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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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1,397 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 34
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: NStLincoln on 10-14-2011

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.
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Photo of grantino9
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of burnerfinger
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!?

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black - just a hint of light shines through at the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves ton of lacing. As this type of beer should look.

Smell: Citrusy and grassy hops, slightly tempered by sweet malt (caramel) and chocolate in the background.

Taste: A strong bitter mix of chocolate and hops. The bitterness quickly fades into a long-lasting, sweet, smooth finish. Not as complex as the nose would indicate, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and a little bit thin.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - a nice take on a style that is difficult to find, and a nice change-of-pace from the other winter beers. Very enjoyable.

Photo of wibrewer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of headyhopzhead
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Aggiedad
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of superspak
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 02/26/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a huge 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap eventually. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, and spiciness. Damn nice balanced aromas here; definitely hoppy, but they have a nice roasted malt backbone as well. Taste of big orange rind, grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, and light chocolate. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pine, caramel, and spices on the finish for a bit. Super hoppy in the taste, making the roasted malts a bit invisible. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks easily at 6.2%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA. I was hoping for more roasted malt presence in the taste. I would have this again.

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle (best before 26Feb12) into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a pleasant very dark coffee brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Pine hops predominate. Some caramel and chocolate malt. Hint of citrus.
T: Nice balance of pine hops and roasted chocolate malt. Bitter dark roast coffee, toasted grains, hint of cream.
M: Light feel (but drinks heavier...I like curveballs like this in my beer) with a hint of wheat softness. Bitter hops dominate with an acidic and dry finish. Pleasant roasted notes linger on the palate.
D: A solid offering from NBB and one that pleasantly surprised me! Good session brew.

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of litheum94
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/4/12.

Dark, ebony body with a big, brownish head. Foamy and frothy, it falls to a patchy cover.

Cream of wheat and pungent, oily citrus hops. Floral with burnt toast aromas.

Creamy, wheat grains, along with roasted malts, with a slight coffee taste. Good, hoppy bite, floral and citric. Lingering bitterness, softened by more grainyness.

Wasn't sure to expect with this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty and a welcome addition to my usual winter time brews.

Photo of jaylew61
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best before March 11, 2012.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color; almost nearing black. Produced a great cap of tan froth. Good retention and plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted bread component with bits of citrus, pine, and a dry, almost dusty cocoa spice at the end.

(T)- Again, a nice mellow roasted bread; almost oatmeal-like backbone with some balanced and subtle citrus, raisin, and cocoa.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level, balance, and just overall feel. Rich, but in a mellow way.

(D)- Color me impressed with this one for its smooth drinkability, mellow richness, and subtle festive spice. This would be a great 6er to drink on Christmas day.

Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of axman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Nerudamann
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.