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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

1,343 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | 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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livingtodie

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-19-2012 00:47:29 | More by livingtodie
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C2H5

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

01-13-2012 22:45:59 | More by C2H5
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bravefan44

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

06-10-2014 17:58:45 | More by bravefan44
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tmm313

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

11-23-2012 19:24:30 | More by tmm313
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dmilewsk

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-03-2012 20:17:40 | More by dmilewsk
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

03-28-2013 21:24:14 | More by MNBeer1017
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

11-10-2012 23:14:40 | More by jrfehon33
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

05-09-2013 01:45:52 | More by tommyguz
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and grapefruit with a hint of pine resin. There is a very significant hoppiness to the aroma. The taste has a similar hoppiness, but with a more pronounced maltiness. There are toffee and caramel notes underneath the grapefruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture, and annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is a beer that I will pass on next time. The hop and malt really clash with each other in a negative way.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:38:25 | More by KarlHungus
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marshrat63

California

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head was less than impressive, only 1/4 inch in pint glass. (I did pour a second and forced a larger head that quickly faded.) Despite the weak head, very impressive lacing.

Deep dark chocolate appearance with minimal malty aroma with a hint of spice that didn't make it to the palate. Very flat.

Overall not something I will buy again, though I am a fan of New Belgium Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 07:23:29 | More by marshrat63
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle lists the ABV and a DBD.

A: Reddish brown (caramel) and clear with pretty steady carbonation. Has a large rocky brown-tinged head that sits like milkshake foam on top and leaves good lacing.

S: The bottle mentions lots of hops, and it shows. The nose is ruled by pine, grapefruit, bubble gum, orange, and spice. The wheat does not show. While it smells good, it does not match the style.

T: Tastes like a black IPA: some smoke, some burnt roast, but mostly bitter grapefruit and piney bubblegum.

M: Medium and a little light on the finish.

O: Ah winter seasonal beers are here again; it is time to spend a lot of my money. I have never had this before, and I decided to pick up a bottle. Sadly, this was not the best "winter" beer to begin with. If I were to grade this beer simply by how it tastes, it would be an average to decent black IPA. However, I am supposed to review it to the style it claims to be, and, in that, this beer has failed. While the appearance has a nice head and deeper color, the aroma is consumed by hops. The flavor of the beer tastes like a black IPA, not a winter warmer. The mouthfeel is not heavy enough, and the warmth from the alcohol is not really there. The flavor profile is missing the malt, fruit, and sweetness of a winter warmer. It is not a bad tasting beer, but if you are looking for a winter warmer, look somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 16:53:08 | More by ianjsullivan
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DAllspaw

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into new Belgium globe.

Very similar to their black ale in appearance. Smell is a bit of cinnamon, some toffee and a bit if steeped tea, certainly unexpected

Taste is piney hops followed buy some dark malt and coffee flavors. A bit of dark chocolate as well. However, still get an overwhelming taste of tea with high tannins.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:57:31 | More by DAllspaw
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass, this brew appears brown in color with some amber hints of clarity around the edges. An initial surge of tan head forms with more than 3 fingers worth of froth that slowly fades leaving an entire web-like pattern of lace on the glass. The cap maintains a fluffy pillow of lace and uneven craters across the top.

The smell includes some minty to herbal hops that come across with a character that is reminiscent of stale menthol cigarettes. It has a cooling aspect to the nose mixed with some mineral inclusion. Faint notes of stale coffee round out the back end mixed with some burnt character not too far off from plastic or some strange concoction of medicine.

The taste of this brew includes a fairly forward flavor of herbal hops that integrate with dark roasty grain character and produces a bit of bitterness. Overall it blends into a flavor that is somewhat medicinal and not too much unlike the artificial flavor of black licorice candy (but without the sweetness.) More sips yield a bit of dark fruity character from the hops that blends into a burnt flavor somewhat like old coffee and faint musty chocolate.

I am not the biggest fan of the black/cascadian/american black ales or whatever you want to call them. But I approach them with an open mind. The aroma of this brew fails in all departments whether you consider it a winter ale/warmer or a black ale. The nose is quite unpleasant and unfitting of any style of beer. The taste is somewhat fitting for the black ale style but doesnt fully come together for me. This brew is medium to light bodied, favoring a bit to the medium side and it has a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well integrated but overall this is not something I would enjoy having more than a sample of. Heath, I appreciate of the opportunity to try this but it just wasnt for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:05:26 | More by stakem
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-04-2014 02:43:47 | More by mojohawk21
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TCJosh

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-28-2012 19:25:58 | More by TCJosh
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dvmin98

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

02-08-2013 12:49:16 | More by dvmin98
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

06-27-2013 15:27:38 | More by MinorThreat
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bwilson1730


2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

11-07-2012 00:40:13 | More by bwilson1730
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njable

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

06-23-2013 18:38:12 | More by njable
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 22:28:39 | More by Bosoxfan20
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richeddi

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-29-2013 18:05:28 | More by richeddi
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Whiskeyjack

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

04-27-2012 18:17:03 | More by Whiskeyjack
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dlcoblen

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

12-24-2012 03:26:09 | More by dlcoblen
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

12-25-2012 04:26:32 | More by KingBiscuit
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Moose90

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-26-2013 04:48:16 | More by Moose90
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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