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Snow Melt Winter Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Snow Melt Winter Ale
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89
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
SNOW MELT WINTER WARMER DEBUT:
The first day of Winter is December 21st, but we can start melting the frost sooner than that - time for the first East End Winter Warmer - or should I say AMERICAN Winter Warmer. SNOW MELT is a Mahogany-red ale with a unique malt character, and a bright pine-ey hop flavor, unusual for a beer of this style, but seasonally appropriate none the less.Clocking in at 7% and guaranteed to clear the fog from your glasses, this one's debuting at Growler Hours next week (Dec 14th), and you can keep an eye out for it around town shortly after that.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-03-2006)
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Tibi81


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-31-2013 12:21:26 | More by Tibi81
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John_M

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at the Piper pub the other day.

The beer pours fairly dark, reddish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attraactive as well, as I pick up considerable sweet malt, toffee, tea, light smoke and hint of ginger. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this easy drinking, moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel if medium bodied, with a soft, slightly creamy finish. I really think the cask conditioning works well with this beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is pretty high.

Really enjoyed this well made beer from East End.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2013 18:36:58 | More by John_M
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JonSzakelyhidi

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-14-2013 04:51:37 | More by JonSzakelyhidi
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chrismel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-11-2013 23:57:42 | More by chrismel
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a thin cream colored head

S-faint scent of smoky malts and peppercorn. Really faint.

T-comes in with a flavor of hops, black peppercorn, dark malts, and some cocoa? It's an odd mix. After-taste is heavier on a chalky cocoa taste with some peppercorn. It's pretty good.

M-heavy chalky mouthfeel. I like it.

O-really unique winter warmer. I like it. I can always expect something good from East End. I really wish I had more access to their beers. This has a great mouthfeel to it, and the flavor profile seems to shift with every sip I take.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 23:59:42 | More by AdamBear
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-13-2012 20:34:19 | More by rwshelton2
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-13-2012 17:12:27 | More by hinemk76
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-13-2012 05:13:13 | More by hollywood_15063
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a big fan of this style; or just a fan at all. But this is good. Really great level of spices to it. Appropriate level of sweetness. Pretty smooth. Carbonation nips at the tongue a bit more than I like, but it just keeps things lively. Overall, this is really really good. Been quite some time since I've tried something from East End that I hadn't yet tried. This is a good one to get back into the mix with.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-08-2012 04:00:14 | More by Mark5252
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2012 04:32:07 | More by reitzbrewing
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snow Melt!

Very dark brown. Humble little lip of head. Looks a little thick.

Rich and roasty coffee notes with some sweet peatiness and a laydown of subtle earthy hops.

Rustic flavors of coffee, pecan, near-harsh roast, and an afterthought of pine. Almost meaty with malts. Tingling rings with light spiciness. Excellent.

Medium body seems almost right-on. Carbonation shows up in the finish as a spicy bite.

Tasty warmer with great headiness. Awesome local holiday brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 02:13:28 | More by thecheapies
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-19-2012 13:07:21 | More by IPAFrankieH
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brewsadedotcom

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the strip

A: Poured into my Bogota Beer Company pint glass. Half inch of foam, good head retention. Deep chestnut brown color

S: Pleasant coffee aroma

T: Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee with a subtle hop finish

M: Moderate carbonation. Warming. Hop bitterness lingers

O: I really enjoyed this beer. When i think of a winter beer i usually think of something that is overspiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. This beer goes against those notions.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2012 18:53:46 | More by brewsadedotcom
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-18-2012 04:16:16 | More by tmars13
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irishevans

Alaska

5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-16-2012 03:54:31 | More by irishevans
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cmr5056

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-11-2012 16:01:41 | More by cmr5056
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Interesting to see a winter warmer still available in late May. Dark mahogany brown pour, pretty hazy, topped with a foamy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of spiced cake and caramel, noticeable hop scents. Taste of dark toasted malts, cinnamon and spice, but not at all heavy or overblown, dark sugar, finishing off with a bit of piney hops for a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty well-balanced, medium body, a nice drink overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 12:12:11 | More by Rifugium
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kimbo33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-16-2012 03:11:23 | More by kimbo33
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49.9%

05-15-2012 23:40:00 | More by ejimhof
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beer256

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cousin lives with in walking distance of the East End brewery, so we decided to walk over there an get some beer. After trying a few i decided on the Snow melt winter Ale.We grabbed a Growler an took it home and i thought it beer was great.the ABV is 7% an is well hidden,the beer wasn't to hoppy and it wasn't to bitter either.the taste was smooth and the beer had great lacing.The appearance of the beer was dark like a stout or porter.but on the EastEnd brewery website its supposed to be amber.without asking the owner I assumed the beer is unfiltered.this is a great beer, my cousin and i felt pretty good after 64oz of it too.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2012 16:23:30 | More by beer256
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-16-2012 17:36:03 | More by deapokid
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-10-2012 13:48:42 | More by Kaydogg
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a medium off white head. The head faded to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts with little aromas a chocolate and coffee. There is a very nice spiciness in the aroma and a light piney hop aroma present as well.

Taste – A nice roasty malt flavor is at the base of this beer and is present throughout the whole taste profile. With the malt flavor, the flavor starts out a little on the sweeter side with the spices detected in the nose mixing with a caramel and toffee sweetness. As the taste advances so too does a little bit of hoppy bitterness. The bitterness comes mainly from a pine hop flavor but also from a small amount from the coffee and cocoa.

Mouthfeel – The body is slightly above average and the carbonation is slightly below normal. The body allows the complex taste profile to really coat the mouth with the lower carbonation level letting all those flavors really soak in.

Overall – A nice roasty holiday brew. The spice and roasty malt mixed with the light pine hop all combine quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 23:33:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the inch of foam on top of the liquid leaves a nice smattering of lace

Smell: Spice cake and toffee, with piney undertones; hops dominant

Taste: Spice cake and toffee, up front, with nutmeg and clove elements building; by mid-palate, the piney hops dominate and provide a nice balance to the resurgent spices in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice take on the Winter Warmer style; like the way there are a load of hops in the recipe to provide balance

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 01:28:22 | More by brentk56
Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.