Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best before 3/4/12.
This seems a beer that derservingly falls into the catchall Winter Warmer category, and it starts off by showing some off the beaten path colors. The head is in normal light tan ranges, but has a greyish cast. That's the best I can conjure to describe it, while the body is an inviting dark red brown that is more unusual than I just made it sound. Think eggplant and redwood with a quality sticky head.
Hop levels are high, with Cascade very floral and zesty and it must be the Styrian Goldings that are Spruce-like. There is an elusive fruity quality to the hopping too and a rich bread pudding maltiness.
The hops are still running things. While the malt is pretty robust with dark caramel and spicy wheat the Meyer lemon zest and spruce buzz above it with lupuline goodness.
While not undercarbonated by any means, the whole is creamy and rather IPA-like.
It's a pretty little beer this, and my favorite New Belgium seasonal so far. It does occupy a place between an IPA or strong APA and a Black IPA. The hops please so many of us and it fits the season with some comforting, interesting malt notes.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2011 00:37:13 | More by brewerburgundy
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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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