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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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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-17-2013 20:28:22 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-21-2012 01:31:02 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-18-2013 01:08:51 | More by acurtis
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 00:36:35 | More by Rifugium
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-08-2013 22:08:08 | More by yourefragile
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:20:25 | More by Billolick
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-13-2013 23:29:23 | More by duceswild
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10%

09-22-2013 20:11:42 | More by BillRoth
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 01:46:39 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-14-2011 23:31:27 | More by THECPJ
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-10-2014 12:50:37 | More by xnicknj
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-14-2013 02:40:34 | More by ROGUE16
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-07-2014 02:55:39 | More by wrightst
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-25-2012 20:47:32 | More by Boone757
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-28-2011 13:09:00 | More by AngusOg
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argock

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Mar 2013 notched on side of label. Single received a a local beer exchange event.

A: Crystal clear dusky dark amber with a 1-finger foamy beige head with good retention which leaves a creamy but thin layer of lacing.

S: Dark malts with caramel and toffee met with strong earthy, herbal hopping.

T: The flavor is very on par with a strong red ale until the hops bitterness melts into an herbal noble flavor. The maltiness is very amber ale in content with a lot of toffee and smoky burnt caramel character. The hopping is "assertive" per the Evolution website, and that is putting it likely as the bitterness is very strong and carries all the way through the drink.

M: Very smooth and creamy although not as light as many alts, but I would consider this more of a red ale aggressively hopped with noble hops. Body is medium and carbonation is low-medium.

O: I enjoyed this beer, and Evolution Brewing has had several very good brews in their initial splash into VA (see Lot #3 IPA for the best of the bunch). Secret Spot is also a high quality brew that crosses style lines of WEst Coast style red ale with super-noble hopped altbier. Definitely this is a good one to check out.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:41:47 | More by argock
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-27-2012 18:04:13 | More by Gatordaddy
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told this is a double alt or a sticke alt-that being said-Very nice coppery color. Sweet caramel and malt aroma with a touch of floral hoppiness. Very solid malty flavors upfront. Definate hop presence-more so then any other alt beer I have had. Lingering caramel presence. Great residual sweetness going on. Has a nice bite in the finish. Soft, almost a creamy body. Goes down quite easy. Very enjoyable. Nice beer for the colder months.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 04:03:34 | More by lackenhauser
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-14-2014 22:29:24 | More by Morey
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-02-2012 00:37:59 | More by 2dogbrew
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-01-2013 06:34:32 | More by whatname
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-01-2014 14:40:39 | More by micromaniac129
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

01-03-2013 01:14:57 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-04-2011 12:21:46 | More by bonkers
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-13-2011 20:18:04 | More by DeutschesBier
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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.