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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 Sixpoint
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My father used to bring six packs of this stuff home on a regular basis back when I was in high school. At that time, New Glarus was just a small microbrewery, doing only about three or four thousand barrels per year.

The beer poured with a thick white head, about two inches deep. I drank this beer out of a pilsner glass, so the color seemed a bit light. It turned out to be a deep amber color, although I know that when I enjoy this in a pint it is a nice mahogany color.

Deep caramel notes and hints of crystal malt. Just a faint whiff of spicy hops in the background, but they are mostly subdued.

The balance definitely favors the malt. It starts and ends sweet, with just a faint glimpse of hops in the middle.

The beer is thin to medium bodied, even though the final gravity must be rather low.

Overall, it's definitely a session beer, but most certainly not a complex beer or one that can be savored or used to impress friends.

Sixpoint, Dec 05, 2004
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, wispy head. The appearance is a gold/light amber color, with carbonation continuing to effervesce. Little smell to note.
The flavor is much more subtle than what I expected from a winter seasonal, albeit a red ale. Subtle, somewhat interesting malt and spice character. Very mild hop finish, just enough to give it a crispness.
All in all a very drinkable, refreshing brew.
Sessionable, definitely. Don't expect to be blown away though.

Photo of marburg
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Helluva session beer.

Very clear reddish brown in color. All malt, all the time! This is definitely a simple beer; you can tell right away from the aroma. But its subtleties are its strength too. Bready sourdough aroma. Highly drinkable, light-bodied brew. A bit of that typical caramel flavor. Hops lend only a mild, balancing presence to the finish which cleans it up to have absolutely no aftertaste or lingering sweetness. Herbal.

This won't blow anyone away, but I would think just about anyone on earth could drink this and not be at all annoyed by it. Easy drinkin'.

marburg, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just shy of garnet color, clear. Head has decent duration as a skim but doesn't build any height on a vigorous pour. Simple collar lacing. Aroma is malty, a hint of cinnamon in a raisin bread context. Lighter-bodied, restrained carbonation, pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Flavors ring of light caramel, slightly buttery. Hopiness is subdued, herbal tea in impression, notably English in overall profile. Finsihes with decent body, sweetish aftertaste, but without a lot of fun complexity. Well-balanced, but a little boring as a special Seasonal entry.

ADR, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber tawny brown color with a medium tannish head that sits briefly, nearly no lace, just some faint glaring clearish spots. Aroma is nice, subtle and layered with some interesting effects of malts, here's what I get - whole grain toast with some peanut butter, honey, and caramel on it. Sounds good...smells good...and tastes good...light and mild start of grasses and husks, then whole grain toasty breadyness thats very grabbing and rather rich mixing with a bit of spicy/herbal hops, that lets go to lay a leveling array of malty breads, sweetens some, notes of roasted nuts and butter squeeze through at the finish where it goes lightly dry and lighter still of tangy sweetened bread. Nice subtle complexitiy to it, me likes it. Feel is about medium, smooth and inactive carbonation lending a slight creamyness that holds well throughout. A pretty darn good little amber here, reminds me more of a Vienna, but drinkable for sure, a close cousin to Eliot Ness in some regards.

tavernjef, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, hint of spice. A medium bodied amber. Very nice malts, sweet with some fruitiness. Hops are somewhat subdued, slightly spicy. Very tasty amber. Well balanced. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of linger sweetness.

beerguy101, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Winter, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a qualm: New Glarus can do a lot better for a Winter seasonal than a standard red ale.
Now that I've vented, I will be as objective as possible.

Scarlet-orange bodied with a thin tan head that doesn't last long.
Not much on the nose. Ghostly green apples, sweetened caramel, and (maybe) spiced hops.
Taste leans towards toffee out of the gate. There is a fair amout of sweetness present, some of it odd. Alot of green apples, and out-of-place bananas. I wonder if they failed to wash the Solstice (weiss) vats prior to brewing this. However, the fruitiness is short lived, as it reverts back to the caramel/toffee hues just prior to the entrance of the hops. The hopping is two-fold, and by far the most interesting part of this beer. There is a quick jab of spice (hallertau), then a smooth, lingering tea-like essence (goldings).
Relatively robust red ale. Feels fine in the mouth. Nothing caressing, nothing abrasive.
Drinkabilty is contingent on one's attention span.

cokes, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue. Medium head with no retention. Sweet malt on the nose and a very slight spiciness (perhaps from the dry-hopping, which in my opinion, seems to do very little for the aroma of this brew). This beer has a medium to full body. There's a slight hop spiciness on the palate. Good caramel malt tones. Slight warming effect. Pretty easy drinking. This is a good amber.

Bighuge, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW (4-7-04)-

Much of the same thughts although I raised the ratings slightly...very impressed with the clarity of this for an ale and the puffy tan head...very tasty red ale...just not a big winter beer, but I am willing to accept that now where previously it seemed to shake me up some (always fun to read the old reviews)
I guess this is the New Glarus Winter seasonal....They could do much better than this for a winter seasonal. As a red ale it is slightly above average. On the nose I got a toasty and nutty smell..it was orange in color with a soft small lace..The taste was unique...tough to describe but I'll try...nutty a little, some caramel...toasty...pretty clean texture...This has some character to it for a red ale, but is far from outstanding. (For A winter seasonal I would rate it about a 1)

ZAP, Mar 31, 2002
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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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