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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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1,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,376
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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Ratings: 1,376 | Reviews: 363 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

510a, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

djaeon, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -17.8%

zbooks, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ralphw56, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Beerswag, Feb 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mess41, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Rohkey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rohkey, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jsanford, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Roger85, Jan 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle -

A: Dark brown with a good amount of head and lacing.

S: Roast, citrus, coffee, orange, resin, herbal, smooth malt, hint of wheat, hint of char.

T: Herbal, roast, char, citrus, orange again, resiny, with a hint of dark chocolate and caramel. Touch of spice as well to boot.

MF: Creamy body, with a medium (but lighter) mouthfeel and adequate carbonation.

O: Pleasant and a good shot at a hoppy winter brown/black IPA.

Scotchboy, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of pjs234
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

pjs234, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of philmore213
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has somewhat of a burnt taste to begin, but after a few more sips the flavour does set it i get the pine taste a hint of bitter, do not taste any cocoa flavor. Nice head, poured into tall glass traps a lot of smell in and makes taste stand out. Very easy to drink, was not used to the taste to start, but does grow on you very well.

philmore213, Jan 27, 2013
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,376 ratings.