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: 482 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of BasementBer
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of ommegoose
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Brunite
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of herman77
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of dhannes
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 a 3.5 for taste, so my updated taste is the average of the two tastings, or now a 4.0.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kkohler5
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of deadbody
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of richkrull
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale amber, with hue of light brown, up + down 2 finger head, leaving

S: malt, sweet bread, almost extra special bitter scent to it.

T: sweet malt flavor up front, grain through the middle, with mild bitter in finish. Has an ESB quality to it, not as sweet + biscuity as say a New Belgium Fat Tire.

M: light body, prickly on tongue, goes down quite nice.

D: Let me 1st admit this, I'm not a huge amber ale, red beer fan. It is one of my least favorite styles. This beer is actually pretty good. I think it needs a little more body and tad less carbonation. Very sessionable and fine gateway beer for your macro-loving family and friends. If they like Fat Tire, they will really enjoy this.

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Photo of deereless
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hard pour resulted in a good couple of inches of head, solid retention, crystal clear and a vibrant copper color with a string of red - 4.00, S: Malts truly dominate the nose, strong aromas of chocolate chip cookie dough as well as some caramel and a faint toastiness, possibly some earthy aromas - 3.75, T: Like the nose the malts seem to hold sway over Snowshoe though the tail end of the beer does have a noticeable earthy and slightly spicy hop bit, there's a mild sweetness suggestive of dark fruits such as dates and also a good deal of dark breads - 3.75, M: Medium thin mouth feel, slight slickness to the beer - 3.00, D: A nice amber, fully drinkable beer - 3.50

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An effortless Red Ale that shares a lot in common with Irish Reds, except for the balance of bittering hops.

A tawny amber pours from the bottle in a clear and mystic fashion. Though I want more froathy character, the beer only carries a modest head with less than stellar retention and lacing. Too bad because the color and clarity is very aesthetic.

Malty goodness of bread crusts, deep caramels, and toast lead the way in aroma. While a background of hop (herbal and earthy) tones decorate the malts in a very tea-like fashion.

Medium maltiness also resides in flavor: toast, bread crusts, and lightly scorched toffee carry the beer from inital taste through mid-palate. Then the malts taper off while the hop (citrus) flavor takes hold and grows in intensity, ushering the beer into the moderately bitter finish.

Clean and crisp, the beer starts moderately creamy but releases it's fullness early, allowing for a toasty-dry and hop-bitter finish.

This Red Ale has many of the better attributes of American Reds, but also borrows a malty rich component from Irish Reds. All of which, I think are great moves, but the beer could have pushed the boldness further for greater impact. Instead Snowshoe only acheives a hearty and steady impression of Reds across the board.

Thanks JimboHD2005!

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 482 ratings