Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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79
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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | 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 Muse
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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! (544 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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 (605 characters)

Photo of Pinto21
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear wet straw with ok head that fades to lacing fairly quick.
Smells of fresh sweet malt and piney hops. Not too impressive
Taste is a lot more impressive. An apparent pine hop that leads to medium pale malt sweetness that balance it out. Very nice. The bitterness isn't too much but good for APA

Mouth and drink are good for APA. Gonna drink a few of these tonight (381 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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. (180 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great light copper color with a thin foam on the top which goes quickly.

S: Smell is of Hop hop hop and thats a good thing there is a mild grain aroma in there somewhere as well.

T: Instantly citrus hops rush the tastebuds and grainy notes wash the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Would very much drink this again very refreshing after a day at work on a hot day. (386 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color with a slight haze to it. 1-finger head, with only the faintest of retention. Very light vertical lace.

Nose is light herbal hops with even lighter pine. Stronger malt presence with hints of biscuit and toast.

Big creamy hit with a light floral hop finish. Slightly green. Lots of bread and biscuit here.

Big malt body. Slightly thick and just every so slightly syrupy.

Overall, I'd get this again. (422 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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 (669 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (181 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE -poured chilled from the 12oz into a DFH ale glass.

A - The color is more golden than amber really with a thick rocky cream cap. The clarity is good -only mildly hazed and bead is avg sized w/ good lace stickage

S - the smell has a nice amount of hop aroma mostly citrus but slight grapefruit accent and mild doughy matl backs the slight floral scent

M- The feel is bitter, but not over the top, moderately high carbonation and medium to low sweetness and astringency. The beer feels dry and a slight bit thin for the style to me

T - The taste has a nice flavor of citrus, American hops and mild grassy tinges are present in the flavor w/ a light citrus rind and lemony tinge in the taste. The malt flavor is very subtle which seems out of place for the style to me, finishes clean and bitter which is refreshing

D -As I mentioned the feel is light so it has a nice refreshing element, I just wish it had more in the way of malt, not necessarily sweetness, just body. The hops make this beer what it is - a tasty APA that follows in the footsteps of the originals (1,124 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a decent pint. Crystal clear, light amber colour. Unfortunately a more complex aroma than taste profile, but the highlight is the lingering finish. Very enjoyable. Further proof that flavour is possible without huge ABV.

This bottle has as a clean, straight hop profile and is definitely a sessionable ale, although missing the complexity of many in the segment. Would like to track down a draught tap, as that might provide greater balance or nuances. (464 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up some evolution while down the delaware shore...

Poured from the bottle a bright golden straw with creamy white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass well.

Smell is of feint hops and bready malt.

Taste is a quick hit of mild citrusy hops followed by deeper taste of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, with the flavors hitting the top of the tongue well and bit of lingering on the sides.

Quite drinkable, very well balanced with flavors, not an entirely unique beer but well done. (514 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle on 1/4/11 into my New Belgium glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with an inch of white foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing

S - Some citrus, lemon rind, hay, sort of pilsnerish

T - slightly astringent taste leads to some citrus and biscuit. There is a strange finish, again, the astringentness and lemon rind

M - light and crisp carbonation and mouthfeel

D - light enough to drink alot of, but there is something off on the flavor that would prevent me from coming back for more. But I wouldn't turn it down if handed one. (566 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's yesterday

Clear orange/amber with a thin white head, poor retention and no real lacing. The nose is decent, plenty of hop character with citrus and a little pine and a touch of sweetness. The flavors are OK too, with a citrus orange and a touch of grapefruit bitterness and flavor. I get a chalky character that I've come to associate with some C-hops (Cascade and Chinook). Mild caramel sweetness is present and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Medium-light in body, this is quite drinkable, and I will probably give it another go (551 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,135 characters)

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