Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-11-2001

Deep mahogany in color, our full-bodied winter warmer is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the perfect cold weather companion.
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Ratings: 833 | Reviews: 505
Reviews by ssteakley:
Photo of ssteakley
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this since I had been on a tour of the Pyramid Brewery in Seattle and it was on sale in the store where I bought the Bomber. Definetly worth the 2.49 sale price but would not pick it up otherwise. It is a change of pace and interesting but the burnt toast on the end is just not my thing. the initial roasted chocolate and malts start out well, nice smell. Just does not finish to my taste is all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with no head to speak of,aroma is on the sweetish side with some light nuttines.Taste is also on the sweeter side with some dried fruit flavors the hops become present for me after a few sips with the alcohol flavors really coming thru.For an old ale for one its pretty hoppy and two is very easy to drink for the alcohol content,I like this style and this one is pretty darn good.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – No kidding, this was one of the most beautiful heads that I have ever seen. I controlled it at the pour, but it foamed up a good inch. The head was tan and substantial, pitting like molten lava. The lacing didn’t cover the glass; it left more of a complicated lattice design. This was gorgeous.

Oh, and the body was dark ruby brown, too thin to give the rating a perfect 5.0.

Smell – Musty, liquor-soaked malt, almost like whiskey with a woody character, complimented with man-made sugars and dark, ripened fruits. This smells like a mesh of browned bananas, overripe apricots, raisins, dark Bing cherries, and tons of raw sugar.

Taste – It’s a bit light at the tongue, wimping out from the nose, but good nevertheless. The big sweets and alcohol-soaked malts are there as well. Just about everything from the aroma makes it to the taste, but just lighter.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the ale’s weak point. The body is thin, not even medium, with a watery consistency.

Drinkability – This was a unique experience for such a mainstream brewery. It’s the first prolific ale that has even come close to the style, IMO.

Update: For 2004 they hopped this baby up with some stiff pine resin. It smells and tastes a whole lot hoppier. The mouthfeel though is still too light for the big flavors they’re packing into this beer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is brown with a rich red hue and good clarity. The head is a long lasting, tan collection of mostly compact bubbles with some medium sized bubble too.

S: Moderate caramel malt aroma and light citrus hops with pine. There is a light touch of cocoa and a soft alcohol aroma. There are moderate prunes and a light bit orange esters and a faint bit of spice that add complexity.

T: A rich malt with moderate sweetness and flavors of caramel and cocoa. There is a moderately-light hops bitterness with a moderate citrus hops flavor. There is a light fruitiness of red cherries and oranges with a light yeast spice. The balance is even and the finish is moderate with a quick to finish hops bitterness and malt sweetness for an aftertaste.

M: A creamy, medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a light warmth.

O: A complex, warming beer great for taking the edge of a cold day. This would pair well with rich, hearty meal like beef stew or a standing rib roast. Since this beer does have spices in it I'd be inclined to call it an Old Ale.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The other two beers I've had from Pyramid lately have been wretched, so I wish myself luck on this one...

Well, we're off to a good start. Deep mahogany body, smallish tan head with some lacing.

Spicy nose that seems to smell like a winter warmer should. Alcohol present, underneath the spices.

Mmm, quite tasty. Very nutty and full bodied. I dont pick up any real hop standouts. Its mostly the spices and malt.

Good rounded mouthfeel. If it were a little thicker I might describe it as "chewy."

I'd say this is better than most winter warmers I've had, but not as good as a few others. Above average.

Photo of MutualAid
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours soda-brown with a fizzy white head; quickly dissipates.

S - Rich aromas of chocolate, dates, and stone fruit with no appreciable hop bouquet.

T - Rich malty sweetness balanced with a spicy hop flavor and bitterness right up front, a bit of a Dubbel-like sweetness in the middle and a piney hop note in the finish.

M - There is a great balance in this beer; Laozi would be pleased. Medium, slightly fizzy body with a lingering yet clean finish.

D - With its clean finish, unoffensive mouthfeel and moderate body I could put away enough of these beers in one session to make tomorrow very unpleasant.

Definitely one of the better winter beers I've had and certainly deserving of a higher rating.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet nutty malts and a little spicing and fruits.

The flavor is roasted nutty malts with some sweetness and fruits and some tarry bitterness in the finish with some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a very exciting winter beer. The flavors just don't do it for me.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with very little head. It's color is deep mahogany/brown. The smell was mostly of alcohol with slight spice. It feels thin in the mouth and has no spice taste. It tastes okay, but certainly isn't something I'd want more than once. This wasn't what I expected for a winter brew.

Photo of shapudding
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle
Beautiful dark burnt caramel color- almost the same color as the bottle! Light brown head that really did not linger around or come back to visit after I tried to swirl it back up.... just some tiny bubbles that ringed the edge. Mouthwateringly scented with portwine and sherry, bit of whiskey... sugery cakes and molasses. Nice..
Tastes of alcohol and burnt toast, malts... Decent amount of carbination in here. Foams up for you in your mouth when you give it a roll over the tongue. Nice tasting one.

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Wispy off-white lace, dark brown with a garnet hue ... good clarity. Toasty sweetness w/ some dark honey, the hops and alcohol add some spice to the nose. Thick medium body that runs pretty smooth. Toasted malt throughout with a slight edge of roasted grain that mimics chicory and carob powder. Spicy warmth from the alcohol is delicate as it is cradling a burnt raisin like fruitiness. Hops come in leafy and herbal with more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes bittersweet.

Nothing earth-shattering but definitely solid. Malt, hops and alcohol seem to hit all the right targets for the style. Very safe to say this is a good pic for a winter seasonal.

Photo of Doppelmax
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another I picked up from Huck's. I had this a few years ago on tap in Sacramento at the Pyramid brewpub and though I'd give it a try again.
Nice dark copper but the head dissipated to quickly for me.
Malty/citrus hops aroma quite pleasing.
My kind of beer, malt and hops up front finishing with a distinctive bitter hop finish. Average body with decent carbonation.
Glad I grabbed a 6 of these. Too bad I can't bring any home to NH in my carry on due to the non drinking crowd from you know where.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition, pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a respectable beige head that hangs around, and leaves some patchy lace. Aroma is malty caramel with a note of chocolate, quickly displaced by herbal hops and vague spices. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderated carbonation. Taste is dry and spicy with herbal hops, bitter yeast note, and nutmeg. Alcohol is hidden. Finishes dry and spicy/yeasty bitter. Some old ale character, unfortunately, was very fleeting in nature. Not an outstanding example of the style, but I've never been a fan of this brewery's offerings.

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Mahogany brown with off-white head and very light lacing.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, tea and some floral, metallic hops.

Taste: Relatively dry chery and caramel malts dominate, with some light English, spicy and metallic hops providing counterbalance. Ends with a little too much medicinal cherry.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, barely dry finish.

Drinkability: For an English Strong Ale, it is a little weak, as it comes across as more of an Irish Red.

Photo of magictrokini
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know about this one. Aroma is nothing to speak of, because there isn't one. IT looks great, clear amber, no head. The taste is sour. A mix of malt, spice, and sweat. The aftertaste was very sweet, making you forget how sour the actual beer is. I'd go back for more, and then remember, and repeat again. I could not get over it. Get something else.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a short neck brown 12oz. bottle twist-off cap.

Beautiful clear mahogany color with a deep reddish hue.A light tan head 1" thick dissapating to a thick coating thru the beer.

A very complex aroma, first wiff of candied apples,very spicy with hints of vanallia/chocolate/ a bit nutty and fruitty.Lots of different aromas, a treat for the nose.

The taste was very malty notes of carmell/chocolate/toffee and nutty.
Spicy,hints of vanallia, A clean,sharp,spicy bittersweet finish.A complex and very pleasing quailty to the taste

A medium body,velvety feel on the palate,a bit cloying.
One of my favorite holiday beers,delicious.mouthwatering,don't want to stop drinking this beer.Give it a try.

Photo of Dizzy
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights, patchy head with some lacing. Smell is malts, coffee and some fruit. Roasted flavors dominate with some sweetness. Medium bodied. Overall, not very impressive, I expected a lot more complexity. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of monkeybeer
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Dark Ruby Brown with quick disappearing tan head that left a little bit on top of the beer sticky lacing.

S- A some what sweet malty spice aroma

T/M - A spicy sweet taste initial very warming which I like. Left a slight hop bitter after taste which for me somewhat detracts from the beer. Mouth fell is very welcoming except for the aftertaste.

D- Not the best winter brew out there a little too bitter at the end ruins the whole beer for me

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer from Pyradmid, usually pick up a 6er every year. This year, no different. Pours dark. Not black, but dark brown. Smells decent, a little hoppiness. But more hoppiness once you take a swill. Sticks around, big chocolatey winterness in the malt.

Mouthfeel delightfully sticks around. No dissipation throughout, comes close to being a desert beer, a very drinkable beer when you stick to one or two a night.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep clear brown, minimal 1/8 inch head that reduces to a skim in 40 seconds. Nice smells, a slight sense of maple. Quickly, the flavor seems deep and slightly coffee-like with a little bit of mature raisins. The brew then turns more neutral with Goldings hops dominating the close. Pleasant, has some alcohol power and seems to be a decent offering from Pyramid. One of the better ones from this brewery and ranks pretty well among seasonals I’ve had this year.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep ruby almost takes on a deep purple tone with a nice creamy textured tan head nice sized at that, with nice even ringed lacing patterns. Aroma: A bit dull but I can pick out some toasted malts, mild spicing, some finishing hops and of course a kick of alcohol in the nose here. Taste: Soft sweetness starts to roll of the tip of the tongue then suddenly I hit a road block it finishes with a strong overbearing onesided flavor a bit soapy and hoppy but mainly bitterness comes through not any flavoring from the hops. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body compared to most winter ales this one lacks body and the carbonation seems a bit spritzy. Drinkability: Worth a try because it's winter time and there's so many awesome brews to choose from I don't want to overlook anything, but I could have gone without this one just not that enjoyable for me.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz in pint glass

A - lovely very dark but clear mahogany; tan head is thick and long-lasting but not generous.

T - More malty than hoppy. Nicely spiced: both level (readily detectable yet not over the top) and flavor combination. Somewhat weak flavor is a bit disappointing given the very inviting aroma.

M - medium/full body. smooth. Medium carbonation.

D - interesting, unique and no significant flaws make for a great sipper.

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A smallish off white head falls into a decent lacing above a clear burnt reddish colored beer.

Light spices, malts, and some light dark fruits in the aroma.

The light spices and dark fruits mix well with light caramel malts and light hops.

This medium bodied beer has a lightly dryish aftertaste that brings along with it some of the light malt and lighter spices from the taste.

A decent enough tasting beer, middle of the road or slightly better I guess.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is mahogany to near-black. A tan head pours pretty tight and leaves a few light patches of lacing. A nice blend of malts and hops with some spices. The taste is nicely balanced with more of a licorice in the flavor to back up some good malts. Unlike many winter warmers, spices are well-blended and by no means overpowering. They mix nicely in the flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty thick with a nice medium to full body and a lingering malt and light licorice finish. The hops are also a little more prominent than in most winter warmers and adds to the balance. Overall a drinkable beer.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 031113.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a 1 finger dense off white head. Some real small bubbles visible in the body. Head is gone in a few minutes and leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Light chocolate malt aroma with a hop and dark fruit backing. A little banana from the yeast

T: Pretty tame, chocolate with a hoppy backing. Nothing that makes you go wow, but nothing that tastes off.

M: Average body with mild carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. Maybe a tad sticky.

Overall pretty drinkable that I think most people would enjoy. Outshined by many others in the winter warmer category.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy, mahogany color with three fingers of oatmeal-colored head that sloooooowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of spice up front, such as clove, licorice, dark molasses and black pepper, followed by some toasted malt and a lot of Belgian yeast funkiness. There are some notes of dried stone fruit as well, such as prunes and raisins.

Taste: Good toasted malt up front, immediately followed by some Belgian yeast, lots of stone fruit such as plums, raisins, figs, finished by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Not much in the way of hops, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Much more Belgian than English than I was expecting. Great notes of fruit and spice.

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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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