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Powder Hound Winter Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale
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Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two words describe winter in our neck of the woods... cold, dark, and snowy. Just the way we like it! At 7.2% ABV, Powder Hound Winter Ale gives just the right amount of warmth, balanced by its rich taste and generous dose of Hallertau, Palisade, and Amarillo hops. After a cold day of getting it done or just relaxing, the avalanche of flavor will have you saying these four words - "I'll have another Powder Hound"!

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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 262
Reviews by frenchblood21:
Photo of frenchblood21
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jegross for this one!

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful! One inch light tan head that slowly disappears. The beer is a light copper color.

Smell- Smells like a typical winter warmer. Toasted grains and toffee.

Taste- Carmel and butter are what stands out to me. Malty and very hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Feels a bit thin. The flavor is nice and it coats the whole mouth.

Overall- I got this beer as an extra, so I am thrilled about it. Its really good and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by date of 2/5/16. Pours clear straw yellow with a large white head; unusual color for the style. Smells mostly of hops with some lightly roasted malt. The taste follows closely with hops, malt, lemon peel, and subtle spice; medium-low intensity. Some subtle sweetness and bitterness. Medium carbonation and below average malt body. Overall, it's very hop-forward for the style and could use more malt and spice, but it's still a satisfying beer. IPA lovers getting into other styles should give this a try.

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Photo of MSL94
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of dillon_1005
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ssippisam
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh, how I long to revisit Montana where Big Sky is abundant.

This is a decent beer. It has the toffee and malty aromas and flavors typical for a red with a bit of a toffee accent with spices. Flavor is similar with caramel. It starts with a bunch of head then settles leaving behind copious lacing in my Perfect Pour Glass. It goes down good leaving some toffee aftertaste. Overall a nice beer to relax with.

Edit - 1/22/11
Either the recipe was changed or the beer is different than I remember or I got a bad bottle. This one is a medium copper with some floaty sediment. The aroma is hoppy with some citrus. The taste is peculiar, it's hoppy but settles to a somewhat earthy feel with a peculiar tartness that wouldn't fade. The body seems too light for the style. The aftertaste has that tartness and seems a tad sour. I'm not impressed with this release.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tbeck
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a creamy one finger brown head. It has a slight clarity, darker than some other ales. Aroma is simple, malty sweetness and fruity. Very smooth taste, a lot of malt but well balanced sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a slight hoppy bitterness. Good body but not heavy with a slight chewy texture. A very enjoyable ale, highly recommended as a session beer and one to try.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of KeefD
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark amber color with ok head and minimal lacing. Smells super sweet and malty. Taste is very much the same. Dark fruits when it's cold, but warms to a caramel, chocolate, raisin, prune flavor. Good carbonation, but it's can't overcome the thickness and syrupyness of this brew. Not the best winter offering I've had.

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Photo of rhinonau
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick4444
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper in color with burgundy flaring around the edges and amazing clarity. An aggressive pour yields an impressive, two-finger, cream-colored head with fair retention and moderate lacing.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt with suggestions of brown sugar.

T: After strong marks for both appearance and aroma, things begin sliding to the middle of the road. Taste opens trending sweet, with roasted malt notes and touches of caramel. A mild hop bitterness rounds out the middle and brings it on home. Finishes astringently dry. Not much else happening here.

M: Relatively thin bodied, yet slick on the palate and chewy in the mouth.

D: As a Winter Ale, Powder Hound needs to be taught a few new tricks. Just not inspiring enough to warrant session drinking.

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Photo of Cujo65
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malts and sweet orange citrus on the nose. There are some bready aromas mixed in as well.

T: Caramel malts dominate alone with sweet bread flavors. There are some lightly sweet citrus notes mixed in as well along with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a little watery feeling.

O: A decent beer, though nothing special. I'd like a bit more hop presence in the nose and flavor.

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Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mdcrouser
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A half inch of eggshell colored head initially tops off this beer, but it quickly fades to a simple ring around the glass, pocked by bubbles atop the beer. Looks like a standard reddish-brown winter ale from here.

A mildly spicy mix of malts an light hops tempts the nose, inviting a closer sample.

Only a hint of spice on the tongue, but a nice touch of caramel maltiness - sweet and bitter, with much less spice than one would expect.

An initial kick of carbonation quickly ceases, leaving lingering sweetness, but overall a pretty unexciting beer - drinkable, but uninspired.

Wishing they would have incorporated some rye malts here - could have added much more depth.

Enjoyable in its drinkability, but probably not for a repeat run.

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Photo of brewskis4drewski
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with billowing head and slight lacing.

Smell: Citrus, toast and an undeniable similarity to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which I associate with cinnamon and honey, but I don't think that is in here, so not sure where that aroma is coming from.

Taste: Light malts of biscuit, toast and mead, with a nice layer of spicy English hops on top, which has a tinge of citrus and pine. Still getting some very light winter spices.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall: Nice ale overall that does not seem to fit any known style. Kind of an English Strong Ale, kind of an Amber Ale, kind of a Spiced Winter Warmer (despite the lack of spices). This seriously confuses the hell out of me, but if I put my beer reviewing hat away, it is clear that I really enjoy it.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a large mug.

A-Copper colored beer, very clear, topped with a large-bubbled tan head. Moderate to low retention, the head reduced to a thin layer with minimal lacing.

S-Mostly a nutty and bicuity maltiness. Maybe some toasty hints, as well. No hop aroma.

T-Dominating nutty malts, with tones of a slight spiciness. When the nutty flavors subside, hints of caramel are able to emerge. These malts are balanced by a just-enough bitterness.

M-Moderate carbonation. This beer has a body that is a little thinner than I expected.

D-OK drinkability. I wasn't terribly impressed by this beer. Still, it's an enjoyable brown/amber ale that's easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 542 ratings