Evolutionary IPA - Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 rand
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

From 12 oz can to pint glass

A: Copper-tan in color, clear, forms a tight bubbly head that never fully recedes.

S: Floral hops at the front of the nose, earthy. Smells like iced tea mixed with cooked corn and wheat bread. Weird.

T: Astringent, bitter hops at the front. Not piny or citrusy, but earthy, muddled and strangely bitter. Floral-edged hop-profiles often hit of tea, but this might as well have been mixed with ice tea...and not in a good way. Toffee-sweetness is distinct, but doesn't really balance the astringent aspects. Finishes the way it began, bitter, with the different flavor tones all over the place.

M: Medium-bodied, appropriately carbonated for the style.

Possibly the worst modern IPA's I've tasted. Instead of complimenting and harmonizing with each other, the flavors diverge, and individually these, bitter, sweet and bready notes taste terrible. Weird, tea-like nose. Maybe the idea was a Northwest, floral-type IPA, but this tastes like a homebrew gone awry. Try again.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.27/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Zero idea when this one was canned or how fresh it is. With that in mind....

A very nice dark orange pour with just a hint of being unfiltered. Head doesn't last but lacing is good. Doesn't smell terribly fresh or have much of an aroma at all to be honest. The taste is discernibly off for an IPA with an old hop flavor and weird cloying. Flat, boring, old hop flavor. Pretty boring and non-recommendable beer. Hope this one is better when it's fresh (assuming mine isn't). But always happy to get beers from the West Coast in trades and try new things!

Photo of CascadeConan
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh off the tap the Evolution IPA has a cloudy golden hue, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't head with minimal lacing.

Far off spicy hop nose with almost fruity esters in the background (think Belgian yeast).

Thin feel, up front hop punch that mellows into dry malt and lingers bitter on the back of the tongue with a yeasty taste.

Not a mind blowing IPA but, they have a ways to go to compete in the Northwest.

Photo of ccrida
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper, clear, nice off white lace.

Smell is lemon merengue, sweet malt, marmelade.

Taste is also malty, tons of that iced-tea flavor uou get from two much crystal malt. With the citrus hops, it's remiscent of lipton, with a dry, fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium+, dry.

Drinkability isn't killer to my taste In IPA, not a fan of the iced tea with modest hops by local standards. As far as any old ale though, it was easy enough to slurp down.

Photo of Kegatron
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz brown wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. I enjoyed this one in early Sept. 2011.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a several overly foamy fingers of off-white head. This eventually shrinks down to a rich ½ finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with thick foamy swathes of lace. The aroma is floral, with a touch of a leafy dankness to it, and I’m sad to find, some mineral (almost metallic) off-notes. Citric fruit and malt add a bitter smelling twang across the back of the nose.

The taste has a bright grapefruit character to it that intertwines with a herbal feel. Malts are sweet across the back and help balance out the bulk of that leafy bitterness. Pine and pith finish this strong, with a moderate dryness that sticks to the tongue. Unfortunately, there is a bit of unwanted tartness going on here that makes me think (along with the off nose and overly foamy pour) that there is an infection starting to take shape here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but as you would expect, is heavily overly carbonated. There is however some underlying slickness here to this and I will say that the sharpness does start to die down after a while.

This was the initial bottling of this beer and well, it showed. Something obviously got in here. It’s a shame to, as I had an opportunity to sample this on tap as well at the same liquor store that I purchased the bottle from and it showed some real promise.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, dark orange with a one finger light tan head. Good retention and streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, dirt, some citrus.

T - Hop resin, grass, very earthy. Some malted carmels.

D - Good carbonationa and average body.

O - Ok, but heavy for an IPA.

Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. No canning dates. Reviewed 3/20/12.

Clear, light copper body. Pours a thick, off-white head that settles out to a patchy cover.

Lots of caramel malt aromas, with some burnt orange peel. Floral and pine hops. Pretty balanced nose.

Malty flavors at first, biscuits and caramel. Slight toasted essence. Leads into some orange peel flavors, with a floral sweetness. Finish is dry and woody, with some pine bitterness. The bitterness is a tad on the harsh side.

A wholly average IPA. Good flavors and hits all the notes it should, but doesn't challenge.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light golden yellow with just over an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left moderate lacing.

A mostly citrus hop, with some floral notes, greets the nose. The taste follows down the trail blazed by the scent. No surprises on the tongue.

This beer goes down a little smoother than most IPAs, making it nicely drinkable. The body is just a little lighter than typical for the style.

Overall, an average IPA that's worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dense ochre beer with an odd, swampy aroma like a mass of decomposing hops or hops mulch. The flavor has forward hop flavor with citric and leafy components that are more cumbersome than deft. Lace is abundant and the body is fine.

Not bad, but doesn't stand out in the crowded IPA category.

Photo of jellikit
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: orange. Thin foamy head. Hazy.

S: not much there. Can not smell a thing.

T: medium mealtimes with a funky sawdust aftertaste. Hops are citrus, and pine. Bitter at the end that lingers for a loooong time.

M: medium carbonation, medium body.

O: this is an ok IPA. The bittering hops are too much. The malt off flavor was a deal breaker. Not horrible. Just ok.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper and amber appearance, has the look of a good ipa, white head, about 1". Aroma wasn't dry hoppy enough, plenty of bitterness noticeable in the aroma, but lacked green vegetalness.

Taste, ah, another bitter bomb lacking hop mouthfeel. Substantial malt ratio, a nice move given the high bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel. It seems to be bigger than the abv indicates, just doesn't impart enough of what an ipa should be about: hops. All bitterness and heavy malt. Bring the hops and the citrus flavors next time.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can picked up in MI this past week-end. Pours an oily, tawny orange colour with a limited off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves an impressive amount of lacing down all contact surfaces. A very subtle aroma that is more malt-forward than I'd choose and with few of the citrus or floral elements nicely present in the taste. The taste also has good depth. A body including tropical fruit notes with a pepperiness to the finish. Overall a decent but unremarkable APA that I would like to try again, fresh on draught

Photo of Spikester
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a three fingered cream color head with very good retention. Good amount of lacing. Smell is malty bread dough with a touch of floral hops.
Taste is citrus and piney hops with a big push of bready malts. No idea how old this can might be but the hops have faded in the nose and taste. Seems more like a 35 IBU than 70. Mouthfeel is too little carbonation with a medium body. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall a bit underwhelming for a Northwest IPA. I will try this again and hope I can find something a bit more fresh.

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice rich orange hue with a bit of haze in the body. Head poured almost three fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good stuff.

Smell: earthy, green hops on a pretty neutral malt base. Hop character reminds me of Nugget or some other high-alpha, low-aroma variety. Not bad, but a little homebrew-like.

Taste: very similar to the aroma; kind of a one-dimensional flavor with a decent level of bitterness. Malt, again, is pretty much nondescript. This is not a particularly impressive beer, but it's not *bad*. Just ... boring.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and an OK level of creaminess. Decent but not spectacular.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer, and it is not in any way "bad"; it's just, shall we say, amateurish. Still not a bad quaff.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy amber supporting a healthy thick head. Smell is sweet with the caramel malt with piney hops and citrusy fruit. Taste has the sweetness from the malt and a bitter "twang"if you will, from the hops and yeast. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A little off in the flavor profile with the twanginess, but still has that base for an IPA.

Photo of beerophilia
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish copper pour, light tan head with decent retention. Aromas of pineapple, mandarin orange, and light honey. Flavors of pineapple and grapefruit with bitterness just barely taking the lead over the malt, and then a little sweetness comes through. Mouthfeel is a bit think initially, but improves. Aftertaste of lightly bitter citrus rind. An IPA that's simple and easy-drinking, but has just enough flavor to keep my interest for a pint.

Photo of almostjay
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre. A bit disappointing given the nose. Not my favorite use of C-hops.

Photo of Bfarr
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, red amber with big tan frothy head with great retention and good lacing. Musty citrus aroma. Very smoky upfront with pepper and a dash of citrus. Balanced but fairly long hop linger. Caramel sweetness in the finish. Tacky, with a sharp bitter bite. Smooth feel with moderately low carbonation creating an almost creamy texture.

The beer gets cloudy at the end so it is either unfiltered or bottle conditioned but either way it didn't add anything. It has an interesting aroma although not entirely pleasant. Maybe this should be listed as a Cascadian ale. Or perhaps the name is appropriate and as an Evolutionary IPA this is a transitional, missing link between IPA and Cascadian Ales. Unique and well crafted, it's not something to drink all the time but if you like to try something different it's certainly worth a try. It has a little too much tackiness in the hops to make it more enjoyable.

Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for this stubby little can. So used to seeing a Surly can in my paw that this seems like it's made for kids. It isn't. I don't think. 12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Looks like an IPA, light orange with only a slight haze, but rich in carbonation. Nose is on the meadowy side, lots of grassiness & a strong floral piece. Faint citrus.

Evolutionary IPA doesn't cut it on the West Coast scene. Initial impression is there's not much initial impression. Lots of sweet malts up front, with a background bitterness that slowly builds for about six seconds after the swallow. Bit of grapefruit, maybe citrus, but the taste is more resinous than any specific hoppy-like taste. I do like that stickiness.

I can't imagine this beer is going to compete well with all the crazy good IPAs on the West Coast. Not bad by any means, this is actually a good beer, but it has Ron Jeremy-stiff competition on its hands. If a balanced IPA is your thing, go grab some.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light gold color with a small white head.

S: Citrus, some floral notes and hop bitterness

T: Pretty smooth up front with floral, caramel notes and some citrus popping up from time to time.

M: Finishes with a nice crisp bitterness, floral, light booze sting

D: Average. Slightly above average.

Photo of xnicknj
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to harrymel

Pours a clear burnt orange with some reddish hues, a thick beige head slowly fades into a layering of film. Plenty of patchy lacing around the glass.

Stiff scent of pine up front, plenty of biscuit malt with bready notes. Slightly touch of butter, a kiss of sweet caramel and faint citrus.

Bitter and hoppy right off the bat, sticky with pine resin. Orange peel with citrus tones. Burly malt backbone kicks in with a heavier layering of bread and biscuit. This takes on some characteristics of a hoppy red ale for a bit, with a substantial amount of caramel. Finishes dry and bitter.

Medium body, slightly mild carbonation, a little creamy, smooth, yet dry on the tongue, especially during the finish. A pretty solid IPA, definitely maltier than I usually prefer but a decent drinker.

Photo of awalk1227
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/15/2011 Thanks again Harry!

No date on can

Served into Portsmouth tulip

Pours a fairly murky orange with an impressive two finger white fluffy head. Seems to be hugging the glass a bit, nice! The heads on this brewery's beers has been pretty good so far.

The smell seems a bit muted. There's some sweet orange citrus in the nose, but nothing else despite the large head.

Flavor is actually pretty good. I've head about how the PNW IPAs are great for being a little less on the sweet side, and this is no different. It leaves a very pleasant lingering bitter finish. Not necessarily biting my palate, but making the IBUs known. The faint muted orange/grapefruit rind is here.

It's a little watery for me personally. I feel like a beer this murky would feel a little thicker in my mouth.

A solid offering from a brewery I'm growing to enjoy. Looking for other stuff from these guys! Freshly canned, I'd have sixers of this stuff laying around.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of the can and settled down to have a burnt orange color with a 2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also of hops, some light citrus notes, no real malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep musty rusty brown color with a big off-white head and chunky lacing. The aroma brings doughy grapefruit with a heavy yeast idea. Interesting and fairly likeable. The flavor brings an odd collection of tart sweet lemon and vanilla yeast and orange malt. Very interesting but not quite getting to my IPA needs. It grows on you but the hops are largely lost in a sugary yeast theme. This brew is medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation and feel. Unique and a memorable IPA but this probably won’t work for all IPA lovers.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Evolutionary IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.