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Lot #3 IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

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183 Reviews

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 881
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 50
Gots: 209 | 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: 183 | Hads: 881
Photo of ALBuff
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ZachKelly
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with just under half a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around pretty well through the glass.

Smell: There is an herbal hop characteristic with a strong malt presence. The malt reminds me a little bit of a rye beer with some spice. More malt here than I would expect for the style.

Taste: More hops here than in the nose, but there is still a strong malt component. I stand by saying that this reminds me a bit of a rye IPA. Lots of bready malt behind some herbal, citrus peel hops. The finish is bitter. The malt has a strong presence, but the beer isn't sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of smooth, fluffy carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: While this is a bit more malt forward than I would expect for an IPA, I enjoyed it. Easy to drink, I'd have more in the future.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lot 3 IPA is an amazing IPA. A wonderful aroma and a strong, complex flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 1 cm head that lasts quite well. 4

S: Strong floral aroma with some grassiness as well. Lovely and extremely strong hoppy aroma. 5

T: Malty with strong grassy hops. Also... weed. It's not especially bitter. There is a nice sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar. Some tobacco too. This is a very complex flavour. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of KajII
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium copper orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that did have great retention, finally reducing to a large cap with some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt, pine and citrus hops and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit) and caramel.

The taste was bitter sweet and mildly malty with hints of caramel and citrus from the start, with the finish having a nice hoppy pine ending. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a mild bitterness that faded slowly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall an IPA that had a nice malty feel to it, which did a great job of compensating for the bold and healthy hoppiness...


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Photo of Kisejohn
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aroma:  Pleasant citrus and pine aroma, with a touch of malt sweetness.  Aroma fades fairly quickly.

Appearance:  Nice copper color, with slight chill haze.  Two fingers of head, with very nice lacing.

Flavor:  Flavor follows the aroma.  Citrus and pine hop flavors predominate.  Hop flavor to start.  Some sweetness over the tongue, then lingering bitterness in the finish.  All the flavors one would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel:   Medium bodied beer with appropriate carbonation.  

Overall:  This is an excellent IPA.  Not as aromatic as west coast IPAs, but very enjoyable.  Recommended for any hop head.  You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A complicated and boozy beer that I'd recommend any APA lover trial. This particular bottle has aged longer than it should have, so my aroma judgement may need to be re-evaluated after purchasing more.

Pours a beautiful red/orange amber with decent head and lacing. As it almost glows, it's very pleasing to look at. Aroma of this bottle is more malt forward than I remember, so to be taken with a grain of salt. Flavour start with a malty backbone before entering a wide range of hop elements; including almost the entire citrus family plus ripe melon, black pepper and pine.

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

A-dark golden with a thin white head

S-very hoppy and grapefruity with lots of tropical fruit smells. Smells good.

T-comes in with a taste of hoppy fruit punch.  Everytime I take a drink, I get a different fruity flavor. It's good. Only slightly bitter.

M-medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish 

O-This was an okay ipa, maybe not as good as its big brother lot 6. It's actually a pretty slow drinker too. Good initial flavors though 

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Photo of slim2043
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a nice copper color w a lot of head that has some lingering trails

S- cant pinpoint the aroma but it's strong... A little piney a little citrusy and some floral notes

T- a nice hoppy front w a little malt in the middle then a final flush of bitter hops leaving the tongue dry

M- the beer is very carbonated so it bubbles on the tongue quite a bit but the flush feels so nice

O- a great IPA IMO. It's brings mostly everything to the table. My 5th time drinking this beer is my first review of it.

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Photo of bensbeers
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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...

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Photo of cavedave
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Evan for this wonderful beer as his end of a hockey bet. Live review.

Had a few of these so far, and the look of this baby is stunning. It's a light amber color, cloudy with fine yeast, and with a mountain of whipped cream atop that leaves some wallpaper of lace behind.

Not a high potency aroma truth told, but some sweet caramel and pith and light pine are in there for sure. Even lighter hint of the yeast, which adds to it nicely. No hint of dry hop. Worst feature.

A bright and med./strong flavor. It comes on all sweet and light, picks up some sweet citrus, but then the darker side shows. The sweet gets more caramely, and the pithy side of citrus and some herbal and pine mix to end this with a lingering dry.

Nicely viscous and not over carbed though it looks it. Fine finish. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

A brisk and delicious IPA that has that "yessir may I have another one" taste to it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped pint glass. Best by date says August 2012.

A - Pours copper orange with a half finger head that remains as a thin film of carbonation for a while. Good lacing.

S - Floral hops, biscuit malt, brown sugar, and tangerine sweetness.

T - Sweet and juicy citrus are in perfect harmony with bitter hops. A little bit spicy with a caramel presence. Very good stuff.

M - Undercarbonated with a medium body.

O - This was recommended to me by the guy working at the beer store as a great Delaware beer. I really enjoyed it and will probably get it regularly. Good and cheap.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, consistent, solid aroma coming off this beer. It's about halfway between floral and tropical with a noticeably rich syrupy maltiness backbone. Quite nice.

A tad hazy on the pour, but I think its actually chill haze. Lacing is strong coming from the barely off-white persistent head. Color is a nice honey-orange with bright highlights.

Forget the floral, the flavor is all fresh squeezed grapefruit. It's not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is very strong and very delicious. The malt holds up to the bitterness extremely well making this quite balanced.

A bit sticky on the palate, the body is near full with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer to have on-hand.

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Photo of rudzud
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with an absolutely rocky FOUR finger sudsy head that left clumpy side lacing. Under this was a nice slightly hazy golden orange hue IPA with a fair amount of effervescence.

S - Oh wow. Being assaulted by light pine and lots of orange/grapefruit peel. Light on the tropical fruit as well.

T - Taste doesn't nearly live up to the nose. A somewhat harsh bitter finish the citrus peel is there as is some light malt sweetness. Its all somewhat hard to pick up on though as this is so overly carbonated for an IPA that the sharpness really muddles up the taste.

M - Yeah, I thought there was something up when I poured this and that much head appeared. Carbonation is WAY over the top, like soda carbonated style. Really hurts the taste aspect but it does mask the ABV nicely.

O - Overall this beer smells great, and would probably taste good if not for the massive overcarbonation. Unsure if its just a bad bottle but that mouthfeel was very disappointing. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The ale is slightly hazy light amber, an off-white head that leaves good lacing and some curtains.

Very fruity smell, tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, orange and lime.

Starting with sweet syrup bread, mango and pine-apple juice, orange marmalade.

Medium low carbonation, watery but a slightly sticky, a medium body, a dry finish.

In all a good and very fruity IPA.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in apint glass.

A-dark golden copper color with a 1+ finger head, loads of clingy lacing.

S-pine and citrus just like an IPA should.

T-a citrus hop bite from start to finish with a gentle roasty malt backround. Very tasty.

M-Cool and full. good body and carbonation. No burn.

O-A rock solid IPA that looks, tastes, and smells great.

I was lucky to find and choose this beer on a recent trip to the Ocean City, MD area. I drank it three seperate times at three different pubs and it was blue ribbon each time.

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Photo of Vaison
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should have reviewed this beer a long time ago. A real gem of an IPA in my local area and a go-to beer for me in the warmer months. It has a cloudy light-amber appearance and smells of grapefruit/orange citrus. It is very smooth up front and has the bitter (but not overdone like many of the most popular hop-bombs) hop bite on the back end. The alcohol is a perfect blend and sits on the tongue and throat for a few seconds each sip. I could drink this one all afternoon...slowly, of course.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald standard pint...

A: A slightly cloudy, dark copper color. About a finger of crisp, eggshell white head that quickly settles down to a half finger. Good head retention on this one. Lacing is very good down the sides of the glass.

S: Very tropical. All kinds of orange rind, grapefruit juice, and pineapple. Pine needles and grassy notes poke their head in throughout the taste. Bubblegum and touches of roasted biscuit. Delicious.

T: Outstanding. I get some mild, creamy orange flavors on the front until the mid explodes with hop wonder: pineapple, grapefruit, pine cone. I also get a fairly assertive malt bill on this, and I'm liking it. Biscuit and roasted grain. Excellent.

M: Standout part of the beer for me. Such a wonderfully easy drinking IPA that still packs a nice hop punch. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. But it drinks like a pils, crisp and refreshing. Extremely easy on the palate, this IPA takes you for a ride but knows when to let go...this is one you could have at any point during a session and it wouldn't negatively impact the beers that come after. Can't say that about a lot of IPAs.

O: Evolution's Lot No. 3 is simply one of the best IPAs in the land. It stands toe to toe with some of my very favorites, including White Rajah, Zombie Dust, Headhunter, and Lunch IPA. And considering its wide availability in the Mid-Atlantic, I'm not sure anything else compares at this level of quality. Evolution found lightning in a bottle with this one. Bravo, Tommy!

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

12oz bottle (best before May 2012) into a tulip - thanks again IrishColonial!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a 1-finger off-white head, good sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical & piney, floral & hoppy. A little subdued, but still smells great. Some pineapple in there too.

Taste is malty & bready up front, sticky sweet. Sharp bitter hops cut through the strong malt backbone on the finish.

Mouthfeel is round, full-bodied, w/ a lingering hoppy finish.

Overall an enjoyable, drinkable IPA. A little on the heavy/malty side, but still tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #133
Served On: 03/02/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.8%
Date/ Code: April 2012

Grabbed a sixer of this from Friskcos in Frederick duing my lunch break.

Look: The beer poured a very transparent honey copper color with a thin whit film for the head. Carbonation bubbles were minimal. A few particles landed on the bottom of the glass indicating some sediment.

Smell: Sweet tropical notes of mango and kiwi. Also some sweetened grapefruit. There was also a rustic vanilla quality in the aroma – reminiscent of Stoundt’s Double IPA or Flying Dog’s Double Dog.

Taste: Upfront was the sweet fruity hops that seemed mellow at first. Then a well controlled bitterness cam over the palate that completely wiped the sweetness away. The finish was rather juicy while the bitterness remained. Some bready malts made an appearance for the aftertaste and complimented a lingering bitterness.

This an amazing IPA from Evolution. It had a high level of complexity while still maintaining a nice balance. This is a topnotch IPA in my book.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.