Beer Review: NEW GLARUS THUMBPRINT SERIES BARLEY WINE

Beer Review: NEW GLARUS THUMBPRINT SERIES BARLEY WINE

New Glarus Brewing occasionally unleashes Diploma Master Brewer Daniel Carey to pursue his brewing whims. The result? The 2012 Barley Wine, a creation for the daring palate, a limited edition that may never grace our taste buds again. Daniel Carey handpicked hop fields, including Styrian Golding, Willamette, Columbia, and Sterling varieties, infusing bold citrus and resin notes. The amalgamation of flavors is showcased in this powerful brew, perfectly balanced with toasty graham cracker tones from floor-malted barley. Enjoy this monumental beer at 45°F for an open-armed embrace.

Appearance: A Glimpse of Radiance

Poured into a goblet, this barley wine unveils a translucent amber orange, crowned with a resilient 1/4-inch tight white cap.

Aroma: A Symphony of Hops

The bouquet is a hoppy symphony, with prominent pine and grapefruit essence accompanied by a hint of fresh peach.

Taste: A West Coast Marvel

In the realm of American Barleywine, this brew leans West Coast, surpassing many double IPA attempts. The palate is greeted with bold bitterness, assertive hops, a hint of semi-sweet malt, and subtle dried apricot notes. A noticeable alcohol burn surfaces, leading to a bitter finish that, surprisingly, doesn’t overstay its welcome, leaving you contemplating another sip.

Mouthfeel: Thin, Yet Intriguing

Contrary to the typical barleywine viscosity, this offering leans towards the thinner side, reminiscent of an IPA. An unexpected twist that challenges the conventional expectations of the style.

Overall: A Hop-Infused Marvel with a Thin Veil

Undoubtedly, this is a fantastic hop-forward ale, surpassing expectations even within the American Barleywine spectrum. However, it’s not without its quirks; the slightly thin body, more akin to an IPA, adds a layer of complexity. Best enjoyed fresh to capture the vibrant hop profile, this barley wine beckons those seeking a unique and bold tasting experience.