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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin cap of head and moderate lacing. Nose is not very strong at all but shows faint coffee tones along with malt and a touch of alcohol. Well balanced taste with a hoppy, medium bitter finish. Not too much for spice or ornament but this gets the job done. Mouthfeel sustains the taste well and holds the alcohol to the backround.

Overall, a bit darker and biitterer than I expect from my winter warmers but it's still a decent beer with original flavor and a solid kick..

Photo of rem5
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of tobyandgina
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great Hoppy Goodness - but not too hoppy!

I really enjoyed this one.

Upon pour, head is decent, a little thin.

Light aroma of hops and caramel.

Taste is a little sweet with a nice kick of hops - but, like I said: not too hoppy. Finishes off nicely.

A great Winter Warmer. Good job Pyramid.

Photo of isaac
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle to pint glass.

A - coffee-colored body with a beige, 1.5-fingered head that sinks into medium sized bubbles and thick lacing down the glass.

S - sweet, floral malts, with hints of spices (clove?). also, notes of candied cherries and the ever-present booze.

T - starts with some nice, burned malt qualities and the aforementioned floral characteristics, but then somewhat suddenly, the taste becomes very savory and a bit spicy - like hops-infused soy sauce. very odd finish that feels somewhat drying, but in a way reminiscent of putting bitter cocoa powder on the tongue. the alcohol is also quite noticeable, not in taste, but in heat.

M - the high carbonation of this beer really detracted from what the label calls "deliciously smooth." Syrupy in the finish, but burns the tongue and cheeks.

D - not an awful beer at all, but, still, it seems like it needs something more, perhaps citrus hops, or more complexity from the malts. right now, i feel like im drinking a highly carbonated salad dressing rather than the beer i so desired. still, though, i will finish the glass without a problem as this beer does not merit a trip down the drain. though, i will confess, i feel like i'm about to break a sweat.

Photo of Grundle20
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby hued chestnut brown in to a pint glass. There is a minimal tan head that doesn't lace the glass.

Sweet candy malts and a very boozy presence make up the scent of this beer. It smells big but lets see if it delivers...

Taste and Mouthfeel:
This beer tries to trick you in the initial taste, it leads you to believe that it's going to be something rich and malty but after a couple of seconds you are left realizing that it really tastes a lot like thin boozy dark lager. I guess this isn't necesarilly a bad thing but I find the alcohol astringency and the lack of body given the malt character to be less than desireable. It finishes kind of grassy or hay like and leaves you with a similar aftertaste.

I guess it serves it's purpose, this beer would certainly keep your blood from freezing on a cold day but I don't see this as being a regular rotation drinking beer, it's just a little too strong and not so clean of a taste.

Bottom Line:
It's just one of those beer where you kind of shrug and finish it. Nothing stellar but it's something else to try so I'll mark this one down as a "why not" beer.

Photo of malty
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fresh 2006 edition.

Pours a dark iced tea/cola color with ruby edges and a loose 1" beige head.

Scents of dark fruits, coffee and a little cocoa.

Bitey hops rush the tongue with roasted malt infused alcohol flavor at first. After this quick barrage of big flavors, an anise and cinnamon component are detected. The hops keep jabbing my tongue at a brisk pace. A fusel alcohol flavor keeps rearing its head as I try to decipher more flavors. There's some allspice going on in here also.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry prickly hop finish.

Drinkability is a little tough. I'm having a little trouble with just this 12 oz. serving.

Overall a very flavorful but severely unbalanced ale. I'd swear this baby tastes like 10% abv (or more) with it's alcohol flavor and warmth. The hops are very nice, I just wish they had something else to bounce-off of besides the strong alcohol flavor.

Photo of Dizzy
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights, patchy head with some lacing. Smell is malts, coffee and some fruit. Roasted flavors dominate with some sweetness. Medium bodied. Overall, not very impressive, I expected a lot more complexity. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of beeragent
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black. No head or lacing. The aroma is hard to detect, but what is there, is mostly from the spices. The flavor is very interesting. Not exactly the flavor you would expect from such a dark beer. Just like a pale ale, but with holiday spices like cinnamon and nutmeg added. A very interesting combination, and a tasty one at that. This will definitely be added to my list of beers to get, during the holiday season. Although I could only drink one or two at a time, this makes for a great beer to enjoy on a cold dark evening.

Photo of joe1510
2.27/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. Bottle

Snow Cap poured a very clear dark brown with some red highlights. When held up to the light the body is more red than brown. I started pouring this and got no head so I poured more aggressively and ended up with only a cap that faded to nothing but I tiny patch of head floating around helplessly in the middle.

The smell is very bready which is nice theres also nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices overwhelm the malts instead of complimenting them. As this beer warms more I cant hardly pick up the spices in the nose anymore. The doughyness becomes more pronounced the longer it sits. Not a bad thing but nothing special.

The taste is a lot different than the smell. It tastes like a Miller Genuine Draft. I can't even pick up the spices. It's biting and obnoxious. Leaving a bad, slightly bitter aftertaste. Tastes stale and possibly oxidized. After every sip I've started noticing myself getting a look of disgust and recoiling in horror.

The mouthfeel is bad. Sharp and overcarbonated. It attacks the tongue. The body is light as well. Not what a winter warmer should feel like.

This stuff is an abomination. I am seriously disappointed here. I wasn't expecting greatness but I was expecting a "full-bodied winter warmer" as stated on the label.

This is a terrible example of a winter warmer and isn't even in the same class. I honestly don't understand why Pyramid would even sell something of this quality. These are the kind of things that make me think twice before trying something else from the same brewery.


Photo of BeerSox
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into mug.

Very deep red, approaching opaque brown. A tan head sits on top, slowly settling to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Spicy aromas on top of a dark roasty malt base, some molasses, and a hint of alcohol.

Bitter malts with a hint of nutty flavor, along with a leafy bitterness from the hops. Spicy in the middle, with no sweet tones that are usually found in this style. Medium bodied and fizzy. Sort of a metallic lingering finish.

I was expecting something a little better. This one just seemed bitter with no balance. I probably won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a short neck brown 12oz. bottle twist-off cap.

Beautiful clear mahogany color with a deep reddish hue.A light tan head 1" thick dissapating to a thick coating thru the beer.

A very complex aroma, first wiff of candied apples,very spicy with hints of vanallia/chocolate/ a bit nutty and fruitty.Lots of different aromas, a treat for the nose.

The taste was very malty notes of carmell/chocolate/toffee and nutty.
Spicy,hints of vanallia, A clean,sharp,spicy bittersweet finish.A complex and very pleasing quailty to the taste

A medium body,velvety feel on the palate,a bit cloying.
One of my favorite holiday beers,delicious.mouthwatering,don't want to stop drinking this beer.Give it a try.

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

Poured of with a large head that produced lacing, tan in color and dissipated slowly. Color of dark ruby. Aroma of spice, dates, figs, and sherry. Flavors of woody, toasty, toffee, caramel, and a slight hint of butterscotch. Finishing with a brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel lends to a moderate carbonation, with a heavy/medium body. Overall a very drinkable winter beer. It is well balanced, and has a nice flavor. The best Snow Cap from Pyramid that I have had so far.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with fartingdog. Thanks for the opportunity... 06 version.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head is down to a skim of swirly bubbles in a flash, with average lacing. Aroma is deeply of grains, with a light fruity note. Flavor is malty upfront, with the fruitiness in the middle, and reverts back to the grains for the close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability is okay, but again this year this one doesn't wow me. It does seem better fresher, as expected, which is a good thing to note.

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low tan head that soon recedes. The beer is a rich, medium-dark brown in color, very "stained wood."

smell: Mascerated dates and raisins atop a strong earthy background sporting notes of carob. A generous touch of brown sugar and some notes of Winter spice. Just a touch of blackstrap molasses. Esters. English type hops slip in and out. Quite nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a heavy medium.

taste: Very earthy and woody in flavor...reminiscent of a very flavorful, maybe estery brown ale. Caramel, toffee, toasted, and roasted malts with a moderate sweetness. Lighter hop flavor with a light bitterness coming out and lingering in the finish with a brown sugar sweetness.

drinkability: pretty damn good...probably the most surprising Pyramid beer I've had

Single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich red mahogany color – inch head, light brown – clear – mild carbonation

Sweet malt, rich and thick, fruity – hops, not overly bitter but there is the American hop citrus edge – fruity undertones

Hop border followed by malt. Neither are overbearing. The hops give a nice flavor without bullying their bitterness on you. The malt is dense and grounded, mildly roasted and fruity sweet. I can sense the alcohol lurking around in the shadows. Well balanced package.

Mild oral foamation and prickle

Not bad. None of Snow Cap’s characteristics stood out in crazy-good sort of way. It was, however, very well balanced and a wonderful drink. The malt and hops complement each other nicely. I think it makes a good contribution to the world of Winter Warmers.

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

Looks like a winter warmer. Dark brown color, with a small retaining head.

Aromas are nice, but a bit weak. Smells toasty with some stewed dark fruit.

A lot of toasted flavors, toasted malt mostly. But there is a hint of hops on the finish. Also notice a little heat from alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decent, but nothing special. I mostly just detect the alcohol lingering in my mouth.

All in all, an above average and drinkable winter brew. But it just lacks a bit of a kick that I would hope for from a warmer. I am usually not a fan of most Pyramid brews, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that fades. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a very toasted nuttiness with light cocoa tones, some spices, and a slight bitter smell.

Well, it's all downhill from here. There is indeed some toasted nuttiness, spice, and cocoa tones, but everything is overshadowed by an unnecessary bitterness. The bitterness is there from start to finish (and lingers well after) and is completely misplaced and borderline offensive.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Wow, what a stinker. I don't know what they were thinking with this one, but it's a complete mess. I had to dump it in the yard as even my drain didn't want to drink it..

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with pomegranite highlights. Head is creamy...a finger high of roasted marshmallow colored bubbles.

S: Malty and rich with candy coated prunes, touch of port and roasted almonds.

T: Interesting mix of roasted, bitter grains and malt with grapejuice kicks. Pungent and sweet raisin, almost sour. Some what chocolaty with day old coffee values added in. Finishes bitter with spicy moments and perhaps some hidden hops.

M: Medium body, dry across the tongue.

D: Not bad. This is a "standard" winter brew with decent characteristics. Not in the elite but still enjoyable.

Photo of deathonthemounta
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the first 12 pack of the season last night: 10.05.2006. (harvest moon tonight!)

A - The color is very dark, but held up to a light source you can see the beautiful deep ruby coming through. A good three finger head can be coaxed if you let it warm up for about 20 minutes and then let it glug a couple of times straight to the bottom of the glass.

S - Sadly, almost non existent. In fact, a faint but detectable unpleasant beery smell.

T - Better than the '05-'06 winter offering. Dark chocolate and sour notes at first. A hint of roasty nuttiness followed by dominant green apple, but not unpleasantly so. Some hop briskness is mixed in there and then you are left with spice and some green apple that lingers and lingers. I'm trying not to be an excited fanboy gushing about the first one of my favorite "macro micro" seasonals here. The flavor reminds me a lot of a homebrewed all grain Oktoberfest that I had recently. the point of that comment is that the Oktoberfest is a LAGER.

M - I was surprised at the full mouth feel here! Nice body. If it was a chick I'd probably do my best to check it out without making an ass of myself.

D - considering the 7% ABV i'm really impressed, not only was the alchohol well placed in the flavor profile, but it does not give a trace of the heady buzz that I get from IPA's of comparable ABV. Usually my Halo skillz tank when I drink 3+ Pike brewing Co.IPA's and after four of these last night I cranked both double, and triple kills and a nice little Killtacular (4 kills!).

Although not evident in my review, when you put it all together the damn thing tastes kind of like a porter. There is aI'l bet this is going to age well.

Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

single bottle bought at a Woodmans in wisconsin. this bottle was on sale big time and i suspect it had lived beyond its intended years. poured deep red with a nice small head. surprized at the lack of carbonation actually. malty, slightly spicey clove and cinnamon odor. tasty, roasted malt and red fruit flavor. full. metallic (slightly). burnt roastiness lingers. nice to drink on a cold evening for sure.

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

Pours with a three finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Mahogeny color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet and sour maybe apples, smooth, finish has hints of hops. Best by is Feb 2006 but it tastes just fine. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours mohogany, with an off white head.
the aroma is malty, rich and malty.
the flavor is very malty, rich, bit of hopsack, raisons, carmelized malt, lingering spice.
this is a great beer rich, malty, and packs a kick.

Photo of cbros
4.57/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a dark brown with traces of ruby and a thin, tan head. .Aroma was not very stong, but malty with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.These carried over to create a good flavor and the 7% alcohol was evident but not overwhelming. This was better than I expected, and I had it in May. Could appreciate even more in winter.

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

A - Red Mahogony, nice carbonation, and small head which fades quickly. Lacing is present.

S - Spicy malt, followed by florals.

T - Robust malt, with hops blended in well. Florals follow through, while maintaining a constant bitterness. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is average, and goes down quite crisp.

D - Alcohol is barley present, therefore this beer scores a high drinkability.

As this being my first pyramid, I was quite suprised. Take note that this beer has been aging for over 7 months now. Yet, somehow it tastes nearly identical to a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. This is a very solid brew.

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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.