Powder Hound Winter Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale
BA SCORE
3.62/5
529 Ratings
Powder Hound Winter AlePowder Hound Winter Ale
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
Ranking:
#35,907
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
529
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and crisp malt with a slight hops snap. Clear amber with a small, but lasting foamy head. Hops linger on the palate. Some elements of caramel and gingerbread, although body is not heavy. A bit richer, but not a winter warmer.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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 pretty 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 DrainBamage
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cooper color and a nice lace of head. Smells are of malt and spice. The malts make it go down smooth and then there is some hoppiness in the aftertaste. Overall a pretty good Winter Warmer and you can definitely sense the alcohol.

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Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

281151 020516 stamped; consumed on 1/05 and 1/06/16. Golden color, clear, well carbonated. 1/2 inch off-white creamy head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving some lacing. Nice hop aroma, faintly spicy, hint of citrus. Mild initial taste with a well established malt backbone with subtle hop flavor. Appropriate mouth feel for the style, tending toward slightly thicker than expected. Very well balanced, with a moderate level of bittering in the finish. This is not a hop-forward ale, but neither is it an overly malty ale. Well balanced, no booziness even at 7.2% ABV, but don't expect a big, WOW flavor profile. Easy drinking, pleasamt and enjoyable for a winter evening.

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Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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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Photo of KnappStout
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrewAskew
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a rocky head that lasts and laces. Light copper. Aroma is spicy hops and pale sugary malt. Flavor is more of the same but you would not know it has over 7% alcohol. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Not a bad brew, just not particularly exciting and not what i think of as a winter warmer.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of ckornmannn
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On nitro tap: amber color, transparent. Mostly hops on the nose. Taste is more malt forward, reminiscent of an alt beer.

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Photo of NWatters
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Bojangles
1.81/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: clear, sandy gold.1 finger head that dissipates. Minimal lacing. Smell: spice, some sourness with resiny hop aroma. Taste: frail malt body with dry hop character. A little bit of sour funk and odd spice I cannot place. Body: medium with thin effervescent mouthfeel. Finishes with earthy malt and hop bitterness. Overall: had this beer last year and remembered it was very good. This beer is either a bad batch or expired. Big sky needs to have dates on their beer! This was cheap tasting and none of the components worked well together.

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Photo of B_B
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bakkerman1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hued; slowly rising carbonation; 1-2 finger thick, lasting white head. Aroma reveals a roasted grain and nutty quality. Rich, malty flavor; caramel and brown sugar notes; sweetness counterbalanced with a nice hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; smooth and creamy; nice balance of sweetness and dryness with the finish.

This is a fine beer for the fall and winter seasons with its warm, gentle roasted qualities and mild residual sugar sweetness and mouthfeel. Nice balance and depth throughout the drinking experience.

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

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

Photo of mflamar
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of sinodux
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCP
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
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 Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 529 ratings
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