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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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BA SCORE
83
good

1,335 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 45 | 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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captainbearcat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-24-2011 02:37:46 | More by captainbearcat
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jmn5082

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-24-2011 02:30:48 | More by jmn5082
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VaTechHopHead


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich brown that pours clear and has a nice light foamy tan head. A little carbonation and good lacing.

S - Caramel notes from the start with nice earthy/noble hops to compliment. Nothing too complex but very good toasted notes.

T - Caramel roasted notes to start off with in conjunction with a slightly bittering nuttiness. The hops are subtle but definitely hold their own...very earthy, sappy.

M - Nothing special, medium body with nice carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Don't know if this is a Black Ale or a hopped brown ale, tough to judge the category. Either way it's an enjoyable beer that makes a great beer for the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:42:10 | More by VaTechHopHead
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spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -45.2%

11-23-2011 23:42:17 | More by spoonhawk
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Elimination

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2011 18:37:00 | More by Elimination
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bcchimp

Virginia

5/5  rDev +37%

11-23-2011 13:11:39 | More by bcchimp
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

That's awesome! A beer that looks like a Porter tastes like an IPA and professes to be a Winter Warmer...

Identity crisis...well they are fun...this is a nice experiment. So pleasantly surprised by the hops. I love hops like this in the cold. It's cold where I live and this beer does taste like a beer I would drink in the middle of Winter.

A bud says this tastes like the old 2 below and I don't think so...gonna have to compare notes...

So glad this beer is what it is...a nice warm surprise for me...this should be called a Winter IPA...It's a nice twist of styles...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:52:11 | More by CamuMahubah
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jeffoatess

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-23-2011 04:16:56 | More by jeffoatess
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hyoung41

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-23-2011 04:15:59 | More by hyoung41
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wo87810

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

11-22-2011 19:44:55 | More by wo87810
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

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

A: Pours cola brown, almost opaque. Solid finger of tan head, quit a lot of lacing and thick film around the edge of the glass.

S: Wow, a lot more hoppy than I expected. Citrus and pine with roasted and chocolate malts.

T: This is hop forward, but is still pretty balanced. Pine is more pronounced in the taste, but citrus doesn't back down. Chocolate and roasted malts serve to balance everything out. Slighty spicy.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is a very drinkable and tasty beer. If I had known this was a Black IPA, I would have purchased this sooner. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:48:25 | More by titosupertramp
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-22-2011 04:00:43 | More by codynevels
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Metuo

Virginia

5/5  rDev +37%

11-22-2011 02:49:54 | More by Metuo
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

6er purchased from Loadout Liquors in Craig, CO. Around $9. Into a NB globe.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head that foams up to an inch and doesn't want to fade away any time soon. Excellent lacing left behind as it recedes. Excellent clarity when held to the light with nice deep red accents.

S: Big time dank, resinous hops, lots of citrus and pine. Just a huge hop profile here. Under that is a touch of smoke. Not awesome, but there is a huge hop note here that I really enjoy.

T: Smoky and charred with a lot of hops, a slight little bit of a caramel malt profile in there as well. Kind of a weird tasting beer really, the smoky malts and little bit of hops makes for an almost medicinal taste? I also get some currents and a similar almost tannin like bitterness from eating off the bush currents. Finish is slightly bitter. Seems just a bit watered down though.

M: Way off, really watery here with a dry finish. Medium carbonation. Really watery though.

O: Interesting beer from NB, I'll probably drink the rest of the 6er without much trouble, but I would like a bit more body and a bit more malt depth to help it out. It's by no means a hop onslaught and insanely one dimensional, its just watered down is all. If they keep this around for next year I hope they make it a little thicker and a little richer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:49:22 | More by pokesbeerdude
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brandon911

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was bought along with a handful of other seasonals in a "make your own six pack" at HEB.

This was poured into a frosted mug.

It poured a nice dark brown with some amber/orange hints with about a 3 finger head and hardly any light let through Some lacing while being drank.

There was something about the smell that I just couldn't get past, I don't know what exactly though. It wasn't bad, I just don't know, maybe a little skunked? I didn't pick up any hops, mainly malts, some cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little coffee and chocolate.

Taste was pretty good, just nothing that stood out to me. Taste was similar to smell (though without the weird unidentified part). Hops apparent a little more in taste than in smell. The beer overall was fairly sweet.

I wasn't a big fan of the overall mouthfeel. I guess it wasn't creamy or carbonated enough.

I enjoyed it, but I don't think that I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:17:58 | More by brandon911
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jag21

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 23:53:21 | More by jag21
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coldriver

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Quickly dissapating head but reasonable lacing. Pours a root beer color. Subtle pine and grapefruit aroma with caramel and slight chocolate. Taste of dark malts and citrus hop blend with very subtle spice in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but nice dry finish. Overall I'm pleased with this one - it's like a black ale session beer. Not outstanding but certainly not offensive, I could imagine taking this to a Christmas party and enjoying it over a long evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:52:25 | More by coldriver
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WillyMac

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 19:40:16 | More by WillyMac
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alxndr33

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 19:31:24 | More by alxndr33
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The seal brown colored body was nearly opaque, and the head atop was two fingers thick. The aroma was a mix of well toasted malts and citric hops. The taste provided flavors of anise, pumpernickel bread and light toffee. The taste was bit less flavorful than I had hoped it would be. The body was light to medium dense, and the finish astringent and abrupt. This beer started out very well., but didn't quite deliver what it promised.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 05:39:43 | More by rajendra82
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Onion Creek in Houston.

The beer pours a deep brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has quite a bit of pine in it, as well as some nice roasted malt notes.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as some pine from the hops. The bitterness is low to medium.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:17:48 | More by Mora2000
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice solid black appearance. In the bottle, so can't really tell.

Smell: Very strong cloves and pine hops. Cinnamon as well? A very potent combo.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What I loved about the smell I don't love with the taste. I like it, but wish it had more balance. Maybe some brown sugar or molasses to balance? Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Drinkability: Despite my qualms, this is a good winter beer.

Overall: Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:37:15 | More by tjsdomer2
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allengarvin

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark, murky brown beer with a small head. The aroma offers a fair amount of citrusy hops, with some very light cocoa malt. Flavor is a good mix of light roast malt, cocoa, and a pleasant citrus hoppiness. The body is full, with a creamy, smooth texture.

Decent beer. I do fear NB is getting a bit away from their original Belgian tilt, but this is a decent winter beer, certainly more interesting than the 2 Below, which was little more than a strong Fat Tire.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 22:52:16 | More by allengarvin
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mpyle

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, brilliant clarity. Pours a large pale tan head, somewhat creamy and with good retention.

Big hop aroma with a lot of pine, but somewhat one dimensional.

Lots of hop flavor up front, again with pine being dominant. Some malt sweetness, but that is secondary. Turns significantly bitter in the finish. The dark malts contribute some roastiness that melds fairly seamlessly with the hop bitterness.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Some alcohol warming.

Nicely made and flavorful. Works for me as a "winter warmer" due to the significant alcohol warming (of the pleasant variety) I get as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 21:01:59 | More by mpyle
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dogchasecats

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I like the ale. On Thursday, I found the beer on tap at my local pub. It was pretty good. Saturday, I went to Best of Brews in Duluth, and brought home a growler, which I am using for my review.

I'm drinking it from my Sam Adam's glass. It really is the best all around glass for beer. I like the large bowl so you get a lot of aromatics.

The taste is fine. It leaves a nice bitter aftertaste on the back of the palate. I don't see much lacing on the glass. The only off thing is the nose is a bit sour. not hugely unpleasant, but just a bit.

Bring home a growler of this ale. It's going great with Sunday football. I think I need some some super nachos to go with it, maybe even some hot wings.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2011 20:52:41 | More by dogchasecats
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.