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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
THE BROS
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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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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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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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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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betsona

Idaho

2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:46:44 | More by betsona
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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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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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mjw2808

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 23:42:54 | More by mjw2808
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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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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 14:55:47 | More by PicoPapa
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2009 15:06:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jhammel01

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 03:34:19 | More by jhammel01
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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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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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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:19:48 | More by ZimZamZoom
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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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Seanibus

California

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:17:34 | More by Seanibus
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mdfb79

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 21:36:27 | More by mdfb79
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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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JimmyK77

Delaware

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 19:10:53 | More by JimmyK77
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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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deereless

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:36:29 | More by deereless
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Janderson91

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:42:51 | More by Janderson91
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice golden color-quite a pretty beer. Muted aroma-some hops and sweet malt. Decent enough flavor-stronger hop bite then I would expect in just a pale ale. Some good residual malt flavor. Nice body for style. I personally could use a bit more but that does not detract from it. Decent enough effort, I tend to prefer their ESB-seems to kick it up just a notch for me. Still have not seen a bad beer from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 21:05:33 | More by lackenhauser
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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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therica

Maryland

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

A= golden with a nice head, rimming throughout consumption.

S= rather mild nose but very up-front piney hops bitters overpowering the scent, some grapefruit evident, sweet malts, slightly more carbonation than I would prefer in an APA. Somewhat reminds me of a Czech Pils with uber-hops. Oddly the emptied stein smelled only from grapefruit.

T= unbalanced, too much piney hops bite without a lot of depth. After it warms to nearly room temp I could find some sweet malts. Slight oily residue.

M= the piney uber-hops bite seems to tone down quickly on the tongue; some oily residues, mild sweet malts.

D= great if you're in the mood for piney uber-hops, otherwise too much belching carbonation and bite for more than 1-2.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:13:49 | More by therica
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