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:
#35,857
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
529
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of tubeyes
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark cider with some haze thru it. Head started off nice but fell quick leaving strays across the top and a decent light beige ring around the glass.

S: Strawberry, caramel, cooked carrots, a bit grassy and some brown sugar.

T: Begins fruity (boysenberry, dull cherry and yellow apple) mixed with earthy hops. Dingy caramel moves forward with spicy hops across the tip of the tongue. Finishes with lingery red fruit and flat bitterness.

M: Medium body but thin and watery.

D: Eh. I like where they are going but the execution isn't stellar. Not huge into the "earthy" flavors as well.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one in a recent trade.

Pours a very dark amber color with a thin, wispy white head that leaves a film after it dissapears.

Smells like caramel, brown sugar, malty sweetness, a bit of cherry or other sweet fruit and a faint hint of alcohol but that might be imagined.

Taste is caramel/brown sugar sweetness immediately on the tongue. This fades to a nice faint hint of hop bitterness that balances things out nicely. This is a well rounded amber/red with a bit of a dry finish and the sweetness is not overpowering.

All in all, this is an easy drinking and sessionable beer. My only question, why is this their winter ale?

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

Photo of capnamerica
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

The color when poured in a glass was of a medium dark amber. Nice medium very light tan foam with a nice amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of light hops witha hint of roasted malts filled the nose with a nice pleasant aroma. The taste of light hops, roasted malts and a hint of citrus was nicely balanced. This is a pleasant winter warmer that's not overpowering on a hoppy flavor. Not overly bitter, just a please feel in the mouth.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of rowew
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. This is another beer that is new to the Denver market. As with all the other Big Sky beers, the label is a badly drawn animal. I am starting to think they let their kids design the labels.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice thick tan colored head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma - slight malt sweetness and a hint of spice, but it is faint.

Taste: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation level. Nice combination of malt sweetness and just a hint of yeast in the beginning, with a good amount of hops to balance out the finish.

Overall impression: A nice winter beer - very drinkable with a good balance of flavors.

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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 Thirstygoat
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that diminished into a puddle of residue which in turn created streaking sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a mild bread malt, pine hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, coriander, a bit of clove and just a touch of alcohol.

The taste was malty and mildly sweet with notes of caramel and toffee early on and then progressed into a nice bitter hoppy flavor that had notes of some dark fruit and spices with a hint of alcohol at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long time and left a nice spicy malty flavor on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a tad watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice bold Winter Ale that had just the right amount of spices and a great hoppy finish.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark auburn with a thin head. The heavy aroma of toffee and sweet malt reminds me of some of my favortie British ales. A distinct bitterness is the first thing to hit the palate followed quickly by heavy deep chocolate and toffee flavor. Fairly smooth body supports the well-rounded taste. Very much like Sam Smith's Winter brew with a bit more solid bitter. Very taste and worth the shipping.

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Photo of kplooki
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich amber in color. Clear, with nice 1 finger head and sticky lace. Looks like a pretty good amber.

Smell: Roasted malts, brown sugar, maybe a little alcohol

Taste: Definitely taste the malts. Strong bread flavor (gingerbread maybe?). This reminds me a lot of 2 Below. Aftertaste was mildly bitter/hoppy.

Mouthfeel: watery with mild carbonation = dissapointing

Drinkability: meh... I guess I'd drink it, but there's so many other better winter beers out there. Then again, I guess this is an amber. For an amber, it's alright.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown, slight haze, medium cap of fine-beaded foam, tiny bit of lace

Aroma: darkly malty, pineapple-strawberry fruitiness, caramel, light hops, chocolate, coconut?

Flavor: initial malty sweetness with a slight roasty edge, then dark caramel followed by a hearty hop bitterness, slight vegetal note in the background, finishes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Other comments: Reminds me of a barley wine without the high abv, if that makes sense. Same sort of maltiness : hoppiness balance and similar esters. Like a scaled-down version of Old Saguaro Barley Wine.

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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 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 Gerred
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 pstam87
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left a 2-finger, pillowy, khaki head with what looked like a spot of yeast left behind. The head sustains at about 1/2-finger and leaves fluffy rings on the glass. The body was a clean amber that was just slightly hazed and had loads of carbonation.

S- It was pretty sweetish at first. I got caramel malts, citrus and earthy hops. There was an orange zest quality that almost seemed juicy. Later on I picked up some husky grains, maybe brought on by some warmth.

T- Really well balanced. There was slightly burnt caramel, herbal and citrus hops. The hopping clean and dry the finish. There was some toasted and cereal-like grains in the middle-to-end.

M- Sips are through a fairly frothy head. It's fairly full-bodied. There was a pleasant grainy quality. It had a very dry finish.

D- It came across as an amber that's had everything ratcheted up a notch. Very flavorful. As a winter seasonal, it's a nice seitch from some of the overly-spiced, alcohol bombs out there. At first I thought this would be some kind of a "sessionable" seasonal. However, it ended up a little too bold for a bunch in any one sitting. Not really a sipper, but definitely not a chugger.

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