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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
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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%

SouthernBuckeye, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Sweasty
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has given us a new winter seasonal. I wasn't always a big fan of 2 Below, but it hit the spot on occasion. Its nice to see them switch it up this year.

Snow Day pours a nice deep dark mahogany. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a thick ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left in its wake.

Hops strike first in the nose. Grapefruit with a backing light herbal/mint quality stand out.some sweet malt hits beneath the hops. Some caramel notes stand out. Some light coffee & chocolate notes present as well.

The hops in the nose are more balanced on the palate, and offer a bit of a drying quality. Grapefruit notes the dominates the hops with a backing herbal mint note. The roastiness in the nose is much stronger on the palate. Coffee and chocolate stand out beneath the hops. The finish is short lived with a light lingering herbal hoppiness.

Snow day is a nice medium bodied brew. The carbonation is more than adequate.

I like dark hoppy brews this time of year. New Belgium's Snow Day is a nice addition to that landscape. Props to New Belgium for creating another tasty winter offering.

Sweasty, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

mweso2000, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A very dark mahogany colored brew with little visibility. It produced a 2-finger creamy looking off white head that held okay. I got some nice splotches on my glass at the end.

S - It smells allot like other New Belgium brews. I get a combination of fresh herbal and rind like hop characters with a strong presence of biscuit, caramel, chocolate and nuts from the malts. It's balanced wonderfully and the malts literally compete with the fresh herbal hop notes.

T - I get lots of citrus and rind like hop flavors upfront and throughout. Underneath the hop flavors that seem to mask the malt, is lots of coffee, nuts, toasted bread, and to a far lesser extent than the smell lead me to believe, biscuit. It finishes with low bitterness that hardly seems to help balance out the almost tart character of the hops, dryness, and kind of an emptiness going on.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy feel. Low crispness.

O - I expected more malt character in the flavor profile, but it just wasn't there. In fact the drown out citrusy, and tart hop flavors seemed to throw it out of balance, and mask the soft malts. The aroma was great to me, very inviting, and the mouthfeel was nice as well. The flavor could use some balancing to me though. Overall I think it's still worth a try but I wouldn't pick it up again any time soon.

PintOHops, Dec 10, 2011
3/5  rDev -17.8%

TEAMHOLT, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +37%

Sargully, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beers pours with a healthy looking tan head; about one finger in size; rocky in appearance; not much carbonation in the dark brown colored body; clear body; little lacing formed

S - Roasted caramel malt; toffee; light pine and hop nose; chocolate; creamy; coffee

T - Nice roasted malt taste; dark chocolate; sweet caramel taste; hop flavor of pine and grass, which immediately turns bitter; crisp

M - Slightly tart; creamy feel; lingering dark roasted malt taste; dry taste and heavy bitter linger on the back of the tongue; bitter aftertaste

D - Overall not bad; it could use more hop flavor and a deeper malt body; it's a unique and fun drink for the holidays

ferrari29, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Dallasjohn
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. Smokey taste but not too much. Not enough carbination, I know that's how it's supposed to be, but I still wish it had more.Tastes better when it's not so cold. Wish those Dallas Cowboys could do better. The Texas Rangers didn't do their part!!!

Dallasjohn, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of eye2
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with very dark red highlights when the light hits it. Pours a finger and a half of foam. Half a finger left with 6oz remaining.

S: Roasted grains with some bitters. Not very spicy.

T: Characteristic New Belgium taste. More of a bite here than say Fat Tire. Alcohol can be tasted.

MF: A blast. Excellent carbonation. A little on the light side for a Winter brew.

Overall: Not bad. Not Great. Probably a one six-pack a year affair.

eye2, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Birdlegs, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

cheapswiller, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Hophead717
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottled poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Dark, halfway to black, with a 1.5 finger head that hangs around for a while. Some lacing along the glass.

S: Fresh hops on top, with notes of chocolate underneath. Fairly nice.

T: Light hops up front, with a strong malt base. Mix of chocolate and caramel malt-both flavors come across clearly in the body. The finish has both a touch of bitterness from the hops, and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Very interesting brew.

M: Fairly thin, but very well carbonated.

O: An interesting mix between an IPA and a winter warmer. It's not quite a black IPA like some have said, but it's a much better beer than most winter seasonals.

Hophead717, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

CarterSeaton, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

xmasboy, Dec 07, 2011
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.

deebo, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours dark brown and looks almost black in the glass - small off white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is fresh hops some roasted and some sort of spice

taste like is very black ipa - roasted coco malts matched with floral and light piney hops

mouthfeel - light body with too much carbonation

overall a great new hoppy winter beer

jsh420, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

oldvines, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Spunky, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/5/11

Best before 11 March 2012

Medium, flat brown color with dark tobacco highlights; maybe a shimmer of rust. Ample two finger head is slow to dissipate and leaves crackled rings of lace. Thin, consistent retention. Lace forms a bubbly wall.

Deep roasted grain aromas, caramel and toasted bread are with hop accents of pine needles, grass and subtle citrus zest. Modest spice notions. At times I get suggestions of unsweetened cocoa. Sip one finds prominent roast: roasted, bitter coffee and a tangy note that I reckon could be attributable to the wheat mentioned on the bottle. The hops seem less prominent than in the nose and come across as mostly earthy and a subdued piney aspect. I'm kind of surprised at how dry this beer is. Medium body (though at times it seems on the thin side) with a underpinning of grittiness. Moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit on the earthy/dirty order.

This isn't a bad beer, but I would not have guessed it's a winter warmer. Seems more like a wimpy black ale. Nice enough to try, but I wouldn't be inclined to buy it again.

Ryan011235, Dec 06, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark cola color with a bone colored head that sticks around.

S- toffee, caramel, wheat, and citrus hops all greet the nose. This is smelling like it's going to be a good beer.

T- matches the nose with the slightest touch of cocoa and nuts.

M- a little thin in my opinion for the flavors that are present, a winter warmer like this could use a little more body.

O- the hop profile of this beer works really well with the midnight wheat. I was a huge fan of 2 below, but this beer has won me over.

sunkistxsudafed, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

swooshjtb, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/4/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, chocolate, herbal/citrus zest hops, and some subtle spice aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earthy spices, and herbal and citrus zest hops. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but it seems like it could be integrated a bit better with the different flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.