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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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BA SCORE
82
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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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-13-2013 01:51:16 | More by schnarr84
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-10-2013 00:22:17 | More by Kopfschuss
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attometer00

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-04-2013 21:39:50 | More by attometer00
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-25-2013 02:45:44 | More by Jame515
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crob3888

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-30-2013 03:27:55 | More by crob3888
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-23-2013 14:54:00 | More by dgherm
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Daffron24

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-04-2013 20:16:45 | More by Daffron24
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-03-2013 22:20:50 | More by Eric908
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-01-2013 15:42:05 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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alexanf

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-27-2013 15:46:47 | More by alexanf
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Sark

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2013 03:54:48 | More by Sark
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beergil

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-20-2013 01:18:38 | More by beergil
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. It got buried in the back of my fridge somehow over the winter. Unburied it last night. It seemed almost like an IPA with the floral hops and hints of orange, lemon and tangerine. There's a caramel-sweet edge to it. It goes down really easily. Ironically, fit my hot summer night really well. Maybe next time I'll get to try it on a cold winter night. Well-made brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 17:09:31 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Glibber

Idaho

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-11-2013 04:10:09 | More by Glibber
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radiofish

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-09-2013 22:13:52 | More by radiofish
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TheMarkE

California

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

Appearance: Golden caramel with moderate foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Caramel, pine, floral hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel, earthy hops, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, with a nice bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: I like it. Instead of the typical winter warmer, this is more like Sierra Nevada's Celebration. Not nearly as good, but similar. Good balance of hops and malt, good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:29:06 | More by TheMarkE
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neckbeered

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -24%

06-09-2013 15:54:51 | More by neckbeered
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-24-2013 13:58:41 | More by Slatetank
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-19-2013 16:58:36 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-05-2013 18:41:41 | More by ruckus232
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Chucker17

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-26-2013 00:25:13 | More by Chucker17
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, poured a clear amber color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and it left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of caramel and lemongrass. Medium in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, sweet caramel and some citric lemon hops. Somewhat bitter- Dry finish. Overall, not very flavorful- its decent for a session beer but for a "Winter Ale" i was expecting a bit more umph!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:04:18 | More by GossageBrewery
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spicelab

Australia

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. BB 14 March 2013, but you can thank shonk importers Beermasons for that.

Lovely looking beer, bright and clear orange with just the right sized head, barely off-white, that falls slowly to a nice raised ring.

Decent amounts of candied hops served up by a lightly caramelised malt backbone. Thanks to the age hops are quite subdued, but still get some nice tangerine notes.
Some alluring barky, nutmeg notes and other brown spices which I can't nail, and plenty of strawberry.

Flavours follow the nose and introduce an earthy pine bitterness, which although subdued has me questioning whether I've interpreted the bottle dating correctly.

Medium and slightly syrupy, with silky carbonation paving the way for a modest bitter finish.

Yet another solidly crafted and enjoyable offering from the most consistent brewery I know.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:51:38 | More by spicelab
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-03-2013 02:07:21 | More by Boone757
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Jamison85

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2013 16:44:01 | More by Jamison85
Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.