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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: 471 |  Reviews: 176
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 recalled...now 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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Photo of tmoneyba
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Moderate toasted malt & hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture. Medium bittersweet smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/4/10 tasting; bottle poured to pint glass.

A-clear reddish-copper, very unique color, thick light brown foamy head that settled to thin line, some lacing

S--lots of roasted malt, caramel and toffee

T--simlar taste as smell, bitterness up front but very smooth malty sweet finish

M--very rich & interesting, low carbonation

D--very drinkable beer, could drink the entire 6-pack

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Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dpuia for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 3/8/10.

A - Poured a golden brown liquid reminiscent of iced tea with half an inch of foamy off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and a bit of spotty lace.

S - Doughy malt with a cookie-esque character suggesting molasses, oatmeal grains and maple syrup. Subtle earthy hops are concealed in the background and offer only faint bitterness to the aroma.

T - Malty with a touch of earthy hops and a tinge of citrus character. Molasses and caramel add sweetness, while the grainy and doughy malt harkens to warm, fresh-baked cookies.
Finishes with an earthy hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated, but a tad watery overall. It's trying to be a bit thicker and syrupy, but the mouthfeel falls a bit short, unfortunately.

D - This reminded me much more of a Winter Warmer than an American Red or Amber, especially with a name like Snowshoe. While not on par with most other New Glarus releases, this was pretty decent overall.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oach for a lot of the New Glarus brews I get to review over the next week or so. Decided to start with this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a clear dark amber, slightly reddish color with a one inch thick off-white head. The head retention was great, it lasted long into drinking it and was nice and frothy.

The aroma has a lot of raspberry and other fruits in it which I wasn't expecting. I had to re-check the label to make sure this wasn't a fruit beer it was that present. It also had some nice bready, caramel malts present. The taste is a little lighter then I anticipated. It has some sweet caramel bready malts with a little hops to balance it out a little.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but the head retention that it had helped each sip stay a little frothy on the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good, it's lighter then I expected but with some good flavors. I can see several of these going down pretty easy.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, a slight bitterness, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ian has sent me everything New Glarus have put in bottles of late, and this is no exception. Thanks, man!

The pour is gorgeous, shiny copper colored with a dense beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Quite tremendous.

The nose is solid, a blend of sweetness that's decoction-mashed in origin, rich, toasted bread with caramel and a light nutty character. Earthy hop character is noticeable too, with a little bitterness. A little underwhelming?

The palate is quite better than the nose, opening with a delicious blend of caramel sweetness and an earthy, mineral-like bitterness. I'm also getting a little burnt sugar. A touch fruity, especially in the mid-palate. Drying on the finish with a lingering bitterness, there's also some sugar and caramel flavors present.Rather light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation, this beer is pretty solid, and thoroughly drinkable. Just a little bit more body would go a long way towards making this so much better.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Reddish copper with very little head.

Very malty nose with no hops present. Some sweet friut,cherry and plum.

Taste malty and sweet. Good carbonation and a pleasant creaminess. Very smooth.

Amber/Red ales were my introduction into craft beers. While their not the sexiest beers I still real enjoy the style. This one was pretty solid. Would have liked to had a tad more hops to offset the sweetness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big red fan, but I am a New Glarus fan. Easily one of the best breweries in Wisconsin.

Looks like a standard red ale. It's red. Not as clear as the crappy reds, looks like there might be some actual flavor up in there. Aroma, I've never found any aroma of any noticeable variety with a red.

Taste, decent, but isn't going to knock your socks off. Standard red, easy going, sessionable decent malt bill. No hops noticeable, but isn't flat either in any sense.

Mouthfeel, just meh, drinkable enough, but don't go out of your way. This is a good segue to some more adventurous beers. Solid, but pedestrian, especially for New Glarus.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper red with decent, not a great head, decent lace.

Nose of caramel malts, no fruitiness, no hops to speak of, decent.

Round malty flavors of caramel, possibly dark fruits, good but not complex flavors, finishes nicely balanced, good for the style.

Nice body, medium, with right on carbonation, a sessionable brew, not exciting, but warming enough for the season. Softer and better than most, just not a great one from NG.

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Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde glass.

Reddish amber, in this glass not much hea dor lacing. Aroma is nice soft malt with spicy undertones. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky (not too cold) and conveys a subtle, balanced joyously wintry flavor. The malt and subtle cinnamon spice notes play off each other beautifully...full of flavor and with a mild bitter finish that doesnt overwhelm the effect. Well dne, as usual for this amazing brewery, one of the best in a style that is often dull.

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Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper, some head that gradually fades.

Smells of sweet malts, a slight fruit/spice note.

I pick up sweet caramel malt, toasted biscuit, apple, and cherry, with grassy and slightly earthy hops finishing it off.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, crisp finish.

Very drinkable, this was nicely balanced.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 471 ratings
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