Secret Stash Harvest Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Secret Stash Harvest AleSecret Stash Harvest Ale
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Secret Stash Harvest AleSecret Stash Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Thesoundandthefury on 09-25-2011

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a clear golden color. Average white head that lingers and laces the glass a little bit.
Aroma is floral, sweet, herbal. Saison/Belgian type aromas. I can't really find any one smell to pick up on.
The taste has plenty of interesting flavors coming and going. The Cascade and Chinook hops are definitely present, not overwhelming but they are present throughout. The hops also add to a slightly bitter finish. Floral and piney notes from the hops go along with the sweetness of the honey. I would also say it does remind me of Saison du Buff, although with not as much spice. There's plenty flavor to savor but it all blends together a little weird. It's like a hoppy belgian style saison. Not horrible but I don't love it. It's an interesting offering from the local brewery.
Medium light body. Soft on the palate with a slight bitter finish. Cool label though too.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Clear straw yellow hue, great frothing, stickage all the way down

SMELL: Spicy, herbal, medicinal, walnut skin, dried grass, slightly musty

TASTE: Medium bodied, a bit chewy, grassy, hoppy, resin, bready, very herbal, faint bandaid, pear juice, long hoppy drying finish

Sort of one of those American Saisons, good use of hops here though not to the point of being unbalanced. Wish it was a little bit more dry and crisp. Scores high for my in originality for a fall release ... sometimes a simple twist can make the difference.

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Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pale, golden color with three fingers of a very white head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. Actually, I’m more than a little surprised at this beer’s appearance. It looks much more like a BMC beer than a higher quality craft beer.

Aroma: Very floral. Lots of clover, freshly cut grass and pine up front. Some faint notes of malt and freshly baked sourdough bread. Not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Pretty good. Like the aroma, it’s very floral. Very hoppy up front, but without being overly bitter. There’s some faint malt flavor, followed by some citrus and caramel-like sweetness, finished by more hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin to almost medium. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Despite the beer’s appearance, which I stated above looks much more like a BMC beer than a higher quality craft beer, this is a very good, solid, session beer. It has a some strong flavors and a nice balance between hops and sweet. This is one beer that can’t be judged by its appearance!

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Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of joeboe2001
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Crisp light golden appearance--about the same as Bud.

S-Much hoppier, far less fruity than other beers in this category.

T-Loved the hops--if I had to classify this on my own I would call it a light pale ale. None of the sour fruity tastes I usually get from a farmhouse type ale.

M-Nothing objectionable here--smooth, consistent, and imminently drinkable.

O-Noticeably better than OK. I enjoyed the second one as much as the first, and would have had a third but my wife was ready to go!

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Photo of Kegatron
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I had this several months ago.

Pours a hazed copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This maintains a ½ finger of foamy richness, leaving back a good bit of sudsy richness down the sides. The aroma smells of grass, earth, citrus, spice, and then a flat feeling sweetness across the back. This is a bit unremarkable.

The taste has a grassy and green feeling bitterness to it; with some earthy herbal tones and then a bit of fruit flavors (orange and lemon seem to be sticking out to me). The fruit clings to the sweetness of the malts here, which seems to be harboring a bit of a slightly toasted oat presence as well. The finish is dry and bitter, with lingering pith and a good bit of spice sticking to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with quite the lively carbonation that dances around but then gets creamier on the edges and along the back of the feel. It overall helps the thickness of the profile here go down a little easier.

So I guess that this was supposed to be a Fresh Hopped Saison. Unfortunately the hops just had an overall bitter and raw quality to them that clashed with the rest of the flavors and the overall profile just had too much of a beefiness to it for a 5% beer. The carbonation tries to lend this some crispness but I just wasn’t feeling this one at all. Maybe this one can be tweaked.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Swift989
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #78
Served On: 10/14/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: 0 26A12

Scored this one when I stopped into my beer store for The Fear Imperial Pumpkin I just reviewed yesterday.

Look: Crazy carbonation bubbles jetting to the top. A fluffy white 1 ½” finger head. The beer is a clear golden color – typical of the style.

Smell: Aroma has a strong funky Belgian yeast smell. Other notes I had were clean hops, light citrus and wet grass.

Taste: First on the palate were floral hops with some clove and that Belgian funk again. Middle was dry with biscuit and some fruity notes. Finish was actually rather clean given the high level of complexity going on with this beer.

Overall – it’s a nice Saison. Aside for the higher complexity, it’s really not too exciting. I know Flying Dog claims they used all local ingredients for this brew, so I guess that warrants a slightly higher grade.

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Wild Dog series, lets get WILD!

A huge head off the pour off of white very foamy. Body though is a super crystal clear golden orange body, with some nice rising hard to see carbonation. Head falls pretty slowly with some retention giving to clumpy character, but also leaves some occasional good lacing so I'll raise it's score.

Mild sour vinous green grape, with a little bit of almost wheat sense. Sweet smell of slight honey. Real interesting and of course mild funkiness.

Taste is a quick dissipation of funky brett, with a nice malt take over. Finish has a little bit of pine hop which mixes well with a chewy malt density. Digging that chewy wheat texture which makes the body just bold and big enough. Sweetness doesn't seem to come through from the mild hint on the nose.

Overall this is a tasty example of a saison that is real easy drinking. They did good here I am enjoying this one.

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Photo of aprilianewman
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of biernack
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There are two fingers of bubbly, off white head that fade to a layer and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very herbal from the yeast. Some citrus and sweet notes, but the yeast dominates.

Taste: As in the smell, the herbal notes dominate. I tend to like my saisons a little bit lighter than this. There is a bitterness in the finish along with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked this to be a little lighter in flavor. The tastes were good, but a bit heavy handed. Probably won't have another.

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Photo of KushBreakfast
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Cook82
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of smokeypeat
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love trying "harvest" beers and picked this one up for something new. Pours a nice golden color into the glass with a slight bit of haze present. Frothy white head is present and it lingered throughout the glass. Nice bubble action throughout as well. Smell is solid with a bit of green apple tartness and some slight saison spiciness. Hop profile is present with a grassy light hay smell being prevalent. Taste is really unique for one of these fresh harvest beers. The saison style is really working for me here as something different than the normal IPAs that you get with fresh hopped beers. Lots of good spice from the yeast with a good clean hop bite. There is a slight malty sweetness that really balances the crispness of the hops. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good beer from Flying Dog. I can see myself picking up another sixer while this is fresh.

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