Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-10-2010 11:27:54 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
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
01-13-2012 01:17:09 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +19.3%
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
09-09-2011 01:27:14 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
02-07-2011 20:35:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-17-2010 17:13:04 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
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
09-23-2010 18:30:10 | More by Slatetank
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-12-2011 21:42:41 | More by jlindros
3.25/5 rDev -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.
09-17-2010 21:36:27 | More by mdfb79
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-10-2009 12:28:28 | More by Gavage
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
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
01-03-2013 02:02:26 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +17%
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.
08-24-2011 19:01:15 | More by akorsak
3.83/5 rDev +12%
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.
09-05-2013 18:59:54 | More by smakawhat
2.68/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
10-02-2011 03:25:23 | More by rab53
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-08-2010 02:05:18 | More by mdaschaf
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-13-2011 01:24:41 | More by THECPJ
Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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