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Flying Dog Wild Dog Secret Stash Harvest Ale 2011

Formerly brewed at Flying Dog Brewery
Style: Saison
Frederick, Maryland USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Whether itís a diet-breaking bag of cookies, dinner rolls in an 80 year oldís purse, money in the mattress, or Willie Nelsonís back pocket, everyone has a secret stash. For us, itís the locally-sourced ingredients weíre using in our Secret Stash Harvest Ale. A celebration of Marylandís agricultural roots, each years batch will be a little different. And weíve found the perfect person to share our stash with.

2011 - This year, weíre using fresh Cascade and Chinook hops balanced with soft red wheat, sweet corn, potatoes, and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2011
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 canít 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. Thereís plenty flavor to savor but it all blends together a little weird. Itís like a hoppy belgian style saison. Not horrible but I donít love it. Itís an interesting offering from the local brewery. Medium light body. Soft on the palate with a slight bitter finish. Cool label though too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robgibbens (431) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Picked this up at Beers and Cheers in Germantown, MD. Flying Dog was there doing a tasting and I could not pass it up. The color is a bright golden amber with a nice whitish head. Lacing follows the beer down the inside of the glass. The aroma has a Belgian aspect but itís more mellow. There are also some pine notes. The flavor is sweet and the mouthfeel is pillowy. Finishes clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
A bit of a conflict between what tastes like Belgian abbey yeast, piney West Coast hops, sweet melons, sour lemons, and a touch of hot phenols. Billed as a saison, this one poured to some applause. Was a bit bummed by the kitchen sinky array of flavor though. There are a lot of slow, interesting directions to take the Dupont yeast. I so wanted to see that here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Pours golden with a thick, foamy white head...decent lacing and retention. Aroma is very herbal...a little odd...earthy and wheaty but smells a bit like armpit funk. Flavor is also herbal..definitely wheaty and spicy and for certain...tastes like armpit sweat smells! Mouthfeel is light and lively with a dry herbal finish...needs some citrusy hops!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pour is golden with small white head. Aromas are floral, herbal, and some hay. Taste is very herbal and floral with some nice hop bitterness throw in. There is some spiciness as well, but the finish is dry and herbal. Palate is light to medium with average carbonation and lacing left on the glass.

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