Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
84
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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
Ratings:
1,502
Reviews:
384
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
152
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,502 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of drowninginhops
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark maybe black. White head that did not stick around with no lacing.

S: roasty, hops and malt.

T: see smel.

M: thick and perfectly carbonated.

D: not a year round beer by any chance. But a welcome friend on these "cold" South Carolina nights.

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Photo of antique
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a moderate brown with red hues and a fairly large, tan head that lingers for a good while. Heavy lacing lines the drinking glass.

Smells like hops, straight up, with maybe a little caramel or chocolate poking through. Not quite as pungent as lots of IPAs, but it's close.

Given the smell, you'd rightly expect it to taste hoppy, and it surely does. Much like the smell again, there are hints of chocolate and lingering caramel in the aftertaste. It's pleasantly carbonated--but not overmuch--and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden but does poke through.

For such a widely available winter seasonal, it stands out and does the job, but to my tastes, the hops kind of overpower the darker flavors I want in a wintery beer, and generally there's a conflict between the hops and some of the more subtle flavors--it's not the most balanced beer I've ever had.

But it's solid, and given its decent ABV, more than likely a fine, warming beer on those snowy days. I doubt I'd ever turn one down.

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Photo of BearMittens
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of kenzak
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of 13esd
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kanno
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HollywoodNate
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of otto251068
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Boitnott
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of codfeast
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: very dark almost black, small tan head quickly faded to a ring, minimal lacing.

S: Like an IPA lots of hops(citrus and pine)

T: Hops right from the start, followed by a slight roasted flavor. then back to the hops for a bitter finish.

M: Smooth and Creamy, with some oily hops finish. Medium body and carbination.

O: Big hops profile could have used a bit more balanced. Still it tastes good and is easy to drink.

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Photo of Realchunks30
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of barleyman
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle, into my Geordie schooner. A deep ruby color is very attractive. No head or lace to speak of. MMM a very pleasant cidery aroma with notes of bread as well. Taste is similiar, bread and cider, grapefruit,citrus and fairly mild but very well balanced hop.A little thin, but overall very nice.

Just a thought,

barleyman

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Photo of jsh5771
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of stickboy1125
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of drsarver
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of IlludiumQ36
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a little red when held to the light. A wonderful one finger tan head makes this a beautiful ale.
The smell is definitely hop forward with a great roasty malt smell and a little caramel in there as well.
The taste is hops and roasty malt... Perfectly balanced black ale.
I also taste a little dark fruits and a hint of coffee as this warms a little.
This is a delicious winter beer, perfectly balanced. I wish this was a year round serving.

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Photo of rwhitmore
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mastodonj
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle (best before 29 April 2012) into a diconic....

A walnut to dark mahogany color with a really great fluffy light tan
head and massive lacing. (so large that my 13 yr old even commented on it)

Key tip: let this warm up to 50 degrees or so. It improves immensely!

Having warmed up, the aromas are complex ....the smokey malt comes through, even the wheat the brewer mentions on the label, comes through just in the smell.

A nice tangy, malty concoction thanks to a great blend of hops, smokedness and maybe a spice coming out?

Thanks to the relatively high carbonation, the feel is very nice.

Really, a solid brew; not a winter warmer at this ABV but
worth picking up.

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Photo of JLG193
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of DexterP236
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pb9613
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer pours a reddish black color with a dark tan head. The head retention is amazing throughout the drinking experience.

Smell – The beer has a heavy malt smell with the caramel and dark roast coming through. There is a hint of citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste – This beer has the distinctive New Belgium taste that is awesome. The malts really come through with the hops as a high note.

Mouthfeel – A dry beer with a medium body. Carbonation is excellent. Even though it has a higher than average alcohol content, there is no burn.

Overall – A solid beer. The dark coloring fools you into thinking about the normal chocolate/coffee note normally associated with a beer this dark. Due to the midnight wheat, these flavors are down played while the caramel notes come through. The hops are present but not overpowering. This is defiantly not a dark IPA which is a good thing.

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Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bsu2005
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Creamy beige colored head. It stayed longer than expected, but disappeared rather quickly.

S-Nice and hoppy with a roasted dry hop smell.

T-Reminds me of an IPA from the first taste, then switches to a smoky malt flavor with a nice finish. Nice malt to hop balance.

M-Slightly creamy with some carbonation. Feels like a mix of a Stout and IPA.

O-Definitely a good winter seasonal and will have to pickup next year. I'd like to try this on tap and compare to the bottle. I wouldn't classify this as a winter warmer, but rather a Black IPA.
This beer was a nice experience and I'm going to seek out different brands that produce the black ale.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,502 ratings.
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