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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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"!
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Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 243
Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed February 22, 2005. On tap at Old Chicago, Duluth. Slightly murky hazel brown pour with copious off-white head, complemented by thick sheets of lacing. No aroma. Extreme caramel and toasted nut flavors. The malt in this beer is fantastic. Smooth on the palate, with a smack of sweet cinnamon and apple. Extremely drinkable and rich.

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with an off-white head. Aromas are caramel malts, bready, spicy and a bit fruity. The flavor is spicy, bready and malty. Light-medium in body, with a spicy, medium bitterness in the dry finish. The alcoholic warmth is also present in the finish. Overall, a decent winter brew.

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of whynot44
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear gold/amber color with a modest white head that retreats to just a skin but does manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is brazil nuts, toffee, caramel and cardboard with a grassy note,a bit odd but not terrible.

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.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall not a bad brew, especially for a cold fall or winter day.

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a dark, amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a strange sour smell with some caramel and spice. Buttery toffee flavor with pineapple and some nuttiness. A soapy flavor nearly ruins this beer, although some pleasant maltiness still comes through. Finishes sweet with very little hop flavor. This beer is not malty enough, and there are too many off-flavors. Not a complete waste, but I wouldn't recommned it either.

Photo of LoganMc
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/29/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a vintage "Schlitz" pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a small off-white head that lasts a while. A good amount of lacing is seen and stays around. The aroma is of hops, citrus and chocolate malt. The taste which has a lot going on with roasted malts, caramel, citrus and some spice. A slightly dry and bitter finish but drinkable.

Photo of Agold
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden caramel with moderate foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Caramel, pine, floral hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel, earthy hops, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, with a nice bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: I like it. Instead of the typical winter warmer, this is more like Sierra Nevada's Celebration. Not nearly as good, but similar. Good balance of hops and malt, good flavor.

Photo of Murchmac
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Where did you come from? Kiss me

the best thing about this beer is its taste and mouthfeel.

Reddish amber color

Alcohol malt smell. Tastes like a light brandy with hops and more malts less alcohol taste.

I like this beer but it's still average compared to other holiday beers. Good beer to drink if David Byrne is attacking you.

Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jharris0624
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of loren01
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color into pint glass. Nice brownish/white head, light carbonation, slight lacing down the pint glass. Smells very nutty with some roasted grains as well. There is also a scent that I can't quite put my finger on, possibly like a cream/buttery smell. Taste is sweet at first with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was very much unexpected, I didn't really smell any hop scents at all. This beer goes down very easliy, has a great mouthfeel to it. A very solid winter beer by Big Sky.

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Zraly
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powder Hound poured amber in color, a very consistent looking beer. However, the head didn't hang around for too long. What was left did cling nicely, though. The smell is rather plain...just the presence of hops. Good, but nothing extra-special.

What did impress me was the overall flavor. There is wonderful nutty, spicy flavor that warms up the mouth and belly quite rightly. In particular, I want to describe the main note as chestnut. There is another flavor that ends up prevailing as the beer warms a tad...that of root veggies. My tasting partner exclaimed "bean sprouts!"...which I started to notice and identify once she mentioned so. Very weird lil' nuances going on in this beer. The sweetness is mild and the hop finish is on the warm side. This works nicely to enhance the nutty aspect of the overall taste.

Besides the quirkiness of this beer, (and the odd flavors that come along with it), I'd say it is actually very drinkable. And although a bit strange, it's a good strange.

Photo of zhanson88
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Iron Horse Brewpub in Missoula.

Appearance: Powder Hound comes out a clear pale gold color with a finger of very fine head. Retention is great and lacing stays abundant. This looks fantastic on draft.

Smell: I get some biscuity and caramel malts, then a lot of citrus and estery notes, with light hops on the end. Interesting.

Taste: Caramel malts form the base of this beer, then I get citrus and a ton of esters. A medium amount of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Pretty light on body with quite a bit of carbonation. Not overly impressive. Overall, this is a beer that seems fairly unique to me for the style and is very easy to drink.

Photo of shadow1961
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky Brewing Co's Powder Hound Winter Ale pours a big fluffy tan
head over a cloudy red brew. It has steady carbonation and a bready,
malty nose. The flavor is malt and herbal hops, with a grassy hop finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and a little tart. It's actually pretty appetizing,
but the alcohol by volume of 6.2% is a tad high for a session brew, but
just about right for a winter warmer. Well worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of watermelonman
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice deep amber color with a medium head that shrank but never disappeared. It left a few big lines of lace.

Malts and spices come through strong in the smell. The taste starts with malts and finishes with a combination of spice and cherry that come together well. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is good.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.