Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 beerceller99
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from 2003. Pours a nice ruby brown color with an off white head that leaves a nice lace behind. Smells of smokey sweet malts and alcohol. The taste is a mix of sweet and smoked malts. Full bodied with a mix of fizz and syrup on the palate. Finishes with light floral hops and alcohol.

This was one of the first winter seasonals from an american craft brewer and it's held it's ground over the last 18 years.
Tasty, inexpensive, and widely available, this is my winter fallback brew.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003

A very solid winter seasonal from this brewer. The beer poured a deep clear bronze with a single finger of tan foam atop the body. The head faded a bit too quickly and there was little lace. The nose is very nice with a solid sense of caramel below the quiet hops. The flavor is quite nice with a sweetness that is barely balanced by the hops - good for a winter warmer. The body is full with good crispness. Overall a nice winter beer.

Photo of shapudding
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle
Beautiful dark burnt caramel color- almost the same color as the bottle! Light brown head that really did not linger around or come back to visit after I tried to swirl it back up.... just some tiny bubbles that ringed the edge. Mouthwateringly scented with portwine and sherry, bit of whiskey... sugery cakes and molasses. Nice..
Tastes of alcohol and burnt toast, malts... Decent amount of carbination in here. Foams up for you in your mouth when you give it a roll over the tongue. Nice tasting one.

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

12 oz browner with an imaginative colorful label of a snow capped pyramid in the desert landscape, declaring 7.0 % ABV, 2003 year East Kent Goldings professing label. BA brownie points state "Choice is good."

Dark mahagony pour with a scant off white cap. Zero carbonation. A few swirls perk up the coating to a khaki cake like 1/8" head.

Molasses & nutmeg/cinnamon bundt cake aroma.

First swigs: Malty, biscuit, overly malted with tiny hops prescence. Dry lasting spicey aftertaste. that hides the 7 % ABV.As warmed, some esters arise.

Butery smooth feel. Crisp tight carbonation. Its uniqueness gets beat after after more than duex.

Last swigs: One dimensional buttery malty sweet estery smooth offering. Wouldn't buy a case. Would try another if I had one. 7 % ABV Winter warmer. Interesting Malty Ale to Summer sample.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of hobbes2112
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. And yes I am drinking a winter seasonal in late June.

Pours a deep dark walnut color with tan tinted head. Retention was good at first, but as I started into the beer, it pretty much collapsed to a ring and thin layer.

Smell is a lot like a doppelbock, figs, spice, and nice sweet malts.

Taste is spicy and dark fruits again throughout. The sweet malt from the start transitions on to a more roasted character and a great bitterness.

I didn't notice the alcohol as much as some, but it isn't exactly hiding either.

I like the transitional feel that comes with this beer, from sweet and fruity to dark spicy and dry.

Good beer, and just because it is a seasonal doesn't mean it is only good in that season.

Photo of soper2000
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must preface this by stating that i'm not a huge fan of this brewery but i decided to give this beer a shot. It poured a dark amber color with a small creme head, a decent looking beer. Aroma had a little bit of spice and something that i think smells like some sweet syrup. Taste is pretty bland. It has a little bit of malty sweetness that i don't care that much more and mouthfeel kind of thin. WIth an abv of 7% and not much in terms of flavor, i don't see how this beer would be very drinkable imo.

Photo of Edwin
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/amber color. Small tan head, some that stays around on top. Nice looking brew.

Smell - A slightly fruity aroma laced with spices. Some nutmeg or other sweet undertones inside as well.

Taste - A great winter taste. Spicy, sweet, some possible citrus notes. Malty with a touch of nuts.

Mouthfeel - Less carbonation than I had expected. Smotth sailing all the way through. Nothing special, but nothing bad, either.

Drinkability - This is an easy-drinking beer that is very tasty. It can be very drinkable, especially on cold winter nights. Not too shabby.

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

Deep mahogany, thin lace. Rich aroma of caramel malts, chocolate, and apricots. Interesting and unexpected. Flavor is very reminiscnent of Sam Adams Old Fezziwig, with just a tad less complexity and spiciness. Alcohol is just barely noticeable. Malty and rich initially, finishes mildly hoppy and slightly tart. Sharp mouthfeel that could use less biting carbonation. This doesn't exactly stand out among winter seasonals, so it's not really worth seeking out, but it's still pretty tasty.

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with a touch of red and a creamy tan head. Smells of sweet bready malts, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste starts with rich, toasted, sweet malts, light caramel, and vanilla. Finsh is roasty bitter with lingering sweet vanilla and I can taste the alcohol. The best Pyramid brew in my opinion.

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

Pours a real mahogany color. One-finger head dies abruptly leaving no lace.
Aroma is dominated by brown sugar and caramel and some tarter fruits
Flavor is sweet malt, hint of wood, faint charcoal and earth with some flowery hop notes.
Mouthfeel is very smooth upfront then slides into a spicy but bitter finish. Intersting sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability is pretty high, much better that I remembered.

Photo of beertaster13
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid Snow Cap is by far the best that pyramid offers. The apperance is of mahogany brown with a darker tannish head. The head slows down to a thin layer as you drink. Lacing will drift as you drink as well. Smell is of little malts and very fruity, some hops come into play towards the end. Taste is a little bitter but not in a bad way. Fruit and hops blast in the end and a great malty end. Feels full and flavorful in the mouth. On a cold day a very warming beverage. Ah got to love winter.

Photo of zacharius
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with amber tints with an off white head sitting on top. Smell is frutty with a hint of skunkness. Taste is of sweet syurpy with a bitterness almost balanced but too sweet. Mouthfeel is ok but the beer could use finer bubbles. Drinkability is good especially when you consider the ABV.

Photo of pezoids
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured a very deep and dark ruby/burgundy color with a thin white head that left literally no lace behind. The aroma is straight up cherry Robotussin. Yuck! It doesn’t get much better in the taste. Too sticky and syrupy sweet. Intense fruity bite without much of a malt presence. This beer is unbalanced and not that drinkable. It’s full of fruit flavor, but is bitter, acidic and tannic. I really tried but couldn’t find much I liked about this beer. No thanks.

Photo of watermelonman
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a completely non-descript brown. Decent smell, but I don't think it had the guts to back it up. Hints of an abbey dubbel? That was definitely out-of-place. Too much spice bite for me to keep going; it left me with flavors of raw chemicals. I was enjoying the pizza more than the beer tonight.

I can see how some would like it, but I can't see anyone hogging a full six pack to themselves. Funny, that seems to be the norm for my experience with Pyramid.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a nice amber brown, "mahogany" per the label. Okay... Nice, one finger head, light tan in color. Reduces to a solid covering and holds there well.

Aroma - fruity presence is easy to pick up on, maltiness a bit less so, but not challenging. Sort of like fruitcake.

Taste - big taste! A very malty and hoppy blast right up front. The malt side has some fruity sweetness to help, though it is a bit muted. No match for the hops, however. Slightly metallic, but mostly bitter grapefruit rind. Minimal hop fruit/floral feel and quite prevalent. If you drink and swallow without holding it in your mouth, the balance is better. Finish is substantially bitter, but for some reason seems shallow and undeveloped. A pretty good beer and the malt/hops effect right off the bat is fairly unique, but the aftertaste leaves a final impression that I really don't care for.

Mouthfeel - heavy beer, thick feeling, par for the style. Good carbonation level. Residue is somewhat metallic and dry.

Drinkability - Not really a session beer. Not really even all that great due to the aftertaste, but a good enough all-arounder. The 6-pack will easily be quaffed in its entirety and enjoyed forthwith.

Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head of moderate duration with plenty of clingy lace around the side of the glass. Dark amber/chestnut in color, with adequate carbonation. Nose evinces a notable tangy/sourness alongside abundant fruity esters, a hint of rich malt, and another hint of alcohol. Bitter/crisp, bursting with fruit, and tingly carbonation, all at first sip. Mouthfeel is full and smooth but lively, aromatics are good, and hints of pale biscuity malt are not altogether eclipsed by the alcohol. A wonderful lingering bitterness is accentuated by hop spiciness here, a noted change from the buttery quality of years past. Although generous (7%) the alcohol is on-par for the style, and while this offering from Pyramid has been reliably consistent over the years, until now (2003 Edition / East Kent Goldings) emphasis on Hop variety wasn’t incorporated into the label. This is a batch to cellar well into the new year.

Photo of stodbrew
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very nice appearance. Deep red color. Short lasting head.

Aroma had some hops and alcohol. Smelled autolyzed.

Flavor was very much autolyzed. Meaty, yeasty, brothy flavor. Some good malt/hop flavors but the autolysis detracted from the malt and hops. Bad bottle?

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at D's in Pittsburgh.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet/brown color with a thin head, little lacing.

Smell: Spicy, raison like smell.

Taste: Heavy malty sweetness with a spicy cinnamon/raison taste.

Mouthfeel: This is a big, chewy beer that lingers. Long hoppy finish. Alcohol is very upfront, seems like more than the stated value.

Drinkability: This is a pretty potent beer for a seasonal, reminds me more of a barleywine than a winter seasonal. Seems a bit too heavy for the style.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice. This beer pours a deep ruby/mahogany with a nice off-white head that lasts for a quite a while. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Oddly mild. The malt is there, for sure, with perhaps some spice, but nothing that really stands out, especially given the relative heaviness of this beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced beer. Starts with a rich, sweet malt that coats the tongue, with a hint of smoke. Finishes with a nicely astringent, spicy hop bite with a hint of alcohol heat. For a 7 percent ABV beer, though, the alcohol is very well concealed. It does add to a very rich, satisfying mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit sharp, though.

Drinkability: For a "big" beer, this is an extremely well-mannered, easy-to-drink brew. While the Pyramid offerings are not the most popular on this site, it's hard to deny the quality of this one. Well done.

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

I love the dark color on this brew. I poured this from a bottle I had in a "Brewer's Box" (assortment of Pyramid brews) into a pint glass and was presented with a small tan head that quickly disappated. Carbonation is on par and this beer goes down easy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice and potent, I would not mind drinking this again.

Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this beer is biggish and tan. It's a little fizzy, but dies slowly nonetheless. The beer is dark, dark, garnet/brown and there is some sticky, clumpy lacing. That's strange. There's a sourish note in the caramel nose. The front shows lots of fruit. You know, it kind of tastes like Twizzlers (strawberry licorice)! The middle is more tart, a little sour and shows some deep caramel. There's only a touch of the fruity sweetness from the front. Finally, there's a quite bitter finish: some bitter cocoa and alcohol aplenty. It's not bad. It seemed more aggressive last year on tap at the brewpub in Seattle.

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

This is reminscent of a ton of other mediocre winter brews that I have tried this season. This brew was a murky brown colour with a small head of off-white foam. The aromas were heavily malty, with some spices and booze in there as well. The taste was quite malty with some nice hopping going on as well. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was just OK.

Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a bubbly white head. The smell is a nice mix of hops and malt. The taste is nicely hoppy, and has a very strong and noticable malt body to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could definitely have a few.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer (with Pyramid's reputation), but this is surprisingly good, and better than some other winter "old ales" that I've had this season. Surprisingly, one I'll probably have next year.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with very little head. It's color is deep mahogany/brown. The smell was mostly of alcohol with slight spice. It feels thin in the mouth and has no spice taste. It tastes okay, but certainly isn't something I'd want more than once. This wasn't what I expected for a winter brew.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage... a low tan head formed when poured into a pint glass. This brew was a dark nut brown color with an orange-red hue. Smelled strongly of roasted hazelnuts and wet wool! This one had big flavors of stong roastiness and toasted nuts with an assertive hop punch wrapping around it. Well balanced with lingering roastiness and hops. I found it to be quite enjoyable in the absence of imperial porters or stouts in my mug. It had a medium smooth body...good. I found it to be quite drinkable. This one had a lot of oomph and was flavorful enough to keep me interested the whole way through. Good winter brew.

Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.