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Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,354 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 29
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong.

(Beer added by: NStLincoln on 10-14-2011)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark blackish brown with a tint of amber orange at the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white foam head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy upfront. A good aroma of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and orange. Lots of pine resin. Also a very noticeable presence of dark roasted malts with some caramel and toffee. Pretty much what you expect from a black ale.

Taste: Like the nose leads, big hoppy kick up front with lots of citrus grapefruit and orange with a good amount of pine resin throughout. Midway comes the dark roasted malts providing a taste of burnt toast with hints of chocolate, coffee, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Feels somewhat prickly and creamy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid black ale. Hops are vibrant and the dark malts provide some nice toasty flavor.

11-26-2011 05:45:20 | More by MattyG85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a one finger clingy light beige colored head that really stuck like glue as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Chocolate malts and piney hops in the nose,a nice mix.A little "fizzy" in the mouth,outside of that little sharpness it was ok,light to medium feel.Quite dry on the palate with unsweetened chocolate and some earthy notes,the piney hops come into the finish along with a tinge of sourness wich I dont really know where it came from,that light sour bite kept the taste score down a little for me.Its not your typical winter ale wich is good and it has a nice hop bite,its missing a biggermore smooth feel,and the sour shot I got I didnt care for,in saying that its a pretty good beer.

11-11-2011 21:11:52 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-04-2014 02:43:47 | More by mojohawk21
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-19-2013 22:36:08 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-09-2014 21:11:05 | More by tectactoe
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Breen

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2012 02:05:26 | More by Breen
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Dark brown, good lacing

SMELL: Brown malt, dates, caramel, bready, carob, faint alcohol, herbal hop, taffy, clean

TASTE: Very smooth, toasted grain, chicory, carob, toast, herbal, floral, modest hop bitterness, raisins, yeast, spice, mint, dry finish

Nothing like dedicating a beer to getting 3 feet of snow: Fort Collins 2003, 37 inches. Here's to being snowed in and hopefully having enough beer to survive! Snow Day pulls it off with its inviting Winter Warmer toastiness and a slight warmth from the alcohol.

08-28-2012 18:55:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Bitzer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-12-2011 01:51:59 | More by Bitzer
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markallmon

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-16-2013 21:04:22 | More by markallmon
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-10-2013 06:22:02 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-11-2014 05:46:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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equinox1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-15-2013 18:26:36 | More by equinox1
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, with some fruit and resiny, piney hops.

The flavor is roasted malts with fruity, resiny, piney hops and a roast bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice, slightly mellow, black IPA.

11-17-2011 03:24:12 | More by Beaver13
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Guden

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

A- Deep brown. Not quite black but it doesn't claim to be, American brown color, with a thin head.

S- Very light, this beer is 6 months past the best by date so... I wasn't expecting much here. Definitely some vague piney hops but very light.

T- Citrus hops up front with some pine and a nice balancing malt with some light roast. Finish is a wash of hop bitterness to take away the sweet malt.

M- Medium low with enough body to balance all the flavors, a bit low in carbonation (again, an old bottle might be to blame).

O- This beer surprised me. A past its prime winter seasonal seemed worth a try, didn't realize it was a hoppy black ale. Even with the age the hops are still refreshing and the overall impression comes through. Looking forward to trying it fresh next winter.

08-24-2012 01:49:27 | More by Guden
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mikechance

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

A --- Dark and rusty

S --- Hoppy and smokey malts

T --- Lots of roasted flavors, pepper, earthy

M --- Light carbination and a light/medium body

O --- Very good! It can replace a porter/stodt on nights when you want to enjoy some hoppiness.

I was bummed they decided to postpone brewing of 2 Below for a few years but this is very good. I will definately enjoy this again and again this holiday season! I can't wait to try it on tap.

11-16-2011 03:30:19 | More by mikechance
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2013 01:36:16 | More by Beerswag
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 04:35:15 | More by lionnusmb
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-05-2011 02:57:03 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle served at Onion Creek in Houston.

The beer pours a deep brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has quite a bit of pine in it, as well as some nice roasted malt notes.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as some pine from the hops. The bitterness is low to medium.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-21-2011 04:17:48 | More by Mora2000
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-05-2013 20:21:40 | More by Mugenlude
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-31-2011 22:09:04 | More by 1Adam12
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with just a hint of red. Nice foamy head with strong lacing rings.

Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, with orange, pine and spice floating on top. Fairly pungent. Smells like a Black Ale/IPA.

Taste: Tastes like one as well. Smoke and bitter chocolate co-mingle with orange and grapefruit. Finish is more pine-like and spicy. Seems like this should be a burst of flavor, but is a little subdued, maybe due to the wheat.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish. Unfortunately, the beer is a little too thin.

Overall: Obviously Winter Warmer is not really the appropriate description. This is a nice Black IPA / American Black Ale that could use a titch more flavor and body. Otherwise, quite enjoyable and better than 2 Below.

11-03-2011 21:44:47 | More by bsp77
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-12-2013 23:05:22 | More by Hugh37
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deebo

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

Bottle with BB date of 26 Feb 2012
A-Poured into a pint glass with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that hangs on stubbornly to the glass. Is clear with a deep brown color with some red tint.
S-Fresh hops (tropical, lemon, and pine like volatiles) are the dominant aromas. A sweet toasted malt backnote is also definitely there.
T-Hoppy character is upfront and lingers a bit into a bitter finish. Fair sweet malt backbone but is overshadowed by hops.
M-A bit oily and resiny from hops but doesn't linger too much. Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thinner body than I would have expected.
D-This one would be tough for me to drink more than a couple.
O-An interesting beer-I'd consider it to be more of a black IPA than a winter warmer. To me the hops dominant and gives an unbalanced taste. I like the nice fresh hop aroma and taste but I tend to prefer a beer more on the malty/sweet side vs. hoppy.

12-07-2011 03:52:35 | More by deebo
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%

The ale poured out from the bottle and had a blackish ruby color to it. It also had a faint, citrus hop nose to it, but only slightly. It tasted like a red ale to me, and was hopped but not bitter or overwhelming in any way. No significant after taste or lingering flavours.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

01-17-2013 20:16:49 | More by NilocRellim
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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.