Pyramid Snow Cap

Reviewed by on February 12, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

  • Origin: Seattle, WA, USA

  • Rated On: December 30, 2013

  • Best Before: May 13, 2014

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Pyramid is an American west coast brewing company, active in Seattle, Portland, and Berkeley.  Owned by a large foreign beverage group, they enjoy relatively broad distribution, through most of the United States.  Snow Cap is their seasonal warmer, brewed in the English winter ale tradition.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, medium-dark bronzed amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some nice sudsy sea-spray lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, burnt toast, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, mildly metallic clove and ginger spice, a prune and dried cherry dark fruitiness, and a soft citrus-tinged leafy hoppiness. The taste is gritty bready and crackery caramel malt, an astringent, kind of tart orchard fruitiness, subtle mixed holiday spice, and moderately weak earthy, citrusy, and pine needle hops.  The carbonation is on the down low, the body a thin medium weight for the style, and a bit too tight from that metallic essence to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the malt turning tail, while the muddled spice and now evidently flinty alcohol aiding and abetting.

A somewhat surprisingly mild and easy drinking winter ale, the spice-malt interplay overlooked for the most part, and that edgy metallic nature hard to deny from mid-game on. Simple, perhaps a little too much so, but then a decent enough gateway offering for the style, perhaps.

Brady White



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