Ataraxia (361) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, golden amber color, off-white head. Musty aroma of apple, dough, and bread malt. A nice blend of tart and sweet flavors. Lively and crisp, very light in body, and a clean finish.
pushkinwow (1990) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Semi-dark clear amber with a nice tan head that eventually disappears. Very fresh, semi-tangy apple aroma, light, refreshing, slightly sweet, nice carbonation that allows the apples to dance on the palate, slightly tangy on the finish. Very tasty.
tmoreau (2359) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz., cellared bottle, poured to flight samplers showing a hazed, brownish amber color, with a light layer of off white foam, and minimal lacing. The nose was light grain, caramel sweetness, ripe apple, with a touch of spice. Pleasant, thought it’s prime had passed, but was surprised to find taste that was tart & crisp, with cidery perkiness, and lightly syrupy, but complementary sweetness. A nice treat! Thanks, Mark!
Dragonfly1 (488) - Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep Orange, with a tint of rose. Aroma is Apple jolly rancher all day, sweet hard candy. Taste quite dry throughout, with a green apple tang and just a little stickiness in the finish. Not too bad, straightforward all in all. Serendipity is the gold standard for fruit beers from NG...
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with white head from 12oz bottle. Smells of apple. Tastes like apple. Not to tart...good stuff
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color. Aroma of apple juice. Taste is granny smith apples. Bit of sweetness and tartness. This is basically a cider. I guess it doesn’t have as much forced sugar. Otherwise cider.
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big thanks to tectactoe. Nice golden color. A fresh crisp apple scent. Fantastic taste. Like you’re swimming through an apple pie. Very drinkable and just all around good. One of the best I’ve had from the brewery.
tectactoe (1657) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
artmcd8 (1560) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.