Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Snow CapSnow Cap

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep mahogany in color, our full-bodied winter warmer is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the perfect cold weather companion.

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2/5  rDev -43%

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Photo of pianoguy
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a beer that you have drank a lot is not as easy as it seems. (I think Bill Clinton was president when I had my first Snow Cap. A long time a dark beer fan, This beer turned me on to the winter warmer style) I will endeavor to keep nostalgia out of this review...

12 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours solid brown body that when held up to the light takes on a more clear reddish mahogany. Good retention and lacing.

Smell of milk chocolate and roasted malt, Fairly prominent.

Taste is like hot cocoa on a cold day. Lots of chocolate malts and just a hint of hops to balance it out. Nice !

Feel is full and creamy. IMO this is what a winter warmer should feel like on the tongue. Perfect !

Overall... what can I say ? This beer kicks ass. The seasonality makes it something to look forward to each year and unlike other Seattle winter warmers, Snow Cap is consistent. They don't change it up very year. We drank Snow cap while watching superbowls 48 and 49. Being a Seahawk fan it had the sweet taste of victory in 2014 1nd the bitter taste of defeat in 2015...

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Photo of jwc215
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly hazed mahogany with a lasting tan head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, with some chocolate and a subtle earthy spicing.

The taste is of caramel, some nuts. Some bread and dark fruit (raisins) grow as it approaches the finish. Warming alcohol in the malty, but balanced, finish.

It is on the fuller side of medium. Long. warming finish lasts on the palate.

A very nice example of a classic English winter warmer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this winter warmer pours a brilliantly clear brownish red with a firm never ending tan head that settles into a fine foam layer and a thick ring with great lacing. Nose of caramel, raisins, light cocoa, moderate alcohol, and juicy and herbal hops. Flavors are sweet caramel and light chocolate mingling with a light yellow raisin flavor to the back and sides, hops dominate the back as well searing in the hops flavors. Finishes sweet and moderately bitter. Solid for the style with great carbonation and easy drinkability.


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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of herbal, piney hops, spices, dark fruit, brown sugar, coffee and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. It was a perfect brew to drink after shoveling snow.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours rilliant mahagony crowned by a quickly receding 1” foam white foam collar that leaves sketchy lace. S: spice, caramel, malty, suspicion of chocolate, fruit. T: Its drier than it smells, starting full and soft with caramel, malt, chocolate and some fruit followed by a moderate bitter hop accent. F: Medium body, medium full carbonation, soft on the palate. O: Decent, easy to drink winter warmer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with a touch of red and a creamy tan head. Smells of sweet bready malts, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste starts with rich, toasted, sweet malts, light caramel, and vanilla. Finsh is roasty bitter with lingering sweet vanilla and I can taste the alcohol. The best Pyramid brew in my opinion.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured this beer into a pint glass, It poured a darm amber, almost Cola color, with little to no head what so ever. The smell was alcohol and malt. The taste on this was very bland, with a malty taste. Not quite what was expected from this style. Needs spice in my opinion.The mouthfeel was very watery, with a little bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol. Overall, this is not the best beer by Pyramid. I expected more and came up dissappointed. I would hope they change their receipe up year to year. Becuase this one just didn't cut it.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soper2000
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must preface this by stating that i'm not a huge fan of this brewery but i decided to give this beer a shot. It poured a dark amber color with a small creme head, a decent looking beer. Aroma had a little bit of spice and something that i think smells like some sweet syrup. Taste is pretty bland. It has a little bit of malty sweetness that i don't care that much more and mouthfeel kind of thin. WIth an abv of 7% and not much in terms of flavor, i don't see how this beer would be very drinkable imo.

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Photo of Yesdog
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color darker then most with deep red showing threw the brown one finger tan head does not last.
Aroma is dark cherries, caramel malt mixed with hints of lightly toasted chocolate malt some spice hidden underneath but they have a hard time escaping the fruity malt aroma.
Taste is malty caramel with some toffee hints. Add some lightly bitter hops, orange rind mixing with the spice, nutmeg and hints of cinammon and coriander. Overall you get a decent tasting winter warmer but not the best either.
Mouthfeel is medium that seems about right where it should be.
Drinkability is good not a bad little seasonal warmer better then I thought it was going to be from friends opinions. Want to thank merlin48 for picking this one up for me.

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Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of nsabo
1.86/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this was a pale ale (one of my least favorite styles), I’d be impressed with how malty it is. But this tries to claim winter warmer, and it’s too hoppy for that side of the tracks. Bubblegum and cloves nose. Tastes like generic iced tea with a slice of lemon and some nutmeg. Caramel malts come in for a second before being drowned out by the hops. Tastes like something that 21 year olds are serving in plastic cups and tossing ping pong balls into after they tapped it last Wednesday. It’s not awful, it’s just boring.
Winter Warmers are one of my favorite styles because of their taste and cellarability. This tastes so uneventful I doubt any cellaring could even do anything. I’ve always naively associated Pyramid with being a micro on the edge of macro that pumps out mediocre beer; this only confirms that perception.
I recently tried Maritime’s Jolly Roger, also from Seattle. It costs about $2 more and tastes $8 better (hey, that’s how much Snowcap costs!). Panhandle that $2 if you have to, there’s no good reason you anyone should set their winter warmer bar this low, and there’s other better, just as local winter warmers out there.

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Photo of ryanjgamache
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of granger10
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had many better strong ales than this one. It poured nice with an opaque darkness and good sized bubbling head. But the actually beer was not the best. It was balanced but the flavors seemed a little dull. Not much depth and alcohol was a little too strong. The spices seemed to be missing, isn't this a winter beer? Improved as it warmed and the flavors melded better together but all in all, not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Some sweet caramel malt and yeast. Lightly toasted with a hint of fruitiness.
T: Again, sweet caramel malt. Some yeast and light fruity flavors.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth and easy to drink. Not something I am going to session, or something I want to come back to. Though not hard to drink.

From what I have had, this is probably Pyramid's best beer. A very simple Winter Warmer, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Brendog9
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Libeertarian
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appears a mostly clear, dark brown — burnt copper in the light. Capped with chunky, bubbly, tan head of medium to high retention. Aroma is roasty, meaty, and sweet: a little booze, a little caramel, also perhaps some dark fruits. As it's sat for a while, smells like fresh-baked banana bread — yum! Very coffee porter-like flavor, both roasty, and mildly acidic/tart. Booze and dark fruits also shine forth. Nice herbal, rindy hop finish, but quite well balanced with malt character. Full-bodied, fairly low level of prickly carbonation. Swallows like bites of food! Not as dry of a finish as one might expect from the flavors. I almost gave this a 4 across the board, but the mouthfeel on this one is in a class of its own. Or at least, it would be, if it was a little bit more warming.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – No kidding, this was one of the most beautiful heads that I have ever seen. I controlled it at the pour, but it foamed up a good inch. The head was tan and substantial, pitting like molten lava. The lacing didn’t cover the glass; it left more of a complicated lattice design. This was gorgeous.

Oh, and the body was dark ruby brown, too thin to give the rating a perfect 5.0.

Smell – Musty, liquor-soaked malt, almost like whiskey with a woody character, complimented with man-made sugars and dark, ripened fruits. This smells like a mesh of browned bananas, overripe apricots, raisins, dark Bing cherries, and tons of raw sugar.

Taste – It’s a bit light at the tongue, wimping out from the nose, but good nevertheless. The big sweets and alcohol-soaked malts are there as well. Just about everything from the aroma makes it to the taste, but just lighter.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the ale’s weak point. The body is thin, not even medium, with a watery consistency.

Drinkability – This was a unique experience for such a mainstream brewery. It’s the first prolific ale that has even come close to the style, IMO.

Update: For 2004 they hopped this baby up with some stiff pine resin. It smells and tastes a whole lot hoppier. The mouthfeel though is still too light for the big flavors they’re packing into this beer.

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Photo of Floydster
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Hollingshead's in Orange

Aged for about nine months and then decided to open it

Smells of berries and chocolate

Poured into pint glass with a dark brown color and not much of a head

Too sweet for me, very malty and way too thick

Could not drink more than a bottle of this

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Photo of dheldman
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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