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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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BA SCORE
81
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -1.1%

Photo of Ryanm1
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 3/8/13 12 oz bottle in a nonic pint glass

A - Pours a clean amber with a half finger head that dissipates immediately. Very little lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt upfront. A fruity yeast aroma a little deeper. Hints of caramel and maple syrup.

T - Sweet and malty, fruity esters, hint of hops, and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation, smooth.

O - Decent beer, not going to see it out again.

Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I loved this. It’s everything an IPA is without all the oil. I’m new to the style but here goes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a decent head that fell fast to a thin film on top and a small ring. Good lace. Nose is heavenly with malt. It’s bread, it’s caramel, it’s deep and round with a sweetness that takes a backseat in the nicest way. The hops are herbal and pungent, earthy and offer just a hint of lemon. Dark fruits whisper from the nose as it warms but they never fully evince and it’s restrained. The taste is toast and breaddy malt with a nice fullness from the understated sweetness. The hops are bitter on the tip of the tongue but it’s like they hold it back until the finish and then they realize a full bitter without a lot of oil and without a lot of resin. Carbonation is medium and the body is deft and light.

I could compare this to an IPA or to a red ale. Positively enjoyable with plenty of toast but nothing burnt. The malt is outstanding and lasting throughout the drink. The balance is excellent and the hops hold their own without becoming fruity. It’s creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Metatron6
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.