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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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1,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,377
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks very dark, toasty amber highlights, creamy tan head. The 2-finger head has a a very appealing yeasty, bubbly, creamy look.

Tastes like double-dark roasted coffee. The initial taste is not a very strong one, but very oaty/nutty and toasted. The mouthfeel is VERY dry.

Our overall impression is that it's very pungent and overcooked.

kristenspaintings, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of moondog426
4/5  rDev +9.6%

moondog426, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

DruC4, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of bmami
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bmami, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

DudMan, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.25/5  rDev -11%

ThomasAWilson2, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jkn09, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

dvmin98, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of zzurn
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

zzurn, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of totgolfer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

totgolfer, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured dark brown with a thick 1.5 finger, light tan head. Looks very similar to a cola, almost as though I poured a soda pop. Good retention with fantastic lacing.

S- Distinct New Belgium smell with the Goldings hops. Not a huge aroma. Earthy, herbal with some faint chocolate notes.

T- Sweet up front. Not overly complex. A hoppy winter warmer. Lots of toasted bread flavor...some similar flavors to a rye. Dry finish. A resounding bitterness lingers. I kept waiting for the crisp finish the label speaks of, but it never came.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite dry

O- Not bad, but this winter warmer didn't leaving me with many warm feelings. Certainly not my favorite from New Belgium. Highlight was the appearance. But for me, it seemed to go down hill from there.

$10.99 for 6 pk

Bosoxfan20, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Danflurry
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Danflurry, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Michaeldmanley
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev +9.6%

josephwa, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body with a tan head. Plenty of head and retention and stick.

Smell- Grass and charred wood in the nose.

Taste- Very grassy body and aftertaste. Dark, butter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Somewhat thin mouthfinish, but a light creaminess in the front. Sharp.

ZenAgnostic, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Jman_01
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Jman_01, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of moserine
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

moserine, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bismarksays, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

fox227, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of dhannes
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass at a local restaurant. Waited until the glass and beer had warmed up a bit...about 5 minutes worth.

A=Rich, reddish brown...not worthy of an "American Black Ale" but appealing nonetheless. Head disappeared quickly.

S=Brown sugar, cloves, molasses.

T=More like a red ale--creamy malt with prunes, cherries, and nutmeg.

M=Less body than anticipated, and less than many reds. Low carbonation, but pleasant to drink.

O=An enjoyable beer that I might try again...I would never have guessed that this was supposed to be similar to an IPA, as the hops were relatively minimal. More similar to a red ale than a black ale.

dhannes, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jayfolly
3.25/5  rDev -11%

jayfolly, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev +9.6%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Mavigo
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Being that it is winter, the consumption of this beer is a must. Served in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a very dark, basically black, brown color with a short off white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells like malt sugars, brown sugars, barley, and dabs of spices

T: Rich flavor to it, wheat, barley, sugars, herbal and spicey tones, fairly sweet

M: Has medium carbonation with a fairly rich and robust texture to it

O: Overall, another good beer from New Belgium, a great package of flavors with a relatively decent price.

Mavigo, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of 510a
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

510a, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

djaeon, Feb 02, 2013
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,377 ratings.