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Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,519 |  Reviews: 391
Reviews by zachary80:
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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Globe. After having this several times I feel like it should be categorized as an American Black Ale.

Appearance is black, offwhite head leaves lots of lacing but has weak retentionl.

Aroma is primarily hoppy with some malt character

Flavor is choclatey from the mult, somewhat bitter from the hops with a lingering hop flavor that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good

Overall this is a great change-up from New Belgium.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite being May, it was 39 in Chicago; so it was good I saved this Winter Ale past its "Best Buy" date.
As tasted before, I think this is a good take on the style... all around subtle.
It is very dark with good head retention and some sticky lace.
Aroma gives me mostly fruits and malts; seems like a good yeast strain from New Belgium.
Taste is balanced with modest hops (despite the label saying they piled them in.)
And the carbonation is relatively low, which suits me.
Overall, I like these guys. Their beers make small innovations on the style and they give their employees a cut in one of the largest and most successful craft brewers.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour with a little citrus, floral & fruit aroma. Very good initial hoppy bite and overall balanced hop proflie thats hard to describe exactly. Really is good for a snow day but I could see myself drinking this in almost any season, good beer and great brewery.

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Photo of Dallasjohn
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. Smokey taste but not too much. Not enough carbination, I know that's how it's supposed to be, but I still wish it had more.Tastes better when it's not so cold. Wish those Dallas Cowboys could do better. The Texas Rangers didn't do their part!!!

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tumbler. Best-by date of 29, April 2012.

Pours a dark brown, some red comes out when held up to light. Beige head, lacing. The smell is of citrus hops and a lightly roasted coffee with perhaps a bit of yeast smell mixing with hops. First off in the taste I get the citrusy hops (light and a bit spicy) followed by the weak coffee taste of the roasted malt. My SO even described the beer as slightly "watery." Not particularly sweet or bitter and pleasantly malty. Hop bitterness at the end. Tingly mouthfeel and very light weight for the coloration.

Very enjoyable. A "light" and hoppy dark beer that is pretty well balanced, excellent for drinking a few in the winter. I'm usually not too crazy about extremely roasty beers so this was perfect for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 23FEB12

A: black with a finger off toasted cream head which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. sheet lace.
S: Spicy hops and toasted malts. Smells like an ABA. Some hints of burnt raisins. Me like.
T: Sharply bitter with a spicy tone over a nice toasted, dark malt profile. Good stuff.
M: medium bodied with slightly hi carb and a little to wet for my preference in this one.
O: This is the first beer in quite some time I've purchased and consumed over and over. I like it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, seemingly clear. Light-tan head is a fluffy 1-finger, and leaves a bit of lacing. Not much retention.

Smell: Hardly any aroma; I suppose there's a mild hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malts with a bit of citrus-y hops on top. Similar finish and aftertaste. Not much as far as spices go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Relatively easy to drink, with a moderate ABV.

Fairly disappointing "winter" beer from New Belgium - honestly, much closer to a black IPA, and not a particularly good one at that.

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Photo of Heischman
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Snow Day Winter Ale/New Belgium Brewing
City/State- Fort Collins, Colorado
STYLE – Winter Warmer
ABV – 6.20%
IBU – 41
DATE – 11 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – Deep brown almost too dark to see through1/2 inch Head light brown in color
AROMA- not much there, there is a hint of hops but that is a bout it
TASTE – Very hoppy for a dark brew, with a tail of roasted malts and a hint of coffee, not much coffee, just a hint
MOUTHFEEL – Very light and crisp, you can feel the 6.2% warm you up
CONCLUSION – It is ok, I feel it is too hoppy for a winter brew, hoppy beers are meant for warm weather. It is good though just out of season for me

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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