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RATINGS: 394   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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2.8
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Pours a copper color with a decent off-white head. Malty caramel aroma, slightly weak, nothing to get excited about. Decent sweetness and a light bitterness to finish.

3.7
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Pours a nice deep red/maroon, smelling rather malty; lacking much head on this one, it quickly dissipates; initial maltiness turns tangy, dry, somewhat hoppy; lingering aftertaste, slightly metallic; somewhat alcoholic kick... Medium body, quite drinkable. A pretty good seasonal, one for a cold winter's night; a nice effort by Big Sky, though I prefer others...

3.2
murphym45 (779) - 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.

3.6
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 This wasn't too bad but it was a little rough. I would rather drink Big Sky's Moose Drool anyday.

2.5
brian60625 (756) - 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. It’s 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 it’s below average in abv impact for the style. It makes me excited for the end of winter.

3.4
valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours reddish brown color that is somewhat dirty; off-white head is quick to retreat. I can’t 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 (748) - 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.

3.7
twindadplus2 (736) - 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..

3.3
gururyan (728) - 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

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. There’s an initial pungency in the body that wears off slowly. Not bad overall, though quite forgettable.


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