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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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1,378 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

GolamKovach, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

robertaddis, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark brown or black with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – surprisingly hoppy smelling for this type of brew. But it still has a bit of a syrupy smell to it as well.

Taste – the taste is surprisingly hoppy as well, but not overwhelming or overpowering. When you look at it, you think you’ll be tasting a porter or a stout, but it tastes quite different. The residue left over from the aftertaste is pure Cascade type of hops.

Mouthfeel – less creamy than you would have expected. In fact, the balance is pretty good.

Overall – very intriguing brew…different looking and different tasting than one would have suspected.

Nerudamann, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People keep reviewing this as a Winter Warmer when the site clearly states this is a Black IPA...? Whatever...

Roasted malts and piney hops dominate the nose here... Earthy and floral... Not as pungent as some but still rather nice... the Midnight Wheat used here gives this an interesting dynamic for sure... it works for this...

Lots of hoppiness present in the flavors with the toasted malts taking a backseat... Piney and resinous....the malts used bring this cocoa and bittersweet chocolate thing to the beer and I'm liking this quite a bit... I could see this being a new favorite seasonal...

I liked this one quite a bit... hops are present but the malt is so unique it almost feels like a porter... this beer is way too easy to drink...

Tilley4, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

madman45, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

callmeishmALE, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Michigan, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

pirmannt1, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Spunky, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

gregu2, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

RuckusDu, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ahq514, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Nice lace.
Smell: Immediately hoppy with grapefruit and pine, then roasted coffee and chocolate.
Taste: A hoppy, roasted blend.

The hoppy smell explodes onto the scene, and then is followed by a roasted character of coffee and chocolate; in the very least a roasted something. The hops are bright and add that great citrus and bitterness to the mix. I really like this style. I would get this again.

TeamMathis, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Theniz, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

savagepm, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange and lemon zest, with some grapefruit and herbal hops, and a little honey and rye bread.
T: It tasted like orange and grapefruit, with more grapefruit and a little honey and roasted barley. It had a clean and bitter grapefruit aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice hoppy beer with great grapefruit character in the scent and taste. The body was good too, and the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Not a revolutionary brew, but it was fully enjoyable and a good change of pace from most holiday beers.

Pencible, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jvcshad, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Plastikdust, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

cbyrd4088, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

CSFerrier, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Scotthuller, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

odement, Dec 22, 2012
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.