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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.2
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear gold with a bit of white head, aroma is hoppy and spicy with some pine, light bitterness, bit of malt, pretty decent.

3.2
mbgrayson (768) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Twelve ounce bottle, pours a light copper, with white head. Strong aroma of hops and grass. Taste is similiar, with notes of malt in the background. Not a huge fan of this one. Still, gotta love Big Sky Brewery.

2.5
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
12 ounce bottle. In line with the name, this beer is best served thoroughly chilled in order to blunt the flavor of sweetened esters and alcohol. Itís fairly light in body, amber colored, and it has only trace amounts of bubble movement within the glass. It cuts through sobriety like a dull, rusted spoon. In other words it tastes strong and nasty, but itís below average in abv impact for the style. It makes me excited for the end of winter.

3.4
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours reddish brown color that is somewhat dirty; off-white head is quick to retreat. I canít find a whole lot to comment on with the aroma as it is very faint, but what is there is mostly sweet malts and bready. Flavor is all about caramel malts and has the slightest hints of dark fruit (plums?). Ends somewhat bitter, but not overly so. Much smoother than expected...this one sort of acted like a scotch ale IMO. Pretty good offering that is very easy to drink.

3.3
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Malty aroma and flavor (pretty light aroma): sweet, caramel, bread crust. Spicy hop flavor, and moderate bitterness.

3.1
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours a clear dark amber with a half-inch head. Flavor is of grapefruit, dark fruit, a little bit of honey. Thereís an initial pungency in the body that wears off slowly. Not bad overall, though quite forgettable.

3.3
gururyan (726) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Another good brew from Big Sky, surprised it was a winter seasonal. Good ABV too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear golden amber with billowing head and slight lacing. Aroma: Citrus, toast and an undeniable similarity to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which I associate with cinnamon and honey, but I donít think that is in here, so not sure where that aroma is coming from. Taste: Light malts of biscuit, toast and mead, with a nice layer of spicy English hops on top, which has a tinge of citrus and pine. Still getting some very light winter spices. Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. Overall: Nice ale overall that does not seem to fit any known style. Kind of an English Strong Ale, kind of an Amber Ale, kind of a Spiced Winter Warmer (despite the lack of spices). This seriously confuses the hell out of me, but if I put my beer reviewing hat away, it is clear that I really enjoy it.

3.7
twindadplus2 (709) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Brownish red with a medium sized, creamy head. Aroma is a lot of roasted, nutty malt and caramel with a hint of fruity sweetness. Flavor is malty sweet with an acidic bitterness that complements the malt well. Finishes with a nice bittersweet alcohol taste. A good beer worth keeping on hand through the winter..

3.2
brianprentiss (701) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2008
someone else noted that this is much like a scotch ale and I agree. very malty with english tasting water. decent beer but nothing to look for.


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