Lot #3 IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

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828 Ratings

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 48
Gots: 174 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 828 | Reviews: 196
Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled OCT 2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber body with a thick white soapy head.

Smell: Fresh pine, caramel, and tropical fruits. I smell coconut.

Taste: Piney bitterness. Not as tropical fruit flavored as I remember. A full flavored IPA that gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light but with a nice bitter aftertaste. Juicy and resinous.

Overall: I've had this on tap at the brewery and it is a completely different animal. The bright orange fruit flavor is missing in the bottled version. A slight disappointment, but good nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Derkalerker
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well rounded and always good

Photo of hophugger
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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....

Photo of Zaktcc
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of 50marathons
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable IPA. I love the grapefruit flavor and excellent balance. Very nice.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

Clear dark amber hue, not a peep from the head so the head stays a head and does not crackle to lacing until several sips are taken. Smells of grapefruit, tangerines, pipe tobacco and peppermint from the hops ... hint of toasted bread in the back. Super smooth with an oily hop slickness on the tongue. Perhaps not a huge bitterness, it does have a sting to it, the flavor is quite vast with floral, citric, minty and leafy flavors. Hint of grapefruit rind? The maltiness at least puts its foot in the door with a well rounded toasted bread flavor. Alcohol is noticeable with fruity esters and warmth but not hot at all.

Delicious comes to mind, a bit of a slow sipper as there is a lot going on here ... a well put together ale.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Best by Mar 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked up by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Hazed medium amber, loose medium khaki head, that leaves ample scattered bits of lace.

S: Grapefruit dominates.

T: Hoppy brew, more grapefruit. Smooth and tasty IPA.

M: Pleasant on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is medium and the carbonation is on point for the style.

O: Highly enjoyable AIPA. Another well crafted beer from Evolution. This is my first time trying the Evolution beers and so far, I'm impressed

Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from Stateline at the recommendation of fellow BA BeerThursdays, who I fully trust to point me in the right direction.
Pours a clear amber color with a full finger of bright white head. Minimal lacing and the head dissipates rapidly.
Spicy hops up front in the aroma with a hint of citrus.
Flavor is nice. A very safe IPA, but solid. Not pushing any boundaries, which makes this one heck of a session beer for the style. Spicy hops still dominate the flavor profile, but more of a floral (pine) quality lingers in the aftertaste. Biscuit malt rounds out the hops, but definitely leaning towards the hops as it should.
Clean finish and the mouthfeel is fantastic. 6.8% abv is just where it should be.
Thanks to Evolution for dating their bottles, I'll be sure to grab this one when I find myself in MD and look forward to a visit to the brewery real soon. A great first impression.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

Photo of Ngcba415
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tried this IPA while visiting Ocean City Maryland. Great beer! I was disappointed when my search for it back home came up empty.

Photo of richkrull
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker copper orange color with quite a bit of off-white head. Great lacing as well.

Smell is a mellow consistent hoppy aroma. A hint of spice comes through as well.

Taste is malty throught with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. This is a nice drinking beer. Pretty refreshing.

Overall a good quality IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would drink again.

Photo of lnashsig
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to mdaschaf for the chance to try this IPA. I had not heard of Evolution before, and am thrilled to try this beer.

Poured into my dfh snifter, color is transparent dark amber with a nice cloudy fluffy head that fills to the top of the glass and then slowly receeds- great head retention. Smell- I don't even need to put my nose over the glass to get a whiff of the piney, grapefruit flavors pouring out of the bottle- at further inspection, I get a butter smell in addition to the pine and grapefruit. Awesome aroma here.

Taste- big butterscotch malt flavor, nice pine/grapefruit finish. Lots of complexity going on here. Nice bitter hops finish. Mdaschaf made the claim that this was better than DFH 60, and he is right. This is a kick ass East Coast IPA- very well made Ale.

Mouthfeel- creamy, smooth, nice carbonation prescence.

Drinkability- As with all great beers acquired in trade, I have to sadly reflect for a moment that I won't be able to drink this again easily, and I would make this one a daily drinker. It's an amazing IPA, and I am glad for the chance to taste it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a a DFH tulip glass

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color, nice head with really nice lacing going down the glass.

S: Has a really nice nose, very strong citrus/pine hoppy characteristic, also some grapefruit

T: The hops are dominant on the front and has a real bitter flavor, which I like in an IPA. It is well carbonated with some nice bubbles on the tongue. The hop/bitter flavor lasts after you are done with each sip.

M/D: This is not the most balanced IPA, but they do a great job and I really like it. I found it to be very drinkable and went through almost the entire growler at a BBQ over memorial day weekend with a friend of mine.

I will probably get the IPA on my next growler fill and look forward to them bottling this beer.

Photo of bensbeers
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review on Beer Advocate. Been using the site as a resource for about a year now, and thought I would put in what I got out of it, so to speak.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - great appearance. It pours a warm, copper color with about a 1/2 inch head. A good hazy beer. Lacing - not much, but I found that the slimmest layer of suds remained atop the beer throughout drinking.

S - like others have said, not a very aromatic beer. Definitely smell the hops and pine, with undertones of citrus and yeast/bread.

T - Hops. Lots of hops. Notes of orange peel in the aftertaste. Otherwise, not too complex. Along the lines of other American IPAs.

M - First thing I noticed was the tingly feeling on my tongue. Light carbonation, but on the heavier side as far as body goes.

O - Definitely worth trying. An above-average beer that any hop-head will enjoy. As all IPAs do (at least for me), it begs you to have at least 1 more...

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

It's an IPA, nothing special.

Photo of mempath
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a virtually perfect ale for it's style and uniqueness. if anything, i IPAs were beginning to taste too 'similar' and i have to return to special hopped up other styles (nugget nectar still ranks among the best). my brother had mentioned Lot 3 and to get it when/if i saw it. Total Wine in northern DE had it so i nabbed a couple bottles.

beautiful apricot color with an almost reddish/rose tint...nice head dissipates fairly fast but laces in a nice way, especially as it is drunk. nose does remind me of why i love all forms of the IPA...sour citrus/menthol herbal fusion is perfectly balanced. deep and present but subdued. taste is a complete winner with a really interesting dry herbal note that fades mysteriously. mouthfeel is light creamy, not thick at all nor thin. overall, simply excellent, highly recommended...would loved to see variations of this...or maybe their own amber ale version...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution's Lot #3 IPA pours a clear deep gold body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head retention could be better, but it maintains a solid surface covering which is more than can be said of a lot of other beers. Wide, oddly shaped 'islands' and 'peninsulas' of lace are left behind but eventually erode and disappear.

In the aroma, bright, citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple), resinous, floral, earthy and mildly herbal hops leap out of the glass at you. Quite nice! What a welcoming aroma.

The hops carry through in the flavor, but they're not quite as juicy as the nose suggests. The resinous, earthy, leafy, and herbal notes become more apparent. The biscuity malt acts as a solid, wide base for the hops to appear, lending just a dollop of sweetness to liven them. It's balanced by a dense bitterness, and it finishes quite drying. It lingers for quite some time, but the flavors are softened and it gently ebbs into simple residual bitterness. Nicely balanced!

It starts big with a burst of hops, softens a bit and introduces the malt, and then delivers a dry bitter finish, leaving it quite nicely rounded and drinkable. Absolutely worth trying!

Photo of Rootdog316
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evolution Lot #3 poured almost a gold, maybe even copper like color. The nose was medium, not as a hoppy as most IPA's you may be used to. Upon the first taste it is pretty hoppy, but it fades relatively quickly. Definitely a lighter crisper IPA then I am usually used to. I'd recommend this to someone who is first getting into IPA's if they aren't big on hops that last for a long amount of time.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with two fingers of head that has very good retention. Not much for lacing though. Good hop aroma of citrus and pine. Not much else going on. This is a one dimensional beer. There is hop flavor but it is not very complex and that is all there is. This beer is begging for some malt sweetness. Bitterness is getting to the high levels but is not overly harsh or blistering. Not going to wreck a palate. The body is a little thin as well. Nicely carbonated though. Has some good hop flavor and there is nothing wrong with the craftmenship, but not really to my tastes.

Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Janderson91
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jhughes23 for sending this one as an extra. Not sure of the bottling date, can't see any notches on the side of the label. Enjoyed on 06/30/11.

A - Pours crystal clear with a one finger white head. Orange, amber, light brown color. Leaves pretty good lacing. Good looking one here.

S - Smell is pretty hoppy but there is a lot of malt presence as well. Citrusy, grapefruity hops are dominant at first but as it warms a good nutty maltiness shows itself. Some alcohol is also there.

T - Very sweet up front. Nutty malts and some candy sugar. Then comes a nice grapefruit, mango, citrus bitterness through the middle. Finishes nice and balanced with just a hint of bitterness lingering on. Tastes VERY similar to DFH 60 Minute, which is a good thing.

M - Mouthfeel is good and medium with nice prickly carbonation in the back.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this one. Above average IPA for sure.

Photo of weiserr
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Introduced to this beer in PA, and was pleasantly surprised. Floral hops; light malt backbone; smooth finish. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of nimrod979
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft @ The Broad Axe. Never heard of it before so I decided to give it a shot. Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a medium white head. Nose is pretty heavy on the piney hops. Some Citrus hops and sweet pale malt also show up. The flavor is more citrusy and sweet than the aroma lets on. I was thinking it was going to have more of that spicy hop bite to it. Nonetheless, good hop character and good flavor but the finish is a little weak and watery. The flavor seems to fade quickly. Medium body and slick mouthfeel really makes this beer quite sessionable and easy to drink. I really liked it. I want to try more from this brewery. Could definitely throw a few of these back without being overwhelmed by the flavor.

Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to bconsidine for scoring me this 6pk!

A- Pours a golden orange color. One finger white head shows great retention overall. Nice streaks and web style lacing on the sides of the glass. Overall a great looking IPA.

S- Big grapefruit and citrus style hops in the front of this beer. Actually, I'm amazed at the more west coast approach to this beer. Caramel bready malts in the middle of the aroma get masked by a light bitter piney hop.

T- Nice light bitter hop bite on the front end blends well with a citrus and grapefruit hop overtone. The middle of the beer shows the caramel malt backbone which tends to give off bready hints as well. The ending of this beer is a light clean alcohol taste and crisp bitter hop bite.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light malt backing left on the palate. Aftertaste is clean alcohol and bittery hops galore. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were every well balanced and no off flavors at all.

D- I very much enjoyed this IPA and to be honest it is a hidden gem. Well hopefully for not too long. The ABV is in a nice range where it doesn't become the beer itself. A nice take on west IPA from a east coast brewery.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.