Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
BA SCORE
53.4%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 1,502 ratings
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.

Added by NStLincoln on 10-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,308
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,502
Liked:
802
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
13.93%
Alströms:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
154
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,502 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with tons of lace on a clear, very deep amber body. The aroma is very hoppy, surprisingly so, witha light roasted malt background. Strong musty and earthy hop flavor. Roasted malt and light coffee notes as well. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. One of the hopper and darker winter ales I have had. Almost light a light thin black IPA.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/4/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, chocolate, herbal/citrus zest hops, and some subtle spice aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earthy spices, and herbal and citrus zest hops. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but it seems like it could be integrated a bit better with the different flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

like everything new belgium does, this is a bit more hoppy than its counterparts. pours a deep dark mahogany brown/red with almost no head (bottle might be different). smells woody, boozy, hoppy, smokey. a sort of tart wine like vibe in the begining turns into a pleasant chocolate hops fusion with a nice winter warmer type sweet slow strong finish. the mouth feel is bizarre, not being very carbonated but kind of heavy makes it a weird one to drink a lot of (again, at least on tap). overall it isnt my favority new belgium offering, but as usual i appreciate their take on the style.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The winter seasonal from New Belgium and I absolutely love this beer. Bought a 12 pack for about $13.99. Pours a jet black with a slightly reddish tinge to it, nice fluffy white head. Taste is medium bodied, malts hit you upfront, some caramel and smokiness, followed by a nick smack of hops on the finish. Pretty complex flavors but it goes together well. I was really impressed by this beer and makes for a great winter beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served into a dixie cup in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and and good retention. Colour seems to be a nontransparent brown, but it's difficult to tell out of a dixie cup. (I was at a party).

Sm: Lovely caramelized malt, caramel, and more hops than expected. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops, biscuity caramel, and lightly toasted malt. Well-balanced and decently built, but boring and simple. Uninspired.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but also unremarkable. I'd try it on-draught. It's pleasant, but they'd do well to increase the impact of the toasted malt.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's "winter seasonal" time already? :groan:

Blackish pint, creamy tan foam that leaves a set of concentric rings of lace in the glass.

Piney hop aroma, slightly sweet maltiness, with a little bit of roast in the background. Strikes me as a black IPA sort of, after the hops and roastiness settle in together.

Pine and bitter citrus peel, spruce, fir, or other coniferous descriptor. Flash of bittersweet cocoa, dark roast in the background to compliment. Smooth and fairly light bodied, medium level of carbonation. Spices? Nope. Hops? Yes, definitely. Dry hoppy aftertaste lingers around nicely. A pint or two would be no problem.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark burgundy color with a two-finger head of bubbly tan foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney and roasty with a nice citrus presence.

T - It tasted very roasty with strong piney bitterness. There were lots of tropical fruit notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good brew. It really tasted more like a Black IPA than a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

When poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big light brown head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above clear dark red amber colored medium bodied beer.

A light citrus hops with some dark chocolate malt aroma.

The taste is more of the dark chocolate malt with less of the citrus hops coming through than in the aroma.

A dry aftertaste with hints of citrus and dark malts.

An almost rich body and taste without a lot of definition which leaves to the conclusion that its very drinkable but why, if I'm going to drink a full bodied heavy beer I would like to have some richer tastes.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of superspak
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 02/26/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a huge 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap eventually. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, and spiciness. Damn nice balanced aromas here; definitely hoppy, but they have a nice roasted malt backbone as well. Taste of big orange rind, grapefruit, pine, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, and light chocolate. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pine, caramel, and spices on the finish for a bit. Super hoppy in the taste, making the roasted malts a bit invisible. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks easily at 6.2%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA. I was hoping for more roasted malt presence in the taste. I would have this again.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served in a Corsendonk glass.

Appearance: Pours with a very dark but clear brown body, and a large, foamy tan head. A moderate amount of sticky lacing gets left behind.

Plenty of weedy/herbal hops with some fruity notes. Aroma of a black IPA.

Taste:More pine and floral in tasting, but still lots of citrus and weedy/herbal notes. Only mildly bitter. Lingering, mainly hoppy, aftertaste. Flavor of a hybrid English/American black PA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: a pleasantly hoppy black PA. More drinkable than it might be if it were actually an IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a one finger clingy light beige colored head that really stuck like glue as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Chocolate malts and piney hops in the nose,a nice mix.A little "fizzy" in the mouth,outside of that little sharpness it was ok,light to medium feel.Quite dry on the palate with unsweetened chocolate and some earthy notes,the piney hops come into the finish along with a tinge of sourness wich I dont really know where it came from,that light sour bite kept the taste score down a little for me.Its not your typical winter ale wich is good and it has a nice hop bite,its missing a biggermore smooth feel,and the sour shot I got I didnt care for,in saying that its a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Plymouth, Indiana. Forget the name of the place. Served in a pint glass.

Pours near black with a decent head and retention and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some good American hops along with a bit of roast. Flavor is roast with a bit of resin and bitterness. Medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry, roasty finish. Pretty good take on the style, but nothing too fantastic.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi-opaque very dark brown in color with moderate to significant garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of roasted malts with some notes of pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some lighter notes of pine hops and just a touch of lemon citrus. There are light amounts of bitterness that lingers for a short amount of time in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: For the style, it feels like there is too light an amount of hop flavors. Enjoyable but nothing really stands out with this beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of Secret Santa ‘11, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, citrus, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in and created a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid ABA to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome dark chestnut color in the glass, but tastes like a Pale Ale. Nice cap of foam, lots of carbonation in the mouth. A nutty flavor is quite pleasant along with a variety of dark malts. Hops are very bold, but plenty of aromatics to go along with the bitterness. Everything is quite well balanced. Aroma is full of flowery hops and gives a long spicy nose. Rather sharp after a few sips, and almost hot with the spicy hops. Head is really long lasting.

Makes me think of Sierra Nevada Celebration, only the NB is better with the less intense hops that give you a chance to enjoy the rich dark flavors. One of their better efforts if you like the hoppiness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby in the glass, topped with 3 billowy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and citric, with a touch of extra herbal character thrown in. Light coffee and cocoa character rides along the back but those fresh hops really sit front and center here and are displayed quite well. This is nice.

Like the nose, bright feeling bitter citrus sits up front but then spread a slightly dank herbal presence out into the mouth, mingling with the acidity of the roasted malts along the back. A combination of cocoa and caramel sweetness comes in off the sides, surrounding and balancing out the bulk of the bitterness here but still allows the robustness of those hop flavors to still shine. The finish is dry feeling with some lingering bitter rind that hangs in the mouth a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with mostly a slick firm creaminess to the tongue but there is still enough sharpness to help those hops pop a bit in the mouth. The underlying oiliness from the hops here is ultimately what really keeps this smooth feeling.

I enjoyed this. I would have liked to have ultimately felt a bit more of a malt presence in the aroma (despite how much I liked those hops in the nose) but this was well balanced flavor-wise and the easygoing body just added to my overall enjoyment of this. I’m not sure that I would automatically associate Black Ales with a wintertime seasonal, but it had enough of a dark roasty presence to keep this in line with cold temperature drinking.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 53.4% out of 100 with 1,502 ratings
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