Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

1,501 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark chestnut with ruby red hues, topped by a frothy light tan head that dissipates to a healthy cap, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- An explosion of dank, resinous hops with tons of bitter grapefruit in the mix. Some spiciness and deep herbal tones with brighter citrus and grassiness in the background, but the nose is dominated by grapefruit pith. Also slightly minty. Subtle hints of biscuity malt way underneath.

T- Nice complex hoppiness with notable contributions of grass, herbs, spices, grapefruit, pine resin, and bright fruity citrus reminiscent of coriander. Moderate bitterness of grass and grapefruit rind. Just a hint of malt sweetness comes through under the pile of hops. Roasted malt pokes it head out in the long bitter finish. Grass, grapefruit rind, herbs, spices, and subtle roast linger into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

O- Very impressive. Tastes like chewing on fresh hops. Props to New Belgium for a nice holiday surprise.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on the last day off from the holiday season:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: pours the color of cola - nice show on the pour and a full 3 fingers of head, super lacing and a rocky top to the head - deepest hint of rose when held to a light.

S: AHHH yes - woderful hoppiness comes thru like a champ - not overwhelming like an IPA but great nonetheless

T: reminds me of the smell of raw hops as I make homebrew - a bit of chocolate caramel in the background but just a bit

M: nice body - good carbonation and well hidden ABV

D: very nice indeed! highly recommended.
note: I dont find any 2 below this year, I pray this is not the replacment!?

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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black - just a hint of light shines through at the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves ton of lacing. As this type of beer should look.

Smell: Citrusy and grassy hops, slightly tempered by sweet malt (caramel) and chocolate in the background.

Taste: A strong bitter mix of chocolate and hops. The bitterness quickly fades into a long-lasting, sweet, smooth finish. Not as complex as the nose would indicate, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and a little bit thin.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - a nice take on a style that is difficult to find, and a nice change-of-pace from the other winter beers. Very enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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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%

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle (best before 26Feb12) into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a pleasant very dark coffee brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Pine hops predominate. Some caramel and chocolate malt. Hint of citrus.
T: Nice balance of pine hops and roasted chocolate malt. Bitter dark roast coffee, toasted grains, hint of cream.
M: Light feel (but drinks heavier...I like curveballs like this in my beer) with a hint of wheat softness. Bitter hops dominate with an acidic and dry finish. Pleasant roasted notes linger on the palate.
D: A solid offering from NBB and one that pleasantly surprised me! Good session brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/4/12.

Dark, ebony body with a big, brownish head. Foamy and frothy, it falls to a patchy cover.

Cream of wheat and pungent, oily citrus hops. Floral with burnt toast aromas.

Creamy, wheat grains, along with roasted malts, with a slight coffee taste. Good, hoppy bite, floral and citric. Lingering bitterness, softened by more grainyness.

Wasn't sure to expect with this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty and a welcome addition to my usual winter time brews.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best before March 11, 2012.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color; almost nearing black. Produced a great cap of tan froth. Good retention and plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted bread component with bits of citrus, pine, and a dry, almost dusty cocoa spice at the end.

(T)- Again, a nice mellow roasted bread; almost oatmeal-like backbone with some balanced and subtle citrus, raisin, and cocoa.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level, balance, and just overall feel. Rich, but in a mellow way.

(D)- Color me impressed with this one for its smooth drinkability, mellow richness, and subtle festive spice. This would be a great 6er to drink on Christmas day.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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