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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Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +0.8%
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 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 -1.4%
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 -16.9%
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 +6.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +10.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. Spicy notes of pine needles and maybe even some spruce and a little bit of caramel. Same spicy notes, almost a pepper-like flavor if that makes sense. Pine and spruce and maybe some toffee. Fairly light body with lighter than medium carbonation. Decent beer, a good one to have a few of; glad to see it back.

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Photo of ibashmuck
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium, long lasting head on a dark amber body. Smell was unremarkable. The bitterness was a tad too strong for me. Something else odd in there, don't know what, but it didn't help. Overall, just unremarkable.

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Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of buckybeer. Thanks!
Pours dark semi hazy maroonish with a lasting offwhite head. Smell is bright cookie like sweet and spicy malt with a cinnamon hint. Nice. Taste is lightly sweet and fruity maltiness with more light, spicy, cinnamony like notes with prickly carbonation and a nice hop edge that complements the spiced like quality. Pretty solid amber all around, actually. Finishes with some gumminess, and tea like hop qualities. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly brighter than burnt orange with bronze-like undertones. The khaki colored head is pillowy soft and looks even better after the second pour. It's also sticky and is beginning to grace the glass with small chunks of foam and sheets of feathery lace.

The nose features toasted, earthy malts and spicy, musky hops (German Hallertau and Yakima Goldings). I like my amber and/or red ales to favor caramel malt and citric fruity hops, but this one is a valid version as well. Especially if you like German beer.

New Glarus has come through once again. Snowshoe is a hearty red ale that would be perfect for snowy winter afternoons or sunny summer mornings (like right now). Good beer knows no season.

One minor quibble is that more malt would give this ale even more flavor depth. Warming helps in that regard, so don't start it out too chilly. I get roasted peanuts, steely caramel and a small slice of well-toasted brown bread. The spicy-herbal hops round things out nicely and usher in a drying, pleasantly tight, bitter finish. An apricot and orange fruitiness joins the party in the bottom third of the bottle.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. Sure, more heft would be nice, but at just 5.7%, this isn't exactly big beer. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly carbonated.

It's a testament to Dan Carey's skill that Snowshoe is as good as it is. Even though it isn't exciting on paper (because it strays so far from my usual preferences), it's damn good beer in the glass. That's all that really matters in the end.

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Photo of karengarys
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours rich mahogany-amber, and leaves a nice fluffy head.

Smell is faint, sweet, malty.

Taste has a bit of an edge that doesn't make sense to me. A little malty, a little spicy, but a little rubbing alcohol like. Not much, but enough.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and crisp.

The body of this is a bit thin for a winter brew.

Aside from the funny taste, its thinness (even though I don't like it), makes it quite easy to drink.

I'm glad I tried this, but I won't look for more.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another briliiantly clear beer from NG. Somewhat dark with more of a brownish chestneut hue versus simply amber or red. Half finger beige head, not much for retention, but does leave some intricate and sticky patterns of lace.

Nice rich malty aroma, nutty wholegrain bread and some melanoidin, likely due to the decoction mash. Some woody and floral hop notes thanks to the Yakima Goldings and the Hallertau. A tea like aroma is also present.

Good stuff. Toasty malts reveal themselves more in the tasting, think toasted multigrain bread. Some fruity esters give the impression of pitted fruit a la cherry or perhaps plum, as well as a touch of raisin. Hops seem to lean towards the Goldings with woody and floral notes as mentioned earlier.

NG knows how to mash, perhaps better than any other brewery i have had the pleasure of drinking from. Complex malt flavour in this almost light bodied ale. Well attentuated, and tea like character give it a mild astringency. Reminds me of a nice cuppa Red Rose Orange Pekoe Tea in that manner. MIldly carbonated so as not to detract.

A nice sessionable ale. Not only is NG a master of fruit beers, but they are also a master of the decoction mash, if not mashing in general. The light body, low level of carbonation, and mild astringency make for easy drinking, not to mention the tasty and complex flavour profile helps out alot in this regard as well.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus brew that's new to me. Glad to see they brewed this again. Pours into my glass a deep amber red color with great clarity. A small off white head sits atop the brew and leaves a cascade of lacing in its wake. So far so good. Aromas of toasted, bready malts with a rich caramel spice as well. Hints of nuts are there along with mild herbal hop tone. Kinda doughy with a fruity aspect thrown in as well.

First sip brings a rush of toasty, bready caramel malt goodness upfront. Spiciness moves in along with a hint of nuts. Fruit tones mingle in as the brew flows down with a hit of spicy, herbal hops that provides some bitterness. Quite a sturdy, malty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy profile. This is a red ale that has some substance to it, quite a malty brew overall while still being refreshing. Overall, a solid beer from New Glarus. I could easily have a few and it will delight the malt lovers out there. I enjoy the spiciness as well. Thanks to nchrist13.

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Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety sixer from Amy's Cheese and Wine in Stanley, Wisconsin. It was one of 6 Wisconsin beers I've never had, sampled over the weekend. Review is from notes I took Friday and Saturday May 9th and 10th.

Pours a a very dark, clear amber color with a large rocky head fabulous lacing. Smell is of biscuit malts, slight hops and sweetness. Taste is very much the same. Biscuit flavors, a bit caramel, and a nice hops ending.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

A great amber ale. There are certainly better American Ambers out there, but this one is a fine example from a great Wisconsin Microbrewery.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a huge head that sticks and laces beautifully, just like a draught beer

Smell: Caramel dominates, with just a hint of hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns slightly grainy by mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is rather muted, with a bit of toffee at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather boring amber, unfortunately; not much hops and no real winter character

Can't remember who sent this to me but thanks, Unknown BA

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A single column of bubbles uniformely rises from a strong amber, cherry wood color. A great head lasts throughout the whole twelve ounces. The aroma is a caramel punch malt blended with spicey, piney hops. The sips a lightly fruity carameled malt goodness with a a medium hop finish that helps cleanse the palate for another sip, and another.

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Photo of Lordsloth
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. NG seasonal Jan. 2008.

Pours a big, foamy head, nice lacing as it went down the glass. A deep, clear reddish brown beer. Dark copper. Smells like some darker roasted malts. Taste- caramel and dark malts, a sharp astringent bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel was medium. A bit of bitter aftertaste, but it smoothes out a bit as the beer goes down. Drinkability pretty average.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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