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

1,390 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black - just a hint of light shines through at the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves ton of lacing. As this type of beer should look.

Smell: Citrusy and grassy hops, slightly tempered by sweet malt (caramel) and chocolate in the background.

Taste: A strong bitter mix of chocolate and hops. The bitterness quickly fades into a long-lasting, sweet, smooth finish. Not as complex as the nose would indicate, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and a little bit thin.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - a nice take on a style that is difficult to find, and a nice change-of-pace from the other winter beers. Very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Breen
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of equinox1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Guden
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mugenlude
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of deebo
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.