Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sustyhops
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Jparker37
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Tall off-white fizzy head falls to a simple ring around the glass. Amber in color with ruby highlights. Good clarity but no lacing.

S - Mild cherry tartness. Slightly peppery, spicy. Faint medicinal flowers. Gets more and more aromatic with temperature. Start to get some esters in the form of banana, hinting at chocolate malt, little bit of alcohol.

T - Starts off with some sweetness that very early gives way to big sour tones that last throughout. Midway seems to show some signs of spicing and a tropical flavor similar to pineapple juice.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium to medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Aroma didn't jump right out at me but when deeply pondering shows quite complexity. Flavor beginning to end is focused on sourness. Many Wild Ales from New Glarus seem very similar in acidity. A lot of times it comes across one dimensional as tartness with some berry sweetness and little else to speak of. Was hoping this "wild" beer would hold some funky aroma and flavor but that was not found. A good beer but not really expanding on what I know they can already do.

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Photo of mookihouse
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ehammond1
1.91/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2013)

This is a fairly foul beer, through and through. The sharp aroma of oak is probably it's best quality, as there is also significant amounts of vomit and stinky, cheesy feet in the aroma. The flavor is largely undrinkable, as more of the vomit and stinky athlete's foot (sweat, sock, toe cheese) flavors are present as well. Yes, it's quite sour, so I guess that's a "good" thing, but the flavors are pretty awful. Drain poured my share. Perhaps this needs to still sit for some time. Granted, I've had worse beers.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice orangish-red color that faded towards the base of the glass. Nice white soapy looking head which hung around for a while. Quite nice for the style

S oaky sour fruits with some vinegar. I get some earthiness on this one. It smells pretty complex and its difficult to really nail down anything specific.

T more of the same from the nose. This is a fairly unique taste for a sour. It is funky but the fruit seems more like figs or a plum, some dark fruit as opposed to the typical cherry flavor. Good complex flavors.

M almost perfect. Became a bit buttery towards the end so I docked it a bit but I much prefer its more moderately carbonated feel as opposed to others in the genre which drink more like champagne.

O a very good brew. Its quite tart with some funky sourness which I enjoyed. Not mind blowing but I'd happily drink again. A very nice example of the style

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1769th Review on BA
Bottle to NG Pils Glass

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- When it fills up the glass, its slightly off brown with reddish tinges to it. A bit thicker and darker than I wouldve thought. A brown ale naturally so expected actually. A small impush head that is about 1 finger high. Not really a cling to it, but nice non the less.

Smell- On the nose, its not sweet tart puckering, but gets there. Cherries, oak, sweet, vinegar and malty all wrapped into a combined effort. A nice smelling beer that entices as to whats to come.

Taste- A nice sour. A bit off the beaten path like the bottle says. Not like I really expected. The base malts of the brown ale are somewhat muted against the super prickly sweetness of the sour. A bit yeast and fruity with the cherries on this one. A good sour, but just missing a bit for me.

Mouth- A bit thicker than I thought, but again with a sour brown it happens. The feel of the beer is quite nice with a puckering at the end and then trails off to reveal the cherries and yeast on the finish.

Drink- Its a nice sour. I enjoy 12oz sours and between this and the Berliner. It was a really nice couple days from NG. Enjoyable, drinkable, and highly flavorful.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of MCImes
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is very similar to rodenbach grand cru, except I'd say its more malty and the yeast profile is different. This holds up to any belgian sour very well. They nailed the wild yeast and oaking. The sourness is perfect. Its sour without being overwhelming. This is THE BEST sour per $. Period. Its freaking $10/4 pack! If this were available in mass quantity I would hardly every buy anything else. Did I say how good of a value this is? Its a great value. I'd take this over quite a few balgian sours also. Its a really great beer from NG. Their thumbprint series is awesome. You must try this, then email NG and tell them to MAKE MORE PLEASE!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,019 ratings.
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