Snowshoe Red Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale
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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: 459 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of deereless
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +5.2%
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 +3%
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 +9.3%
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 -5.2%
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 +6.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.3%
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 -13.7%
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 +5.8%
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 +14.6%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says it pours a copper-red with a nice light tan head. Head falls to a minimal one but stays. Decent amount of lace.

Has a fairly nice sweet malt aroma.

Taste is of the malts as well, sweet with hints of fruit. Hops do come through in the end. Quite nice.

Medium bodied in the mouth. Has a little bite to it.

Nice beer. Fairly easy drinking. Another nice brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Pours a finger of beige head that fades down quick. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a caramel copper. Some sediment floating in the glass.

Aroma: Some apples and banana flavors. Lots of malt and caramel. Some grassy hops.

Taste: I am like this red. Lots of caramel and toffee notes. Grassy hops with a mix of fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Decent amount of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends a little sticky and malty.

Overall, a pretty tasty red for the season. I am drinking it rather fast. I like this offering from New Glarus and could easily drink more.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A slow pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass left a small head. Real nice lacing on this beer as well. The color is a light amber almost a dark brown. A pretty beer. The smell was almost nonexistent. I'm getting over a cold, but haven't had trouble smelling any other beers today. I did notice a bit of a sweet smell, I couldn't wrap my nose around what it was though. Some sort of spice perhaps? The flavor itself seems to be pretty bitter throughout. It was a surprise on the first sip, but the bitterness isn't offputting and it actually has a decent taste to it as it warms. There's a bit of, maybe a roasted flavor to it as it hits the back of my mouth. Not bad. The drinkability on this one is pretty high. Having said that, it's not anything special and I don't know if I'd even want more than one or two.

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Photo of samie85
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, clear red(for lack of a better adjective)
with a one finger head. I love the color of this one.

S- Biscuit and caramel malt notes with spicy, floral, and fruity scents.

T-Slightly bitter upfront with sweet malt in the middle and finishes bitter.

M- A little thin feeling with light body and a good deal of carbonation.

D- This is another very easy drinking NG beer. I'm a fan of Ambers/Reds and while not earth-shattering, this is a solid example of one.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from FlssmrBrewAlum poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a big creamy beige head that clings to the sides and leaves a thin cap for the duration.

The dominant aroma is lightly toasted caramel malts with some earthy hops, with a definite spiciness coming through. The malts aren't nearly as sweet as most ambers in the nose.

The taste is a bit sweeter and the caramel malts seem less toasted, though there is an underlying doughy character to things. The hops are there - spicy and earthy with a slight dryness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very creamy for the style with good carbonation...very smooth.

This is a very good amber that's got a more earthy character than most I've tasted. All in all, another solid effort from New Glarus.

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Photo of MPLS
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to keep the winter out in a somewhat cold December night.

A: Amber and vermilion like in color, head upon initial pour was rather carbonated, but settled quickly. Some wet lace manages to stick to the glass atop this translucent ale.

S: The beer doesn't have a big nose, but there is a faint fruitiness, toasty malts, and earthy hops that sneak through.

T: Good - The beer starts out with a mellow caramel that quickly becomes toasted and ends in a spicy dry fruity finish. Nothing spectacular, but still good.

M: I have been spoiled with big beer and the mouthfeel isn't thick n viscous, but will do that job. Medium mouthfeel with perhaps a little more carbonation to my liking.

D: Another good drinking NG beer, this particular style doesn't tickle my fancy too much, but an above average offering that seems fitting for winter.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 2729 on neck, no other info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew!

A - Pours a totally clear amber with a big off-white head of two-fingers that recedes with poor retention. Some lace is left on the glass though.

S - Snowshoe has a low aroma that's barely detectable save for a tiny bit of toasted malts back there with a little mineral nose to them.

T - The mineral nose comes out in the flavor with a vengeance. Slightly metallic too. The malts are far back and toasty while the hops are no where to be found.

M - Snowshoe is medium-light bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Metallic and watery.

D - Disappointing. A New Glarus that fails to deliver and leaves me feeling ripped off. Totally lacking in every regard, I wonder whats wrong with this bottle as the consensus shows it's not as bad overall as I have experienced. It's drinkable just fine cause there really isn't much there besides a mineral taste with few malts. Meh.

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Photo of nickynick
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Snowshoe Red Ale poured a nice full amber/dark amber. It had a decent head and good lacing. The smell was a bit faint but had some good malt, and hops. The taste was bittersweet to start, but a bit more bitter. The beer got sweeter as it warmed and showed more character. Feel was a bit on the thin side. Drinkability was good. Overall a nice beer. New Glarus keeps putting out nice beers.

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Photo of lester619
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep bright amber red with about one inch of bubbly tan foam. Kind of understated smell. Grainy, yeasty, some sweet caramel or toffee. Nothing overly impressive. Nicely balanced. A fair amount of bitter citrusy hops cut by sweet caramel and dry biscuits. Good, flavorful beer, but nothing special. For a seasonal at this time of year it's pretty thin and light. Pretty much just another tasty, easy drinking amber.

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Photo of KBomb
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snowshoe red has marvelous color: deep ruby toned brown body topped with one finger of slightly amber head. Smell is charged with toasty sweet malts. Taste is on the lighter side of average. Some restrained caramel malt sweetness with a very subtle note of spicy hops.

Just a little bit of a "watery" taste and mouthfeel makes this beer less likeable than most of New Glarus' stuff. Yet it gets a few points back for super easy drinkability. Not a bad session beer, but not among my favorite Amber ales.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Great looking amber/brown color with a finger of head that camps for a bit. Smell is earthy hops and a surprising amount of spiciness. Orange peel and apple skin present as well.

The taste is very malt driven. Biscuits, a bit of wax, floral hops, and apple skin. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. This was a nice little session amber. Didn't blow me away, but definitely one of the best of the style that I can remember.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.

Pours a medium amber with a nice one to one half inch head that recedes to a nice cap, leaves a nice lacing and rings with every sip.

Aroma is of sweet malt, caramel and light hop. Aroma is very clean and a little less than I'm used to getting with NG brews. Grain is sweet and full bodied but the aroma seems a bit watered?

Taste is malty sweetness on the open. Caramel and vanilla bean ice cream with a touch of walnut. The malt is full and sweet, but not sugary. Hop flavor creeps into the middle, very light but enough to balance the nutty sweetness of the malt. Finishes dry and crisp, bready and light. Like a good bear claw after hitting in the nuker for a few seconds, this is a very nice malt profile. Could stand a little bit more hop, but the malt is clean, sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and the adequate carbonation cuts the sweetness to an extent. A little thinner than I would like. A tad more body in the mouth would be nice, but then the balance would be off, so I can settle for it.

Overall a nice Amber. Very quenching and ultimately sessionable at a low ABV. Recommend.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48.8% out of 100 with 459 ratings
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