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Secret Spot Alt Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Secret Spot Alt AleSecret Spot Alt Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,695
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
132
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ntjockey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE: January 14, 2018... OCCASION: easing into the second half of Sunday after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... pours a triple finger's worth of off-white froth that leaves cracks and crevices; the body is a chestnut brown, translucent body with tiny bubbles evincing life... bright, fresh Hallertau and noble hops create an aromatic, flowery scent with apple cider, toasted malts, herbal tea and light nuts... light to medium-bodied, lightly crunchy, with a metallic finish that lingers pleasantly... light acidity, bringing a hint of orange peel to the fore... the focal point of the flavor profile is the toasted malts, which make for a working man's draught... beautiful white lacing that evokes a skier's snow trail... apple, tree nut, and some odd lagerish sweet caramel makes for an uneven payoff... up until the taste, this beer was moving in the right direction; at about half-glass, it becomes a bit bitter and offish... a slightly creamy consistency makes this more attractive, but the overall takeaway is a clean, easy-drinking malt-forward alt that keeps some of its promises....

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TWRBVB
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Disclaimer: Alts are a favorite style; and American craft takes on the traditional German style are "hit and miss." Fortunately, this is a good one. A very good one, in fact. It's also a beautiful beer. Rich deep amber to bright brown in the glass, with bright highlights and subtle carbonation, covered by a 1/2 inch head of smooth tan foam that laced nicely all the way down. Malty in the nose, but very little. A hint of caramel sweetness, too. Then the taste followed, with a soft caramel biscuit malt followed by a subtle hops bitterness that lasted in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and not too rich (two common problems I have with some craft Alts). I prefer regular Alts (rather than Stickes) just because of the easy drinkability of the lower ABV (I'm a lightweight), but the alcohol in this one stayed in the background. Very enjoyable. It was a bit hard to find (due to its seasonal nature and popularity) but well worth the trip to a half dozen stores to get it. Definitely not a German Alt, but one of the best craft versions I've tried. A winner in its own right.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with a half finger of head. The nose is the feature here - nicely bready. The flavor follows but it is not as bold as the nose would indicate.

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Photo of joshautry
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paresis
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fish House, Rehoboth DE.
Pours a dark amber, slightly brown, color with a nice frothy cap that retains all the way and leaves some soapy lacing.
The nose is fairly straightforward. There is a malt sweetness as well as a fruity quality that is hard to put a finger on; it feels like some kind of dark fruit that has a bit of tartness and zest....maybe plum? Overall, the malts lead the way; they are akin to toasted bread.
Similarly, the taste is predominated by the roasted malts. There is a subtle sweetness in the background, however, a modest to moderate herbal and peppery hops presence adds an excellent balance. The body is medium, gently carbonated and with a slight prickle from the hops. Pretty easy to drink.
I'm not a great expert on the style, but, I suppose it does it justice. In many ways it felt like a simple but flavorful American amber ale. Solid all around.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown body with cool beige lace that doesn't last. Nose is heavy on the sweet malt, with dark fruit, caramel, and licorice notes. Unique, complex taste with plenty of malt but more balance than expected. Dry lemon hops temper the steady blast of chocolate and caramel malts. Pleasant in texture and solid finish. I see the comparison to Double Bag. Very well done winter seasonal.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The dark amber beer pours out into a non-frosted Shaker Pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that soon recedes from a cap to small ring and an island of foam while leaving a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few scattered patches of lacing, many of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some dark bready malt with a contribution from earthy and herbal hops.

The flavors are mostly about the bready malt and the contribution from the earthy, herbal hops. There's some light sweetness and some moderately strong earthy, herbal bitterness that works fairly well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the light carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness fades first to be followed by the dark bready malt. Meanwhile the earthy, herbal hops and their bitterness slowly fade to close out the show with a light dryness that invites another sip.

This is a farily good alt which I'd be willing have again when I find it. While I've had other alt beers I enjoyed more and would probably would pick one of them over this one this one is both drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of deansellers
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedFox071
2.28/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Secret Spot Alt Ale
Rating 2.28

Appearance: 3 Hazy Brown. Little head, thin
Smell: 2.5 Toasty Bread and Coffee with earthen leafy hops
Taste: 2 Herbal and grassy hops flavor. Burnt Caramel flavor
Feel: 3 Mediocre astringent
Overall: 2 Wont be having this one again. Need to try more Altbier styles to determine if they are just not for me because I couldn't point to anything that was objectively "bad" with this one.

Tasting Date: 12.14.16
Style: Alt Ale

Other: 6.3 ABV, 15 Plato, 40 IBU

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, it pours a reddish amber with a nice head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Malty scent in the nose. The mouth mostly gets caramel malts and a little sharpness from the carbonation. Acceptable.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy, dark amber in color, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is bready malts, dark fruit--cherries, and earthiness. Medium bodied and sweet. Nice and easy winter drinker that holds up fairly well in the hotter months. Glad I found this. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Secret Spot Alt Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 132 ratings