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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 03-31-2002

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.
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Photo of u2carew
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear copper body with active CO2. Thin, small bubbled lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle cherry aroma with an earthy funk / sourness. Brown sugar and caramel.
T) Malty blast up front but finishes a bit thin. Light notes of caramel, subtle spice.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Lighter side of medium body. Finishes fairly clean.
O) A decent brew. The flavor profile was a bit weak and hard to pinpoint exactly.

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body is a clear, rich reddish-amber, glowing underneath an inch of frothy, persistent tan foam. Decent lace. Attractive.

S: Predominantly malty aroma, with toasted toffee notes existing without too much sweetness. Some floral and herbal hops are noticeable as well, but simple malty goodness is always at the fore. Solid.

T: Follows the nose quite closely: malt flavors of hazelnut, caramel, toasted bread, and crème brulee lead the way to a clean, floral, mildly bitter hop finish. Restrained and delicious.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of slightly prickly carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This is one New Glarus beer that I don’t have much experience with, and I hope someday to get to try it when it first hits shelves (it’s still available in northern WI in mid July), as I bet the mixture of U.S. and German hops would be more pronounced fresh. As it is, Snowshoe is a simply good, balanced ale. Absolutely worth trying.


Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting deep copper, with a 1/2 inch off-white head that falls to a lace and leaves a bit of cling. Plenty of visible carbonation in this very clear ale. Sweet caramel malt and bread notes in the nose. Just a touch of nuttiness and herbal notes, as well. Not an especially pronounced bouquet. There are very smooth and creamy-tasting malts up front. Some caramel sweetness and bread notes ensues, followed by a bit of clear alcohol, and concluding nicely with some earthy hop bitterness. Very well-balanced. Good movement of flavors on the palate. The feel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. This is a creamy and smooth brew with substantial effervescence and a crisp, bright finish. Just a bit of grainy sensation with the hop finish.

This is a well-balanced and versatile beer that goes down about as smoothly as any red ale I've come across. While it's true that this one doesn't have as pronounced and engaging a nose and flavors as many other New Glarus offerings, the flavors that are there are smooth and rewarding. Probably not the kind of beer you hold onto as a treat--this one could become a part of your regular lineup, however.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color. 1 finger white head, with good lacing.

S- Sweet and caramel malts. Some spices.

T- Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Some spices in the middles with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Thin body. Easy drinking and the bitterness leaves a little dry aftertaste.

O- Nothing special here. Think this is more of a fast drinking tailgate beer than a sit-by-the fire beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored brew. Small tan head doesnt last too long. Scent is all about the sweet malt. Light mild caramel malt start, somewhat grassy, a bit of bitter hops, pretty bready. Pretty full bodied and wet. Eh, its not too bad, but im not in love or anything.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Wispy head atop a slightly hazy copper body.

S- Very mild toasty caramel malt aromas and not much else to speak of.

T- The malt dominates here, but that is not to say that the hops don't also fullfil thier supporting role. Smooth caramel sweetness held in check by both hops and that very mild roasty note that reds are known for. Finishes very smooth.

M- Nice light body and good, smooth carbonation.

O- A nice enjoyable red ale. It just lacks any gusto. Unless I was really in the mood for a red, I prolly wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden brown with copper highlights and a ruddy heart, capped with a slim creamy head.

Smell -- Very malt-forward with amber malt caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spicy hops add balance. Pretty good!

Taste -- Again, very malt-driven: golden toast and caramelized malts are most prevalent, along with some nuttiness. Mild spicy hop flavor adds balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

Overall -- Very much a New Glarus beer: crisp, clean, malt-driven. Not as hop-driven as most in the style, but is still quite pleasant. The flavor profile is almost as if it were a Vienna Lager brewed with ale yeast. Good stuff.

Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing a fresh bottle of this one with us last Thursday night. Poured a rusty reddish-brown color with a moderate ecru head. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel and spicy hops. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and malty, with flavors of caramel, toasted malt and earthy hops.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is on the border between medium and deep amber; it also has some caramel notes to it. One finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Slightly toasted malts, caramel, honey, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. It smells like a cool autumn night beer. (Somewhat fittingly, tonight is a cool night, though not in autumn.)

Taste: The flavor is a mélange of the scents, but a little weaker; it does not help that the mouthfeel is a tad light. Toasted malts, honey, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and a little hint of brandy edge from the alcohol. A surprising hop bite gives the beer a nice bitterness that I never expected from the smell. However, having tasted it, I can detect a little scent of pine. That may be my imagination, though.

Drinkability: Tasty brew. Nothing spectacular, but another solid product from New Glarus.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

End of the school year soiree and a budy brought Snowshoe Ale from New Glarus....LOVE THAT GUY!!!
The apperance is a rich clear amber/red ale. their is not much carbonation or head. the sroma is typical of most red....not much going on. The taste however s probably one fo the best straight reds I have tasted. There is a wonderful malt balance by subtle hops, none which are overpowering the flavor; solid red. Mouthfeel is perfectr and could session the sh&t out of this beer.

Photo of boomer31
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper, red with an off white head. No sticking to glass, head leaves quickly

S - Nice bready malt, some fruity hop but mostly malt.

T - Bread and malt with a nice bittering hop in the back. A touch of sweetness blends well with the bittering hops.

M - Nicely carbonated, full bodied red. No lingering flavors.

O - Overall I'm enjoying this red though not in love with it. Reds have never been my beers unless they're overly hoppy. This of course takes a more traditional route.

Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours hazy brown with porous, off-white head and great lacing. the smell is metallic like a winter warmer. The toasty malt flavors are naturally evident, but unlike some read ales, this doesn't have that strong sourness to it. It has a very smooth medium body that is non offensive. There is just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. I am not a huge red ale fan, and one of these is plenty for me, but it is a solid beer in its class.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly red, amber hue. It poured with a thin head that dissipated very quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass

S - Malty scent with virtually no hint of hop aroma

T - Sweet toasty malt with an almost unnoticeable hop bite

M - Medium bodied with a bubbly tang from the carbonation

O - An extremely drinkable brew

Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brick red color, clear, with a ruby glow in the light. The head is thin although the carbonation streams are plentiful enough to sustain it. Notes of cinnamon bread malt in the nose, with little hop aroma. This is definitely not going to be one of those hoppy reds.

The maltiness is dry and bready on the tongue, with a touch of fruit character, but less sweet than expected. Although the flavor hops aren't pronounced, there is a nice sharp bitterness to round out the back. The taste is very clean and fresh. The mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy with strong, prickly carbonation.

This Red Ale is nothing too exciting, but I do appreciate the overall quality and balance of the ingredients. New Glarus doesn't make a bad beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Radiant bronze-amber hue, capped with a small film of persistent off-white head which deposits a fair amount of lace upon the glass.

S - There really is not much to the nose, it offers slightly toasty-sweet malt notes, and that's about it. Simplicity can be a good thing, and it is here.

T - Again, simplicity rules the day here. The beer profile is basically a lightly toasty caramel malt with enough herbal hop to tamp down the sweetness, but not enough to cast flavor additions; pristine mineral water is suggested, too. The resultant brew is about as easy-drinking as they come, and it tastes wholesome too, in an artisanal sense.

M - Just south of medium-bodied and nicely, softly carbonated.

O - I really enjoy this beer; it is the picture of drinkability.

Photo of BasementBer
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keeps the whiners out, i like it.

A: Nice color, clear with a decent head. Medium lacing with minimal head retention.

S: Sweet malt character with a hint of raisin.

T: As expected a bit sweet, but the hops add a unique woody flavor.

M: somehow heavy? Has sort of a thickness to it which im guessing is a malt related feature as the hops arent strong enough to lay on the tongue.

D: Good, i would go back to back with this on one of those described winter eve's.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby red amber with a finger of foam leaving light lacing. Baking spices, caramel apples and golden raisins along with rich malt on the nose. Taste really follows the nose with more a slightly roasted malt character coming out. Nice sessionable beer though nothing special.

Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an extremely clear ruby red/mahogany/deep amber color. A thin 1/4 finger of foam lingers briefly and falls to a very thin ring of whitish bubbles on the edge of the glass - no lacing.

S - Fruity esters, sugary sweet, some caramelly sweet malt. Pretty standard for style.

T - Sweet, fruity, estery, caramelly, light metallic taste, medium level bitterness. Good, but again, pretty standard for style, although on the upper end of the scale.

M - Pretty thin, a bit metallic, medium carbonation that gives a good tingle on the tongue.

O - Pretty much what I expected coming into this one. A good, smooth, caramel malt balanced beer with a bit of hoppiness. Extremely drinkable and this glass is going down in record time. The style doesn't really lend itself to the Wow! experience, but this is a pretty good example and one that I'd be happy with if I found it on tap, although after one I'd probably move to something in a different style.

Photo of steve8robin
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a recent BIF. 12oz bottle...

A: Super deep dark cherry red. Almost like a deep red wine. Crystal clear with a 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Some very faint malts with mild cherry. Not much else.

T: A watery brew with some mild bready malt flavors blended in. Not much else. Eh.

M: Light body with a great carbonation. A watery finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this just kind of tastes like water. Need some more flavors in here. A good clean beer, but not enough flavors for me. Try is you like clean, watery, session brews.

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice brown color with white head that stays around for awhile.
S-sweet roasted malts. Very inviting smell
T-alot like it smells the malts are very sweet.good example of the style.
M-medium bodied and smooth.almost too smooth
O-nice brew. Very drinkable. Great exampe of the style

Photo of ommegoose
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and rather bright red. Head fizzled and came down right away, but the color and clarity are attractive.

Aroma is very bock-like. Fruity and malty, and light on hops. Cherry and plum notes. Sweet, and a bit of spice.

This is a really nicely balanced red ale with a lot of fruity notes and sweetness balanced with some spicy hops. The Goldings were a nice choice, adding flavor with little bitterness. Tastes a bit of red cherry, and other general berry flavors.

This feels rather light and juicy, but I think it works just fine for this beer.

Quite drinkable and tasty. The hops are done just right for a malt-forward beer like this one. If available I would drink this in the winter for sure. Probably the first New Glarus beer I've had that I would seek out more of in the future. Good stuff.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Barrythebear for this bottle. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of fluffy egg shell white foam that settles quickly to a thin layer.

Smell: Sweet caramel and biscuity malt. Slight hint of raisin as well.

Taste: Caramel, roasted bready malt. Finishes with a subtle mix of sweet malt and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall: A very smooth and easy drinker. I really liked this beer and would have again.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber color. Produced a nice frothy tan colored head. Decent retention.

(S)- A nice caramel malt aroma. Hints at wheat and raisin too.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A rich caramel maltiness with hints of raisin and dry baked bread.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Richer than some of the style, but smooth and a clean finish at the same time.

(D)- A solid amber. Definitely richer and sweeter than most of the style, but it fits and is welcomed in my opinion.

Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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