Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Vigorously poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before February 24th, 2013.
Dark yet clear burnt umber body with brighter orange/brown highlights; the active fist of dark beige foam establishes a dense merengue-like tower before collapsing like a souffle. Excellent retention and thick, soapy, lasting lacing.
The Styrian Goldings add a distinctive, pleasant, and pungent kick of woodsy spiciness to bouquet of citrus and pine brought forward by the C-hops. An inviting and pervasive aroma that draws you right in.
Potent orange and forest floor elements from the hops are first on the palate - as you try to teast apart the further complexities provided by the hops, the wheat malt begins to sing (albeit back-up) leading you into the gentle earthy finish. Moderately bitter throughout with a hint of tartness and spice in the aftertaste suggestive of leaf litter and more vaguely, clove spiked orange-peel. The malt is very smooth and subtle, but at the risk of being bland.
Creamy, medium-light bodied, soft yet well carbonated mouth-feel. No astringency or heat present.
After earlier disappointments with some of New Belgium's seasonal ales, I wasn't expecting much out of this beer - but it is actually well crafted and a solid version of the style, though the roastiness I've come to expect is almost completely sacrificed to make way for the more subtle notes from the hops (which are show-cased very well I'll admit). Maybe more of an Autumn than a Winter ale, but tasty none-the-less.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2012 03:59:43 | More by augustgarage
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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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