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Lot #3 IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

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180 Reviews

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 861
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 50
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 09-19-2009

65 IBU
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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 861
Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, piney, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall a tasty and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of rjd722
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll echo what others have said...while there is nothing about this beer that will blow you away it is extremely well rounded. On tap at the Old Town Pour House this IPA has a deep amber color with moderate head. Dry citra hops and piney overtones, not too woody and not too floral. Balanced is taste as well, aftertaste is pine with a nice malt backbone. Bitterness hits you up front but isn't overwhelming or lingering.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Cloudy amber with a thick, persistent off-white head. Significant carbonation. Resin and citrus predominate, but there is a malt sweetness (!) that finishes well. Refreshing mouthfeel. Not a standout IPA, but a nice, basic, very drinkable offering from Evolution.

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Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lot 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated April 2015.

A: Golden brown with two finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Floral and earthy hops with grapefruit and pine notes. Caramel, honey, and biscuit malts.

T: Fairly straight forward IPA with good is of hop bit and malt sweetness. Easy drinking especially after hot yard work.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Very crushable.

O: Nice basic IPA. Good flavors and balance. If I lived in the area, this would be a staple.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark orange with a thick white head.

smells like grapefruit, a nice hoppy aroma.

taste is subdued fruit at first but finishes with a big hop bite.

goes down smooth but has a somewhat thick finish. not bad but is somewhat thick for an IPA.

this is a damn solid IPA, especially because it's fresh. from the slits on the label of the bottle this beer was brewed in September of this year (making it within 3 weeks old). there is nothing bad about this beer but there is nothing superb about this beer. at my local store a 6 pack is (i think) $9.49 which isn't bad for a very fresh IPA.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque bronze-amber color with 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing present.

S - Overwhelming aroma of hops hit your nose right off the bat. After the initial hop and pine aromas hit you, hints of a sweet caramel malt take over. Hints of citrus or more primarily grapefruit can be noted as well.

T - Fairly straightforward flavored beer, not too much else I can note. Initially note flavors of pine and hops, proceeded by a mild malt finish. Leaves a piney finish to the mouth

M - Medium - light bodied beer with average carbonation. Very crisp and dry finish; enjoyable.

O - Great local brewery and a beer to live up to that. Very enjoyable IPA overall. Reasonably priced as well.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, but translucent amber with good head retention. Smells of grapefruit pith, pine, resin, blood orange, and maybe some berry esters. Tastes much the same with citrus/earthy/piney notes and a fairly pronounced, toasted malt backbone; moderate hop bitterness and a clean finish (not that syrupy-sweetness of the West-Coast), which I love. Overall, a great IPA. Nothing spectacular, but the toasted notes at the end make it the perfect woodsy/camping beer. 8.45/10

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Photo of HarryPotHead
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught in 16 oz glass. Not much lacing. Nice deep amber color with minimal head to top it off. Nose has a touch of pine, slightly floral, with a touch of citrus. Everything is very subdued though.... Unfortunately nothing really stands out. The most interesting thing about this beer is the unexpected malt backbone. This is a "good" beer....easily sessionable, but definitely not the cream of the crop. Gets a grade slightly above above "meh". LOL!

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Photo of hophugger
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with off-white head and runny lacing. Aroma is upfront with tons of citrus, especially tangerine, orange and some grapefruit. Taste is similar to aroma with great flavors of citrus, citrus peel and fresh squeezed juice. Mouthfeel is excellent with the right amount of hop bitterness and citrus flavors to balance quite well and make this a very drinkable and very very refreshing beer....

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange gold with off-white head. Lots of pine and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice resinous hop bite.

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Photo of JWU
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- a clear amber with some chill haze. Nice off white head, dissipates kinda quick, but nice lacing none the less.

S- Tangerines, with some grapefruit, some earthyness, and a hint of mint leaf.

T- Some tangerine and orange, a very slight grapefruit note. Leafy mint is there as well. A toasty malt is just barely present. Not overly bitter. The taste is nice, but the hops just don't pop like I want them too.

M- Lighter side of medium, quite active carbonation

O- Very good, but not quite great.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice fresh classic Am. IPA hop aroma. Good complexity with fruit, grass, a touch of oil (which grows as it warms), citrus and a bit of herb. A touch of malt in the background.
Nice full off-white head caps a darker amber towards orange and brown and largely clear.
Good smooth feel with the bitterness tamed enough to not overpower and create a bite, yet lingering long with a pleasing taste. Well mixed flavors for style and more blending than the distinct hops in the aroma. Firm malting with lower sweetness.
Fully carbonated yet really soft making a better than average feel overall.
I'm imagining summer with this drink, which must mean it is satisfying.
Bottle date of Oct. 2014.

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Photo of MattSharpless
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peach, grapefruit, and fresh pine in the nose. Tangerine, peach, and lingering pine on the tongue with a light mouthfeel. I could probably drink quite a few of these!

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out into the Duvel glass a lightly hazed, nice dark amber, almost copper, color with a 1/2” to 3/4" ivory white head and lots of lacing. The head recedes fairly soon leaving a thin island of foam and a nice ring around the glass that leaves patches of foam on the sides of the glass. There are speckles and legs of lacing when sipping.

The aroma is primarily pine and resin with some citrus and caramel malt providing the background.

While the malt backbone in this beer introduces the show it soon recedes to back up the resin, pine and citrus of the hops as they come out to play. While the malt backbone is always there, with its touch of sweetness, the hops and a bit of bitterness are the stars of the show.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a reasonable, light persistent carbonation that tickles the tongue. The finish is moderately long with some bitter herbal notes and a nice dry finish.

This is a nice, well-balanced IPA that is quite drinkable. Although the sweetness of the malt lasts for quite a while, the dry, lightly bitter ending leaves one ready for another sip and then another sip until the beer is gone (too soon it seems), leaving behind the temptation to open a second to follow the first. This beer has earned a place on my regular rotation list and I definitely recommend it when fresh.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Textbook IPA that is worth trying for any IPA fan.
Pours a copper body with two finger head that is wispy and leaves lace patches.
Aroma is citrusy and piney with minimal caramel malt sweetness.
Taste is same as a piney, dry citric hop profile asserts itself but can't dominate tastebuds as there is enough malty sweetness to add balance and body.
Finishes nice and dry and this is a sessionable IPA that can be had for cheap, although the ABV probably takes it out of the "sessionable" category.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle, dated 8/2014 by the notches. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/30/2014.

A- Darker amber-orange body with a one finger offwhite head that doesn't stick around for very long. Leaves a very thin film and even thinner collar. Not much lacing. [3.5]

S- Peaches, tropical fruit, some grapefruit and caramel. Even a bit of leafy hops. Pretty appetizing stuff. The peach aspect is actually quite nice. [4]

F- Tropical fruits- I'm thinking passion fruit in particular- with some citrus. Not as much of the peach I was getting in the nose; that may very well be the passion fruit mixing in with the pale malt sweetness. Either way, there is more grapefruit and a solid caramel, bread malt backbone that props the whole house of hops up. Very solidly brewed local IPA. [4.25]

M- Medium in body, not watery or insubstantial in any regard. Silky smooth with the right amount of stickiness and dryness that I enjoy in IPAs. Leafy green hops round the backend out. Very easy to drink and certainly enjoyable. [4]

O- For the most part I didn't appreciate Maryland's beer very much when I was in college, eschewing them for the likes of Dogfish Head, but this one brewery has made strides and I'm surprised I didn't have this one before. A delicious, very good quality local IPA. [4.25]

Final Score: 4.1375

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

This is an absolutely wonderful IPA. It pours a rich, and ivory in appearance, head. A very complex flavor that is rich in citrusy hops with a mild sweetness that provides an awesome balance. This has become one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Complex, sessionable, and super citrusy IPA. Lots of grapefruit flavor mixed with pine and pineapple. Could definitely do a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of MarkGamber
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Drank it from the bottle. It smelled alright but I thought it a tad weak on the nose. Then again, it may have been the high pollen day that was keeping me from smelling much. The taste, however, was quite strong and quite good. I got a lot of lemon and grapefruit out of it with some bitterness at the end but hardly anything over the top. Whether I get this or Lagunitas IPA at any given trip to the distributor depends on the price point.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The flesh is strong, but the mind is weak in this case. I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on Wednesday and I needed to fill out a sixer, plus they are doing a tasting today (Friday) so I decided to do some market research.

Nothing was holding me back, so I nearly inverted the bottle to begin the pour. This worked in terms of creating a pseudo-cascade, as well as three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention, but it also caused what I call "teardrops" - when the head threatens to overflow the glass, but does not, however, droplets run down the side like tears down cheeks. The lacing that began to appear was both amazing and sticky as all get out, meaning that it would take a power washer to remove. Nose was simple - pine and caramel. That should be a street intersection for us hopheads! "Hey, baby, I'll meet you on the corner of Pine & Caramel at 5 o'clock, dig?" Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creamy. The taste was not as intense as on the nose, but who cares? I was getting my hops fix, man. M'main man, Jimmy Ellroy, is getting ready to lay some of his sweet jazz, white or no, on us, and I suddenly needed a taste. There was a point, as a self-avowed hophead, that I couldn't get enuffa dem hops and I walked around with a howling monkey on my back. I slowly got right, but man, there are those times when I sink right back down into the hops morass, man, and this was one of them. The hops laid in with a cool breezy mintiness and I fell back, letting the bottle gently fall from my fingers. I inhaled deeply, letting the pine scent permeate my sinus cavity. Finish was semi-dry as the caramel malt decided to wake up and assert itself. Man, I was on a rocket to the moon! Jazz was roaring out of the hi-fi and I felt like I could reach out and touch every note. Baby, who needs sex when you got hops, right? Maybe that's why #TheOldLady doesn't totally dig my scene. She grooves on honey and while she's my Honey, she likes an application of the stinger every once in a while. Whoa, it just struck me like a bolt of lightning! If this is #3, who/what/why/how is # 6?!? I am # 10. You don't dig? Listen, man, I got a circus going on in my Brain Housing Group 24/7 and sometimes my reviews reflect my unreality. It's crazy, I know, but there is a subset of humanity who reads this and immediately latches on, Daddy-O. Hey, man, be cool. Be real cool, as cool as the beer in my glass and as cool as the mentholated flavor of # 3. Ask for it wherever and whenever better beers are sold. Check you in the alley, ' cause that's where I score.

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Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Either bottled on or best by May 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a; nearly clear amber with an inch tall whote head which receded slowly to dense surface foam and lacing.

s: Orange.

t; Citrusy bitter hops up front over a medium bready malt base. Bitterness hangs on the sides of the tongue. Bitterish to tart finish.

m: Medium with great body and smooth oiliness. Very nice.

o: An exceptional IPA, a fine junior partner of their double, No. 6.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Greene Turtle in La Plata, MD.

Golden body, mostly clear with a quarter inch of white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, biscuit malt. Hop forward with a honey sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Medium in body and easy drinking. Bready malt body in support of the hop character. A touch of pine and a hint of oranges. Overall, solid, especially in a place that primarily serves macro crappy lagers.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piney, with a little touch of peach and citrus zest. Slick caramel malts follow. Crisp and refreshing up front, with enough body to support the stiff hop profile. A little hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Nice representation of an American IPA, albeit of the East Coast style, but nothing too outside the box or groundbreaking here. A little sweeter than the "west coast" IPAs we've grown accustomed to.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured hazed deep orange amber with sunshine hues of yellow gold. A fat head of faom that stuck to the glass. Nose is tangerine and it's lightness. Ripe with a bit of pith and a grapefruit backnote. A bit of bread. At first the malt seems to offer something sweet but once on the palate is it like light toasty bread. It's got a bit of tobacco scent like pipe tobacco and a bit of herbal. On the palate this is firm malt but light drinking. A bit of bread that is toasty not heavy though. A touch of sweetness, light soft caramel and then this lovely bright tangerine. A bit of minty herbal and some tobacco leaf. Floral and citric. Juicy and earthy, some grass. This beer finishes with a bit of bitter and a lasting bit of all over hop earthiness int he finish. The grain comes out more as it warms and it has a nice feeling to the mouthfeel.

Another great brew from Evolution.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Had this about a week or so ago—reviewing from some notes I jotted into my phone.

A: Pours a pristine copper hue with a light haze from the hops. Massive, bubbly and frothy head almost defies the laws of gravity as it towered almost out of the glass! The sides of the glass are absolutely shrouded in sticky lacing. Head eventually deflated to about a finger-width and retained wonderfully.

S: Mostly a hop assault. Tons of grapefruit citrus. Slight hints of pine underneath adding some rustic notes.

T: Lots of grapefruit upfront on the tongue followed by some very flowery hop flavors and a pinch of piney/grassy bitterness that borders on pungent, but doesn't quite cross those boundaries. Bitterness mellows out a bit in the aftertaste thanks to a reserved malt presence.

M: A smidge above medium in the body with a slick, creamy texture and controlled carbonation keeps this from feeling too chewy. Lightly sticky on the palate in the finish, allowing the flavors to linger.

O: A lot of words circulating in my noggin as I type this conclusion—delicious, complex, wonderful... Evolution have a dead-ringer here for a top-of-the-line IPA. While not as blatantly incredible as some of the bigger names, this holds its own with relative ease.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.