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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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1,349 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Snow Day has the appearance of a dark cola with minimal head. The beer is dark and clear.

Smell - There is a sweet malty aroma with a rich aroma of hops.

Taste - Again, this beer is quite hoppy in a great way. There are tones of caramel and biscuit with a generous bitterness related to the hops.

Mouthfeel - This is a light beer for it's degree of "darkness." There is average carbonation and the beer is somewhat watery.

Overall - Excellent beer with generous hops. Perfect cold weather beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:07:28 | More by Beer21
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-12-2011 01:51:59 | More by Bitzer
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-12-2011 01:37:25 | More by jeffthepony
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description of this beer that is found on the label is right on the money.
This is a very good beer to brighten the cold, damp, dreary days where the sun just barely rises above the hill tops.
Dark brown, brown head.
Dark roasted malt and NW hop aroma.
Tastes exactly as you would exspect it would from the look and smell. This style is a nice change of pace from the more "spectacular" IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:07:22 | More by industrialswill
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 23:47:24 | More by jak
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-11-2011 22:30:23 | More by wallyworld68
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 21:42:54 | More by mhaugo
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 21:30:00 | More by n00blar
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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy Winter Ales, Winter Warmers and Christmas Ales. Tis the Season.

This beer poured a warm brown color, similar to root beer. Creamy colored foam. Medium lacing.

Smell, carmel, pine, citrus, chocolates and coffee.

Taste: Full bodied, balanced and wintery. The sweetness of the caramel-coffee and chocolate balanced well against the pine notes.

Mouth Feel: Thinner than it looks - again, I must be biased from my consumption of Oatmeal Stouts- but the mouthfeel is good.

Overall: I really like this beer, the drinkability is high for the season. I'm beginning to fall for the Winter Warmers.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:22:00 | More by kristenrae8
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 17:48:28 | More by thejuno
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-11-2011 17:19:36 | More by derricksmalls
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a very dark ruby reddish brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) foamy beige head that retained itself for a good long time while producing some excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was extremely strong of piney hops, a grain malt and a woody yeast with notes of citrus, caramel, mild chocolate and a strong odor of pine needles.

It tasted mildly bitter and a bit malty with a hint of spices and caramel from the start to the finish with a very strong hoppy pine presence at the end. The flavor stuck around for a little while after the swallow leaving behind a lingering woody pine taste.

Mouthfeel was just a shade light of medium in body and dry in texture with the carbonation being rather soft.

Overall a brew with lots of malty pine flavor. If they were going for a beer that tasted like a Christmas tree, they hit the nail on the head with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:17:53 | More by KajII
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3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint

A- Deep translucent brown with substantial red tint. Poured with 1-1/2 fingers of khaki head. Dissipated quickly but decent lacing remains.

S- Roasted aromas dominate. Specifically fresh ground coffee. A little bready. Maybe a little herbal hop note. Very pleasant wintry smell.

T/M- Surprised on initial sip by a little dose of hops up front. Felt that the midnight wheat had dominated the aromatics. But it certainly shows up right behind the hops. Very coffee like finish. Some astringency, not bad but not fantastic either. Almost needs more body to pull off what it seems like they are trying to do. The hops and roast need more backbone to me. 
It's worth a try and I see the potential for good stuff out if the roasted wheat, but probably not going to be a winter staple for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:28:03 | More by Braseltonage
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 05:08:40 | More by wiscokid920
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice rich mahogany color with a slightly off white head.

S: Smells wonderful with biscuits, chocolate, caramel. A strong flower like smell and some fruit. Can't tell what kind of fruit but the citrus is definitely there.

T: Citrus and hops to start with and it finishes with biscuits and coffee that I didn't catch in the smell. It is somewhat tart and and finishes with a slight amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body that is very smooth.

O: Not bad overall. For a winter warmer it might be rather tart but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:59:14 | More by mpcrump
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is the closest you can get to black without being black. A very frothy oatmeal colored head stays around for a long time. Thick rings of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, a very spruce, herbal hop aroma, no citrus.

The taste is mildly malty, then hops come on and dominate. Faint buttery crackers and a spicy black pepper note in the finish.

Overall, I hate this compared to 2 Below. I probably won't buy this again. Nice brew, but don't fix what's not broken.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:14:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 22:00:58 | More by Srabe
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 06:13:02 | More by jheezee
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 04:55:35 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the NB Mixed pack for winter 2011.
Pours a very pretty, clear, walnut/ruby with a thick, large and bubbly tan head that remains a long time with very good sticky lacing.
Smells like an APA - hoppy with malty base.
But does not smell like something of a winter warmer/winter seasonal.
Taste is quite good: nice malty base with a well balanced hoppiness. Ever so slight caramel. Also a very slight woody aftertaste.
Very drinkable. Well balanced, very tasty. I would drink this any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:08:52 | More by tbern007
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle, into my Geordie schooner. A deep ruby color is very attractive. No head or lace to speak of. MMM a very pleasant cidery aroma with notes of bread as well. Taste is similiar, bread and cider, grapefruit,citrus and fairly mild but very well balanced hop.A little thin, but overall very nice.

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:29:52 | More by barleyman
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 03:11:52 | More by SouthernBuckeye
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:43:27 | More by Sweasty
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 00:44:50 | More by mweso2000
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:42:51 | More by PintOHops
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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