Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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80
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868 Ratings
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Snow CapSnow Cap
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Jason on 11-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
868
Reviews:
510
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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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1.67/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Garbage.
Absolute garbage.

It sounds promising.
It looks promising.
It even smells somewhat reasonable.

But as soon as you taste it, you discover the horrible truth: It tastes like 12-hour-old "dark roast" gas station coffee that had a few extra scoops added, before someone spiked it with vodka.

Mouth feel is not good.
Bitterness is ridiculous.
Finish is worse than the first taste.

This is an abomination.

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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
02/02/2014
Bottle to goblet.
LOOK: Brown color, big Brown head.
Aroma Is spice, brown sugar.
Taste is spicy,warm,malty.
Thick feel.
Not Bad. Go Hawks."
**

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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark appearance, substantially brown, 3/4" tan head. Aroma drops some c hops, roast. Mild chocolate malt.

Taste is a sticky brown that imparts plenty of roasted malt without a heavy viscous body, hopping gives it around a 50 ibu mouthfeel I'm guessing. The chocolate malt keeps a slow burn throughout. Equal parts winter warmer and porter.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.53 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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