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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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756 Ratings

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%

Brewed by:
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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Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- deep dark red, mahogany in color with a 1-plus finger head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S- Dry roasted malts. Some breadiness and raisin dark fruitiness.

T- Roasted malt, chocolate, and nutty.

M- Lots of body and carbonation. Semi-sweet finish, not overpowering. Robust.

O- Solid winter warmer. I must've liked it, three seperate takes before the review.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 20:56:26 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of socon67

New York

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

On tap at Mad Moose BBQ in Binghamton.

A - Pours a light brown with a red hue to it. Some white foam that quickly disappears. Small rings of lacing arounf the glass.

S - Scents of sweet bakery cakes (honey, sugar, molasses) and some baking spices.

T - Sone initial sweetness gives to a warming brun in the finish. Slightly acidic finish is noted. The hop profile I found to be tempered and mildly bitter.

M - Good beer to have with a meal. This is balanced well and with minimal carbonation.

O - There are others in this style I tend to like much more (Old Fezziwig...) but wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 13:25:59 | More by socon67
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very generic type winter seasonal. pours a redish hue of brown with a very small head that disappears almost instantly. smells a bit spiced like mulled wine, same aromotics. the flavor is definitely more balanced with piney hops and a residual sweetness. beer is full bodied and has low to moderate carbonation. overall i found this to be a pretty average winter warmer, has all the critical components but does nothing to excite me in any rousing way.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 15:45:10 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of lukester


2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I go back a long ways with this beer having stopped by and bought sixers at the old Kalama brewing facility in the 90's. It used to be one of a kind or close to it in this category along with Jubilale. I swear it used to be a better beer than its current incarnation. Jubilale is now definately tops in this category. I suspect that meeting the demands of stock holders has cut into what goes into the beer but that is just a guess.

I just bought a 1/2 barrel for the kegerator as much for nastalgia as for the beer. While its still a drinkable beer it is nothing to write home about... anymore.

Appearance: Poured from a 39 degree keg into a pint glass with decent white creamy head. Color is a bit light for this category coming in mid brown with high clarity.

Smell: Nothing to write home about probably because it is not as hoppy as I like.

taste: Clean with a fair amount of malt and bittering hops. Flavor does not linger long.

mouthfeel: bit of a disappointment compared to most beers with this level of ABV.

Overall a drinkable beer but Jubilale is far superior.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 03:49:37 | More by lukester
Photo of doughanson78


3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Collins Pub in Seattle. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Brown with red highlights. Pretty clear. One finger tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Super light nose. Almost nothing. Slight malts and spices.

T: Big toffee. Slight caramel. Subdued spices. Nice touches of floral hops towards the finish.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. A touch dry.

O: The best beer from Pyramid that I've had and maybe the best Winter Warmer I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 02:38:42 | More by doughanson78
Photo of ramnuts


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
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pyramid, Seattle, WA

Poured a deep mahogany with a modest white head that lingered as a thin layer of dense bubbles. Mostly malts and licorice in the nose. Roasty malts, licorice, anise in the taste with a touch of pine and nutmeg; a bit medicinal at times, but not intolerably so. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 14:23:02 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Scotchboy


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

Served very cold in a pint glass at Louie's in Meridian. Appears dark brown, maybe some mahogany in there...no head but this beer laces the glass fairly well.

The smells are muted because of temp, but its a malty smelling beer and pretty pleasant to sniff.

Taste is good, to me its a lot like a Jubelale, but a little thinner. Carmel malts, some roasty characteristics and some chocolate, some seasonal-type spices that I can't put my finger on. Your all-around Winter Warmer.

A medium body but feels fairly light. For this style, its pretty sessionable if you're in the mood.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 15:53:48 | More by Scotchboy
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Smells like raisins and bar tapline cleaner. Yum.

Tastes like dark fruits and grapefruit. Not bad! Medium body with dark caramels and a stiff amount of roast barley and chocolate malt. Spices may be there, maybe nutmeg and cinammon. But the spice flavors are dominated by grapefruit hop flavors, not out of place here. The roasted malts have an especially sharp character compared to other winter warmers, which is also welcome. Nothing cloying about this beer.

This is my favorite Pyramid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 19:21:32 | More by drummstikk
Photo of JNeider


3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one out of season so that may affect my opinion. It was blazing hot out and I don't think the "winter warmer" was the right choice but this one still came in better than expected.

Came an opaque dark brown with a richly brown head that faded moderately quickly but laced very well throughout the drink. It smelled rich and toasty with a touch of hoppyness coming through. Tasted similar, and the bitterness of the hops helped to balance the roasted grains well. Rather thin for this type and if it had been thicker I think I would have enjoyed it more. This did help its drinkability though, especially on a warm day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 14:17:44 | More by JNeider
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SeaTac today.

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with decent head retention and lacing. Nose is not bad, with some sweet malt, spice and a bit of pine. The pine aroma tips you off that this winter warmer will have some hops, which is confirmed once I take my first sip. The amount of hops in this beer counters the malt very well, leading to a spicey, dry finish. There's almost something of an herbaceousness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and I think this beer comes across as a bigger beer then it actually is.

Have been drinking this beer for many, many years. While nothing special, it's a solid offering, and one of the better beers made by Pyramid Brewing these days.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 20:28:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of BDJake


3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- leaves little head atop a bark reddish brown body, but does somehow manage to lace the glass

S- full of roasted malts and some spices, not too strong

T- like a good coffee/chocolate stout, but more balanced and with a bit of the alcohol

M- warms your entire throat, somewhat sticky and with decent carbonation

D- goes up as you work your way down the pitcher

Really hit the spot at the Christmas party last night, and by the end of the night my shoes had tasted a decent amount of it too.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 04:55:21 | More by BDJake
Photo of TypeSJess


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I tried this one the first time a couple weeks ago because a buddy of mine had bought a keg of it for one of our team meets. It didn't immediately get drained so I had my doubts about it. I was wrong. It's a very strong brew for what it is. Very rich flavor with coffee and espresso notes. Very smooth, creamy feel on down. Drinkability is not so high because of the acquired taste of these types of brews and definitely not a session beer. Overall, a decent winter brew but not for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 05:45:29 | More by TypeSJess
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep deep amber. Nose is a nice sweetness, with definate fruit undertones. Taste was very similar to the smell, banana, but mostly a carmelized brown sugar flavoring. There were hints of spice, but it was mostly sweet. Not sickly or overpowering sweet, but a nice flavor. Very nice in the mouth, slight tingle to the tounge.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 04:27:22 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Stoneman78


3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

Appearance is an opaque amber/brown hue, thin layer of off-white bubbles, fair lacing on the glass

Smell is dark fruits (raisins), spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice), caramel malts in the background, quite subtle overall

Taste is mostly raisins and dark fruits followed by slight alcohol warming and winter spices, finishes dry and sweet

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability low, this is a mediocre winter warmer with the requisite spices and malt but little else in the way of uniqueness or innovation, would not get again

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 09:48:24 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of 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
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times over the years and I'm just finally getting around to reviewing it. Back in the day, this was one of the better winter options. Now its been eclispsed by so many other choices. Pours a very dar brown, almost black. Thin head and some lacing. Smells fruity and there are notes of sweet malt and some spicy, citrusy hops. The taste is similar, with an edge to it and some almost burnt toffee flavors as well. Mouthfeel is spicy and a little rough. One of their best offerings, and not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 20:38:04 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, nutmeg and cinnamon. In the taste, roasty malt and a light cinnamon spice. A smooth, malty mouthfeel and a dry cinnamon, and a green apple aftertaste. Very porter like, with hints of spice and fruitiness. Light and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 12:43:40 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tonistruth


2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- brown w/ reddish hues, 1/2" off white head, good retent, some decent lacing, thin film

S- malty, sweet, molasses, brown sugar

T- brown sugar, molasses, bran, malty, very little bitterness, very sweet

M- medium, simple, low carbonation, smooth

D- not sure what makes this a winter special, too sweet to be enjoyable, much better winter brews out there

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2007 18:22:57 | More by tonistruth
Photo of bodybyadam


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second review on Snow Cap but I’m reviewing an aged brew. This was a 2003 for the 2006 Winter Fest at Hales. Tasted in a 5oz sampler. Some of my notes are comparative and this was due to the comparison with the 2006 that I sampled shortly beforehand.
A: This had poured a small head quickly dissipating and a darker brown than the younger.

S: The nose carried some much sweeter notes of caramel, where the 06 had a more toasty malt and slight caramel aroma.

T: Sweet yet strong scotch taste and mild ETOH noted that warmed me at first sip. My first impression is this is an entirely different winter warmer. As I continue I taste the caramel come out again and a fizzy finish.

M: This is a thin to medium-bodied beer and flows well over the tongue.

D: The young Snow Cap is a good beer, but the vintage one is one that I will not forget. Yes I already packed away a bottle just to see how the bottle aging will do. Vintage brews must be taken advantage of while you can. Don’t miss out.

Elbows Up,

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 05:36:35 | More by bodybyadam
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid- Snow Cap

Appearance- Dark brownish black with little head.
Smell- Licorice, molasses, and malt.
Taste- Bitter dry black licorice with a molasses malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- Dry up front with a slight bitterness. The flavor tones down and finishes sweet.

Overall- Another decent Winter Warmer this past season. This was just a notch below the Anchor X-mas!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 22:59:45 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of rem5

New York

2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pint glass at barcade in brooklyn for the winter beer night.

A - Dark, almost opaque. No head.

S - Some light hop character. But for a winter warmer i wasnt getting the spicyness i was expecting.

T - Tasteless, very disappointing. I was hoping for cinnemon or cloves but nothing was apparent.

M - Smooth and very light. Almost like a dunkelweisen

D - Very drinkable, just nothing spectacular. I wouldnt order it again. Maybe if I was closer to the brewery I would have it again, but since im in ny i cant imagine it was all that fresh either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 20:20:48 | More by rem5
Photo of 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
Photo of Boto


4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught: This one pours a very dark brown, and is topped with a small tan head. It leaves lots of lacing down the glass. The aroma is somewhat spicy and malty. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon in there. The body is a little on the richer side, with a caramel malt sweetness balanced nicely with some hop spiciness. Maybe just a hint of roastiness. I don’t know if you would want to call a 7% beer a session beer, but this goes down really easy. Now I know why my friends in the northwest put this stuff away for later!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2006 11:52:06 | More by Boto
Photo of briman


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap, into standard pint glass.

Appearance was a deep ruby color, not much of a head on this one, only faint evidence of one for a moment before it was gone.

Nose was sweet and malty without much hop aroma.

Taste was sweet and very malty, with a slightly bitter finish. Just enough to give it a good balance.

Very full bodied beer, coats your mouth and throat...and certainly lives up to
it's style as a winter warmer.

This is a beer that drinks like a meal. Very filling. It's drinkable, but after just one I was ready for a nap !

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2006 20:21:28 | More by briman
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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.