Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 219
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 25.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-11-2009

28 IBU
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Photo of leroybrown10
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with good clarity. Small whitish head disappears quickly. Some small amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma is rather unpleasant. Vegetal. Stale. Some honey and floral hops. Mild caramel and toasted coconut.

Taste is very flat. Caramel and toffee. Grass, honey, and earth.

Medium body with low carbonation. Flat on the tongue and the flavors don't last.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on cask.

How i wish I could try this beer with standard carbonation. Unfortunately, I am left feeling like the beer I drank was probably lacking for reasons that are not entirely due to faults in the beer. Tasted like it would probably be pretty good if the hoppy notes were brighter and the beer were more fully carbonated. Hidden hop aromas that hinted at citrus, with a one-dimensional taste of bread.

All-in-all, what I had was too smooth, too flat, and too dull tasting. Some hops might be hiding in there, but what i had had all the appeal of room temperature coffee.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me start by saying I really like Evo in general. And this rating is probably skewed slightly considering lot 3 is one of my go to beers. Just ended up being a mediocre pale ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a small, lasting, off-white cap. Malty aroma with distant floral hops and a note of citrus. Malty body with minimal bitterness. Decent, but not my thing.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +16.3%

One of the more refreshing pale ales I have had in a while. Citrus hops balance a bready/doughy base beer perfectly. A great beer that I will have again when I return to the area.

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: bright golden orange very attractive, initially, with thick foamy head which reduced quickly almost no lacing.
S: hop dominate, flowery aroma almost sweet.
T: sweet thin caramel with smooth hop flavor.
M: light kind of thin but still pleasant and round with dry hoppy finish.
O: this is a sold beer with an interesting flower hop aroma.

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Photo of Lukewarring
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No head, little scent, thicker dark golden color. Very smooth, homemade style carbonation that tingles the tongue as it goes down. Light, sweet (not fruity) flavor, almost like sugar/honey. Medium-light body, surprisingly light for its appearance. Very easy to drink. Could easily drink a whole six pack.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic pale amber with a hint of orange color to it. Head makes a soapy and good retention size three fingers with lots of swiss cheese bubbles. Some decent lacing while drinking.!

Nose is quite nice. Toasty malts and brown sugar. Some nice floral and grass like hop which is subtle on the nose.

Soft malted body with a light texture but good depth on first sip. Toasty angle continues with a light hop spice herbal floral presenece it seems. Slightly chewy body to match also.

Overall pretty solid basic pale ale with a good floral touch that is nice.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale amber body with a huge, fluffy off-white head that hangs around. Body has a slight haze to it, but is mostly transparent.

S- Big biscuity malt aroma, slight notes of citrus and pine, smells like a balanced pale of a hoppy bitter.

T- Similar to the aroma, but a little light on flavor. The biscuity malt backbone takes over without much help from the hops. Slightly bitter finish, but almost a soapy flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O- An okay pale ale, that could use some more flavor. Would like to try a really fresh one to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle (it has punchouts for month and year, but none were punched) into pint glass. Pale gold with a slight haziness. Thin eggshell-white head. Taste is actually malty up front, with subdued piney resin - very little if any citrus and essentially no hops bite. Moderate mouthfeel. Not particularly crisp.
It might technically qualify as an APA, but it's not really characteristic of the style.
Evo makes some good beers, but this is not one of their better efforts.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color that's surprisingly attractive given its lack of clarity. The head is a typical one finger white shade. Not much retention, but good residual lacing.

S: Slight caramel sweetness, biscuits, toffee, sweet citrus, and faint hints of pine. The aromatic qualities are a bit mild (especially hop-wise) for me, but are nonetheless enjoyable and even mildly complex.

T: In general, it's a bit low on flavor. The initial flavors are classically biscuity, before finishing with faint grapefruit peel. Hop bitterness washes out nicely after a couple sips. On the other hand, I feel like the hop profile could be more distinct. I notice a distant aftertaste of slight diacetyl and nuts, also. Not bad.

M: The strong carbonation works well with the combination of a sweet, malty finish and resiny texture. I could use a drier aftertaste here, but this drinks fine either way.

O: It's a decent offering to have with a sandwich at lunch. Worth a shot, but there are a lot of other pale ales I'd much rather have. A bit too safe and inoffensive for my tastes, but it's better if you go in expecting an English-style pale ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Best by March 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked up by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Pours lighter amber, with a light haze, moderate off white head, that leaves a slight film, thin collar and ample, but not too exciting smaller blobs of fine lace.

S: Pine and resin hop hops

T: Easy drinking and quite enjoyable pale ale. Moderate but still biting pine hops abound. Malts in the back end round things and smooth things

M: Carbonation just about right for the style. Cleans the palate and make you want to try more.

O: Nice sessionable pale. Tasty and fresh tasting. Another worthy beer from evolution

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with desent size head.
Aroma is very citrusy with malts having a lighter smell. Good though.
Taste is semi assertive with a balanced malt and hop attack. I can taste mint in there along with the citrus notes.
Flows pretty good over the tongue with a bready grainy finish.
Good but rather plain.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - wheat beer appearance with small head.

Smell - malty, bready

Taste - light and well balanced. A nice refreshing and easy to drink Pale Ale. Some mineral flavor to the water but still decent.

Mouthfeel - fine for a 5% beer.

Overall - a sessionable and easy to drink pale ale. Not too hoppy and adequate. Adequate is probably the best description for this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-infused amber color; the fluffy white head leaves a bit of lace here and there

Smell: Biscuity malt provides a backdrop for a bit of lemongrass

Taste: Light and biscuity, up front, with a growing sense of lemongrass arriving by mid-palate; clean and refreshing, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing over the top here; just a nice and refreshing APA

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, pale yellow with a thin head and some lace. It's aroma is of lemons and dough, rather plain. The flavor is lemony with a hint of vanilla and sweet malt with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is tingly but thin. Evolution Primal Pale Ale is a deecent beer, dry and crisp. A good match for Potato Encrusted Haddock. Recommended.

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Photo of Muse
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the crisp, refreshing pale ale.This one stacks up well.

My first exposure was in a restaurant/bar in Ocean City MD - the only pale on tap. I remember being surprised, and years later remembered the label when I came across the bottle. I remain impressed!

This sits high on my list of drinkable American pales, alongside the likes of Troegs, Dogfish Shelter, and my newest fav, Wyld.

Primal is a bit more earthy on the finish - almost peppery. Very bold for a fairly low alcohol (5%) ale, but clean from start to finish. Tasty!

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Photo of rab53
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Silent upon uncapping bottle. Not a single bubble of carbonation (contract brewed at Lost Abbey?). Smells strongly of bread/dough/biscuits, like a warm mash tun. Taste is bready with no discernible hop presence. May have been a decent APA with proper carbonation and some hop bite.

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Photo of HosP
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz into pint glass.

A- Nice dark orange in color. Thin off white head. Some haze to the glass.

S- Slight hop aroma, maybe grapefruit. Malty aroma right there at the middle and end. Some bready notes to it.

T- Like the nose, subtle hop flavors at the beginning. A little citrus hop flavor. Malts come in pretty fast. Bready, doughy flavors. Towards the end bitterness comes out.

M- Lighter/medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry.

D- Decent APA. Malts come in a little to strong to fast. Still a solid drink. If it is there, I'll drink another.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber pour with loads of carbonation coming up to the surface to form a nice little head of white that was about an inch or so high. nice lacing coming down the sides of the glass as well. aroma is nice and tight, clean piney hop notes give way to grapefruit, light lemon grass and a decent touch of simple malts. crisp, clean, and completely drinkable flavor has me from the first sip. really easy to put down and i could see myself easily drinking 4 or five. nice sharp bite of hops on the front which mellows into a very well balanced and lightly sweet buttery flavor, but keeps it all very, very light

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap while visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

The beer appeared a nice, bright, clear light golden color with a nice 2-finger white head that was retained well and left some nice lacing. The aroma was pretty well balanced...a nice sweet malted barley and citrus hops. Very well done. The taste was good and very refreshing. Again, like the nose, well balanced, but I tasted floral hops. The beer had a light feel to it, it was easy to drink and ended with a nice soft bitter aftertaste. Overall, this was a solid beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap. Pours deep Golden hue with a white head, some lacing and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is of citrus fruit and some biscuit malt. Light, slightly crisp body. Sweet biscuit malt and light earthy hops on the palate. Short, light finish. One might think it is macro. Not much taste but it’s pleasant brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Assets. I can't wait until Saturday and a visit to Evo...

A: The pale ale is a light golden color, a bright yellow color. Two fingers of white head were generated in the pour and laced nicely around the mouth of the glass.

S: Biscuity grains and citrus hops. The two competing aromas are well-suited to each other, neither one getting an advantage.

T: Ahh, a fresh pale ale. The hops zing out of the glass, citrusy and firm. They are paired with light cereals and grains, toasted just a bit. Low alcohol, or seemingly low alcohol, provides a boost. The floral hops, even though the ale is well-balanced, stand out.

M: The mouthfeel is toasted and grainy with a nice streak of hoppiness running through it. The floral citrus hops steal the day with their soft bitterness.

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Photo of PCampbell
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a light gold with a "1 finger" layer of white foam that evaporates quickly into a very thin coating.

A very clean smelling pale ale with a light amount of hops and malt. Gives a taste of grainy malt and citrusy hops. Has a thin to medium mouthfeel that contains a mid amount of carbonation.

A nice pale ale, very broad and general, not very distinctive.

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Photo of nimrod979
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Medium hazy amber. with a small white head that doesn’t last long. Sweet citrus and piney hops in the aroma. The taste has more malt than hops in it though. Earthy, dry and refreshing. It’s rather mild and watery though. Good example of the style. It’s not overly hopped for a pale ale though I still think it’s a bit too watery for me.

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Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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