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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 DavidST


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

I'm not the biggest pyramid fan but I figured I'll try this. Poured from a 12 oz bottle, not sure of the freshness date. This pours a dark brown color with a pretty nice tan head which has good retention. The smell is a little light but some caramel malts and spice. The body is medium. The taste is okay, a little spice and bitterness, along with some caramel malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:01:09 | More by DavidST
Photo of suncrust


2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark amber. Pretty good lacing and a rocky off white cap.

S: Aromas of spicy syrup with a wet, gooey caramel malt. Rye breads, sweeter dark fruits and some apricot in there.

T: Definitely tastes like a Pacific Northwest winter brew. Notes of evergreens and spruce hit the palate amid a wet brown sugar sweet texture. Spiced caramel with a strong bready character. Mildly toasty. Finishes a bitter with lingering bitter hops and bitter coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

MF: Bittering finish with a malty, bubblegum feel. Medium carbonation, smooth clarity. Sugars were a little sticky / syrupy.

O: Kind of tasted like a hopped up honey mashed with pine and spruce needles, or maybe even a hoppy brown. Not outstanding.... I would call this a safe winter. Had it's moments.... Probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 06:34:17 | More by suncrust
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3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark amber red, with no real head. Just a thin ring of light tan foam around the rim.

The aroma is of some spice, with caramel malt and a light hop bitterness.

The taste follows the nose with some spice and caramel malt and a strong bread backing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation.

A fairly run of the mill beer, not anything I would seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 08:37:03 | More by vkv822
Photo of soju6


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

A: Pours a dark amber color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt with some spice and dark fruit.

T: Flavor of caramel, some spice and fruit with a bit of chocolate. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a decent balance and no real trace of the alcohol.

O: Nice winter warmer, nothing over the top. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 14:00:37 | More by soju6
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/27/12.

Pours a clear dark copper with a huge 3 inch foamy beige head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruits, and some spice aromas. There is also a distinct apple cider aroma I am getting. Taste is of bready malt, caramel, subdued fruit, and some herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:53:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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1.83/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this was a pale ale (one of my least favorite styles), I’d be impressed with how malty it is. But this tries to claim winter warmer, and it’s too hoppy for that side of the tracks. Bubblegum and cloves nose. Tastes like generic iced tea with a slice of lemon and some nutmeg. Caramel malts come in for a second before being drowned out by the hops. Tastes like something that 21 year olds are serving in plastic cups and tossing ping pong balls into after they tapped it last Wednesday. It’s not awful, it’s just boring.
Winter Warmers are one of my favorite styles because of their taste and cellarability. This tastes so uneventful I doubt any cellaring could even do anything. I’ve always naively associated Pyramid with being a micro on the edge of macro that pumps out mediocre beer; this only confirms that perception.
I recently tried Maritime’s Jolly Roger, also from Seattle. It costs about $2 more and tastes $8 better (hey, that’s how much Snowcap costs!). Panhandle that $2 if you have to, there’s no good reason you anyone should set their winter warmer bar this low, and there’s other better, just as local winter warmers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 04:36:10 | More by nsabo
Photo of ScorpyX


4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber pour with a little bit of cloudiness. Tan head leaves behind the barest fo lacing. You have to look to see them, but the bubbles are there.

S: Pleasant sweet malt and spice, with a slight fruity scent. Floral character emerges to accompany the fruitiness later on.

T: Stronger than anticipated, with a nice malt and hop balance. A bit of the sweet caramel flavoring one gets in a warmer like this. A little bit of chocolate underlying as well. A hint of alcohol, too.

M: Medium-bodied with a little bit of that sticky sweetness sticking around. Fairly smooth, though.

D: Different for a winter warmer, but still a flavorful and quite satisfying. ABV is a little high for a session, but it works well to cope with those chilly winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:44:19 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black tint. Creamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, dark fruits, added sugars, spices, malts and a little yeast sneaks through.

Taste - Malts and hops up front. Bitter and a little peppery spices. Some caramel and a bit of yeast make up some flavor also. Theres almost a soda like flavor from the malts and added spices.

MOuthfeel - Its rather bitter and bitey. Tounge gets alot of bitter hops, some malts and a little sugar. Palette gets malts, more hops and yeast. Aftertaste is hoppy and light malts.

Overall - This is ok, more hoppy then i expected, and the malt flavors arent that impressive. A decent beer, nothing special, a ok winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:27:21 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of minterro


2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz split a sixer mixer from Oades.

No head even when vigorously poured. beer is a nice burgundy color. The smell isn't great, kinda smells like your average adjusted lager, with little hints of floral hops and malty sweetness. No sign of spices, fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger.

Taste has better elements of winter warmers: most prevalently ginger with some spice. Its overall pretty malty (bready malts). bittering in the finish but I didnt enjoy the aftertaste. Medium bodied, pretty high in carbonation.

overall: I glad I split this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:08:25 | More by minterro
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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 Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Served very cold. Thin head dissipated immediately. No lacing. Deep dark mahogany color. Clove and allspice in the nose. Strong, hoppy, bitter spiced attack is sustained and crescendos with a highly carbonated and satisfying expanding flood upon the pallete which splashes against the tonsils, and the tide ebbs with a pleasant IPA finish. Yes there is a hint of bitter powdered aspirin in there. It is a bitter brew. Alcohol content is well masked by the bitterness. Malt sweetness tempers the spice into a spruce ale flavored toffee backbone, which I taste on successive draughts.

In conclusion, this is a favorable bitter-sweet decoction.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:26:21 | More by Sorcerer
Photo of FosterJM


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

964th Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed mug
12 oz

Thanks to my buddy chris for sharing an extra bottle at our 2nd annual WAY before X mas, Xmas friends Dinner.

App- A little bit of a soda color brown with some amber/crimson on the bottom of the glass. Only poured with about a 1/2" head and was gone very quickly. 0 cling or lace to this one.

Smell- For a winter warmer I expect spices and Christmas and malts and and....this just smelled like a beer. Nothing really to seperate it from any particular style.

Taste- Much more like a spicy brown ale. Has a good bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. A little bit more malty and unbalanced.

Mouth- A light medium body and a medium carbonation level. A little spice on the residual flavors.

Drink- Not overly great but to start a night off its pretty good. A little above average. Probably not gonna return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:23:29 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Vashtar


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep amber color. Crazy head.
Very malty smell. Nice and clean.
Very bitter. Tastes like an IPA.
Feels like a cord wrapped around the middle of your tongue.
Nice beer. It's too bitter for me.
I'm from TEXAS! Rigga dig dig dig dig rigga dig dog dig deer!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:16:21 | More by Vashtar
Photo of lwillitz


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of tan head over a transparent dark brown body with ruby highlights; nice lace

S - malt, dark fruits, and yeast

T - sweet and malty up front; strong spices; dark fruit; sharp hop bite lasts into the finish

M - medium/full body, high carbonation

O - Looks great. Not much on the nose. Taste is ok. Mouthfeel is sufficient. Overall, Snow Cap is an ok winter ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:12:15 | More by lwillitz
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear deep garnet color with a two to three finger head. Settles down to a fairly thick lacing around the glass. Retention is good.

The aroma is a blend of big hops and big malt together. Both the bitter west coast style hopping blends in great with the sweet malt. Hints of citrus, caramel, and yeast.

The taste is basic with spicy hops hitting the palate at first, then that strong malt back bone to this ale comes thru and delivers that sweetness. The bitter hops to linger on the tongue while the warmth of the alcohol begins.

This is a full bodied ale that would be a winter warmer for the hop head. So I took it as it is because the balance in this ale is so good that I had a little of both worlds of taste. I just wish there was a little more spice, but I give this ale thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 05:18:16 | More by Luigi
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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
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - transparent brown, some lacing with big bubbles

smell - slightly roasty with some sweet caramel, a bit faint

taste - caramel malts are present here with a lingering aftertaste, gets better as it warms

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, frothy

overall - the aftertaste isn't amazing, the beer lacks balance and has some sharp characteristics that aren't that great

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:43:38 | More by djbreezy
Photo of notchucknorris


2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear brown color with a thin tan head.

S: A lot of pine in here along with some faint hints of spices.

T: Yikes. I read some of the other reviews of this and it seemed that other people thought this was pretty good. So maybe this was just a bad bottle, but yikes. It tasted like sucking on a pine cone with an aftertaste of aspirin. Pine and bitterness just for the sake of bitterness. Not a whole lot else going on. I could barely finish this.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:18:17 | More by notchucknorris
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Ramnuts informed me to pick some of this up so I did.

Appearance- Clear brown. Light tan head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell- Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Hops. Nutty, bready malt aromas. 4/5

Taste- Bread, nuts and hops. The spices are more of a background in the taste. I am surprised that the hops are as prevalent as they are. 4/5

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall- I usually have the winter warmers when they start to come out every year. The only one that I keep going back to is Jubelale. I believe this is the first time I have had snowcap. I assumed it to be a bland winter warmer, but am wrong. This is better than some out there for sure. I will be getting this again. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:30:37 | More by MADhombrewer
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a semi translucent amber/mahogany w/ a one finger light brown head. Dissipates quickly, leaving an uneven collar of foam, minimal lacing, and some dense bubbles on the surface.

S - licorice really jumps out at me on this one. Caramel malts and just a touch of hop bitterness.

T - bready, rich malt and dark fruit, mixed with a bit of the licorice that I detected in the nose. The hops don't really jump out at me at any point, but kind of ride along underneath all of the bolder flavors, lending a crisp bitterness to the entire flavor profile. Not much in the way of alcohol.

M - medium bodied and medium to heavy carbonation. Quite a bit lighter than I had anticipated based on the appearance and aroma.

O - overall, an interesting beer. I don't know that I would go for it again, but enjoyable none the less. The licorice aroma in particular was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:12:36 | More by lawlerj
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Brewforia in Meridian Idaho today for a growler....I was excited to see that they had snow cap on tap. Well halfway through the growler fill the keg blew...

beer was dark with an alright head that had a tanish color to it.
smell was lacking a lot of power
taste was good on the first glass the second glass left something to be desired. there was black liquorish flavor polished with some spice.
mouth feel was great really
over all this was a nice beer but not one I would drive out of my way for.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 09:50:40 | More by isualum12
Photo of draheim


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

This was one of my annual go-to winter beers for years before I started getting seriously into craft beer over the past year or so. Interested what my response will be now that I have some 400 other beers under my belt...

12oz bottle (2011 batch) poured into a tulip. Crystal clear mahogany color w/ a nice off-white head and sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich caramel malt, spices, hops, & toffee.

Taste follows nose: caramel malt, bitter hops, spices, toffee. Nice roasty warm flavor, but a little muted - there's a lack of definition among the different components that make up this beer's profile.

Overall a good but not great winter warmer. I can still enjoy this as a sentimental favorite but thankfully better versions of the style are available.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:59:05 | More by draheim
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
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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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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
Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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