Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by czfreeman:
4/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beautiful copper red color. Head is light tan, medium thick and really has a nice density. Light streams of carbonation throughout. Really a pretty brew.
Upfront I'm immediately hit with a whiff of Douglas fir, pine, ..making this a great winter ale. Toasted bread,musky oats, amber malt, hops to boot, pepper, toast and maybe a tea character in there as well..all things warming and great when its cold out like it is tonight.
Flavor is exceptional..full disclaimer I am not a fan of red ale by any stretch of the imagination. But this brew actually includes things I would(and do) like in a red ale..Spice, hoppy, bread, light caramel, spicy warming on the finish. Lots of flavors despite the low ABV.
Crisp, peppery, bready, nice balance of hops and body. Warming in a sense of the slightly spicy finish and good bready body...well done.
I think that some of the negative reviewers were expecting a super strong ale for winter, but when its super cold up here everyday for months on end ..you need something that is warming and comforting and is a daily drinker, much like the refreshing beers of summer..I think Mr. Carey achieved his goal in this brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2013 06:52:45 | More by czfreeman
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3.79/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Roy's Market - New Glarus
Snowshoe proudly displays a chestnut hued body with a touch of haze. When I step outside it shines like a penny fresh out the mint. A dirtied white head (nearly beige) sits atop, a robust finger in height. It eventually settles into a silky cap that leaves impressive lacing down the glass.
The nose is full of esters. Fruity off the bat with green apple and orange notes most noticeable. The hops are faint but add a touch of spiciness in the background. While this seems to be a yeast driven beer the malt profile is no slouch with nutty caramel and soda bread laying a solid foundation. The overall balance is superb.
Ester driven fruitiness is in full force on the palate. The malt profile comes across more toasty than the nose suggested but the nutty caramel and soda bread are still present in smaller amounts. Green apple and spiced orange lead the yeast charge while the finish is soft white pepper spicy, even a little grassy after the swallow. Nicely done.
The body lies right in the middle of the spectrum, weight wise. Supple carbonation adds a silky texture. There's a mild bite on the finish from the spicy hop profile while the finish dries out long after the swallow. Drinkability is high with this one.
Snowshoe isn't flashy, it isn't a showstopper. It is a comforting, well rounded, easy drinker. I like to come across a beer so well crafted. The yeast profile is unique and even handed while the hops add a touch of spice, and the malt body is an all around pleasure. I'll be picking this one up again in the future and it's not a style I usually reach for.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 17:17:47 | More by joe1510
Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.