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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4702) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrodooo5 (1070) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2012
The pour is copper with a thin tan head that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is dominated by hops. The flavor is pretty bland to start and then finishes with a ton of dry hops. This beer is not well balanced at all and not all that approachable. The "toasty malt profile" is nowhere to be found. Not very good!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Tap. Pours clear copper with thin, fizzy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt, floral hops, light spice, and mixed nuts. Flavor is balanced bread malts and floral hops (light bitterness) with a hint of spice; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Starts with a nice malty, bready aroma with a hint of pine. Pours a clear red tinted amber with a lacing white head. The flavor is very malty with a bit of caramel along with the bread. Finish is dry, nicely balanced.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Hoppy. Okay. Not really wintery. Decent overall but not Christmas. Meh meh meh meh meh

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (635) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Nice honey brown appearance. A bit flat. Very smooth, citrusy, aftertaste of bitter orange peel. Overall subdued, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Draft at Craft Ale House. Pours caramel colored with off-white head that doesn’t 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2255) - 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. I’m a fan.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3555) - 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.


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