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Lot #3 IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 09-19-2009

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +3%
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 +6.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +10.1%
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 +5.2%
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 +8.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +11.8%
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 -21.7%
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 -4.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -1.5%
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 +0.2%
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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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.