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Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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 velosuds
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 11MAR12. Paid $8.59 at local grocer.

A-pours a dark, ruby red hue with a two+ finger head that recedes into decent lacing. A little light colored for a black ale.

S-Aroma is disappointingly light. Hops are not evident. Just a little bit of lite roasted barley.

T-Roasted, almost smoky character more reminiscent of a porter but the taste is closer to a brown ale than a black ale. Brewery must be hopping according to the AB paradigm. Not nearly enough hop flavor.

M-Medium dry body is smooth but a little thin.

O-Overall this is like most winter days in Oregon: dreary. The worst of style I have had, made worse by the presence of wheat malt.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 brewmasterrr
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snow day has to be one of the most amazing winter ales. This beer can be described as a black IPA. It has a dark characteristics similar to a stout but nowhere near the thickness. The head to this brew is a nice off white color. it floats lightly on top and makes for an amazing lacing.Due to the lacin you can see every sip you take on the side of the glass. The beer brings forth tastes of coffee, with an IPA hoppy slap to the face at the end. delicious... and the winter flavors are almost perfectly balanced with the hops in the after taste.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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

A: Dark but transparent, slow rising carbonation, 1.5 finger head.
S: Plasticy, but otherwise DIPA like, forward fresh hops, but not so strong.
T: Darkness comes through, stout qualities, dark roasted, not IPAish except for the hops. Darkness is more dominant. Weird combo.
M: Mild but darp sting, hair dry.
O: Ok but a bit too toasted for me, strange combo/blend.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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

On tap @ the Railhouse in Lake City, MN.

Fruity, citrusy, aroma. Definitely had that hops bitter bite to it, but pretty mild overall. Average mouth feel. I just had Widmer's BRRR a week before this and I thought of Snow Day as a milder 'not quite as good BRRR'.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snow Day, huh? this is not the year for that. Our snowfall has been small and short-lived. Mildest winter on record, I believe. Or, I'm assuming. At least the winter beers are still strong.

Deeply dark, nearly black, tall tanned head, long lasting…looks great.

Fruit forward aromatics, bitter citrus, grapefruit and pine. Plenty of hops in here, with caramel malt tones below.

Hoppy snap hits the palate first, spanks the tongue just a bit, then fades back, leaving lush malt. Bitter hops and toasty malt mix it up. Medium bodied. Nicely toasty, loads of caramel and toffee to keep up with the hops.

This one's being called an American Black Ale, or Black IPA, because a winter ale shouldn't be so hoppy, apparently.
Me, I just like it. This 6-pack went down with no problem. I'll probably do some more before it's gone. But, it won't make me miss the snow.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 4/22/2012. 12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Dark brown in color and good clarity seen on the pour. Thick white head with good retention.

Aroma is slightly roasty, slightly hoppy, but not all that strong.

Flavor is good and well balanced. Chocolate and toasted malts, citrusy American hops, clean yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall a solid black IPA but not exceptional.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

A deep, dark brown hue, almost black. Two fingers of off white head that exhibits great lacing and retention.

Some caramel and roasty malt with hints of piney hops and even some alcohol is noticeable.

Tastes of toasted dark bread hints of caramel and coffee, but in no way sweet. The finish is floral and piney hops. Quite nice.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, super dry.

Clean, dry, nice malt presence with a noticeably hoppy finish. Probably gonna be revisiting this.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Poured this brew from a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass. A dense, foamy head exudes hops, cocoa and spices. The first sip is a huge surprise, as it tastes like a combination of a brown IPA mixed with an old style black ale. Of all of the winter warmers I've tried, this would have to be my favorite. The smell and taste alone vault this beer into the above average category, and the added touches of spicy carbonation and a non-invasive head push it even higher in my book. I reserve my 5 star ratings for the best of the best (quality quads, trippels and imperial stouts) but as far as ordinary beer goes... this is a REAL winner.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of searsclone
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Great
tan head over a deep reddish brown liquid. About the same color as bottle.

Smells really clean. Lots of hops and grass.

Taste is mostly hops and spice. Ends with a bit of smoke and coffee

Feels sharp on the tongue, easy to swallow with a dry finish.

I prefer my winter beer to have more malt, but I like it.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,502 ratings
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