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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Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head not lasting long on a hazy dull golden with a slight burnt orange hue. Nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with mostly tart generic citrus, candy sugar, earthy and herbal aromas and some pale malts. Flavor has a mild pale malt base with resins, musty and tart citrus, honey but overall a bit harsh. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry n the finish.

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Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have always admired the fruit beers from new glarus, but beet so/so on their other stuff. this one changes that, as it is a fantastic double ipa. pours super red, coppery and bright with a huge frothy off white head. the nose is more like a strong ale than an ipa, I smell booze and malt in balance with the absurd quantity of hops. lots of oils in this, sweeter, not a bitter bomb, thanks to a nice caramel and red malt backing. the hop profile is really unique, sort of piney, but also really fruity, like dried cranberries or pomegranates. really mineral heavy in the finish, along with an almost sticky hop feel. fuller bodied and a little sugary towards the end, but the carbonation is good and its actually a very drinkable beer for its size and depth. my only regret here was that I only had one. I don't know why it doesn't, but I wish this stuff had wider distribution. one of the more unique double ipas ive had in months, and one of the more hefty beers that wasn't the color of motor oil ive maybe ever had. top quality here folks.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold, super sharp clarity, lasting foam. Drippy arcs of lace form as the glass is slowly sipped.

Aroma is flush with floral hoppage, pithy grapefruit, earthy mango. Dry, underscored with some fruity dankness and a slight whiff of alcohol. Somewhat reserved for a fresh Imperial IPA.

Moderate bitterness, the earthy hops build in the middle, and linger long into the aftertaste. Weedy, with a resiny earthiness of mango and apricot. Some light pale malt surfaces at room temperature. Feel is very light and dry, almost ghostly for being 9%. Personally I like a little more fullness, but it's got some fortitude nonetheless. Tangy citrus aftertaste is unmistakably Fantome somehow... well done! Plan to savor the rest of these.

Thanks Jay for this one...

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-14-2011 03:03:03

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head; plenty of retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: From the first whiff, you can tell this is going to be big in both the malt and hop directions - cakey and sugary malts buttress scents of lemon, tropical fruits and onions

Taste: The malts take the first step forward, bringing sugar cake flavors to act as the platform for the big hop bill; the hops don't disappoint, bringing a rather unique combination of lemon, tropical fruit and onions; while the hops dominate, there is plenty of sugary malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a well-constructed beer and rather unique in its own right; I would score it higher if I liked the hop bill more but I am not crazy about the onion flavor

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mothman
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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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Pungent citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a bit of toffee and sweaty dankness.

T - Pungent pine and sweat up front with pithy bitterness. Some dry toast in the middle with a finish of harsh bitterness and grapefruit.

M - Medium thick body, modately high carbonation, and a bitter finish.

D - The aroma is spectacular, but the flavor doesn't work nearly as well. The bitterness is harsh and kind of medicinal, but there really isn't quite enough malt to balance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle. Assist to beerwolf77. Thanks again. Served in a Bell's tulip.

Pours a very light apricot color with a good white head. Fairly long-lasting before it falls down to a think cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose is quite pungent, stinging the nostrils. Fantastic aromas of tropical fruit and, to a lesser degree, orange and other citrus. That's all there is to it. No malt. Damn straight; that's how it should be.

The flavor is not quite as intoxicating (in the figurative sense; I suppose in the literal sense it's the other way around) but still quite nice. Ripe mangoes plus some peach and orange. Really tasty. Fairly-bruising bitterness hits my palate, though I won't complain. It's been awhile since I've had a really hard-hitting IIPA. Props to New Glarus for making a really fine concoction.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with 1-2 fingers of rich eggshell-white head (although it does have a bit more of an off-look to it at times as well). This retain with rich ½ finger of froth, which maintains some creamy edging in particular and leaves back a lot of sticky lacing which dots the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and piney up front and is layered on top of herbal accents and a fresh mix of fruit, both of the juicy variety and the more bitter grapefruit type as well. Malts offer a supportive grainy sweetness underneath the hops, while I’m getting a good bit of peppery spice, which starts to emerge a bit as this warms.

The taste is fresh and bright with bitter grapefruit giving this a lot of flavor and being softened on the edges by a herbal feel and the sweetness of grains and ripe tropical fruit (pineapple and mango are really standing out to me). The finish is warm and spicy, with lingering notes of dry pine and pith, but I’m fortunately not finding this to be overly intense. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light sharpness to the carbonation up front that then gets progressively more smooth and creamy as things spread out into the mouth, thanks to an underlying sleek oiliness from the hops. There is some warmth to this that intensifies those hop flavors a bit and it’s real borderline for me as to whether or not it’s interfering at all with this.

Coming from New Glarus, I had high hopes for this and I was very pleased to not be let down. Despite some age on this, the hop flavors here still had a fresh, clean, and flavorful pop to them, yet this was still very well balanced. My only complaint was with the alcohol content but I was even able to forgive even that for the most part when the overall experience was done as well as this was. I’m going to seek some fresher examples of this out in the future. It was pretty darn good.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to funhog for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger, foamy white head, rather thick. Great head retention with nice rings of lacing.

S: Light tropical fruit, grassy hops, some light graham cracker malt. Rather light and flowery.

T: Very light, like the aroma. Some citrus, mostly lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light bready malt and some grassy hops develop as it warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. No sign of the abv at all. Would never have guessed it so high.

O: A pretty good DIPA, but had slightly higher expectations. Not as hoppy as I would like in double, more like a single. But extremely drinkable for the abv.

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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 Huhzubendah
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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Thumbprint IIPA from New Glarus Brewing Company
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