Powder Hound Winter Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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537 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:
#38,198
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
537
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
47
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0
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Ratings: 537 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of Spikester
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a modest white head, Not much on the lacings. Smell is malty and bready yeast.
Taste is earthy bitter hops fair amount of caramel malts. Hops are floral grapefruit and earthy,
Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. It has a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall an unusual amber. Almost an Impy Amber if such a style exists. Needs more spiice and malts for a winter warmer. Otherwise a tasty brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about an inch of billowy head, which reduces quickly but settles into a sticky lace. The beer is a fairly pale but hazy golden color. It's quite attractive, but it does not look like an amber/red, as this site characterizes it.

Subdued piney and citrus hops on the nose, with perhaps a little funk, and some biscuity malt in the aroma-flavor. I also detect undertones of caramel, and a little bit of non-specific fruitiness that, with the hop bitterness, is somewhat reminiscent of mild ruby grapefruit or cranberry but without the pucker. Warming alcohol as the beer progresses.

This beer strikes me as more of a pale ale than a red (perhaps an "Imperial" pale?). It's very drinkable and quite good, and makes a good session brew if you don't mind a little buzz...

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light and sweet and awfully german for the style. not a winter warmer in my book, too light on the malt, an almost golden brew, not much head to speak of, but an impressive aroma of german hops and honey sweetness. the flavor matches well. its balanced but easily malt forward, not spiced like so many are, but warming in an alcoholic sense, and for the fact that this is not particularly drinkable, and improves with temperature. unfolds if you will, like origami, really works for what it is, but it is not a conventional winter warmer. about what I would expect from big sky, quintessentially Montana. big and bold, unique but conservatively decent. a good match with February, less so with November, but it was cold tonight and it did it well enough for me.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Powder Hound Winter Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 537 ratings