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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served into a dixie cup in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and and good retention. Colour seems to be a nontransparent brown, but it's difficult to tell out of a dixie cup. (I was at a party).

Sm: Lovely caramelized malt, caramel, and more hops than expected. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops, biscuity caramel, and lightly toasted malt. Well-balanced and decently built, but boring and simple. Uninspired.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but also unremarkable. I'd try it on-draught. It's pleasant, but they'd do well to increase the impact of the toasted malt.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know, 2 Below happened to be one of my more satisfying brews to get a hold of during the winter. Imagine my shock when I happened upon this beer. It's, quite literally, of a different color.

That color happens to be a heavy, dark brown... Red tones shine through on occasion, but even the head is pretty tan. Its tough to get a real look at it, though - it starts off decent enough before fading out of existence. Sure, there's some lace that'll cling to the pint glass, but nothing worth writing home about. I have to get in pretty close before I catch a scent of any thing. The colder it is, the more pronounced the hops are. Sprucy aroma slowly mixes into the combination of roasted malts - a hint of marble rye and a bit of chocolate. Not bad, albeit a bit light.

Its hard to define this beer's character - it feels light on the tongue. At first, those hops really pop on to the taste buds. It's not until the beer fizzles its way to the back of my tongue that a surprisingly robust taste of roasted coffee shows up. Nice and balanced, but its also fairly two dimensional.

Not necessarily a bad brew for those cold winter nights, but definitely not the first one I'd turn to. With a creamier body and a heavier flavor, this would be a really good one. For shame.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rundocrun
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - One finger of light tan head. Tight bubbles with good retention. Body is deep ruby and brown. Lots of lacing.

S - Herbal, piney, resinous hops. Hints of chocolate and brown bread. Crisp, slightly spicy wheat notes in the background. Interestingly, I also get a definite savory, vegetable soup aroma (possibly a contribution from the midnight wheat?).

T - Warm and toasty like sitting in front of a fireplace during the biggest storm of the year. Baking chocolate, toast and mildly sweet espresso notes come through up front along with a good wallop of hops. The piney hops definitely add to the "wintery" character of this beer. The cocoa flavor mingles with a sweeter honey-like flavor, rounding out a smooth, balanced malt body. Hops do not disappoint as they are present all the way through the finish with a nice bitter kick to the tongue.

M - Medium body with mild but smooth carbonation.

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Photo of Thads324
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with hints of ruby. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly, webs abound on the outer edges. Aromas of caramel and toffee. Bread, coco nibs and a bit of booze in the back end. A slight citrus hop with undertones of freshly cut grass and pine needles.
Flavor starts watery, then has a muddled basic malt flavor. A bit of caramel and burnt bread crumbs. Hops start in the second half. Piney, with a bit of citrus as well. Finish is a nice sharp piney hop bitterness with a well balanced bread malt. Mouthfeel is thin and very effervescent.
Looks good, smells amazing, but the taste is very underwhelming. The end flavor is good, but it's a watery mess up front. Hops are really really nice however

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Photo of pisomojado8
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

When poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big light brown head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above clear dark red amber colored medium bodied beer.

A light citrus hops with some dark chocolate malt aroma.

The taste is more of the dark chocolate malt with less of the citrus hops coming through than in the aroma.

A dry aftertaste with hints of citrus and dark malts.

An almost rich body and taste without a lot of definition which leaves to the conclusion that its very drinkable but why, if I'm going to drink a full bodied heavy beer I would like to have some richer tastes.

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Photo of eeggles
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of honkduh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Merles
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Chadpaq
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Heischman
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Snow Day Winter Ale/New Belgium Brewing
City/State- Fort Collins, Colorado
STYLE – Winter Warmer
ABV – 6.20%
IBU – 41
DATE – 11 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – Deep brown almost too dark to see through1/2 inch Head light brown in color
AROMA- not much there, there is a hint of hops but that is a bout it
TASTE – Very hoppy for a dark brew, with a tail of roasted malts and a hint of coffee, not much coffee, just a hint
MOUTHFEEL – Very light and crisp, you can feel the 6.2% warm you up
CONCLUSION – It is ok, I feel it is too hoppy for a winter brew, hoppy beers are meant for warm weather. It is good though just out of season for me

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Photo of DeutschesBier
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Sight was brownish with hint of caramel. About 1 ¼ inches of head. Frothy, brown head that stayed for awhile. Good amount of bubble lacing on the top that stayed throughout the beer. Healthy amount of film on the sides that was pretty uneven and sporadic.

Smelled sweet, citrus hops up front, which was very surprising. Also some caramel malts, too, with a bit of chocolate.

Not as much like the smell as I would’ve liked. The citrus hops are there, but not as potent and/or good. They seem to be more spruce or pine than citrus. Light caramel, too.

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Smooth, but abrupt finish.

The smell was the best part to this beer. Maybe the surprising good smell made me want to like it that much more, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome dark chestnut color in the glass, but tastes like a Pale Ale. Nice cap of foam, lots of carbonation in the mouth. A nutty flavor is quite pleasant along with a variety of dark malts. Hops are very bold, but plenty of aromatics to go along with the bitterness. Everything is quite well balanced. Aroma is full of flowery hops and gives a long spicy nose. Rather sharp after a few sips, and almost hot with the spicy hops. Head is really long lasting.

Makes me think of Sierra Nevada Celebration, only the NB is better with the less intense hops that give you a chance to enjoy the rich dark flavors. One of their better efforts if you like the hoppiness.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber, almost brown. 2 finger off-white head with some lacing that remains at the top of the glass.

S- Sweet amber malts, some chocolate. Has a funky dirty sock smell.

T- Sweet toasted malts, nuts, hint of chocolate, some pine bitterness but not hop forward for sure.

M- Light body, very smooth and easy to drink.

O- Not bad, sort of a mix of a winter warmer and a black ipa.

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Photo of kbwolfe
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of unclemo83
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best before 04MAR12. The body was dark brown with cola highlights. The tan head left splotches of lace.

The smell was hoppy and fruity. Wheat bread too.

The taste had a zippy bitterness. Spicy. Jammy. Very drinkable. Not cloying and very well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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