Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

1,502 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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Ratings: 1,502 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of docrates
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of grover37
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a deep, mahogany brown with a finger and a half of light cream head. reduces to a layer with heavy lacing at the top but not further down. Decent head retention too.

Aroma (4): Spicy, piney, and slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate. some citrus notes in there too once it warms, like mango, orange, and maybe grapefruit.

Taste (3.5): Dominated by a resinous and piney hop character. The hops are still balanced with dark caramel notes, but still a bit thin. No sweetness leaves a little more malt character to be desired; it's there but doesn't have a lot of body. Some citrus through the finish but mostly pine which lingers along with a light chocolate.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Slick and too watery for me.

Overall (3.5): A decent black IPA when I was expecting a winter warmer. Spicy enough to be mistaken for a warmer if it weren't for the resinous hops. A decent winter beer, but that's not a high standard outside of Belgium imo.

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Photo of estes42
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $1.75 Dark smokey brown beer with a nice sized creamy thick tan head. Nice hoppy aromas..citric/resiny..seems fresh..some coffee/chocolate in the background Taste is somewhat more balanced towards the caramel maltiness than the aroma..but the hops are certainlly alive! Good solid beer on the palate..semi dry finish. Overall a nice CDA but not top notch

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Photo of MarkBlackout
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a gift -- part of a holiday mixed 12-pack. 2nd one I've tried, just got through reviewing Fat Tire. I thought this tasted somewhat similar at first, at the risk of sounding ignorant. There is SOMETHING similar about these, though. I'm not really tasting the supposedly considerable hops that much in this. Bready smell, toasty taste, a bit of hop bite. Pretty boring, thank god for the slightly elevated abv to provide a bit more flavor and punch. I would hope to have something better than this if I was snowed in, but I wouldn't cry real tears as long as I had enough of them.

edit: Tempted to up the overall score to 3.5, but I wont, due to a lack of 'winter' spices. Not too into spiced brews unless they're tasty belgians or something worth adding an extra dimension to.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of the winter brews but this one is really good. Pour is very nice with a good 1-2inch head. Very dark brown to black brew with some good hoppy notes. Caramel and chocolate make this a true winter taste and feel. Very nice and drinkable without being too heavy. Nice ABV gives it a warmth that you remember.

Very nice job!

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Photo of Chopman50
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a small head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some roasted malt, bit of coffee with cinnamon and spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some sweet spice, dark fruit and cinnamon. Has a nice underlying bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Very good balance. Flavor becomes more robust as it warms.

O: Easy drinker, a very nice winter warmer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with a big cloudy head that lingers and laces quite well. The aroma is strong with roasted malt and light chocolate and toffee hints. Taste is ok but surprisingly bland, with the stronger aroma one would think that the flavor would be more pronounced. Mouthfeel is decent and overall its a fine beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of beer2day
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with lots of red pouring through when held up to the light. 2-finger tan head, no retention, and no lace.

Nose is vanilla, caramel, light roast malt, and a bit of citrus underneath. Understated, but nicely done.

Caramel malt and citrus hops combine for a nice flavor. Hops come out in the finish with a flourish. Light coffee backs the finish up. Good carbonation makes the beer nice and fizzy.

Body is about right for the style. Not too thick, but stands up to the caramel malt and coffee.

Overall, a nice surprise.

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Photo of Slikpitt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of marshrat63
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head was less than impressive, only 1/4 inch in pint glass. (I did pour a second and forced a larger head that quickly faded.) Despite the weak head, very impressive lacing.

Deep dark chocolate appearance with minimal malty aroma with a hint of spice that didn't make it to the palate. Very flat.

Overall not something I will buy again, though I am a fan of New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of VegasHockey
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Simo5301
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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