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Sprung - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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77
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 12.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tbrown4 on 03-27-2011)
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3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

"brewed with honey, hibiscus and chamomile"

Medium amber pour with a thin white head that completely disappeared after a minute or two, leaving no lacing behind. Aroma of sweet malts, floral, herbal. Taste was about spot on for the description given, but still a bit weak and generic overall; honeysuckle, caramel malts, citrus oil, chamomile, a bit of rosemary-like herbal spice. Flavor fades fast leaving a bland, golden-ale aftertaste. Light-medium body, low carbonation, easily drinkable as far as mouthfeel goes, but not really something I'd go for again.

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3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Golden/amber body with a bubbly, thin white head. Darker than most blonde ales, but not bad looking.

S- Honey, herbal tea, toasted malt, some spices.

T- Very light on traditional beer flavors, with more tea-like flavors coming through. Chamomile tea with honey are the predominant flavors that come through.

M- Definitely drinkable, light-medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O- Essentially an easy drinker with tea-like flavors. Not my favorite, but may be appealing to others.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. Aug 2013 notched on the bottle.

A: hazy, lots of sediment. orange body. vivacious carb racing to the surface. head is meh. retention is non-existent.

S: smells strongly Belgian. chamomile and honey. smell sort of like tea.

T: sweet. slight toffee. initial sip makes me think that there is something wrong here... I don't say this that often with brews that utilize honey, but you can actually taste the honey. it surprisingly didn't ferment out completely. tastes like a heavily honey'ed cup of tea. until the finish when it dries out entirely. finish is like water.

M: average carb on a light body.

D: pass. too much going on here on a body not enough to support all of these ingredients. not sure what the goal is here, but they need to do some re-working.

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3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden amber color with a small white head.

S- Kind of light, chamomile, some honey, caramel malts, floral.

T- Getting the hibiscus, chamomile and honey and they are work together very well, nice malt backbone, really floral/herbal.

M- Light to medium body, lots of carbonation.

O- A tasty spring session beer and being under $10 a 6-pack it is worth trying. If I saw this on-tap at a bar I would, but with six-packs I feel that I will pick up a six when the weather is warm and probably open one or two when grilling or relaxing out side.

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3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a golden amber color with farily decent head retention and light lacing. The beer smells pretty nice, as I get something of cherry orange aroma, coupled with some brown sugar and honey. The honey and brown sugar seemed to dominate in this lightly sweet beer, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and what flavor there is, drops off pretty quickly on the finish.

Mehhh... it is what it is I guess, but I'll go with a good German pilsner if I want something sessionable/low in alcohol. This would probably make a fairly decent transition beer for someone looking to upgrade from their usual macro swill, but otherwise... pretty sure I don't need to order this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour into a wine glass with the opening course of the EVO beer dinner at Cantwell's Tavern on 2/27/12.

A: Pours a clear pinkish orange color, unless my eyes are off in the dark of the restaurant. Faint bright white head. Some lacing bits as you swirl it.

S: I got some grassy wheaty notes. Also some sweet honey and fruit and malt.

T: Much like others have said, light, grass, sweet honey and malts. Fruitiness is there buried for sure. Nice little session beer if you are into this style.

M: Light to. Medium

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3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some background: Evolution has developed four “seasonal” session beer offerings that are only available on tap at certain times of the year. Sprung has been offered for the last three years as the early spring offering, coming on tap just with the first warm days (which have come unseasonably early in 2012). So far, it’s been available mainly on tap or through growlers filled at the brewery, but I see that half-barrel kegs are now becoming available.

It’s advertised with a pretty logo that features a perky daisy and a tropical-looking hibiscus, and the official description of it says that it is brewed with “honey, hibiscus and chamomile” and features “fruity subtleties.” However, I’ve always felt that it’s a bad idea to judge a beer by the label or brewery description, for if you tune your palate to expect what the label promises, the result is usually disappointing. In addition, Evo is clearly tinkering with the formula, and so one year’s Sprung may well be quite different from the next year’s.

For example, most of the 2011 reviews call the appearance of this beer “light gold” or “golden.” I’d call the 2012 batch “deep amber.” It is lightly carbonated with a small head that dissipates quickly. Still, it sparkles enough to give it a fresh mouthfeel throughout.

It certainly does have a very modest “nose” which I’d say was more “dried herbs” than “flowery.”

It certainly is not best appreciated by sniffing or sipping. Drinking it a little at a time in a beer-geeky way is, truth to say, like sipping a big glass of iced tea.

To properly appreciate it, you need to swallow several big uncivilized gulps at a time. Then, rather surprisingly, it produces a burst of bold beer taste – again not at all “fruity” but reminding me of a really good loaf of sourdough bread. It’s lightly hopped, producing a tingle on the tongue and a pleasant aftertaste, in which you can detect the honey. Eating a slice of pizza at the same time, ideally one with sausage or pepperoni, does nice things to this aftertaste and vice versa.

Happily, the alcohol content is relatively light (the brewery rates it at 4.9% ABV) so one could have a couple glasses of this and make a midnight pizza from the local carry-out a memorable way to halloo spring back in.

I did find last year’s formula a little underwhelming, but I think the brewery has tweaked it more toward a bolder taste. It has found a loyal following locally. While it may not have the subtlety that the logo implies, it’s an enjoyable session beer and a decent way to welcome brighter, warmer days.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear light gold into an American shaker with a thin white head that dissipates slowly.

S: grassy, malt, light caramels, wheat.

T: light subdued sweet malts and wheat turn into a nice grass flavor with some lemon hints.

MF: light body and poor carbonation, a bit watery.

O: just ok as far as the american blondes go, there are far better examples of the style.

Sprung from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.