Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Stevedore on 07-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#583
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
1,061
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
291
Gots:
156
Trade:
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Photo of dannycohen62
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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.

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Photo of Richter525
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
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.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigerinatrance
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.

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Photo of grapeshops
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
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!

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Photo of DavidR_9
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.

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Photo of novamat
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd34
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The poured brown with some dark red hints.

Smell - The revealed oak and definite tart notes.

Taste - At the front, I detect slight spruce notes. The cherry set in with notes of cherry skin, oak, and a hint of lime. The sourness is not overpowering of acidic. Oak notes shined in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation came in little bubbles and allowed the sourness to linger.

Overall - Wild Sour Ale is a treat.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffshore545
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,061 ratings