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Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
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
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AndrewK
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A solid two fingers of brown head on top of dark brown ale.

Lots of citrus smell: lemon and orange zest. There is a malt tone back there, but it's hidden well.

Tastes like a bright IPA with grapefruit, lemon and lime coming through. That is followed by a more mellow toasted malt flavor. A really nice combo.

Crisp at first, a little chewy middle to end, low carbonation and medium body.

Good smelling and great tasting. Interesting (in the best way) combination of bright hops and then sudden malt.

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Photo of ponbon63
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of isualum12
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours dark amber with little head or carbonation. Smell is winter spices and tea.

Taste follows along with the smell -- winter spices and tea. Some clove, maybe a little hint of hops. A little caramelly.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of DAllspaw
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into new Belgium globe.

Very similar to their black ale in appearance. Smell is a bit of cinnamon, some toffee and a bit if steeped tea, certainly unexpected

Taste is piney hops followed buy some dark malt and coffee flavors. A bit of dark chocolate as well. However, still get an overwhelming taste of tea with high tannins.

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Photo of PossumMunsen31
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very bizarre first smell. Can't really even describe it. Under a half=inch head. Hard to distinguish which hop actually smells/tastes okay. Very strange mixture. It does taste better than it originally smells I will give it that. Otherwise, happy I purchased this with a mixer pack and will not get any more.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Not quite black, nice frothy layer. Retained and laced ok.

Aroma, hops piney resin, less citrus. Only a little roast or malt really.

Taste, mostly ipa. Resiny pine and citrus. Smaller dose of roast, cocoa and Christmas/wheat spiciness. Actually these lesser flavors open up a bit as it warms.

Heavy side of light, this drinks easy. Nothing offensive or amazing, like many a New Belgium brew. So not terribly interesting and a bit thin, but worth trying. Glad I tried on draft.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown brew with a light tan with terrific lacing.

S - Lots of scents here. Earthy hop, burnt cinnamon, coffee

T - Caramel malt with a kick of sweet spices - warm finish. Recognizable bitter finish as you might come to expect from the New Belgium family.

M - Heavy carbonation - full flavor.

Have been testing the New Belgium line-up now that it is available in VA. The dense flavors makes this one to sip and enjoy over the holidays. A black ale for snow day? Ironic - yes, but boy this is good.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown/black with little head, but excellent lacing that clings to the sides of the glass and forms trails throughout enjoyment.

N: Subtle chocolate and a hint of hoppy pine.

T/M: Although this beer has a somewhat watery body, the flavors are well rounded and complete. Roasty notes of chocolate meld quite well with a citrus pine to make a complete and simple beer.

Overall, this is a nice beer. It does not stack up all that well compared to others in its style, however; there are several other beers in this category that I find to be much more complex and rich. Although I like this beer, I think it could be much more rich and a little bit less watery.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very deep dark brown with a fluffy light tan two finger head that collapses quite rapidly yet leaves some nice craggy chunks of lacing behind in the glass. Smells of musty damp earthen basement floor at first, but as it warms up the aroma also gets a mild roasted tone that builds up from underneath in tandem with some nicely restrained pine hopping odor. Taste is a steady wave of pine bittering hops tag teamed with a malt bill that comes across as a blend of porter and caramel malts, but leaning a bit further into caramel territory than I personally prefer in my black ales. I am not able to detect any coffee or baking chocolate in this malt bill at all...just straightforward roasted grain being itself. I would have liked to have tasted some more complexity....

Texture is nicely smooth and creamy but also feels slightly under-carbonated. Not a bad black ale, but I still prefer Black Top over this one any day. Why? Because this brew doesn't really come across as memorable or distinctive... It's just not complex enough to impress, nor is it simple enough to sell the minimalism approach... so I end up with mediocrity.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MrJolly
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Quaffwise
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of goldbot
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, chocolate brown with thick, off-white to tan colored head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is smooth, mild roasted malts offering hints of caramel and chocolate, mixing with a bit of grapefruit and planty, pine-y hops. A smooth flavor of chocolate roast malts with sweet caramel and a touch of grapefruit bitterness. Ends with a hint of some darker roast malts, leaving a nice aftertaste of dark chocolate and bread. Medium body with a chewy and silky mouthfeel. This one hits pretty well above its weight with complexity and a good punch of flavor.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
Serve at 37°F, Globe glass pictured, 6.2% ABV, Best before 04MAR12

A - Kenny G wailing Christmas music through the Apple TV, a tree lighting the living room, and the wife wrapping presents. Reviewing this now seemed all too perfect! Snow Day pours as black as a winter afternoon (crazy short days!) and is topped by a tan head that glistens like freshly dumped powder. Great retention keeps the foam around for a while before coating the glass in some insane lace. Picture perfect.

S - Snow Day opens with a classic large hop nose from New Belgium. It marries a few hop varieties to achieve pine needle, green grass clippings, earth, and a touch of citrus. Light malt roast comes through but the aroma is almost wholly dominated by hops.

T - Oh, how the tables have turned! Snow Day must have been heavily dry hopped because the flavor is a blast of roasted malt; coffee and cocoa come to mind. Pine needle and citrus finish out in a well-balanced manner.

M - Crisp as the cold winter air and nicely carbonated, Snow Day finishes out clean with a light bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

O - Screw the hot chocolate, give me some Snow Day! Winter Warmer it's not, this American Black Ale features great hop and roasted malt balance with a clean hop finish that begs for another sip...and a day off with 5 more bottles in the fridge!

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4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a rich, dark brown color with a fluffy, but long-lasting tan head. Nice lacing. A pretty brew, that is for sure.

Nose is lots of citrusy hops up front, but starts to show some sweet chocolate maltiness and some nutty yeast.

Taste is bigger on the flavoring hops than the bittering, and they seem to meld nicely into a moderate malty middle and is finished off by a clean snap of roasty wheat and zesty hop bite. I really like this one, It first I was sad to see that was replacing (I think) 2-Below...which I looked forward to every winter. But Snow Day is as fine a replacement as I could ask for. Im on my second sixer already.

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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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