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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Powder Hound is our Winter Ale, and since it is our own creation we call it a Northern Rockies Strong Ale. Powder Hound satisfies, with the fine hand selected British hops fully complimenting the smooth malt notes. After a day on the ice or in the snow, enjoy a Powder Hound Winter Ale. Available November through March. ABV varies from 6.0% to 7.5%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Deep mahagoney color with brownish hues and a tan head. The aroma is a mild caramel malt sweetness. Light - medium bodied. Not overwhelming but sweet toffee, caramel, and malt flavors. Lacking in any punch at the finish. However, a pleasant winter ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours a clear, mostly still, light brown copper with a nice frothy light tan head. Aroma is a fairly subtle blend of sweet caramel malts, English hops and a touch of corn. Starts fairly thick and malty with a pleasant sweetness, nice carbonation, and a pale malty, dry hoppy finish with a touch of adjuncts. I think this brewery needs to change their yeast strain because they seem to make some decent beers, but the yeast in the end is too adjuncty tasting and overpoweringly lager-like. Thanks to IndianaRed for this brew!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Malt and caramel aromas. Very dark orange with a head that lasts. More malt and caramel in the taste. Seems like an English strong without being ruined by alcohol flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
I respect this ale because itís essentially what it purports to be: a good beer to drink in the "Dog Days of Winter". Coming from Minnesota, itís been near or below zero for the past few days. I find that, like Powder Houndís description implies, itís warming yet not so full bodied that it saps oneís energy. Color is a mix of gold and copper. Aroma is very malty and much like strawberry Turkish Taffy. Flavor is deep, dark malty and bready with a ample amount of hops showing through as well. Linger is surprisingly bitter-hoppy. This is a great winter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Fairly dark amber wth a small tan colored head. The aroma is green beans along with some bread dough and a hint of overripe apples. The taste has a full light cinnamon bread along with some hints of pears. A very nice and well balanced EPA. This is an ideal session ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2005
A prettuy average medium brown with a small quickly dissapating head. Aroma was of malt, but wasnít very strong. This was fairly sweet with a tad bit of fruit and not hops. The moutfeel was a bit thin. Pretty good overall, for a run of the mill beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. Light brown beer with zippo head. Aroma of sweet malt and jelly toast. Really. Stawberry jam I think. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is average. Does not taste very strong. Fruitiness, including strawberries, is present and no hop flavors detected. While I am not a hophead, there needs to be more in this beer. Not so much for flavor, just needs a little more balancing bitterness. Like Iíve said before, this brewery seems to make lighter bodied beers than is normal for each style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bottle pours brownish amber, slightly hazy, large frothy tannish colored head, very sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Malty aroma, slightly sweet and biscuity.   Soft hop bitterness, amidst a grainy maltiness.   Mild overripened fruit flavor as well.   Nice body, but mediocre mouthfeel.   Finishes with a slightly syrupy sweet cloying feeling, if that makes sense.   A bit heavier than yer normal English Pale Ale, but not bad.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2004
This isnít a terrible interpretation of an English pale ale, though not "authentic" either. It pours dark red-brown with a decent lacing head, and the palate reflects the bottle carbonation versus the more flat profile of a cask pale ale. The aroma is moderately fruity, particularly strawberry, and some alcohol, amid a caramel-malt base. The flavor is somewhat different, being more murky with a carboard, alcohol, toasted malt fusion that doesnít sit particularly well. I had this side-by-side with the Mendocino Winter Ale (2004-05) and it just goes to show how different of beers you can find uner the "winter ale" category.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours an amber red color with a medium sized off white head, low carbonation. Sweet bready, malty aroma with a touch of spices. Sweet malt with a nice bite in the finish of hops and spice, creamy and smooth body rounds this out quite nicely.


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