Powder Hound Winter Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

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"!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
259
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At Big Sky or Bridger, when it's negative 25 and you're snowed in, drink this keg first. You will all be in better spirits.

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Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

App- Copper in color. Good head and lacing.

Smell- Nice traditional winter warmer scent, with a tad of pitted/dark fruit as well.

Taste- Follows the nose, with more emphasis on a combination of malt and pitted fruit. Very refreshing for the cold.

Mouthfeel- Pretty balanced overall. Not really smooth but certainly not rough.

Overall- Very good Winter Warmer from the guys at Big Sky. This is the second brew I've tried from them and I'm getting more curious about their stuff.

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4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 3/29/11 on the neck. It was a clear, medium amber color with some carb streams. It had a thick white head that slowly settled into a thick collar and thin cover of foam. Good lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was excellent with spicy and citric hops along with caramel malt. Really like the aroma on this one. Kept going back from sniff after sniff. The taste was also great and followed the aroma with the spicy and citric hops leading the way. Mini session beer on taste. The mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, I'd been avoiding this one as I thought it was a winter warmer style but it's not. Glad I finally tried it as it greatly surprised me with it's rich aroma and flavor. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - it's an Oct-Jan seasonal. Worth a 6 pack spread out over that time for sure. [R; Y]

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/08/04- Sampled at the Big Sky Brewery on tap.

*taken from notes in August 2004

Appearance- Pours a dark amber-chestnut color with a small head and slight lacing.

Smell- Sweet smelling carmel and malt with maybe some citrus also. Lemon?

Taste- Yummy, malty and slightly nutty sweet taste. Definitely some citrus in the background also.

Mouthfeel- Excellent carbonation. Goes down soooo easy. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Extreme drinkability. Had this for the first time a couple of years ago and it was the beer I most crave from Montana. Awesome beer!

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4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice dark red ale with a fat off white head. The aroma of citrusy hops and crystal malts. The flavor is a bit maltier than the aroma and the hops come on strong towards the end. I was going to rank this beer a bit lower, but as I sit and sip this brew it is making it's personality known and I am growing fond of it. It is not as strong as most winter brews, but it is definitely drinkable.

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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice sessionable Winter Ale. Not quite what I consider a Winter Warmer nor a Strong Ale, but very mild and enjoyable. Malt flavor is balanced with a nice hop presence, but not anything like the hoppy brews I lean towards. I've had this 3 times this week as it's a nice every day brew to have with food. It compliments bbq and give you a warm feeling without the big alcohol kick.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, victory, and bisquit malts. It is quite toastey and breadlike. The taste is excellent. It has a sweet, yet dry and toastey flavor with a bitter breadlike finish. There are hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has awesome aroma and taste; a great seasonal brew and a great drinker.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pjwilson
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes: i've always thought this brewery made some good beers...so i jumped at this one when i saw it on sale. The abv is 6.2 on the bottle. This is a winter warmer if anything, as it reminds me more of jubelale than your average red beer. on with the review.
appearance: lots of carbination settles down to a nice thin layer that lasts along time. ok so i guess this beer is pretty red. Reddish brown.
smell: chocolate malts in this one kids. some mild hoppiness(noble no doubt) nothing crazy but nice
taste: this is a nice tasty beer. I'm so hapy it's not too sweet (i've been getting killed with too sweet beers lately) It's quite dry actually. Great balance between the chocolate, the hops and the base malt. The first taste is that chocolate, followed with a nice mild bitterness...(bet my dollar that it's williamete hops in this one) Just great balance. If counted as a winter warmer this is one of my favorites....likin' this more than jubelale at least.
mouthfeel: it's good, nice and light, but still filling...perhaps a hair watery but that just helps with the drinkability i think.
drinkability: great, walking the line between a sipper and a session. I would go so far as to call this a great session ale, but it is 6.2 percent after all. Great beer. I haven't been let down by this brewery yet, and they seem to get low marks. Give this one a shot. It's probably the most drinkable winter warmer i've had. (much more drinkable that jubelale, winter solitice, anchor's)

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4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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