Powder Hound Winter Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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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"!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bkdayton01
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of csmrx7
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superwho24
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I used to drink this beer quite a bit. Great beer for the cold season. The colder it is out, the better this beer is. I like the sweetness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can in Yellowstone NP.

Clear copper body topped by a bone colored head.
Floral and spicy hops in the aroma.
The flavor follows but is more spicy and less floral.
Medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is mostly clear amber/red colored body with a one fingered white foamy head that dies within almost a minute. It manages a nice amount of foamy somewhat sticky lacing. The smell has a mostly soapy caramel nuttiness about it with a cardboard grassy note to it. The taste is mainly sweet with some caramel kinda crackery malt to it. The aftertaste is super crackery maltiness with a very dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium on the body, and comes across mostly sessionable. Carbonation comes across fairly smooth and is decent for the style and for me. Overall, not much to see here.

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

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rarigney
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Caramel blonde color with a small head.

Aroma of light hops, biscuit and caramel.

Drinks like a flavorless red ipa. Very muted flavors with stale hop and light dill and amber malts.

Light and poppy, lots of carbonation.

Overall, almost a drain pour. Just ugly tasting.

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Photo of Quesophresco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrsqc7
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is modest dissolves leaving some light lacing and remaining film.

A rather wonderful blend of hops and malt. Bready malts transition to fruity hops. No obvious spices, but the malt profile is surprisingly well done for a brewery that usually doesn't do malt too well.

Carbonation is pleasantly light.

Overall it's good but dunno about winter warmer which is a bs genre anyways... fall warner is more likely like it.

Would have again but not my favorite.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. What the? Shouldn't this thing be dark with Christmas spices and whatnot? Not in this one. Looks like an IPA to me. Orange and crystal clear. Smell is light barnyard and Belgian yeast. Taste is more of that, some hop bitterness. Feel is really light on carbonation and a warming alcohol burn. So I guess warmer maybe happened. Overall if this was called Belgian IPA I'm on board for an average review. As a warmer, I gotta pass for sure.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear orange-copper body, off-white head leaving good lace, plenty of streams of bubbles. The nose is quite piercing with lots of citrus fruit zest, slight biscuit malt. Taste continues this IPA-esque course; juicy, slightly concentrate-like orange and grapefruit, with mild light malty sweetness, mild hop bitterness. Body is slightly syrupy, lightly carbonated.
Huh? Winter warmer? This was a tasty brew, but nothing close to the style I was expecting. As far as IPA/hop-centric beers go, this was good, but too artificially sweet, and not much variety.

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Photo of Raime
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big Sky Powder Hound.

Been finding a lot of singles 0 Big Sky lately. Had a long fourteen hour day at work and now some annoying siblings just left the house with their Bastard children. I don't remember inviting anybody over. Time for some beer.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a darker shade of copper with a finger and a half of ultra dense white head that sits amongst the top of the swill and eventually lays down to a thick cloud formation amongst the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate with this guy. Pretty solid appearance thus far, we'll see how the stick forms. Minimal stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Loaded with melon and lacking anything that could be misunderstood as earthy ( thankfully ). For being a winter warmer, I'm not really getting many of the characteristics that the style is know for but it does smell rather inviting. Maybe this is just how they do things out Central? Who knows.

Taste - Follows the nose quite a bit but finally adds some spice levels. Big melon like flavors explode all over your tongue which are met in the middle by some spices that are rather indiscriminate and tough to pin point. Not necessarily a 'traditional 'winter warmer but the category is pretty broad. Tasty actually, without being a bitterness or palate bomb.

Feel - The body is moderately full with a juicy wetness that Sita upon the tongue nicely. Spices come through a bit more here with a touch of fresh pear. Carbonation is on about moderate. Creamy level is high all around the mouth thanks to the well retained head and the brew swallows easily with a medium bitterness.

Overall -Not a traditional winter warmer but again, it is a pretty broad style and can have many different incarnations. I thought this was pretty good and would have no problem tossing back a sixer or two of these things. Probably my favorite brew so far outta Big Sky. Go into this beer with an open mind and I think you'll like it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears a lucid, crystalline amber-orange. Head is a light and delicate shade of yellow, very fluffy, and retains well. Wonderful ringlets of lace. Winter Warmer? If you say so. Cracker notes, but hop aromas of grass, resin, and pine to the fore. Was surprised, expecting more roastiness, sweetness, and or spice. Now on to the tasting. Definitely a Winter Warmer. Was expecting it to be a glorified Pale Ale. What with its caramel and cornmeal backbone, its hops of pine, citrus fruit, and rind, and its peppercorn back-breath, it is evidentially based on the Pale Ale style (in my experience most Warmers take after Reds and Browns, although Pales are not entirely unheard of), but there is a spiciness to it possibly not derived from hops. Certainly the high ABV is responsible for a portion of it, but are there mulling spices added in as well? Medium-bodied, watery, sloshy, and spritzy. Oh yeah, and warming. Could go for one (or two) of these in any season, really.

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Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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