We last reviewed Snow Cap back in 2007 (!), and it’s finally time for a fresh spin with this classic “winter warmer,” which has breweries in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
Quite malty and burly with notes of well-roasted chocolate malt, Snow Cap offers a chewy, almost chunky body with notes of well-done wheat toast and heavily roasted nuts. There’s a hint of molasses and a touch of balsamic here, but they’re downplayed thanks to a modest bitterness that grows stronger, courtesy of Nugget, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings hops. That said, I think 2010 Snow Cap is less hoppy than 2007 Snow Cap, at least based on my tasting notes from 13 years ago…
With that said, Snow Cap never really rises to utter greatness, but it’s a solid seasonal that does indeed keep the warmth of the hearth firmly in mind.
B / $9 per six-pack / pyramidbrew.com