Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by garymuchow:
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I think this beer is a little underrated by BA , and I think it is because the final product is definitely bigger/better than the sum of the parts. Definitely malt forward with just a enough bitterness to add some character and nice streak of hoppy fruitiness to be interesting and enjoyable. But the malt is the driver, toasty and heavier than that. It carries a nice winter vibe to it. Even a bit hearty for a milder and easier drinking beer. Bigger carbonation than typical gives is a beefier feel even though the base is lighter than moderate. Darker amber color moving towards browns. Tan head. Aroma is a tad of sweet water and glimmer of fresh green hops, but a base of toasted malt.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 19:19:32 | More by garymuchow
More User Reviews:
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.