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Apple Ale sings with the fresh crisp taste of Wisconsin Apples. Our brewmaster begins with a brown ale base employing Wisconsin farmed wheat and a blend of Cortland, MacIntosh and Jonathan apples. Our apple growing friends squeeze them especially for this brew. Expect this ale to pour a beautiful copper color. The fresh bouquet of Apple will rise to meet you even before the glass touches your lips.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle: Thanks to Michael for sending me a bottle of the "Unplugged" version, & thanks to Ryan for picking me up a couple 4-packs of the Thumbprint on his recent excursion to Wisconsin. Review based on Thumbprint bottle, fresh.

Muddled brown-ish bronze & copper, a slightly off-white head lasts for a few minutes on top; no lacing. Total apple pie, apple spice, & apple cider mixture in the aroma. Sweet apples, mildly tart & raw, skins & flesh with hints of graham cracker, butter, cinnamon, much like an apple pie. Some sharp, acidic apple skin notes in the back-end give a mild cider-like vibe, too. Warmth brings out the slightest hint of port, too. Taste has elements of apple cider, apple juice, & straight up apple pie. Mushed apple tartness, sweet red apples, mild cinnamon, & toasted bread crust malt. Slightly astringent tartness with a dry, acidic cider overtone, hitting the tongue sharply. Lovely, crisp finish with brown sugar, apple pie mush, & very faint spice. An apple ale if there ever was one. New Glarus sure knows how to rock a fruit beer. I love apples & apple flavored things, so this is total wheelhouse for me. Pure apple pie goodness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Bottle thanks to cbfobes. Pours a clear copper yellow with a slight white head. Aroma of sweet over ripe apples. Tastes sweet like apple juice with a slight bread quality to it. Very sticky mouth feel. Super tasty and refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thome50 (887) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle (several) from 2011/2012. (2013 is cloyingly sweet and not like the last few years). Pours a light golden yellow with light to medium head. Aroma is apple cider with faint malt notes. Taste is again a superb sweet cider that has just the right amount of "beer" in it. Some cinnamon and allspice but that just might be from the Thanksgiving meal I usually have this with.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
I love apple beverages. Apple Cider, apple soda, apple juice. This beer reminded me of an alcoholic and slightly bitter version of the Jarritos apple soda. Pours a clear gold with white head. Scent is sour apple. Flavor has big refreshing bite which is magnified by the carbonation. Lovely. Bottle - Received in Trade

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to caterwaul. Clear orange color. Thin bubbly off-white head. Fades to minimal, leaves a few dots of lace. Tart taste, much more so than your typical ale. Tastes very cider-like. Moderate sweet. Definitely fall-type apple cidery taste, the non-alcoholic kind that comes in a plastic gallon. Moderate spiciness. Light to medium body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation, kind of a slick finish. Interesting stuff, definitely very big on the apple, very apple-like. Maybe a bit too apple-like for me, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2014
(end of my back log DEC 12, 2013) from a 12 oz bottle. Somebody without a sense of smell could still smell the apple here. Crazy amounts of Apple. Hazy amber complexion with very fleeting head. The flavor is a mix of varieties of apples. Red and green. Very sweet with a touch of tartness, just tart enough not to make it cloying. Funny thing for me it’s more like drinking a cider. Exceptional for a fruit beer. 3.8 % ABV it damn near is fruit juice however, really nice fruit juice at that.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle from Chase... thanks! Slightly cloudy copper color with short lasting white head. Very nice apple cider aroma. Lively mouthfeel, with an nice apple tartness. Balances nicely between tart green apple and sweet cider.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1577) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle shared by Jeff. Pours a clear golden color with some fizzy head that quickly bubbles away. Aroma is straight up apple cider with some small hints of grain. Tastes like moderately sweet apple cider with a nice slightly tart finish. Not very complex but pretty tasty. As good as the best ciders I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrana (351) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Tastes like sparkling apple juice. Good balance of sweet and tart. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gridfather (24) - - JAN 8, 2014
1/08/14 poured from bottle into shaker pint glass. Thick head with a dark amber, copper color. Active carbonation from walls of glass. Aroma is off putting, like cloyingly sweet dirty socks. Taste is apple juice + beer. Why is this combination necessary? Let's agree to disagree and walk away. ---Rated via the Gridfather


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