TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Drew. Thanks! The first rebranded "Thumbprint" release. Pours a glowing golden straw hue, lighter life with some touches of orange glow. A moderate frothy offwhite head stays as a small film, soapy decent lacing sticks around. Aromas are a bigger grapefruit influence, florals, grass, oranges, and lemons. Touches of fuzzy peach, some resinous pine, an underlying malty doughy bread base, some touches of sweeter toffee, but lighter, pale malts. Initial is medium bodied, a moderate bitterness up front, grapefruit and lemons moving into an interesting fruity vibe. Grass, florals, touches of more lemons, grapefruit, lingering into resinous pine and earthy hops. The bitterness grows in a wave, sticking moderate. The maltiness starts to come through, pale malts, bread dough, crackers, some touches of biscuits. However, it doesn’t get all that sweet. Dry bitter finish, citrus and florals, some lingering bread dough and pale malts. I’m ok with the hop profile, but it doesn’t get that complex, instead really pushing lemons on me especially into the finish. The finish leaves some sort of medicinal lemon cough drop feel on the palate, lemon cookies, or maybe some ABV heat. It’s an ok DIPA, and the hop interaction wins some points from me. The malt base is weird though, and finish doesn’t leave a great vibe lingering on. Meh. It’s ok, but in this style.. I’m gonna pass on this everytime for something else.
bhiner41 (169) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The smell is overpowering grapfruit, almost to the point of just peeling the fruit. Appearence is bright gold with a small white head that settles to a white ring around the top. Malty front note with a smooth settle into hop aftertaste. Very balamced and smooth double IPA.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Butters’ Slutfest: A retired beer! Cool, thanks dkachur! Lilly and daffodil nose, intense. Hazy amber, thin head. Flowery and grassy which doesn’t work as well on the palate as it does on the nose. Decent.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by dkachur at Slutfest 2.0. Pours clear gold with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (meal, straw), heavy hops (citrus, pine, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, and apricot. Flavor is average malt (meal, straw), heavy hops (citrus, pine, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, and apricot. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh resiny hoppy nose with some grapefruity notes and light sweetness. Starts with good fullness and light malty sweetness with lots of juicy hop flavor and bitter balance before a crisp bittersweet finish. The hoppiest thing New Glarus has made. Well-balanced and dangerously drinkable.
Butters (3566) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Clear light amber. Very fresh and green piney hops. Resinous and sticky. Very good. A sticky sweet finish.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruit, big mandarin orange, and a little caramel and vanilla sweetness. Pretty good. Taste is alright, but somewhat disappointing—a little muddled, and the alcohol is not very well hidden. Moderate bitterness, grapefruit and watermelon rind, barley appears towards the end. Fairly thick mouthfeel, average length, slightly chalky finish. Overall, an okay beer, but doesn’t do anything to separate itself from the many other IIPAs being produced right now. Could stand to be dried out a little. Definitely not my favorite New Glarus offering. Thanks again, Andy!
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured clear, brighter golden with a short, sticky whitish head. The aroma picked up grapefruit, tangerine, and grassy hoppage over a pale and bready malt base.. assertive and interesting on the hop front.. very fresh and very green. The flavor found pale malts and a touch of honey at the core.. quite bitter around, with citrus, pine, and grassy notes leading.. again very fresh, and it was quite tasty.. balance was spot-on. Medium-bodied and skewed toward the bitterness on the palate.. enjoyable stuff that I’m going to drink a lot of.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Woodman’s in Kenosha. Pours a hazy gold with hints of orange and a sticky off-white head. Nose is Fresh citrusy hops. Kind of all over the place with a lack of focus. Bready malts peak through, as does some booze. Sharp hop bite attacks the palate catching me off guard. Full and nice palate, no sweetness. Finish is dry. Hops just lack focus. Still, pretty solid IIPA and better than a lot out there.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Pours a very light golden color with minimal head. Has a very fresh smelling hop scent to it. Has quite a bite on it at first, and a light bitter taste. Slightly reminds me of a Hopslam at times.