Secret Spot Winter Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by lackenhauser on 11-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
18
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Photo of joshautry
2.46/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +17.7%
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 -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eden
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/16 Creekside. Old and metallic but ok

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, little else. Taste is malty, dark breads, some light hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CarlTWahl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerCon5
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kgammell1
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It was #PenguinAwarenessDay yesterday and as such, I am delving deeply into my stash of Winter Warmers & Herbed/Spiced beers, especially in the interest of reducing the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I have penguin assistants joining me and things are progressing nicely!

I got the go-ahead from the penguin and Pop!ped the cap, much to his delight. He was also down with me using a heavier-than-usual pour to see what would happen. He danced with glee as we watched two-plus fingers of foamy, tawny head rise up and then slowly fall back down, leaving sticky lacing behind. It's easy to get a penguin excited. He peered into the glass with me as we determined the color to be Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with a slight haze that he was willing to attribute to chill. We keep things cool here in the rookery at Chez Woody. We both put our beaks in the glass to smell the rich caramel & bready malt scents wafting up. I asked him, "Alt, who goes there?" and he fell over from laughter. Mouthfeel was on the thin side. It was not exactly watery, but I would not characterize it as Medium, either. The taste was very much of caramel with a light mintiness from the hops. It seemed a bit light for a Winter Ale and I can understand its drinkability even in the summer. It was not enticing me to head anywhere secret, though. Finish was semi-sweet with a light alcohol burn tingling in the back of my throat at the finish. Not bad, but not what I think of, either as an Altbier or a Winter Ale.

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Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOldewurtel
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 96gpse
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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