Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
84
good
1,501 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:
1,501
Reviews:
384
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
152
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of gwdavis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Nice dark auburn color with red hues. Clear, slightly lower carbonation, but nice frothy tan head. Lots of retention likely aided by the wheat addition.

Nicely hoppy aroma! Pine, a little sour, more on the resinous end of the hops spectrum. A little of the wheat hits at the beginning. Really nice.

Flavor is hoppy, the wheat comes in and then there's a transition to the more roasted malt and a dry, coffee and chocolate finish with just a bit of lingering hop flavor. More earthy early on than expected. A little alcohol comes through as it warms. Taste is a little watery and would be helped by a bit more body and carbonation, I think. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but could use more carbonation. Pleasant finish, though.

Overall, it looks and smells better than it tastes, to me. Still a very solid beer, with an interesting mix of light body, hops and a roasty finish. Doesn't pack quite the punch of flavor I would like at 6.2% abv.

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Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Biestie
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mike727
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of MikeH210
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Dave1999
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very dark red with amber hues at the bottom of the glass and a big fluffy white head.

Smell very nice hoppy and malty with a bit of yeast.

This tastes like bread, malts, a little bitter, burnt coffee beans and toffee.

This feels smooth in the mouth with a slight carbonation.

This is a big heavy beer and just tastes great.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brow with hints of red. A large fluffy tan head left some nice lacing.

Smell has some floral hop and light caramel, and some underlying booze. Nice.

Taste is of toasted bread, light bitter hop aftertaste. Not bold at all.

Feels smooth and almost creamy. No warming effects. Carbonation seems normal.

Overall, the smell is better than the taste, and I really want some warming booze from a Winter beer. In both these instances, it's lacking, yet, the beer overall is a fine beer.

DOA

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Photo of thatruth
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bodacious creamy off-white finger and a half head, with lacing that never really breaks off on its own, when it does its hella frothy, akin to hot cocoa. pours a root beer, black coffee type color into a mellow deep brown that light has trouble getting through.

smells like cedar and pine trees. hella hoppy, hella malty.

tastes warm. sort of spicy, but with an herbal balance. plethora-like on-bringing settles into a malty tongue lingering feel. piney hops fil the nose, overtake the palette.

nice, warm winter ale. little on the piney side, but that's just my opinion; good stuff overall.

**bottled on date: MAR 25 12

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,501 ratings.
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