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Secret Spot Winter Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 27.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-26-2010

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 91
Reviews by AdamBear:
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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber/mahogany color with a half of a finger of off-white head that almost completely dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that gathered onto the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I do get a few faint notes of toasted malt and some brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and spices of black pepper and clove. The beer finishes with a good amount of well-balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, as the beer has practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. Good notes of toasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness balanced well with some good hops. It is a highly quaffable beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryanm1
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Skabiski
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of J_Wheels
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Did you ever just feel like a Winter ale in the middle of summer? Well I did and that is the way I came to do this review on this mid summer night. Deep brown body hosts a light tan head. Nose is relatively soft but has hints of candied sugar, dark fruit, and molasses. Belgium like malts are there as well. Taste is not quite as promising as the nose. Burnt malts and soft stale fruits play on the front of the tongue. The flavor almost hints at malts not handled at the proper temperature during brewing. It is just slightly off-putting but not all the bad. Overall this beer is just ok.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bikeboy1
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.