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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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 jsprain1
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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
Photo of bill_rue
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bill_rue, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of friedpotatoes
4/5  rDev +10.8%

friedpotatoes, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ATXRyan, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -3%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +10.8%

NEDmiller, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
3.5/5  rDev -3%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of GeoTravel
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

GeoTravel, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of stanale
4/5  rDev +10.8%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -16.9%

BeerCigar, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Crstumpf
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Crstumpf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Tumble, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: amber
s: I swear I smell some chocolate in there. Also a floral scent
t: sweet, floral, a little lingering bitterness.
m: a little bitter and a little too bubbly.

Overall an above average ale. More floral than others I've had and also for a winter beer much better than others.

Jamesthebrit, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of djohnse
3/5  rDev -16.9%

djohnse, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

weerezboy, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -16.9%

pperez38, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant light copper amber hue with a very fine, indeed powdery, head of off-white. Some patchy lace is left. Body is quite fine and fluid, but with a nice slickness to it. Very fine carbonation. Indeed, "fine" is coming up a lot in describing the appearance; it is a fine looking beer.

Nose is muted, with a touch of crisp, generic American hop aroma that smells as though it's been left a little long. Some clean, lemony dish detergent aromas, with a touch of chlorine and turned earth. Nice, but not that exciting.

Taste is pleasantly malty, with a solid backbone of faintly toasted malts, leading to a clean but pronounced American hop bitterness on the back of the palate. Clear feel lets the crisp hop characters shine, lending a freshness to the mix that a heavier body would mask.

Overall, a pretty nice hoppy American amber ale. It's smooth, and the malt is perhaps a little less pronounced than it could be, but it's a good, if somewhat middle-of-the-road example of the style.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with one and a half fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves nice rings of lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel are prominent, with a bit of clove and citrus.

T - Similar to smell, with quite a bit of bitterness from some citrus hops and the spices. Leads to a dry finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts slightly sweet and transitions to bitter and dry on the finish.

O - A decent amber/ winter warmer, though the bitterness isn't particularly desirable in this case.

warnerry, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of dwheatle
4/5  rDev +10.8%

dwheatle, Jan 22, 2012
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.