Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Snow CapSnow Cap
BA SCORE
36.6%
Liked This Beer
3.51 w/ 869 ratings
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
Ranking:
#39,830
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
869
Liked:
318
Avg:
3.51/5
pDev:
14.53%
Alströms:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
55
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 510
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 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amvrana
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bombventure
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: dark amber reddish brown, minimal head, some lacing
Aroma: toasted grains
Taste: Bitter, Sweet, nice initial taste and follow through
Mouth feel: sticky
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, but not something to look forward to.
Drank: 2/22/2016

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of takusan1000
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 erikkk
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of Hawkfish
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhirsch04
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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.

Cheers

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Photo of ricardon1
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/25/2014. Pours fairly clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. A light metallic note is present in the aromas as well. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, herbal, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, light pepper/pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Some light metallic/astringency in the taste, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I felt this could have been better if it were less hoppy, but was a nicely enjoyable offering otherwise.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ashleydenee
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy, mahogany color with three fingers of oatmeal-colored head that sloooooowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of spice up front, such as clove, licorice, dark molasses and black pepper, followed by some toasted malt and a lot of Belgian yeast funkiness. There are some notes of dried stone fruit as well, such as prunes and raisins.

Taste: Good toasted malt up front, immediately followed by some Belgian yeast, lots of stone fruit such as plums, raisins, figs, finished by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Not much in the way of hops, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Much more Belgian than English than I was expecting. Great notes of fruit and spice.

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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 36.6% out of 100 with 869 ratings
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