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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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"!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2012 00:10:13 | More by DerwinWentworth
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-16-2012 20:30:19 | More by jheezee
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ATXRyan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2012 17:42:35 | More by ATXRyan
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-07-2012 02:59:58 | More by BMart
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NEDmiller

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-02-2012 14:23:17 | More by NEDmiller
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-02-2012 04:17:15 | More by Zachtheporter
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BarrelAgedBarry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-29-2012 13:14:16 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
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GeoTravel


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-28-2012 23:31:04 | More by GeoTravel
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stanale

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-24-2012 21:15:09 | More by stanale
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BeerCigar

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-20-2012 02:15:23 | More by BeerCigar
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Crstumpf

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-19-2012 22:54:44 | More by Crstumpf
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Tumble

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-16-2012 22:16:02 | More by Tumble
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-16-2012 06:03:28 | More by Cramerican
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-12-2012 07:13:54 | More by shelby415
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

02-12-2012 03:15:47 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-08-2012 03:44:37 | More by Wetpaperbag
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djohnse

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-03-2012 23:36:24 | More by djohnse
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weerezboy

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-03-2012 20:52:43 | More by weerezboy
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pperez38

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-28-2012 18:08:01 | More by pperez38
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-28-2012 02:30:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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warnerry

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -8%

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.

01-26-2012 17:17:05 | More by warnerry
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dwheatle

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-22-2012 23:06:19 | More by dwheatle
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

01-20-2012 02:30:59 | More by WoodBrew
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-18-2012 08:52:17 | More by Agold
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 02/15/2012. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, pine, herbal, bread, pine, toasted malt, and light spiciness. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, herbal, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, caramel, herbal spiciness, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable and smooth for 7.2%. Overall this is a very nice and drinkable amber ale. Nice hoppy and spicy flavor, with good malt balance.

01-16-2012 08:34:55 | More by superspak
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.