Pours into my glass a great golden orange color with some haziness in tow. A good half inch of stark white foam atop the brew that settles down quickly. Aromas jump out with fresh resinous hops. A conglomeration of citrus and pine that gets me excited for the first sip!
Hops lead the way with a menagerie of citrus, pine and some tropical fruits. Grapefruit is definitely there with a nice semi toasty malt backbone beneath that is able to carry the hop load. Resinous bitterness as it flows down with just enough sweetness to carry it. Lingering hops with a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is middle of the road body wise with spot on carbonation. This ends up being a mighty drinkable IIPA. Another great brew from New Glarus and a super start to the new Thumbprint series. Looking forward to seeing what is next!
Price: $2.50 Served In: Snifter
Mildly set lemon yellow hue. Medium foamy crown of off-whiteness. Well formulated lacing encased along the sides of the glass in crusted sheets and some smaller blotches.
Solid aroma of hops here, citrusy with a mellow lemony orange marmalade breezed with a heavy cannibus, fresh weedy brightness and a Belgian-like dry candied yeasty twist.
Taste is well textured with a fluidity of hop fluff and froth in a nice mix of mellowing citrusy stuff that is mostly lemony, some darker orange tones, perhaps a bit of dark grapefruit and pineapple as well. Topped with a unique Belgian yeasty dryness of bread crust, lemon meringue pie, marshmellow, weedy earth(in a floral kind of way),finishing well with a orange and lime spritzed coating of hop cloth. The ending texture is more or less like a wooly blanket of hoppy texture that is not only interestingly unique but awesome to behold and let unfold onto the palate. The hops do there thing with this one. Leaving its "Thumb Print", as it were, in the mouth and on the tongue.
Body is a touch above medium nearing a pretty solid fullness as you get into it. Eventually the impression is hard to remove from the palate as it soaks itself with its hoppy mellowing might of frothy, fluffy, coating texture. Usually I like my Imp. IPA's a bit more cleaner then this and perhaps sweeter too. Yet this is a very nice showcase of blending hops and yeast to encapsulate a complete experience of yummyness. Probably, something I would really closely catagorize as more of the Belgian IPA style then the American Double. But whatever you want to label it... It's Delish!
Served In: Pint Glass
A bottle from the very generous Jess handed out at the end of Bracfest. Served up in my new Ithaca tulip.
A: Pours up a pretty plain, golden yellow in color. Held to the light, it lightens up a little to a brighter yellow but doesn't deviate much. The body is very clear with a very active carbonation presence. The pour produced over 2.5 fingers of tight, white head. It settles to a almost a finger of lasting head, but that is mostly because what has left, is stuck to the glass. Just a ton of sticky lace all over the tulip. Beautiful beer.
S: The first thing that hits me is an almost herbal/medicinal note. Don't really know if this is good or bad. Seems strange but works. Behind that is some citrus and pine note (even a touch of cedar). Malts are light but do mix in some sweetness. Its an assertive nose that fills the glass.
T: Just a nice, bright DIPA flavor. Reading a bit more like an IPA as far as hops go. They are present, but not crazy in your face or aggressive. Comes across a bit more balanced than DIPAs being released these days. Starts off with some citrus hop notes (mostly grafefruit and mandarin orange). There is some pine resin in there as well. Biscuity malt is a lot more present than I expected but works very nicely. This shifts into some assorted citrus zest and that herbal note in the nose. The herbal presence isn't as aggressive, and melds in nicely.
M: Medium bodied with a higher carbonation. Finishes incredibly dry and refreshing. Its actually pretty clean on the finish. ABV is light in feel. Aftertaste is mostly that herbal note and some citrus zest.
OA: A lot less aggressive than I was expecting. I don't know if I would say balanced because the hops are very present. But they don't attack and wreck the palate. It finishes incredibly clean for a DIPA. I guess this gives the feeling of balance even though the hops are showcased. Very nice and dangerous because I could see myself putting these away very easily. Good stuff and another winner from NG.
Served In: Tulip
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