Thumbprint Barley Wine | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Barley WineThumbprint Barley Wine
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Thumbprint Barley WineThumbprint Barley Wine

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mobius387 on 01-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 117
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pweis909
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really, this is much more like an DIPA, IMO. I expect a barleywine to maltier. And the piney citrusy hopping was much more like DIPA.

Pours orange, white foam. Hops are immediately apparent in the nose. The taste is bitter, almost overwhelmingly so, but I warm to that aspect of the beer with time. However, it is a bit boozy, which I prefer not to have.

I am gradually realizing that I am not a big fan of big hoppy boozy beers that so commonly are touted by my fellow BAs.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tewaris
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a snifter. Split with a friend.

It's a blondie! Much lighter color than others of its kind with a good head. Fleeting malts and citrus hops in the aroma... certainly sweet and somewhat fruity. Smells like a malty pale ale to me.

Tastes fruity, slightly bitter, slightly boozy... like an ordinary DIPA. Not the beast as it proclaims to be. Disappointingly thin with no particular highlights. Seems like a beer to age on barrels if highlighting barrels is the objective. Thoroughly ordinary and not memorable in any way.

4.5, 3.5, 3, 2, 3

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Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange, head dissipates to a ring.

Citrus, fruits, and spices in the nose.

Cherry, apple, sugar, alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, black pepper, orange rind. Deliciously complex.

Quite carbonated, but mouth-coating.

Wow, these thumbprints continue to amaze. This one defies categorization. Definite DIPA and even belgian ale aspects.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright sunset orange color, jewel tone clarity, thin skim of foam across the top, leaving a bare halo of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Dried papaya, orange peel, boooze. As it warms the alcohol is less than subdued, and pretty overt.

Tastes fruity with plenty of tropical hop character, papaya, mango, and citrus. This is at the edge of its descent into mellowness though, but the fruity hoppiness is still prevalent. Creamy smooth feel and plenty drinkable, though clearly an ass kicker. Best served up with hearty food. Yes it's hoppy, and that's a good thing.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a massive three finger head. Excellent retention. Thick lacing. Color is pretty strange for a Barleywine. Color is a dark orange.

S. Smells pretty hoppy. Bordering along lines of a DIPA. Some caramel malt. Nice citrus hop notes. Smells good, just not really a whole lot like a barleywine.

T. Taste is also a lot like a strong DIPA a little bit past its prime. Get some pretty sweet citrus hop flavors, balanced with a nice malty sweetness. Not too much bitterness. Get a little bit of dry malt flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Some lingering sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation.

O. Interesting beer. I think time will bring about some changes to this beer. Right now it gives me a DIPA vibe. Not that it really matters what style it is as long as it is good, and this is a good beer. Not the most flavorful or complex Barleywine I have had, but an easy drinking for 12% beer.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles from both d0b and joshuaseresse - thanks guys! Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Voluminous orange-tinged foam has excellent retention - I had to wait a while before I could actually start to drink the beer. When it eventually settles there's tons of creamy glass-coating lace left behind. Transparent dark golden body with some slow-moving bubbles. A bit light for the style, but otherwise very attractive.

S - This is one insanely hoppy barleywine - all I can smell is pine, herbs, and bitter citrus, with perhaps a hint of cat pee and alcohol in the background. At one point I caught the faintest glint of sugary malt, but I may have imagined it - the malt is otherwise a neutral, crackery, and unobtrusive.

T - The taste has a tad more malt sweetness, but this is largely citrus, with some herbal notes and alcohol bite in the finish. There's also a mildly nutty character to the malt bill. Reminds me more of some triple IPAs I've than a typical 'barley wine'.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower but active carbonation. Actually a tad watery for 12%. Pretty low alcohol warmth considering there's some booze in the aroma. Chewy, viscous, and fairly dry and resinous in the end.

D - Not what I was expecting - very low sweetness but with tons of hop character. While alcohol is present it's not out-of-line for the listed 12% and should mellow in time - I think the sharp herb and pine character of the hops probably exacerbates the alcohol presence anyway. I actually found this pretty easy to drink, and ended up pacing myself so that I wouldn't fall asleep working this evening. Another well-crafted New Glarus beer that's worth checking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a very clear orange-brown with a very thin off-white head. Aroma has citrus fruits, some pine and resin. Taste brings sweet hops, honey, some lemony bitterness and a bit of malt back. Very crisp and clean. Syrupy flavor depth without the thickness. Finishes with some length and some alcohol. Not like any barleywine I’ve had; the alcohol content is there, but this is much more citrus hoppy and light fruits than dark grapey or raisiny fruits. Overall, a decent barley wine from one of my favorite breweries.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for this bottle.

Pours much lighter than any barleywine I've ever seen. It's a clear golden with a small beige head that recedes quickly and leaves a collection of bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is massively hoppy for a BW with lots of herbal character as well as a ton of citrus, pineapples and mango. The malts are definitely in the background with some faint caramel and bready malts. Smells like a DIPA.

Taste brings the sweetness, much more than in the aroma. That said, the initial flavors are oranges and pinapples from the hops. The sugary sweet malts are definitely more prevalent than in the nose creating a stickiness after each sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and extremely boozy. Every sip leaves a sticky hop resin on the palate with alcohol burn.

I'm not exactly sure how to compare this to other barleywines as it seems much more like a double/triple IPA. A really good beer, if not slightly miscategorized.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.6% out of 100 with 350 ratings
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