I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had an enjoy by date of 2/25/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: As advertise - a beautiful shade of deep, clear mahogany.
Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, ivory, frothy
head which laces and retains excellently.
Smell: Fairly muted nose with hints of dark amber and chocolate malts.
Taste: Pyramid claims "Snow Cap" is a winter warmer, though it’s overtly
lacking in spices you usually find in the style. It’s probably more
accurately labeled as an English Strong Ale as it does have the basic
characteristics of that style. Light notes of chocolate and toffee as
well as a certain je na se quois factor of English well water brews
(i.e. Samuel Smith’s). Not much in the way of bitterness or hop flavor,
though. The palette here is surprisingly mild considering what it’s
marketed as being. There’s a slight tanginess on the finish you often
find in macro-brewed quasi-craft beers such as this. The taste is
inoffensive and drinker-friendly, just not drinker-impressive.
Drinkability: I was quite surprised to see that Pyramid Snow Cap weighed
in at 7% ABV. On one hand this is good since it makes it highly
drinkable with its flat, thin mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. On the
other hand it’s disappointing that a brew this big is this mild and
simplistic. A good beer for newbies, but veteran drinkers may be left