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Lot #3 IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

178 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 849
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 50
Gots: 192 | 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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Photo of rjd722
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (473 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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! (462 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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.... (428 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of MattSharpless
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (166 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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. (496 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%

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 (1,309 characters)

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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. (233 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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. (150 characters)

Photo of MarkGamber
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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. (440 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (2,666 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When looking to the hallmark flavor of any brewery, the palate gravitates to the taste of hops and how they play out in the American IPA. Even though the taste of IPA its alluring and have often become banal, we constantly order another- hoping something stands out. But with Evolution Brewing's Lot No. 3, nothing stands out but that's because everything important stands out!

Its bright honey-amber pour brings about a modest haze that diffuses its rich golden highlights. A tall and frothy column of foam ensues with the creamy color of ivory and that texture of lather. A quite random slathering of lace is inconsistent but intricate where dedicated.

Its scent is less pungent than many of the newer-wave IPA, but the moderate tones is esquitely balanced with all things hops- grapefruit, orange peels, pine, freshly mulled grasses, herbs and spice. Its malt structure rounds out the hops-giving them a "juicy", "ripe", and "vibrant" character even thought the caramel and honey tones seem to come via fruit than of grain.- played to perfection!

Its early crusted, caramelized, and nutty malt sweetness falls dormant quite early in on the palate as the taste of hops set in and dominate the session from the middle onward- pink grapefruit, orange peels, mild pineapple and apricot offer up a glimpse of tropical fruit taste just before a fade to resinous pine, fresh-cut grass and a smooth and dry finish ensues. A trail of citrus and crust provides a rewarding refreshment to the palate.

The beer's body is creamy-dry and medium-weighted as the firm carbonation dissolves into the beer's residual sweetness. But the sweetness quickly fades and the ale races toward dryness, herb, and vegetative finish.

The beer's exquisite balance is creamy but dry, hoppy but smooth. bitter but soft- calling all of the fans of citrus juice and playfully creamy warmth. (1,864 characters)

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

Had on draft at Greene Turtle Annapolis in a pint glass on 2/21/14

A-This beer poured an orange-caramel color with a small foamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing.

S-The aroma was sweetish and tangy with notes of citrus, pine, resin and hint of caramel.

T-The flavor was bitter and dry with moderate citrus, pine and a hint of caramel.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.

O-Overall a solid IPA. I would buy a six pack of them. (462 characters)

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.