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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale

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82
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403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Two words describe winter in our neck of the woods... cold, dark, and snowy. Just the way we like it! At 7.2% ABV, Powder Hound Winter Ale gives just the right amount of warmth, balanced by its rich taste and generous dose of Hallertau, Palisade, and Amarillo hops. After a cold day of getting it done or just relaxing, the avalanche of flavor will have you saying these four words - "I'll have another Powder Hound"!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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TheSixthRing

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange amber with a pillowy white, 2 finger head. Fantastic retention. Lacing coats the glass from top to bottom. Great stick. Very impressive.

Smell - Healthy dose of caramel malt hits the nostrils, complemented nicely by a slightly floral, slightly citric hop aroma. Wonderful smelling brew.

Taste - Strong caramel malt backbone from start to finish, starts with the caramel before a noticeable citric hop character takes command by mid-taste, riding out through the finish. Slightly spicy. Hits briefly on cocoa. Leaves behind a caramel, slightly toasted biscuit and a slight orange pith hop aftertaste. Good, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with active carbonation. Creamy, smooth and entirely drinkable.

Overall - Too bad the flavor doesn't quite match up with the rest of the qualities this beer presents, otherwise this thing could be a monster of a winter release. It's just missing one thing that would really set it off. Maybe if it popped a bit more on toasted notes? A pinch more chocolate malt, maybe? In any event, it's a pretty darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:46:15 | More by TheSixthRing
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Pours from the bottle a clear amber with a big foamy head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of biscuits and caramel. Both come through predominately in the taste, along with a bit of coffee. Hops give it a touch of bitterness and warmth. Medium mouth. This is a really nice beer for a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

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Three beers into this sixpack, ok, I'm getting the feel of what how this beer is coming across.

Light somewhat green stamp upper left corner of the label "032014." I'm assuming that's best by date, ok, no worries, here goes:

Into a pint glass.

A: mostly clear amber/red colored body with a one fingered white foamy head that dies within almost a minute, it manages a nice amount of foamy somewhat sticky lacing

S: mostly soapy caramel nuts with a cardboard grassy note to it

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he taste is caramel malt, crackers, pine nuts, with a bit of citrus hops. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering grassy, somewhat spicy note.

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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.