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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

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,396
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Vashtar
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smell was so hoppy I only liked it like a 2, but it was unique so it's a 3.

The taste is pretty hoppy and bitter, but it's also unique. Definitely New Belgium

The mouthfeel is marshmallow divided by 2.

Overall, it's bitter. Who cares. I wouldn't buy a six pack as there are better winter beers.

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jdanyeur
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To start off, I do not believe this should be considered a winter ale. It tastes more like an IPA to me, but do not let this discourage you winter ale lovers. It pours a very dark brown, almost black with nice amber tones. It has a nice cream colored light head; very atypical of a dark beer and contrasts beautifully. It smells of fresh hops with a little bit of chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is good and the carbonation is balanced. If you like IPA's or even pale ales, go for one of these babies.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Appearance – Pours dark brown, almost black into a sniffer. A finger of tan head dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves a nice film of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts, pineapple/orange citrus, pine, and hops.

Taste – Lots of floral hops, chocolate, roasted malts, odd citrus, pine resin, and more citrus.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation.

Overall – Honestly, an odd beer. Not my favorite black ale.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of 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.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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...

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of titosupertramp
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.