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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 cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is murky rusted copper with a tight tan head. Woody with balsamic notes and some tart cherry. A fair bit of the dark malt comes through. Flavor has a brighter sour cherry note to it. Wood is integrated better and the darker caramel malts are cleaner and brighter. Sour tart cherry in back, strong carbonation and fairly puckering through the finish. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had really high hopes for this one, but like all new glares beers, this is incredibly sweet, which doesn't really work for me in the sour context, and in fact gets in the way of some of the more interesting features of this beer. it pours a clearish amber color with a pretty decent white head but it fades out. the nose here is sweet and malty, with a sharp acidity, especially when it warms up. not ac funky and bacterial tasting as it smells, i get a lot of berry type sweetness, summery and bright, with even an orchard fruit complexion as well. the sourness is only short lived, and its all in the finish. harshing acidity moves into tooth coating residual sugar that is indicative of new glares generally. i liked it, don't get me wrong, but all the sugar distracts from the souring elements that are supposed to define this one. a bit of a let down for me, but it doesn't alter my lofty appreciation of everything the make, this one just misses for my palate.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to amerak for sending this as a surprise extra. While the closest I've gotten to trying from NG that would be considered tart or sour was my introduction to their Berlinerweiss, this one's genuinely spontaneously fermented, so I'm excited. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip wine glass.

Pours a garnet amber color, with a good amount of frothy off-white head that eventually dissipates into nothing. While still, it looks like a very nice Lambic - glows in the same manner, as well. Fantastic stuff.

Whoa, this is a sour one! The nostrils are instantly pierced with tart and slightly funky notes of an acetic acid foundation of sour apples, dried cherries, raisins, and currants. Really resembles a high quality Flanders red, with a twist. The vinegar notes are obvious, but there's some bright cedar forward flavors, as well as caramel, cinnamon, light leather, and an overall toasty sensation that is no doubt imparted by the oak. Really herbal, but, as always with these guys, the fruit flavors are out of this world good. Enticing stuff - it COULD be more intense, I suppose, but I'm happy with what it is.

If someone finally sought to make a beer that so closely resembled a good quality Pinot Noir, this is the one! Unbelievable that this wasn't brewed with any grape must involved. Notes of under-ripe cherries, plums, and raisins make way towards the front of the tongue, with some light white pepper, dried flowers (I'm thinking of the white variety), as well as light tobacco and leather-like sensation that finishes the everything up. Unbelievably earthy, with an expressive terroir akin to dried red earth. This is definitely a seemingly vinous beer, but no different than any great Flanders red (or bruin) with its expressive vinegar and and green apple and pear sensations. The Brett (?) and other wild critters have done a remarkable job, and I feel this could only get more unique in the bottle over the next year or two. Medium-bodied, but filled with a caramel malt restraint that makes this feel bigger than it is. At the back of the throat, you can feel the sourness fighting the alcohol! I'm really floored on how flavorful this is an how easy it is to drink.

Can NG do no harm in the realm of wild ales? I suppose not, if this beer is the benchmark. At the low price and good availability, this is without a doubt one of the greatest sour bargains in the country. I'd end with a better conclusion, but the above paragraphs should do. One of my new favorite wild ales by a long shot. I need more to age and see where this goes!

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

12oz extra from DenverBeerDrinker, thanks my man!

A- Hazy, yet transparent dark dark golden apple cider. Thinnest of lacing around the glass, no head to speak of.

S- Apple cider vinegar, citrus, yeast, funk. Hay, wood

T- Tastes great. A very well done sour. Follows the nose with apple cider vinegar. Granny Smith Apple skin.

M- Pretty sturdy for a sour. That is not saying a whole lot, but this has a bigger body than most sours.

O- I am very happy I got to try this! And thanks again to DenverBeerDrinker who gave this to me as an extra. This is drinking really well right now.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a fizzy head that rises quickly but starts to fade quickly, then retains a nice head covering for a while, decent lacing, sought hazy but clear iced tea brown color.

Nose goes to all kinds of places, a nice sour malt, soured mash like, little sweet malt, lots of sour lactic funk, lacto souring maybe pedio, tons of buttery oak and vanilla, toasty oak, a little berry like almost vinous wine, raspberry, apple, mulberry, etc.

Taste starts quite sour, a creamy lactic sour funk, and maybe pedio too, with a soured mash like flavor, sour dark reddish malts. Then a mild berry fruit, hint raspberry and mulberry, little acidic bite with more vinous wine notes, lactic acid, other generic berry. Some buttery oak and little vanilla, toastyoak. Finish is sticky and flemmy, mild sweetness with sour malt and sour berries.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall very interesting, nice Flanders like sour malts and fruits, great berry, nice souring bacteria, and great barrel.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, summer 2013 release

A: Pours a hazy dirty orange brown color. Some lights get through. Highly carbonated. Nice two finger off white head. Streaming bubbles up the side of glass. Leaves lacing sheeting.

S: Fabulous dark cherry sour character. Oak. Some light hints of vanilla. Not as nuts as a Flanders, more muted. Maybe a touch of vinegar.

T: It almost drinks like a light Flanders. Very nice. Up front you get some tart cherry flavor. Then that caramel malt bill. Some notes of vanilla meshing with the woody oak and leather. Then you are left with some sourness on the tongue. Lingers with the overall dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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

A-deep brown red color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-bready malt, sour apple, grapes, oak, vinegar, yeast

T-toasted malt, red wine vinegar, grape, sour apple, oak, yeasty funk

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-well-balanced and flavorful sour ale, very enjoyable

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber, with a 1/2 finger of lively, white champagne like head.

Smell: Candied strawberries and raspberries, barnyard funk, wild yeast. The nomenclature referring to the beer mentions notes of cedar. Although I didn't pick up on this at first, I digress. I have a great Takamine acoustic guitar with a cedar top that I always keep in the case if I'm not playing it, suffice to say; whenever I open the case, the sweet cedar smell just punches me in the face. It's such a sweet, unmistakable smell. After letting the beer warm and really digging in to smell that cedar, I found it at the very end; that unmistakable sweetness. Kudos to them for achieving that and not having it just be some empty promise.

Taste: So very juicy and drinkable. It's an amazing brew that creeps up from the tip of your tongue to the back of the top of your mouth, all in a complex wave of perfectly balanced juicy-fruity, elegantly sour thirst quenching deliciousness. The finish is not dry at all, though it resets the palate nicely to heighten the anticipation of the next sip. The oak tannins make this a pleasure to drink. I can certainly taste the excellent hints of caramel and green plum.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side and easy to drink with subtle carbonation.

Overall: An amazing and deeply complex sour, although not warhead-like sour, that is easy to drink and just amazing across the board. I wish I could have a whole warehouse of this stuff available to drink during the summer. Kudos to the Careys!

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Mahogany brown with a shade of copper and off white head. When poured into a Duvel tulip, the head rises to about an inch and recedes to a 1/4" alongside a murky foam that lay's across the top of the beer. Some lacing sticks to the side, but very minimal. Slight ha zines, but clear enough to see through.

S - Initial nose reminds me of metal; a scent I get when coins is dumped out to roll change. I suppose that is the funky aroma this gives off. Loads of wild cherries, vibrant red fruits, vinegar, duck sauce, and exotic woods.

T - The flavors present mirror the nose almost precisely. Tart sour cherries and lactic sourness take over your palate in full force.

M - Very refreshing with a light carbonation. Perfectly balanced sourness and flavor.

O - If I had access to this, I would drink this on a regular basis. I'm glad that my girlfriends parents live in WI. I hope they make more of this because, for me, this rival s the best "whalez" on the market...or in your cellar.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tim. Thanks! Pours into my tulip glass a somewhat opaque amber color that clears up as it settles with a full one finger off white head that quickly receds. Aroma of sour vinegar, cherries, lots of fresh apples, berries, oak, some brown sugar. Flavor is big time sour, cherry is there, white vinegar, light malt presence and brown sugar, then finishes with a lingering distinct apple flavor left on the palate, very acidic and a punch in the face with sour. Easy drinking, plenty of carbonation, low to medium dry, but also worth slowly sipping if you like. Very nice brew, though I think I liked Enigma slightly better--but the difference between the two is very nuanced from what I can tell.

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Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received one of these as an extra. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear strawberry brown with a two finger light tan head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket. Spotty lacing.

S - Woah. Aromas of blackberries, apples, raspberries, tartness and sour, cherries, preserves, fruit compote. Very funky. I get no sweetness though, no sugary candy. Instead this is an incredibly fruit burst with wonderful funk. What on earth...

T - Taste is rather sour but not to the point of being flemmy, however, you can tell that with more time it will get to that point. Loads of blackberry and cherry preserves with nice strawberry notes. The vinegar here is not too assertive, which is a good thing as it allows the fruit notes to shine through. I think all these fruit notes was from the wild yeasts, pretty sure no fruit was added. It's not overly sweet at all, in fact this may be the least sweet of any New Glarus beers I've had, which is a good thing.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, keeps this super crisp and light. Works great for the style.

O - Overall this beer exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. This might be my favourite New Glarus beer to date. This is developing wonderfully.

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Photo of d5001986
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance is clear deep copper red color with small quick dissipating head.

Smells of vinegar. Also fruit, namely cherries and a funky, yeastyness.

Taste is tart and funky. Fruit as plum, apple, and cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, low carbonation.

Overall a pleasant drinking beer and the price is excellent.

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last bottle from my four-pack, cellared the last few months. Chilled, poured into a tulip.

A- Glowing red-orange, mostly clear. Two fingers of off-white head, dissipated quickly

S- Very funky, strong cedar aroma. Orange zest, yeasty

T- Winey dryness, blackberry and raspberry sweetness. An array of yeasty notes, the brown ale base is there but in the distant background. Sourness lingers on the finish

M-Exceptional mouthfeel, more like wine than beer. Light carbonation, but a still a sour bite.

O- The fruitiness is the part of this beer that has increased over the last 4 months. Overall, better than fresh, really nice. Oh, and the oakiness was really only evident when it was very fresh.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love me some sours and this is a pretty good one. I like that it has that traditional old world sour flavor. some of these sours are getting to strait sour and almost artificially flavored. There is no good wood structure or funk. This was definitely one of the beers I enjoyed a lot this year.
It is a beautiful looking beer, a pretty great sour smell to it, a wonderful oak presence and the right touch of sour on the finish, the mouthfeel didn't blow me away but really no mouthfeel blows my mind other then imperial stouts.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Sonny for sharing.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to two glasses. Fairly clear red body with some brown hues in the middle. Small, fizzy off white head forms but falls pretty quickly. Small ring leaves a few legs but no lace.

S- Fruity in the aroma, almost like a berry preserve. Reminds me a bit of the Strawberry Rhubarb they did and has a Flanders red feel.

T- Opens up a bit here but the general berry flavor is still the biggest thing happening for me, somewhere between strawberry and light fruits. Mostly lactic sours with some vinegar hints. Reminds me of blueberry lactic yogurt.

MF- Lighter end bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a medium tartness on the palate.

Fruity with a nice sourness. Berry flavor is big but the beer drinks easily and it feels somewhere in the Flanders side of things.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha. Served in a fine plastic cup.

A - Off-white creamy foam settles to a cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Mostly transparent dark orange-amber body.

S - Quite lactic, with a bit of spicy oak present as while, but also with a fairly pronounced malt bill; the end result is quite yogurty, much like the New Glarus Gueuze was when it was fresh. The malt character is actually suggestive of fruit, even though I know there isn't any in here. Some definite tartness to the aroma.

T - The taste is a fair bit more sour, with higher doses of tart berry and underripe stone fruit tanginess to it. There's some acetic vinegar mingling with the lactic sourness, and light oak in the periphery.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with some tannins in the finish. Pleasant carbonation, no alcohol, and moderate acidity.

D - It's a very well made American Wild Ale. I appreciate the restraint on the brett side of things, and I look forward to seeing how this develops over time; the Gueuze got quite a bit more sour and less yogurt-heavy, so I anticipate this will do something similar. I dig New Glarus' terroir in any case. Also, $10 for a 4-pack of oak-aged sour beer? Hell yes.

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Photo of koopa
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky / cloudy russet orange with a 1 finger tan crown that displays little retention and lace.

Smell: Nice lactic note that couples with peach, plum, green apple, and almost an apricot like quality.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit less complex. A really nice amount of lactic acid on the way down, with a strong plum finish. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could, so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Super sessionable and super tasty sour. Go New Glarus Go!!!!

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy reddish copper color.

The aroma is wonderful of peaches, cherry, sour plum, along with a sugary sweet tart character and a musty note.

The flavor follows with just a burst of fruit in the front. It at first tastes of juicy fresh peach, but then moves onto a sour berry or tart plum note. I would have a hard time figuring out that it's green plum without knowing, but it does have that flavor. There's an apple tartness along with a caramel sweetness and drying oak character on the end.

The beer is quite light, but super fruity and refreshing. An absolutely incredible wild ale.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with my lovely ladyfriend katalijne. Big thanks to Beeryurt for sending me this Wisconsin treat. Poured into my trusty Night Shift snifter/tulip hybrid thing.

Pours a slightly dull amber with a brief but imposing 2-finger off-white head. Initially frothy and thick, the head recedes rapidly to a thin collar. Spots of soapy lacing appear quickly as I drink, then just as quickly run down the sides of the glass to rejoin the collar of foam. Looks a little watery, on the whole.

On the nose, notes of crabapple, cranberry, unripe peach, sour yogurt (there's the lactobacillus rearing its head!), damp hay, and a slightly cheesy earthy-floral all fight for dominance. Slight notes of dry red wine emerge as the beer warms. The yogurty character seems a bit strong, to the point of distracting me from the more pleasing but subtler fruit notes. Overall funkiness is a bit restrained, fairly robust but lacking the same untamed character that can be found in this beer's Belgian counterparts.

In the mouth, however, this beer is far more pleasing. Opens with cranberry and Granny Smith apple tartness, before the same slightly yogurt-like lactic sourness emerges mid-palate. Unlike the aroma, however, the lactic sour notes in the mouth complement the other flavors instead of overwhelming them. Lemon, lime and a very light earthy hop note emerge on the middle of the palate as well, with the citric notes lingering on towards the back of the palate. Finishes dry and subtle notes of lemon-pepper spiciness, with lactic sourness re-emerging and lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spritzy but soft and smooth. Palate-coating for much of the duration, with some lactic dryness lingering on the back of the palate.

On the whole, I'm impressed without being overwhelmed. That lingering, persistent yogurty note kept this from being a truly excellent beer for me--or perhaps I'm just not meant to drink lactobacillus-fermented sours. Regardless, I'm happy to have gotten to try this, and although there are other sours I like more, I'll definitely be seeking out more New Glarus beers in the future on the strength of this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed live. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic green & gold New Glarus branded cap covered in red foil and appealing New Glarus label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are sky high given the brewery and style. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as a wild ale because it identifies as such in the name and on the label.

Served chilled - straight from me freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of muted off-white colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and frothiness. It could use a fuller head with a softer complexion. Some inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it has "legs." Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance; it's got a dark decadent glow. Transparent. Appears adequately carbonated.

I'm looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Overall, it's within style conventions.

Sm: Cedar wood, lactobacillus yeast and accompanying sourness, tart green apple fruit, crab apple, hay/straw, and some faint spice - white pepper, light (white) plum, and controlled wild yeast(s). I don't get any true bacteria or lambicus yeasts; it evokes a controlled, clinical character which makes it obvious it wasn't truly spontaneously fermented. I don't get much oak; the wood profile is primarily cedar and I don't find any vanilla or toasty notes consistent with oak barrel aging. Belgian pale malts. A buried hint of lime.

The aroma doesn't suggest heavy sourness or tartness, but does evoke a moderate inclusion of each.

Any hop character is minimal in presence, and seemingly generic in character - perhaps a light floral touch, but little else. Maybe a faint fruitiness?

No alcohol is detectable. An appealing aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Superb tart fruit - mainly green apple/crab apple. Has a lovely surge of lactobacillus-induced clean sourness, which isn't pucker-inducing but leaves the drinker with a satisfying lip-smacking note. The wild yeasts lend some added sourness, but again it's obvious this didn't undergo true spontaneous fermentation; it's got that clinical clean controlled feel of most American wild ales, and that holds it back from really giving the Belgian sours a run for their money. It's not an overwhelming sourness, but delivers enough to satisfy the discerning sour-lover. The same can be said about the tartness. I don't find any explicit brettanoymces funkiness. I don't get the heavy puckering character of actual lambicus yeast or bacteria either.

Spritzy crystal malts. Has some limited spice: mainly white pepper. Straw/hay. Clean barley. Pale Belgian malts. A biteen cidery. Has a kiss of vinegar; it could use more of an acetic build. Light lime. Some vague crackery malts.

Any hop character is quite tame; maybe there's some generic floral and fruity notes but I have trouble finding much there.

The only barrel character I find is a restrained cedar, which is an interesting, almost even a unique, approach to the style. I don't find the telltale vanilla or toastiness of oak.

No alcohol comes through.

It's a well balanced sour, and it's got superb cohesion, but I don't know that I'd call it gestalt. If we're nitpicking, it's not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style, but don't get me wrong - there's plenty of both. Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Excellent sweetness/bitterness/sourness balance; the sourness/tartness is a highlight - as it should be.

Overall, I'm a big fan. This is some tasty stuff.

Mf: Has a perfect acidity. Great body and plump thickness. Near-perfect smoothness/coarseness and dryness/wetness; it's coarse and dry enough to coax nuance out of the flavour profile but smooth and wet enough to keep it refreshing. balanceExcellent presence on the palate. Nicely soft; very approachable. Just a biteen overcarbonated, but I'm nitpicking. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Good execution.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or astringent.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Another enjoyable sour from New Glarus. I'd definitely get it again and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. It's an excellent example of the style, but I don't know that I'd call it world-class. I'd buy it by the case if I had the opportunity. I already want another.

Thanks again to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this.

Drank very well from a Cantillon glass.

Would pair well with a salad, but frankly I think it demands to be consumed alone and savored.


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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one!

A: Clear garnet-tinged brown body under an inch of frothy tan head that settles into a patchy cap and leaves a decent amount of lace. Quite nice.

S: Extremely complex and aromatic, with sourdough bread, tart cherry, lactic acid, faintly charred oak, vanilla, and some musty, mushroomy earthiness. Fantastic.

T: Follows the nose - sweet & sour fruitiness up front (cherry, plum, grape, cranberry, lemon), vanilla oak and malt sweetness midway through, and a profoundly dry, herbal, earthy, and funky finish. Lingering lactic sourness on the aftertaste. Delicious.

M: Soft, smooth medium body with delicately creamy carbonation. Excellent.

O: Another terrific NG sour, and another incredible value in the Thumbprint series. While I wasn't quite as blown away by this one as I was by the R&D Sour Ale I had recently, this was right up there with Cranbic. I just wish it had come out while I was still in WI this summer, as I hate being down to only two more bottles.


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Photo of ppoitras
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

Poured into a footed CCB glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head dwindles quickly, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is rich earthy tartness.

Taste starts malty sweet, a peek of cherry tartness in the middle through the surprisingly rich body, and a sweet tart close. Artful play of malt with sour is impressive. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with easy drinkability. One of the most approachable yet enjoyable sours I have had. Cheers!

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Photo of haschauer
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from draught.

A- Ruby brown/red hue. Good substantial head that minimizes with little to no lacing.

S- Fruity sourness. A mix between cherries, blackberries, and blueberries.

T- Cherry sourness is the first thing I taste. The acidity is well muted by the fruit, malts, and carbonation. I haven't had many sours but I am digging this beer.

M- Relatively light mouthfeel with some fizz. Good carbonation.

O- I've probably had 6-8 of these in the past couple days when it has been on draught. I am quite fond and wish I could purchase year round.

Serving type: tap

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Photo of justforrazors
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 10-16-13 Purposely didn't read or look at the reviews previously so I could see how close I get.

A- Pours a murky brown/ruby red with a 2 inch beige head. Pretty opaque, carbonation is evident. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- I can't tell if it is cherries or raspberries, although I would guess cherries. A very mellow sour with a bit of barnyard and brett intermingling with the lactic acid.

T- Cherry pie, a sour flavor unlike any I have experienced before. The sour is very mellow, and there is a huge fruit presence, but it is more sweet than tart. Kind of the opposite I usually expect from sour ales. Still, very delicious.

M- Fizzy, high levels of carbonation. Body is medium. Some lingering lactic drying, although not a ton compared to recent sours I have consumed.

O- A very solid beer- While there is sour, I wouldn't necessarily call it a sour beer. There is a ton of fruit presence that really dominates. This is super drinkable, I wish I had a case!

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4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This Thumbprint Series beer pours deep mahogany with a quickly dissipating, fizzy head. The mouth begins to salivate at the first hints of the tart aromas creeping from the glass. A wonderful bouquet of tart apples, black cherries, vinegar, and a touch of oak play out over a funky yeast base. Sweet to open, the tartness and sourness quickly pucker up the mouth. Delicately balanced flavors of green apple, plum, and oak all swirl just above the wonderful blending of cider vinegar and lactic acid. A smooth and medium-full mouthfeel compliment this beer even further. Pucker Up for this amazing sour!

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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