DIPA, but a nice change overall. A hop bite was there, more or hickey than a chomp.

M: Nothing that needs mention...

O: I enjoyed it and would love a 2nd bottle to compare. Honestly didn't taste too DIPA like, but I have had it around for a couple months so the hops may have chilled a bit. I'd give it a try if you can.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks I love an IPA that I have never had.

Beer served in a snifter, it is amber / brownish and clear with a white head, medium one finger, small and medium bubbles, some lacing and a nice retention, minimal lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is a little piny and earthy with a malty backbone.

There is nothing wrong with this IPA as a beer but as an IPA it is too malt forward to me, medium in body, sweet up front, an interesting finish but only moderately bitter. I think it is fine but it is not my style. When I want an IPA I want a more aggressive hop presence and finish. Not some "balanced" malty beer. It is a fine beer but not a repeat for me.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a new glarus pint glass

a-pours a bit more cloudy than I might have expected, but its got a nice golden yellow hue to it. Nice white lasts for a minute or so and then recedes. really a pretty beer

s-smells like a DIPA alright. piney and citrus hops. some nice maltyness as well. smells slightly sweet as well

t-taste didnt quite live up to the smell as much as I had hoped, but still very tasty. lots of citrus initially, cant quite figure out what sort though, follows with some nice bitter hops and then has a bit of malty sweetness at the end.

m-feels a little light bodied for my tastes and a little heavy on the carbonation. nice boozy tingle sits in the mouth for a bit after.

overall, I had high hopes for this brew and it didnt quite live up to it. very nice smell to it, but the flavors seem a bit light and not quite in balance. body is a little light as well and the 9% abv is a tad noticeable compared to other DIPA's that I have had lately. another solid beer from New Glarus, but not one of the best DIPA's I have had the pleasure of tasting.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-31-2011 00:28:56

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Photo of dc55110
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried to track this down last weekend while I was in Superior and couldn't find it. Took WI 35 home stopping at every establishment along the way. Didn't find it until I made a slight detour to New Richmond.

A-Pours a light orange with a solid finger of head, which dissipates fairly quickly.
S-Nice floral and slightly citrus bouquet.
T-Not as power full of hop punch as I was expecting from the aroma. While the floral and citrus flavors are there, a more piney hop character steels the show in the taste department.
M-A very smooth drinker for 9%. Very crisp, with a slightly dry finish. The flavors do not linger.
O-This is a good beer, a very well done first entry into the new Thumb Print Series. That said, with the amplitude of DIPA's out there, I would seek out a few others before I go out of my way for this one again.

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Photo of hardy008
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed originally on 4/09/2011.

Clear dark gold with a large white foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing. Nice aroma with grapefruit, pine, lemon, lemon zest, and a light amount of sweet malt.

The taste is just like the aroma, but the flavor is not as strong as I thought it would be. Nice bitterness, balanced by some sweetness from the malt.

Oily, somewhat creamy, light to medium bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden for 9.0 %. Modest carbonation with a dry finish. This is another nice beer from New Glarus. It is not as good as the best DIPAs out there, but is good enough that I would like to see this be brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-09-2011 03:33:49

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into shaker.

A - This beer pours a clear, very light yellow. Excellent 2 finger head formation with good retention and lacing.

S - I don't pick up as much of the citric fruits, rather more of the pine/grass end of the spectrum. A dash of pepper and lemon in there as well.

T - Nice and bitter, again with the pine. Unfortunately, I pick up a medium strength onion flavour, reminds me of Gubna. This affects the flavour as it is noticeable. This one is all bitterness, very little to no malt balance.

M - Amazingly dry, bitter, medium, good carb

O - A very earthy, dry, bitter IIPA. I would have liked to see a touch of sweetness out of the malts but that was not to be. ABV is hidden well and this is easy to drink.

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