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Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of caramel. The nose is caramel and toffee with some slight malt. There is a bit of spicing in there as well. The taste is again slight malt and brings a bit of spicing, but doesn't go over the top Decent body and while this doesn't bring too much spice like many of the style, it ends up being quite tame and plain.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, ruby-tinged mahogany into a tulip with a finger of light khaki head. Very nice aroma of sweet fig, molasses, caramel, and some boozy warmth.

Moderate carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon with a slightly metallic finish that evolved into a mildly spicy European hop finish as the beer warmed.

I was pleasantly surprised -- a balanced and full-flavored offering from Pyramid.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, dark, somewhat clear brown, with a single-finger tan head, with decent head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of bready malts, pine, spices, toffee, and coffee, and just a hint of caramel.

T - Taste is of bready, toffee-like malts, with roasted coffee and piney hop flavors, and just a little bit of spice.

M - Mouthfeel is on the medium side here. Carbonation is also middle of the road, and there's a slight hop oil presence.

D - A fairly light body, and almost sessionable feel to this beer make it pretty damn drinkable. At 7% though, too much of it too quickly could sneak up on ya if you're not careful.

Overall - I'm not too big into Pyramid brews personally, but this one makes for a pretty decent offering. As the winter warmer tag suggests, it does in fact, make for a good beer to drink during colder weather!

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Photo of ebrauser
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass

Appearance: Dark mahogany. The red hues are apparent when the very dark beer is held up to natural light. Thin head dissipated very quickly.

Aroma: Nutmeg, roasted malt, and european hop spiciness resound in the nose.

Flavor: A warming alcohol beginning leads into a fruity and spicy middle, dominated by figs and raisins though some cherry and citrus can be detected. This full bodied winter beer (the only reason drinkability scored relatively low for me) is sure to be enjoyed in the coming months.

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Photo of JNeider
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one out of season so that may affect my opinion. It was blazing hot out and I don't think the "winter warmer" was the right choice but this one still came in better than expected.

Came an opaque dark brown with a richly brown head that faded moderately quickly but laced very well throughout the drink. It smelled rich and toasty with a touch of hoppyness coming through. Tasted similar, and the bitterness of the hops helped to balance the roasted grains well. Rather thin for this type and if it had been thicker I think I would have enjoyed it more. This did help its drinkability though, especially on a warm day.

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Photo of youradhere
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Freddies to go with dinner. Pours deep amber with ruby edges, small white head that quickly falls, leaving behind nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, alcohol, bitter fruit. Taste is astringent hoppy bitter up front, dark breads and coffee; slight sweetness lingers on the back with some more subdued coffee. Hop bitterness hides the alcohol; if it weren't for the bitterness this would be well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but helps the drinkability significantly. If this were any thicker tasting as it does now, it would loose major points. I'll finish the sixer, but I think I'll stick to Jube for winter warmers.

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Photo of captainwerd
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weather starting to cool down these days so thought I'd get myself a higher ABV beer to sip on. I've usually found Pyramid beers to be at least decent, but really not a fan of this beer. For a beer you're supposed to sip on there's not much complexity at all to it, and just tastes flat. Haven't had too many other beers of this style, so maybe it's just the style I'm not a fan of. Should have saved my money bought PBR.

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Photo of coastiefish
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

twenty2ozer>pintGlass

Clear ruby brown hue. No head

S- Sweet sugary malts, mellow caramel, floral

T - Grainy and a thin malt presence followed with a fairly strong alcoholic finish. After the alcohol clears a bready linger is left on the palette.

M - thin, the alcohol warms all the way down to my gut. sticky residue on my lips.

D- Def some more robust winter warmers out there. Wassail from Full Sail and Jubelale from Deschutes are go to brews. But-- for 2.79 I suppose this one could be found in the fridge on occasion. (I mean, I am a student soooo..)

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Photo of velosuds
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For years I have seen but never bought Pyramid Ales until today. Saw a bomber of this on sale for $2.39; regularly $3.29. Won't be in a hurry to try anything else form Pyramid.

A-Pours a medium amber hue with a two finger, light tan foamy head. Great retention and lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued malt aroma that is biscuit like with caramel. There is also a very faint floral hop presence in the nose.

T-Toasted caramel malts with some fruitcake like hop presence. Not bad. Just nondescript.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This is nothing to get excited about. Winter Warmer is one of my favorite styles, but the 7.0% ABV is about this beer's best feature. Overall, lackluster.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Wispy off-white lace, dark brown with a garnet hue ... good clarity. Toasty sweetness w/ some dark honey, the hops and alcohol add some spice to the nose. Thick medium body that runs pretty smooth. Toasted malt throughout with a slight edge of roasted grain that mimics chicory and carob powder. Spicy warmth from the alcohol is delicate as it is cradling a burnt raisin like fruitiness. Hops come in leafy and herbal with more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes bittersweet.

Nothing earth-shattering but definitely solid. Malt, hops and alcohol seem to hit all the right targets for the style. Very safe to say this is a good pic for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of philbertk
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snow Cap Ale-15th Anniversary-2001 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Dark clear thin black cherry color. Light head. Rich roasted fruit hop front. Dry roasted rich fruit malt body. Tangy spicy flavor. Lingering sweet roasted end with hot hop profile. Good but needs aging. Sampled 11/2/2001.
Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-Block Logo 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear dark burnt bronze color. Light head. Rich roasted spicy cinnamon hop front. Smooth crisp malty spicy roasted light cherry caramel dry sweet body. Spicy balanced mild East Kent Goldings hop end. Tasty. Sampled 10/14/2002.
Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-2003 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear dark bronze red black color. Light mild lace head. Roasted mild spice hop floral front. Thin dry sweet rich roasted tangy crisp body. Clean dry spicy hot mild hop balanced end. Cinnamon nutmeg spice notes. Sampled 10/22/2003.
Snow Cap Ale-Seasonal Release 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted Thin tan mild lace head. Clear dark mahogany red color. Spicy malty toasted floral hop front. Crisp creamy malty roasted burnt caramel spice body. Spicy clean crisp hot hop end. Sampled 10/12/2004.
Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-2005 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV--45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild no lace head. Slightly hazy dark amber brown color. Tangy mild coriander roasted malt spice hop front. Mild dry sweet roasted crisp tangy spicy thin fully fermented body. Balanced mild cinnamon hop end. Sampled 10/22/2005.
New Label-2005-12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. 45+ IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Mild lace head. Clear thin burnt red color. Mild cinnamon malt hop spice front. Crisp dry sweet roasted caramel body. Spicy tangy flavor. Dry sweet mild hop winter spice end. Tangy crisp roasted Winter Brew. Sampled 11/16/2005.
Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-45+ IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Lacy tan head. Clear dark bronze black color. Burnt winter spice mild hop front. Crisp roasted sweet toffee nutmeg cinnamon spicy Spruce hint body. Roasted rich malt spice mild clean hop end. Sampled 10/8/2006.
Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-Full Bodied Winter Warmer-Red Seasonal Ale Dot-2007 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Mild lacy head. Clear dark bronze red color. Roasted malt spice nutmeg all spice hop front. Toasted burnt dry sweet roasted toffee malt spice crisp mince meat body. Burnt citrus hop nutmeg spice end. Nice roasted Winter Ale. Sampled 10/21/2007. 2007 22 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. 6 @ $2.49 Each. Mild lacy head. Clear deep dark cherry bronze red color. Rich roasted malt spice mild hop front. Rich mild sweet roasted toffee nutmeg hint body. Tangy malt spice mild hop mild hot end. Rich Winter Brew. Sampled 11/2/2007.

Snow Cap Seasonal Ale-Full Bodied Winter Warmer-Orange Seasonal Ale Dot-2008 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Mild lace tan head. Clear thin dark bright bronze red black color. Roasted crisp mild hop black cherry malt spice front. Dry sweet burnt toffee rich crusty cherry fruit hint body. Clean dry hop spice malt spice rich crisp end. Better With Age. Sampled 11/7/2008. 6-Pack $6.99. 22 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Thin off white head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild roasted floral fruit hop front. Roasted mild toffee black cherry fruit thin textured mild sweet body. Crisp dry mild hop malt spice end. Bland in this tasting. Sampled 11/15/2008. 3 @ $2.49.

Snow Cap Winter Warmer Seasonal Ale Pyramid--Winter Warmer--Breweries--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Lacy off white rich head. Clear bright rich dark bronze red color. Crisp toasted hop malt spice front. Thin dry sweet fully fermented burnt caramel mild fruit roasted winter malt spice clean body. Tasty clean hoppy dry citrus sweet lingering malt end. Sampled 10/19/2009. 6-Pack $7.79.
22 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV-47 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted-55 F Warm Tasting. Thin tan mild lace head. Clear dark bronze black color with red edges. Roasted mild hop front. Thin dry sweet burnt dry biscuit malt spice rich roasted malt body. Clean dry slightly bitter toasted hop spice end. Satisfying rich nourishing Winter Warmer. Sampled 10/31/2009. 4 @ $2.17 Each.
Pyramid Brewing Company-Snow Cap-Winter Warmer-Seasonal Ale-Full-Bodied Winter Ale-Winter Seasonal-2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7% ABV. 55 IBU's?. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. Thin bronze pour. Lacy light coffee head. Clear bright dark ruby thin brown color. Roasted burnt hop fruit hint front. Dry sweet thin textured burnt toffee hint mild fruit earthy spicy malt body. Lingering malt hop spice mildly hot dry crisp clean end. Smooth Sampled 9/29-30/210. 4 @ $2.50 each Purchased @ Ken's Market--Phinney Ridge 9/29/2010

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

Been sitting on this for a bit, and didn't seem to change over time. Taste the same as it did years ago before the awful package change, but that's a whole other story. Taste is a malty chocolate, doing a good job masking the 7%. Overall a very drinkable winter brew, i'm glad they didn't add all that funky stuff like tree limbs, tire iron or other crap from the spice rack, and just make a good traditional winter beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and chocolate. Taste is like the smell, malts and chocolate, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine offering.

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Photo of hossua34
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. Almost black, though some light gets through. A small, nearly non-existent head. Little to no lacing. Really does look like Coke.

S - Dark, dank gingerbread-like smell. A hint of chocolate, and strong notes of molasses and brown sugar. Warming to the nose.

T - Nutty and malty. A definite toasty, smoky taste with a light chocolate sweetness. Warming on the throat. The aftertaste is, interestingly, like apple peel.

M - Hot, fizzy feeling in the mouth, even though the carbonation level is low. I could swear this is one of those beers with pepper in it, although I don't think it is.

D - Alright, but kind of week for a winter warmer. A little bit taken away due to the nasty, apple peel aftertaste. Nothing that memorable.

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Photo of bnes09
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy chocolate brown in color. Off-white head dissappears quickly with creamy reminents. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Lots of complex flavors here. Robust floral hops. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark fruits. Whole wheat toast. Molasses and caramel sweetness. Also a touch of roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. Medium to full-bodied ale, a smooth mouthfeel and warming from the alcohol. I'm impressed with this one. Tons of rich and spicy flavors which are well balanced. A solid winter seasonal and good in the summer too.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - The head fades from one finger into whispy islands of bubbles and basically doesn't stick around long enough to leave a phone number even. The body of the beer is a clear pecan shell brown.

S - Hoppy. Then some mild roasted malt smells, then a lot more bitter hops. After warming some nice caramel tones came out to play.

T - Initially creamy and a bit bitter. There are a few mildly sweet syrupy tones in the middle of the flavors but the aftertaste is one of strong hops. It's unrefreshing and leaves the mouth dry and unsatisfied.

M - There are conflicting forces at play here. It's creamy and sleek but at the same time mouth puckeringly bitter and dry. For a winter warmer there is no alcohol burn or warming feel in either a good or bad sense. A bit out of character.

D - Not a good warm weather beer for sure. There are too many contradictory flavors. And the bottom line is this is not at all close to any winter warmer I've heard of before. It's more like an amber ale with a bit of caramel as an afterthought.

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

Generally I have been underwhelmed by the beers from Pyramid but this one pretty good. Full flavoured and well balanced this makes for a very drinkable malt forward Winter Warmer. The beer has some caramel on the finish and is on the drier side. Could drink a few of these

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Photo of JToad
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, a dark red mahogany. Very little head retention, minimal tan lacing.

Smells very biscuity, slight tobacco.

The malt profile hits you right off the bat, slight hop profile in the back end. Biscuit and roasted malts, even hints of rye in there. Too much malt to taste much of anything else. Kills your palate.

Decent mouthfeel. Nice body. More carbonated than most malty brews.

Cant imagine drinking too many of these. Granted, im not a huge fan of malty beers anymore, but this one is hard to finish. Sharp and full, its not a bad brew. Just not something I imagine drinking very often. Glad I tried it, glad to be moving on.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brownish colored beer with deep red hues shining through. The head is a light khaki color, thiner with a lot of bubbles. The retention is there, it lasts for just under a minute leaving a spider web lacing on the sides of my glass

S-the nose is light. It has a good bit of grain in it giving way to spicey notes, cinnomon, toffee, and caramel. The finish is earthy with a touch of moss

T-the taste is similar. Too much grain, slightly roasted. Cinnamon and a hint of pepper add flavor, a touch of dark chocolate come in, caramel and toffee lie underneath. A light herbal hop comes at the back with a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and nicely carbonated. Medium to light body, dry crisp finish

D-this gets better as it warms, slightly grainy in flavor but has some nice spices in there and a decent balance.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad. Poured with a medium light tan head that mostly subsided and a little lace. Color is a dark, (hard to say if a little hazy or not) mahoganey. Aroma is malty, roasty, and a little spicey. Flavor is similar, but much richer. Has more of the bitter/sweet thing obviously, but also certain other flavors such as caramel, toffee, black pepper, chilli pepper, and dates. Full body and good carbonation. Tiny bit boozy at the very end. Could be a session.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is a dark mahogany color. A full finger of head when I first pour it but this leaves quickly showing off the brown liquid.

S- Brown sugar. Dark sweet breadiness. A little raisin.

T- Dark husk. Touches of roast. Mineral. Just the vaguest touches molasses, sort of without the sugar.

M- There's something odd about this mouthfeel, and I think it's the combination of the burnt husk roastiness and the sweet syrupness, it just doesn't work for me.

D- It's ok, not really my cup of tea but ok.

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Photo of kegger22
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pyramid Snow Cap Winter Warmer poured brown in color with a moderate head, after a vigorous pour, which displayed little retention.

The aroma was nonexistent.

The taste was just barely sweet malt, maybe some caramel?, and definitely some pepper (side note: I like pepper). A little bitter in the after taste.

The mouth feel was full bodied, oily and modestly carbonated.

Drinkability was just OK. 7.00 ABV and average taste made it average.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Killian's imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby, with a finger of short-lived shadowy white head that leaves a similarly short-lived bit of lacing behind. The smell is sweet, with darker malts, figs, and a snap of cinnamon firing through near the end of a deep sniff. The taste takes a surprising one-eighty spin toward hoppiness, with heavy pine notes stampeding over the initial sweet maltiness. It all seems very unbalanced and, rather than being a gradual shift, sudden in the flavor change. The moderate body and crsip finish help, but cannot overcome the poor balance and overly active carbonation, which keep the drinkability lower than it otherwise would be.

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Photo of dropout86
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, dark ruby-mahogany. You could stain furniture with this brew. The head poured short, light brown and dissipated quickly - probably due to its high alcohol content.. Very little lacing.

S: Heavy notes of molasses and toasted malt with cinnamon and vanilla undertones. Pleasant but hints at being overly sweet.

T: Front: very small amount of hop bitterness that gives way to cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, vanilla, charcoal, and... is that bourbon? I was wrong about this being overly sweet - not at all. Middle: Very atringent. Even stronger notes of alcohol here which is suprising for just a 7% beer; must be the burboun. Finish: Bitter & metallic then boom! with black strap molasses that lingers forever.

M: Full-bodied to say the least. Bold and velvety feel. Very well put together. Perfectly carbonated for this style. Finishes with a slight amount of dryness due to the atringency. This beer definitely makes up a few points in this category - maybe it's overall redeeming quality.

D: Let me say what this beer is not. It's not a session beer and it's not a dessert beer. This falls somewhere between an appertif and an hors d'oeuvres. I could envision drinking 2 at most in one sitting but wouldn't want to. I would serve this to guests in 6oz servings before a dinner (beef or pork only though).

BEER NOTES: I had two of these for this tasting and learned two things. 1. This brew needs to breath for a while before drinking. It really helps soften the alcohol taste. 2. Let this beer come up to just below room temp and treat it like liquor for serving purposes.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours brilliantly clear dark amber bordering on brown with an off-white head. The aroma is moderate-high malt, pronounced sweet caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is much like the smell--bittersweet caramel with moderate hop bitterness that keeps the beer from being cloying. The body is bordering on full, carbonation is moderate and just a bit of alcoholic warmth. Overall a nicely made warmer--intense malt balanced by solid hop bitterness and a hint of booze.

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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 870 ratings
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