Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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
Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before 04Mar12 on side of front label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.

A: Very dark chestnut brown with ample 1-2 finger off-white/oatmeal colored head with decent retention and copious lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma is light overall with some dark malt and grain aromas with light herbal hopping.

T: The flavor has a touch of caramel with an earthy dark maltiness and a bit more spicy, herbal, and slightly orange citrus hoppiness than is evident in the aroma. There is a raw grainy edge as well which given the beer a musty malty quality.

M: A bit more prickly than most winter ales. The body is firmly medium.

O: Not bad but not really anything to write home about, but it's out there for malt lovers out there.

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Photo of bum732
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright grapefruit citrus, some pine, some roastiness, almost like a black IPA.

L: Fairly clear dark brown, light tan head that dissipates to a dusting. Good lacing.

T: Citrus up front with a fairly clean malt flavor. Medium citrus bitterness with a fairly crisp finish. Some light roastiness in the finish, fairly dry.

M: Medium light bodied, clean and almost crisp. Medium carbonation.

Not sure what to think of this beer. Not really to style, but not bad overall. I think i still like their previous winter seasonal, 2 degree, better.

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

A: Very dark pour, a little bit of rubiness in the light. Bright white head slowly dissipates. Litte bit of lacing left behind.

S: Scent has the floral spiciness present in many of New Belgium's brews. Very nice.

T: Quite bitter in the flavor. Hops are here that I did not at all detect in the smell. Not overwhelming like an IPA, but milder, closer to a pale ale. There's an earthy quality to it as well. Malts emerge as the drink progresses, but hops always dominate.

M: Medium bodied, though crisp in the initial swallow.

D: While I loved their previous winter seasonal Two Below, Snow Day is a very worthy successor.

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Photo of Beer21
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Snow Day has the appearance of a dark cola with minimal head. The beer is dark and clear.

Smell - There is a sweet malty aroma with a rich aroma of hops.

Taste - Again, this beer is quite hoppy in a great way. There are tones of caramel and biscuit with a generous bitterness related to the hops.

Mouthfeel - This is a light beer for it's degree of "darkness." There is average carbonation and the beer is somewhat watery.

Overall - Excellent beer with generous hops. Perfect cold weather beer!

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Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description of this beer that is found on the label is right on the money.
This is a very good beer to brighten the cold, damp, dreary days where the sun just barely rises above the hill tops.
Dark brown, brown head.
Dark roasted malt and NW hop aroma.
Tastes exactly as you would exspect it would from the look and smell. This style is a nice change of pace from the more "spectacular" IPAs.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wallyworld68
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kristenrae8
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy Winter Ales, Winter Warmers and Christmas Ales. Tis the Season.

This beer poured a warm brown color, similar to root beer. Creamy colored foam. Medium lacing.

Smell, carmel, pine, citrus, chocolates and coffee.

Taste: Full bodied, balanced and wintery. The sweetness of the caramel-coffee and chocolate balanced well against the pine notes.

Mouth Feel: Thinner than it looks - again, I must be biased from my consumption of Oatmeal Stouts- but the mouthfeel is good.

Overall: I really like this beer, the drinkability is high for the season. I'm beginning to fall for the Winter Warmers.

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Photo of thejuno
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KajII
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a very dark ruby reddish brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) foamy beige head that retained itself for a good long time while producing some excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was extremely strong of piney hops, a grain malt and a woody yeast with notes of citrus, caramel, mild chocolate and a strong odor of pine needles.

It tasted mildly bitter and a bit malty with a hint of spices and caramel from the start to the finish with a very strong hoppy pine presence at the end. The flavor stuck around for a little while after the swallow leaving behind a lingering woody pine taste.

Mouthfeel was just a shade light of medium in body and dry in texture with the carbonation being rather soft.

Overall a brew with lots of malty pine flavor. If they were going for a beer that tasted like a Christmas tree, they hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint

A- Deep translucent brown with substantial red tint. Poured with 1-1/2 fingers of khaki head. Dissipated quickly but decent lacing remains.

S- Roasted aromas dominate. Specifically fresh ground coffee. A little bready. Maybe a little herbal hop note. Very pleasant wintry smell.

T/M- Surprised on initial sip by a little dose of hops up front. Felt that the midnight wheat had dominated the aromatics. But it certainly shows up right behind the hops. Very coffee like finish. Some astringency, not bad but not fantastic either. Almost needs more body to pull off what it seems like they are trying to do. The hops and roast need more backbone to me. 
It's worth a try and I see the potential for good stuff out if the roasted wheat, but probably not going to be a winter staple for me.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mpcrump
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice rich mahogany color with a slightly off white head.

S: Smells wonderful with biscuits, chocolate, caramel. A strong flower like smell and some fruit. Can't tell what kind of fruit but the citrus is definitely there.

T: Citrus and hops to start with and it finishes with biscuits and coffee that I didn't catch in the smell. It is somewhat tart and and finishes with a slight amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body that is very smooth.

O: Not bad overall. For a winter warmer it might be rather tart but I liked it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is the closest you can get to black without being black. A very frothy oatmeal colored head stays around for a long time. Thick rings of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, a very spruce, herbal hop aroma, no citrus.

The taste is mildly malty, then hops come on and dominate. Faint buttery crackers and a spicy black pepper note in the finish.

Overall, I hate this compared to 2 Below. I probably won't buy this again. Nice brew, but don't fix what's not broken.

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Photo of Srabe
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the NB Mixed pack for winter 2011.
Pours a very pretty, clear, walnut/ruby with a thick, large and bubbly tan head that remains a long time with very good sticky lacing.
Smells like an APA - hoppy with malty base.
But does not smell like something of a winter warmer/winter seasonal.
Taste is quite good: nice malty base with a well balanced hoppiness. Ever so slight caramel. Also a very slight woody aftertaste.
Very drinkable. Well balanced, very tasty. I would drink this any time of year.

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Photo of barleyman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle, into my Geordie schooner. A deep ruby color is very attractive. No head or lace to speak of. MMM a very pleasant cidery aroma with notes of bread as well. Taste is similiar, bread and cider, grapefruit,citrus and fairly mild but very well balanced hop.A little thin, but overall very nice.

Just a thought,


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Photo of SouthernBuckeye
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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