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Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

194 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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 BeerThursdays
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rab53
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of HosP
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap while visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

The beer appeared a nice, bright, clear light golden color with a nice 2-finger white head that was retained well and left some nice lacing. The aroma was pretty well balanced...a nice sweet malted barley and citrus hops. Very well done. The taste was good and very refreshing. Again, like the nose, well balanced, but I tasted floral hops. The beer had a light feel to it, it was easy to drink and ended with a nice soft bitter aftertaste. Overall, this was a solid beer.

Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of PCampbell
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.