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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

186 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | 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:
28 IBU

(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-11-2009)
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Photo of nimrod979
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

nimrod979, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

beer2day, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

nukem5, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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

THECPJ, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Spider889
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

Spider889, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

jlindros, May 12, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

number1bum, May 05, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Janderson91, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

PicoPapa, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of betsona
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

betsona, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to thecpj and Noob bif round 3 for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a dogfish hea shaped pint a translucent orange with a thin, short lasting, white head leaving little to no lace.

nice aroma of grassy hops and a bit of citrus.

nice enough subtle hops, candied caramel, and a wee bit of lemon.

medium to highly carbonated, subtle bitter, thin to medium bodied.

drinkable - sure.

robwestcott, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jsanford, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle on 1/4/11 into my New Belgium glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with an inch of white foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing

S - Some citrus, lemon rind, hay, sort of pilsnerish

T - slightly astringent taste leads to some citrus and biscuit. There is a strange finish, again, the astringentness and lemon rind

M - light and crisp carbonation and mouthfeel

D - light enough to drink alot of, but there is something off on the flavor that would prevent me from coming back for more. But I wouldn't turn it down if handed one.

mikereaser, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a decent pint. Crystal clear, light amber colour. Unfortunately a more complex aroma than taste profile, but the highlight is the lingering finish. Very enjoyable. Further proof that flavour is possible without huge ABV.

This bottle has as a clean, straight hop profile and is definitely a sessionable ale, although missing the complexity of many in the segment. Would like to track down a draught tap, as that might provide greater balance or nuances.

hopsolutely, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of chodinheaven
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Big fluffy white head, straw pretty clear

S: Smnells plain like a pilsner

T: More than I expected, lots of carbonation that actually complements the flavor. Tastes like a crappy american lager with body and some character. Nutty? Not perfect, but better than the usual pilsner

M: High carbonation levels that complement the style and flavor. Crisp mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability, almost too much carbonation. Could down a few of these for sure though. Crisp and refreshing again.

chodinheaven, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

jhammel01, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  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

Slatetank, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  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.

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Pinto21
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear wet straw with ok head that fades to lacing fairly quick.
Smells of fresh sweet malt and piney hops. Not too impressive
Taste is a lot more impressive. An apparent pine hop that leads to medium pale malt sweetness that balance it out. Very nice. The bitterness isn't too much but good for APA

Mouth and drink are good for APA. Gonna drink a few of these tonight

Pinto21, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up some evolution while down the delaware shore...

Poured from the bottle a bright golden straw with creamy white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass well.

Smell is of feint hops and bready malt.

Taste is a quick hit of mild citrusy hops followed by deeper taste of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, with the flavors hitting the top of the tongue well and bit of lingering on the sides.

Quite drinkable, very well balanced with flavors, not an entirely unique beer but well done.

mvanaskie13, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

mdaschaf, Jun 08, 2010
Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.