Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.1/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
01-27-2013 21:06:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.5/5 rDev +2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):
Bubbly and bright pale golden color; sizable head is stacked on top. Citric zest, fresh-cut hay and a mild fruitiness make up the aroma. This beer wields extremely refreshing crispness; light body for a Pale Ale, but that does not show on the taste buds. Quick smack of light tartness to kick things off. Biscuity, doughy malt drops a thick dry layer of flavor to provide a good base for the hops to ping off of. Bitterness is at a perfectly balanced level; citric herbal flavor follows. There is a subtle astringency in the finish from the malt, but it doesn't amount to much.
Of the lighter Pale Ales, this one sits in the middle of the pack--and it's a big pack to be a part of. Light and refreshing may be two good selling points that may separate it from the rest. Good drinking.
11-12-2010 19:46:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
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
01-03-2013 02:02:26 | More by Billolick
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours deep orange/amber with a small white head. Some lacing is left on the sides of the glass, but it does not hang on very long.
S: There are some hops upfront and some sweet malt and bread on the back of the nose.
T: Slightly sweet caramel with a little bit of grapefruit and a slightly bitter finish.
M/D: A medium bodied beer with a nice crispness. Pretty easy drinking. Has a hoppy finish which I like.
06-08-2010 02:05:18 | More by mdaschaf
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
A rough pour brings up a two finger thick head of off-white that holds well and leaves lots of squiggly and spotty lace about the glass. The body is a deep-gold / amber, and it's just slightly hazy. I can see my fingers through the glass, but no fingerprints.
The aroma displays some resinous hops and citrusy/tropical fruits. I get grapefruit, and grapefruit skin, as well as a touch of papaya. There's some lightly bready malt there as well.
It's fairly crisp in the mouth with a standard carbonation level, and a medium body.
The flavor offers more malt than the nose suggests, but unfortunately no more hops. That's OK however, as it's pretty well balanced between the malt and hops that are there; and the hops do open up a bit, becoming more floral, and even a bit spicy. Interesting! It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry, but there's an unfortunate bit of raspy character to it. I'm not sure what it is, or where it's coming from but it might be the hops; or perhaps more likely a hot sparge temperature that's brought about some astringency from the malt. Other than that it's fairly drinkable.
02-07-2011 20:35:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +3.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazed looking gold, with a 1/2 finger of bright-white head. This retains with layer that leaves thick swathes of soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral hops and some light spicy and dankish notes, which sits on a much tangier mix of sweet breadiness and fruity citrus.
That tang carries over to the taste, with plenty of fruit and toasted pale malts giving this a big sweet feel on the palate. There's a definite hop bite here, with spice and bitter citrus offering some balance, but the overall profile definitely leans more towards the sweeter side fo things. Finishes dry with lingering spice and just a touch of residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickle to the carbonation up front, which then gets more slick and creamy towards the swallow and really helps carry those flavors well.
This was an OK Pale Ale, that probably could have used a little bit more balancing hops to help offset all of the fruit and malt that was present. The feel on this was good though and really went a long way in helping keep this drinkable.
05-17-2010 17:13:04 | More by Kegatron
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
Received this as an extra from slvrmon82, so thanks to him for the opportunity. Not sure when it was bottled. Enjoyed on 03/25/11.
A - Extremely cloudy light orange/amber color with a good one finger white head that leaves pretty good lacing. Pretty good looking beer.
S - Citrus hops and some sweet bready malts. The hops are really the star here, pretty good aroma, just lacking a little complexity.
T - Mostly citrusy hop bitterness and just a slight malt presence. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue. This is a decent pale ale. Nothing really special.
M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. More toward medium bodied with pretty nice carbonation.
O - Overall this is a slightly above average beer. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but I don't see myself ever revisiting this one.
03-26-2011 02:42:51 | More by Janderson91
3/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
07-03-2011 17:49:39 | More by nimrod979
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-31-2011 17:48:38 | More by PhillyStyle
3.1/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
07-03-2011 23:57:06 | More by PCampbell
4/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
08-24-2011 19:01:15 | More by akorsak
3.95/5 rDev +15.2%
Tap taste in a bottle? This bottle offering lived up to its on-tap reputation. Color was pale orange to amber in the glass with a nice head that laced the glass. Light to moderate body with ample carbonation. Subtle biscuity malt with fruity hops in the nose and very well balanced taste. Initial sip is fruity to bitter hops, and the flavor mellows to a slightly sweet malt that melts on your tongue with a buttery taste and a bitter finish. Mouthwatering, refreshing, very drinkable and somewhat unique. I really liked this. And it tasted fresh--almost "on tap" in the glass.
01-28-2010 03:02:58 | More by tugdriver7
Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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