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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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

EnJeiBee, May 23, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

bennetj17, May 20, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

ktrillionaire, May 19, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
3.53/5  rDev -3%

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.

BasementBer, May 15, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Trilogy31, May 03, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

portia99, May 01, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
2.33/5  rDev -36%

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.

steve8robin, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

brew3crew, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ommegoose
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

ommegoose, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Axic10, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

sweemzander, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

Appearance - Medium reddish-brown. Mostly clear. Off-white head.

Smell - Not very powerful. Light malt and faint hoppiness.

Taste - Light malt....some spice....hops on back end...finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Got as part of a sample pack. Average. Would not buy again. Much better NG available.

Brunite, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of herman77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Dark amber with a white head. Nice color. Decent retention and head

S: Carmel malt and light bready malts. A touch of toastyness to it.

T: Light carmel malts, but mainly bread and grain malts. Toasted malt as well A bit of hop spice to it near the backend. All about the malts in this one.

M: Light to medium body. Higher carbonation. Average mouthfeel.

O: Amber ales aren't my favorite, but this one isn't too bad. Decent drinkability.

herman77, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%

Amber sunset red with off white lacing, some light yeast floating in the glass.
Aroma is really faint and muted, and the little scents coming through are of smooth malts.
The flavors have earthy spices and toffee malt as the major leaders. Enjoyable but lacking real depth.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel with low carbination.

One of the New Glarus brews i've enjoyed less then others. I love Daniels work overall, this one is mediocre.

ChadQuest, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of dhannes
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Fourth from a 6-pack of bottles, served at 45ºF in Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A=Very nice...dark honey to amber to reddish brown, with a white foam head of 1/2" that lasted for more than a minute.

S=Hops with spices...but faint.

T=Strong hop presence, tangy with smoke and spice.

M=Perfect...not too thick, nor too thin, and just the right amount of carbonation.

D=Not a session beer, due to heft and tang.

3/13 update--had again, and not nearly as good as I recalled...now a 3.5 for taste, so my updated taste is the average of the two tastings, or now a 4.0.

dhannes, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

This beers pours a dark golden, brown ale. There is a nutty and a malty smell to it. The taste has a bit of a hoppy taste to it, but then finishes sweeter and malty. A nice heavy flavor, and a nice complex taste. Overall a really good red ale, and one of the better winter seasonal beers out there.

vette2006c5r, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This poured a really nice dark whiskey color and is clear. The head is nice and white with lacing.

Nose at first was really appealing with malts, caramel and vanilla.

Taste is a little drier but is very malty. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Overall, another very acceptable offering from a favorite Midwest brewer.

daledeee, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber color more on the brown side than red. Tan foamy one finger head that faded fast and left very little lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with nice roasted malts. Little to no hops presence.

Taste: This one is all about the toasty malts. Full malty flavors with nuts and fresh baked bread. Has a good warm and earthy tone to it. This is a good fall/winter ale for the malt lovers out there. Sweet, smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Clean and slightly creamy medium-bodied feel in the mouth. Very smooth with no bitterness.

Drinkability: Very easy to session this one. Modest ABV and smooth robust flavor makes it very easy drinking. A very nice seasonal amber/red ale.

ChopperSmith, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of kkohler5
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.

kkohler5, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of deadbody
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.

deadbody, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of richkrull
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.

richkrull, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a deep, dark amber with a nice tight head that dissipates too quickly. Some minor lacing persists.

The aroma is very sweet - malty sweetness and pretty floral. Probably the floral is from the hops. Very unusual but pleasant.

The flavor is a little too hoppy for me and a little watery. Some bitterness lingers but it's not really objectionable. There is a little malt there but it's pretty much in the background. The one saving grace is that the hop flavors are pretty much in the floral range rather than some silly pine or grapefruit imitation.

The mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional in any way. Light with decent carbonation.

Not quite my cup of tea - or beer, as the case may be. If there were a little more malt and a little less bitterness I would like it much better.

mariposafan, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.15/5  rDev +14%

Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip.

Presents itself with a deep amber hue, fairly clear in nature, no murkiness really, besides maybe a slight chill haze. The head is a pleasant looking light tan color with small bubbles, about one finger width on the initial pour. Retention is rather poor. The head quickly faded leaving a tiny ring behind. A little bit sticks to the sides.

The smell is quite floral in nature, which I like for the style. It actually reminds me of Deschutes' Green Lakes Organic Ale. Some breadyness is behind the floral hop qualities, along with a bit of brown sugar and caramel.

It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. First thing I'm getting is the brown sugar and caramel, and then a bit of dark bread and a slight hoppy bite of spice to finish things off.

I like the mouthfeel. It's got a medium-light body with a subdued, nice level of carbonation to boot. Feels a little bit slick in my mouth.

Overall I think this beer is pretty good. It's nice to have an American made amber from time to time that hasn't been hopped to the XTREME! It drinks quite well on a winter night when you crave something with flavor but don't want a lot of alcohol. No alcohol presence creeps into the flavor profile either, combine that with the nice mouthfeel and it drinks great.

Bubba83, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3%

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 Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a nice amber red color that I would always hope and expect from something of the style. A slight offwhite foam adorns the surface. The smell is rather weak in nature but produces a faint malty and nutty ester when pressed. The taste is rather woodsy and nutty, if it weren't for the color this could easily pass for a nut brown of some level. The hop characteristics are minimal and the barley husk tannins are quite palpable in the taste. There is a distinct bitterness that I am not 100% certain comes from the hops. Still it, like many many others I've had from New Glarus, is a rather solid beer but nothing to write home about.

Vdubb86, Jan 12, 2011
Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.