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Powder Hound Winter Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
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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truesolution

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-05-2013 03:46:08 | More by truesolution
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miwestcoaster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-02-2013 04:19:38 | More by miwestcoaster
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Spikester

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a modest white head, Not much on the lacings. Smell is malty and bready yeast.
Taste is earthy bitter hops fair amount of caramel malts. Hops are floral grapefruit and earthy,
Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. It has a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall an unusual amber. Almost an Impy Amber if such a style exists. Needs more spiice and malts for a winter warmer. Otherwise a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 14:58:20 | More by Spikester
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zachgroves

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2013 02:42:39 | More by zachgroves
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alex021224

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-24-2013 17:10:03 | More by alex021224
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about an inch of billowy head, which reduces quickly but settles into a sticky lace. The beer is a fairly pale but hazy golden color. It's quite attractive, but it does not look like an amber/red, as this site characterizes it.

Subdued piney and citrus hops on the nose, with perhaps a little funk, and some biscuity malt in the aroma-flavor. I also detect undertones of caramel, and a little bit of non-specific fruitiness that, with the hop bitterness, is somewhat reminiscent of mild ruby grapefruit or cranberry but without the pucker. Warming alcohol as the beer progresses.

This beer strikes me as more of a pale ale than a red (perhaps an "Imperial" pale?). It's very drinkable and quite good, and makes a good session brew if you don't mind a little buzz...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:24:35 | More by archyquaffer
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ScorpyX

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-22-2013 19:29:21 | More by ScorpyX
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-19-2013 23:12:19 | More by brewskis4drewski
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light and sweet and awfully german for the style. not a winter warmer in my book, too light on the malt, an almost golden brew, not much head to speak of, but an impressive aroma of german hops and honey sweetness. the flavor matches well. its balanced but easily malt forward, not spiced like so many are, but warming in an alcoholic sense, and for the fact that this is not particularly drinkable, and improves with temperature. unfolds if you will, like origami, really works for what it is, but it is not a conventional winter warmer. about what I would expect from big sky, quintessentially Montana. big and bold, unique but conservatively decent. a good match with February, less so with November, but it was cold tonight and it did it well enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 06:00:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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hsus0225

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-07-2013 20:36:39 | More by hsus0225
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Cujo65

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-07-2013 18:52:39 | More by Cujo65
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elektronen

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-06-2013 21:48:20 | More by elektronen
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-06-2013 00:25:57 | More by enelson
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deadliest

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-05-2013 18:46:32 | More by deadliest
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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-05-2013 14:08:07 | More by ohyayitstrey
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-04-2013 06:24:18 | More by Camjmorton
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jstevep00

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-04-2013 02:17:31 | More by jstevep00
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sonorb7

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-01-2013 12:54:43 | More by sonorb7
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-01-2013 01:34:02 | More by TrojanRB
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Wobbly

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-30-2013 22:20:30 | More by Wobbly
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rhinonau

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-28-2013 15:35:12 | More by rhinonau
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-26-2013 20:39:50 | More by jaydoc
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MSL94

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-24-2013 14:11:08 | More by MSL94
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-20-2013 15:43:47 | More by Kmat10
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-20-2013 08:36:43 | More by FINLANDski_1619
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.