Review: Pray for Snow, 10 Barrel Brewing

Pray for Snow

  • Style:  Strong Ale
  • Bitterness: 55 IBUs
  • ABV: 7%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: "The Pray for Snow is our version of a winter warmer. We used eight different specialty malts to deliver a complex and thought provoking malt blanket. To complement this we used a combination of herbal, spicy, and citrus hops to help keep this beer in balance." — 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This year, several Oregon breweries are releasing their winter seasonals in 12 oz. bottles for the first time. 10 Barrel Brewing is one of them. I'm tasting Pray for Snow as part of my winter seasonal beer series.  

The tasting: Deep copper in color, with an off white head that dissipates fairly slowly. When held up to the light, it takes on a ruby red color. It's a great looking beer! Malty aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, and very light citrus hops. Flavor starts with bitter grapefruit. In the middle, the malts come through, and they're sweet! Mainly caramel and light brown sugar. Overall bitterness is moderate and the alcohol is well hidden.  Pray for Snow is medium bodied, and softly carbonated. It has a midly resinous mouth feel and finishes with malty sweetness and lingering bitter grapefuit.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again!  I loved Pray for Snow's malty sweetness! When I think of a winter seasonal, this is the type of beer I want! Although it was sweet (but not overwhelmingly so), it was nicely balanced the bitter citrus hops. Make sure you give it a try before it disappers for the season!

Have you tasted Pray for Snow? What's your favorite winter seasonal beer?  Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

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1 comment:

  1. Had their barrel-aged version at the Bend pub last May and absolutely loved it! The regular version is my favorite winter beer this year.


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