Snowshoe Red Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #408
Ranked #41,282
3.67 | pDev: 10.08%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale
Notes: 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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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red with a fluffy off white head. Smells of dark roasted grain, inviting. Tastes of caramelized grain with nice fruit notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Apr 05, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a twelver of this seasonal. Popping the top I get molasses and cocoa. Pours to a muddy brown. Taste is nicely carbonated with same molasses up front then a Smooth caramel middle and a clean but zesty hip finish. Only slightly hopped, more sweet than bitter. A nice smooth drinker.

Dec 22, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle "C210 16:33" whatever that means.
Poured into a pint glass, shows a clear, ruddy brown body and floats a proud 1"+ head of off-white fluffy head dissipating to a persistent large island cap and a mostly clean glass.

Aroma is caramel malt, fresh air, and a spicy hop note. The flavors match.

Mouthfeel is a clean medium, leaning lighter.

Overall an easy drinking red for looking deep into the bonfire.

Nov 24, 2019
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pianoguy from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes courtesy of the Seahawks beating the Packers... Go HAWKS!!!

12 Oz bottle No bottling info

Pours a copper body with a slightly off white head. Moderate retention. Some thin lacing.

Malts seemed to jump out at the pour there is a sweetness but I'm also getting spicey hops

Taste follows the nose. The malts along with the hops gave it a unique sweetness on the finish

Medium feel

Great beer wish I had more. An interesting balance that really seemed to work.

Jan 26, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fine-looking beer. Here goes:

A: Clear brown - can see through the glass. Pours moderate head and lacing. Alright.

S: Best thing about the beer. Has a brown-ale quality. Caramel and brown sugar throughout - lightly-toasted malt really brings out the sweeter flavors.

T: A little watery, but lots of caramel and sugar regardless. Perhaps the ultra-light mouthfeel is negatively affecting the flavor somewhat. Still good, though.

F: Little on the light side, but still refreshing.

O: Good.

Apr 01, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown copper body that shimmers when held to the light. A pillowy beige head settles into a ring around the glass with delicate lacing.
The aroma and the taste mesh perfectly together. Toasty, Caramel like malts with earthy, medicinal hops. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Perfectly balanced.

If I had a few cases of this to get through January I would be happy enough. Also, when September rolls around you could give this to me without showing me the label and trick me into thinking that is was one of the best American brewed Marzens ever.

Dec 26, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Ruddy-brown colored ale with a towering creamy beige head that slowly falls. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee along with some spicy noble hops. Sweet and malty flavors with a nice winter spice added from the Slovenian hops; notes of sweet caramel & toffee, a bit of chocolate, earthy pine, and herbal hops. Medium body, smooth feel, finishing well balanced. Overall, nice malty red ale with some spicy and piney hops. Great for the season!

Dec 16, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: very little head mostly a slightly off white that disappears as fast as you pour it. Body is a red ruby copper color.

S: a lot of sweet doughy breads, light hints of cantaloupe linger in the end.

T: lots of sweet breadiness maybe a touch of fruit but not distinguishable as any type.

M: Lighter to medium bodied.

O: it’s not a bad beer, but it really isn’t distinct enough to set itself apart from anything.

Dec 03, 2017
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tempest from New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hops don't stand out (at least to me) like the label implies, but it's a damn tasty red ale. Smooth, wonderful soft malt character that reminds me of the best Vienna lagers. And mild, lovely floral, hops blended into the barley. I rarely take notice of a red ale, but this is a great beer.

Nov 07, 2017
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, seems to me more of a brown ale or an altbier than an American red, but what do I know. This beer is about the clean malts in balance with bittering hops and a dry finish. A slight after taste of bread crumbs lingers. Welcome to another Wisconsin winter.

Nov 03, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in like a red ale alright, red in color. 1/2" beige/off white colored small bubbled head. Aroma of red malts, earthen woodiness.

Taste is straightforward red malts traditional mild hopping. This is a real normal beer, kind of the red ale counterpart to their flagship spotted cow, its just a consistent if not kinda bland for them beer that keeps the lights on (sells in volume). I'd pretty much always recommend this to a friend who is a traditional red ale drinker. Where it excels I guess is that the mouthfeel tends to be a bit more appropriate (thicker) than some of the mass produced ones. Slight more hop mouthfeel too.

Sep 20, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gentle red, almost mellow. Also malty enough to be almost fruity. Yet, the bubbles and hops make the fruit scurry away.
I regard this as an ale to be enjoyed... instead of just analyzed. So I did.

I also drank it while eating some curious hybrid sweet potatoes that were organic and white and baked and with lots of butter. The hops and the bubbles cut through the butter. And all of a sudden, I found a new way to enjoy Great Lakes winters... just when I thought there were no new ways to enjoy them.

I am a huge fan of New Glarus. I have rated almost twice as many of their beers as my #2. And while New Glarus is not noted as a brewer for the table, I give them that credit too.

May 14, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant copper tinted amber, smooth, fruity, rich, malty with some caramel notes. Medium body and carbonation. The hops are mild but it is full flavored and easy to drink.

Jul 12, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers the rim and half of the top. Aroma is of caramel and biscuity malt. The flavor is caramel and lightly sweet amber malt with a gentle bitterness from some German hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is dry and smooth.

Mar 28, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

From notes on 1/14/14

Light red color. Pretty strong fruity malty smell. Nice light crisp flavor. Great balance of malt and hops. Just a touch of fruitiness. Very smooth and refreshing.

Sep 09, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
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.

Jun 15, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Jun 07, 2014
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312HopBomb from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jun 03, 2014
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

May 30, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker amber with a half finger of foam.

Noble hop earthy and spiciness, biscuits, and caramel.

Biscuity and caramelly malt sweetness, noble spiced hops.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry.

Overall, a subtle style and a nice attempt at it, but highly lacking.

May 25, 2014
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TTAmod from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a 0034 date....that would be January 3, 2014. Not super fresh, but I think it'll work just fine.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown/red, clear beer. Lots of bubbles coming up the middle form a toffee colored head that's approximately one finger. It's dense with good retention.

S: Lots of malts and dark fruit on the nose. Bit of alcohol and spicy hops present as well. Pretty luscious fruit, actually. Decent smell.

T: Roasty, nutty malt flavor up front. Pick up some of those dark fruits in the middle. Ends with a slightly spicy hop note along with a metallic twang.

M: Really smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation isn't as abrasive as it looks. Medium body.

O: Reminds me of Lagunitas Censored, but less fruity and a bit more spicy. Pretty average red ale.

Apr 19, 2014
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BeerDazed from Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle was enjoyed this evening, on a very cold and blustery WI winter evening. Cool label. Digging the red snow shoes.

It poured a beautiful amber color, with a small foam head - and provided little lacing.

Smells of caramel and a hint of toasty malt. Not overwhelming by any means.

Solid carbonation, and medium bodied.

Heavy on the malts w/ caramel, fruity, toffee tastes on the front end. Finishing with definite hoppy character. Piney comes to mind with definite spice.

I have had many New Glarus beers that have been more memorable. This one was decent, but not one I would search out again on purpose.

Mar 02, 2014
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark amber red color with a slight dissappearing head and skimming
Smell - sweet caramel malts and maybe slight cherry
taste - caramel malts, slightly sweet
feel - medium body and carbonation with a fizz
overall - not to bad.

Feb 24, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 347th day of 2013. Poured into a O'so snifter today, 2/15/2014.

App- Absolutely beautiful clear dark amber body. Nice 1 finger white head, good retention, nice thick white collar, good lacing

Smell- Floral hops, caramel, bread, biscuits. Smells a lot like an Oktoberfest, and smells very appealing.

Flavour- Caramel, bread. A little bit of banana, yeasty spices. Heavy on the malts. Not as interesting as it smells, but solid and not offensive at all.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Aftertaste is the aforementioned faint yeasty spice. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Nice winter red ale, especially for its price and availability in Wisconsin. Nowhere near being Dan's best brews, but it's definitely a solid local red ale.

Feb 16, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Feb 03, 2014
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