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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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1,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,366
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

CarterSeaton, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +37%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of xmasboy
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
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +9.6%

oldvines, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Spunky
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
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a few beers get jumbled in the "winter warmer" category, but this beer deserves the designation. Deep roasted malt notes with hints of chocolate malt. Nicely assertive hopping, akin to perhaps a double brown ale, if there is such a thing. Finish is malty competing for attention against the bittering echo.

Brent, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

PunkFloyd, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a nice, light tan, thick, foamy, slightly frothy head that slowly settled out and lots o lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast. Flavor is similar to nose plus toffee, bare sweetness, and some carbonic tang. Body is good, ditto carbonation. Finish is decent, a little short, balanced. Easy to have another.

drpimento, Dec 05, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark with a hint or red when the light shines through it. I'm talking porter-like dark. Nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S- Surprisingly hoppy for a beer this dark. Once you get past the grapefruit aroma of the hops it's earthy but I can't pick up on any individual aromas.

T- Not as hoppy as it smells. Caramel malt and chocolate with a hint of pretzel in the aftertaste.

M- Slightly fizzy and over-carbonated. I like dark beers to be chewy and thick, which this is not. Quite the conondrum...

O- I thoroughly enjoy New Belgium beer and this one is no exception. A very good winter beer that I will definately drink again.

Gilly1980, Dec 05, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, some shades of ruby. Lots o' long lasting head and lacing.

S: Slightly charred malts. A fresh minty, wintergreen-like pine hop aroma. Nice.

T: Piney, resiny hop flavors, nutty malts. Some hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: High bittering hops, and the toasted malts linger on the aftertaste.

O: Enjoyable, but not sure I'll buy this one again. Bordering on Black IPA.

diamondc, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jason, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ogasnor
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a straight sided glass.

A - Dark brown with just a hint of red where the light shines through it, reminiscent of a cola with nearly no carbonation. Thick light tan head that retains excellently, plenty of lacing.

S - During the pour, piney hops dominate. After the head settles, roasted malt and toffee sweetness with a hint of citrus underneath the hops.

T - Strong grapefruit and pine opening, gives way to an earthy chocolate and a general spicy twang. Hops stay all the way through, ending up dominating the finish. Left wishing there were a little more holiday spices, and for something with a 6.2 ABV, there wasn't enough alcohol bite.

M - When you see a beer this dark, you expect it to be thicker than this comes off. Also, there is just a little more carbonation than expected.

O - Not outstanding, but still not a bad beer. If you like hoppy black ales, I would definitely recommend this beer, although a full six pack might be a little much for one setting.

ogasnor, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

PlinytheFarter, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

TicoCali, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Chiefy770
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served: From 12oz bottle to a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: On the initial pour it produced plenty of bubbles. The bubbles disappeared quickly and the beer stood rather flat in the glass.

Smell: Complex scents in this beer. Very vague scent of a coffee shop. A drop of citrus. Toasty/nutty scent seems to be the dominant trait here.

Taste: The first sip gives a bitter taste of roasted nuts. Very rich taste. Very minor pickups of chocolate and almond.

Mouthfeel: Very flavorful. Thick swish to the brew. The malts and hops leave the mouth feeling like it just ate a citrus fruit.

Overall: Winter warmer. Lives up to the hype and gives a satisfying taste. Lacked on the foam for me. Perhaps it was just a bad pour on my part. It was smooth and then it was bitter and then it was smooth again. Complex, thick, and warming. Perfect companion on a cold winter night.

Chiefy770, Dec 05, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, seemingly clear. Light-tan head is a fluffy 1-finger, and leaves a bit of lacing. Not much retention.

Smell: Hardly any aroma; I suppose there's a mild hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malts with a bit of citrus-y hops on top. Similar finish and aftertaste. Not much as far as spices go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Relatively easy to drink, with a moderate ABV.

Fairly disappointing "winter" beer from New Belgium - honestly, much closer to a black IPA, and not a particularly good one at that.

mithrascruor, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Mebuzzard, Dec 04, 2011
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.