Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark chestnut brown in color. Moderately translucent Forms a tannish, bubbly head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Only a modest sour quality. Fruity, tart, and a good dose of oak. Tart sour cherries.

T: The tart cherries carry over to the taste. Lots of oak. Yet, there is still a sweetness. There is definitely some sweet-sour action going on with this beer. Sour cherries is really the best analogy. Light tartness, light sweetness, and fruity..with oak.

M: Medium bodied. Light oaky astringency. Mild to moderate tartness. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very nice beer and certainly on par with Russian River. A true Wisconsin sour!

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2.25/5  rDev -48.5%

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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellence from New Glarus yet again.

A: Pours a deep amber with scant head and lacing.

A: The aroma is fairly complex and can be described in a number of ways. Candy-like sour cherry/apple seems to be the aggregate effect, very fruity and very yeasty (definitely some hints of Brettanomyces). On warming a little, some of the cedar notes (described on the bottle) stand out a bit more.

T: Overall, very candy-like (sour cherry/apple), with some background notes of caramel and wood (cedar) as indicated. The initial taste provides sweetness and gradually lingers to a pleasant sour, tart finish.

M: The sour/tart flavors are complemented well by the carbonation--not too much, not too little. It has the characteristic dry finish I've come to enjoy from most sours. It several respects, it tastes and feels wine-like.

O: A different kind of sipping beer--one that you continually sip for ten minutes until you realize, unfortunately, that your glass is empty. Very good stuff.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi clear amber orange, well carbonated, not much head.

S-Funk caramel, oak, some grass and apples. All in good balance.

T-Well balananced sour, caramel, oak, apples and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated with a crisp finish.

O-A well made sour, the brown ale base is present proving a nice caramel flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a New Glarus Champagne Flute.

The beer pours a light amber color, hues of garnet and burgundy, slightly hazy but fairly clear of sediment with a fizzy off white head that rises out of the beer, about a finger high that recedes quickly and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is simple, tart apple cider vinegar, cherry, red grapes, funk and sweet malt. Flavors are right in line, lots of apple cider vinegar, cherry pie filling, red grape, oak, funkiness with sweet simple malt. It's a fairly balanced sour, more so on the tongue than in the aroma, although the acetic sour qualities are a touch heavy at times. The body is lively, lots of carbonation, touch juicy that finishes crisply and a bit dry.

Verdict: A nice sour from New Glarus, and they are definitely getting the hang out this. This does feel a lot like Enigma, perhaps with more of a cherry influence, but it tastes so similar. I'd still prefer to drink their lagers or fruit beers.

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings