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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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781 Ratings

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +14%

schnarr84, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

bacher468, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of acp21178
4/5  rDev +14%

acp21178, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

kylehay2004, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new winter favorite of mine. I tried it this past winter during a snowstorm. The 7.0% abv gives the brew a warmth that is much appreciated after dealing with the ice and snow. The bitter, earthy flavor slows the drinker down a bit--that's a good thing because the flavor is too complex for quaffing. I sip on this beer much like one would a good wine or mead. Snow Cap satisfies maltheads and hopheads alike. Dedicated B/M/C drinkers should steer clear of this.

And that was what a review of mine looked like in 2002.
Pours to a generous buff head and dark brown and clear color. Rich malty nose with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and a hint of British hops. Flavor is rich and malty with roasty, nutty flavors and malt sweetness with a balance of hop bitterness. Long, warming finish. Just what you need on a cold night.

Eleven years later, still a winter favorite of mine.

EagleTalon, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

BillRoth, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of p-wagz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

p-wagz, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of zookerman182
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a dark red color with a one finger off white head.
Aroma is roasted malt, not much else goi on.
Flavor is malty and bready and watered down.
Some caramel flavors and toasted malt notes. Some coffee flavor on the back end.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, flavor goes quickly.
Not too find of this one but I'm glad I was ale to try it.

zookerman182, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Silverpath6, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

zaptone, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

ucsbmullet, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

scottbrew4u, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a moderate caramel sweetness and a nice chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter spice smells as well as a bit of an herbal hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter roasted flavor consisting of a moderate level of some brown bread flavors as well as a caramel sweetness. Along with these flavors at the start, there is also a nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor present as well. The caramel transitions to a toffee like flavor more toward the middle, taking on a more buttery nature. This toffee flavor is short lived however and later losses its ground as some bitter roasted coffee and some light hop flavors of an herbal nature come to the tongue. At the very end some grapefruit hop tastes come to the tongue, in the end combining with the rest to leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Overall the thicker body is rather nice for accentuating the roasted, chocolate, and sweet flavors, although the bitter coffee and grapefruit are almost too strongly sensed due to the thicker feel, making these flavors stand out a little too much for the roasted and sweet malty flavors and the style.

Overall – An OK brew, but the hop, chocolate, coffee, and sweet just never really seem to meld all that well on the tongue. Worth a try, but not the best winter warmer out there.

Darkmagus82, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ssteakley
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

ssteakley, Dec 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

deadliest, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-mahogany with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of dense looking cream head

S-rich malt, caramel, hints of chocolate, dark fruits and a slight roasted quality to it

T-taste is not as powerful as the smell, malt backbone, caramel, and spices. Has a strange aftertaste that I can't place.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall I had high hopes for this after a nice aroma, but the taste just doesn't live up to it.

ksimons, Nov 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Brendog9, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

tastymug, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

rhinonau, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannot believed I have not reviewed this one... Picked up at the COOP tonight... Pours a clear dark/darker mahogany.. short lived dark tan head... spotty lacing.

Nose is dark toast and some dark pit fruit... a bit of plum/red grape.. hints of cocoa.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a decent punch of piney hops.. okay.. but underwhelming.

Medium/full body but balanced by a slightly bigger than expected carbonation.... Glad I only bought one.. this used to be a go-to for me every winter, but it seems to have definitely lost it's shine in my eye.


JohnGalt1, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

seanlanefuller, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Sir_Goatman, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

constantine_272, Oct 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Rasmon, Oct 18, 2013
Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.