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): 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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,019
Reviews:
118
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
290
Gots:
143
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 1,019 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of drewfull
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Holmes698
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KevSal
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Recently bought bottle poured into an oversized snifter this brew has 2 fingers of a effervescent bubbly head that crackles. The head is mostly gone after drinking a few ounces. A bit hazy but quite clear when held to the light with a ruddy amber with burnt orange highlights. Wow this smells like a Belgian lambic. Lots of barnyard funk, tart green apples and some sweet caramel notes. Nice aroma. First sip is sour but not overpowering. Barnyard funk with sour apples and a slightly caramel malt sweet finish. As it warms some oaky quality emerges. Much more drinkable than the fresh fruit lambics from Cantillon as it isn't super sour. A nice sourness upfront that is balanced with a bit of sweetness in the finish. A bit more body than a fruit lambic with high but not extreme levels of carbonation. Impressive beer. For $2.50 for a 12 oz bottle you won't find a better sour anywhere. New Glarus has their sours down. Damn.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great beer! Poured a bit cold, but that didn't seem to hurt it a bit. Had a large, tan, thick, foamy head that settled after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a heady, blend of tart, malt, spice, fruit, resin. Flavor's like nose with spot on balance between sweet, sour, and bitter. Body and carbonation couldn't be better. Finish is like flavor, clean, rather long, and very easy drinking for what's not usually so accessible, A masterpiece.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Woodman70
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BigJim5021
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of arehder
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle presentation is average, which hides the essential liquid that is inside. Amazing aroma, great sour flavor. Foam is consistent and bright over the light golden pristine beer.
Excellent option with grilled fish and sharp cheeses. Likely other New Glarus beers, World Class!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, sour, tart, funk, fruit (orange, cherry to name a couple). Very similar to Enigma and equally as enjoyable. I like the hints of the vanilla from the oak.
Smallish head, that fizzes out in fairly short order. A slightly cloudy darker amber with more browns with the orange.
Yum, that's so damn good. Again very similar to Enigma, but the darker malts do show in this one. Still the complexity of the yeast - again funk, sweet, sour, fruit and nicely balanced tartness that is persistent but never overwhelming. I'm having a harder time picking up the advertised caramel - might be some on the finish. I do like the woody character, not exclusive to the vanilla.
Even with the smaller head there is plenty of tingly, prickly bite to the ample carbonation.
Another outstanding beer. I really like the wild yeast stuff. I liked Enigma better, but I have no issues of any importance for this one. Complex as all get out, tart, refreshing yet requiring slow drinking. Wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SeanBond
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very clean amber pour with 2 fingers of head with nice retention. the smell is very funky, acidic, definitely getting some oaky barrel aroma.. mustard seed, raspberries. an amazing flavor profile.. oranges, cherries, barrel/cork flavor, wet hay, cheesy funk, fruity tart with a nice overall acid taste. a phenomenal sour.. never had one so damn tasty! somewhat of a filling beer, medium body with high carbonation, dry but so damn tart it makes your mouth water for more.

this is a fantastic beer. just outstanding, do not hesitate and PICK THIS UP, TRADE FOR IT, WHATEVER!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super spot on brown. No red, no orange, just clean clear brown. Plenty of dense foam head when poured aggressively.

S - Nice and sour - grape, cherry, wheat, lemon - strong and complex.

T - Very sour up front with lots of subtle fruit, malt, and raisin notes at the finish. Sweet aftertaste is quite pleasant.

M - Thick and frothy to start out, but smooth going down. Tingles on the tongue.

O - I must admit I haven't had too many beers of this style. That being said, I felt that this was well executed and as good or better than I would have expected. I would agree with serving this at the recommended 40-45F temp.

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