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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

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173 Ratings

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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 mikereaser


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:02:05 | More by mikereaser
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 22:47:38 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of chodinheaven


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:27:31 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:46:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Thorpe429


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 11:27:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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
Photo of Slatetank


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 18:30:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.25/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 21:36:27 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Pinto21


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:18:59 | More by Pinto21
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:02:54 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of mdaschaf


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 02:05:18 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of mjw2808


2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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
Photo of Kegatron


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 17:13:04 | More by Kegatron
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of deereless


3.35/5  rDev -2%
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
Photo of Seanibus


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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
Photo of tugdriver7


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap taste in a bottle? This bottle offering lived up to its on-tap reputation. Color was pale orange to amber in the glass with a nice head that laced the glass. Light to moderate body with ample carbonation. Subtle biscuity malt with fruity hops in the nose and very well balanced taste. Initial sip is fruity to bitter hops, and the flavor mellows to a slightly sweet malt that melts on your tongue with a buttery taste and a bitter finish. Mouthwatering, refreshing, very drinkable and somewhat unique. I really liked this. And it tasted fresh--almost "on tap" in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:02:58 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of JimmyK77


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Photo of DefenCorps


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 13:35:02 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 12:28:28 | More by Gavage
Photo of lackenhauser


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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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