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Secret Admirer | AleWerks Brewing Company

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,393
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
114
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. A hazy honey yellow color with a medium size white head. Filmy lacing with a few solid bands on the glass. Aroma is strong, piney hops, some grapefruit and a little floral too. Good stuff!!!! Flavor is even better. Nicely bitter, citrus and resiny piney hops and some bready malt in the background. This is a strong beer without much in the way of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. No off-putting booziness, just a nice hoppy experience. Great beer. Not a big surprise coming from the brewers of Bitter Valentine!!!!

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Photo of Husky-Topper
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lovemesumipa
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 16 oz. can, purchased through Tavour, and poured into a chilled glass. This is what a great DIPA should taste like. Fantastic in all respects, from first pour to final sip.
My only regret is that I didn't order more!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-07-08
16oz can served in a pint glass. I don't see a date. I think it was a gift from @mr-jj.

Pours moderately hazy golden bronze with a very big head whose gradual descent is fascinating to watch. Leaving nice lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is hop resin and malt.

Taste is solid, straightforward IPA. Pine and grapefruit rind, a little booziness. Maybe something that reminds me of mango peel.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clake
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with coppery notes and a fine, one finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, orange and lemon, lightly spicy; smells good. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, hints of dried light stone fruit and summer herbs. Nice balanced caramel with citrus and piney hop finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A very well made classic imperial IPA, with a profile that leans to the West Coast with the mixture of pine and citrus. That sits right at the heart of my IPA enjoyment spectrum, and I liked this quite a bit. It's a pleasant diversion to get this style IPA from the East Coast. Well done and I'll be back to sample this brewery if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop (Williamsburg, VA). 4.99. Canned 5/16/18. Served in an Alewerks snifter. Enjoyed 6/11/18.

Pours golden orange with a finger and a half cap of white head. Retention galore. A nearly full sheet, a fluffy collar and several huge clumpy cakes of lacing.

Smells floral, herbal and slightly citrusy. Flower greens, pine, mint, orange and some bready malt. Some mango-like tropical notes creep in as it warms.

Tastes fairly bitter with orange peel, petals, pine, an earthy herbaceous quality, peach fuzz, mint, a subtle malt sweetness and an occasional bite of alcohol. More tropical fruit is present as the chill subsides. Pretty easy to drink for it’s strength.

Medium body, slightly slick with fuzzy carbonation. Bitter, lingering aftertaste of citrus peel, pine and floral notes.

A solid DIPA from Alewerks. I’m glad that I took my time with the can because I found it to be considerably better as it warmed a bit.

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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a cloudy light copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and honey, with some orange and faint papaya.
T: It tasted like sugary apricots and cream, with some honey and orange. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent brew that seemed like an attempt at a NE IPA, but the hops were faded and the malt was too pronounced, especially in the finish. The scent and taste were still good but not great. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not bad but nothing special. I'd take Bitter Valentine over this any day!

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at A Mellow Mushroom.

A: hazy gold with a finger or so of creamy white head. Excellent retention.

S: resinous pine hops, grass, booze.

T: surprisingly an easy drinker for an 8.3%. Bitter pine hops and honey/grass notes. Well balanced for a big drinker.

M: medium bodied fresh and popping.

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Photo of bigbutter
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine notes with sweeter citrus.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Glad I tried the first batch they made of this this!

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opieo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful color, goldish-orange cloudy unfiltered. Heavy hops smell. Hops smack you in the face up front. Hops linger forever. Fresh, crisp, clean, refreshing. All you hop heads unite!

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Orange and hazy - with sinking particals, enormous head , some lacing.

Peach, grapefruit pulp, bready aroma.

Light caramel malt, with a twist of tartiness. Smooth dry finish. Grapefruit, tangerine, What I especially appreciate is the creaminess and light carbonation that provided a full mouthful that bring forth the complex flavors. Long hoppy finish and ridiculously drinkable. Tartness increases as it warms, but its warming only cause its a bomber as this is one that makes your thirst for more with each sip.

Well crafted, complex brew, DIPA with something to offer beyond bitter.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Secret Admirer from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 114 ratings