Lot #6 Double IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #6 Double IPALot #6 Double IPA

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 40
Gots: 94 | 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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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orangey-gold hue with a two-finger cream colored head that eventually fades to about an 1/8" - 1/4", leaving behind an absolute blanket of lace down the glass. Gorgeous... Although the hue of the beer is a little lighter than I was expecting, but it's not enough to deduct points.

S: Tons of citrus fruit. Grapefruit, hints of orange rind. A little bit of mango thrown into the array of scents. A little bit of floralness (is that a word?) underneath the citrus. Some pine and grassiness. A light touch of alcohol spice, which wasn't unexpected in a DIPA. Complex and lovely, but not as intense as I was hoping.

T: Not for the faint of heart... Tons of hop bitterness and in-your-face citrus. A little bit of pine following suit, with a nice flowery finish. Lots of hop bitterness lingers afterwards with some boozy heat.

M: Tons of heat from the booze, but it's never overpowering. A controlled carbonation is above average, I'd say, and definitely close to a full body. Slick across the palate. Drinks easily, but definitely not sessionable. This is a sipper, no doubt.

O: Lot No. 6 is another brew that makes me feel like I'm scoring too high, but every time I revisit a category to try and "correct" the rating, I'm reminded of why I scored it so highly in the first place. It's not the most unique brew I've ever had, but it's simply just... effin' great! A lovely beer to kick back with after a long day of housework.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of goblue3509
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an organish copper color with a two finger head and great fingers of lacing all over the glass. A great looking beer. The aroma is of greatfruit hops with earthy hops presen also. The taste is a caramel malt backbone with grapfruit hops, earthy hops and citrus present. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good with the alcohol well hidden and the beer being an easy drink. Overall its a solid beer but in a crowded dipa market it is close to the top but not top of class and needs to do more to distinquish itself.

Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky and orange with a soft glow in the body of the beer. Decent head of creamy foam that fell pretty fast to some shimmering lace and a thin layer of bubbles on top. Nose is tropical, orange and herbal. Juicy citrus with a good caramel and breaddy malt spine in back. There’s some pine and resin and a faint whiff of soap that doesn’t last. Taste is intense. Grapefruit and tart citrus, pithy then the sweet orange. The malt stayed strong with toasted grain, a little nutty and caramel.The alcohol was warming but not overly present on the palate even though it does show up more and more as it warms. Good oily body and the fruits really lasted throughout the drink next to such a strong malt presence and hop bitter. Finished dry with some bite from the bubbles and a lasting bitter. It even glowed a little in the aftertaste. It drank a little heavy and had a full body but it was packed with flavor that made it really enjoyable.

Photo of hopflyer
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tbryan5
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A shout out to griffeyb for the AWESOME box he sent with this being one of the bottles in it!

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A- It pours a deep hazy orange with beautiful lacing sticking from the top of the glass and trailing all the way down.

S- Huge pine and citrus notes. Exactly what I would expect from the style.

T- A rush of hops dominate the first contact with the palate followed by a slightly mellowed sweet after taste. Very nice balance overall.

M- A good amount of carbonation that produces a pleasant tingle with the body to match.

O- A very very good imperial IPA. I feel like I could drink an entire six pack over a crawfish boil even at an ABV of 8.5%. One of the beast I have had.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of hagbergl
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap the Pickled Pig Pub for Delaware Beer Week.

A: Was served in a goblet. Lot 6 is golden yellow in color, with a very white one finger head. Nice retention and left some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of tropical fruits, some grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. There is a little bit of pine, and really not much malt in the aroma. Slight hints of alcohol.

T: Over the top hop flavors. More citrus, with mostly grapefruit and some pineapple as well as a very nice grassy flavor. The hops are quite sharp and impart a good amount of bitterness. It is cut slightly by some bready malt on the backend.

M: Medium to full bodied, with a little bit of a alcohol, but not detrimental to the beer at all. Very crisp.

O: One of my favorite Evolution beers, too bad it is only on tap as of now, hopefully they will bottle it at some point. Have also had it Randallized with mint and grapefruit juice which was a nice touch to this beer as well.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely DIPA, bottle from Capone’s. Orange bodied with some retained head. Smooth, above average and relatively smooth mouthfeel(though a little grapefruit acid in finish). Rich, complex, lots of fruit: apricot, mango, orange. Very hoppy aroma. A well crafted DIPA.

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - orange with a thick, pillowy, white head that has decent retention

S - sweet malt, big citrusy hops, faint spiciness

T - grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, sweet malt, piny bitter finish

M - medium bodied, some alcohol wamrth, well carbonated

This is a really nice, big, bold, hoppy DIPA. The hops are ever present and intense. They're citrusy and bitter. I wish there just a tad more malt backbone for support, but the malt is noticeable and enjoyable. In the end this is really a solid offering, and I kind of wish I had a few more to enjoy.

Photo of Bierleichen
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright orange and very hazy body. Nice big white head. Lots of sticky lacing and the surface retains a thick layer of foam.

Smell - Grapefruit citrus hops. A little bit of tropical fruit there. Strong hop aroma. Equally strong is a toasty malt aroma.

Taste - That grain flavor is dominant. Amazingly, it cuts through a strong hop flavor. More grapefruit than tropical fruits now. Pine and earthy hops come through also. But that toast flavor is very strong through. Lends itself to an increasing bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, bitter, not at all sweet. Dry and well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty tasting but that grain is strong as is the bitterness. Independently, they probably would be pleasant elements, but combined they're too much.

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Raw hoppiness, grapefruit, hint of maltiness, lots and lots of orange on the nose.

L: Hazy, burnt orange, off-white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Raw, resiny hops up front with some orange and slight maltiness. Medium high resiny bitterness with additional bready notes. Dry, pungent, hoppy finish. Quite resiny.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Surprisingly good, has a very raw hoppiness similar to OTWOA, but a little more malt body. Another great local DIPA.

Photo of nimrod979
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw it on draft @ Bulls & Bears and decided to give it a shot. I like their Lot 3 IPA a good bit.
Poured a clear copper-ish color with a small off-white head. A little bit of a retention and some notable lacing going on here.
Has a citrusy tropical fruit hoppiness about its aroma. along with some malty sweetness.
Citrusy & herbal hops. A lot more piney resin flavor than the aroma gave off. Not overly bitter. Quite balanced by a huge malt backbone to stand up to the hops, I've noticed Evolution seems to overcompensate here. A little on the sweet side but that was expected.
Medium bodied with an oily, juicy mouthfeel. Perfect bitterness in the finish and the high alcohol is hidden well. Pretty nice DIPA and another decent brew from this newer local brewery.

Photo of Gibonow
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The initial taste is sweet but it finishes with a strong bitter taste that lingers. I'd say it also has a stronger malt taste than other double IPAs I've had. However,the 8.5% is hidden well.

The color is pretty and opaque.

Solid double IPA and I can take my time to enjoy it. This beer was a gift so I don't have any info on price.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Notched 5/13. Consumed 7/13.

A: Strong swirling effervesce within a tarnished orange body of good clarity. 2 inch head is frothy and whipped with a strong rate of retention. Strong lace coverage, meaty stratified rings descend down the vessel.

S: Aroma of pineapple, pepper and celery, fresh green herbs with a touch of fresh wet citrus fresh and young in the glass.

T: Dry citrus toast, bready, peppery herbs, parsely with a warming of citrus flower. Dry grains, caramel juice sweetness peeks through mid-palate along with a pinch of spiciness, grassy pine indicators while ending with a gentle dryness of hops and grains.

M: warm and toasty, bready textured with a good carbonation presence. Medium bodied and a sting of citrus alcohol coming off the tongue.

O: Overall nicely balanced, hops are fairly aggressive without being obnoxious supported by a sturdy malt backbone. Some interesting aroma, good drinking potential. very good overall.

Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at the brewery last Friday.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant golden yellow color, so much lighter than I was expecting that you'd think it was watered down. A small head, never more than 3/4 of a finger, leaves spots of lace around the glass.

S: The DIPA certainly doesn't smell watered down! Tropical and sweet, there is an excess of citrus fruits and mangos lingering around. A bit of boozy heat (unavoidable at 9.3%) and touch of pine round out the mix. A very full aroma.

T: Boozy and rich, not for the hop-timid. This DIPA packs a punch. Citrusy hops, grapefruit predominantly, are sweet and full, I'd say 'lush' but I think that I'm overusing that word. Leafy bitterness follows, a wall of sharpness that lingers with each sip. Paler malts, not quite caramel, hand around but don't have much to say amongst the sea of hops. The ale is big, but it isn't overpowering (at least initially, I am hurting a bit this morning).

M: The mouthfeel, boozy as it is at times, is full of sweet tropical flavors, almost a dessert DIPA. The hoppiness'll grab you.

D: At 9.3%, this is no pounding beer. I left a third of the growler for today but I'm already looking forward to it.

Photo of philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - About a finger and a half worth of crisp fizzy off-white colored head with an ever so slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Modest at best retention ultimately yields a full lacing much the same... A slight to moderate bit of briskly paced carbonation rises within... The color is a mix of medium gold and copper with an ever so faint haziness... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A big fruity hop presence right off the bat... A mix of grapefruit and muted pineapple are at the forefront... A rock solid malt base of caramel and toffee help support the hoppiness... Even though this one may lack a bit of the depth and complexity I was hoping for, it is not the less quite delightful...

T - The hop profile is near perfect... They come in waves and layers to make this a truly stellar experience... A bit of citrusy sweetness and tropical fruit to start... A slightly surprising euro / noble hop presence fills the middle... The finish displays an earthy pine character that lingers and satisfies... Lying beneath all of this is a rich malty complexity... Bread crust... Saltine... Graham Crackers... A very little caramel and toffee sweetness... Deep, rich and satisfying... Wow...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense from the get go, but not quite thick... Just a touch of lushness throughout... A moderate bit of carbonation with a crisp bite to it... Even and consistent... A very light chalkiness on the finish...

D - This is a textbook rock solid American Double / Imperial IPA that I would gladly welcome in my glass or fridge anytime... Evolution Brewing has come a long way since I first tried one of their offerings... Lot No. 3 is really good, but Lot No. 6 is fantastic... Refreshing and interesting... Surely enough to keep the most avid hop head happy... Truly a tasty little gem...

Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Evolution Lot No 6 is a citrus DIPA. It's ok. Maybe I got an old bottle because the flavours weren't that strong. I think it's marked Jan 2013... so yeah, it's pretty old. I'll try to find a fresh bottle and re-review it.

A: CLoudy orange colour and a nice 3 mm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Malty with some weak citrus aroma. 3.5

T: Malty with citrus. The finish is bitter with some mineral-like flavours. I prefer evo 3! 3.5

M: Foamy. Perfect level of carbonation. 4.5

O: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A bit of a murky brown orange body, good amount of thin rising carbonation coming up. Head fluffs up with thick three finger retention, off white and very clumpy.

Nose on the pour strangely even hits with dank earth, then a huge biscuit aroma. Quick inspection brings chewy biscuit malt, and some flesh hop aromas. Good caramel sense of sweetness, a little bit of citrus warmth sense, but with not a definable sense. Almost has a great powdered toast sense, with a good hop presence, but interestingly malt forward.

Palate hits with an obvious hop bitterness. Good pine heat in the mid palate, finishing with a very lingering dry spice. Mid palate melds nicely with some good sweetness of the malts, but it's definitely hop dominant which the bouquet doesn't hint at. Slightly leafy and chewy, almost a minty aftertaste, with a mild subdued fruit sense (can't pinpoint a tropical or distinct citrus angle). Palate has just a touch of wet, but there's still plenty to carry all the flavors forward, and a litle bit of chalky character.

It's a very decent addition to the other double IPAs out there, but not something I would personally go crazy over. It will easily keep the hop heads satisfied.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From growler to pint glass on 4/7/11
*From notes

It should be noted that the growler was filled but 45 minutes prior to opening.

Thanks goes out to Lee for the heads up on this one - cheers!

A: Dark amber, almost orange in appearance. Like polished mahogany. A careful pour yields a one finger, bubbly head and sticky lacing.

S: Immediate pine resin. I mean this thing is intense. I don't detect any alcohol, which is shocking for such a big beer. Fruity esters continue to waft in and around the nose, and juicy mango is prevalent as it warms.

T: This DIPA will put hair on your chest. It's massive, showcasing strong tree sap and a good dose of well integrated alcohol. It blends ever so gracefully with the heavy amount of malt, which provides a sturdy framework. The balancing act here is magnificent.

M: Crisp and rich. This has plenty of carbonation, but it is necessary to counterbalance the concentrated nature of this DIPA.

O: I loved it. Evolution's Lot #6 DIPA is one of the better East Coast DIPA's I've had. This is one of those brews you compare other beers to. Extremely well done and sinfully drinkable. Seeing it = buying it.

*Paired with Thai crispy duck roll and beef drunken noodles

Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Very orange, slightly cloudy and an offwhite head. Nice color but I wish it was clearer.
Smell - Not much here for a DIPA, very very little hops and not much else.
Taste - More bitterness than I would prefer, should be balanced out a bit more. Typical piney with a little more citrus hop flavor than most IPAs of this variety. The alcohol is masked nicely though.

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Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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