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Lot No3 India Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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660 Ratings

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 41
Gots: 89 | FT: 5
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like it was new at the local beer store so gave it a try. Pours an amber color, small head to it. Great aroma, nice and hoppy. Mouthfeel is good, a bit lighter body than I thought. Some nice bitterness shows, but it's still well balanced. A nice strong IPA with some real bite to it, nice clean finish. A very good IPA, definitely one of the better ones I've had and is definitely a hop bomb I was looking for. Never heard of the brewery but I would give the rest of their line-up a try for sure.

oriolesfan4, May 14, 2011
Photo of nickshep7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second brew for me from Evolution and I am digging this more than the first.

This brew pours a nice honey golden color with 2 fingers or so of slightly off white head. After initially cracking the bottle I immediate caught the hop aromas escaping the bottle. Sweet citrus and a touch of honey initially on the nose followed by a touch of pine aroma. The taste is similar to the smell, with the acidic citrus biting strong after first, but fading away fairly quickly afterward. This is an extremely drinkable IPA -- not a palate killer like some others on the market.

East coast in appearance, west coast in smell, and a blend of the two in terms of taste. Overall a solid brew.

nickshep7, May 12, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a weak white head that disappears quickly. Beer is amber in color with light activity

S- Not overly aromatic... has a skunky citrus hop aroma with no hints of malty companionship

T- Nice. Has a nice hop forward flavor with little if any malty balance. Has a dry cirus finish that lingers in your mouth

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- Starting out, didn't think this one was gonna be all that enjoyable, but it really picked up in flavor after lacking in the appearance and aroma categories. Would be interested in trying more from this brewery


bbeane, May 10, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into DFH pint glass. Label says "best by 5/11". 6.8% ABV

A: Pours a hazy, copper color. One finger white head that fades quickly. OK carbonation with tiny little bubbles.

S: I got piney hops, but not too overpowering. Some maltiness?

T: Nice piney hops with a crisp bite. Pleasantly surprised by this one. These is some malt in the middle, but it helps balance what might be an overly hopped brew.

M: It's a mouth coater, but in a GOOD way! Liked it's pucker factor.

O: I have had most of their bottled line and this is by far the best offering so far. I would definitely drink again and again. Nicely done DE boys!

inlimbo77, May 07, 2011
Photo of HosP
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a couple bottles from stageseven. Thanks for the brew. 12oz poured into 3Floyds pint glass.

A- Pours golden in color. Slight haze to it. 1 and half finger white head. Thin cap throughout the entire beer.

S- Lots of pine hop aromas coming from this. Some citrus hop hints come into it as well. Not much in the way of malt smell though.

T- Hop heavy in flavor. Pine and citrus flavors throughout. Hop bitterness is pretty mild but present. Very little malt balance. Maybe a little caramel malts mixed in there.

M- Medium body. Quite a bit of carbonation here. A little more than I would like. A little dry in the mouth.

D- Very solid IPA here. Good hop flavors, lacks a little balance to it. Overall very easy to drink. Thanks again Adam for getting me a couple bottles here.

HosP, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of JHamm
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice orange hue with great clarity. no cloudiness at all in this beer. slight head retention with lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell: not picking up to much in the scent. very subtle. a little maltiness and some slight pine in the background but overall not overpowering or giving away anything.

taste: nice hops flavor. bitter up front. grapefruit, some different citrus, pine. definitely a malt backbone on this one.

mouthfeel: resiny aftertaste. oils seem to coat the tongue and the bitterness continues. nothing offputting, though, as the malt balances it well.

Overall: This is becoming one of my go to IPA's. extremely drinkable without any heaviness afterwards. while the flavors are bold there is nothing offensive there either.

JHamm, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange and mostly clear, fair head and good lacing.

Smells typically piney with grapefruits, as expected for the style, along with a nice malty balance.

Tastes delicious. Easy going smooth pineapple, grapefruit and pine accented hops are balanced nicely with an easy gong maltiness.

Feel is slightly slick, medium bodied, refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall it's a very nice beer that I'd be happy to grab a sixer of!

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of garuda
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by month notched on label, but three different years listed, with none of them notched...

A - Slightly hazed pale golden body with a one finger white head that has decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Really diggin the ripe pineapple in the nose, with some floral aspects, and a caramelly, sugary sweet malt content.

T - Kind of falls apart for me a little bit, with big, sweet, sugary malts overpowering the bitter grapefruit and pine tastes. The sweetness becomes cloying by the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, makes a dense creamy mouthfeel, a little sticky on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed the nose on this one, but the taste let me down when the cloying sweetness kicked in on the second half of the drink. With so many other great IPAs out there, I will probably not buy this again.

garuda, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of dball
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the only Evolution beer I've had and it was a pleasant introduction. High quality, high hopped, well balanced IPA. The head was light and fluffy and a full finger deep. It laced the glass all the way down and it is bright orange color. This is a very good IPA. It does not carry as strong of a citrus flavor as many in its class. I think the balance between bitter hops and mild malt and less citrus make this a special beer.

dball, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the pickled pig in Rehoboth beach. Poured a nice two finger thick head of white and had excellent retention. Lace was sticky and quite evident throughout the entire session. Dark honey color with mild amber flecks are right on in my opinion. Loved the color. Right away the nose is full of bright citrusy hops backed by piney and somewhat grassy earthyness. The malt character is light vanilla and plenty of toasted malt and complex caramel sugars. I am loving this one already. The hop profile is great and now I'm extrememly curious to know what they used. Right about half way through as it warms up you get a bit more grapefruit than pinkness and it has a wonderful aftertaste. Silky on the tongue and has one more written All over it.

jmfc8237, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft @ The Broad Axe. Never heard of it before so I decided to give it a shot. Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a medium white head. Nose is pretty heavy on the piney hops. Some Citrus hops and sweet pale malt also show up. The flavor is more citrusy and sweet than the aroma lets on. I was thinking it was going to have more of that spicy hop bite to it. Nonetheless, good hop character and good flavor but the finish is a little weak and watery. The flavor seems to fade quickly. Medium body and slick mouthfeel really makes this beer quite sessionable and easy to drink. I really liked it. I want to try more from this brewery. Could definitely throw a few of these back without being overwhelmed by the flavor.

nimrod979, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a For Freshest Drink by Date notched at June. Pours a hazy brownish amber color with very little head. Some lacing. Sweet hoppy aroma. Mostly grapefruit and some sugary citrus. Small amount of pine as well. Flavor is hoppy but not as much citrus taste as it smelled. Bitter taste. Somewhat of a sweet, almost brown sugar hints. Overall this beer smelled great and got my hopes up real high. The taste wasn't quite as good as the aroma made me think it would be but it is still a good IPA. Worth buying again.

PicoPapa, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted completely blind courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear dark gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are nice. Instantly thinking IPA or DIPA. Lots of fresh hops, mixed citrus, mostly tangerines, and really dank resin.

Taste is bright, hints of caramel, cream, and malty sweetness. Then the hops kick in, light bitterness, sweet citrus, oranges, grapefruits, and more green resin notes. Now that I have tasted this, I'm pretty sure that's it's an IPA, this doesn't taste like it's high ABV.

Mouthfeel is good, full and smooth.

Drinkability is quite good. I like this, it's tasty, but doesn't seem to be very strong, maybe 6-7%? I'd happily drink this again.

flexabull, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rhettroactive East Coast Collection Continued (respect to the man)...

A - I'm bumping this one up a notch purely on the grounds that EB hasn't felt the need to filter the f### out of this thick, hazy IPA. The head is also substantial with its robust retention, and the lacing is worthy of hanging in Agent Provocateur.

S - Grapefruit slices through the air as though they're knives in the Expendable's tattoo parlor. Seconds later light malty caramel tones flow by in the slipstream to provide a distinct dichotomous balance, and a foreshadowing of the palate.

T - Simple, and commendably well done. Although assertive, the resinous, citrus hops do not overcrowd the delicate, fluffy expressions of malt. Instead we see a sophisticated blend of orangey grapefruit and croissant; pine needles, sap and panko.
There is but one complaint...well two, but both of the same nature. The first is that the fore-palate is basically empty. Somehow the beauty of this brew sneaks around the fore-palate, and only reveals itself in the mid-to-finish. A vacuous relapse the provides opportunity for the secondary complaint, as the profile exhibited at the centre of the tongue during the "mid-"mid-palate vanishes in a thin puff of powdered sugar until its reemergence on the finish.

M - Fairly low carbonation for the style, but given the softness of its approach and the hazy nature - which reminds me of my homeland IPAs - the carbonation level works very well. It;s also a lot drier than many IPAs out there, and as such, a lot more refreshing in its own way. Again, I like the non-conformist approach.

D/O - Great interpretation of American IPA. It manages to retain all the stylistic essentials, yet still brings something different to the table. This is a true summertime sipper for a lazy afternoon - the extra weight and dryness provide some serious refreshment, and the balance is... well.. a thing to be savored for as long as it takes.

SirRuss, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6'r of these as a gift (the packaging had a price tag of $10.50) from Danny at Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park , MD and poured them into a tulip glass - thanks bro!

A: Pours a clean golden/light honey hue with a solid head that dissipates after a few sips leaving nice clusters of fat bubbles around the edge of the glass from start to finish with decent lacing.

S: Instantly greeted with a massive hop blast up front - fresh cut grass, resinous pine and floral/slightly herbal black tea, unique yeast smell, fresh grain and just a hint of sweet booze at the very back end.

T: Man, the first thing I noticed about this brew is its extreme freshness - reminds me a lot of some of the West Coast fresh hop ales that are offered out here in the Fall months (Port High Tide IPA, Sierra Estate Wet Hop, etc.) - extremely green and resiny like a good sativa, earthy and floral with a strong citrus rind bight, fresh grain and biscuits, herbal and black tea, tropical fruit and sweet malt that round out the flavors nicely.

M: Medium bodied and extremely smooth - the carbonation is a little light for the style (wished it was just a bit more vigorous), with a slight lingering bitterness from the hop.

D: Extremely tasty and very drinkable for a brew clocking in at nearly 7% ABV - I ended up splitting the 6'r with a good friend of mine, leaving me only 3 bottles for personal consumption which were polished off with no hesitation and I could have easily finished off the rest if I hadn't passed them on.

DeanMoriarty, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Jessop's. Pours a nice translucent golden color extremely thick white heading. Lacing is all over the place.Quite impressive look.

Smell again a score. Sweet and syrupy caramel notes just smells like a toothache. Heavy citrus and pine aroma's. Hoppy as hell.

Taste a tad different. Not as hoppy as one would have thought from the nose of it. The hops are there but not in full force at first. Taste's of grapefruits and citrus at first but in the background is the toasted breadiness,in which plays a key role in bringing this all together.Semi bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouth is light-medium bodied.Tremendous carbonation and not watered down,good balance. Some slick hop oiliness left in the mouth.

A great all around IPA.

TheFightfan1, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to mdaschaf for the chance to try this IPA. I had not heard of Evolution before, and am thrilled to try this beer.

Poured into my dfh snifter, color is transparent dark amber with a nice cloudy fluffy head that fills to the top of the glass and then slowly receeds- great head retention. Smell- I don't even need to put my nose over the glass to get a whiff of the piney, grapefruit flavors pouring out of the bottle- at further inspection, I get a butter smell in addition to the pine and grapefruit. Awesome aroma here.

Taste- big butterscotch malt flavor, nice pine/grapefruit finish. Lots of complexity going on here. Nice bitter hops finish. Mdaschaf made the claim that this was better than DFH 60, and he is right. This is a kick ass East Coast IPA- very well made Ale.

Mouthfeel- creamy, smooth, nice carbonation prescence.

Drinkability- As with all great beers acquired in trade, I have to sadly reflect for a moment that I won't be able to drink this again easily, and I would make this one a daily drinker. It's an amazing IPA, and I am glad for the chance to taste it.

lnashsig, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Joseph! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date marked on the label.

Pours a hazy golden amber with some thin white head that leaves a lot of spotting and lacing.

Nose wonderfully honey and citrus-y. Lots of orange blossom, pine sap, orange, pink grapefruit and key lime.

Palate is crisp and wide, just as an East Coast IPA should be. Lots of honey flavor from the malt, pink and yellow grapefruit, lime oil and lime zest, lemon candy and grassy-earthiness. Body is slick with hop oil and the finish is moderately bitter with some hop "acidity" pulling at the back of the palate.

Notes: Solid East Coast IPA with dense flavor, pleasant bitterness and good drinkability. Well done! I could drink a lot of this!

SFLpunk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During a recent visit to Alewife, Baltimore's newest craft beer venue (See My Review), I discovered this new brewery, which is somewhat up the road from Charm City in Delaware. The appearance is pleasing, if not atypical of the style: it is cloudy amber and crowned by a vanilla sheen; within one espies a sparse school of carbonation bubbles as it makes its way to the surface.

The nose detects the subtle citrusy sweetness of grapefruit juice, while the palate receives a biscuity smooth wash of hop and malt. This is a nice little beer that makes for comfortable and non-aggressive quaff be it in Baltimore, Delaware, or Wherever. Does this mean Dogfish Head has a local rival? Who knows?

jjboesen, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from Stateline at the recommendation of fellow BA BeerThursdays, who I fully trust to point me in the right direction.
Pours a clear amber color with a full finger of bright white head. Minimal lacing and the head dissipates rapidly.
Spicy hops up front in the aroma with a hint of citrus.
Flavor is nice. A very safe IPA, but solid. Not pushing any boundaries, which makes this one heck of a session beer for the style. Spicy hops still dominate the flavor profile, but more of a floral (pine) quality lingers in the aftertaste. Biscuit malt rounds out the hops, but definitely leaning towards the hops as it should.
Clean finish and the mouthfeel is fantastic. 6.8% abv is just where it should be.
Thanks to Evolution for dating their bottles, I'll be sure to grab this one when I find myself in MD and look forward to a visit to the brewery real soon. A great first impression.

warriorsoul, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for thorpe429 for hooking me up with this Delaware brew after my DE state tick was unceremoniously stolen away by the Dogfish Head master listing. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Best before March (guessing 2011 - a year wasn't cut).

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that settle to a thick cap and a few splotches of lace. Lightly hazed bronze body with some streams of bubbles visible.

S - Pine and herbaceous hops, some light grapefruit. Not much malt character, with only some nebulous crystalline sugar.

T - Taste has more caramel malt mixed with lemon zest, pine, herbs, and grass. Mid-level bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Dry finish, with some nice residual hop oils. Carbonation is a tad higher than I prefer, but avoids being overly harsh. The medium-thin body is a touch watery.

D - It's a solid session IPA, but not super interesting. I'd have it again in a pinch, but I'd rather have Sierra Nevada or something of that ilk.

MasterSki, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of betsona
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a drink fresh date of May 2011 into a tulip. Thanks for this beer Al.

A- Pours a nice golden amber color with a nice head of off-white head that disappears as the beer sits. A little visible carbonation as well. There was slight lacing of the head.

S- Has a nice pine and grapefruit hop smell with a hint of bread dough that I could not smell after five minutes. Also had a strong floral smell which I cannot put my finger on what it reminds me of exactly, might be mixing the floral smell with the pine. The hop smell persisted throughout.

T- The smell does not disappoint in terms of grapefruit taste. Did not pick up on the malt that much, which was due to the nice bitterness. The grapefruit taste really made me enjoy this beer.

M- Has a medium light body and carbonation.

D- I enjoyed Lot 3 a lot. It was drinkable, but I do not think I would want it to be my staple IPA. Reminded me of a slightly less powerful Two Hearted. I will gladly drink this beer whenever I get the chance. Look forward to trying it on draft one day.

betsona, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lures.

Pours a faded and murky golden amber with little retention or lacing. Aroma and flavor are predominantly piney and herbal. Some malt sweetness tries to balance out the aggressive pine bitterness in the flavor but fails and the finish is a sticky, wet herbal mess. Medium bodied with strong, sharp carbonation. Not offensive, but remarkably forgettable.

yourefragile, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is orange-amber in color with a little bit more than a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells very green with a lot of pine, floral, and herbaceous, rosemary-like hop notes. There's still quite a lot of bread and malt on the nose and maybe a bit of a raw dough type thing as well.

T: The pine is quite strong on the tongue and provides a big bitterness. The same herbaceous and mildly woody character which is reminiscent of rosemary. A slight grapefruit note underneath it all along with the bread which underlies it all.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: Too herbal and woodsy without much of the citrus character that I find pleasing about an IPA.

womencantsail, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle provided by Thorpe, HUGE props to him as usual... Pours a dark orange, a little cloudy but looks good. A pretty foamy off white head rises a couple fingers, a nice cap of a half centimeter, good lacing... The aroma is musky and floral, light pine, a little sweetness on the front. Too musky for me... The taste is decent, light floral pine resin from start to finish, dry, bitter and piney, works for me. Wish there is a little citrus balance, gets to be a bit much for me. Very dry bitter finish that I'm not fan of.

Good overall, nice Delaware tick but I wouldn't go to far out of the way for this.

Thanks Mike!

jrallen34, Feb 15, 2011
Lot No3 India Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.