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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BA SCORE
80
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770 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-11-2001)
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charlesw

New York

4.88/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's start with drinkability, shall we? If I didn't have another 11 hours to kill in this airport, well, hmm. Or, uh. Crap. This review sucks :) Let's see. I'd like to be awake until my flight leaves so I'm going to leave it at 2 pints. But, dang, this sh|t is good. Sure, sure, I used to say that Lobster was the stuff, the thang. Well, it is, in one context. And in this context... Dude... It's deep and dark in the color but holy bananas is this stuff good! Rich, thick, chewy, malty... Ridiculously well balanced with the micro quantity of chocolate, healthy caramel... Just a huge malty mouth and darned proud of it.

This stuff... This is like the Old Ale I make. And, golly, I like the Old Ale I make. And this stuff. I'd drink it every day and then some. And be happy to. And how. Oh yeah. And again and again and again.

Now... It tastes like it's in the 250+ calorie range so I guess... I'd have to add another 10 minutes to my lunch-time workout, then, wouldn't I? Oh! The trauma!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 20:56:37 | More by charlesw
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Spaz7

California

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

05-24-2013 22:24:10 | More by Spaz7
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seanlanefuller

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

11-02-2013 01:02:15 | More by seanlanefuller
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dgp207

New York

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

02-25-2013 21:32:51 | More by dgp207
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barley

California

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

12-26-2012 23:56:32 | More by barley
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IntriqKen

California

4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice warm creamy head atop dark coppery tan pour quickly dissappates to a very small lacing. Aromas of brown sugar and carmel. Nice mouthful of tiny carbonation and comfortable alcohol warming going down.
Tastes of very light hops....nice malt...slight bitter chocolate.
Pleasant chocolate with brown sugar aftertaste. No bitterness.

Overall, pleasant warming holiday brew. Nicest thing from Pyramid.
Wish it was available year round. Even with the high alcohol content, I can drink these all night and love each and every one.
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I've been enjoying these all year but now it is September. The last one I had was probably July and it was enjoyable. Tonight I opened the last one in the fridge and it was undrinkable for me. So just as a point of reference, 6 months maximum for cellaring IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 02:57:09 | More by IntriqKen
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cbros

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was first intrigued by this beer for its ABV. But after taking my first sip I was hooked. It's combination of taste and yes potency go hand in hand. You can have a high ABV beer that tastes like motor oil or rubbing alcohol. Or you can drink this. A beer that tastes good and makes you feel better. I suggest this beer anytime you are at a Seattle Seahawks footbal game.(my first experience with it) There is nothing better than a Snow Cap in one hand and a basket full of garlic fries in your lap. The combination of the bitter sharp garlic mixed with the smooth taste of Snow Cap is a doable mixture.
In late Nov this beer really warms the stomach and makes any football game more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 19:16:27 | More by cbros
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-16-2012 03:51:08 | More by TaylorK
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-24-2012 09:39:46 | More by muchloveforhops3
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BeefSkillet


4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

08-19-2012 23:07:42 | More by BeefSkillet
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer; one of my favorite winter warmers so far

A- Dark brown opaque body with copper-red translucent edges. Decent head

S- Alcohol, roasted chocolate&caramel malts. Some raison/fig smells

T- The hops play a big role in the flavor of this beer. The bitterness balances the sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malt flavors and keep the beer very drinkable

M- Medium body and low carbonation

D- Easy to drink for such a high ABV%

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:00:17 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. If this is what Winter / Seasonal beers are coming to, I like it. This is a nice change of pace from the normal, spicey and fruity winter-type brews I am used to trying. This brew has a very respectable head that lingers, but is quite light. The aroma has some hint of spice, but again, very subtle. This is a drinkable seasonal. Enough said. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2002 17:13:57 | More by goindownsouth
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass, the liquid is dark and has good carbonation. The head is big thick and mocha brown, it leaves good lace.

The smell is dark and roasty with a hint of spice.

The taste follows, dark roasted malt, Hmmmm Hmmmm Good. Just a hint of spice flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and gentle, lots of body but not sticky or over carbonated, just about right.

The drinkability is just great this is a very nice brew. I'll be looking for it again. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 20:18:56 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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MadeInOregon

California

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth and easy drinkin to the last drop.

Pouring this one was fun. About 3/4 through pouring the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass a huge, fluffy head began to erupt from the bottom of the glass leaving about and inch and a half at the top of this deep copper/bronze brew. Other than the delayed head explosion, what caught my eye was how dark this one was; it looked almost black until held up to light. Pretty dark for a winter warmer, I think.

The smell after being poured was fairly mild and had a sweet and hoppy nature. Nothing special, but not bad.

Taste-wise, I love winter warmers and this was no exception; Snow Cap is delicious. The first sip started with chocolate and caramel and slowly evolved to mildly bitter hops and yeast. This beer has a great flavor. After a few more sips the roasted barley began to become more detecable in the intial chocolatey taste and the bitterness in the final hop flavor increased.

Pyramid's 2008 warmer has a nice balance of sweet, bitter, and warm and becomes especially creamy as it warms to room temperature. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:50:47 | More by MadeInOregon
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice little brown head. Very dark brew. Very warming. Dry, cedary finish. There's toffee and mellow caramel notes. Hints of mocha also. Very nicely balanced brew. Strong too. Has been a staple in my winter beer selection for about 5 years now.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 16:35:49 | More by Bighuge
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ramnuts

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: One of my favorite beers of all times. It has been mighty unimpressive these past few years...waxy, attenuation out of whack, weak, thin, unbalanced. A massive disappointment for the past 4 years, in fact.

I am happy to report that Pyramid nailed it this time. Flavorful, balanced, headily foamed, just genius.

The roast comes through but does not dominate. Drinkable, well laced, carbed to perfection. Nutty, subdued malt, hops at the proper level. Just right.

I salute Pyramid for restoring this beer to its proper place. I was nearly ready to write it off but am glad I tried this version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 02:24:23 | More by ramnuts
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark rich amber with a thin head. Smell of light dark sweet roasted malts. taste is roasty sweet with dark sugar, spice, dark fruits and slight alchohol. Mouthfeel is a solid medium with good carbonation. What I would overall expect from a winter warmer, a good solid winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:32:39 | More by Bookseeb
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 14:51:04 | More by shapudding
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putnam

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottles bears a 15th anniversary neck label and recommends drinking by 06/17/2002. Now its November. The label was bleached out from sitting in front of the flourescent lights in the cooler.

It exhibits a good, healthy, deep brown color. There is a sweet, coffee drenched nose with Doppelbock-like malt and spice aromas. Marshmallows and brown sugar appear.

On the palate it is actually pretty well attenuated. Could bottle age be responsible? No doubt there is a super-thick, creamy texture which carries slack flavors of coffee, charred hops, marischino cherries, cinnamon and tree bark.

A medium-length finish leaves a surge of bitter spice flavors that keeps the experience dry and focused.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 13:33:23 | More by putnam
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nms1987

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with beige head.

Nice, rich nose. Showcases malts and hops.

Wonderful body. Plenty malty, but with ample hopping too. Its like mixing the Brooklyn Winter Ale with an IPA. Its a great combination. It is simultaneously hoppy, malty, spicy and rich.

Mouthfeel... Very full bodied beer. Really feels substantial yet smooth.

High drinkability despite the heavy body and somewhat high ABV.
I keep craving more. It is hoppy to the point of pleasing and teasing the palate, making you want another, but not assaulting or insulting your palate

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 05:26:03 | More by nms1987
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RickS95

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this beer from a friend in Oregon and it provided a wonderful drinking experience.

Slow-forming, medium tan head. Cola in color, with hints of winter spices in the nose...cloves and allspice maybe.

Great mouthfeel, probably due to the whisper of chocolate, good lacing. Slightly bitter in the finish before the warming of the 7% alcohol kicks in for the long lasting aftertaste.

I poured this out of a 22-ounce bottle. It's a great-looking, dark winter beer. Snow Cap would make a great beer to cook with or to enjoy with a nice hearty meal. Really a fantastic seasonal beer, really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 16:35:02 | More by RickS95
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BACTAdam

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours very nicely. Dark amber or coppery in color with a thin white foamy head (fitting for the name Snow Cap).

S- I had a hard time getting a strong smell out of this one but I did get waffs of fresh baked goods or dough.

T- What a terrifically complex brew. Proof that all winter warmers aren't quite the same. Not a lot of winter spice flavors but plenty of unique flavors that change throughout. This started with a hoppy bitterness. By mid-glass, I started to pick up on some doughy, sort of fresh baked doughnuts or muffin notes. Odd, I know. There were also some hints of coffee with cream and caramel notes we well. As the beer warmed, I really started to pick up on notes of bitter-sweet, possibly even milk chocolate.

M- Creamy and smooth. Straight from a bottle poured into a pint glass, I may have been fooled into thinking this brew was on nitro if I had my eyes closed. Very impressive.

D- Not an everyday beer or something I'd session but I simply can't wait to have another. Very drinkable.

A true stand-out in a sea of typical winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:36:41 | More by BACTAdam
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DogFood11

California

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with some nice graphics on the label of two pyramids. Poured into a slender tulip it forms a nice tan head that leaves some sliding lace behind. Dark brown w/ some ruby red towards the outside of the brew.

This smells like its going to be a rich son of a bitch. Very focused on a Roasted malt presence and some heavy spices. Taste is similar to the smell although the body is light enough to take down without much trouble. Cinamon, Licorice, and all spice combine very well through the core of this brew and snap in bigtime at the finish. The spices really sharpen this thing right on up the ladder. Some bitterness is helps towards the finish as well. Dry.

Notes: A well crafted winter warmer and really fits the style to a T in my opinion. To me this is could be a standard bearer to judge others against.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 02:30:26 | More by DogFood11
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light to medium head. Excellent combination of citrus and spice in the flavor. A very gentle overall taste, with just enough of a bite to comfort you on a cool evening. This is a very good, gonna have one beer and relax beer. A beer to be enjoyed sifted. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 06:38:01 | More by BobLuvBeer
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA, poured into a brandy snifter,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a tan head, though I would have liked better retention, but I know this has been aged for about 9 months, so I wasn't expecting much.

S: Delicious, fragrant, with lots of malt and alcohol, with some milk chocolate, and winter spices as well.

T: Big malt flavours upfront, very bold, gives way to sweet milk chocolate, and ends with a soft ethanol note. Beautifully structured, a very satisfying winter warmer taste, even in the summer.

M: Smooth, satisfying, and warming, quite robust.

D: Great for a winter warmer, each sip keeps you wanting more. My favourite brew by far from Pyramid, a great example of a Winter Warmer, one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 04:47:25 | More by Halcyondays
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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.