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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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78
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%


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:
28 IBU

(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-11-2009)
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Michaelcbyrnes

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:17:06 | More by Michaelcbyrnes
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Lukewarring

Maryland

2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:19:34 | More by Lukewarring
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 18:59:54 | More by smakawhat
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:16:19 | More by stephenjmoore
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:06:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:02:26 | More by Billolick
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 10:42:11 | More by micromaniac129
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:13:59 | More by bubseymour
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:17:09 | More by brentk56
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:34:29 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Muse

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:14:04 | More by Muse
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rab53

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 03:25:23 | More by rab53
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HosP

Indiana

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:19:44 | More by HosP
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:27:14 | More by mikesgroove
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 17:48:38 | More by PhillyStyle
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 23:13:58 | More by mikeg67
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:01:15 | More by akorsak
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PCampbell

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:57:06 | More by PCampbell
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nimrod979

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 17:49:39 | More by nimrod979
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:50:30 | More by beer2day
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:20:02 | More by nukem5
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Had on tap at the Water on the Bay.

appearance: golden copper orange with a 1 finger white head.

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts,

taste: grapefruit, floral notes, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: nice refreshing beer to enjoy the sunset over the bay. Evolution is one of the up and coming breweries.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 01:24:41 | More by THECPJ
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Spider889

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 06:59:33 | More by Spider889
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 21:42:41 | More by jlindros
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first of four Evolution brews courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a clear, light copper color with one finger of beige head. Keeps a pretty full, thin lace and coats the glass pretty nicely with a ring of stick.

Smell is malt forward with a biscuity, bready, slightly toasty, caramel malt base. Hops are herbal and earthy, with a touch of resiny pine. This smells more like an English pale than an APA.

Taste is also very malty with only modest hop flavor at best. It's a very bready flavor, a slightly toasted breadiness, with a light caramel sweetness. Hops are mostly herbal, with some very subtle citrusy flavor, a zesty sort of lemon I'll call it, with an earthiness as well. Hop bitterness is low, and frankly hop flavor is also low. I'm not asking for IPA hoppiness here, but give me something more.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body with above average carbonation. It's an almost spritzy feel, not terribly smooth nor creamy.

This is a very mediocre pale ale that leans toward the malty end of the spectrum. Just not enough hop character to be very interesting. I have to imagine this is better on tap when it's super fresh. In the bottle it's very average and not something I'd likely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:10:32 | More by number1bum
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Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.