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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Thanks to Bert for sending this awesome bottle from Maryland. I loved this. It’s everything an IPA is without all the oil. I’m 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. It’s bread, it’s caramel, it’s 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 it’s 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 it’s 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. It’s creamy but also strong and stately. What a treat.

3.8
dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Pours bright copper color with a cream colored head. Toasted malt aroma with pine hops. Flavor is toasted malt with caramel followed by herbal and pine hops. Very nice malty brew.

3.7
mansquito (6989) - 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.

3.7
bytemesis (9349) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Tap. Pours clear hazel, small beige head, good lacing. Aroma is very light, roasty, citrus, orange, caramel, nutty. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet, medium bitter, zesty, citrus, dark breads. Medium body. Solid beer.

3.7
gripweed57 (2921) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2017
On tap at Alchemist & Barrister in Princeton, NJ. Hazy, copper brown color. Very little head. Earthy toasted malt nose. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor. Notes of cocoa and citrus. Slightly sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Spicy hop finish. Hints of cardamom and white pepper.


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