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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bill_rue, Apr 04, 2012
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friedpotatoes, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ATXRyan, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

NEDmiller, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

GeoTravel, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

BeerCigar, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Crstumpf, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Tumble, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

djohnse, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

weerezboy, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

pperez38, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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3.33/5  rDev -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
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dwheatle, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The powder hound is a beautiful beer. Poured a clear perfect amber with slighly off white head that is at least a half finger and is lacing really well. The smell is a good heavy carmal malt with tinges of spice. The initial taste was an alcohol explosion. The second taste allowed for the malt and carmel to begin to blossum. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer....the alcohol content is not masked as well as I would like.

WoodBrew, Jan 20, 2012
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.