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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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60 Reviews

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 222
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 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 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 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.

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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 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.

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Photo of mjw2808
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

small white head that leaves some lacing. The color is a light kind of watery amber. The nose is of grain, hops, and malt. Taste is very similar, a lot of grainy bread tastes with hops and slight malt sweetness in the finish. Way too grainy for a pale ale in my opinion, which causes this beer to not have a lot fo drinkability. Ive had much better from Evo.

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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 jhammel01
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold, sudsy head that does not retain. keeps plenty of great lacing on the beer and keeps a nice layer on the top of the beer.

No scent at all. A tiny bit of hops and bread. That is it...Beer has warmed as well and still nothing.

Taste is much better than the scent. Heavy hop bite, pine, grapefruits. Very nice. Finishes with a great satisfying bread finish.

Thin mouthfeel thats almost watery. Good carbonation though!

It's flavors do not resintate as long as you'd like but a very solid drinker. I did like this one, though my review may seem negative. I will definitely try more from these local guys!

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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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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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Growler at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear orange with a small head. Flavor of sweet malt and some raisins. Flavor is sweet initially with a bready finish and some raisins. Palate is harsh and grainy. Ok, but I'm not really a fan though.

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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 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 ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A mildly hazy orange gold colored ale with a crazy thick white head. Densely bubbled and sticky with lacing, this head is a 4.0 by itself.

A pleasant floral and somewhat perfumey hop aroma, nothing overpowering but it does dominate the aroma with nothing in the malty department to speak of.

Hops do dominate the taste as well, with a floral and citrus character. Some nice spice characteristics as well, with just a nice little bitter bite in the end.

This beer is way over-carbonated. Each sip foams up in my mouth and upon swalowing makes me feel bloated and uncomfortable for a few seconds...kind of like Diet Pepsi does. Not too good in the mouthfeel or drinkability department thanks to this.

Too bad because this had potential for a <5% abv pale ale.

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Photo of number1bum
3.18/5  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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was good but not memorable. Kudos, however, to Phillips down at Baltimore's Inner Harbor for featuring it on the menu rather than the usual beer suspects you'd find at a place like this.

Pours clear with big fluffy head. Aroma slight and malty. Flavor is tepid, grainy. Slightly sour, with a lemonlike bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin, but highly carbonated. A good sessionable beer.

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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 mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with two inches of fluffy white head and light carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, light citrus and fruit malts. Not too strong.

t - Tastes of bready malts, bitter pine hops, light citrus, and biscuit.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very drinkable pale ale, but didn't have too much going on in the smell or taste. The taste had a little bit of bitter hops to it, but the nose was almost nonexistent. Probably would not seek out again.

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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 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.

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Photo of JimmyK77
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale straw color with a light, airy head. Barely malty flavor and light mouthfeel. Little hop flavor or aroma. Well made beer for what it is, but they call this an American pale. I thought the hops were too subdued to truly be a pale. This reminds me more of a light hybrid beer. Good beer for drinking by the growler on a hot day.

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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 deereless
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A solid finger thickness of frothy foam, wet straw to light gold in color, lots of visible carbonation in the beer itself, decent staying power for the head - 3.50, S: Quite grainy with a wet dough like aroma, slight citrus and somewhat herbal nose, hint of butteryness - 3.50, M: Evident hop bite, dry and grainy, pine needles and grapefruit pith, very faint sugar cookie sweetness - 3.50, M: Medium to light bodied - 3.25, D: A solid APA, not one that rocked my world but I would drink it again - 3.00

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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.

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Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.