Evolutionary IPA - Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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 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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (1,437 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (518 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 HuskyinPDX
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.27/5  rDev -35%
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! (591 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (959 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 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 xnicknj
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (855 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 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 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 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 Bfarr
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of CascadeConan
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (414 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 barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (505 characters)

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Evolutionary IPA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.