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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

djrn2, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a nice reddish-amber with an off-white head. Pretty good retention but not much lace on the way down. The nose has some soft bready and amber malt with some light citrus hop notes coming through afterward. Flavor is fairly subdued, but easy-drinking, with a combination of bready malt and American hops. Medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a huge head that sticks and laces beautifully, just like a draught beer

Smell: Caramel dominates, with just a hint of hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns slightly grainy by mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is rather muted, with a bit of toffee at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather boring amber, unfortunately; not much hops and no real winter character

Can't remember who sent this to me but thanks, Unknown BA

brentk56, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An effortless Red Ale that shares a lot in common with Irish Reds, except for the balance of bittering hops.

A tawny amber pours from the bottle in a clear and mystic fashion. Though I want more froathy character, the beer only carries a modest head with less than stellar retention and lacing. Too bad because the color and clarity is very aesthetic.

Malty goodness of bread crusts, deep caramels, and toast lead the way in aroma. While a background of hop (herbal and earthy) tones decorate the malts in a very tea-like fashion.

Medium maltiness also resides in flavor: toast, bread crusts, and lightly scorched toffee carry the beer from inital taste through mid-palate. Then the malts taper off while the hop (citrus) flavor takes hold and grows in intensity, ushering the beer into the moderately bitter finish.

Clean and crisp, the beer starts moderately creamy but releases it's fullness early, allowing for a toasty-dry and hop-bitter finish.

This Red Ale has many of the better attributes of American Reds, but also borrows a malty rich component from Irish Reds. All of which, I think are great moves, but the beer could have pushed the boldness further for greater impact. Instead Snowshoe only acheives a hearty and steady impression of Reds across the board.

Thanks JimboHD2005!

BEERchitect, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly brighter than burnt orange with bronze-like undertones. The khaki colored head is pillowy soft and looks even better after the second pour. It's also sticky and is beginning to grace the glass with small chunks of foam and sheets of feathery lace.

The nose features toasted, earthy malts and spicy, musky hops (German Hallertau and Yakima Goldings). I like my amber and/or red ales to favor caramel malt and citric fruity hops, but this one is a valid version as well. Especially if you like German beer.

New Glarus has come through once again. Snowshoe is a hearty red ale that would be perfect for snowy winter afternoons or sunny summer mornings (like right now). Good beer knows no season.

One minor quibble is that more malt would give this ale even more flavor depth. Warming helps in that regard, so don't start it out too chilly. I get roasted peanuts, steely caramel and a small slice of well-toasted brown bread. The spicy-herbal hops round things out nicely and usher in a drying, pleasantly tight, bitter finish. An apricot and orange fruitiness joins the party in the bottom third of the bottle.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. Sure, more heft would be nice, but at just 5.7%, this isn't exactly big beer. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly carbonated.

It's a testament to Dan Carey's skill that Snowshoe is as good as it is. Even though it isn't exciting on paper (because it strays so far from my usual preferences), it's damn good beer in the glass. That's all that really matters in the end.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence

What I could pick up was very grainy with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TATURBO for this one. This beer poured out as a reddish brown color. the head was minimal and left no lacing. The smell was malty and has a German style aroma to it. The taste is a little hoppy but has some nice caramel malts in there. Good flavor. I like the mouthfeel, it's got a good smooth bubbly feel. Overall this beer was ok but nothing too special. Glad I got to try it though.

Knapp85, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear but dark rusty amber. The head falls flat a bit quickly on this one, lasting only a minute or so.

Smell - Mild fruity esters, namely dried apricot and peach. A bit mineral. Not much hop presence in the nose.

Taste & mouthfeel - Dry and slightly metallic. Hints of burnt caramel and biscuit with an herbal hoppy finish. Light-bodied, semi-crisp. Easy to drink but not particularly interesting.

largadeer, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

I'm enjoying these beer runs to Kenosha. This bit o' the haul pours a clear sunrise russet topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises caramel, rye bread, wheat, and sourdough. The taste holds notes of orange peel, toasted rye bread, a very light hint of roasted malts, and a dash of pepper. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty good amber, nothing really special, but something easily drinkable when it's poured.

TMoney2591, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack from the brewery, didn't see this around Madison yet.

Sticky 3 fingers of foam, compact with larger bubbles pushing through to the surface. Nice reddish-amber tone with high clarity. Lazy, solitary bubbles drift through the ale. Broken webs of lace form on the sides of the glass.

Bready with slight herbal hop resin present. Yakima Golding and Bavarian Hallertau are the varieties listed on the label.

More of a showcase of bready malts, there's a dry herbal hop presence that lingers in the background. It's reminiscent of the profile in German and Czech Pilsners a little. Slight residual cereal grain, with some minor hop bitterness.

Drinks very light, great carbonation level balances the feel, making it an easy quaffer. Doesn't remind me of winter, but it's a fine Amber, seasonal or not.

emerge077, Jan 07, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe at Easter dinner, thanks! Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is amber / red and clear with small bubbles and a little lacing, off white / tan head, nice retention.

Aroma is weak but has all the classic hallmarks of a red ale, mild and sweet. A little malt, simple. No hops.

Beer is medium in body with a nice finish, overall this is a fine local red but there is nothing interesting or special about it at all. It is just a malty, unhoppy, sweet, medium beer with a clean finish. I'd have it again if I find myself in WI and it is on draft with nothing else to drink otherwise I think I'll just skip it.

drabmuh, Apr 10, 2012
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 jwc215
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/reddish copper with a creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel, with some floral/tropical fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - towards caramel - roasty with slightly burnt notes weaving in and out. Juicy topical fruits add flavor without without becoming bitter.

It is a bit thin, but creamy. Alcohol warmth comes through.

A nice, warming, red ale.

jwc215, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious, very kind Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some great beers that I really adore. This is my first time trying this one. Not paired with food. Brewed with a blend of American and German malts. Uses hops from Slovenia and the Pacific Northwest. No ABV is listed.

Served straight from the fridge - as I think beers in the style should be. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an audibly fizzy light khaki colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and great (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a gorgeous vibrant rich amber-copper; now that's what an amber should look like! Rich and inviting. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. It's looking great. No yeast particles are visible in the transparent translucent body. No bubble show. Near ideal for the style.

Sm: Caramel malt, bready notes, evocative floral hops, light candi fruit, toffee, and delightful graininess. Malts/grains are perfectly sweet here, with a delightful caramel undertone. A bit of spice, maybe clove or nutmeg. A subtle, appealing aroma. A bit light in strength - its main problem; I want more of that aroma to come through.

T: Ah. Bready caramel, caramalt, floral hops, bready grains, bright fruit, and light spice. The hops have faded a bit with age, but they still feel nicely balanced with the malty focus. I bet it'd be perfectly balanced fresh. No alcohol comes through, but I do get a bit of biscuity yeast. Crisp, clean, and pleasant to drink. A bit crackery, stopping short of graham cracker fullness. It's subtly executed, and boasts impressive complexity for a style so often simple. Never feels too sweet. I get more of the toasted fruity character as it warms, reminding me of a Belgian ale. Clove, crackerbread, and notes redolent of cherries. Tasty stuff.

Mf: Smooth, with a growing dryness as it approaches the climax and finish. Perfect coarseness, with a light scratchiness complemented by the refreshing wetness in a push-and-pull with the palate. Unfortunately, it's a bit thin - that's this beer's biggest flaw by far. It comes off weak. However, the full body yields a satisfying presence on the palate, allowing the full flavour profile to come through as much as possible. It's nice and clean. Carbonation is perfect. Constructively, it could be a bit more crisp.

Dr: A highly drinkable amber. Very enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well. Very sessionable. I'd love to try this fresh on-draught for a fuller hop flavour. Balance is key to the style, and New Glarus brings a lot to the table. I'd definitely have this again. I'd recommend it to amber lovers as well. A solid beer in the style that rises above the many pedestrian ambers out there to deliver a memorable experience. Lovely stuff.

Low B

kojevergas, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9.9%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

yourefragile, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Pours a finger of beige head that fades down quick. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a caramel copper. Some sediment floating in the glass.

Aroma: Some apples and banana flavors. Lots of malt and caramel. Some grassy hops.

Taste: I am like this red. Lots of caramel and toffee notes. Grassy hops with a mix of fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Decent amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends a little sticky and malty.

Overall, a pretty tasty red for the season. I am drinking it rather fast. I like this offering from New Glarus and could easily drink more.

mothman, Dec 30, 2009
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 Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is mostly clear, appearing honey orange colored. The aroma is mild, with only hints of lightly sweetened malt and perhaps a touch of fruity biscuits. The flavor is fruity and malty. Decent. Light bodied and fairly creamy. Overall, this was ok.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Gonzoillini, Jan 24, 2014
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, a slight bitterness, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Wasatch, Feb 13, 2010
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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.