Review: Snow Cap, Pyramid Breweries

Snow Cap
Pyramid Breweries — Seattle, WA

  • Style:  Winter Warmer
  • Bitterness: 47 IBU
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Malts: 2-Row Barley, Caramel 80L, Chocolate Malt
  • Hops:  Nugget, Willamette, East Kent Goldings
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Deep mahogany in color, our full-bodied winter warmer is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the perfect cold weather companion."  — Pyramid Breweries

Random thoughts:   This is the second of my winter seasonal reviews.  I have about 10 more in my fridge, so I have some work (if you can call it that) to do.  Now that the weather is getting cold and rainy, I'm more inclined to drink these darker beers. 

The tasting:  Poured a dark brownish orange with a tan head that dissipated slowly, with some lacing.  Aroma is mostly roasted malts with a touch of hops.  Flavor is caramel malts with a very mild hop bitterness.  Although it's 7.0% ABV, it doesn't leave a strong alcohol taste.  Body is light to medium.  I was expecting something with a fuller body.  It's very drinkable, and I'd even call this a session beer (which is unusual for a winter seasonal, in my humble opinion).
Rating:  4 star.  Really Good.  I want this again!  Snow Cap was a nice surprise.  Give it a try if you want a winter seasonal that's not too heavy.   
Have you tried Snow Cap or any other winter seasonals?  I'd appreciate some recommendations!

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  1. Julie and I love the winter brews season. We definately like the darker ales that winter brings. Always fun to see what's out there to try. Market of Choice just opened in Corvallis and the beer selection is great. Snow Cap is a good one. Not too heavy, but tasty.

  2. Mark, I was pleasantly surprised by Snow Cap. I totally agree with you about winter seasonals. I guess we need something to warm up to with our dreary Oregon winters...


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