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Lot No3 India Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 81 | 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 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
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a crimson-amber color with a large, foamy white head. Really nice retention and as it falls, leaves behind quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is pretty dank with quite a bit of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Not real backing malt to speak of. The floral hops begin to dominate. The flavor really pulls back from all of this. There's a nice, dry bitterness in the finish, but not much hop taste. Also, not terribly resinous on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly oily on a medium body. Pretty good brew and glad I picked this up. Thanks to the Chicago guys for giving me the occasion to finally pick this up.

Thorpe429, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution's Lot #3 IPA pours a clear deep gold body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head retention could be better, but it maintains a solid surface covering which is more than can be said of a lot of other beers. Wide, oddly shaped 'islands' and 'peninsulas' of lace are left behind but eventually erode and disappear.

In the aroma, bright, citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple), resinous, floral, earthy and mildly herbal hops leap out of the glass at you. Quite nice! What a welcoming aroma.

The hops carry through in the flavor, but they're not quite as juicy as the nose suggests. The resinous, earthy, leafy, and herbal notes become more apparent. The biscuity malt acts as a solid, wide base for the hops to appear, lending just a dollop of sweetness to liven them. It's balanced by a dense bitterness, and it finishes quite drying. It lingers for quite some time, but the flavors are softened and it gently ebbs into simple residual bitterness. Nicely balanced!

It starts big with a burst of hops, softens a bit and introduces the malt, and then delivers a dry bitter finish, leaving it quite nicely rounded and drinkable. Absolutely worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of miltonclipper
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy amber appearance. Not a big head - its more like lace.

Smell: The citrus effect of the hops is well-balanced and pleasing.

Taste: An excellent IPA! The flavors make a statement with every sip. I've had others that are over-powering at first and then fade quickly. This is a consistent tasting brew from first to last.

Mouthfeel: The slight carbonation and lacy edge add to the flavor as it moves across your buds. Quite good, but not amazing.

Drinkability: Very good! Suitable for a meal or for a relaxing time while watching the game.

miltonclipper, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

A - Into a pint glass, this IPA is the standard orange color you would expect from an IPA. Very little head, just a thin white layer on top of the beer, which surprisingly leave a lot of lacing with each sip.

S - Hops. Grapefruit, sweet citrus, and pint. Some bready malts in there, but also, standard for an IPA. While I say standard, that's not bad. If it hits, and exceeds the standard, that's a good thing.

T - Very hop forward, but not all bitterness. Nice citrus and earthy mix. Bitterness is there, but very well balanced with sweetness. This one exceeds the standard in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied, but hangs around a while. This was very fresh at the brewery, so the hop oils hung around very nicely at this age. Moderately carbonated, which was delightful at the time.

D - Very happy this is available in bottles, and year round at this point. I could easily see this become a staple in my fridge, and kegerator. Drink up folks, this one is right up there with the best of them.

BeerThursdays, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of danriverbrew
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Has a very nice and inviting dark golden color with little head. When swirrled in my snifter it appears to have a good body, because it clings to the sides nicely.

SMELL: A nice hoppy aroma with a little hint of pine and something kinda sweet that I can't quite nail down.

TASTE: A good hoppy taste, a little on the bitter side, finishing sweet.

MOUTHFEEL: The taste really lingers which I enjoy, it also seems to have alot of carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: A nice casuall drinking beer. Deffinatly worth buying agian, however I may forget the taste of it later. Don't get me wrong, over all good beer, but it didn't leave an impact.

danriverbrew, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber/ orange color with a slightly off white head about 2 fingers tall. Retention is good and iteaves a little lacing as I drink. Smells of pine hops and a touch of malt. Taste has more malt than I expected certainly finishes with a clean maltiness. The stare has a bit of sweet malt then it shifts to the hops. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is average. My only complaint is that 6.8% abv really does a number on my 145lb body. Its good as a single, but not very sessionable. Overall its a good beer. More malty than I expected, but I really like it. If you are in delaware ans aren't feeling dogfish head, check this place out. Thanks to slvrmon82 for the trade.

gkunkle, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: A cloudy pour, with sediment left lurking at the bottom of the bottle. It's a hazy amber in the glass, not unlike a few of the better east coast IPA's I've enjoyed. 1.25 to 1.5 finger head that leads to faint lacing.

S: Fresh cut pine and sap hit the nose right away, exciting the senses, and hinting to me that this is one fresh bottle of beer.

T: The malt flexes it's muscle on the forepalate, but it integrates well with the weight of the rich hop oil that is to follow. Quite delicious - this is such a well balanced beer. It hits the flavor profiles of an American east coast IPA out of the park.

M: Not overly heavy. I'd go so far as to say it's farily standard. Nothing offensive, but nothing exceptional either. It's pleasing enough.

O: I was lucky enough to sample Evolution Craft Brewing this past Autumn at an Oktoberfest, and they stood out head and shoulders above everything else I tried. I wouldn't shut up about them for weeks. I've made trips to DC to get their beers, but now that they are in VA, I can finally enjoy them everyday if I so choose.

You can quote me on this: Evo is gonna be one of the next big things in craft brewing. You wait and see. With beer like Lot #3 as their foundation, the future is looking bright. This is a solid east coast IPA that I can't wait to share with friends and family, as it could easily lead to a few "ah ha" moments.

If you see it, buy it.

Rhettroactive, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Kitt
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very thin head of a strong ivory color. Dissipates rapidly with weak lacing. Color of body is a deep brown with a hint of amber.

A rich malty aroma with caramel undertones, but that's about all I'm getting here.

Taste -- a sensational caramel blast with fruity undertones and a rapidly accelerating bitter hop flavor. Bitter hops are sharp on full impact but fade as quickly as they appeared -- although a lasting bitterness remains nicely. Although the hops are strong, they lack the eclectic flavor of, say, a Dogfish 60 minute or Stone IPA. Nevertheless, this is a flavorful beer accentuated by the well balanced hops and malt foundation.

Mouthfeel is smooth overall but carbonation is a bit strong for my taste.

Drinkibility is good. This IPA goes down smooth with viscosity slightly on the weak side. I perfer a more viscous IPA.

I am pleasantly surprised here. This beer is somewhat unique in its initial blast of flavor followed by the accelerating hop sensation. I think the beer would have greatly benefitted by a slightly more eclectic hop flavor and a more viscous mouthfeel. But overall an impressive IPA.

Kitt, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of argock
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Mild haze in this honey golden brew with tightly bubbled, frothy, 1-finger off-white head with excellent retention and prodigious lacing.

S: More pungent than from the bottle despite the cold serving temp. Big grapefruit, citrus component coupled artfully with spicy hops contribution as well. Some floral notes are there too. Pale malt sweetness is not forgtten, but the hops take center-stage.

T: The flavor echoes the nose and then some with a crisp, pale malt sweetness with a hint of toastiness giving way to grapefruit, mango, and floral hoppiness with some spicy notes through the middle. Wow -- a really nicely crafted brew.

M: Medium-bodied, slick feel, excellent for the style.

D: I tried this in the bottle last night, and I like this even better on-tap. Exudes more of the pungent grapefruit and spiciness without forgetting the body and pale malt character of the best IPAs. Look this one up.

argock, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant fresh citric hop with a moderate caramel.

The taste was clean and clearly hop driven with a clean citrus and light pine. The grain bill was sharp and crisp with clean malts.

The mouthfeel was clean with a pleasant carbonation.

Overall a very good and extremely quaffable IPA.

plaid75, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to bconsidine for scoring me this 6pk!

A- Pours a golden orange color. One finger white head shows great retention overall. Nice streaks and web style lacing on the sides of the glass. Overall a great looking IPA.

S- Big grapefruit and citrus style hops in the front of this beer. Actually, I'm amazed at the more west coast approach to this beer. Caramel bready malts in the middle of the aroma get masked by a light bitter piney hop.

T- Nice light bitter hop bite on the front end blends well with a citrus and grapefruit hop overtone. The middle of the beer shows the caramel malt backbone which tends to give off bready hints as well. The ending of this beer is a light clean alcohol taste and crisp bitter hop bite.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light malt backing left on the palate. Aftertaste is clean alcohol and bittery hops galore. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were every well balanced and no off flavors at all.

D- I very much enjoyed this IPA and to be honest it is a hidden gem. Well hopefully for not too long. The ABV is in a nice range where it doesn't become the beer itself. A nice take on west IPA from a east coast brewery.

alleykatking, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. -> DFH snifter

A - Opaque dark gold/straw. 1 finger head, large bubbles. Head sticks around for a few minutes.

S - light hop aroma, lightly doughy

T - tart citrus, piney hops. Lightly sweet middle and finish.

M - thin, average mouthfeel

D - Very easy and satisfying. I could easily put back more than a few in one sitting.

Was really excited to finally find this. My local store doesn't carry this, surprisingly. Been a fan of Evolution since I first noticed them. Love to support local/regional breweries. This brew did not disappoint. A very good American IPA that is balanced and has a developed feel to it.

tbrown4, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with a thin 1 finger white head that sticks around. Leaves decent lacing on the side, not bad

S- Really nice strong earthy and citrus hops with a nice caramel malt background.

T- Tons of hops. Really grassy earthy hops up front with a nice citrusy finish. More pale malts than caramel but they blend really nicely with the hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish. What more could you ask for. Solid IPA


Arenbeer, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a semi-murky golden honey'd orange to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a big bubbled white foamy long lasting head leaving a ton of lace.

wow - great big pleasant aroma of grapefruit hops and freshly peeled orange.

as expected from the aroma, big grapefruit hops up front, though way way less bitter than expected. very nicely balanced with the sweet malts.

highly carbonated, though not at all fizzy in the mouth. very subdued bitter. sweetened grapefruit.

drinkable - certainly. yes.

robwestcott, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice deep orange/copper color with a very small white head

S- Nice hoppy smell, getting grapefruit and pine. Hints of spices and some mint.

T- Nice hoppy flavor that is very close close to the smell, but not too overwhelming. Good sweet malt backbone. A solid IPA that gets better as it warms up.

M- Medium body, smooth, crisp.

D- This is a nice easy to drink IPA. The guy at the liquor store suggested it to me and I am very happy that I picked up a six pack. I feel that this is one of the better IPAs I have had and will be picking it up again.

larryi86, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of tmcelvain
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper and Honey with a thick, lacey head and hazy body.
S: Sweet, almost buttery smells of floral hops.
T: moderately dry hopped flavor.
M: Highly carbonated.
D: very good flavors, almost tastes a higher ABV than labeled. Drinkable, but not quite a session beer.

tmcelvain, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper-brown with lots of sticky off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer, leaving some nice lacing. Some dark sediment that looks kind of like pepper seems to have escaped the bottle and is slowly sinking to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and filled with citrus. I am getting oranges and grapefruit in particular. Smells like some of the better citrusy IPA's that I've had, but it's not particularly potent. In fact, the initial hop burst has faded less than halfway through the glass to reveal a light malt and yeast character. To me, this is the only real detractor of this beer, the hop aroma starts off strong, but just fades away too quickly.

The taste remains quite pleasant throughout with sweet oranges taking the main stage. Bitterness hits the tongue early but never gets too out of control.

Medium in body with plentiful carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Very nice and drinkable IPA that I'll probably track down again when I'm having a hop craving. Nice to find an above average local IPA, I'll have to seek it out next time I see it on tap at the local watering hole.

321jeff, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generous extra received from THECPJ. Thanks, man! Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark-copper with a 1/2 finger off white head. Decent retention, leave some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Big hops dominate. Smells of orange, grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of pine resin and caramel malt for good measure.
T - Lots of hops in here, but there's a nice progression ; definitely get some of that sweet caramel malt up front but it fades to a nice pine resin and grapefruit profile, finishing with a pleasant bitterness and a floral hop character. Very nice, quite complex.
M - Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation and a dry finish.
D - Pretty drinkable, I could have a couple.

This was a nice surprise, as I'd not head of this beer, nor the brewery. I'll have to keep my eye out for other offerings.

jsanford, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deeper shade of amber but it had some golden highlights...a small, bubbly, white head formed and fell to a ring around the top...decent lacing

S - The hops are big, juicy, and resiny...I thought they were standing out because of the cask, but other reviews tell me this beer smells just that good

T - The hops are the showcase in the flavor as well...again they a big and juicy...lots of citrus flavors going on (grapefruit, orange, pineapple)...the malts make an appearance just long enough to take off any harsh bitterness...the hops finish the beer as well and again they are big but this time present that pine resin taste

M - Medium bodied...dry and bitter finish...the bitterness was never too harsh

D - This was a very nice offering and I'm looking forward to trying more from Evolution...great hop presence and balance throughout the entire beer

thain709, Oct 21, 2010
Lot No3 India Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.