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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-21-2011 22:40:10 | More by KC9LDB
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-22-2014 01:50:15 | More by CurtisLoew
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +25.8%

Very dark maroon in color, small off-white head. Nice hops and carmel malts in the nose, somewhat sweet. Taste has plenty of hops for the style, almost as much as any Red Ale I have had. Only slightly sweet, very dry for the style. Mouthfeel is carbonated enough, and doesn't hinder the beer. I like this almost as well as my favorite red ale, Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. Good hop presence, malty and subtley spicy enough to satisfy.

04-25-2005 04:12:30 | More by TastyTaste
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kkohler5

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%

Poured into a pint glass. A nice Amber color and a very foamy off white head that dissipated quickly. I picked up a sweet carmel with some sweet fruit. The mouthful is medium body withgood carbonation. This beer is very drinkable, I wish it was available all year.

02-20-2011 23:59:12 | More by kkohler5
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-17-2012 04:15:06 | More by Beezee
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deadbody

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Drank straight from the bottle. I know it's a beer foul but it was my option at the time. Gave it a 5 for appearance. Great smell, malty with a nice hop bite. Great taste, good malt backbone with a great hop bite. Mouthfeel was average, a bit overcarbonated for me. Super drinkable. The 6 pack I bought is already gone. Guess I'll have to get anoother for tonight.

02-12-2011 14:42:39 | More by deadbody
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tapman

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

Dark brown with flecks of red in the light. Head is medium off white and less than a finger, and leaves a decent lacing. Bottle conditioned, but yeast strain proves highly flocullent as the brew itself is very clear.

Rich, malty aroma with a minty, earthy hop character; aroma of this brew reminds me of a california common. Stone fruit sweetness also comes through.

Super rich malty flavor, like eating a not-too-sweet German pastry. Moderate bitterness and a very pleasant fruitiness that combines surprisingly well with the german malt profile and decoction brewing process. I do think that the decoction mashing adds greatly to the very rich maltiness. Like eating a peach cobbler made without sugar.

Rich, smooth and full bodied, though not sticky or syrupy. Bitterness gives a slight bite in the end, but nothing cloying.

Another winner from, in my opinion, one of (if not the best) brewery that there is.

08-31-2011 04:14:34 | More by tapman
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +19.8%

A: A modest finger tall foam composed of fine, slightly off white bubbles that sustained for days. The beer is nearly crystal clear (in true NG fashion) with a mahogany to redish color. A constant stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom of the standard pint glass.

S: Mild to moderate toasty bready malt character (munich?) with a nice clean fermentation character that enhances the herbal, earthy, and nobel hop aroma.

T: Perfectly balanced but the malt and hop character are very distinct and flavourful. At first the hop character comes off very germanic, noble with the spicy and herbal bitterness, clean and moderate. The next comes the complex malt malt character, Bready, toast, bread crust and sweet pie crust. very nice. The finish comes through with the herbal hop character from the aroma. And a slight roast.

M: A medium bodied, clean mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The complex malt feel makes it feel like a higher abv, big beer (not a bat thing) but its not.

O: I was very taken a back by this beer. Huge malt and hop character, nice balance great flavor overall. Cheers NG. I will definitely revisit this next year.

06-07-2014 05:20:22 | More by guityler83
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

Pours a clear deep ruby in color with a foamy tan head that stays at about a 1/4 inch throughout consumption. Aroma consists of malt, sweet caramel, toffee, light spicy hops and some bread-like notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. There is a rich sweet malt backbone initially dominates the front of the palate. Biscuity finish with a touch of alcohol. Even though an ample amount of Golding and Hallertau hops are supposedly utilized, the bitterness is very light. Malt flavors primarily dominate with a feint spiciness in the finish.

Snowshoe has been one of my favorite New Glarus offerings. It does seem a bit odd that they choose to brew a Red Ale as a winter seasonal. Smooth and easy drinking.

04-02-2003 19:51:25 | More by Winter
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +19%

a: pours a nice brown amber color with red hues with a big two inch pillowy head that doesnt dissapear but does shring to maybe an inch lots of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass as the beer level falls
s: strong malt aroma sweet biscuity aroma with citrusy hops
t: nice smooth sweet malty flavor transforms into a caramelly type flavor with minor hop notes
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a wonderful beer i really enjoyed it will buy a 12 pack

02-12-2008 07:26:08 | More by happygnome
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.

Pours a medium amber with a nice one to one half inch head that recedes to a nice cap, leaves a nice lacing and rings with every sip.

Aroma is of sweet malt, caramel and light hop. Aroma is very clean and a little less than I'm used to getting with NG brews. Grain is sweet and full bodied but the aroma seems a bit watered?

Taste is malty sweetness on the open. Caramel and vanilla bean ice cream with a touch of walnut. The malt is full and sweet, but not sugary. Hop flavor creeps into the middle, very light but enough to balance the nutty sweetness of the malt. Finishes dry and crisp, bready and light. Like a good bear claw after hitting in the nuker for a few seconds, this is a very nice malt profile. Could stand a little bit more hop, but the malt is clean, sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and the adequate carbonation cuts the sweetness to an extent. A little thinner than I would like. A tad more body in the mouth would be nice, but then the balance would be off, so I can settle for it.

Overall a nice Amber. Very quenching and ultimately sessionable at a low ABV. Recommend.

11-24-2009 01:16:36 | More by wheatyweiss
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fisherlandon

South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +19%

Snowshoe is my favorite offering from New Glarus Brewing
I poured the beer into a nonick pint, it purs a nice amber color that is very clear and bright.
The aroma has toffee and roasted pecan quality the aroma is quite faint in this brew which is my least favorite part of this brew. the taste is reminiscent of a great german bock it has the roasty flavors that come with a decoction mash and it really is pleasing which leads into the mouthfeel which is very silky the beer is quite carbonnated and crisp on the tongue. Overall I think this beer is a proud offspring of an american amber ale and a german bock the flavors are subtle but perfectly represented

12-14-2011 15:28:32 | More by fisherlandon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

02-18-2008 23:42:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

02-01-2011 23:40:48 | More by richkrull
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-17-2013 06:20:45 | More by schmidtmattsays
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TPeterson


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-11-2012 15:33:23 | More by TPeterson
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safhundos

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-19-2013 15:06:16 | More by safhundos
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InfiniteWizard83910

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-16-2014 01:57:17 | More by InfiniteWizard83910
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JohnBoyMilwaukee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-22-2012 16:33:22 | More by JohnBoyMilwaukee
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-20-2014 16:13:06 | More by PopnLoads
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solargoat

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-21-2013 02:19:21 | More by solargoat
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KellyScottMad

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

09-02-2013 02:02:28 | More by KellyScottMad
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mrjmann

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-19-2014 01:25:42 | More by mrjmann
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

A single column of bubbles uniformely rises from a strong amber, cherry wood color. A great head lasts throughout the whole twelve ounces. The aroma is a caramel punch malt blended with spicey, piney hops. The sips a lightly fruity carameled malt goodness with a a medium hop finish that helps cleanse the palate for another sip, and another.

04-10-2008 02:56:30 | More by scruffwhor
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kenito799

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde glass.

Reddish amber, in this glass not much hea dor lacing. Aroma is nice soft malt with spicy undertones. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky (not too cold) and conveys a subtle, balanced joyously wintry flavor. The malt and subtle cinnamon spice notes play off each other beautifully...full of flavor and with a mild bitter finish that doesnt overwhelm the effect. Well dne, as usual for this amazing brewery, one of the best in a style that is often dull.

01-14-2010 03:18:13 | More by kenito799
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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.