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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Our winter seasonal is a nod to the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf. A full, toasty malt profile is countered by generous additions of German Hops. Well balanced but assertively hopped, this complex but approachable beer is ideal for shaking off the chill of winter.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Thanks to Bert for sending this awesome bottle from Maryland. I loved this. Itís everything an IPA is without all the oil. Iím new to the style but here goes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a decent head that fell fast to a thin film on top and a small ring. Good lace. Nose is heavenly with malt. Itís bread, itís caramel, itís deep and round with a sweetness that takes a backseat in the nicest way. The hops are herbal and pungent, earthy and offer just a hint of lemon. Dark fruits whisper from the nose as it warms but they never fully evince and itís restrained. The taste is toast and breaddy malt with a nice fullness from the understated sweetness. The hops are bitter on the tip of the tongue but itís like they hold it back until the finish and then they realize a full bitter without a lot of oil and without a lot of resin. Carbonation is medium and the body is deft and light.

I could compare this to an IPA or to a red ale. Positively enjoyable with plenty of toast but nothing burnt. The malt is outstanding and lasting throughout the drink. The balance is excellent and the hops hold their own without becoming fruity. Itís creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Big Hunt, DC pint ($6): Pours a brownish color with a nice head. Aroma is a nice blend of maltiness and hops. This is in a sense a perfect altbier. It is very well-balanced and it maintains the German character, but adds an American element. In honesty, I had about 4 of these in a row, and there is seldom a time at a bar when I order this many of one beer. So far, this has been my favourite offering from Evolution.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Served on draft at Timberwood Grill in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel and a faint earthy smokiness. The taste is toasted malts, toffee, caramel and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2045) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a small white head. The aroma has some minor hop notes and some malty sweetness. The taste is medium hoppy and very enjoyable. Iím a fan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Draft at Craft Ale House. Pours caramel colored with off-white head that doesnít lace well. Nose is toffee, caramel malt, piney hops. Tastes crisp, with a solid caramel malt bill and some spicy notes up front, giving way to a big hop blast at mid-palate. I give credit to Evolution for realizing that hops have a place in winter seasonals, too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
12oz bottle split with Anndiesel. Hazy unfiltered orange-tan body. Thin, oily non head. Toasty malt with some balancing orange hop aroma. Captures the style rather respectfully. Medium bodied, very easy drinking for the ABV. True to style, enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, and nutty malt, light Noble hops and a clean lager nose. Flavor is spicy hops, light bitterness, moderate malt, clean lager character and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pours a hazy, slightly ruddy brown with a decent, off white head of foam. The nose has a bit of plastic, floral hops, and slight malt notes. The flavor starts off floral but then transitions to the malt with the notes of bread, slight nuttiness, and a touch of caramel. There is a lingering bitterness in the back. Medium to full body with prickly carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. A little unusual but not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (650) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Out of the bottle poured a hazy dark brown color, malty and sort of Piney aroma. Taste is nice lots of hops, with a citrus touch/aftertaste...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Slightly cloudy, deep amber appearance with an average size off white head and good lacing. Subtle aroma of caramel malts and soft fruit. Flavors of floral, spicy hops with a moderately sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.


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