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Evolutionary IPA - Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 133
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Two Beers Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 12-24-2009

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Photo of drinkofczars
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Plain copper color. Like an IPA should look like.

S- Great smell. Lot of citrus and floral scents coming through. Smells only a tad bit hoppy.

T- Exceptional hoppy flavor. Citrus flavors ruminate after first tasting. This beer has the similar bitter bite that Ninkasi IPA has to it.

M- Great texture and feel in the mouth. Does not dry your mouth out like other stronger IPA's tend to do to me.

O- Best beer that I've tasted from Two Beers Brewery. They are close to my house so I'm excited to visit them. This is a great beer to introduce someone to IPA. Lots of strong supporting flavors, not to much hop.

Wonderful beer. (631 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass. No canning dates or codes or whatnot that I can find.

Pours a nice coppery color, clear, with a large, fluffy beige head which leaves big clumpy lacing. Not a whole lot of active carbonation. Very pretty. Smell is piney, grassy, a little bit floral. I'd say mostly grassy. Oddly, I think I get a hint of mint.

Taste is nicely balanced. Again, strangely, a little mint suggestion, a bit stronger than the aroma. Very piney bitter, slight caramel sweetness. This is a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, a little creamy. Overall, I'm pretty darn happy with this beer. (607 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright orange, mostly transparent, good retention, moderate lacing

Smell - tropical and citrus hops, sweet malts

Taste - tropical hops up front, tons of nice hop flavor, some bite in the end

Mouthfeel - light body for an IPA, a bit slick

Overall - nice hop bill, could use a bit more body, overall a hop forward IPA that has bitter hop qualities, good if you like hops (385 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber into a Deschutes tulip.
Nice two finger head retains well. Good lace pattern.
Smooth balanced flowery with plenty of hop flavor.
Aftertaste very pleasant. No cloy whatsoever.
A very good West Coast representation of the style.
Two Beers makes it very easy to drink local. (284 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Harrymel. Dark amber-orange, hazy, good creamy head that laces the glass. Smells pretty good, very hoppy but a fruity hoppiness not so much dank or pine. Flavor is nice and fruity as well, easy to drink. good stuff. This is a good Northwest IPA and I wouldn't mind another! (297 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - bright amber with lots of reds and oranges and a big, sticky white head on top. This has some serious lacing. All those tiny little bubbles cascading upwards sure is a nice sight to see as well.

Aroma - you want fresh hops? Perhaps the type of hop aroma that tickles the inside of your sinuses? Well, here you go! Evolutionary IPA has a lot of piney, resiny hoppy goodness going on and its very apparent even from a few feet away. Some nice citrus smell like grapefruit and lemon round out the aroma. Does it get much better than a very aromatic India Pale Ale? I think not...

Taste - a sip of this and you'll get a sense of where all 70 of those IBUs are coming from. Lots of hop flavor is packed into each sip and defended against lupulin overkill by a solid, sweet malty backbone. With Magnum, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops going into this IPA you're tasting some nice array of pineapple and other tropical fruits along with your typical citrus tastes like orange and lemon. This is an IPA that will make your tongue satisfyingly dry but bring it back to life with every sip. Delicious.

Overall - great IPA. This has all the features I'm looking for in an assertive West Coast India Pale Ale. Big hop aroma and flavor and bitter enough to make you know your not just drinking some hoppy amber ale. Well done and I think the aluminum outfit suits it well!

Would I buy more of it? - abso-HOP-lutely. Very tasty IPA with lots of great hop aroma and flavor. It pays to be near the source and you can taste it. (1,519 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Francois for cracking this.

Light fizzy head, clear amber reddish orange color.

Nose simcoe and citra, grapefruit - tropical fruit but not musty resin, hint of tangerine citrus, no malt.

Taste nice tropical fruit, light grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine with light citrus, hint if musty resin, light pine, decent bitterness. Finish is somewhat bitter, dry, lingering piny and tropical fruit hops, long bitter.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb but less than I expected for can.

Overall nice, good hops, not too bitter, refreshing, nice tropical fruit without resin. (578 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright hop notes and a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, orange rind, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice hop flavor balance and complexity with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,297 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/4/3.75/4/4
As soon as I crack the tab on the can the aroma comes gushing out. Popping with juicy sweet fruits and floral hops. That fades and it becomes more grainy and caramel malts. Stays relatively sweet though.

Oh yeah, the appearance: deep orange amber. Nice white head dissipates eventually to a simple cap, but laces up nicely.

While the aroma was more sweet, the flavour certainly presents the bittering side much more decisively. Grapefruit and orange rind. Finish is pithy with a touch of the juicy note promised on the nose, gives some service to the caramel promises made earlier as well. Lastingly bitter.
Small carbonation tickles more than it dances. Smoothe and drinkable. Bitter finish coats things in a pleasantly warm manner. Into it. (760 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark honey in appearance, the head laces well but fades extremely quickly. The smell is where it's at with one. The hops explode out of the top of the glass and the aroma is wonderful. Taste is better than average, but not quite among the elite, there is something slightly off balance with the bite although it does end with a nice bit of sweetness. Mouth feel is a little thin to me for some reason, but overall I think this one is growing on me. (448 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and grass notes, with not much else coming through. The flavor is more pronounced. I get a lot of the orange and pine notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit malt and a low to medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (380 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy burnt orange. Small dark white head. Lot of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Earthy, sweet hop aroma. Little bitterness. 3.5/5

Taste- Malty and sweet. Earthy hop flavor. The bitterness builds on itself with every sip. It really shows up halfway through the glass. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thicker than I typically like but not offensive. 3.5/5

Overall- Good IPA. Nothing spectacular, but I would contemplate buying another. 4/5 (424 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$1.69 for a 12oz can at Siciliano's. Brewed with Base Malt, Munich, Vienna, Crystals and carapils. Hopped with Yakima Valley Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial, then aggressively dry-hopped with Simcoe and Columbus.
OG=1.064, 16 SRM, 70 IBU's, 6.2% ABV.

Pours out to a murky copper, forming a wispy light yellow head with poor retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Loads of flittering chunks of yeast/hop debris like someone put a teaspoon of fish flakes in your beer. Pour carefully! Nose has nice notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and mango. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, a touch of acidity from the hops, mild astringency in the finish, medium bodied. The taste opens with mango, grapefruit, pine resin, sitting on top of a chewy malt body. Well balanced bitterness with some residual crystal malt sweetness, but overall astringent. Nice earl grey tea note in the finish.

A really nice IPA in the can, but considering the copious sediment, it's best drank out of a glass with a careful decant. Kinda defeats the purpose of the can unless you don't mind drinking muck. Nice beer though. Would buy it again. (1,150 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, now just called 'Evo IPA' on the product recently shipped north of 49.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some pleasantly splotchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bitter grapefruit and orange rind, a further bit of lemon wedge and a slight soapy edge to its prominent hoppiness, with a tame crackery, grainy pale malt and oh so subtle caramel sweetness passing for offset here. The taste is a bit more balanced, the bready, doughy, and laid-back crackery malt holding fast, with the edgy floral, piney, and meekly citrusy hops reveling in their counterpoint.

The bubbles are steadfast in their supportive duties, and little more, the body average in its medium weight, and generally smooth, without much interference from the hops on this account, so, good! It finishes off-dry, just, the malt giving up the ghost, while the otherwise plodding west coast hops keep on keepin' on.

A so-so Yankee IPA, the attendant bitterness eventually lacking any tangent to real-world savoury pleasure - ya know, the fruit or the forest floor goodness. Anyways, simple in its rendering, and overtly boozy by the end, which speaks to a certain lack of integration. Oh well - this joint is drinkable enough for a Friday night, IYKWIM. (1,377 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of the three CANs from Two Beers B.C., courtesy of inflatablechair. I am really grateful for the hook-up and I urge others to keep their eyes peeled for new CANned beers for me to add to The CANQuest (TM). What once was a habit is now unquestionably a vice.

From the CAN: "This beer is made for the adventurer, the one not afraid of the nuances of life, the complexity of decisions, or the unknown turn in the road ahead. So if you like to embrace life to the fullest, then this is the beer for you. Cheers! [undersigned] Joel"; "Crafted using Washington Hops and Grains".

The Crack & Glug was a bit surprising to me, given the active nature of the previous two CANned beers from these guys. I did not generate a lot of head, despite nearly inverting the CAN and still ended up with barely a finger of tawny head with moderate retention. Zounds, but the hops were pungent on this one, also! Grapefruit and pine in abundance and my hophead jones monkey suddenly reappeared, screeching on my back. Color was a lightly-hazy orangish amber. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin, but the wash of hops across my tongue made up for the modest shortcoming. My, but this was tasty, especially the way the grapefruit flavor was prevalent but not overwhelming. Finish was solid, bitter, and just what the hops doctor ordered and in a CAN no less. This definitely merits CANsideration for cooler space IMHO. (1,401 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Evolution IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper color, slightly hazy with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is a sweet candy and fruit aroma, caramel and lemon.

Taste is a dominant caramel malt flavor, with a mild citrus taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Somewhat cloying for the style.

Over all a good IPA, not great. Bump the ABV and might be a decent DIPA. (434 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a hazy orange copper color with a nice head of creamy tan foam. There are small strands of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate lacing clings to the sides.

S: Citrus aroma in the foreground with minimal pine. Plenty of malt and caramel in the background.

T: There is a citrus punch in the beginning bringing with it flavors of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. This is complimented by a strong backbone of toasted malt and caramel that takes over the profile.

M: Evolutionary IPA has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry mouth feel.

O: This IPA has a nice initial hoppy flavor, but it transitions into a strong malt profile a little too quickly for my liking. It's a still highly drinkable beer, but the flavors aren't exactly what I'm looking for. (855 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +6%

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and floral hops, grapefruit rind, bready malts, and sweet caramel.

Taste - Pleasant punch from the citrus and floral hops followed by the grapefruit rind, bready malts, and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness and sweetness from the caramel.

Overall - A standard but enjoyable American IPA. The aroma was a little bit of let down but the taste certainly made up for the aroma to make it more true to the style. Nice to see a new offering from Seattle here in Cowtown. (630 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz aluminum can (new to me: a blank silver can with a form-fitted plastic sleeve w/ the artwork), no dates or codes but purchased recently from a reputable bottle shop. Should be pretty fresh.

Hazy orange color with a 1-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma is piney, citrusy, a little floral, grassy. Smells good but a little subdued. Maybe this one is a few weeks past its prime...

Taste is bitter hops right out of the gate. Some nice grapefruit notes, lots of pine. Very hop-forward, not surprisingly. This is maybe a little more piney than I prefer, the can says 70 IBUs but it tastes like more like 90. The balance is tilted heavily toward the hops, but maybe it's just not the best combination of hops? Malt just doesn't seem to be much of a factor. Balance seems off, something missing.

Anyway, it's a good beer if not a great one. But I'm happy to see another new player on the Seattle scene, so I'll be watching for more beers from this brewery. (973 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Frank the Tank for sharing this.

A: Pours a copper ale with slight haziness. Less than single finger peanut heat of whipped consistency falls to a medium sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Plenty of fruits up front on the nose. Atypical of a NW IPA, IMO, this would appeal to the east coast or great lakes palate (think 2 hearted, not as good, but along the same lines). Apricots, peaches, pineapple, citrus. Not much resin or pine at all. Solid malt backbone, plenty of caramel/vienna profile.

T: More bitter up front than I had presumed provided the aromatics. The beer has the early bitterness on the front of the palate that converts into the release of the sweetness of plenty of medium toast malts, some citrus, meaty fruits. Overall, the malt reminds me more of a stronger Red Ale than an IPA.

M: Medium body, maybe a hint light. Medium to light carb. Nothing added or taken away in this category.

O: Well done. I see why they chose this among their flagship bottled lineup. Just started seeing this on the east side of WA, and I hope it hits the tap handles soon. I think it will do well on the handles in the area. Again, I think the overall picture of the beer is more or less a hybrid Red and IPA. Cool beer. (1,233 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side-note: I originally had this beer (about two weeks prior) in a can (for a roadie) and was amazed...and was hoping for another chance to review...this time in a bomber-bottle...

P:1 Pint, 6ozs brown bottle with a simple lime-green label with hops illustrated ...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced malts & hop aromas, marmalade with background sweet malts and a heavy bready grain aroma.

Taste: Big malts! This is has some orange peel light hop feel, but mostly malty...

Mouthfeel is a medium carbinated beer with a malty thick full-body.

Taste: The initial taste is malts with orange peel, followed by an some hops...

Mouthfeel A medium/heavy beer with medium (decent) carbination that is heavy, yet smooth...

Notes: This one I first saw (in a can) at an independent grocery store near where I live. I loved how smooth it was...I looked forward to sitting down to review either finding it on tap, or in a bottle...I found it at another market (similar to Whole Foods) in a 22 ozs bomber...Although still smooth, not as good as I remembered it in the can...maybe I was so impressed canned beer could be so good (compared to other macro beers)...after all, kegs are canned beer to eh?!...Chasin' Cheers :~) (1,320 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a can of Two Beers Brewing Co.'s Evolutionary IPA from @Another6pack, thanks a lot. I've never had anything from Two Beers before and I'm interested to see how this IPA turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice outdoor scene on it and it looks likes a beer you should take with you on a camping trip. It poured a hazy copper/orange color that took on more of brighter orange and ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I really liked the color and the head and lacing were also good.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that bordered one being highly sweet and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus hops, citrus rinds, slightly soapy, slightly floral and piney hops aromas with the citrus hops and citrus rind aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which are a little on the light side and they impart some bready, grainy and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, the malts showed up just enough.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma but this time they seem to be lighter, but they are also pretty even and no soapy hops seem to show up. Up next comes the malts which impart some grainy, bready and slight sweet malt flavors. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a citrus rind, hoppy and slightly lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting IPA, but I wish the citrus hop and citrus rind aspects came through a little more like they did in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average example of a American IPA, there seemed to be nice balance in the taste and aroma, but the hop profile lacked some of those bright flavors that I expect from a West coast style IPA. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these but I really don't have the urge to drink another one in a row, so one might be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were the highlights of this beer and I thought it looked really nice. What I liked the least about this beer was that more of those citrus hops and citrus rind flavors didn't come through as much as they did in the aroma, I think a brighter citrus flavor would help this beer out a little. I would buy a single of this if I knew it was really fresh and I would recommend it as a solid IPA. All in I thought this IPA was pretty solid, it's a little far from the best IPA I've had, but it's not where near the worst and I'm happy to have the chance to try. This made for a decent first impression for Two Beers and I'm interested in trying more of their beers. Solid work guys, hopefully I'll stumble across more of your beers. (3,548 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper orange into a half-pint glass with minimal head.

Some typical citrus hops on the nose, followed by moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Vague caramel notes up front, followed by an assertive hoppy bitterness that continues into the lingering finish. Airy, smooth, and easy to drink, with just enough bitterness and citrus to let you know that it's an IPA. (384 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

two beers Brewing Company--Evolutionary IPA--India Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Inaugaral Bottling. 6.20% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Big frothy foamy rocky mild lace off white head. Fizz hazed rich bright dark amber blood orange color. No sediment. Rich earthy grapefruit floral hop pine malt ester front. Tangy zesty CO2 infused dry rich hop fruit caramel malty amber IPA body. Dry sweet slightly bitter puckery citrus malt hop spice rich refreshing end. Dry hoppy zesty Amber IPA. Highly carbonated. Nice Fresh but likely to age quickly. Sampled 3/24/2011. Purchased for $4.99 @ Ken's Market--Phinney Ridge, Seattle on 3/23/2011. (625 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium dark orange amber, one finger fine white head and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of herbal hops, faint malt. Taste is herbal and citrus hops, followed by sweet malt and a dry, lingering ascerbic bitterness that is not supported by the earlier herbal qualities. Nice start, but lacking in the finish. Medium bodied. (358 characters)

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Evolutionary IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
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