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Snow Cap - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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 merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition, pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a respectable beige head that hangs around, and leaves some patchy lace. Aroma is malty caramel with a note of chocolate, quickly displaced by herbal hops and vague spices. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderated carbonation. Taste is dry and spicy with herbal hops, bitter yeast note, and nutmeg. Alcohol is hidden. Finishes dry and spicy/yeasty bitter. Some old ale character, unfortunately, was very fleeting in nature. Not an outstanding example of the style, but I've never been a fan of this brewery's offerings.

Photo of GreenCard
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2004 release...

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, brief appearance of off-white foam

Aroma: rich malty sweetness, alcohol, roast, piny hops (the label says East Kent Goldings)

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a tart hop bitterness cutting through almost immediately, pineapple fruitiness, estery yeast bite, resiny hop flavor, hint of sweetness and a touch of wood, finishes dry with an aftertaste of roast and hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, terse carbonation, warming

Other comments: Pretty much along the lines of a typical NW barleywine (but on the low end of the abv scale). An OK winter warmer.

Photo of Biffster
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep copper/mahogany with amber highlights and a fleeting head. The aroma is quite malty and chocolatey, with a bit of diacetyl and a hint of spicy hops. As the sample warms, esters of dark fruit (ripe banana, straberry, raspberry, currant) begin to emerge.

The flavor is quite rich and malty, with plenty of chocolate and some toffee notes quicly countered by a generous spicy/earthy hop flavor (Williamette?). The finish slides back to malty, but balanced by a persistent background hop bitterness and a warming touch in the aftertaste.

The sample is fairly light bodied for a beer this substantial, an impression aided by the relatively high carbonation. It is relatively smooth and creamy, and there is no noticable astringency.

Overall, a tasty holiday beer. It is well designed and well executed, if a bit unimaginative. As a good strong ale, I would enjoy a couple around a fire with friends, or with beef, or fruit and/or cheesecake. I don't know what the ABV is, but I suspect that this would cellar well for a year or so.

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

Pours a deep brown, the light reflecting a red hue out of my Delirium Tremens glass. The nose is sweet with a yesty hint. Not as developed as I would expect. Explosion of flavors on the tip to mid-mouth. Generous sweet and bready malts. A spicy character develops and leads to long sweet finish. Just enough hops to to satisfy. An american version of british old ale. While it hits the bready malts well, it adds a hop bill to meet Pacific NW standards. The label says East Kent Goldings. Certainly stuck to style on the hops.

A very tasty and warm winter beer. As it had a chance to open, the flavors developed very well and alcohol presented more fire.

Photo of soulfly967
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice redish color with an off white head that fades away quickly. The smell is of spices, some alcohol and some nice malts. The taste is sweet at first then moves to a caramelish flavor with spices and alcohol at the end. Very smooth and had medium carbonation. This warmed me up nicely on yet antoher crappy western Pennsylvania Monday night. I much enjoyed this one.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a rich dark red with an offwhite head that subsides quickly and a medium level of carbonation. Labeled 2004 and indicated that only East Kent Goldings were used.
Aroma is nutty and sweet with a touch of alcohol and a slightly floral hop nose.
The taste is hoppy up front which quickly segues to a malty flavor profile which is a blend of sweet malts and licorice like roasted malts. The malt flavor linger on in the finish but dissipate quick enough to leave a clean finish.
The body leaves a little to be desired as it is a little thin for a winter warmer but not bad.
Pretty good offering from Pyramid but this year there are other seasonals which deserve more attention.

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

I had this on tap last night at Saltys which a cool waterside restaurant in Des Monies, WA. The beer was served in a standard pint glass and it was mahogany colored with a small tan head. This beer had awesome lacing patterns.

Nice smell of caramel, a bit of molasses and some spices. Lots of doughy aroma as well

The taste was on the sweet side, but it was not cloying at all. The spice (is that all-spice & cinnamon?), add a nice subtle under text. A little of the alcohol taste starts to emerge. The taste is rich and filling.

The mouthfeel is fine with nice low carbonation and it is slightly creamy as well. Drinkablity suffers just a
bit from the alcohol taste.

Still, this is a nice winter beer and one I will look forward to having again!

Photo of clvand0
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a moderate head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very neat - some hops, but a nutty character with strong caramel. Very complex taste here. Caramel, nuts, slight spices. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but smooth. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is good.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive cola brown with reddish hues (when held to light). THe small tan head gives way to small wisps of lace on the glass.

There is a pronounced malt nose that is balanced by chocolate, spice and a hint of alcohol. As the beer warms, the aromas blend together to create an almost cake like nose. This is very nice.

The flavor starts out sweet and stout with a bit of caramel, nut and raisans. It finishes a little bitter with a very strong bite on the back of the tongue. The alcohol is subtly balanced in the taste and warms the body gently with each swallow.

This is an easy drinking beer that is a little deceptive in its character. It is a rich tasting beer that goes down like a pilsener. The only thing that keeps it from being a truly easy drinking beer is the bitter finish.

I liked this beer but was a little put off by the finish. While this beer has alot to offer, I felt like the strong finish was just a bit too overwhelming. If the finish were more balanced, this beer would have earned higher marks.

Photo of MrNuggets
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice tan head that lasts. The body is deep brown with red highlights. Not much on the nose. Seems like a lot of the winter warmers I have been drinking lately have been a little heavy on the hops. This one has a large malt body with just enough hops to keep rom becoming sweet.

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/30/04- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours with a beautiful dark reddish-brown color. Great almost inch head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of hops, caramel, nuts, malt and spices.

Taste- Always one of my favorite winter warmers. Lots of nice flavors going on here. Mainly the spices and caramel. A bit of nuttyness at the back of the tongue. Maybe a bit of coffee flavors too.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth easy drinking beer. Great carbonation level. A tiny bit thick.

Drinkability- Very easy to consume many of these in a session. The 7% is just right. Although, I would love to see what happened if they increased it to about a 9%. Wonder how the flavors would change. Great beer IMO.

Photo of Hunter
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Much darker than I expected in the pour. Came out a dark, dark brown. Thick head the result of a vigorous pour, and thankfully it hung around for some time.

Aroma of pumpkin spice and sharp hops, and sweet malt.

Taste is more complex than you'd expect from a mass-produced beer. Notes of caramel, smoked malt, and spice. Some heat from the alcohol but manageable.

Not bad when placed up against the other seasonals I've reviewed. Smooth enough to be enjoyed through an evening, strong enough to keep the toes warm on cold nights.

Photo of henrysunset
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown and clear, no cloudiness here, but it's dark anyway. Tan head and moderate lace.

Smell is bitter and very malted, not offensive, but not desirable to me. A little spice in the smell too, but I couldnt pick out exactly what.

Taste was spicy, but with a burnt flavor. Pleasently thick beer, but taste wasn't there. Tingled in the mouth a bit.

Drinkability was low. I just taste burntness. I diddn't even finish my sampler glass. Sorry for the low rating, but i'm just not a fan.

Photo of beerceller99
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.02/5  rDev -14%
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.

Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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