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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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82
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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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:
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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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

ahalset, Sunday at 06:47 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Nick4444, Sunday at 02:19 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

WDJersey, Saturday at 05:10 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

a77cj7, Nov 18, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -10.5%

corywalston, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ChaosKittyXJ9, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of thick foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a caramel and slightly doughy smell. Along with these aromas are some light darker fruit aromas of raisin and plum. With a little bit of a spice and alcohol that are there as well create a very inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a sweeter caramel and fruit flavor with a slightly doughy and bready flavor. Some more darker fruit flavors of raisin and plum come to the tongue as the flavor advances. Some light alcohol, grassy, and light herbal flavors come to the tongue as well more toward the end of the taste and with the combination of sweeter and malty flavors, one is left with a nice and robust sweet but balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather thick and creamy side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the sweeter and slightly boozy flavors of the brew the feel is very nice making for a nice robust brew.

Overall – A rather tasty and nice brew overall. Good flavor with a lighter alcohol hit and a good sweeter and maltier taste.

Darkmagus82, Nov 10, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -3.6%

scalffd, Nov 09, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Cdwillini, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Captain_Komamura, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kplooki, Oct 29, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +24.9%

LoganMc, Oct 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance:
Dark gold color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Herbal, a little citrus, sweet pale malts.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet pale malts, bready, toffee, biscuit. Fruit character, pears and apples. Spicy-herbal, a little citrus from the hops. Finish is sharp and dry. Body is medium, crisp, a little warmth, smooth.

Overall:
Doesn't taste like an Amber Ale, more like an English-style Pale Ale. It's an excellent beer!!

mjurney, Oct 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mtbeer3649, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Thirstygoat, Oct 26, 2014
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2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured a nice slightly-lighter-than amber color from the can in to a nonic pint glass. 1 finger of dense off white head. Earthy hop aroma. Taste matches the nose with a warm alcohol finish. Flavor is influenced by the yeast, it gives a slight warm doughy element. This is classified differently on different sites. Big Sky says it's a style they came up with. But really, it's just a high abv pale ale that uses very earthy hops. Not bad, not something I'll have again.

JohnIrving, Oct 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

MikeDAdams, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -10.5%

vande, Oct 13, 2014
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Bru-Dog, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

clausr, Oct 04, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -28.7%

jbierling, Sep 29, 2014
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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.