The New Belgium Brewery is located in Fort Collins, CO, and is the maker of the well known Fat Tire. Their winter seasonal release is Snow Day. This tasty beer uses a mixture of Midnight Wheat, Pale and C-80 malts. Hops are also a mix and include Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade.
ABV = 6.2%
IBUs = 55
Here is the story on the name from the company website –
“In 2003, we had a massive 37-inch snowstorm over two days in Fort Collins. Everything shut down for a couple days – no work, no school, no cars. The only way you could get around was by ski or toboggan. When we began brewing Snow Day, we looked to this one storm for inspiration. The dark characters of the malt bill reflect the dark stormy sky at the beginning of the snowfall. But on the third day, the sun broke through and everything was glorious! The name Snow Day evoked joyful freedom. Everyone remembers waiting for the school report as little kids. When you heard your school was closed, you suddenly had all day to play in the transformed, white landscape. Well, that’s the kind of emotion we put into this beer.
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.
It reminds you to enjoy the unexpected.”
The beer pours out deep brown with ruby highlights around the edges into a pint glass. A light tan head is present. The aroma is piney with light malt hints. The flavor again is piney hops balanced with roasty malt and slight chocolate hints. The glass has nice lacing. This beer is a nice balance between the hops and malt, and it is a nice winter ale.
Grade = B+
Thanks New Belgium! I will be definitely have this one again.