Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Snow CapSnow Cap
869 Ratings
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 bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee-like color, a clear brown with red hues. The faintest of a head disappears fast. The smell is cinnamon-like and sweet, but very, very faint. The malt flavor is sweet and toasty, with a peppery/spicy cinnamon taste. The finish seems to be moderately bitter, giving it some nice balance. Thickness is medium, and the carbonation is nice. This beer was dark enough and bitter enough for my liking, but could have yielded a better appearance and aroma. A pleasant winter warmer overall...

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow. Pours a rich, dark, ruby color with definite red hues when held to the light. A good foam and limited lacing.

The smell is spicey and noticeable roasted malt smells. Good nutty and clove smells are nice. The hops and the phenols are light but smaller notes are in the background.

The taste is really malty with some of the spice notes giving it a bready quality. The hops are more noticeable with a good bitterness felt at the front but it also deters some of the malt thickness. There is more of a toasty, roasted flavor then nutty.

The carbonation seems high and deters from the taste. I would have liked more of a creamy taste but still and enjoyable beer. The ABV isnt a deterrent and makes for an easy drinking winter warmer.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahongany brown. Slightly hazy. The nose is slightly fruity. Ditto on the palate, where a citrus peel fruit element is combined with some maltiness. The carbonation is spritzy, the mouthfeel average. So this is a holiday beer? Well at least it's 7% ABV...

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

Dark brown, thick coloring in this. Not much light gets through. The head is solid and tan, about half a finger with some thick lacing on the sides. A column of bubbles sat in the middle and made a circle on the top of the beer, keeping the head around while I drank this one.

The smell is molasses and brown sugar, like a warm kitchen baking for the holidays.

Lightly dry and hoppy in the taste. The beer coats your mouth and fills you up while it warms. The malt in there adds some dark chocolate characteristics to the beer. The bitterness seems like dry cocoa.

Very filling and with a high ABV, this beer is good for no more than two bottles.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color with a fluffy half inch head. The aroma is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops. Taste is malty, with hints of chocolate, caramel and cocoa. This brew, however, feels kind of thin to me. It's not nearly as thick and full bodied as I remember it being. I wonder if Pyramid has changed the recipe for this beer? The last time I had it in the late 90's, it had way more hop character too. It's still a decent brew, just not one that I'm going to go out of my way to acquire.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown color with a medium thin off-white head that disappears steadily. Not a lot of lacing after the first layer. Aroma of sweet malt and spices. The flavor is nutty and malty, with some nutmeg and other sweet spices. The finish is sweet and nutty, with a lightly bitter aftertaste. I haven't had one of these for a couple years, and still think it is above average.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and dark ruby/mahogany. Two finger head, dense and tan colored, and holds well leaving a few sticky patches of lace. Roasted barley and caramel nose, with a faint dextrin scent and lots of holiday spice aromas like ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Big roasted flavor, accompanied by a crystal malt sweetness. Ginger flavor arrives in the aftertaste , which is dryed out by noble-esque hops that will become slightly chalky. The mouthfeel is otherwise smooth with a medium body and low carbonation. A good balance, but the cloying flavor of stale hops gets annoying near the finish. But, this is a fine seasonal, and has so many pleasent characteristics; you don't really notice the imperfections unless you're looking.

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

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a decent almost 2 finger, tannish almond colored head. Fair head retention that leaves a light lacing, looks robust.

Malt, bitter-sweet choclate, roasted barley in the nose, bitter and pungent. Very much the same at the first taste with some hop and some other fruit like, spicy flavor that I can't seem to place. It's a fairly full body ale, with rich, complex flavor, some of which I'm still trying to figure out. Not unpleasant by any means but interesting.

Mouthfeel, equally as interesting. Alcoholic, creamy, bubblely then down the hatch, it's warming. Perhaps thats why it's known as a winter warmer....cheers

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

coffee-brown body with ruby underglow. Head was virtually unpresent and turned to a very thin film. The aroma full of roasted malt and spices. The spices turned strong in the taste and mouthfeel. A cloying amount of cinnamon and ginger make this a little undrinkable. The bad bittering hops do not compliment the selection of malt and spices at all. Not a good beer taste-wise.

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

A dark red close to brown. Covered with a snow cap of head that yeilds nice lacing. Smell is nutty with a little ginger in the maltyness. A decent flavor of slight roasted malts with a hint of spice in the background. A good solid body helps this beer out. Not something I would mind having again.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The biggest drawback for me with the Pyramid Snow Cap was that I had just tried for the first time the very tasty Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Pyramid has yet to impress me, from their Apricot Ale to the Hefe's, so i wasn't expecting much and was pretty much right. Avergae mouthfeel, not as tasty as Sam Adam's winter warmer even. Only paid $2.75 for this bottle at apub, so that was okay, but there are much better winter warmers out there.

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

The other two beers I've had from Pyramid lately have been wretched, so I wish myself luck on this one...

Well, we're off to a good start. Deep mahogany body, smallish tan head with some lacing.

Spicy nose that seems to smell like a winter warmer should. Alcohol present, underneath the spices.

Mmm, quite tasty. Very nutty and full bodied. I dont pick up any real hop standouts. Its mostly the spices and malt.

Good rounded mouthfeel. If it were a little thicker I might describe it as "chewy."

I'd say this is better than most winter warmers I've had, but not as good as a few others. Above average.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 Release. Enjoy by 051606 laser printed on the neck ring.

Topped with a short noisy head of small and medium eggshell colored bubbles that quickly disappear leaving a thin collar. The beer is a rubied amber, with mahogany highlights, slightly hazed. The smell is sweet and malty, with hints of gingerbread and holiday cookie spice. The taste is initially malty with those same cookie spice notes, but it finishes distinctly hoppy in a passive-aggressive way but also in a non-complimentary way. The hops do not compliment the rest of the beer, and overall it does not mesh well. It has a medium body that feels a bit thin on the tongue, there is fine, soft carbonation. It smells much better than it tastes, unfortunately. The drinkability is only ok, and I guess I could get used to the weird hop finish. I remember earlier versions of this beer tasting simply wonderful. Perhaps next year’s release will be modified.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at a local grocery store and poured it into a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown color, clear and transparent, with a redish hue when held up to the light. One finger of beige head, that dissipates quickly to a thin slippery film, and produces minimal lacing.

The smell is robust and impressive. It smells smoky, with roasted malt and a rich coffee or nut smell.

The taste is a bit disappointing; it is a sour and bitter tasting brew. The taste of hops is overpowering, the malt is hard to detect, and the taste generally lacks balance.

Mouth feel is a little heavy, but OK, except for the bitter taste. The beer has nice mellow carbonation, in keeping with the dark winter warmer style.

This is a drinkable winter ale, and at a fairly low price point. I got a six pack for $6.50. As dark ales go I’d say it is average at best, I think there are other comparable warmers that are better. I wouldn’t pour Snow Cap down the sink, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again. If you like a really bitter dark brew, this one’s for you.

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

This beer pours a non-hazed dark-brown with a very small head. The aroma consists of slight roasty notes with hints of light roasty malt. The taste is more of the roasted malts and spices with hops in the distant background. The dry powdery spices are very pronounced. This is a light to medium bodied beer that finishes slightly sweet. Not a bad beer, but complexity is not it’s strong suit. Cheers!

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Photo of nlmartin
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a very nice dark amber. The head was very thick but short lived. There was a nice trail of lace left behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very nice cherry dipped in rum smell. There is a very nice spicy combination of cloves and cinnomin and other spicy goodness.

Taste: If only the taste had lived up to the smell. The cherry fruits are very nice; however, the spices just dont really play all that well in the taste. The hoppy malt quotient seems to be on the money.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a meduim plus body. The carbonation is proper. This is not a bad drinking beer experience by any measure. I look forward to next years batch.

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

A good winter warmer that reminds me of a mini-Arogant Bastard. Though it has the alcohol, the malts and hops are not as bold or as melded. The beer has good spices and herbs to accent the hops. It carries a dark malt, cherry, and nutty flavor. Alcoholic from sniff to finish. Hopped well for a dry finish while remaining malty. Good stuff, I'll have another.

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Photo of weeare138
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with a light red hue and a small off white head that falls into scattered lacing.
Smell is of toasted sweet malts with some chestnuts and hazlenuts.
Taste is of toasted malts with that nutty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is toasty sweet...again with that bitter chocolate feel and nuts lingering along the palate.

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

Dark brownish orange with a tawny head that dissipates and provides low lacing. Smells of malty malt, very slight citrus, brown sugars. Taste is of mostly malt, you feel the sweet grain sticking onto the tongue, the hops are too light to completely wash the mouth free of the sweetness. It doesn't taste like it's that strong, but it feels like it. I enjoy it, and will be getting more next winter.

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

Poured a dark amber with a frothy head.Aroma is sweet and malty. One of the few Winter Warmers that actually had an ABV high enough to provide an actually warming affect, but not too much that it overpowered. Flavour is mostly malts with only a slight hop spice and bitterness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Very drinkable, but the alcohol makes it more of a sipping beer or evening ender.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack at Safeway for $12. Red, Green & White label. Two large pyramids on front, an elk, some trees, snow, etc, titled "seasonal ale".

Big frothy, chunky, sticky, brownish colored head on pour. I let it sit for a few minutes and as the head slowly subsided, it left a thick wall on the sides of the class. Beer is Ruby in appearance.

Aroma, like many of the winter ales I've sampled, has plenty of malty caramel. Also picked up on Dark fruits, cherries, chocolate, breadiness, and some spicy hops.

There was quuite a bit of alcohol taste noticeable, and spicy hop on the finish. I normally welcome this approach, but I would like to have tasted more of the fruit, cherry, etc, up front before the alcohol took over. A bit quick from start to finish for me I guess.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy going in and a nice hop bite (like I said it just "bit" too early).

Due to the mouthfeel, and my desire to get smashed after doing all the Christmas family activities I'm probably giving the drinkability a bit higher a rating than I normally would.

Over all an above average X-mas beer for me, but there's a few better.

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Photo of Vancer
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear mahogany with a foamy, sticky tan head – Very nice.
A clove and nutmeg aroma, on top of malts – nice.
The quaffs, hmmm, brother, earthy and resinous, an unbalanced hoppy/bitter finish – not good.
Harsh and dry – not good.
To hot and alcoholic to drink for any duration – bummer.

Thumbs down on this one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a burnt red / dark auburn color with a short lived head. Minor notes of lacing in the glass. Medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas of sweet hops and earth blend with some spice character. Flavor is fair; sweet malt, grain, some mild hops. The alcohol had a nice warming affect.Mouthfeel is nominal, nothing special. Decent drinkability, i'd have this again.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji drank it all, and begged for more. Peaches didn't get any and left sad and sober.

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

Ruby red and a bit smeared in glare, very thin off-white foam quickly evaporates to a slimming, bubbly collar. Spotty lace in minimal amounts sticks across the glass.

Aroma is soft, light, yet deep and darkly subdued with a slight roasted molasses, root beer, chocolate thing going on.

Taste is dark and semi tangy with a roasty underlay and light kick of floral hops towards the finish. Flavors are a weird mix of vanilla, molasses, and roasted grains. Some burntness is evident along its roasty scoring as is a smideon of chocolate bite mixed with a floral hop of its own. Nothing quite stands out or is justified to be favored as its balance seems awkward. Dark, sweet, roasty, burnt, and all on a fairly understated scale.

Feel is clean and low on carbonation in most regards to its lighter medium body. Again, its balance seems off somehow. Stays mostly on the roasty/burntish side of things.

An OK Winter brew, I've had it on-tap a few times in the past and liked it at about the same I'm liking it out of the bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep reddish brown ale with a tan head.

Smell is all British ale scents. Clean scent of Kent Golding hops and fruity esters from a British ale yeast. A bit of a sweet malt scent with aromas of crackers, figs and cherry.

Taste is a little sweet at first with a brown sugar, vanilla and then the bitterness from the hops taking over and leaving an Oak after taste. After the initial sensations slightly bitter chocolate and brown sugar fight to be the dominant flavor on your tongue without either really winning. All the complexity in this beer is in the aftertastes. Ginger, cinnamon, rum, cherry, ginger and black pepper all come out in the aftertaste. Hops remain only a bittering agent in this beer with an assertive bitter snap to every sip.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very pleasant beer in the drinkability department. Tasty without killing you with sweetness this is a winter beer that is better suited to adult’s taste buds. Assertive bitter finish is a nice surprise, and I do believe that this is the highest score I have ever given to a beer from this brewery.

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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 869 ratings
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