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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
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -5.8%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.7%
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 -22.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.4%
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 +17.3%
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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Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this from Casanova's in Hudson Wisconsin. New Glarus is the greatest brewery in the world and every time I try something new I get giddy like a schoolgirl. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copper reddish with excellent clarity and a decent three-quarter inch bright white head. A nice cap and collar remains along with some spotty random lacing.
Smell- Pretty damned malty nose as rich toasted malts are really really abundant. Somewhat bready and maybe even slightly sweet smelling. A tiny amount of crisp citrus comes through but the malt really rules the day.
Taste- Starts fairy rich and malty with a deep toastiness that is somewhat nutty and somewhat toffee-ish. It's definitely a malt forward brew but the hops aren't totally MIA. A kiss of earthy hops hide in the background and sort of lingers into the finish. They are subtlety spicy and ever so slightly citric. The finish is ever-so-slightly bitter with a tiny hazelnut character.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light feel from the gentle carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall not so bad. I really liked this beer better the second time I had it. I really got more of the toastiness and the nuttiness and it's all pretty nice. The hops probably could be scaled back ever-so-slightly but who am I to judge Dan Carey? Nobody, that's who. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rusty brown with orange highlights around the edges. The beige head stands at least two inches tall and nearly escapes. After some settling the glass is flecked with lace rings.

The aroma is malt and spices right off the bat. Some of the subtle hop characters can be picked out if you try hard enough. Not a real strong nose for sure.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Spices and caramel malt are the first thing to greet your tastebuds. Then the hops come in and help finish things off on the backend. Not as tasty as the label would have you believe but not bad by any stretch.

Medium to light body with plenty of carbonation. Right about where reds tend to fall in body.

Overall a decent red. Not the finest effort from NG but a worthy beer to session.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into New Glarus pint glass

A - Pours a golden, copper body that is extremely clear. An off white head that is about a half finger thick after the pour fades to a lace after a couple minutes. Tons of carbonation is visible and racing to the top of the beer.

S - Malts, caramel along with some sweet fruit notes (apple?) and a nice balance of some slight hops. All the smells are pretty consistent and there really isn't anything that dominates any other aspect. Overall, it's not exactly a smell that is going to blow you away but its enough to get your attention.

T - Plenty of malts with a nice addition of caramel and fruit notes. There is a good amount of hops in this one as well. Not as full as I would like out of but its nothing to frown upon.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Tons of malts right of the bat. Spice notes, along with caramel, a slightly fruity body follow as the palate is cleansed with a nice blast of carbonation. Finishing is a slightly hoppy but clean and smooth.

D - I wasn't blown away by this one but it might grow on me as the temperature drops this winter. The strong malt backbone is definitely something that will appeal as it gets colder. Regardless, it's still a very crisp, smooth and easy drinking beer.

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

pours a dark copper color with a slowly dissipating 1" head that settles to a fresh beige ring.. the smell is spice and toffee, malts, with hops in the background.. the taste is sweet toffee malts upfront with a bitter hop profile ..to me this amber is not as well balanced as it could be i would like some more piney hops finished off by sweet caramel malts all balanced..this one is just one dimensional it is still a very good amber just not the best representation of the style..NG never dissapoints with their brews and i will be drinking more of this in the winter..i will update this review as i drink more of these

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a fairly large head that quickly goes away to just a thin layer of film. Minimal amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Quite a bit of hop aroma comes of this beer. Hints of spice and grass. If I did not know better, I would almost say this had spices added during brewing. The hops also play the major role of flavoring this beer. Fairly one dimensional. I would like some malt flavor in my reds. The body is on the light side as well. But at 5.7% ABV that is to be expected. Carbonation is low. Easy to drink a few of these. Not that exciting overall.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium/dark reddish-brown. Appears clear. Short, but persistent off-white head.

Smell - Not very powerful, but what's there is pretty pleasant. Light caramel malt and faint hoppiness.

Taste - Opens with quite light caramel malt. Finishes with a heavy dose of hops. Hops too strongly outweighs the malt for my taste in this one. Lingering aftertaste not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - New Glarus is a good beer company that produces some great beers, but none I can recall that are as hoppy as this. Some might find that a nice change of pace. I don't much care for the taste of this one, though.

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

Rejoice in the season, because it's these Wisconsin Winters that keep the whiners out...

A - An aggressive pour yielded a fabulous fluffy eggshell white head that retained marvelously. The brew was a crystal clear red color. Excellent lacing.

S - Lots of caramelized malt in the nose, and a slight sweet smell of some sort of fruit (maybe raisins or figs).

T & M - Heavy malt backbone with a biting hoppy finish. There is some complexity here as it seems I'm getting a hint of spice and some sort of sour fruit in the background. Creamy and thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - The 5.7% ABV adds to the drinkability. This is a tasty number from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of ekmoody
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color, with a light thin head that lingers for a bit around the edges.

Smell is a hint of spices, but overall malt-dominated.

The spices also come through lightly in the taste, with a just a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

This beer is light-medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

A relatively drinkable brew, I'd have another.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a typical pils glass. It had a dark transparent chestnut hue with 1/4"- 1/8" pale white head and rapidly flustered rising carbonation bubbles.
S-It was giving off a somewhat fruity, malty, sweet, and yeasty odors. It was pleasant.
T-Rich and refreshing on the up take with a malty crisp finish.
M-Middle bodied, flavorful, and amazingly refreshing.
D-Great seasonal beer probably best enjoyed after some outdoor winter activity.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby orange color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head with decent retention.

Scent of slightly bitter and juicy hops, caramel, sweet fruit, some sugars and a hint of earth. A good scent, quite appealing for the style.

Taste of grain, light hops, caramel and some sweet fruit. Leaning more toward an Amber, but not bad at all. A good and accessible session beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a New Glarus flute glass that I received in the Black Booty BIF.

Dark amber/reddish/copper with a light foamy head that clings to the glass for q good while. The nose is dominated by malts, with an equal balance of spice and hops.

The taste follows the nose, with the malt being delivered to the taste buds by a thin yet carbonated body. Hops and spice tingle the edges of the tongue. There is a hint of sweet nuttiness in there as well.

This is a rather drinkable brew, but its a little thin and fizzy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful fluffy head leaves whirlwinds of lace and stays thick a good long time. Color is an amber-tinted copper with hints of ruby. Gorgeous.

Aroma offers a dusting of cinnamon and powdered brown sugar, very donut-like. The fruit and hops characteristics mentioned on the label sure don't come out in the aroma--all I'm getting is doughy malt, and that's just fine because it's wonderful.

Front of the sip offers malt sweetness similar to what the nose hints at, but some fruity aspects arrive to give some depth. Sour lime, mellow toffee, metallic caramel, brown sugar and a dash of lemony hops make this an interesting, left-of-center amber. Finishes puckery with malt and coppery bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel is okay, a touch too thin though.

Pretty good stuff--something about it didn't sit well with me, but other aspects were just great. There's no denying the craftsmanship and quality here--maybe maltier and less tart would've done the trick. Anyway, a likable enough brew.

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Photo of meatyard
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear brown/amber with steady carbonation producing a thick, fine head that leaves a lot of lacing.
S- A definite maltiness to the smell.
T- A spicy malt taste with an odd, hard to describe aftertaste.
M-A light to medium mouthfeel.
D-Certainly an easy drinking, pleasant (for the most part) beer.

This is a pretty nice beer with the only caveat being the peculiar, hard to define aftertaste.

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

This beer is a nice mahogany color with a frothy, fairly thick, off-white head. It has a unique nose to it: slightly nutty, spices, with some slight hops and a faint mustiness to it. It tastes fairly malty with a bit of spice and whole grain to it. There are also some slight fruit overtones. There is fairly little carbonation, which makes this beer velvety smooth. Although it is a good tasting beer, to me it taste more like a brown ale than a red.

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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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