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New Belgium Snow Day

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This is the new seasonal from New Belgium. It’s under the American Black Ale category on BA, but originally I thought this was a Winter Warmer. It’s brewed with Pale, C-80, and Midnight Wheat malts with Styrian Goldings, Centennial, and Cascade hops.

Stats:
American Black Ale. 6.2% ABV. 55 IBUs. Colorado. Winter Seasonal.

Dark ruby in color. Tan head that doesn’t stay very long.

A lot of piney hops on the nose. It’s got a bit of spice, but it’s really all about the forest here with a lot of that pine cone coming through.

Mouthfeel is a little bit light, with some crisp carbonation.

Tons of pine, but it’s not overly bitter. A little bit of orange comes through now with a hint of cracked black pepper.

This is a pretty big departure for New Belgium, but it’s probably become my favorite beer of theirs. It’s an aggressively hopped, but balanced-ly bitter brew. It’s a hearty winter ale that takes it’s place among the other hoppy beers of the seasonal. 88 points.

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