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Lot No3 India Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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702 Ratings

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 100 | 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:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 09-19-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

danwho, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Crabbicuss
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Crabbicuss, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rms573
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my go-to IPA's to have around the house. Nice balanced semi-sessionable beer.

The pine and grapefruit flavors are very present. However, the malt accompanies the hops nicely to give a very balanced profile. At 6.8% its fairly easy to put a few back without any trouble.

rms573, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a very clear caramel with a white dusting on top , heavy lacing and some medium sized bubbles. Received in trade from lackenhauser .

S: A lot of pine up front, light caramel aroma and very pleasant bittering.

T: This is a great tasting American IPA. It is not too overbittered and there are a nice mixing of great citrus aroma and pine bitter flavors. The end taste has a slightly dry astringency to it, and while it clearly is not overpowering, I can definitely taste it. In any case, there is a lot of citrus here, nearly tasting like a fresh orange as the flavors hit the middle of my palate.

M: Medium to high carbonation and a light body. Extremely easy to drink and I was amazed to see it clocks in at 6.8%. Wondering if that abv has changed at all since this first went up on the site.

alpinebryant, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of jhughes23
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, not sure the bottle date but I know it is fresh because my distributor was O/S on this for over a month and finally got it in. Needless to say, Evolution is kicking ass and having trouble keeping up! Join the Club!

A-Deep Amber color with what starts off as a nice thick head but dissipates rather quickly. Leaving a thin film that laces.

S-Awesome! nice piney resiny hop smell. Like your rubbing to hop buds together in your hand, followed with some sweetness that really brings together a wonderful bouquet.

T-Resiny, piney hops are right there in the beginning. Then the maltiness comes up and mellows it out, letting this finish with a nice smooth hop linger that is not too bitter. The second sip really allows you to fully taste the Hops and their character. This beer never gets too bitter as you keep drinking it. Considering this is a fairly high abv ipa it seems a bit too easy to drink.

M-Nice carbonation, I could go with a bit less but who knows how that might effect the rest of this wonderful brew. The alcohol is well hidden...except for the very last sip where I took the last 2oz to the head, I could then and only then feel the alcohol in my mouth.

O-I have to say this is up there. Way up there. Being from the Breweries native state I might be slightly biased, but I can tell you this, it kicks DFH 60 Mins butt! I love these Guys at EVO...and if you ever get a chance to meet Todd at Evo you will quickly realize these guys are the real deal and down to earth!

jhughes23, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Best before date reads December 2011

A- Pours a dark amber with a thin head and foam grouping on the surface indicating healthy yeast. Good lacing with a nice amount of bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Yes! Wet, grassy hop aroma that gives way to malty sweetness and a light alcohol fume. Also a hint of grapefruit. Down the hatch!

T- Beautiful. Once again, a grassy hop bite that's immediately followed by that malt sweetness I mentioned before. Just a bit of a tinge of alcohol as it slides down smooth and harmoniously. A slight medicinal aftertaste doesn't spoil the party as you would think but rather adds another dimension to the already vibrant hop/malt balance. Bitterness is very present, though not excessive.

M- Medium carbonation with a sharp tingle brought on by the hops and alcohol.

O- An amazing beer. Easily one of my top twenty IPAs.

Immortale25, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 3 has a burnt orange colored body with an off-white head. Good retention, and the lacing stays on my glass in large sheets.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and citrus smells.

Very bright hop profile, with grapefruit rind, oranges and other citrus flavors coming through. A dose of resin with a bit of a grassy taste too it accompanies a good bit of bitterness. Plenty of sweet malts to balance things out a little but, but still hop forward.

Body and carbonation are both pretty good.

Overall I enjoyed Lot 3, more so than Lot 6 actually.

Hojaminbag, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice orange-golden color, a little hazy with a nice head and good lacing for an IPA.

S - Aromatic hops. A little bit of citrus and sweetness as well.

T - Hops and mild bitterness. However, the malty sweetness is present and the bitterness quickly passes. Well-balanced.

M - Relatively medium bodied. Hoppyness in the aftertaste, but like the rest of this beer, it is extremely well balanced.

O - A very nice and basic IPA. It's hoppy, but still retains its balance. An excellent staple for Evolution, I'm definitely interested in trying their other beers. If you want a really well-done basic IPA, No. 3 does the trick.

WMEugene, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bottle from a 6 pack that was recommended to me at the store, and I am happy with the results!

A: Pours a nice orange color with some bubbles on the glass and a good white head that dies down to a ring and leaves some lacing. Maybe a bit clear and thin looking for my taste.

S: A nice honey toasted bready malt base with some lemon zest hops. Maybe a splash of subtle citrus, overall not bad but not great either. Not a lot of aroma on this, seems dry and subtle on the dry hopping.

T/M: Taste is nice, and follows what I would expect from the smell with lots of toasted bready notes and some nice lingering bitterness from a pretty nice citrus note with some earthy herbal notes that wash over the palate quickly. Overall very dry feeling and bitter with some bite. Has that nice semi sweet, honey like coating to the hops that reminds me of a weaker version of Hopslam. I'm really enjoying the taste on this the more I drink it, and the feel is quite good for a straight up IPA. I really like the bready to bitter in the taste, I think it is quite nice.

Dreadnaught33, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom.

A: Very clear. Half a finger of head fades fast. Great lacing. Pale copper.

S: Strong, astringent hops. Aromatic and floral. I recognise the variety, but can't place it. Amarillo? Earthy-spicy. Pleasant.

T/M: Similar to the smell. Earthy-bitter-herbal hops dominate the relatively thin-bodied beer. Low carbonation, somewhat flat feel. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter, but not compelling. The herbal character reminds me of a meat rub.

O: Goodish IPA, but disappointing (i.e., not an A- beer). Drinkable, especially for hopheads, but probably not something I'd order again. Nothing I'd steer you away from either.

AgentMunky, Sep 06, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange with a paperthin head which provides great lacing on my ccb pint glass. Aroma of citric hops and malts that are more balanced than a typical ipa but sometimes different is a nice change of pace. Taste follows the nose but ends surprisingly bitter more than expected for sure. It's smooth and easy drinking. I'm glad I got to try this

jcartamdg, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap while visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

The beer appeared a bright, clear orange color with a dense white head that was very well retained. Nice lacing to show for the well-constructed head. The beer had a very nice aroma to it...plenty of hops, mainly citrus, but during the beer, I did notice more malted barley creeping into the aroma. Very nice. The taste is good, nice and hoppy, as expected, and leaves a nice bitter taste through and into the aftertaste as well. The beer had a medium feel in the mouth, a bit oily, but with good carbonation, clean and refreshing. Overall, this was a well done, pretty well balanced IPA. I hope that I get to the area again for some more.

PhillyStyle, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 25-Aug-11.

A: The IPA is a bright coppery color, radiant orange mixing with earthy burnt umber. The ale is clear, obscured only by condensation on the outside of the glass. A thick white head, over two fingers on three successive pours, leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Very aromatic, the hops are oily with a bold dose of citrus. Sweet caramel malts linger just below the hops, a formidable balancing act. The citrus burst is short but intense, quickly passing to the maltiness.

T: The oily hoppiness is an immediate force, coating my mouth with a thick citrusy bitterness. The hops disappear rather quickly though, turning the ale over the malty caramel and biscuit flavors. Their sweetness is noticeable. As a plus though, the hops return late in the sip and leave more resiny bitterness, citrus as the powerful aspect. The ale is clearly fresh, dripping with bite. The balance is a pleasant factor, as the initial dose of hoppiness could easily get out of hand. That balance makes the ale work - good IPA.

M: A hoppy aftertaste, robust, seals the deal for me. The IPA is balanced but allows both aspects to shine at different points.

akorsak, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mempath
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
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...

mempath, Aug 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vibrant, clear, bright copper gold color with intense carbonation and a thin white lacing ring around the top.

S - Resiny pine and earthy, pungent, grassy citrus and hints of pepper fill the nose. The malt is nowhere to be found.

T - Mimics the nose on the palette. Up front is resiny pine mixed in with a fruity orange, grapefruit combination, and lemongrass and pepper mix midway through. The sip ends with a lingering piney, citrus bitterness.

M - Light medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue, crisp for an IPA.

O - A decent IPA, wish it had more body, but a good find while on a business trip to Delaware.

jzeilinger, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Light, golden orange color beneath a two-finger head of creamy white foam that dissipates into a patchy, bubbly coating which leaves some clingy lace. Great clarity despite a slight chill haze.

S: Very juicy, citrusy and herbal with a hint of peppery spices. Has a nice grapefruit, orange and lemongrass aroma.

T: Bittersweet at first with juicy citrus malt and toffee-like malt sweetness. The bitter, herbal, hoppy wave washes across the palate, dulling the sweetness but leaving some fruity and floral flavors in its wake. The brew finishes bitter and citrusy with a slight alcohol tug and distinct herbal and mineral hop bite.

M: Light-medium bodied for an IPA of this strength and IBU value. Slightly resinous hops linger in the aftertaste but are not sticky killers.

O: A surprisingly good IPA from a brewery I took a local flier on when visiting Rehoboth Beach. Nice feel and flavor with an even better look and smell. The 6.8% ABV is there but doesn't really get in the way of this North American, west-coast emulated, hop-centric brew.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep coppery amber color with a fairly scant off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma brings pleasant bubblegum pine that kicks in the hop salivation factor. There’s a healthy dose of cat piss as well. The flavor brings big hop bite, citrus pine together with a sweet bready idea that comes in a medium-light bodied brew with mild carbonation. The feel is sort of a bit watery but not horribly. Hops really dominate, it even has a sharp herbal side going on. Very much a palate pleaser for the hops lovers, along with a decent feel this is a pleaser. A nice surprise from Delaware!

Durge, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of leeds376
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ruth's Chris steak house in Ocean City MD.

A- Dark Orange/Copper type color with a small head

S- Pine and Citrus, just as the server suggested.

T-Hops from the beginning to the end with the citrus and pine flavors lingering on your tongue.

O- Above average IPA that is very drinkable. I loved the smell and the taste of the hops with an easy malt backbone. Had to make a small detour on the way home to pick up a growler from the brewery.

leeds376, Aug 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid off white foamy head, solid and somewhat uniform. Sits on a hazy amber orange to brown body. Body has lots of color profiles depending on where in the light it seems you view it.

Bouquet seems to be hop and a bit toasty malt. Bready brown toast and mild citrus hop. Very nice and good.

Taste is, mild malt noticeable, with a tea like herbal hop presence. Some sweet like cinnamon comes out a little on the finish, with a sugar toast like feeling. Texture is fairly solid with a little bit of wetness but not too much.

Overall I like this malt side which is hidden and sugary toast feeling. Good solid brew.

smakawhat, Aug 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tgeorgf for hooking this bottle up in a trade

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney and citrus hops

T - Like the nose a good bit of grapefruit and piney hop flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a very easy to drink IPA it has a good hop flavor but its not overpowering worth trying if you get the chance

armock, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of confer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery.
This was only the second growler that I ever had. It was poured direct from the tap with no hose. I didn't open it until the following day.
It pours a very deep gold with traces of a white head. Minimal carbonation.
My wife hates the smell so that means it is a pretty good smelling IPA, and it is. Piney smelling hops.
The taste goes through a few different stages. It starts slow and then the piney hops hit pretty hard and a long lasting bitterness sits on the way back of the tongue.
A little creamy.
The hops a bit much for a hot summer day but overall this is an above average IPA. I can see why these guys are growing. Their ESB is very good also.

confer, Aug 02, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Janderson91, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very pretty bright copper with a nice fluffy head. retreats to a reasonable rim head and has some okay lacing. clarity is pretty good.

S: citrus and piney with more emphasis on pine. caramel sweetness balances everything and keeps the bitterness in check nicely. definitely a bright aroma.

T: an assertive american hop flavor. similar to the nose, citrus and pine dominates. not a lot of maltiness. the bitterness remains in the finish w/ a significant pine flavor.

M: smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

D: an impressive AIPA. looking forward to trying more brews from evolution.

Jimmys, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. Copper in color with a thin, sticky, off-white head to it. Pretty nice head retention to it as well.

The aroma has a very juicy and citrusy flavor to it with pineapple, grapefruit and orange all coming through. I get some sweeter, malty and caramel like flavors to it as well that compliment the hoppiness nicely.

The taste shows more of a bitter, grapefruit and citrus rind like quality to it. I get some of that juicy, tropical fruit like hoppiness to it as well. Some of the sweeter malty flavors help offset the bitter, citrus rind flavors. Very nice and flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a very nice IPA and definitely one I'll be buying again. I really liked the juicy and fruity flavors in the aroma and the bitter, citrusy, grapefruit flavors in the taste were pretty nice as well. Very solid IPA overall.

billab914, Jun 24, 2011
Lot No3 India Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.