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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

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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brewsadedotcom

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Alaska

5/5  rDev +25%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50%

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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

03-21-2012 01:28:22 | More by brentk56
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-26-2012 21:47:31 | More by KAP1356
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cld253

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2012 01:44:58 | More by cld253
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SarahHealey

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-16-2012 21:09:05 | More by SarahHealey
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ef88

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a growler from the brewery in Homewood.

A: Pours black with a nice foamy 2 1/2-finger head. Consistent lacing that hangs out for a while. Pretty.

S: Lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a nice malty backbone.

M: Kind of chewy and it leaves a nice coating.

O: I've had one winter warmer (Harpoon's Winter Warmer) before this one and hated it, so if I'm going by the rules of reviewing, it's by far the best of the style I've had. Looking forward to trying another example of the style sometime.

02-04-2012 18:07:11 | More by ef88
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carnoustie7

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

01-23-2012 15:24:58 | More by carnoustie7
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JulianBaughman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2012 03:25:21 | More by JulianBaughman
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-03-2012 02:14:44 | More by AWS2111
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25%

12-25-2011 07:48:19 | More by HumphreyLee
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agriff401

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2011 20:24:17 | More by agriff401
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Aroma: Very hoppy upfront, but also a lot of darker malts. Grapefruit, caramel, worty and roasty malts. Expecting the taste of resinous hops to stick around for a while on this one.

Appearance: Deep amber, very little head. Minimal retention.

Taste: Bold hops and malt. Crisp grapefruit, then some English malt, and lots of caramel. Smooth throughout, surprisingly. Mild aftertaste. Mild phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, just slightly drying. Mild carbonation, a bit chalky. Warming.

Overall: Pretty impressive for an strong ale from the Burgh. A nice change of pace to Stone and some of the other major craft brewers.

12-10-2011 17:30:20 | More by soulfly1492
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wfpalm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-08-2011 19:13:04 | More by wfpalm
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docrates

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

12-05-2011 18:47:49 | More by docrates
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

12-04-2011 04:31:31 | More by nunzo
Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.