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Lot #6 Double IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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92
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Reviews: 100
Hads: 592
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 41
Gots: 101 | FT: 3
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Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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Photo of spacecake9
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a golden amber color with a 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing.
S - Aroma is malty and hoppy.
T - Malty, not much citrus.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I really like this beer. Very well balanced and drinkable. (280 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve recently started trying a few beers by ‘Evolution’. Not sure what their name means other than that they are positing that they are the next stage in beer evolution. It remains to be seen if that is a fair name to match their brews. I know that this brewery is a far cry from real beer giants, but so far I have pretty much enjoyed the beers by Evolution Brewers. Let’s take a look at this DIPA by Evolution.

Look-This brew pours a lazy hazy orange amber gold with a white foamy head that is stacked and persistent although settles down a bit.

Smell-This is probably one of the most amazing smelling beers that I have experienced in a long while. It has a strong floral and citrus hop component with only mild malts. This is what I prefer so this beer was made for my kind. I get citrus like orange, tangerine, and grapefruit and then I get floral hops like clover, rose petal, and dandelion. Absolutely brilliant!

Taste-The flavor follows the nose, but with more noticeable malts which are based off of toasted grains. The hops also have a resinous component and also become piney on the tongue which were absolutely amazing. The citrus, floral, and piney flavors play together so well and are sufficiently tampered by the mild grainy toasted malts.

Mouthfeel-It has a slight sweet texture, but is not overwhelming and the beer is definitely medium-bodied. The carbonation is fine-tuned to accompany the decent 7.0% ABV.

Overall-I was rather impressed with this beer and did not expect this much from it. Give it a try! Cheers! (1,548 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Mostly clear deep golden body out of a 12oz bottle into a becher. Thick and creamy white head. Pretty good head retention as it dies to a large blanket and paints the glass with a large sheet and massive thick webs of sticky lace.

S- Mostly hops but I can already tell some sweetness and malts will be presented. Hops drop candied orange peel, apricot, floral, resinous, dank and herbal notes. Medium caramelized sugars and pale barley sweets.

T- As expected the grains are accentuated but at the same time they do not offer enough sweetness to be off putting. Pale and medium caramel, cracked cereal grains, tangerine, bittersweet orange citrus, pine resin, floral and hints of stone fruits.

MF- Creamy and somewhat chewy texture to the medium-heavy body. Moderate bitterness in the finish and a touch of warming.

On the malty side of the spectrum but for me there isn't enough sweetness to really offset the fruity and resinous hops. (942 characters)

Photo of coloncrandel
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my go to IPA. It never lets me down (provided it's fresh...check label). Always love the smells and the tastes are well balanced. It's a delightful trip for all the senses (180 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with brewed on dating notched onto the side of the label

Pours orangy amber, with a lite khaki cap staying nicely.

Initially malt is what comes through on the nose, as it warms a bit resiny hops mark their appearance

Rich, dense, boldly crafted DIPA (it's got balls) with more hop resins and finishing hops drying things out. Nicely done and well worth a try (381 characters)

Photo of Tilghman
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hadn't heard of this Brewer or their DIPA, but came it highly recommended. Had a pint on tap at Lures in Annapolis, MD. (they have an excellent selection of beer on tap) This beer really showed well. First sip and knew it was a winner. Complex taste, good finish all the attributes of a first rate IPA. Can’t wait to find it again. (339 characters)

Photo of Bierleichen
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it is an IPA and I do not care for them. I needed the Evo beer bottle cap for a project, this is the beer that I selected. if you are into IPAs this is probably an excellent beer. (179 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 28, 2015

pours murky dark orange, one finger head and quite a bit of fine floaties.

Big whiff of grapefruit in the nose and strong. Some lemon too but this is very citrus smelling. some bready malt profile is there too.

Taste follows with hit of citrus hops with generous amount of bitterness but not off-putting. Reminds me a bit of victory dirtwolf. Hops back off some and some cracker malt balances it some. Some candy sugar sweetness and then piney hops thrown in for good measure.

Medium body and medium carb. Sticky and leaves a coating in the mouth. Light bitter aftertaste.

Very well made DIPA. reminiscent of dirtwolf but this has a little bit more bitterness but also more sweetness to balance it out. A little heavier and not as much drinkability though. I'm glad I went for this on my local distributors recommendation. (861 characters)

Photo of Brillig
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer absolutely nails the style for me. Outstanding fresh, bright hoppy flavor. Perfect mouthfeel and finish. May be the best DIPA I've ever had (and I've had many). (173 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks and smells pretty much on style. Somewhat darker than many with a amber but holds a nice dense head.
Straight up fresh and somewhat fruity hop aroma. No excess picked up initially, but some intensity nonetheless.
Good big hop sticky yet soft feel. Nice denseness in feel and taste. Hop rich and tasty hop complexity. Nice streak of pleasant bitterness finishes off the drink and lingers and then fades out nicely. Quick ding of alcohol in the pre-fontal cortex lets me know alcohol is there, but just adds softness and tinge of heat in the gut. The hints of excess are there but kept under wraps nicely. A good mix of a grainy flavor that seems both malt and hop based - sort of an earthy flavor.
Pleasing (718 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good DIPA. Pours an orange/amber color.ostly clear. Medium size white head with good retention and thick lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of citrus hops (grapefruit). Taste is citrus hops and biscuity malt. Very good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Rich enough for the style. Not at all "boozy" Very drinkable for a hophead. Nice (350 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this to be a pretty acceptable Double IPA. I really liked Victory DirtWolf and thought this might be a good one to try as well. It's a little too expensive for what it offers, but all in all it's worth trying at least once. (235 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Copper seethru body with one finger head that dies quick but leaves lace patches.
Hoppy, piney, earthy, citric note dominate the nose as this beer is all about hops.
Medium bodied, sticky, extremely dry but not harsh, a textbook hopped up American IPA as there are boatloads of earthy, piney, citric hops and just a little bit of breadiness and sweetness added for balance.
This doesn't reinvent the wheel by any stretch but fans of solid, hop-forward DIPAs that just want a relaxing beer without the bells and whistles should go for this. (539 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent bubbly head that is a bit of an off-white color. The beer itself a hazy bright orange with a lot of yeast sediment still floating about and detracts from the look. The smell has strong hop notes of orange with a hint of lemon and sweet malty backbone that mixes very well. The taste is predominantly hoppy with orange and grapefruit notes offset by the malt sweetness but not by much. The beer has a very dry finish. The beer is a bit on the heavy side with a little bit carbonation which gives it a very smooth finish. Overall, a pretty good beer by itself and I would recommend it. (607 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Grapefruit and citrus rind dominate the taste. Taste is bitter, dry, and slightly oily. An above average imperial IPA, but I have had way better in the style. Would not turn down this beer, nor rush out to get it. (216 characters)

Photo of JohnSand
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

A wonderful IPA. Drinking a bottled one now. Hazy copper, thin head, great flavor. Very balanced, plenty of fruity hops, plenty of sweet malt. I first had this on tap in the Globe in Berlin Md. As soon as the waitress put it down, the hop aroma hit my nose. I wasn't disappointed, I'm still not. Buy it if you can find it. (322 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A very good IIPA. Decent malt backbone. A bit catty, but not above and beyond what would be expected. Leans toward the sweet side, but not overly so. Medium to medium heavy body. Drank mine two or three months after purchase and still plenty of hops. Inasmuch as the prototypical American beer is an IPA variant, Evolution does a nice job at producing a very drinkable double IPA. Given the alcohol content and amount of sugar, it's not something for every day consumption. However, when you're in the mood for something bigger, this one fits the bill. It doesn't have the pedigree that something like a Pliny or Ruination does, but who cares? For folks who can find it, it is very good, available, and more likely a better value. (732 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, if I am drinking a bottle during the Great Bottle Purge, it is because I was at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and I had to fill out a sixer or be charged extra. I like to blame them, rather than my own alcoholic weaknesses.

We just had a tasting with the Evo rep last Friday, but she was savvy enough to keep me off of the # 6. Lots # 1 and 2 were experimental, leading to Lot # 3 and when the DIPA craze took off, 6 was double 3. I suggest that there be a Crying of Lot 49 IPA in homage to Thomas Pynchon.

I just love a heavy-handed pour since I get the pseudo-cascade initially, followed by the creation of the head. In this case, it was just under three fingers of dense, tawny head that jiggled like pudding when I inadvertently jostled the glass. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled like a citrus grove inside of a pine forest! Grapefruit and evergreen fought for supremacy in my sinus cavity. I raised a toast and took my first sip. Mouthfeel was unnaturally thick and viscous. Jesus! Every time I drink a DIPA, I feel like I am in a battle to the death! It lay upon my tongue like a beached whale, refusing to move, while the hops bored deeply into my poor, bruised tongue unmercifully. Man, you had better like hops (and I do) if you plan to attack one of the leviathans! I was getting a load of hops on the tongue and in the mouth. Finish was hot, dry, desert-like and I felt as though I may need a lay-down after that one. And this coming from a self-avowed hophead! Imagine how amateurs must feel ... (1,567 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery in Salisbury, MD. Into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Clear, copper, lots of soapy off-white lacing on the glass. Looks like a textbook double IPA.

Smell (4.5/5): Massive dankness and tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. This recipe is almost certainly drawing on some of the newer school hops to generate this thoroughly modern IPA aroma that leans heavily towards the tropical side, as opposed to the piney, highly bitter end of the hop spectrum that most old school IPAs would tap in to. Very impressive.

Taste (4.75/5): The hops are very juicy in the foretaste, with plenty of sweet, fruity grapefruit and pineapple notes. The massive hops are fairly well balanced by the sweet, yet dry malt backbone, which helps accentuate the hops and make them pop. The beer dries out nicely in the finish to a grapefruit pith-like flavor that is all bitterness. Lot 6 achieves an impressive complexity through it's seamless transition from flavor to flavor. This is a classic Double IPA being enjoyed the way it was meant to be--super fresh, straight from the brewery's tap.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Smooth initially, though the beer is exceptionally dry in the aftertaste. The carbonation is at a very nice medium level. It has kept well in the growler so far.

Overall (4.5/5): Evolution has really hit on a special recipe, one that offers an excellent amount of complexity. While this beer is all about the hops, the different hop varieties do a great job of bringing different flavors and feels to the beer on its way across the tongue. An outstanding beer that hop heads will love. (1,647 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Slightly hazy coppery caramel color; served a medium sized, creamy head.

s: Resinous, earthy citrus with plenty of caramel and toffee.

t: Definitely east coast. Earthy, pungent grapefruit rind backed by lots sugar cookies and toffee.

m: Big and creamy.

o: Good stuff, not quite upper echelon. (299 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by an employee at the Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia as an exceptional DIPA.

a: Copper with a finger thick tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Strong citrus

t: Citrus and pine hops over a mild malt base. Bitterness builds on the tongue.

m; Medium with good body.

o: A superior DIPA with plenty of hop flavors. (359 characters)

Photo of wrogers19971
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today, I'm looking at Evolution Craft Brewing Company Lot # 6
Imperial IPA. Hands down one of the most well balanced and underrated imperial IPAs out there. This impressive IPA clock in at 8.5% ABV and at 75IBUs. The color is orangish-yellow with a off-white head. The aroma is bursting with a wallop of personality. Tons of pungent grapefruit, lemongrass, candied orange, pine and a hint of earthy tea.
On the first sip, the palate is so well balanced. Ton of bitter grapefruit, lemongrass and pine. Eventually the sweet candied orange malt flavor blankets the fresh resinous hop assassination on the tongue and balances out the beer. The dry bitterness is clean, spicy and long lasting.
This beer by far is one of my go to IPAs and it has been one of my favorite IPAs for years. With the right marketing, this beer could stand up against the Plinys and Headys and find itself on an elite list of Must Try IPAs. (916 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Bottled 3/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, cardboard, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, cardboard, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely past its prime but still drinkable and not really all that bad. (665 characters)

Photo of JCarey
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this from tap at the brewery and in bottles, but I'm currently enjoying the bottled version.

Heavily bubbled, strong, frothy, white head. Cap remains throughout the pint and lacing is strong and thick. Light copper, clear but with a tiny amount of haze.

Smell is by no means dank or overly resinous, just a clean hop aroma and some maltiness backed by some esters. The Citra really comes through on the nose.

Malty sweet and caramely. Strong, but not puckering, bitterness with some heavy handed hop flavors. I have a problem with most IIPAs. They tend to be either way too sweet or way too hoppy. Lot 6 hits the nail dead on the head. Super balanced with a clean yeast flavor.

Not quite a thick mouthfeel but this is medium to even full bodied. Perfectly carb'd and easy to drink. It's hard for me not to give this a pefect score. It's one of the few IPAs/IIPAs that I actually like. (897 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange golden, eggshell head is a quarter inch and fine, retains well.

Smells of sweet biscuit malts mixed with fruity and floral fresh hops. Some honey in there too.

Tastes of orange citrus, clover honey, grapefruit hops, and sweet biscuit malt.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice double IPA, above average in all regards and very worth trying. Compares favorably to all but the very best stronger IPAs. (480 characters)

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Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.