Secret Spot Alt Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Secret Spot Alt AleSecret Spot Alt Ale
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3.53/5
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124 Ratings
Secret Spot Alt AleSecret Spot Alt 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
Ranking:
#39,283
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
124
pDev:
12.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of kgammell1
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
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 PaleAndBitter
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOldewurtel
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 96gpse
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Prue
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Did you ever just feel like a Winter ale in the middle of summer? Well I did and that is the way I came to do this review on this mid summer night. Deep brown body hosts a light tan head. Nose is relatively soft but has hints of candied sugar, dark fruit, and molasses. Belgium like malts are there as well. Taste is not quite as promising as the nose. Burnt malts and soft stale fruits play on the front of the tongue. The flavor almost hints at malts not handled at the proper temperature during brewing. It is just slightly off-putting but not all the bad. Overall this beer is just ok.

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Photo of J_Wheels
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Wizzle32
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marcosleigh
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of Dilbert65
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent winter brew, nothing outstanding, but worthy choice for six packet over winter

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Photo of RyanByorick
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber/mahogany color with a half of a finger of off-white head that almost completely dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that gathered onto the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I do get a few faint notes of toasted malt and some brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and spices of black pepper and clove. The beer finishes with a good amount of well-balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, as the beer has practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. Good notes of toasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness balanced well with some good hops. It is a highly quaffable beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bikeboy1
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Secret Spot Alt Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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