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 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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Photo of scaliasux
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow with a hint of amber. Hazy. Short white head with good persistence.

Smell - Piney and citrusy (grapefruit) hops dominates. Very nice.

Taste - Also dominated by hops character. Fruity grapefruit flavor most prominent. Also some hints of pine and spice. Surprisingly smooth for such a substantial hops presence. I'm not a big hop head, but this is drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not overwhelming and surprisingly refreshing. I found this very enjoyable, though I'm often not a fan of overly hoppy beers. Another fine brew by New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2011 02:48:17

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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 zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed and reviewed 21 Jun 2011. Reposted here due to some merging/unmerging issues.

Pours clear golden yellow with a fluffy white two-finger plus head. Great head retention and solid lacing. Quite a nice-looking beer.

Smell is all about the hops, a potent mix of pine, fruit, and citrus, in that order. Good malt backing and a twinge of alcohol late.

Taste is, hmm... fairly standard DIPA stuff. Starts out slightly sweet and malty, moves quickly through strong fruit (grapefruit and pineapple) and some pine, then on comes the hefty bitterness, which carries on through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly sticky. It just slowly drifts away on the finish, both the feel and the taste gradually fading until I can't quite tell if they're still there or not.

A good, hefty, piney/fruity DIPA. I like it, though it's a solid step below my favorites, due to not having as much of the tasty hop flavors I look for.

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

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy gold/copper color with a wispy white cap. OK retention.

S: The nose is definitely interesting and unlike anything I've had. Lots of honey, citrus, pine and resin. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms up a little, but not really distracting.

T: Taste is quite different than the nose. A metallic note is immediately noticeable, along with citrus, pine, and orchard fruit (peach, apricot). Pretty bitter, and kind of balanced. A little more malt flavor would have done the trick.

MF/O: Lingering bitterness, prickly carbonation, and an orchard fruit finish.

Notes: Interesting Double IPA. I can't tell if there are numerous flaws or not, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of MilwaukeeCrusher--poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours with a clear, brassy body that sports a few trails of carbonation leaking up the sides. Head is massive, and stubborn. Rocky, off-white foam retains effortlessly and coats the glass with sticky webs of lacing. The aroma is very tropical in its hop presence, with pineapple and mango coming to mind. Pine and herbal hop cones are backed by a crisp, bready malt note.

The flavor, like most of New Glarus' beers, is deceptively simple in its decadence. Rich fruitiness and resin from the hops pairs with a cracker-crust pale malt note and a boozy finish. Bitterness is leafy and raw, but not astringent like some recent IIPA releases (lookin' at you, Sierra Nevada). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing for 9% ABV, with a medium body and drying finish. Overall, a very solid example of the style and typifies what the midwest likes to do with their Double IPA's. Worth a try.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw color with an ever so slight haziness. White head of one finger that leaves minimal lacing.

S. Tropical hop aromas of mango and pineapple followed by some pine. A bit of malt peaks through too. For a DIPA the nose is somewhat shy.

T. Citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops really explode across my palate. Bitterness picks up nicely across the mid-palate. Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitter citrus flavor.

M. Medium bodied with some creaminess/oiliness.

O. This a highly drinkable, clean tasting DIPA that hides its alcohol beautifully. Not a hop/malt/alcohol bomb like a lot of DIPAs which is actually a nice change of pace.

Reviewed on: 04-07-2011 00:45:29

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a bottle given to me by BeerFMAndy. Just being specific since I ended up buying several four packs and drinking it many times on tap.

A: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Solid two fingers of cream hued head set up and leave thick lace rings around the glass. Cap forms.

S: Sweet and tart citrus fruits explode from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Just a trace of malt comes through.

T: The flavors are a bit more subdued than the aroma. Still plenty of citrus fruit but the malt cuts through giving it much more balance.

M: Medium body with a creamy and soft carbonation.

O: Another great hop forward beer from NG. This is a perfect hot weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Strix
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 5-08-2011

Pours a clear yellow-orange, decent head with nice lacing.

Hops predominate the smell, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine.

Big grapefruit and orange peel twang in the taste, a bit of a pine note, and finishes with a green pepper flavor that reminds me of Moon Man.

Mouthfeel smooth and resinous.

This was glorious. I loved Moon Man and I wouldn't be surprised if the recipe for this is just triple the ingredients for Moon Man. This is super drinkable and instantly right up there with my favorite DIPAs, I can only hope we'll be seeing more of this.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nhindian
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to repost to this listing...

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours a straw yellow color, fairly light for the style. A decent amount of carbonation can be seen through the body, and it's pretty hazy as well. Two solid fingers of white head lay on top of the beer, with several minutes worth of retention that dissipates into a thick cap. Lacing is thin and sporadic.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and floral hops. Getting a lot of lemon, grapefruit, oranges, flowers, and grass. Pretty much entirely hop-centric.

T - The taste is surprisingly much different than the nose. A lot of citrus falls away in lieu of the more floral tones. It's earthy and especially grassy and not what I was expecting at all. There's still a good amount of tangerine and lemon, but this IPA is interesting in its profile. Not much malts here, but I am hard-pressed to call this a hop bomb. It finishes pretty damn bitter and has a little bit of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. The hops weigh heavily on the palate and sort of numb the tongue. You can definitely feel the hops in the mouth. Dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I can appreciate and understand New Glarus embracing different hop profiles to deliver a flavor that isn't found in many other IPAs; the Thumbprint series is essentially the new Unplugged line if I understand correctly. It's unique for sure, but it's sort of strange, due to the huge grass flavor I'm getting, along with hop spice, and lemon. Overall, I can't say I'm incredibly impressed with this offering.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-13-2011 06:40:37

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Photo of hardy008
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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 AmericanGothic
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with one finger of off-white head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit, peach and sweet malt. A bit subdued.

T: Starts with the grapefruit, then adds sweet malt in the middle, and finishes with the grapefruit bitterness. There is an occasional metallic tinge on the end that is annoying, but it's not there all the time. Also some pepper and alcohol in the finish. As the beer warms, a bit of lavender enters the flavor profile.

M: Light, buoyant and creamy, pretty nice.

O: Another tasty beer from New Glarus. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Comet Cafe.

A: pale gold, spotty lacing, slight haze, small head

S: c-hops up front, tropical notes of mango, guava and grapefruit, some graininess in the back

T: sweet malts, fruity hops, bitter by the middle, beer loses momentum towards the finish, dry finish

Mf: light body, nice carbonation

D: easy drinking dipa, nice feature of fruity hops with good balance and not too much bitterness

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Photo of petroos
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to backfat for this bottle!

Split a 12 oz. bottle with my girlfriend over dinner. Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a fluffy offwhite head. Slightly cloudy with visible carbonation. I would like a bit more orange glow to the color but overall it's nice enough.

S: Smells delicious. Hops to full effect. I get a lot of tropical aromas, especially pineapple. On the backend there is orange and a hint of grapefruit and pine. Smells great!

T: Very crisp with the citrus notes overtaking the tropical notes which leads into a nice level of bitterness. Does not go overboard and does not have the syrupy problem a lot of DIPAs do. Alcohol is very well hidden too.

M: There may be a bit too much carbonation for me out of this bottle, but otherwise it feels great. There is a creaminess that accentuates the citrus which then sort of dries out as the bitterness starts to show up.

O: A very solid brew that I'd definitely have again if ever given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 4/17/11

A- One inch white head atop a light, partially cloudy, golden beer. Average head retention and very good lacing.

S- Strong citrus and floral notes right from the pop of the cap.

T- Mmm. Fresh, pungent citrus. Bitter, bitter, bitter...but good! Very present alcohol for being 9%abv.

M- Average carbonation. Borderline syrupy for the style.

D/O- One of my favorite breweries doing one of my favorite styles...sign me up. I wouldn't put this in the top tier of DIPAs but it is very good. Glad New Glarus put this out for the hop addicts.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to everyone who traded me one of these at DLD! Original review entered on 5/30/11.

A: Very pale amber body (totally clear, btw) with a finger of frothy white foam. Nicely pale DIPA, with good sticky lace. I'm looking forward to the hops, as this appearance promises malt won't be getting in the way. Awesome.

S: A little fainter than expected and hoped for, with herbal hops dominating. Some dry malts are noticeable, too, but this is really all about the dry, leafy, herbal hops. A little underwhelming, actually, but by no means unpleasant.

T: Malt sweetness comes out more than expected, but the hops still rule. Cleanly bitter herbal + grapefruit flavors finish things out. Crisp bitter finish.

M: Smooth, soft, and full of delicate, silky carbonation. Perfect.

O: While this was a tasty beer, I have such high regard for the brewery that anything that doesn't blow me away really disappoints me. On the plus side, the 9% doesn't show at all; I just wish the hops were a bit more powerful in the aroma and more complex overall. Drinking this side-by-side with CW Illumination, it was easy for me and Hopstoopid120 to agree that Central Waters makes the better DIPA.


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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Stigs for sending this one my way.

Appearance: golden yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: grapefruit, citrus, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp,

overall: this is a very nice DIPA. Glad I finally got to try it. It's been on my wants for quite sometime.


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Photo of OddNotion
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head. Very bubbly, head does not seem to want to recede any time soon.

Smell: Very citrus-y. Nice and pungent, bitter hoppiness as well. Malt backbone seems to be present but the hops dominate the smell.

Taste: Wow delicious! Perect balance of bitterness in conjunction with citrus flavors. Honestly I am surprised this beer is not more highly regarded! Maybe due to the slight noticability of the alcohol content but other than that it is clean and nice and refreshing. Reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (I hate these comparisons most times but this one really does remind me of it).

Mouthfeel: To style, heavier side of medium but low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very much enjoyed! I would love to have regular access to New Glarus offerings and am so happy I had the chance to try this one out!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dc55110
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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 OakedCanuck
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle courtesy of mtunnell in our trade, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear bright orange with a finger of pure white soapy head that dissipates almost immediately to a few bubbles along the collar. Not much lacing from the head as it slides quickly back into the surface. Plenty of good carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is pretty well balanced, light citrus peel and pine hops with a malt aroma of biscuits and a touch of spiciness that the label says is Maris Otter. The hop aroma gets a bit of dank grass like as the beer warms up a bit.

Like the nose, mostly pine and fresh grassy hops, with a touch of citrus brightness in the bittering. Not much malt on the taste as a dank grassy and earthy hops flavor finishes on the tongue and lingers for a bit. Surprised I don't get much of the malt on the tongue, other than a hint of spiciness on the finish.

Light bodied and well carbonated with prickly bubbles on the tongue. Alcohol becomes a bit more apparent in the flavor as the beer warms slightly. A decent and interesting interpretation of a IIPA with English influence.

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Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zimmerbloke for this bottle. The beer Appears semi-hazy orange with a small white head.

It smells of floral, grassy and citrusy hops. I also get a bit of a sweet mild caramel like smell.

It tastes of floral and grassy type of hops. I also get a mild grapefruit flavor to. This floral dry hop flavor is followed by a pleasant sweet malt flavor. The beer ends with a strong though not overly strong bitterness. A very nicely balanced beer.

There is ample carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall this is a strong hoppy yet balanced IIPA that is very refreshing. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my New Belgium globe.

golden body with a decent sized off white head on top. Nice smelling DIPA, citrus and tropical notes mingle with a nice tropical fruit sweetness in the end, a hint of dank grassy notes in the finish. Now onto the taste... more balanced than expected, a nice hoppy flavor up front backed by a formidable pale malt backbone, finishes with a hint of grassy hop flavor but not that bitter. Honestly I was hoping for more hop flavor like what came across in the aroma. medium bodied with a fair amoun of carbonation and a slight stickiness.

Overall a good DIPA but I would have loved to have had the flavor that matched the aroma. I would drink this again and buy more if it was available to me locally but wouldn't go too nuts trying to obtain more

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden yellow. A nice amount of white head. Smells strongly of simcoe hops. Cat piss like crazy. Tastes hoppy like a mo fo. Very nice crisp hops with not much else behind it. Highly carbonated and very drinkable. Overall a top notch dipa

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