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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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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by AdamBear:
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've some altbiers before, but still I really never know what to expect from them...one of the more mysterious styles for me still.

A-decent amber with a thin, barely noticeable cream colored head

S-altbier...? I'm thinking IPA!!! creamy nice hops and a sweet buttercream note to it. smells awesome! Altbier??? no. i'm excited for this one. decent strength.

T-okay well all the IPAness just left the building. it comes in with a creamy, grainy taste of sweet buttercream...only slightly. some sort of a taste of muted herbal hops...some what. it does have the slightest touch of bitterness to it. has a decent quality.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-once again the altbier is beyond me. At first I was like IPA? but then i was like nahhh. it certainly has the nose of an IPA, but the taste of a muted IPA that is somewhat more dignified and stable. It is what it is, and its proud, and it won't change. it is...worth a try I'll say. it's really just an easy drinker, much like an APA.

AdamBear, Dec 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Best by Mar 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Pours lightly hazed medium amber. Darker khaki cap, slow to fade, thick collar and film. Leaves some low sheeting.

S: Malts dominate the nose. Caramel and toast abound

T: Malty brew, dark toast, maple and more caramel. Also some moderate winter spicing and then moderate drying hops late.

M: Smooth and pleasant on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is medium and the carbonation is on the lower side but fine for the style.

O: Enjoyable enough brew. Malty beer lovers will enjoy this one.

Billolick, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

acurtis, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
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
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring on the top of the beer. Decent lacing.

S: A little bit of floral hops, but mostly malt driven. Some toffee and caramel dominate the rest of the aroma.

T: Toast malt, toffee, some nice caramelized sugar, and a surprising hop kick.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, has a slightly sticky and dry finish.

O: Quite good, reminds of their ESB almost with more hops. Too bad it won't be around until next winter as this is a nice beer for the cold months.

mdaschaf, Apr 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Skabiski, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

whatname, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

bconsidine, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ConradKenney, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ChipMurray, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Ghizmo, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Tavo2311
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Tavo2311, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Metatron6
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Metatron6, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of RyanC
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

RyanC, Feb 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Clear honey-amber pour, topped with a small bubbly off-white head; minimal retention, and a few streaks of lacing. Caramel malts in the nose, some floral and citrus hops. Taste of caramel malts, toasted grains, toffee backbone, quickly giving way to a crisp hoppiness, orange peel and floral notes, fairly bitter from mid-palate onward. Hoppier than I'd expect for an altbier, maybe even closer to an APA, but still good either way. Medium body and pretty good overall.

Rifugium, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

AngusOg, Dec 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Morey, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

nmann08, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

rydev24, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

jmdrpi, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

NumberNone, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Boone757, Nov 25, 2012
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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.