Snow Cap | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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80
good
868 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Ratings:
868
Reviews:
510
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark appearance, substantially brown, 3/4" tan head. Aroma drops some c hops, roast. Mild chocolate malt.

Taste is a sticky brown that imparts plenty of roasted malt without a heavy viscous body, hopping gives it around a 50 ibu mouthfeel I'm guessing. The chocolate malt keeps a slow burn throughout. Equal parts winter warmer and porter.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewvent
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirMoose
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gouettn
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coastiebob
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of voodoo
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brandon632
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ghostxyz3
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amvrana
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bombventure
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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 -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of takusan1000
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +13.3%
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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Snow Cap from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.53 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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