When I think of Dan Carey at New Glarus Brewing Company, I picture him working on his lovely, juicy Raspberry Tart and his pretty-darn-perfect Staghorn Oktoberfest. Double IPA just doesn't come to mind. But Dan Carey's latest small-batch Thumbprint series beer isn't kidding around; it's a seriously hoppy double IPA with an ABV of 9%.
It pours light golden, and offers a rich scent of candied grapefruit and canned mandarin oranges. As it first hits your lips, there's a rush of fruit: papaya, guava, peach and orange to start. This beer quickly flips over to black-tea like tannin and a firm bitterness, and the bitter finish lingers. If you like your marmalade studded with tons of orange or grapefruit rind, this beer will work for you—but linger over it a bit, it hides it's alcohol quite well, but it's strong stuff.
Be sure not to serve this Double IPA too cold; as it warms, the sweet honey flavors of the malt rise up to fill in the holes, connecting the fruity and bitter hops to the rich core of the beer. This isn't a refreshing party beer, but it has a lot to like.
Disclosure: We received a sample for review.