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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 9 14 3 7 0
Got a single of this in a mixed pack fresh from the source at the NG brewery bottle shop last weekend. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a rich and clear amber/burnt-pumpkin color with a modest but respectable 1 finger frothy off-white head that fades into a thin but covering cap in a minute or so. A few speckles of lace are left sticking to the glass here and there. The beautiful and vibrant color makes up for a lackluster head/lacing.

S: Smells like the label described, rich and malty with a noble hop herbal spiciness backing it up. Nuances of toffee/toasted-caramel intermingle with more dry, semi-roasty cereal grains. A splash of fruity candied apple jumps out at me too. Hints of herbal, grassy, and subtly spicy hops back up the rich malt base with some soft balance.

T: The taste is a bit less complex and intriguing than the smell, but is still pretty nice. Mostly dry and slightly toasted hearty grains dominate with only minor traces of toffee/caramel and candied apple from the aroma. A decent but very understated herbal, spicy hop finish is also noticeable but underwhelming. A touch thin in the flavor department, but still fairly tasty.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe slightly on the lighter side, with a crisp level of backing carbonation that verges on biting at times. The consistency starts a touch sticky but the bubbles quickly wash that away, finishing crisp and fairly dry but without much bitterness. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

D: This is a very sessionable amber ale, as it's got the right ABV and some clean and hearty flavors that don't overwhelm the palate with intensity. That being said, it's just a bit uninteresting for my tastes in a red ale...maybe I've just fallen into that trap of enjoying over-hopped interpretations of a style more than more traditional ones.

Snowshoe is a fine amber ale from New Glarus, and one I'd be happy to slam lots of if given the chance (although to be honest I'd reach for a few other reds in its place). Very much worth trying, another good beer from NG.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2009
Clear amber tawny brown color with a medium tannish head that sits briefly, nearly no lace, just some faint glaring clearish spots.
Aroma is nice, subtle and layered with some interesting effects of malts, here's what I get - whole grain toast with some peanut butter, honey, and caramel on it. Sounds good...smells good...and tastes good...light and mild start of grasses and husks, then whole grain toasty breadyness thats very grabbing and rather rich mixing with a bit of spicy/herbal hops, that lets go to lay a leveling array of malty breads, sweetens some, notes of roasted nuts and butter squeeze through at the finish where it goes lightly dry and lighter still of tangy sweetened bread. Nice subtle complexitiy to it, me likes it.
Feel is about medium, smooth and inactive carbonation lending a slight creamyness that holds well throughout. A pretty darn good little amber here, reminds me more of a Vienna, but drinkable for sure, a close cousin to Eliot Ness in some regards.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 02/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 3 7 2008
A - Pours a nice dark copper colored body that is clean. A few medium sized bubbles spiral to the surface. Head is than and about two fingers tall. Looks soapy from the sides, but almost pillowy from the top. Decent retention and sticky, weblike lacing.

S - Roasty caramel malts all over the place here. Some biscuity odor too. Spicy hop notes.

T - Starts off with toasty, roasty malts that just are all over your tongue. Breadiness comes in. Hops show first with a light citrusy rind and follow with a mild spiciness. Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with agressive carbonation that is a bit fuzzy.

Overall - Tasty session type beer that is very well balanced and extremely quaffable. Not overly complex, but that's not normally what I am looking for in an amber anyways.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 02/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 16 3 7 2008
Color is a nice almost ruby red. Smell is mild, with malts standing out and a slight spice smell. Taste equals the smell, as it is also mild and you get the malts first, then the spice of the hops. But not a big spice or hops taste, just enough to make it worthwhile. Feel is about average, but doesn't stick around too long.

Overall, this is a solid if unspectacular bottle. Certainly a bit muted by most standards, but that's kinda the point about a "winter warmer" I suppose. A very good change of pace from the hop bombs most of us tend toward.

Served In: Pint Glass

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