Secret Spot Winter Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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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

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Added by lackenhauser on 11-26-2010

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Prue
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.34/5  rDev -8%
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 -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wizzle32
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marcosleigh
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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 -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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 -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bikeboy1
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dgherm
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with a pale yellow shade. The texture is very thick (not creamy, but thick) with good retention as well. It doesn't seem to leave behind much lacing, though. (3.75)

Smell: I'm no expert on the altbier style, but I do know it's (vaguely) akin to a German amber ale. And judging from the aroma, I'd suggest this hits that mark acceptably. A bit of caramel is backed by faint dark fruit, some noble hops, and a tiny amount of clove. All in all, there are some decent qualities, but the nose is simply too mild for me. (2.75)

Taste: It opens up with notes of caramel and toasted bread, before leaving behind a powerful finish of noble hops. Hints of apricot, grass, earth, (bitter) vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg all appear past the malty opening (the latter two qualities are impressive considering this beer isn't spiced...) I'd suggest it's well hopped for the style, but I'm told by reliable outside sources this style is meant to be semi-hoppy. The hops are the secret (spot) to this brew: it helps to create a spicy, warming sensation as it travels down the food tubes. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Despite the maltiness, there is some finishing dryness to its texture. This helps to counteract the full body and borderline creaminess. Carbonation is above-average. It's not superbly chuggable, but the savorability factor is quite good. (3.5)

Overall: The nose left me non-plussed. And once I actually took my first few sips, I still didn't fall in love with this one. But the more I drink this, the more I like it - and last I checked, that's the mark of a good beer. A rock-solid example of a style I'm not always keen on. (3.5)

3.36/5: Timid nose aside, this is another (secretly) good offering from Evolution

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanmcd
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chris1919
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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