Snow Melt Winter Ale - East End Brewing Company
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
One of my favs at the East End Brewery!
A: An awesome brown/ruby colored beverage which clings to side of glass for dear life.Tan cap which dissapates quick but with a swirl of the glass its back just as quick as it left.
S: Malty nose with a nice hoppy backside, smells a bit of chocolates and carmel sweet but not cloying with gentle coffee wiff in there as well.
T: Sweet dark malts with a rich mixture of Coffee chocolate and carmel buzz around the tongue with splashes of spruce and floral of hops.
M: Full bodied and rich almost chewy, could make this a dessert for any meal or just sitting around the fireside.
D: Very drinkable and so good to the last drop from the growler, can't wait for a refill on this hopefully soon!
03-07-2011 02:44:31 | More by nukem5
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
growler filled @The Map Room -> pint
Pours a dark mahogony with golden edges in the light. A small brown head leaves little lace and quickly becomes a small gathering of soap suds on top of the brew.
Nose: Caramel, a nutty scent, some alcohol, chalky cocoa, mild hops.
Roasty caramelish flavor with hints of chocolate, hazelnut, alcohol, and cocoa powder. Seems to be some nutmeg or some other spice i can't quite put my finger one, but mild with the spice for sure, whatever it may be. Mild balancing bitterness accomponies a nice roasty finish.
Medium bodied and semi-creamy mouthfeel.
Real drinkable, a good brew for a nice winter session.
02-26-2007 23:22:33 | More by beerphan
3.8/5 rDev -5%
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that faded quickly. This one has a very unique smell that I had a hard time pin pointing. A heavy emphasis on the spices, some pine notes, along with some sweet, maybe caramel in there. It had some malt smell, but was also pretty hoppy. The taste was sweet at first and dominated by the spices, then the hops and a strong bitterness came to finish this off. As it warmed it got much hoppier in smell and taste and I thought tasted better. The bitter bite hits harder with it being colder. The mouthfeel was medium body, very bold, a good deal of carbonation coupled with the bitterness was stronger than what I usually look for. This was a good beer, but not something I could palette for more than a few pints. But this is definitely worth checking out, another good beer from East End. Cheers!
01-08-2007 02:44:19 | More by wingman14
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
Sampled from the cask at Fatheads in the South Side of Pgh. It shows a dark, woody brown with a thick, frothy layer of dense foam. A thick spattering of lace sticks around. An expected appearance from a cask ale.
Of course a bit subdued compared to the normal tap version as far as the nose is concerned. Mild floral hops, toasty malt and toffee. Caramel and vanilla beans steeped in milk.
Caramel and light toffee melds seamlessly with bright, floral/earthy hops. Lingering bitterness throughout does a good job of balancing the otherwise sweet malty flavors accentuated by the cask conditioning.
Mellow and creamy cask character with some welcomed lingering bitterness on the palate. Semidry and lush with a soft pillowy swallow. Takes really well to the cask but if given the choice I'd probably prefer it on regular tap. Still very enjoyable.
01-13-2011 21:04:40 | More by letsgopens
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
I picked up a growler of this while I was in Pittsburgh for work and enjoyed it in my hotel room.
Appearance: Amber with a finger of khaki head.
Smell: Malty aroma, roasted toffee and sweet caramel.
Taste: Sweet spices and some nice roasted and bready malt flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.
Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. East End is really an underrated brewery and with beers like this, I'm glad I can get their beers on a semi-regular basis.
12-31-2010 23:31:19 | More by Axic10
4/5 rDev 0%
On cask at the sharp edge brassiere in canonsburg pa.
Pours a murky brown with small tan head and a nice lacing. Looks thick.
Smells of earth malt and a tiny bit of hop.
Tastes malty, warm, with a tiny bite of hops.
Mouth is velvety greatness, minimum carbonation and whiskey thick. A high point.
Drinkability is mixed but above average, I would absolutely order again but couldn't do more than one in a session.
01-15-2009 23:53:44 | More by sonicdescent
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a growler filled this evening at the Map Room into an East End Brewing pint glass, naturally.
Color is a very dark but very clear brown-red, with a big, more than two finger head of tan foamy foam. Fine lacing sticks for the duration, outside the sipping area.
Smell is of sweet malts, a little caramel, piney hops and citrus. Is this spiced with orange peel? Not very spiced, a different take on a winter beer.
Taste brings more of that sweet caramel/toffee malt flavor to light,along with that lovely EE hop bitterness. Definitely not a ton of spicing in the taste either. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is quite full and creamy, without being thick. The alcohol, while not huge is lightly warming while still well masked by the flavors.
Drinkability is great, if I had gotten this home sooner, I'd have finished the growler by myself in one long evening, but the remaining pints will make for a very 'warm' afternoon tomorrow, perhaps watching the Steelers close their season with as much dignity as they can.
I get a thrill out of trying everything new East End has to offer and they (ok Scott, he) has yet to disappoint.
Next day update: I'm noticing a little more roastiness today, its not coffee-like, more akin to a nutty or bready flavor. Just saying.
12-31-2006 03:58:50 | More by foureyedgeek
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Served on-tap in a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep amber color, a bit cloudy with a thin off-white head.
Smell: There is a definite piney aroma as stated with a bit of a caramel background.
Taste: Nice and smooth with a slight alcoholic middle and cocoa-like finish. Some hop bitterness evident, but this mostly caramel malt.
Mouthfeel: A good medium body with good carbonation.
Drinkability: This brew hides its alcohol well and is smooth enough to be dangerous.
12-20-2006 03:47:45 | More by psinderson
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a fresh growler, filled at the brewery earlier this afternoon, into a shaker pint glass.
A: Fantastic mahogany-amber color, with a fluffy, creamy inch-thick layer of tannish head. Fingers of slippery lacing down the glass, more pronounced as the beer warms.
S: Nutty and lightly spicey. Notes of cinnamon, earthy malts, and perhaps some nutmeg?
T: Closely resembles the smell; slightly malty and very smooth at first, then it lets the light spices roam the mouth in the mid taste and linger thru the finish. Small but noticeable hop presence towards the finish, kinda piney if anything.
M: Smooth and creamy all the way through. Very satsifying and leaves me wanting more.
D: Great. Not too heavy, especially for a style that's usually quite spicy and heavy, and one this high in alcohol.
10-28-2007 01:04:50 | More by LeftyBWS
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
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
From a growler filled at the shop in the strip district on 12/22. As I sit on the North Side, poured into a Burgh-appropriate Jerome Bettis Grille shaker glass. Sandy head, about 3/4 inch, settles with good lacing. This beer is dark, but not so dark that you can't tell it's cloudy. Let's call it cinnamon brown with maybe a hint of orange; no red color to speak of.
Aroma is hop-forward, but not in a way that I'd mistake for an IPA. Piney, but there is a little sweetness in there. I don't pick up any winter warmer spices (which I'm not complaining about). The bitterness is carried through in the taste from hops as well as burnt coffee, but here I get some subtle caramel notes too.
Carbonation is high, even from the growler, and while there isn't a lot of spice, there's plenty of zing. It doesn't warm me up, but that doesn't mean I can't drink it all night long. This is a delightfully different take on the style.
12-25-2010 23:35:15 | More by coachdonovan
4/5 rDev 0%
Poured from my growler a dark brown with a bit of a red tint and a tan head that left some spots of lace around the glass. The smell is intriguing I'm not sure what all of it is but there is some pine and spice in there. Taste has some chocolate notes pine flavors and something else I don't know how to describe other than it a big factor in the aroma also. The feel is in between light/medium and is also very easy to drink.
01-25-2007 18:55:09 | More by Alkey
Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewing Company
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