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Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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
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#41,004
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
870
pDev:
14.53%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a small, tan, short-lived head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, spices and cinamon. Also, there was a hint of caramel in the nose.

T - It tasted of bitter hops/spices. There was also a good dose of toasted malt flavors.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad winter warmer, but certainly not the best. It wasn't spicy enough.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color, thin cola color head settles very quickly. Aroma is faint of cinnamon and sweet malty goodness. Taste is somewhat sweet, some oakey flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, somewhat fizzy finish. Drinkability is quite good, ABV not terribly noticeable. It's relatively inexpensive, @ only 1.99 for this 22oz bottle.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- Pours up dark red with ruby highlights. The off white head dissipated quickly.

A- Spice and hops dominate. Theres some cinnamon, and a bit of the alcohol behind it.

T- There's a fruity start. It rolls around my mouth, and I can't identify it, darnit! There's some malt sweetness, a hint of apples, some cinnamon. Strong hop bitterness finishes on the back of the tongue.

M - The beer is thick and warming.

D - A little strong for a session beer, but very nice!

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Photo of mat5175
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is gorgeous. Deep dark reddish brown. Very clear. Pours with little to no head. What dead does form is gone by the time i take the first sip.

Very mild nose on this one. Hints of something rich with good malts to come.

Mouthfeel is nice here. Smooth, with a light carbonation, that comes across somewhat metallic.

This is not quite what i expected. Great malt on the front of this. Well balanced though with a good hit of hop bitterness on the back. The aftertaste a pleasant one of not too overpowering hops. As it warms, this reminds me of some lighter stouts, if only in terms of balance. As to what if any additional spices might be at work here (as in many other winter warmers) my palate is not nearly the finely tuned insturment required to discern such alchemy. But, this is good.

At 7.00 %, this doesn't taste like it. Flavor balanced, and intersting enough to make this more drinkable thatn 7 %.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"enjoy by 040608"

Part of an $8.99 make your own 6 from Patricia's in CoMo.

a: Beautiful mahogany with a thin white head.

s: Brown sugar, molasses, no aroma is really standing out.

t: Caramel malty start, then hops grab the tongue but are not overpowering or too bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. I don't detect any spices. Well balanced flavor.

m: Leaves some bitterness on the tongue.
The alcohol certainly has a warming effect.

d: Not bad. Not a challenge to drink, but not suited for a session.
Overall its pretty good I guess, it has no clear problems but I do feel a bit underwelmed.

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Photo of ccrida
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic, Snow Cap is a clear mahogany with lots of active streamers. The khaki colored head is tight and creamy, about 1 finger tall, leaving thick foam.

Aroma is sweet powdery malt with a touch of strawberry. Soft but appealing.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose, spicy and malty, but not as full bodied as one might expect. Subtle hints of traditional Noel spices with a touch of smokiness. The lingering finish is very bitter and firm, more so then I'd prefer. Not outrageously complex, but fairly well balanced. Opens a bit more as it warms, but the mouthfeel loses some crispness and gets thin.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium-light body.

I've had this beer a number of times, from the bottle, draught, and kegs at house parties...and have always thought it was a tasty, full bodied winter warmer that was still remarkably easy drinking.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.41/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a smallish off-white head that goes away quickly to mostly nothing over a dark brown nondescript mostly opaque body.

Smell is boozy sweet malt over young bourbon barrel. Cloyingly boozy smell.

Taste follows the smell except for some decent average toasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is where this disappoints the most: perhaps the thinnest 7.0% beer I've had.

Drinkability is only just below average. There's not enough going on in this one-dimensional brew to justify drinking more than one.

Sorry, but I'm going against the grain on this one: don't get this if you can avoid it.

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Photo of smttycty
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the fall colors blanketing the sidewalks I grabbed a bomber of this hoping to break the streak of disappointing Pyramid offerings. An '07 offering, the pour produced a memorable sight: a tall tan head, a little loose in structure, but it lasted awhile, sitting over a pretty ruby, clear body with lively tiny bubbles.

The nose was elusive: some sweet biscuit, maybe figs. Weak either way. The flavors were unimpressive yet not offensive. A toasty malt presence with some alcohol warming things up. A little dark fruit yeast notes. Any describable hop character showed only in the lingering aftertaste. If the style calls for seasonal spices they were forgotten here.

The body was lighter then I expected but it was fairly creamy and the carbonation fit. Overall drinkable if not very complex or exciting. Certainly the least disappointing experience with this brewery in my backyard.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say about this beer? You know the rat the wants to get the cheese, but shocks every time he goes near it? That's how I feel about every pyramid brew except the imperial pilsner. (which I felt was much better in a bottle than on tap).

This beer pours and amber red, smells of vanilla, hops, and santa's alcoholic red nose.

This beer tastes like it wants to be a brown ale with spice.

I would not buy a six pack, but if you can buy a single, do it, try it, and judge for yourself.

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

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA, poured into a brandy snifter,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a tan head, though I would have liked better retention, but I know this has been aged for about 9 months, so I wasn't expecting much.

S: Delicious, fragrant, with lots of malt and alcohol, with some milk chocolate, and winter spices as well.

T: Big malt flavours upfront, very bold, gives way to sweet milk chocolate, and ends with a soft ethanol note. Beautifully structured, a very satisfying winter warmer taste, even in the summer.

M: Smooth, satisfying, and warming, quite robust.

D: Great for a winter warmer, each sip keeps you wanting more. My favourite brew by far from Pyramid, a great example of a Winter Warmer, one of the best out there.

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Photo of loren01
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brownish red, 1 finger width white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Sweet and malty. Also smells of dark fruits. Smell is very similar to a barleywine
T: Sweet maltiness, balanced well...almost too much so with a hoppy bitterness.
M: Medium to heavy bodied. Lots of carbonation
D: Pretty good brew, one of the better beers I've had from Pyramid.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- brown w/ reddish hues, 1/2" off white head, good retent, some decent lacing, thin film

S- malty, sweet, molasses, brown sugar

T- brown sugar, molasses, bran, malty, very little bitterness, very sweet

M- medium, simple, low carbonation, smooth

D- not sure what makes this a winter special, too sweet to be enjoyable, much better winter brews out there

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Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Sportsman's in early January for $1.49. It has been 3 years since I last had it and figured it was time to sample it again.
Beer poured a mahogany brown color with a off white head that has a very thin layer barely floating. Nose is very malty but i am not picking up on any seasonal spices. Taste is not overly complex, very malty with a hint of spice, dark fruit, and molasses, Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall drinkabilty is pretty good. This is a nice seasonal that is worth a shot.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the bottle. Aroma was a nice sweetness, with definate fruit undertones. The prevelant aroma was of bananas. Taste was very similar to the smell, banana, but mostly a carmelized brown sugar flavoring. There were hints of spice, but it was mostly sweet. Not sickly or overpowering sweet, but a nice flavor. Very nice in the mouth, slight tingle to the tounge. No excess carbonation in the sipping, very easy to drink. A nice surprise beer.

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

Tasted the 2006/07 version towards the end of the season (March 07). No "best by" date. Bottle 355ml.

Bottle removed from fridge for half hour before sampling. Poured a thick dark amber brew with ruby tones and a coffee coloured head. Head lasted, but not much lacing.
Smelled a little subdued, but distinctly malts.
Tasted definitely of malts (no mistakes there!). No complexity to it, maybe some coffee touches. No spiciness. Syrupy.

Overall a nice Winter Warmer.

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Photo of skillerified
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown and red hues fill the glass. A smallish head, half a finger at best, fades quickly to a few bubbles on the surface. Sticky but short lived lacing. Really liking the color here though.

Malty caramel and bread notes dominate up front on the nose. A nicely blended citric note finds it's way at the end. Sweet fruit and some spices round it out. Nicely blended and well balanced all around here.

Bready and spicey are the first things that you notice on the tongue. Hints of toffee here and there. A sort of coffee like astringent bitterness. And the spices (some alcohol) come back on the finish. Again though, the flavors are all nicely mixed together and quite tasty.

I'd call it medium-bodied, but leaning toward the heavy side. Carbonation is a bit heavy giving it a mild prickly feeling on the tongue, but not overwhelming and it adds a nice touch of creaminess.

Really tasty. Everything is well put together and well balanced. Some nice subtle touches here and there. It's most of what I like in a beer. I could put down a couple of these.

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Photo of Cresant
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass. Date was smudged, ?/?/07. Minimal head left zero lace and faded to nothing. Rootbeer colored body.

Smell was of prune juice. Sweet and piney.

Taste was fruity. The sweetness melted to a hoppy end. Mildly astringent. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel was zesty yet somewhat slick. Medium to full in body.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with a creamy light head that settles to a thin lace.

S- Sweet and malty, almost smells like a barleywine. Faint piney hops evident in the back.

T- Slightly hop-bitter, with hints of orange peel, grapefuit, and sweet malt that comes out to balance. Unexpected flavor after the sweetness of the aroma.

M- Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D- Surprisingly drinkable. The dry finish leaves you wanting more, while the balance of flavors makes this one a good choice for seconds.

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Photo of geographie
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a very amber rouge color, very fruity bouquet wafts out of the glass. Head is bubbly and doesn't linger but some nice stickage.

smells of sour cherries & slightly tinny. Taste is certainly unique. Bready front, a nice bitterness coats the tongue and finishes candy sweet yet the bitter oils stick nicely to the tongue.

Mouthfeel is nice and vigorous on this one, I don't imagine there is a particular style guideline for this, but i'd prefer a little less froth.

My first beer from Pyramid, and hey - I'm impressed. Although this is hardly a sipper, i could nurse a few of these on a blustery winter's night.

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

This brew is a dark, ruby color with a dark fruit aroma and a thin tan head. The color is so dark that, at times, it seems nearly black. The smell is a complex mix of malt and fruit. Cherry is a particular stand out. All of which is backed by slightly muted a spicy aroma. No presence of alcohol in the smell, but after half a glass, the beer is certainly warming. The taste is dominated by a maltiness and considerable residual sweetness. There’s a lot of flavor in the mouth, which corresponds nicely to the full-bodied brew. It’s not over-the-top, but is very well done. I enjoyed the spiciness and the fruit in the forefront. Not much of a ‘wow’ factor with this beer, just solid drinkability.

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

A delicious winter warmer that captures the holiday spirit in a glass. Snow Cap pours into a glass topped with a semi-dense tan head nestled atop an amber-brown body. The nose is complimented with spices (perhaps a mix of spices: vanilla, cinnamon). The mouthfeel warms as it goes down providing a drinkable beer for those long winter months.

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Photo of ski271
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chestnut with a slight ruby tinge and a small, fizzy, tan head that quickly and fully diminishes. Very little few spots of lacing. Smells kind of musty and stale even though it’s not old and I doubt the six-pack shop associated with Zeno’s in State College, PA mishandled it. No, I think it just has a kind of funky smell. Not the whole bouquet, just a little, just enough to knock things out of whack, otherwise it’s a decent roasted malt aroma. Toffee, nuts, some light spicy hops, some very light doughy yeast and a small zing of currant. The taste follows suit. There are some good characteristics to this beer but something is just off. Off taste and off balance. Even the mouthfeel is a bit off, being too slick and syrupy for my taste. I didn’t hate this beer, but I just didn’t enjoy this either.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. Pyramid has not always blown me away, but it is late in the Winter Warmer season, but just the beginning of winter here in PA. Shoveling snow all week and especially today it seemed apropos to end this Saturday night with a beer called snow cap. Call it marketing if you will but on this snowy day I sprung for a beer with snow in the title. Well... To my surprise, I am enjoying it more than I anticipated.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark amber brown with a ivory/tan head and very little lacing. it has a half cap across the top but a thick tan collar around the rim.

Smell: rich caramel malts and brown sugar make a simple but pleasant smell. The seasonal spices are present but tame.

Taste: Defiantly the sweet malt, caramel and chocolate aspects lead with a light hop balance and a really light sprinkling of seasonal spice that is detectable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Relatively low carbonation thick and almost syrupy in nature but a bit of spice and hops keep it from being mundane.

Drinkability: For me, this beer hit the spot tonight. It is not exciting and flashy but it is a solid Winter Warmer from Pyramid; IMO.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a modest head that leaves a dancing pattern of lacy squiggles before declining to a ringlet

Smell: Dried dark fruits and licorice accompanied by an odd, sweaty smell

Taste: Starts out with a spice cake base that moves in a harsh, bitter direction mid-palate; after the swallow, a burst of licorice joins the fray; the finish has some residual pine but contains a strong anise flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: I was prepared to be underwhelmed but this is a decent Winter Warmer; not in the top drawer, I'm afraid

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