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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | 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:
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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Photo of popery
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea for a winter beer. Malty, medicinal, minty flavor. The beer pours a relatively dark amber with a smallish head. The aroma is a mixture of band-aids and mint with some malt presence. The flavor is a tad sweet for my liking. It's not a terrible strong ale, but it's not terribly interesting or worth another purchase. Jubelale may be a dollar or two more for a six pack, but it's worth it.

Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper bodied brew with light offwhite head that died quickly and left a little lace. A malty aroma with hints of both sweet and roasted and very minor spice; no hops. Thicker than expected, but still medium bodied, with a decent malt base that is both dry and sweet if not minor, and a little spice and hop bitterness make for a bland but still decent winter warmer (for mass market consumption). Goes down easy and while I won't seek this out it is not a bad beer at all.

Photo of towersfall
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark red with a slight copper touch upon a second glance. Slowly disappearing head that wasn't that impressive in the first place.

Smell - Malts and spices are prevalent, but other than that there's not much of a smell.

Taste - Much like the smell the flavor is dominated by malts and spices but there is a bitter hop finish. Not a fan of the combination, but I could see how someone would enjoy this.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter and strong and fits the description of "warmer" well.

Drinkability - Decent to drink but there are far better winter warmers and better brews from Pyramid. A little bit of a let down from Pyramid, but it's not a totally bad brew.

Photo of bump8628
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist-off bottle with drink by date of the Ides of March 2009.

Clear mahogany with a mat of creamy off-white head that lasts and leaves plenty of lace behind. Insipid aroma of raw hops and barely sweet malt. Coarse hop bitterness (not hop flavor) overwhelms the palate making the caramel maltiness barely detectable. A tornado of carbonation scrubs the tongue clean of what little flavor there is and gives a displeasing mouthfeel. I think one of these is more than enough.

Photo of Clamwacker
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I usually prefer Deschutes and Bridgeport brews as far as larger Oregon producers go, but this was on sale and I decided to check it out.

The appearance is nice, a dark red color with decent lacing, and a good frothy tan-colored head with a vigorous pour, but it thins out quickly.

It smells faintly of chocolate and fruit in the malt character with a burst of spice, but thankfully no clove (why do people use cloves in beer? Please stop.), but nothing really dominates.

It has a decent flavor for this style, with a fairly light malt flavor up front that quickly turns to a bitter, earthy hops flavor. The hops do not balance the malt in my opinion. The finish is dominated by the bittering effect of the hops, but I don't feel that these hops match the malt well. Someone said Fuggles, and I think they are right.

Overall it is quite drinkable, but not something I will go in search of when Oregon provides so many other options this time of year.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on the way home from Fairfield at Safeway.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thin head

Smell- malts, spices

Taste- malt, little bit of spices

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, would drink it again but have had better winter warmers

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

Pours a dark red/copper with a tan head.

Aroma is of malts and spices.

Tastes like that as well. I get the malts mildly, but the spices kick in well in the finish. Not bad

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium...and is drinkable. Not one of the best winter warmers I've had (and frankly, I've had better from Pyramid)..but still a good offering. Try it out.

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep copper-brown color with one finger of light tan head. Actually, quite enticing.

Smell: basic malt aroma without much else. Smells like a brown ale, or maybe a porter without any chocolate. Interesting.

Taste: malty indeed, but a good kind of malt. It's got a little bitterness and just the faintest earthy hops, maybe fuggles, but the malt is the real story here. An interestingly complex profile; think an Imperial red ale. Not usually my thing, but not bad by any means.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice creaminess. I quite like it.

Drinkability: this was the beer of record for my band's halloween party this year, so I salvaged one to review on a more sober occasion. I will say that, overall, this beer is quite drinkable, and could be dangerous in the wrong hands (i.e., mine).

Photo of Elimination
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 into a standard pint glass

Little foam, must of had pretty good carbonation, when the cap came off, it spurted out a little

dark, like a standard winter smell is almost lacking. i can smell beer but nothing stands out

taste is light bitter chocolate, malty almost bread/biscuit flavor, smooth carbonation, pretty good moutfeel

im not much of a winter warmer fan, but this is pretty standard amongst breweries these days it seems

Photo of NorCalYeti
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- malty, tart hops, estery

color- mahogany

clarity- clear

smell- banana, malt, sweetness

body- medium-full, soft

appearance- nice color, flat

overall impression- okay

notes- not as good as previous vintages. synthetic, estery taste. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear burgundy with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smell of malt, spice, touch of caramel, earth, and some roasted nuts.

taste is creamy a little bit of sour malt, some caramel, some nuts, and a little spice, ends bitter, slightly dry.

Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 2009 bomber of this for $2.49.... damn fine price (No affect on judging)

- Nice dark rootbeer brown color... mocha colored porter-like head... leaves a nice swarm of froth and lace-maker.

- Nice spicy sweet roasty malt... little bit of fig, prune... molasses... pepper..

- Nice chocolate malt.. like a fine double porter.. but with an extra kick of something that I can't place my finger on... but it cools like mint.. without the mint flavor... some nice zesty herbs and spice.. some prune and fig... rye.. bread..

- Slightly chewy... and chalky.. but overall very decent.

- Actually one of the better winter seasonals I have had yet this year... and I would have to say it hangs up there with Jubelale if not better... but it is different for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice malty mixture, its also in the aroma of a darkish and big off-white head drink with cola and spice.Very drinkable this one, one of the best I have had from the brewery.Some sugar,anise, fruit like apricot,mild ginger, a tad above average mouthfeel.

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

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my dimpled mug. Appears a clear dark apricot color with two fingers of lingering light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of sweet, medium toasted bready grains, spicy hops, a bit of brown sugar. Creamy, medium body with adequate carbonation for it's style. Worth trying.

Photo of teejay76
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark caramel color with a head that remained.

Smell: Aroma was full of hops.

Taste: Hops stood out first with lingering caramel taste and delicious bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft.

Drinkability: Considering the 7.0% alc, it is remarkably smooth. This beer was decent.

Photo of natelocc787
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Ruby color. 2 finger head ebbs down quickly but some lacing remains throughout.

Spices, cider and cinnamon.

Classic winter ale, spicy and hoppy with a malty mouthfeel.

Medium bodied. Slightly oily and roasty.

Good winter beer, can be drank during cold seasons or spring. Not the best winter beer but a solid b+, a-.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours off brown with slight haze, thin white head dissipates quickly to a thin white rim. Nose is weak, without much to report, but perhaps a faint mocha. Palate has a brown sugary, high alcohol character to it, and it finishes rather warm. Winter warmer, yes, but not in a good way.

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

Reviewed here from notes as I drank this quite awhile ago now. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear, deep mahogany color. White head is 1/2 inch when poured, eventually settles to a thin to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with spots of foam on the surface here and there. Aromas of sweet cacamel and malt and some definite spice and not much else. Has a sweet caramel malt flavor with some holiday spice, and rounded out with a bit of hops. Not very complex, but tasty enough. Has a crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way.


Photo of goatgoat
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/13/09.

Pours a clear dark, almost black, brown with garnet highlights. A thick mounding tan head falls slowly. Some sheeting lace.

Aroma is spicy and roasted. Strong cinnamon, light earthy note.

Flavor is spices up front, a nice roasted body comes in the middle of the sip and hands it back to the spices along with a sturdy bitterness for the finish. Never that sweet.

Kind of watery and light in the body. Carbonation is smooth and appropriate.

Too bad winter's come and gone! At least here in Texas...
This is one of the spicier winter warmers I've had. Which I enjoy. Decent brew, some work on the aroma and body would make it great.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Black body and a medium-sized light tan head. Bunch of blended together spices in the aroma. I think I was able to pick out some liccorice. Little bit of stout-like roastiness, that I haven't had in a winter warmer before. Flowery hops add a nice bitterness, and provide another dimension of flavor. Overall a good winter warmer, but this is dominated by the hops instead of the spices and malt.

Photo of nms1987
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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

Photo of tangentrider
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown beer with red highlights when held to the light; half inch deep straw head

S- Caramel, with a touch of spice and some dried fruit

T- Slightly roasty malt; resiny, piney hops; a bit of spice; finishes bitter on the back of the tongue

MF- smooth, with moderate carbonation

D- I'd have this on again; I like the lingering bitter finish.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black, might be just a bit lighter than completely black with a pretty dark off-white head.

Mostly smells of a caramel mocha, not much spice or hops, quite a bit more malt.

Various jumbled spices mixed with a chocolate malt flavor. Bittersweet up front, fades rather quickly.

Medium body brew. Smooth but not incredibly smooth.

Rather odd. The beer isn't bad but it isn't something that stands out either.

Photo of beer2day
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red to brown with minimal head and moderate lacing.

The nose is quite big. Fruit, wood, and pine all come through with a faint hint of anise. Lots of malt in the nose but very little hops in balance.

Hits the tongue with a little sweetness but finishes very hoppily.

Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.