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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


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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Bryan on 3/9/2012.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange.
Aroma: Aroma is of piney hops, some grapefruit.
Taste: Nice spice, decent bitterness..
Palate:Medium body, light carbonation.

Summary: A solid saison with decent hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Draft. Medium white head, clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some spicy, light corn. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some grapefruit/orange. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2011
As I write this the rating is very low, but Iím not sure why. I think itís a respectable saison, affordable, sessionable. It may not compare with the best imports, but itís tasty beer. Bubbly, grassy, well balanced, not too sweet, easy to drink. Good shit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Location: Shared bottle at dbarnoldís, 10/16/11

Aroma: The nose has some yeast, spice, and a little citrus (lemon, grapefruit)
Appearance: This one pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head
Flavor: It has a pretty good flavor, similar to nose, spicy, with some grass and citrus hops
Palate: It is light-medium bodied, with some fairly heavy carbonation, and a touch of dryness on the finish
Overall Impression: I thought this one was pretty solid. I was actually expecting to see the score be a bit higher. I seem to recall a consensus in the room that we all found it to be pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5473) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Whole Foods, P st, DC sixer ($11): Pours a golden color with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is pretty heavily slanted towards the spicy Belgian yeast (which according to another rater is Saison Dupont yeast). However, there is a citrusy hop component. Taste is sort of an onslaught from the Belgian yeast and the hops. This is not a really hoppy beer, and it seems to me that the hops actually become more prevalent in the aftertaste than initially. There is plenty of sweetness, plenty of dryness, and weird balance struck amongst the array of flavors. All in all, I donít really think that this is that crazy of a beer, or one that deviates too far from the accepted norm of a Belgian Ale or Saison. I thought it was good pleasant drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbosol16 (1) - - OCT 4, 2011 does not count
Poured into a Sam Adams glasses. It has a good earthy aroma, nice golden appearance, same taste characteristics of their other pale ale. Nothing special but not bad either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is citrus, light biscuit malt, barnyard notes, tropical fruits, coriander and black pepper. Flavor is light malt, moderate citrus, light hops and bitterness, spices, farmhouse and a dry finish. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Beer Pours a light golden color with a little crisp white head. Aroma to me is sour yeast almost like a belgium type beer. The taste is also like a belgium style bread taste. Overall i like this beer something a little diffirent nice style.

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