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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%

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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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with an off-white head. Aromas are caramel malts, bready, spicy and a bit fruity. The flavor is spicy, bready and malty. Light-medium in body, with a spicy, medium bitterness in the dry finish. The alcoholic warmth is also present in the finish. Overall, a decent winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 06:33:07 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of BeerAngel


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber/copper with a small off-white head. The aroma reveals a light malt and wet dog aroma (?). Must be the hound ;-). The taste is a toasty bread taste with mild hops and finishes with an alcohol taste…fortunately no hound this time. This is a light bodied brew that is decent at best. It is not highly complex and not extremely appealing. Thanks nonetheless to budgood1 for sending me this brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 16:35:15 | More by BeerAngel
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light mahagony in color with a tan head. Malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor up front that is well balanced by hops. Finishes pretty well and has good drinkability. Overall a solid beer with a flavor I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 23:31:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powder Hound poured amber in color, a very consistent looking beer. However, the head didn't hang around for too long. What was left did cling nicely, though. The smell is rather plain...just the presence of hops. Good, but nothing extra-special.

What did impress me was the overall flavor. There is wonderful nutty, spicy flavor that warms up the mouth and belly quite rightly. In particular, I want to describe the main note as chestnut. There is another flavor that ends up prevailing as the beer warms a tad...that of root veggies. My tasting partner exclaimed "bean sprouts!"...which I started to notice and identify once she mentioned so. Very weird lil' nuances going on in this beer. The sweetness is mild and the hop finish is on the warm side. This works nicely to enhance the nutty aspect of the overall taste.

Besides the quirkiness of this beer, (and the odd flavors that come along with it), I'd say it is actually very drinkable. And although a bit strange, it's a good strange.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 13:57:36 | More by Zraly
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly thick pour, initial head is minimal and diminishes quickly. Very dark copper color -- attractive. Aroma is reserved but deep, tending more toward molasses than caramel. Some buttery diacetyl flavor, but dark, a little like mushrooms, wood, and burnt popcorn kernals. Distinct hops assert at the finish. Nice low carbonation but mouthfeel is on the thin side. This brew isn't delicious to my tongue but is somewhat interesting -- I'm still thinking about this one.

Later notes: the malt profile of this beer seems to get stronger every year

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 08:29:00 | More by ADR
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby color, smallish head. Aroma: plum, cherries, some dark fruits. Medium body, lingering pleasant finish, slightly sweet, and very mellow. Normally, I like my winter ales to be on the spicier side, richer and toasted, and stronger. We'll have to wait 'til Anchor Our Special comes in...not a bad beer here, though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2002 15:57:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour a deep brown color, the head light chocolate, the lace in average sheets.. Nose is malt, slightly sweet, the start is sweet, the top flimsy. The beer finished with a potent hop spicy bite, medial carbonation, and a tad dry. Not a great beer, but quite quaffable, although I think it could or should have more body for a "Winter Warmer".

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 08:09:28 | More by Gusler
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear dark bronze in color, poured a medium head that stuck around and left a good deal of lace. muted malt aroma with some spicy hops. tastes very good. a nice blend of roasted caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of spices and finishing hop bite. a little thin in mouthfeel but very drinkable and warming. i'm a fan of this style/flavor of winter brew. it needs some backbone, but the malt flavor is great. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 16:32:19 | More by budgood1
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first year I tried this one. Beautiful mohagony color. Great malt taste. Very good. This beer tastes as if it was aged in oak. Nice warming winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 16:38:30 | More by Bighuge
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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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