The 12 Beers of Christmas – Day 1: Big Sky Powder Hound Winter Ale


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Powder Hound
Big Sky Brewing Company
Missoula, MT
ABV: 6.2%

CHUG Rating:
Chuggability: 8
I hadn’t chugged a beer in awhile, so perhaps I was just thirsty, but it went down like lemonade on a hot day. I was expecting some random spices and shit, so I was pleased to not be bombarded with cinnamon and nutmeg. This was a simple, easy-drinker and the chugger in me likes that.

How Much: 5
I bought this as a part of a build-your-own-sixer but it looked like it was around $9 for 6-pack. Not generally my style, but if someone said “go buy a winter ale of I’ll punch your face off,” I may give it another shot.

Uhhh…Taste: 6
Big Sky calls this a winter ale, which is more of a generic seasonal description that an informational one. I’ve seen it referred to as an English strong ale and an American red ale, and it may be a bit of combination, though I’d lean toward the former. The term “winter ale” doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me, but this was very light and drinkable. There were some hops, but they were easily offset and very balanced.

Gettability: 4
Big Sky distributes to a very respectable 24 states, but Powder Hound is a seasonal offering only available from October to March.

Overall Rating: 6.7

Suggested food pairing: Reindeer jerkey.

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