Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
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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.

Added by NStLincoln on 10-14-2011

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Ratings: 1,502 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Justin23060
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super dark with only a little ruby on the edges. Small beige head didn't last but clung and laced.

S - Perfect marriage and balance of hops with both an English and a Pacific West feel. Kinda like a piney brown.

T - Malt sweetness really carries the strong hop. The thing that really makes this work is the use of Goldings to match and balance the pine. A pleasant roasty, slightly smokey, malt is hiding just below the hop. Ends right in the middle of sweet and bitter.

M - Just about perfect. Mild sharpness gives way to a creamy finish. Nice linger.

O - I probably wouldn't have bought this had I known it was an American Black... but this has made me reverse my opinion of the style.

Up until tonight, I thought the concept of an American Black was weird and awkward. Too much one way or the other and you get "just awkward" My few bad experiences with this style reinforced that opinion. I honestly think this is what the style was meant to be. New Belgium has achieved the tricky balance that this style requires. I will definitely be getting this again in two years (N.B. rotates their seasonals every other year)

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

the beer pours a nice dark, almost black color. It has faints of burgundy if you hold it up to the light, almost like a porter in appearance. But the color of the head gives away that is neither a Porter or a Stout: Creamy white in color.

It smells amazing. Like a single fruity, dry hop. As if the beer was dry hopped in the process, very nice, but not much besides the hop presence. Tropical.

The taste brings that hop presence right up front, with a thin amount of dark malt backing up the hops. Unfortunately it ends a little thin and watery, but tasty non-the-less.

Overall a good offering from New Belgium. Will probably pick it up next season.

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Photo of IlludiumQ36
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of lwillitz
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

I actually had a snow day today. We got over 6 inches here in Port Orchard, WA. No one out here knows how to deal with snow, so when even a few inches fall everything shuts down. Anyway, I thought this would be an appropriate occasion for a review of Snow Day.

A - over three fingers of medium tan head fill the glass over a black body with red-orange highlights; great retention and lace

S - cascade hops, flowers, pine

T - nice combination of hops, pine, hint of citrus, wheat and a touch of caramel in the background, hoppy grapefruit finish

M - light/medium body, medium/high carbonation, oily and sticky

O - This is not much of a winter warmer as the label seems to indicate, but it is a decent black ale. It looks great, smells ok, tastes delicious to someone who enjoys hops, and the mouthfeel is ok despite being on the thin side.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Misfit138
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Very impressive very dark brown with a frothy tan head that left lacing

S- Sweet caramel malts with hints of roastiness

T- Smoky sweet caramel malts that gives into a grapefruit finish

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation

O- Certainly a beer I enjoy. The finish was something I didn't expect but this was a welcome surprise.

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3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown with a reddish hue and a huge, frothy khaki colored head and lacing is good

S: Lots of pine, grass, and grapefruit--smells like a cascade hop bath and so oily; some malty and grainy undertones (musty, earthy, even a touch of barnyard)--wow, this smells good

T: Not near as hoppy and awesome as aromas indicated but the rich roasty malts are nice--balancing things out quite nicely

F: A touch thin up front but still pleasantly oily and sticky

O: A nice hoppy black ale and quite perfect on a frigid evening

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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 mastodonj
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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