Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-15-2014 17:17:47 | More by joe1510
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
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a clear reddish amber with a modest head. A fine topping of bone colored froth persists.
The nose presents a nice malty aroma without any noticeable hop presence.
The taste contains a good malty flavor with slight sweetness and a light fruity note. Light balancing hop.
Mouthfeel is light/medium and moderately frothy.
A nice little red ale.
06-03-2014 02:43:45 | More by 312HopBomb
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a clear amber, with nice frothy head of slightly off-white bubbles. Attractive tree-line lace.
Nose is caramel malts and grains. Little more to say there.
Taste is malty up front, with plenty of toasty caramel notes. There's a hint of fruit and citrus in there, adding some brightness to the flavor. Followthrough is lightly bittered by the hops, but it's quite subtle.
Overall a pleasant and very enjoyable, even top-tier amber in my book.
05-30-2014 01:49:59 | More by secondtooth
Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.