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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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1,384 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 1,384 | Reviews: 363 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +9.6%

MikeDre, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

PaBeerLover, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of HWren
5/5  rDev +37%

HWren, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of airforceale
4/5  rDev +9.6%

airforceale, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Kahlerbock, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Shilt, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of docrates
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

docrates, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a deep, mahogany brown with a finger and a half of light cream head. reduces to a layer with heavy lacing at the top but not further down. Decent head retention too.

Aroma (4): Spicy, piney, and slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate. some citrus notes in there too once it warms, like mango, orange, and maybe grapefruit.

Taste (3.5): Dominated by a resinous and piney hop character. The hops are still balanced with dark caramel notes, but still a bit thin. No sweetness leaves a little more malt character to be desired; it's there but doesn't have a lot of body. Some citrus through the finish but mostly pine which lingers along with a light chocolate.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Slick and too watery for me.

Overall (3.5): A decent black IPA when I was expecting a winter warmer. Spicy enough to be mistaken for a warmer if it weren't for the resinous hops. A decent winter beer, but that's not a high standard outside of Belgium imo.

grover37, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of estes42
5/5  rDev +37%

estes42, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mbarnes0
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

mbarnes0, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bigeyedfish89, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $1.75 Dark smokey brown beer with a nice sized creamy thick tan head. Nice hoppy aromas..citric/resiny..seems fresh..some coffee/chocolate in the background Taste is somewhat more balanced towards the caramel maltiness than the aroma..but the hops are certainlly alive! Good solid beer on the palate..semi dry finish. Overall a nice CDA but not top notch

Reidrover, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MarkBlackout
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a gift -- part of a holiday mixed 12-pack. 2nd one I've tried, just got through reviewing Fat Tire. I thought this tasted somewhat similar at first, at the risk of sounding ignorant. There is SOMETHING similar about these, though. I'm not really tasting the supposedly considerable hops that much in this. Bready smell, toasty taste, a bit of hop bite. Pretty boring, thank god for the slightly elevated abv to provide a bit more flavor and punch. I would hope to have something better than this if I was snowed in, but I wouldn't cry real tears as long as I had enough of them.

edit: Tempted to up the overall score to 3.5, but I wont, due to a lack of 'winter' spices. Not too into spiced brews unless they're tasty belgians or something worth adding an extra dimension to.

MarkBlackout, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +9.6%

HoistinBrews, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rostie, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +37%

ShwarzAl3r, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Schwarzwald
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of the winter brews but this one is really good. Pour is very nice with a good 1-2inch head. Very dark brown to black brew with some good hoppy notes. Caramel and chocolate make this a true winter taste and feel. Very nice and drinkable without being too heavy. Nice ABV gives it a warmth that you remember.

Very nice job!

Schwarzwald, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Chopman50
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Chopman50, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a small head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some roasted malt, bit of coffee with cinnamon and spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some sweet spice, dark fruit and cinnamon. Has a nice underlying bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Very good balance. Flavor becomes more robust as it warms.

O: Easy drinker, a very nice winter warmer.

soju6, Dec 25, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with a big cloudy head that lingers and laces quite well. The aroma is strong with roasted malt and light chocolate and toffee hints. Taste is ok but surprisingly bland, with the stronger aroma one would think that the flavor would be more pronounced. Mouthfeel is decent and overall its a fine beer.

1fastz28, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

GolamKovach, Dec 25, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

dexterk1, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with lots of red pouring through when held up to the light. 2-finger tan head, no retention, and no lace.

Nose is vanilla, caramel, light roast malt, and a bit of citrus underneath. Understated, but nicely done.

Caramel malt and citrus hops combine for a nice flavor. Hops come out in the finish with a flourish. Light coffee backs the finish up. Good carbonation makes the beer nice and fizzy.

Body is about right for the style. Not too thick, but stands up to the caramel malt and coffee.

Overall, a nice surprise.

beer2day, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Slikpitt, Dec 24, 2011
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.