Secret Spot Winter Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale

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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

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(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-26-2010)
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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