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Snowshoe Red Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by Winter on 03-31-2002

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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 175
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee with a little bit of dry cocoa mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and chocolate notes, as well as some caramel and some grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I liked this beer, I just didn't have too much to say. A fairly straight forward amber ale.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 12-pack variety pack in late Spring 2011 for $13.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI.

Pours a medium dark amber color with a decent head. Some roasted malts and carmel malts are the most evident in the scent. There is also a certain spice to it that is hard to describe. Has a good roasted taste to it that isn't too heavy or too light. Has a nice volume and a taste with such good ingredients that it's hard to pick out individual ones. Overall the taste is kind of bready with some nut flavor hints. All 4's across the board from me but in my heart this is an all 5's kinda beer haha.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear medium amber color with under one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dates, cooked apples, and lesser raisins make for a fruity smell. Malt is largely hidden or transformed and spices are not evident, either.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with assertive crystal malt character that delivers a combination of heavy grain and caramel. Acidity is strongly carbonic, causing early malt flavors to dissipate prematurely. Weak flavors of ripe stone fruit, and equally weak brown sugar, show delayed development in the middle. Earthy and herbaceous flavors, but almost no bitterness, round out the finish.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation that is particularly lively on the palate.

D/O: This malt-forward amber ale has few qualities that would identify it as a holiday beer. In fact, it shows few distinctive qualities of any kind, but remains drinkable as it warms in the glass. This beer might be what Anchor's holiday special would be like with all of the seasonal cheer taken away from it.

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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased just over the Wisconsin state line and driven back to my home in the NE.

Pours reddish tinged amber. Touches of white foam that settle into a fine layer. Malt smell, caramel notes.

Taste opens caramel/toffee and moves into a medium hop and then closes thin. Light bitter remains. Carbonation comes through in the middle. Good brew.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with flecks of red in the light. Head is medium off white and less than a finger, and leaves a decent lacing. Bottle conditioned, but yeast strain proves highly flocullent as the brew itself is very clear.

Rich, malty aroma with a minty, earthy hop character; aroma of this brew reminds me of a california common. Stone fruit sweetness also comes through.

Super rich malty flavor, like eating a not-too-sweet German pastry. Moderate bitterness and a very pleasant fruitiness that combines surprisingly well with the german malt profile and decoction brewing process. I do think that the decoction mashing adds greatly to the very rich maltiness. Like eating a peach cobbler made without sugar.

Rich, smooth and full bodied, though not sticky or syrupy. Bitterness gives a slight bite in the end, but nothing cloying.

Another winner from, in my opinion, one of (if not the best) brewery that there is.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

It pours a nice deep amber color with a foamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing left behind.

It smells like fruity caramel, pretty much straight up.

The flavor is sweet and caramally with a hint of raisins and some breadcrust. The hops provide a mild citrus pine note.

It is a really basic beer, but not in the most pleasant way.

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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks the funhog for this one!

A: Pours a clear amber, slightly pink actually, with a one finger white head with good retention. Very pretty rings of foamy lace around the entire glass.

S: Heavy on the malt with some caramel and toasted malt. A little bit of fruit, slightly spicy with a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the malty side with some caramelized malt and some biscuit. It is a little sweet. There is also a little bit of a nutty component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very much middle of the road here.

O: Not bad, on the malty side for the style, which is not my preference, but its still tasty.

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3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby colored and clear, lots of small rising bubbles, somewhat lacking in head or lace.

Aroma was a bit fruity, plus plenty of caramel malt.

Taste is pretty good. Nice smooth caramel malts along with some sweet cherries.

Body is light and pretty thin, with nice carbonation and a lightly slick feel.

Overall it's a tasty amber ale and an easy drinker.

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3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.


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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 470 ratings
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