Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
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3.66/5
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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#33,046
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
1,519
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
164
Trade:
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Photo of Fourier_Loko
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass at fridge temp.
Look - Dark caramel with a subtle haze, creamy head with some larger bubbles in the center.
Smell - Scented strongly of chocolate with a bit of hoppy floral scent.
Taste - At first I didn't seem to get much of those darker, rounded out notes from the malt. The main flavors were coming from the hops. However as the beer warmed up, the malt opened up a bit to reveal a more balanced flavor. It is more hoppy on the finish than I expected.
Feel - This beer has a nice mouthfeel overall, medium weight with pleasant but not overpowering carbonation. The first few sips have the creaminess from the head which I enjoyed.
Overall - This is an okay brew, it offers a bit different experience than your typical ale. It's a nice beer to stay indoors with on a harsh winter day, as the name suggests. Probably wouldn't buy again but I didn't hate it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The malt / hop combo on this one just doesn’t click - the malt is dark & chewy but also musty / stale, and the bitterness of the hops clash with that and it ends up a bit acrid

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I found this one during a recent visit to 551 West (King Street) & their bottle shop. It is always interesting to go in there since a former student of mine works there & she is eager to point out new beers that have recently been put on display.

From the Bottle: "With 3 feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. Hmm ... what about this dark caramel roasted Midnight Wheat braced with a serious load of Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops. Shovel it in. What a deliciously unexpected way to spend a SNOW DAY!

Mine is not a snow day, but instead an in-service day so I have no assignments. 8=( I began by Pop!ping the cap & giving it a C-Line pour. This resulted in just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake as it slowly fell. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose smelled like chocolate-enrobed caramel, but I was not getting much in the way of hops on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste remained an admixture of roast, including dark coffee & baker's chocolate, plus the aforementioned caramel. But where were the hops? They were barely perceptible, buried under the darkly-roasted wheat malt. 8=( Finish was somewhere between semi-sweet & semi-dry, but it suffered overall from the imperceptibility of the hops. YMMV.

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Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grawp57
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely deep brown/amber color with a solid, long-lasting tan head. Pleasant aroma dominated by caramel. Superb taste, blended to arouse the palate, but not overwhelm with any one flavor. light on the tongue for a 6.2 ABV. First time I tried it and it has become an instant favorite!

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Photo of isaac_barrow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GIftofgod4u1
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rpjterp
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/2/12: Pours a clear dark brown with a ruby tint along the edges when held to the light. Nice tall, 2+ inch, light tan, foamy, lasting head which leaves a decent layer of lace behind. Aroma is roast and dark bread in a hoppy pine and grass background. Taste is subdued caramel and chocolate notes but not sweet, unique dark malt with pine, citrus grass and earth. It is hoppy throughout the sip but intensifies from middle through finish into aftertaste where it climaxes.

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Photo of norinco
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emwilke
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Navin-Johnson
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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"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."

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Photo of Trevorbee
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a nice tan head that sticks around for the entire glass. That may be because the beer didn’t last that long. Aroma makes the high amount of hops obvious. Tastes mildly malty with a medium to high amount of hops bitterness. The mouthfeel seems lacking considering the boldness of the brew. Overall a good beer that I wouldn’t mind drinking anytime.

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Photo of deansellers
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adam36
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewlover517
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Determined_021
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dag1991
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,519 ratings