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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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1,365 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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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4.72/5  rDev +29.3%

A - Super dark with only a little ruby on the edges. Small beige head didn't last but clung and laced.

S - Perfect marriage and balance of hops with both an English and a Pacific West feel. Kinda like a piney brown.

T - Malt sweetness really carries the strong hop. The thing that really makes this work is the use of Goldings to match and balance the pine. A pleasant roasty, slightly smokey, malt is hiding just below the hop. Ends right in the middle of sweet and bitter.

M - Just about perfect. Mild sharpness gives way to a creamy finish. Nice linger.

O - I probably wouldn't have bought this had I known it was an American Black... but this has made me reverse my opinion of the style.

Up until tonight, I thought the concept of an American Black was weird and awkward. Too much one way or the other and you get "just awkward" My few bad experiences with this style reinforced that opinion. I honestly think this is what the style was meant to be. New Belgium has achieved the tricky balance that this style requires. I will definitely be getting this again in two years (N.B. rotates their seasonals every other year)

Justin23060, Jan 21, 2012
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4.64/5  rDev +27.1%

Love this beer!! Really sad that soon it won't be available. Nice spicy hops in the nose. Hops up front in the flavor as well, that give way to the dark malts. What is that "Midnight Wheat"? Need to find another beer with that to help nail down the flavor. The body is not heavy, good mouth feel. Looks like a "Coke" with much smaller bubbles. Nice Lace. For me, it's a perfect balance. Just the right amount of assertive hops, and a good combination, the Centennial/Cascade and Styrian Goldings and dark malts. Finish is dry and crispy. I think I would drink this in the summer too. Never reviewed a beer before. Hope I don't sound noobish.

artk321go, Mar 04, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +24.1%

had this on the last day off from the holiday season:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: pours the color of cola - nice show on the pour and a full 3 fingers of head, super lacing and a rocky top to the head - deepest hint of rose when held to a light.

S: AHHH yes - woderful hoppiness comes thru like a champ - not overwhelming like an IPA but great nonetheless

T: reminds me of the smell of raw hops as I make homebrew - a bit of chocolate caramel in the background but just a bit

M: nice body - good carbonation and well hidden ABV

D: very nice indeed! highly recommended.
note: I dont find any 2 below this year, I pray this is not the replacment!?

burnerfinger, Jan 03, 2012
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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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