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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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83
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446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Settle in with Wisconsin's Snowshoe Ale. This beer is brewed with a blend of American and German malts. We also infuse generous amounts of hops from Slovenia and the Great Pacific Northwest to add a special note of warmth for your winter evening's enjoyment.

Expect this beer to be a beautiful copper-red, with a fruity ale body and a spiced hop finish. Then sit back and rejoice in the season because it's these Wisconsin winters that keep the whiners out.

(Beer added by: Winter on 03-31-2002)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another briliiantly clear beer from NG. Somewhat dark with more of a brownish chestneut hue versus simply amber or red. Half finger beige head, not much for retention, but does leave some intricate and sticky patterns of lace.

Nice rich malty aroma, nutty wholegrain bread and some melanoidin, likely due to the decoction mash. Some woody and floral hop notes thanks to the Yakima Goldings and the Hallertau. A tea like aroma is also present.

Good stuff. Toasty malts reveal themselves more in the tasting, think toasted multigrain bread. Some fruity esters give the impression of pitted fruit a la cherry or perhaps plum, as well as a touch of raisin. Hops seem to lean towards the Goldings with woody and floral notes as mentioned earlier.

NG knows how to mash, perhaps better than any other brewery i have had the pleasure of drinking from. Complex malt flavour in this almost light bodied ale. Well attentuated, and tea like character give it a mild astringency. Reminds me of a nice cuppa Red Rose Orange Pekoe Tea in that manner. MIldly carbonated so as not to detract.

A nice sessionable ale. Not only is NG a master of fruit beers, but they are also a master of the decoction mash, if not mashing in general. The light body, low level of carbonation, and mild astringency make for easy drinking, not to mention the tasty and complex flavour profile helps out alot in this regard as well.

demcorhip, May 26, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How have I not reviewed this? This was my session beer of choice in college. My roommates and I bought this by the case each fall and winter. Alas, it is time and though this year's Snowshoe is quite different than the Snowshoe of old, more hoppy mostly, it is still excellent.

I've consumed about two cases so far this year but this review will be based on that draft version served up at Wonders Pub (RIP, Saturday was its 18th anniversary and its last day in business).

Appearance: Crimson amber body with aggressive carbonation and a thin, bubbly white head.

Aroma: Germanic grassy and herbal hops. Spicy as sin with a hefty caramel malt back body.

Taste: Robust caramel and bready/biscuity malt flavor with an exciting spicy hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Smooth despite the appearance of assertive carbonation. Spicy.

Drinkability: This defines session. Snowshoe isn't a terribly exciting or innovative brew but that's why I love it. It's a simple style kept simple and done very well. It doesn't have any off putting aromas or flavors and it is completely sessionable. As someone who drinks mostly high ABV stouts or sour/funky ales I appreciate being reminded once in a while of the simple joys of beer.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus brew that's new to me. Glad to see they brewed this again. Pours into my glass a deep amber red color with great clarity. A small off white head sits atop the brew and leaves a cascade of lacing in its wake. So far so good. Aromas of toasted, bready malts with a rich caramel spice as well. Hints of nuts are there along with mild herbal hop tone. Kinda doughy with a fruity aspect thrown in as well.

First sip brings a rush of toasty, bready caramel malt goodness upfront. Spiciness moves in along with a hint of nuts. Fruit tones mingle in as the brew flows down with a hit of spicy, herbal hops that provides some bitterness. Quite a sturdy, malty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy profile. This is a red ale that has some substance to it, quite a malty brew overall while still being refreshing. Overall, a solid beer from New Glarus. I could easily have a few and it will delight the malt lovers out there. I enjoy the spiciness as well. Thanks to nchrist13.

orbitalr0x, May 22, 2008
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

csmartin6, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev +3%

77apm, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper body with a skimpy beige head that vanishes in seconds, leaving a few spots of lace.
Aroma has herbal hops and a fruity caramel maltiness. Apples and pears jump out from the nose.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and lots of carbonation.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone, with a pleasant component of fruity fresh pears and apples. Herbal hops lend a white pepper note. Very nice sipper on a chilly winter evening.
Taste and aroma, with the inviting fruity presence, make up for the less than stellar appearance. Another thank you to my local BA, mtnlover, for bringing this fine winter warming Wisconsin ale to my fridge. This one fits the profile of a winter warmer more than an amber or red ale.

merlin48, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. Spicy notes of pine needles and maybe even some spruce and a little bit of caramel. Same spicy notes, almost a pepper-like flavor if that makes sense. Pine and spruce and maybe some toffee. Fairly light body with lighter than medium carbonation. Decent beer, a good one to have a few of; glad to see it back.

badbeer, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee with a little bit of dry cocoa mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and chocolate notes, as well as some caramel and some grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I liked this beer, I just didn't have too much to say. A fairly straight forward amber ale.

Mora2000, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Smidged
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Smidged, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +3%

bpfrush, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly sweet aroma with some floral hops. Toasted malts with a good hint of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, toasted bread, and a slight hint of chocolate. Subtle apple and cherry fruit undertones. A little brown sugar scent. Hops are subdued but there is a earthy and floral scent. A solid red ale aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a bready malt driven red ale taste with a solid backing of hops. Sweet toasted malts with a good taste of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, biscuit, yeast, and a slight note of cocoa. Some apple and cherry like fruit notes along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. A decent balancing presence of floral and earthy hops rounds out the finish. A solid taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sweet with a fairly drying finish. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid take on the style. Nicely bready and sweet but with a nice balance.

MattyG85, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev +3%

tyleeis, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big red fan, but I am a New Glarus fan. Easily one of the best breweries in Wisconsin.

Looks like a standard red ale. It's red. Not as clear as the crappy reds, looks like there might be some actual flavor up in there. Aroma, I've never found any aroma of any noticeable variety with a red.

Taste, decent, but isn't going to knock your socks off. Standard red, easy going, sessionable decent malt bill. No hops noticeable, but isn't flat either in any sense.

Mouthfeel, just meh, drinkable enough, but don't go out of your way. This is a good segue to some more adventurous beers. Solid, but pedestrian, especially for New Glarus.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just shy of garnet color, clear. Head has decent duration as a skim but doesn't build any height on a vigorous pour. Simple collar lacing. Aroma is malty, a hint of cinnamon in a raisin bread context. Lighter-bodied, restrained carbonation, pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Flavors ring of light caramel, slightly buttery. Hopiness is subdued, herbal tea in impression, notably English in overall profile. Finsihes with decent body, sweetish aftertaste, but without a lot of fun complexity. Well-balanced, but a little boring as a special Seasonal entry.

ADR, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

sgttibbs, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear with a hue of hazelnut brown that shows a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface. There is a spongy light tan head that pushes up big bubbles before fading to a thin film.

S- This beer has a pretty cleans smell with soft notes of green noble hops coming through and a faint raw grain note at the finish.

T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt note at the beginning followed by a soft bitter noble hop finish with some pine hop qualities to it. There was a soft dry pale malt and sulfur note that lingered briefly after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry crisp texture.

D- The finish of this beer reminded me of a light American Lager and that got in the way of the biscuit malt and bitterness from the hops. Even those flavors were a bit one dimensional. This beer seemed out of place as a winter seasonal aswell.

rhoadsrage, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice brownish amber color. Thick tan colored head that gradually disappeared. Sweet smell but not overpowering at all. Good malty flavor throughout. Very easy to drink medium bodied beer. Quite drinkable for the duration of the night.

I really enjoyed this beer. Glad I tried it tonight. I'll probably have a few more.

richkrull, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Mtooman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Mtooman, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DerekQXQX, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of roostor07
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

roostor07, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of weonfire
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber ale brings...and Amber color!! 2 full fingers of white head. dissipates slowly. Very nice lacing covers glass to top. Tiny little bubbles trickle from bottom. Head never completely dissipates.

S - Carmel and roasted nuts. Malt. Froth.

T - Frothy carmel. German hops. leaves a small bite of crispness. Carbonation hits the back of the throat at the very end.

M - Frothy but feels a bit thin.

O- Its alright. German hops are prominent. Smooth brew but a slight bite at the end. I dont think i would purchase this again tho.

weonfire, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks the funhog for this one!

A: Pours a clear amber, slightly pink actually, with a one finger white head with good retention. Very pretty rings of foamy lace around the entire glass.

S: Heavy on the malt with some caramel and toasted malt. A little bit of fruit, slightly spicy with a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the malty side with some caramelized malt and some biscuit. It is a little sweet. There is also a little bit of a nutty component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very much middle of the road here.

O: Not bad, on the malty side for the style, which is not my preference, but its still tasty.

mdaschaf, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful fluffy head leaves whirlwinds of lace and stays thick a good long time. Color is an amber-tinted copper with hints of ruby. Gorgeous.

Aroma offers a dusting of cinnamon and powdered brown sugar, very donut-like. The fruit and hops characteristics mentioned on the label sure don't come out in the aroma--all I'm getting is doughy malt, and that's just fine because it's wonderful.

Front of the sip offers malt sweetness similar to what the nose hints at, but some fruity aspects arrive to give some depth. Sour lime, mellow toffee, metallic caramel, brown sugar and a dash of lemony hops make this an interesting, left-of-center amber. Finishes puckery with malt and coppery bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel is okay, a touch too thin though.

Pretty good stuff--something about it didn't sit well with me, but other aspects were just great. There's no denying the craftsmanship and quality here--maybe maltier and less tart would've done the trick. Anyway, a likable enough brew.

Metalmonk, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a qualm: New Glarus can do a lot better for a Winter seasonal than a standard red ale.
Now that I've vented, I will be as objective as possible.

Scarlet-orange bodied with a thin tan head that doesn't last long.
Not much on the nose. Ghostly green apples, sweetened caramel, and (maybe) spiced hops.
Taste leans towards toffee out of the gate. There is a fair amout of sweetness present, some of it odd. Alot of green apples, and out-of-place bananas. I wonder if they failed to wash the Solstice (weiss) vats prior to brewing this. However, the fruitiness is short lived, as it reverts back to the caramel/toffee hues just prior to the entrance of the hops. The hopping is two-fold, and by far the most interesting part of this beer. There is a quick jab of spice (hallertau), then a smooth, lingering tea-like essence (goldings).
Relatively robust red ale. Feels fine in the mouth. Nothing caressing, nothing abrasive.
Drinkabilty is contingent on one's attention span.

cokes, Dec 13, 2002
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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.