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Secret Spot Winter Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-26-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
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wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Vogt52, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Liverocks, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

micromaniac129, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Skabiski, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rorjets, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Morey, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

xnicknj, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Tavo2311, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into vintage Gunther Brewing hollow stem goblet.

A - cloudy, semi-opaque, amber to brown with an off white head and some light lacing.

S - waaay understated....one could say barely there. Not bad, just not there. Some malt, some citrus, but not enough of either.

T - heavy malt backbone with an IPA finish. Better than expected and pretty easy to drink. Again, pretty nondescript....nothing really over the top for sure. As a winter seasonal I expected more spice. Decent.

M - a little watery, slightly dry, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

O - i read back through the above and I feel like I'm not giving this brew enough credit. It's pretty darn good. Not world class....not award winning, but decent in its own right. My first go round with Evolution brewing and I'll be keeping an eye out for them in my travels. Cheers! [ii]D

HarryPotHead, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

DougAppleby, Dec 28, 2013
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2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take a generic IPA and then toss in a few spices. Presto... you have this beer. Brown in color carries a large amount of head on a violent pour from the bottle, so much so that it ran over the glass. Within a minute or two the white foam was gone. I couldn't pick up that much on the aroma but the taste is sour. Yeah you can sugar coat it and say bitter but the lack of sweetness comes off as if you are sucking on a bag of buckles. Nothing to write home about, but good to taste in a comparison of winter beers. Def taste like a backyard brewer.

Ryanm1, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ConradKenney, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

whatname, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

csurowiec, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

duceswild, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ChipMurray, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

BillRoth, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 3/8/13 12 oz bottle in a nonic pint glass

A - Pours a clean amber with a half finger head that dissipates immediately. Very little lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt upfront. A fruity yeast aroma a little deeper. Hints of caramel and maple syrup.

T - Sweet and malty, fruity esters, hint of hops, and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation, smooth.

O - Decent beer, not going to see it out again.

Profchaos20, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bconsidine, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I loved this. It’s everything an IPA is without all the oil. I’m new to the style but here goes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a decent head that fell fast to a thin film on top and a small ring. Good lace. Nose is heavenly with malt. It’s bread, it’s caramel, it’s deep and round with a sweetness that takes a backseat in the nicest way. The hops are herbal and pungent, earthy and offer just a hint of lemon. Dark fruits whisper from the nose as it warms but they never fully evince and it’s restrained. The taste is toast and breaddy malt with a nice fullness from the understated sweetness. The hops are bitter on the tip of the tongue but it’s like they hold it back until the finish and then they realize a full bitter without a lot of oil and without a lot of resin. Carbonation is medium and the body is deft and light.

I could compare this to an IPA or to a red ale. Positively enjoyable with plenty of toast but nothing burnt. The malt is outstanding and lasting throughout the drink. The balance is excellent and the hops hold their own without becoming fruity. It’s creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

DrBass, Apr 25, 2013
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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.