Secret Stash Harvest Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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81
good
92 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Secret Stash Harvest AleSecret Stash Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taylor714914 on 09-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.88%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Poured a hazy dark gold with a half finger white head that faded slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet yeasty malt, spice anf hops.

Taste of yeast, bready malt, with some herbs, spice and a nice hop finish.

Mouth Feel was medium towards light body moderate carbonation, crisp with a slight bitter after taste and dry.

Overall this was a very good Saison, easy drinking an very enjoyable.

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

Nice take on an Americanized saisonesque harvest ale. Hop profile shines nicely over the earthy underflow.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Compulsory Ralph Steadman illustrated label, with the image of a dog carrying a bag on his back full of harvest-brewing goods, and bags with bottled beer on each side. Notes overall intent, main characteristic, and a bottling code 026A12. Shows 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep gold pour with a finger of frothy foam, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Nice nose, lightly citric and yeasty, hint of funk and sweet spice...

T - Palate expands with a complex range, bitter salute, complex and nice that lingers… Saison sense from that yeast actually permeates the brew with an earthy range coated by the fresh C hops, hint of spiced grass, and a sweet, honey memory close to the final flow. There is no evident sense of the red wheat, sweet corn or potatoes used in the recipe, although the overall sense of the backbone of the brew is rather well rounded and pleasing.

M - Medium-light body, generous carbonation early on with a slight fading sense, which is nicely rescued by the hint of smooth honey after the bitterness, and sealed with a semi-dry touch.

O - Nice flow, nicely accented by the hops and with that Saisonesque yeast strain… A lot of the supposed complexity is not so obvious and comes together with a general sense that works pretty well.

Notes: Nice surprise from Flying Dog, nothing for the history books but rather enjoyable… Reminds me a bit of a common angle with their Raging Bitch, which actually has grown on me, and probably would rate higher now. I would not be surprised if I felt the same with this one in the future. With this quality-price ration I´m sure going to try to grab another six-pack... On top of all else it has a nice social potential.

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3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite excited to try this after picking up a sixer at the wooden keg.

Great looking brew with a copper color and half finger head.
Sticky hops in to nose with some sweetness and yeast.
Great crisp taste. Almost reminded me of a saison du buff without the herbs. Great crispness with a nice bit of malt j. The middle. Semi dry finish made me come back for more. Perfect mouthfeel with the smooth and slick body and tiny carb bubbles. Overall this is another solid offering from flying dog!

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3.92/5  rDev +11%
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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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks fine. Foggy copper color with a half finger of heard that dissolves quickly, just a hint of lacing. Nose is strong sweetness. Candy and dried fruit. Flavor is similar, if a little milder. More subtle sweetness, some earthy funk and dirty malt to it. A bit of that Belgian saison funky sweet to it, but odd. Body is medium, surprisingly full, good for the style. I like it, but it’s frankly really weird. Doesn’t taste like a traditional saison, and I almost wouldn’t define it as such. But also not a hoppy brew in any sort of clear way. I’m confused, but I’m open to it as a fairly drinkable brew.

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3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a some what see through gold. Almost no traces of head.

S - very strong smell of wheat up front. It smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

T - tastes like a saison only way more bitter. Which isn't a bad thing. Just different for me. You can taste the hops well and I feel like some corn.

M - light bodied and heavy carbonation.

O - very different but I like that about it. It is good for fall time for sure.

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Secret Stash Harvest Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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