Evolutionary IPA - Two Beers Brewing Co.
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2.7/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
11-10-2011 17:50:44 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
05-28-2012 02:56:32 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
08-05-2012 20:19:16 | More by Mora2000
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-09-2011 15:28:13 | More by woodychandler
3.43/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-04-2010 03:18:29 | More by barleywinefiend
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-07-2013 05:04:01 | More by superspak
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
11-08-2011 18:43:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
12-24-2009 06:54:33 | More by beertunes
2.85/5 rDev -19%
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.
10-18-2011 05:22:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
07-26-2011 01:47:30 | More by xnicknj
2.59/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
03-30-2013 06:01:00 | More by ccrida
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
03-01-2012 04:58:47 | More by LiquidAmber
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
09-29-2011 23:26:55 | More by flagmantho
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-17-2011 15:04:07 | More by tone77
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-14-2012 17:37:17 | More by Durge
4/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
07-25-2011 00:42:41 | More by ArrogantB
3.45/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-10-2012 02:45:29 | More by maximum12
3.08/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
02-28-2010 05:16:10 | More by RedDiamond
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-08-2011 00:47:37 | More by harrymel
Evolutionary IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.