Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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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 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 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 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 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 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)

Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (920 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 mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (585 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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a small, lasting, off-white cap. Malty aroma with distant floral hops and a note of citrus. Malty body with minimal bitterness. Decent, but not my thing. (175 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (450 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 rab53
2.69/5  rDev -22%
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. (281 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 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 THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (378 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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Bubbly and bright pale golden color; sizable head is stacked on top. Citric zest, fresh-cut hay and a mild fruitiness make up the aroma. This beer wields extremely refreshing crispness; light body for a Pale Ale, but that does not show on the taste buds. Quick smack of light tartness to kick things off. Biscuity, doughy malt drops a thick dry layer of flavor to provide a good base for the hops to ping off of. Bitterness is at a perfectly balanced level; citric herbal flavor follows. There is a subtle astringency in the finish from the malt, but it doesn't amount to much.

Of the lighter Pale Ales, this one sits in the middle of the pack--and it's a big pack to be a part of. Light and refreshing may be two good selling points that may separate it from the rest. Good drinking. (842 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,188 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 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 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 lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (420 characters)

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