Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #70
Ranked #748
4.36 | pDev: 8.72%
Aug 21, 2021
Jul 09, 2013
Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale
Notes: Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.
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Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2018 version - Reviewed on 3-16-2021
Pours a nice brown/amber color. 1 finger off white head. No lacing on the glass.
The aroma is so wild, earthy, floral, sweet, and sour all at the same time.
Taste - Floral, malty, earthy, wild, sweet yet sour on the flavor. So much going on here, that I can't fully describe.
Crisp, clean feeling. Decent bodied.
So damn good. I really like a wild ale.
Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2018 vintage
Consumed 10/24/20

I always look forward to having a NG fruited sour. They make some of the best in my opinion and I wish they were better known nationally. They have a distinct flavor that I get instantly on the nose and tongue the way a 3 Fonteinen or Tilquin beer does where I know who brewed it instantly. It has a nice brown color With a bit of lacing that stays after the pour. Carbonation is pleasant and what I’d expect on the tongue. The smell is phenomenal and inviting. Plenty of tart green apple and funk. I get the same flavors upon drinking. There’s load of complexity. I can sit and sip this slowly and thoroughly enjoy it. Overall a great beer for me and I’ll continue to seek it out if it comes out again someday.
Oct 25, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2018 vintage “new glarus wild ale” courtesy of NolaHopHead.
L: brown, burgundy with minimal light tan head.
S: berries, funk, tart.
T: sour, berries, funky. More sweet neutral flavor malt than funk. Not aging well.
F: medium, astringent dry.
Overall; in my opinion, too malty too age well. Kind of unpleasant taste. Tastes like a lot older beer, oxidation present.
Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
In review is a 2014 Vintage.

A -Dark cherry brown color with cream/pink color and light carbonation.

S - Tart cherry aroma with some juicy sourness.

T - Tart black cherry that's borderline puckering and has some very light acidity on the back side. Nice lingering cherry on the back end.

M - Big medium body with a very wet finish.

O - For a six year old bottle this held up impressively well.
Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to The_Game for this one, from the recent Rookies BIF. 2018 vintage,12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. poured a dark, solid brown color, with 1/4 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

A nice funk popped out as soon as I popped the cap. Upon further sniffing, there was a solid fruit scent, sorta cherry-ish, but coulda been berry-like as well, either way, very pleasant. There was a good underlying grain aroma as well.

Very similar on the tongue; funky, fruity tartness all around.

The body was on the lighter side of medium, smooth, clean, and had tartly dry finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I would have it in rotation if possible.

Overall, another great brew from NG. An absolute must-try if you can.
May 08, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by EMH73 from New York

Apr 01, 2020
Rated: 4.68 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Easily one of the top 10 beers I've ever had...

This is the perfect combination of sour and fruit... I can't quite put my finger on what the fruity aspect is. Berries and green apple maybe? Whatever it is, it is fantastic...

I received this beer in a secret santa box and it makes me wish I could find and purchase every bottle left. It is a wheelhouse beer for me. I love New Glarus and this absolutely hits a homerun...

I would highly highly recommend trying this if you see a bottle or get the chance.
Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a deep ruddy brown with blood orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

I get a little brown sugar and cherry. It has a pleasant sour aroma similar to a Flanders brown ale.

It has an initial sweet taste that is quickly replaced with tart cherry. It kind of reminds me of a tart cherry dessert. It has a good amount of sourness but not over the top.

Medium bodied with a semi dry mouthfeel

This is a pretty good sour. It reminds of the Flanders variety. I prefer lambic styles.
Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 6/27/13; drank 9/22/19 @ the Yarchives.

Nearly opaque brown/orange rust appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Lemon, raspberry & mild candied wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Raspberry, lemon & wheat flavors up front; a faint note of vinegar on the finish.

Perhaps this one was aged a bit too long, but it was still enjoyable. I'd have another.
Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2018 batch

A: Dark brown with reddish highlights. Smallish light brown head, no lacing or head retention.

S: Hmph. Kinda sweet smelling. Sweet berries I guess? Little bit of stone fruit.

T: Interesting flavor. Sweet-ish berries, cherries and apples I'd say? Caramel sweetness almost gives the impression of caramelized apple skin in the aftertaste. Some acidic tartness and funk in there but nothing overpowering. In fact I'd say that it mainly serves to balance out the sweetness and fruitiness - and it does so well.

M: Medium bodied, tart and drying.

O: Excellent sour from New Glarus. It tastes like a cross between a "normal" sour and one of New Glarus' typical fruit beers. To be clear, this is a good thing. Yum.
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jun 12, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - 1/2 finger yellow/brown head atop a translucent brown body.

S - vinegar, grapes, mixed berries, brown sugar.

T - follows the nose. Lots of acid. No bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - so much flavor at a low abv.
Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Ah here's a treat. Down to only 1-2 bottles left, as usual in this situation, this review encompasses the beer drank fresh and its subsequent intervals of drinking since then. Happy to say it hasn't lost anything.

Pours a reddish brown color. Forms a small 1/5" off white head. Aroma is red wine sour with earthy notes.

Taste is considerably more sour than other Belgian examples people are comparing it to. Not overly acidic, the earthiness and caramel malt do a great job here providing a tempering material. Real good oak participation resulting in a nice back end drying quality. Beer really runs from point A to point B with a lot of distance and change in between them. The brown malt is flavorful yet light.

This is an excellent AWA meets Oud Bruin kind of beer. Its funny when I see breweries charging $30-40 for their wild ales. Then you have this super affordable super delicious stuff. Another great example of the amazing beers you don't have to chase around or drop a paycheck for to acquire.
Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Chilmer from Iowa

Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
New Glarus 2018 sour wild ale.

Poured hazy reddish copper body with a weak head. Tart fruity aroma with a hint of fruit vinegar.
The flavor is intensely tart but drinkable with significant fruit notes.
I enjoyed this but it is very tart and somewhat challenging to drink, so just a few ounces was enough.
Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Feb 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on October 25, 2018. Sour brown ale with notes of cedar, caramel and dark dried fruits. Highly recommended.
Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by CRW from Indiana

4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I’ve never felt the need to review a beer in the 3 plus years I’ve been browsing this site. First let me stipulate I love Rodenbach Alexexader it is a favorite and a must have for me. This is the 1st beer I’ve had that I’ve had that gives it a run for its money for me. It’s a perfect example of a Wild Ale fruity, funky, with enough fruit flavor to make you make you want to enjoy it, to save the last swallow! I’m so glad I have another of these or I’d be depressed that I’d probably never have it again
Nov 29, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Excited about trying this as I always seem to enjoy New Glarus sours. Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass this beer pours out looking like a tea. Brown with some lemon like highlights. Really does remind me a lot of tea. The smell is acidic and a lot of fruit. Grapes, pear, earthy flowers too. The taste comes in a lot smoother than the nose puts off and is greatly balanced with those earthy and fruit notes. The white grapes, pear and earthy must make this a nice drink. Dry finish. Love the balance and drinkability new glarus brings with their sours.
Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2018 version from a bottle thanks to Joe. Joe, thanks Joe. Joe.

A copper, no Rusty orange colored beverage here. Brown and red highlights too. Opaque and reminds me of Munich malt syrup actually. A two finger off white foam lazily descends leaving good spotted lacing behind.

Though it makes no mention of it, I am immediately accepting this as a Flanders Red. The acidity is piercing, and the dark cherry and plum fruity elements undeniable. Each sniff triggering the glands in the back of my mouth to salivate uncontrollably.

Exquisite. The plum comes in first followed by dark cherries. A puckering sourness comes quickly behind, but a faint chocolate then clean wood barrel flavor offsets it. A lingering flavor of tart candied apples makes pauses between sips remarkably enjoyable.

The feel is just perfect for this. Luxuriously soft with a tingle of tartness and light carbonation act as the perfect vessel to deliver such poise and balance to the its sweet roots.

New Glarus Thumbprint beers continue to blow me away. This one is rediculously good yet again. No need to age. Drink this now!

Thanks again Joe! Cheers.
Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by Richter525 from Michigan

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2018 release, obtained as part of a recent trade, and I'm glad I signed up for an add of "a couple NG Thumbprints" without requiring specification of which release I'd be getting. The 2018 vintage pours a murky brown with modest fizz. Moderately high acidity is foreshadowed on the nose, that has a fruity and sharp acetic twang to it. Crabapple, plum, fresh white pineapple, and lychee, joined by a tart apple cider. Great oak barrel character complements the fruit on the palate, adding a bit more tartness and some softer vanilla and caramel notes. Extremely well balanced.
Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 12, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got in a trade with GreenBayBA. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/24/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, cherry, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, cherry, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness; light wine tang, and Brett spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, cherry, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tangy/tartness balance, with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an amazing Flanders brown ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazing Brett/bacteria complexity, oak presence, and dark/bready malt balance against acidity. Not overly sweet from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. They always seem to make world class level sours.
Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Oct 05, 2018
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Reviewed by tigerinatrance from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Oofta, what Wisconsin can do! Brought it back to my displaced home for now of New York in a four pack of 12 oz. bottles. How I missed my favorite New Glarus brews, and discovered a few new ones, this being one of them. I also recommend highly the Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red. Also picked up some Two Women, Fat Squirrel, Spotted Cow, and Totally Naked which I will be reviewing in due time.

L: poured into a standard pint glass, pours a dark whiskey brown with golden honey hues at the edge of the glass. Just under a two finger head of creamy off white, very slight mustard tint. Head dissipates fairly quickly, I’ll get back to that. Cloudy, inconsistent lacing follows it down the glass slllooowwwlllyyy.

S: oh goodness. Fermented dark fleshy fruit, plum like scent precedes a SUPER funky faint rye bread fullness. A bit of fermented tobacco.

T: spunky, funky, yeasty sourness without too much bitter tartness. This tastes like the delectable, perplexing, high ABV beer you expect it to be. Slightly sweet, honey like at the end. Extremely complex. This beer separates myself from über experiences beer tasters. I’ll get there.

F: super carbonated at first, disspitating quickly to borderline syrupy feel if you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds. Slight (slight!!!) alcohol burn on the throat, but that might just be the sour spunkiness confusing me.

O: my favorite beer I’ve had since Switchback Smoked Marzen. Fantastic showing of a challenging style. I’m in love with everything about this beer. Extremely unique. I wish I had more friends here in NY so I could share with them something they’d probably never have the opportunity to experience otherwise. I miss New Glarus beer, I miss Wisconsin. This beer fills me with that.
Oct 03, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by grapeshops from California

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2018 Wild Sour Ale
Poured into my elegant Yazoo Brewing tulip glass (generously sent to me by @Buck89 )
A dark amber hue pushes a sandy colored foamy cap just shy of 2 fingers in height. Clear, but dark enough to taunt the sunlight weakly piercing through. No lacing.
The smell is wow... There's a lot going on here. Sniff after sniff, combing my past culinary and zymurgical experiences, and challenging my vocabulary. Let's try some words. I wanna use the best words. The greatest words. Ugh, that sounds like a voice on the news. Ok, here we go.
Smells of plum, cherry, muddled raspberry, wet burnished leather, some wet oak barrel notes, all tied together with a soft sourness.
Taste has a sour plum, tart raspberry, oaky flanders tart to sour aspect to it. I'm getting a salted plum nuance that shadows these other more dominant flavors. Wow, it takes one for a ride all over.
Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation drops off to almost zero. Slightly slick.
Overall, I have no recommendations. I wouldn't be so presumptuous. It's an amazing sour that I assume is a sour brown.

Thanks, Chris!
Sep 20, 2018
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Reviewed by DavidR_9 from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown semi cloudy body with amber/red color towards the edges. Thin khaki head with tight bubbles. Aroma is light, earthy, oakey, and fruity. Taste is plesantly sour plum, hints of cherry tartness, oak, cedar, hint of caramel, and a funky lemon rind character that elegantly tapers off with the caramel, cedar, and toasted malt finish. Medium smooth mouthfeel and almost silky as the light prickly carbonation accentuates the wild yeast funk character. Very pleasantly and certainly their more sour offering that I’ve tried thus far.
Sep 13, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by novamat from Illinois

Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by cd34 from Illinois

Sep 08, 2018
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1085 ratings