Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Hoppy nose. Citrus and some spice, noble hop, character. Also some caramel sweetness and light roast.

A- Pours nearly black with slight garnet at the edges. Nice off white head.

F- There's a firm bitterness along with some very mild roast character and a little caramel sweetness. Finishes nice and dry leaving me wanting more. There's really no astringency from the roast to make the beer harsh. A nice winter beer, kind of a warmer, but without any spice or hot alcohol flavors. Something I'd come back to.

M- Basically average. Average carbonation, average body. Nothing special, but nothing to get in the way either. This is a positive in my opinion.

O- A twist on the standard hoppy american ale with the light roast character adding some depth. Appropriate for a winter seasonal.This is a winner in terms of drinkability and I'll definitely look forward to it returning.

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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Creamy beige colored head. It stayed longer than expected, but disappeared rather quickly.

S-Nice and hoppy with a roasted dry hop smell.

T-Reminds me of an IPA from the first taste, then switches to a smoky malt flavor with a nice finish. Nice malt to hop balance.

M-Slightly creamy with some carbonation. Feels like a mix of a Stout and IPA.

O-Definitely a good winter seasonal and will have to pickup next year. I'd like to try this on tap and compare to the bottle. I wouldn't classify this as a winter warmer, but rather a Black IPA.
This beer was a nice experience and I'm going to seek out different brands that produce the black ale.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.