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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

203 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by nimrod979:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Janderson91
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from THECPJ. Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a hazy gold with a lovely 2-finger fluffy white head. Retention is nice, leaves soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Subdued notes of sweet caramel malt and earthy, floral hops.
T - Crisp and clean flavors of sweet toasted malt and earthy hops.
M - Medium-thin body with crisp carbonation.
D - Great drinkability, easily sessionable.

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

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.

Photo of betsona
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to larryi86 for this 12oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange. Moderate pour produced a two finger white head. Head dissipates throughout drink into a thin covering of lace. No lacing on the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S- Some citrus hops, caramel malt, but nothing all that strong. Is a mild smelling beer without much note.

T- Pretty astringent. Some caramel malt at the front followed by a bitterness that doesn't come from any hop. Some musty flavor comes through at the end that sort of taste like hay.

M- Medium body that has the correct amount of carbonation for an APA. No off flavors linger, which is surprising considering the off flavors that are present during the drink.

D- I really like most Evolution beers, so I was really disappointed that I didn't like this one. The off flavors make this a hard beer to drink, but I am going to give it another try all the same.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with very little head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a bit of citrus. Some breadiness as well. Pretty weak smelling overall. Flavors of lemon, bread, and a tiny taste of hops. Somewhat thin. A little bitter. Basically this is an alright Pale Ale but nothing great and not really worthy of a second look.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark golden color with a white head. The nose combines pine, floral, and citrus hops quite nicely. The taste furthers that, with a nice bitterness level and some citrus hops standing out. Good body and nice bitter balance. Drinks well--I'm looking forward to trying their other hoppy beers as well.

Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Evolution Brew thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a lighter almost 1 finger fizzy head that fades at a medium pace, over mostly clear honey yellow orange colored beer, touch of lacing.

Nose is light and different, a weird bready like malt aroma and little toasty, some light grassy like hops that don't really have a definitive character, touch of a straw like aroma.

Taste starts lighter, some light toasty malts, bit of straw again, a very light yeasty characteristic, some light grassy and touch spicy hops, little herbal, bit of a musty taste and bready characteristic. Finishes semi bitter with a bit of the herbal and different hop flavors, gets more and more bitter late on the finish but doesn't get too crazy bitter, mostly dry.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, not great either, some interesting and different flavors, light hops, a stronger bitter finish, just different.

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.

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.

Photo of Spider889
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdaschaf for this bottle.

Crystal clear pale straw color. White head is fairly small and short-lived.

Smells pretty unspectacular to me. Very green, very vegetal with slight herbal/skunky aspects. Actually it really reminds me of DFH Shelter Pale. Given the two breweries' proximity, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

The taste isn't bad, but it is about as average as you can get in possibly the most vastly perpetuated style in the United States. Doughy and bland overall, with mild pine bitterness on the finish.

Light and crisp, it's going down easy enough. Not something I have any desire to drink again.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a big 2" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: soft orange citrus and some hints of bitterness are mild overall.

Taste: caramel, hints of orange and grapefruits, and softer than expected bitterness makes up a mellow pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability: this one goes down fairly easy but the flavor profile needs a bit of a kick.

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Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.