Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by 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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2008 17:16:32 | More by demcorhip
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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 415 ratings.