Lot #3 IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 49
Gots: 182 | 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 RandomExile
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: orange/amber, slightly translucent, light head, minimal lacing
S: sharp hops, citrus, clean
T: bitter, grapefruit, pine, a bit sweet
M: light body, smooth but with a strong bite
O: A solid IPA (not my favorite style), a bit simple to my palate, but well-balanced (265 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a very hazy brownish copper, very hazy, moderate carbonation, creamy/bubbly foam that leaves a lingering lacing, but doesn't quite dissipate.

S: hops are sweet and tangy, mild, mellow yet very pleasing.

T: begins very piney, notably more so than what the smell would suggest, malts are medium bodied but subdued, strength of the alcohol presents itself and brings out the bitterness of the hops, both of which linger in a mild finish.

O: good IPA, hops are complex but not overly strong, same with the abv, (518 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a nonic pint glass.

A: A clear lighter copper color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass ring lacing.

S: Citrus hop smells seem to take center stage and they mix with some pine and slight earthy tones. Some biscuit malt is detected.

T: This is a nice hoppy beer. The citrus hops seem to dance in and out of the darker piney hops, it almost seems as one second I get the citrus, then I get the danker pine and slight earthy flavors. Interesting. There is a nice full malt presence with bread and biscuit notes, but it never takes over the hop flavors, it just supports them. Finish turns bitter but with some lingering sweetness the eventually dries towards the very end. Lasting finish from the dryness. Very well balanced beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some slight sweetness and a nice finish bitterness and dryness. Not much alcohol detected.

O: This is a nice east coast IPA that leans more towards the west coast style, but still stays nicely balanced. Great beer for the style.

This was my first Evolution beer. I've heard they are hit or miss with their beers, but this one was a hit. Very good beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall stemmed flute (standard Ommegang glassware); bottled sometime in August, according to a notch in the paper on the far right side of the label.

Appearance (3.5): Three generous fingers of light tan, off-white foam composed of fine bubbles comes off of the pour, capping a dark golden, kind of bronze-colored body that’s nearly perfectly clear. As the head dissipates, it leaves craters around the edge, leaving a couple of wide arcs of thick lacing around the surface of the glass but not much else going down. It shows good retention, though, with a thick little smudge of foam on the surface ten of fifteen minutes after the pour. Still, for this style, lacing is key.

Smell (4.5): There’s a lovely mix of tropical fruit (pineapple and red grapefruit, a little papaya) mixed with some lighter dank, weedy tones and a little bit of pine needles. More of that skunky resin as it sits in the glass a bit . . . there’s some bready malt with a very light caramel tone and some light brown sugar, but not overly sweet—mostly bready. Some more tangy pineapple aroma comes around as it warms . . . really nice.

Taste (4.25): The flavor delivers what the nose promised: a nice mix of weedy resin, tangy pineapple flesh, pine needles, and just lots of resin and tangy citrus flesh—some grapefruit peel bitterness adding some more edge to all of that hop body. There’s some malt, again following the nose with a breadiness decorated with light brown sugar and some toffee (a little more toasted and tangy than caramel), and some mild nuttiness. But it blends well with that really tangy, bitter hop character—solidly bitter, but not aggressive, really. Overall it’s nearly as good as the nose, but it’s missing some of the sunny fruit tones that made the aroma so nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body is maybe medium weight, give or take a phantom dram or however the hell you want to measure the “weight” of the beer, with a moderate oiliness and a dry finish, thanks to those hops. Yummo. The carbonation is where it’s at, though: a mild but very well-distributed tingle all around the stadium that is my palate. Or whatever. It dissolves into a soft foam that goes down easy.

Overall (4.25): Overall this is a great beer. I love it on tap and it’s great in the bottle, too. It’s not as brilliant as Lot 6 on tap (which so far hasn’t been even close to as good in the bottle as on tap, but that’s for another review). But Evolution apparently knows their way around hops, and isn’t afraid to make a beer that has character beyond just that. Way to go, fellas. (2,641 characters)

Photo of tgreenwood4
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid IPA with a subtle citrus finish. It has what call balance: each of the component flavors works evenly with the rest. Compares well to the other top flight IPA's. It comes from a town on the Delmar peninsula, not far from Milton, DE, the home of Dogfish Head. Perhaps it was because Dogfish Head set the bar pretty high that the folks at Evolution had to set their sights even higher. They certainly have not failed. I bought a six pack just to try it. My vacation house mates went out and bought another today. (523 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mostly clear copper in color. Forms a rather large, slightly orange tinted head. Good stability. Moderate lacing.

S: Hop forward. Pleasant aroma is a blend of citrus and pine. Orange, grapefruit, pine.

T: Taste is similar. Hop forward, but with an appreciable malt backbone. Pale malt, caramel malt, orange, pine and a bit of grapefruit. Mildly sweet. Earthy on the backend.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild-to-moderate bitterness.

O: A pretty good IPA. Certainly better than I was expecting it to be. A nice hoppy East Coast IPA. (556 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly translucent copper amber. Dense head with nice lacing.
Smells as it should--Strong pine, grapefruit, apricot, and fresh earth.
It tastes round and full with resin, citrus and other orange fruits. Rounded nicely by caramel and malt. The overall flavor is a little too sharply acidic--a more stout malt backbone to hold it up would have helped, as would a heavier spice note. But very nice.
Smooth in. Proper carbonation. Bready and oily feel on the tongue. Lean and just a bit short.
In general, this is what I want when I ask for an IPA. More earthiness and heft to match the dark color would be great, but this is good stuff. (641 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Co worker picked this up for me while on vacation, Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits Annapolis MD
$10.99 a six pack.
Bottle dated Jan 2013

Poured a sunset amber with healthy white head. Lasting retention and heavy lacing. The nose favored the malts with grainy biscuit and orange caramel . The hops were present too, with grapefruit and a bit of pine. The flavors were similar, at first picking up on the sweet malts and then here come the bitter hops. Both seeking victory, fighting for the attention of my palate. Back and forth, for 12 rounds. It was a close one. The malts won by a split decision.

I'm looking forward to the rematch. (634 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rock solid retention which sees the head becoming richer and creamier as this one settles about... Ultimately, there is a rich creamy full lacing and thick collar that is amongst the top I've seen in the American IPA style... The color is a crisp medium bronze... This brew is largely still with only a stray sluggish carbonation bubble here and there...

S - The nose leads with a stellar mix of citrusy and tropical fruit hops... Grape fruit... Sweet oranges... Pineapple... A light whiff of mango... There is also a slightly milder earthy and piney hop presence that wonderful compliments the tropical fruit and citrus... All of this hoppy goodness sits atop a solid malty foundation... There is loads of biscuit and freshly baked bread... There is also a light caramel sweetness lurking beneath the surface which only serves to further round out this aroma...

T - The hops are primary player, but never over power... They take on a much more pronounced piney character on the palate as much of the tropical fruit and citrus is missing in action... The hops are solid and consistent throughout and never linger or fade... They are compliment by the strong malt base... Loads of graham cracker and crust along with a mild caramel sweetness serve as a terrific compliment to the hoppiness...

M - Starts a bit juicy and finishes a bit dry... Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation which is a touch to fizzy for my liking... Mostly clean and crisp throughout...

D - The appearance and aroma of this American IPA are top notch and approach world class status... The remaining components are all solidly above average but are a bit of a let down by comparison... A very nice brew that anyone with access to shouldn't hesitate to experience and form their own judgements... (1,778 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, grapefruit, pine, slight herbal

T-toasted bread, grapefruit, pine, hint of sweetness, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-nice IPA with a good balance of flavors (283 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark orange full of vibrant effervesce. Peanut shell toned head is average in heigth and retention. Lacing is spotty with spongy dabs on the vessel.

S: Fresh hops, piney-orange-citrus of moderate awarenss. Okay but a little played out and hardly the attention getter in a tough field.

T: Malty flavor, orange citrus, nice depth upon the first taking. Piney-citrus hops are bitter, flowery with a big malting of toasted bread that is warming. Spicy pine bite on the back end with just the slightest of malt sweetness upfront that is soon swallowed by a flowery citrus bitterness. A touch more complexity adn a solid 4.0 rating may be in order.

M: Vibrant carbonation, a big malt lush helping, sharp and tingly, bready and full. Sharp bitterness after the swallow.

O: An ordinary nose turns to a malt forward experience for flavor. Good level of bitterness, strong carbonation factor that is bitter, but not exactly sharply defining. Good malt support, good drinkability and good ibus to boot. (1,001 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First from Evolution!!

Pours out a nice deep orange with about 2 fingers of a nice, white fluffy head.

The aroma has a decent amount of pine followed by some grapefruit, citrus and some caramel malt and bready malt notes too.

The taste is also very pine forward with a nice amount of grapefruit and some light citrus notes. On the backend there is some sweet caramel notes with some slight bready malt. Not overly complex.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp.

This is not the most mindblowing or complex IPA I have ever had, but it has a lot of nice hop notes and some decent bitterness. It's a solid example of the IPA style and should be tried at least once. Very refreshing. (693 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at Specific Gravity, Salisbury

a: served in a standard shaker pint, this ipa is a caramel amber in color, capped with a thick, frothy layer of carbonation that retains a full layer and leaves heavy lace on the glass

s: juicy, bright hops smell of grapefruit, passionfruit, and mango; supported by a solid caramel malt backbone, malt sweetness and juicy fruit flavors in the middle, with a big bitterness taking up the finish

m: carbonated to somewhere on the lower end of moderate - smooth but with enough air to carry the flavors, body moderate with some sweet weight

t: passion fruit is the dominant hop flavor on the palate, with a full body of sweet caramel malts constructing a nice balance, big flavors all around, finishing long with a strong bitterness

o: a high-quality ipa that hits on all the right notes, this one tends towards the sweeter side with more caramel than some - which I tend to dig (917 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottled February 2013. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is primarily pine, along with earthy & resinous hops, hint of citrus rind, some apricot, decent caramel and bready malt backbone. OK aroma. Good strength.

Flavor is pine, resinous & earthy hops, apricot, touch of citrus, decent bit of caramel and a grainy malt presence, mild to moderate sweetness, strong bitterness, moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Glad to have a chance to try it, but there are better ones out there. (676 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice orange/amber cast with only a touch of haze. Two-fingered foamy/creamy head that left an abundance of lacing on the sides of the glass (Standard pint).

S - Nice carmel, malt and orange notes with maybe a bit of apricot or peach. For as hoppy as this is, I only detected a trace of pine.

T - I have Evolution brews flying way under my radar, even being a MD native, but this is a damn fine IPA. Clean malty sweetness that quickly yields to a fresh hoppy flavor whose bitterness lingers on the a good long while. I was pleasantly surprised by 'ole Number 3--it has everything I seek in an IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Only a bit sticky, very clean and refreshing.

O - Overall I only have good things to say about this IPA. Great flavor, excellent hop profile, clean fresh taste--I will definitely add it to my rotation of "go-to" IPA's. (846 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with March 2013 etched out on the side of the glass. Hoping this beer is still fresh.

A-A very small minimal white head. Leaves nice lacing on the outside of the glass. An orange/amber color for the body. A little hazy but other than that the clarity is good. I like when a beer is not fully filtered.

S-Enjoy the smell alot. Grapefruit citrus notes. Defiantly some spicy/pine notes with orange rind thrown in. Has a nice caramel malt presence as well. Hops dominant the nose. Very enjoyable.

T-Just like the smell the taste is great. In the beginning and middle of the palate you get more of that spicey/piney notes in there. Than to finish you get this bittering citrus taste which leaves a great after taste. The caramel malts in there help to bring the hop profile down but this beer is defiantly all about the hops. Highly drinkable!

M-Nice carbonation throughout the mouth and the tongue. Medium bodied. Just what you expect in the style.

O-Overall a very drinkable IPA. Defiantly stands out to me as a great IPA. (1,036 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transparent amber colored body. Big, frothy off-white head that lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Piney hops, soapy lemon aromas, hint of toasted malt.

T- Really big of piney hops, with the toasted malt sneaking in towards the middle to balance it out. Some citrus flavors right before the toasted malt takes over in the finish.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, coats the palate and lingers around.

O- Good IPA, one of the most pine-forward I have had, but works well. Malty balance makes it really drinkable. (533 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours looking nicely. Nose was a very strong pine at first which toned down soon thereafter, but still retained some punch. Flavor is heavy on pine resin. Quite thick. Enough to make it fairly sweet. Feel is good. This is an IPA lover's dream. A nice east coast produced IPA that's bringing muscle. (298 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow... this is one damned good IPA! Not only is its hazy, almost murky, golden body with frothy white head amply attractive, the pleasant aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, and honeysuckle tease the senses before placing lips to glass. Upon first taste, the tongue is coated with big ruby red grapefruit flavors, quickly followed with a strong, malty backbone. After a few discriminating slurps, nuances of other flavors peek through: spruce, pine nut, orange rind, and some florals, maybe honeysuckle or agave flower... this tastes like a complex concerto, a Rite of Spring that'd make even Stravinsky proud. (608 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought home some bottles from a D.C. area trip. Date on the bottle is a little hard to make out, but I think it's best by March 2013.

Pours with a big, white, bubbly head with lots of lacing that lasts through out. Color is a hazy orange copper. Extremely attractive IPA. Smell is citrus hops.

The taste is very good. Primarily citrus hops, with a moderate biscuit-y malt complement. The finish is especially nice, with a great earthy bitterness in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is sticky, with carbonation on the low side.

Very well done IPA overall. Would undoubtedly be a regular for me if I lived in the area. (623 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Beautiful amber color with a medium white head that mostly disappears quickly except for the outer ring. Nice bubbly lacing follows the beer down the glass, it has a smooth texture and mouthfeel.
Very pleasant aromatics with the hops and citrusy tones, the smells very much match the flavor. It is a nice IPA to drink, smooth with little hoppy aftertaste. Paired very well with pizza and salad.

Recommend highly if you can find it. (472 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to oline73 for the bottle

Pours orange/copper with a small off white head. A little retention and splotchy lacing down the glass.

Just like the aroma, a wonderfully balanced beer. Starts off with some bright citrus notes again heavy grapefruit and perhaps even a bit of mango/papaya. A touch of caramel sweetness helps to balance, but the hops are well balanced themselves. Finishes with some more grapefruit along with a nice subtle pine with a touch of floral component.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes pretty dry and bitter which is my preference.

Fantastic under the radar IPA. Well hopped, but still subtle, the hops play perfectly off one another creating one of the more balanced IPA's I've had recently. (736 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vaguely cloudy copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite color with the excellent texturing i expect from a good IPA. Lacing is patchy but somewhat consistent.

S: I'm really liking the variety of hops this provides. Not only does it feature both pink grapefruit and mango from citrusy hops, there's also a spicy pepper note from piny hops. Malts are generally neutral.

T: Much like the aroma, this IPA hits a nice middle ground between citrus and pine flavors. An initial hint of vague malt sweetness is washed away by a midtaste of melon rind and grapefruit, before finishing with spicy pine notes. This might be one of the most complex IPAs I've ever had before, successfully pulling out a melange of various hop flavors (alongside light maltiness) at differing points in the flavor progression. The fact it manages to fuse this subtle complexity with high drinkability is just gravy.

M: The texture is never too heavy or too light on the palate. It is, however, a hair too sharp, especially near the finish. Carbonation is just right.

O: This really needs more love. The IPA I think this is closest to in terms of its flavor profile is FW Union Jack - and that's mighty high praise. Maybe I'm a homer and I just like it because it's both inexpensive and one of the few craft offerings so readily available in my area...nah, this is just an excellent IPA. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber with a nice looking pure white head.

The smell is delightful, fresh citrus hops, the usual grapefruit, lemon and oranges. This smells really fresh.

The taste is similar to the smell, the citrus flavours really stand out with a tiny bit a malt flavour. The hop flavours are really strong without being all that bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a superb west coast style hoppy IPA. Definately recommended. (480 characters)

Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.