Secret Stash Harvest Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Secret Stash Harvest AleSecret Stash Harvest Ale
92 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taylor714914 on 09-25-2011

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brentk56
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color capped by a finger or so of foam; some strands of lacing are left behind

Smell: A most unusual, vegetal odor that reminded me of dirty laundry

Taste: The unusual aroma was reflected in the malt character, with a vegetal element joining the biscuity malt; corn was clearly discernable, though I could not detect the rest of the garden; by mid-palate and through the finish, the hops added a citrusy flavor to the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I didn't particularly care for the vegetal element here, not being a fan of corn flavor in my beer; never in a million years would I thought of this as a saison as it is much more like an IPA with a malt profile that has some subtle differences

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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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 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 drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Such a weird beer, sweet corn, potatoes, and a bunch of other crap? I try to drink as much stuff from local (Maryland) brewers hoping that something blows me away but Flying Dog consistently lets me down, here I am again. Although this wasn't the worst beer I've had from them.

Beer is light amber / yellow, clear with a nice head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, hoppy, pine, earth.

Beer is medium in body and vegetal on the palate, especially the last palate, the midpalate is disrupted by a bunch of piny hops, so much so for a moment i think I'm drinking an IPA. I don't think I'll have it again but it is interesting, getting warmer flying dog, keep making new beers, you'll get there.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of yourefragile
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. This was interesting. I guess.

Clear light amber color with a quickly dissipating, under carbonated white head. Pleasant sweet and earthy nose; light wheat and spice. Flavor was sweet and hoppy to start and extremely vegatative and wheaty in the dry finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This was weird, but not in an unpleasant way. Seemed like more of a confused IPA than a saison, but would probably try again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed, lighter golden color with tons of carbonation forming a massive white foamy head. The huge head makes fitting the brew in a pint glass impossible at first. The head very slowly fades, eventually making this a two/ three pour beer to make it fit in a standard 16 oz pint glass. Upon fading the head leaves a good level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is yeasty and a little bit grainy with a hint of caramel sweetness. Along with these smells is a little bit of a grassy smell as well as some citrus and spice with a bit of a grape like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat and grainy flavor with a light lemon and orange flavor. A yeasty flavor is present upfront as well, with the combination of flavors having a rather smooth taste. As the taste advances, flavors of hay, some funkiness and tartness as well as a decent amount of a grassy flavor come to the tongue. These flavors add a new dimension to the flavor profile but also take away from the smoothness of the beer, leaving a drier Saison flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the rather high side (as would have been anticipated from the huge head). Both were rather appropriate for the Saison style and made for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A decent Saison, but nothing all that extraordinary. Rather easy drinking and at least worth a try.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Crisp golden appearance. Good transparency with a bone white head.

S- Hops come through along with a nice malt note. I also get aromas of fresh grass and corn.

T- Hops come through from beginning to end and are balanced by the malt note. Not really sure how this is categorized as a saison, but there is a slight spice note.

M- Good carbonation, good mouthfeel, very drinkable and crisp.

O- Solid beer overall. Could definitely drink a few.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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Secret Stash Harvest Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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