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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"!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Powder Hound Winter Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I haven't seen this beer around before, so I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and I think it's pretty well done. It poured a light amber color that was slightly golden and it took on some amber hues when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of slightly off white head that that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a nice ring of lacing. This was a nice looking beer but the color and head were just a little on the weak side.

S- The aroma starts off with some very sweet caramel malts that imparted a very sweet, grainy, caramel, and a slight brown sugar like aroma. After that comes the hops which seem to be floral and citrusy with the citrus fruit aspect seeming to stick out the most imparting a sweet mango, orange and grapefruit aroma. The aroma is nice, I like the caramel and citrus fruit aromas but it has a little to much sweetness to it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to it and imparts a grainy, bready, and caramel like flavor. After that comes a light amount of spices that aren't that noticeable and are followed by a good amount of citrus and floral hops with the citrus still seeming to stick out the most and they impart some nice light citrus hops flavors with no one fruit overpowering each other. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a pretty grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that seemed to be pretty balanced and very true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that was just a little prickly. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that was very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it had all the things that I look for in a good Amber Ale and the balance was pretty nice. This beer had very good drinkability, it was very smooth, crisp, a little refreshing, and it had a decent amount of flavor to hold my attention, I could drink a few of these without a problem, it's a pretty easy drinking Red Ale and I like that. What I liked the most about this beer was the drinkability, it was very good and better then most Amber Ales and it also hid it's alcohol very nicely. What I liked the least about this beer was how sweet it smelled, it had me preparing for the worse but luckily all that sweetness didn't make it to the taste. I would buy this beer again to keep around in the fridge since I think it's a good example of the style and it's always nice to have a quality easy drinking Amber Ale on hand, I recommend this beer to just about anyone, fans of the style should really appreciate it. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought it was very solid and a good example of the style. the last couple Big Sky beers I had weren't too impressive so it's nice to get one that I enjoy. My only problem with this beer is that I think it's miss marketed, I don't really think of this as Winter Ale, it has that nice Amber Ale flavor that is perfect for the summer and fall and I think this beer would do much better if marketed as a year round Amber Ale instead of a Winter Ale, but that's just my opinion. Either was this was pretty solid and I'm happy I tried it.

StoutHunter, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Kahlerbock, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kew, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of braker649er
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good beer. But after it poured out from the bottle with a decent head, it lost all head quickly. I also had trouble placing the Amarillo hops, which I generally love. Still, there were overall good flavors involved. I liked it enough to try another bottle to see if that holds carbonation more.

braker649er, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

HoistinBrews, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of jharris0624
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JJFordick
3/5  rDev -17.1%

JJFordick, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of TheFlern
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TheFlern, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of jereb33
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jereb33, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

thinwhiteduke, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

harpus, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Shasty
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Shasty, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RMTWM
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

RMTWM, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Bsmiff
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Bsmiff, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a darker amber with decent clarity, two fingers of foamy head that stayed around for a minute and a half, with medium levels of lacing left behind. Smells like an even blend of citrus peel, chocolate malt, and a garnish of vanilla on top. Tastes has a gentle toasted nut and vanilla character combined with a citrus / earthy hopping garnish. Noticeably absent is any kind of 'holiday spicing', for better or for worse. Feels thicker in flavor than the body actually is, gently carbonated and creamy in texture.

WastingFreetime, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear bronze, thumb of off white head retained at a solid half finger cover leaving consistent lacing
S - big aroma of juicy citrus and leafy green hops ... very surprised (pleasantly) given typical winter ale expectations, rounded out with some grainy malt
T - strong resiny hop flavour hits hard, followed by some milder perfume and citrus, toasty grain malt background, this is more like an IPA or ESB which is always fine by me
M - medium body with a sharp bite that gets in the nostrils, finishes very bitter
O - tastes like an IPA, called a winter ale, categorized here a red ale, i don't know what the right answer is but I do know this is a very tasty treat that i will keep going back to while visiting Montana

joemcgrath27, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished gold colour with steady bead. Head is off-white, a bit whispy but nice uneven sinking with clingy lace on the edge. Quite a decent-looking head; otherwise slightly meh.

Smells pleasant and hoppy. Nice citric notes with a side order of mango, melon and apricot. Nice English malt behind it, slightly burnished again and maybe a touch of booze. Quite pleasant.

Taste is quite a malty-hoppy blend. Lots of rich, quite earthy English toffee malts with a touch of carob; gets resiny and slight citric hop notes floating over the top. A little bit spongey and dank, but it's not such a heavy bittering hop flavour that it gets bogged down towards the back. A touch of melon ester on there as well, then finish is tangy and light. Could use a bit more bitterness but it's quite clean notwithstanding. Not mind-blowing, but pleasant.

Clean and fairly smooth. A touch above watery and nothing too sharp.

Nice, drinkable hoppy beer. Wouldn't be complaining if there were more, but it's still decently put together.

laituegonflable, May 19, 2012
Photo of MyNameIsKennyP
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

MyNameIsKennyP, May 04, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of monaquee
1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

monaquee, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber, slightly oranged, with a one finger head that lasts well and leaves a bit of lacing.
S- The smell is sweet and doughy, with a bit of floral and citrus hop aroma.
T- The taste is pleasant at first, doughy with a good bit of hoppiness. There is a touch of bracing alcohol in the finish.
M- Alcohol is noticable. Medium--full body for an amber. Carb is medium low.
O- It's a decent, albeit unremarkable beer.

jsprain1, Apr 11, 2012
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.