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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.

Added by Jason on 11-11-2001

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Photo of BeerSox
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into mug.

Very deep red, approaching opaque brown. A tan head sits on top, slowly settling to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Spicy aromas on top of a dark roasty malt base, some molasses, and a hint of alcohol.

Bitter malts with a hint of nutty flavor, along with a leafy bitterness from the hops. Spicy in the middle, with no sweet tones that are usually found in this style. Medium bodied and fizzy. Sort of a metallic lingering finish.

I was expecting something a little better. This one just seemed bitter with no balance. I probably won't be revisiting this one.

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

served into a nonic glass from a short neck brown 12oz. bottle twist-off cap.

Beautiful clear mahogany color with a deep reddish hue.A light tan head 1" thick dissapating to a thick coating thru the beer.

A very complex aroma, first wiff of candied apples,very spicy with hints of vanallia/chocolate/ a bit nutty and fruitty.Lots of different aromas, a treat for the nose.

The taste was very malty notes of carmell/chocolate/toffee and nutty.
Spicy,hints of vanallia, A clean,sharp,spicy bittersweet finish.A complex and very pleasing quailty to the taste

A medium body,velvety feel on the palate,a bit cloying.
One of my favorite holiday beers,delicious.mouthwatering,don't want to stop drinking this beer.Give it a try.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured of with a large head that produced lacing, tan in color and dissipated slowly. Color of dark ruby. Aroma of spice, dates, figs, and sherry. Flavors of woody, toasty, toffee, caramel, and a slight hint of butterscotch. Finishing with a brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel lends to a moderate carbonation, with a heavy/medium body. Overall a very drinkable winter beer. It is well balanced, and has a nice flavor. The best Snow Cap from Pyramid that I have had so far.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with fartingdog. Thanks for the opportunity... 06 version.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head is down to a skim of swirly bubbles in a flash, with average lacing. Aroma is deeply of grains, with a light fruity note. Flavor is malty upfront, with the fruitiness in the middle, and reverts back to the grains for the close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability is okay, but again this year this one doesn't wow me. It does seem better fresher, as expected, which is a good thing to note.

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

appearance: Pours a low tan head that soon recedes. The beer is a rich, medium-dark brown in color, very "stained wood."

smell: Mascerated dates and raisins atop a strong earthy background sporting notes of carob. A generous touch of brown sugar and some notes of Winter spice. Just a touch of blackstrap molasses. Esters. English type hops slip in and out. Quite nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a heavy medium.

taste: Very earthy and woody in flavor...reminiscent of a very flavorful, maybe estery brown ale. Caramel, toffee, toasted, and roasted malts with a moderate sweetness. Lighter hop flavor with a light bitterness coming out and lingering in the finish with a brown sugar sweetness.

drinkability: pretty damn good...probably the most surprising Pyramid beer I've had

Single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich red mahogany color – inch head, light brown – clear – mild carbonation

Sweet malt, rich and thick, fruity – hops, not overly bitter but there is the American hop citrus edge – fruity undertones

Hop border followed by malt. Neither are overbearing. The hops give a nice flavor without bullying their bitterness on you. The malt is dense and grounded, mildly roasted and fruity sweet. I can sense the alcohol lurking around in the shadows. Well balanced package.

Mild oral foamation and prickle

Not bad. None of Snow Cap’s characteristics stood out in crazy-good sort of way. It was, however, very well balanced and a wonderful drink. The malt and hops complement each other nicely. I think it makes a good contribution to the world of Winter Warmers.

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

Looks like a winter warmer. Dark brown color, with a small retaining head.

Aromas are nice, but a bit weak. Smells toasty with some stewed dark fruit.

A lot of toasted flavors, toasted malt mostly. But there is a hint of hops on the finish. Also notice a little heat from alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decent, but nothing special. I mostly just detect the alcohol lingering in my mouth.

All in all, an above average and drinkable winter brew. But it just lacks a bit of a kick that I would hope for from a warmer. I am usually not a fan of most Pyramid brews, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that fades. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a very toasted nuttiness with light cocoa tones, some spices, and a slight bitter smell.

Well, it's all downhill from here. There is indeed some toasted nuttiness, spice, and cocoa tones, but everything is overshadowed by an unnecessary bitterness. The bitterness is there from start to finish (and lingers well after) and is completely misplaced and borderline offensive.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Wow, what a stinker. I don't know what they were thinking with this one, but it's a complete mess. I had to dump it in the yard as even my drain didn't want to drink it..

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with pomegranite highlights. Head is creamy...a finger high of roasted marshmallow colored bubbles.

S: Malty and rich with candy coated prunes, touch of port and roasted almonds.

T: Interesting mix of roasted, bitter grains and malt with grapejuice kicks. Pungent and sweet raisin, almost sour. Some what chocolaty with day old coffee values added in. Finishes bitter with spicy moments and perhaps some hidden hops.

M: Medium body, dry across the tongue.

D: Not bad. This is a "standard" winter brew with decent characteristics. Not in the elite but still enjoyable.

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Photo of deathonthemounta
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the first 12 pack of the season last night: 10.05.2006. (harvest moon tonight!)

A - The color is very dark, but held up to a light source you can see the beautiful deep ruby coming through. A good three finger head can be coaxed if you let it warm up for about 20 minutes and then let it glug a couple of times straight to the bottom of the glass.

S - Sadly, almost non existent. In fact, a faint but detectable unpleasant beery smell.

T - Better than the '05-'06 winter offering. Dark chocolate and sour notes at first. A hint of roasty nuttiness followed by dominant green apple, but not unpleasantly so. Some hop briskness is mixed in there and then you are left with spice and some green apple that lingers and lingers. I'm trying not to be an excited fanboy gushing about the first one of my favorite "macro micro" seasonals here. The flavor reminds me a lot of a homebrewed all grain Oktoberfest that I had recently. the point of that comment is that the Oktoberfest is a LAGER.

M - I was surprised at the full mouth feel here! Nice body. If it was a chick I'd probably do my best to check it out without making an ass of myself.

D - considering the 7% ABV i'm really impressed, not only was the alchohol well placed in the flavor profile, but it does not give a trace of the heady buzz that I get from IPA's of comparable ABV. Usually my Halo skillz tank when I drink 3+ Pike brewing Co.IPA's and after four of these last night I cranked both double, and triple kills and a nice little Killtacular (4 kills!).

Although not evident in my review, when you put it all together the damn thing tastes kind of like a porter. There is aI'l bet this is going to age well.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

single bottle bought at a Woodmans in wisconsin. this bottle was on sale big time and i suspect it had lived beyond its intended years. poured deep red with a nice small head. surprized at the lack of carbonation actually. malty, slightly spicey clove and cinnamon odor. tasty, roasted malt and red fruit flavor. full. metallic (slightly). burnt roastiness lingers. nice to drink on a cold evening for sure.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Mahogeny color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet and sour maybe apples, smooth, finish has hints of hops. Best by is Feb 2006 but it tastes just fine. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours mohogany, with an off white head.
the aroma is malty, rich and malty.
the flavor is very malty, rich, bit of hopsack, raisons, carmelized malt, lingering spice.
this is a great beer rich, malty, and packs a kick.

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Photo of cbros
4.57/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was first intrigued by this beer for its ABV. But after taking my first sip I was hooked. It's combination of taste and yes potency go hand in hand. You can have a high ABV beer that tastes like motor oil or rubbing alcohol. Or you can drink this. A beer that tastes good and makes you feel better. I suggest this beer anytime you are at a Seattle Seahawks footbal game.(my first experience with it) There is nothing better than a Snow Cap in one hand and a basket full of garlic fries in your lap. The combination of the bitter sharp garlic mixed with the smooth taste of Snow Cap is a doable mixture.
In late Nov this beer really warms the stomach and makes any football game more enjoyable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a dark brown with traces of ruby and a thin, tan head. .Aroma was not very stong, but malty with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.These carried over to create a good flavor and the 7% alcohol was evident but not overwhelming. This was better than I expected, and I had it in May. Could appreciate even more in winter.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Red Mahogony, nice carbonation, and small head which fades quickly. Lacing is present.

S - Spicy malt, followed by florals.

T - Robust malt, with hops blended in well. Florals follow through, while maintaining a constant bitterness. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is average, and goes down quite crisp.

D - Alcohol is barley present, therefore this beer scores a high drinkability.

As this being my first pyramid, I was quite suprised. Take note that this beer has been aging for over 7 months now. Yet, somehow it tastes nearly identical to a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. This is a very solid brew.

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Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another good deal at acme's firesale of wine&spirits stock

very nice red mahogany. a sudsy head forms but doesn't last. some good lacing. the aromas are of sweet, fruity malt and floral hops. brief wintergreen flavor. spices blend with the hops. not a big body, but some significant bitterness keeps it all going

not bad, but the flavors are a little muddled. the aftertaste is a little blah as well

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Photo of goochpunch
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost purple color with an off-white head. Spotty lacing. Lot of malt in the nose with some hints of spice and a background of alcohol. Flavor is a big presence of malt and dried fruit, followed by hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor to talk about. Bitterness lingers along with the malt sweetness while a mild spicing makes itself known. Kind of makes me think of a barleywine jr. with spice added. Mouthfeel is moderate, but the carbonation could have been a little smoother for my taste. Tasty beer, but I somehow don't feel very motivated to drink more than this one bottle.

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Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught: This one pours a very dark brown, and is topped with a small tan head. It leaves lots of lacing down the glass. The aroma is somewhat spicy and malty. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon in there. The body is a little on the richer side, with a caramel malt sweetness balanced nicely with some hop spiciness. Maybe just a hint of roastiness. I don’t know if you would want to call a 7% beer a session beer, but this goes down really easy. Now I know why my friends in the northwest put this stuff away for later!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber in color, sporting a moderate, dense off-white head, which retains quite well, and thick broken lace.

Aroma: Deep aroma of caramel, molasses, spice, and mild herbal hops, quite pleasing.

Taste: Opens with roasted barley and caramel notes, followed by moderate earth notes, finishes dry with a lingering mildly spicy hop note, and a wave of bitter chocolate.

Mouth feel: Soft, pleasant, perhaps a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of the style, better consumed in the depths of winter, but, in Texas, one takes it as it comes.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce short glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

A - Pours a dark brown in color, nice carbonation, no head even after a aggresive pour, not much lacing either.

S - Scents of sweet malts, caramel, and alcohol.

T - The taste is a little bitter, but sweet as well, nice clean finish though.

M - Medium body, slight carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. This is the best brew from Pyramid in my book. Very tasty and at only 7% ABV you can have a few.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown amber with a toffee colored head. Retention is lack luster and leavesa only a small island of foam in the center of my beer.

Smell- Deeply malt, lightly toasted and roasted with lots o' sweet toffee aromas.

Taste- Starts out with a mix of X-Mas flavors but then develops into more specific flavors. Lots of nutmeg mixed cinnamon and an overall toffee and caramel character really help make this beer a very relaxing drink.

Mouthfeel- Almsot wanna say oily, but just a little...I guess. Pretty ocunbtry kitchen as far as palate goes. But does have good coverage of the tongue.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better looking winter warmers I've seen, and I have seen a bunch this season. Deep, dark, cherry wood colored, a bit hazy, with a good-sized head of orange/tan, perfectly lined bubbles. Nice thick lace on the glass.
Smell is, at first, caramel and spicy orange citrus. Later, as the beer warms, it morphs into sweet bready malt flavor, with a hint of hops.
Taste is similar to smell, caramel and sweet malts, with a sharp piney hop presence in the mid and back of the mouth. The hops get stronger as the beer warms, and a touch of alcohol is noticable later in the beer. There is just a bit of a cinnamon in there somewhere as well, but it's not like an obvious addition. Possibly I'm making that flavor up, due to the style.
Medium mouthfeel, smooth but with ample carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the entire mouth. A zing in the back as well.
Pretty high drinkability for this one as well. I think the malt fans will find satisfaction, as will the hop guys. This beer covers both bases quite well. A great winter warmer.


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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown in color. No head at all when poured and no lacing. Thick looking and even slightly cloudy. Sort of bland looking.
Smell: Sweet chocolate malts and a nice fruit smell of dates and plums.
Taste: Not as sweet as I expected, but there is some fruit taste. Alcohol is very present, but not overbearing. It's more like a rush than a burst of alcohol flavor. Slight grassy hops in the aftertaste along with some pepper. Somewhat spicy midway.
Mouthfeel: Slippery and smooth.
Drinkability: The taste seemed much different than the aroma, so I didn't like it at first, but after sipping on this one it turned out to be a decent beer. Not as good as the Goose Island Christmas Ale that I had 2 weeks ago, but still a good brew.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark red/amber with almost one finger of head that quickly dissapated and left a nice white lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was heavy in mixed spices with malt undertones.

The drink started with malt sweetness with a kick of spice and hops in the middle and the finish was a lingering hop bite.

All and all a good beer but it almost pushed from a winter warmer to an IPA. Still very drinkable from either standpoint.

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