Pyramid Brewing Snow Cap Winter Ale has a new label this year, and Pyramid sent us some samples, along with its Blazing Bright Juicy IPA. Pyramid has its annual Keg Tree Lighting coming up on November 30, 2019 at its Seattle Alehouse, which is a great time to try out its winter beers.

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When we first received samples of Pyramid Brewing Snow Cap Winter Ale and Blazing Bright Juicy IPA, my mind immediately started to free associate. First thought (likely due to the packaging color choices?) Here were the Snow Miser and Heat Miser of beers. One Mr. White Christmas with a wintery chill factor, and the other with a fiery red and orange theme representing the promise of longer and warmer days (as well Mr. Green Christmas’ flaming carrot top.)

But, of course, that’s where the similarities stop. Mr. Icicle wins every time in this case. Beer is a beverage best served cold.

Pyramid has released a new label for its Winter IPA this year, doing away with its trademark pyramids:

Snow Cap is one of the first Pyramid beers featuring an entirely new look. The label shifts away from the brewery’s previous artwork, which focused on the placement of the emblematic pyramids in a Cascade winter wonderland. On the new label, the pyramids are altogether removed. The graphics are bold with a pulsating design around a central, radiating snowflake, while the colors evoke a chilly winter day.

But, alas in this land of many microbreweries, I am not a beer drinker. However, I know some serious beer devotees who claimed to be more than enthusiastic fill me in on these beers. One of them confessed to not being a fan of Winter IPAs, so I decided he could be my heat miser and sample the juicy IPA. The other would be my snow miser and fill me in the winter ale.

But my first question was, “what is a ‘juicy’ IPA, anyway?” His somewhat vague explanation was that it was all about the hops. The flavor of a “juicy” IPA is more citrusy and less bitter than a regular IPA.

According to Pyramid’s official press release:

Featuring a tropical mix of mango, pineapple and stone fruit, Blazing Bight is easy-drinking and refreshing with a slight lingering bitterness. Pale Ale Malts, Wheat Malt, Flaked Wheat and Flaked Barley malts are combined with Nugget and Cascade Hops to craft this 6.5% ABV juicy brew that is sure to satisfy craft beer aficionados and anyone enjoying or missing the sunshine.

So, what did my heat miser think about this juicy beer?

His initial reaction was, “it’s good.”

When I asked for a less concise review, here was his reply: “Has a tropical fruity taste with a slight bitterness on the backend.”

According to its press release Pyramid Brewing Snow Cap Winter Ale is:

Inspired by the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains, which beckon Cascadian citizens to participate in cold weather adventures, Snow Cap is deep burnt umber in color with a tan froth. Caramel and chocolate malts offer richly woven flavors of molasses, fig, and nuttiness that are beautifully balanced by a soft and pleasant bitterness from Nugget, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings hops. Snow Cap is 7% ABV.

I supplied my other beer tester with this one for his review. He happily absconded with the Snow Cap and never gave me a review (as only a cold miser would do.) But that, in itself, is a positive review. If a review is ever forthcoming, I’ll add it here.

A great time to try these beers would be at their annual Keg Tree lighting. Even if you’re like me and not a beer lover, it’s fun to go to the Pyramid Alehouse and watch as they light up the largest keg tree in the area for the holiday season. Pyramid serves food and is family-friendly (except for the beer garden, which is 21+.)

Here’s the official press release for Pyramid Brewing Snow Cap Winter Ale:

Pyramid Brewing Snow Cap Winter Ale
Pyramid Brewing’s Snow Cap Winter Ale Returns with a New Winter Look

SEATTLE, Nov. 5, 2019 — Pyramid Brewing Co. today announced the return of its longstanding winter seasonal Snow Cap Winter Ale. Released annually for more than three decades, Snow Cap has become a highly anticipated release in the Pacific Northwest during the region’s darkest and shortest nights. This year, the beer is adorned with an all new design that represents a significant departure from the brewery’s previous labels.

Inspired by the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains, which beckon Cascadian citizens to participate in cold weather adventures, Snow Cap is deep burnt umber in color with a tan froth. Caramel and chocolate malts offer richly woven flavors of molasses, fig, and nuttiness that are beautifully balanced by a soft and pleasant bitterness from Nugget, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings hops. Snow Cap is 7% ABV.

“This incredibly smooth winter warmer was designed to be the beer you drink while hanging around a fire on a cold night after a long day on the mountain,” said Pyramid Brewing head brewer, Ryan Pappe. “There’s a reason this timeless classic has kept us cozy year after year for decades–It’s delicious!”

Snow Cap is one of the first Pyramid beers featuring an entirely new look. The label shifts away from the brewery’s previous artwork, which focused on the placement of the emblematic pyramids in a Cascade winter wonderland. On the new label, the pyramids are altogether removed. The graphics are bold with a pulsating design around a central, radiating snowflake, while the colors evoke a chilly winter day.

Perhaps the most fitting way to enjoy a Snow Cap is during the annual Keg Tree lighting at Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle. This year, the lighting will take place on Saturday, November 30 at 5:00pm.

As part of Pyramid’s Brews That Do campaign, the brewery will donate a portion of Snow Cap’s sales through the end of the year to Food Lifeline of Western Washington and Oregon Food Bank.

Snow Cap is available now at the Pyramid Brewing Alehouse in Seattle. It is also available throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in Pyramid Brewing’s distribution on draft, and in 12 oz. 6-pack and 12-pack bottles and 22 oz. bottles.

About Pyramid Brewing Co.

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Brewing Co. crafts some of the PNW’s favorite brews from its year-round ales and lagers to the seasonal and Brewer’s Reserve series. In 1984, Pyramid discovered a new way of crafting beer, bringing together adventure, friends and bold new flavors and innovation. Today, Pyramid shares this spirit through its craft beers, and at its breweries and alehouses in Seattle and Portland. To find your Pyramid, visit: www.pyramidbrew.com.