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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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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-26-2010)
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with a pale yellow shade. The texture is very thick (not creamy, but thick) with good retention as well. It doesn't seem to leave behind much lacing, though. (3.75)

Smell: I'm no expert on the altbier style, but I do know it's (vaguely) akin to a German amber ale. And judging from the aroma, I'd suggest this hits that mark acceptably. A bit of caramel is backed by faint dark fruit, some noble hops, and a tiny amount of clove. All in all, there are some decent qualities, but the nose is simply too mild for me. (2.75)

Taste: It opens up with notes of caramel and toasted bread, before leaving behind a powerful finish of noble hops. Hints of apricot, grass, earth, (bitter) vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg all appear past the malty opening (the latter two qualities are impressive considering this beer isn't spiced...) I'd suggest it's well hopped for the style, but I'm told by reliable outside sources this style is meant to be semi-hoppy. The hops are the secret (spot) to this brew: it helps to create a spicy, warming sensation as it travels down the food tubes. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Despite the maltiness, there is some finishing dryness to its texture. This helps to counteract the full body and borderline creaminess. Carbonation is above-average. It's not superbly chuggable, but the savorability factor is quite good. (3.5)

Overall: The nose left me non-plussed. And once I actually took my first few sips, I still didn't fall in love with this one. But the more I drink this, the more I like it - and last I checked, that's the mark of a good beer. A rock-solid example of a style I'm not always keen on. (3.5)

3.36/5: Timid nose aside, this is another (secretly) good offering from Evolution

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ryanm1
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.