Secret Spot Winter Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale
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Secret Spot Winter AleSecret Spot Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-26-2010

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Clear honey-amber pour, topped with a small bubbly off-white head; minimal retention, and a few streaks of lacing. Caramel malts in the nose, some floral and citrus hops. Taste of caramel malts, toasted grains, toffee backbone, quickly giving way to a crisp hoppiness, orange peel and floral notes, fairly bitter from mid-palate onward. Hoppier than I'd expect for an altbier, maybe even closer to an APA, but still good either way. Medium body and pretty good overall.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring on the top of the beer. Decent lacing.

S: A little bit of floral hops, but mostly malt driven. Some toffee and caramel dominate the rest of the aroma.

T: Toast malt, toffee, some nice caramelized sugar, and a surprising hop kick.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, has a slightly sticky and dry finish.

O: Quite good, reminds of their ESB almost with more hops. Too bad it won't be around until next winter as this is a nice beer for the cold months.

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Wegmans in a mix-a-six, poured chilled in a teku.

The color is dark amber with translucent clarity and thick beige head with fine bead and some lace with good retention. The smell has a slight fruity yeast aroma with subtle sweet malt scent and gentle hop note with hint of fruity yeast ester as it warms with light alcohol. The feel has medium high carbonation with slight spice and light sweetness and gentle toasted aspect with mostly dry bitter finish with mild alcohol influence on the palate. The feel leads to a mix of malt with toasted flavor and spicy/herbal hop with gentle malt backing and slightly bitter hops with a malt emphasis on toasted grain flavor and finish is spicy bitter and mostly dry. This is a decent alt but more emphasis on hops than is necessary for the style could use more malt to fit even though it is still very drinkable and yeast seems to be a proper alt strain based on aroma and flavor

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Best by Mar 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Pours lightly hazed medium amber. Darker khaki cap, slow to fade, thick collar and film. Leaves some low sheeting.

S: Malts dominate the nose. Caramel and toast abound

T: Malty brew, dark toast, maple and more caramel. Also some moderate winter spicing and then moderate drying hops late.

M: Smooth and pleasant on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is medium and the carbonation is on the lower side but fine for the style.

O: Enjoyable enough brew. Malty beer lovers will enjoy this one.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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

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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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 38.8% out of 100 with 116 ratings
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