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Lot #6 Double IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #6 Double IPALot #6 Double IPA

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 611
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was at Max's in Baltimore and wanted a hop fix, this more than handled it. A super hoppy beer with tons of bitterness, alcohol is well hidden and there is a decent enough malt backbone to make the beer pretty smooth. Great mouthfeel and finish, an above average IPA and definitely one the upper tier ones I can I've tried.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a clearish golden-amber color with a small white head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is expectedly hop-driven, lots of citrus and pine, hints of tropical fruit. It's been a while since I've had a good, no-nonsense DIPA, and this one really reminded me how much I like the style. Lots of sticky hops in the taste, citrus zest and pith, pine resin, tropical fruit, with a solid caramel malt base, and grainy alcohol warmth. Medium body, crisp and dry, very well-done.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a dark orange copper color with an inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grape fruit, and fruity malts. Lots of fresh hops and fruit, a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, light tropical fruits, and fruity malts. A little bitterness but not a ton, and more grapefruit and pine than tropical fruits, unlike the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a little bit of bitterness.

o - Overall a nice DIPA. Nose was great and fruity, and the taste wasn't too bitter. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear oramge in color with a 1/2" head. Some lace develops during the session.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and some softer orange tones are easily detectable.

Taste: nice caramel profile with a decent amount of pine, grapefruit, orange, and pears. Alcohol is noticeable and warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: I found this to be easy drinking, but took it slow as the alcohol levels are a bit high here.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog

Evolution lot number six has a light bronze look with some polished gold around the edges. Looks a shade darker than most west coast IPA's. The cap is an off white color with retention and sticking to the glass. Smell is ripe with fresh grapefruit and small traces of pine. A malty backbone with faint caramel. The hops steal the show though. Taste is pretty exquisite for an East Coast DIPA. A balancing act between the hops and malt. Grapefruit and pine are the main flavors yet some other tropic pop up. Funny thing is, this reminds me of Bear Republics Racer X which uses an English malt strain, so maybe this does as well. I'll be looking for more of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness, with considerable orange candy, citrus and a whiff of alcohol. This beer smells like a 9% abv. beer. The flavor proflie replicates the nose pretty closely, but is not overly sweet or boozy (something I appreciate). There is some sweet malt of course, but there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter that sweetness very nicely. This DIPA is quite well balanced, with everything nicely preportioned. There's a hint of alcohol on the finish, but it's no more than that, and so drinkability is ultimately pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. As noted above, drinkability is pretty good, though I can tell the alcohol is up there a bit. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but again, it's only a hint and ultimately this is a pretty drinkable DIPA.

Nice beer...

Edit from 1/12. Tried side by side with FW double jack.... um, well, maybe a few laps back, but we're getting there you all. Cheers!

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Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-finger white creamy head, lightly hazy coppery orange. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma from the hops, light grapefruit and slight sweetness as well. Quite bitter, but very fruity with tropical and stone fruit with a lingering hop burn, fairly balanced. Medium to thicker body with tiny bubbly carbonation. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Frisco's

Burnished copper, this beer glows, capped by a thin white head. Retention is decent and there's some lace. The nose is chock-full of hop character with plenty of citrus bitterness, particularly orange rind and some grapefruit. Particularly aromatic as well, this smells great. Malt character is low, which is always a plus in my book. The palate opens with a big hop character with a medium level of flavor and a medium-high bitterness. As with the nose,the dominating character is citrus, with a blend of orange, orange rind, grapefruit and a little pine. Sweetness is medium low with just some malt flavor without the big mouthfeel. Drying on the finish with a lingering bitterness, this light bodied beer does not hide its alcohol very well with some being quite apparent. That said, it's still a solid beer, one that I will drink again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is golden orange and transparent with a white fairly bubbly head. The nose is fairly balanced with malt and hop. Sticky caramel and light dough with citrus orange hop behind. Taste is much more malt forward, caramel, stale grain and dough. Hops are fairly citrusy and brings a light bitterness through a lightly carbonated finish. Body is fairly full and creamy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a 10 oz glass.

appears a copper color with bright white head. big pine and earthy hop aroma. taste has just a touch of biscuity malt, but is over powered by resiny hop flavor. the hop flavor is okay, but could be better, doesn't seem to jive with the malt. average body and carbonation level.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light copper, with some off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter orange zest and candied apricots, with some caramel.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and orange zest, with sweet caramel. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a decent double IPA. The scent and taste were average, but the body was excellent. The alcohol was pretty well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was fairly easy to drink. Not super great, but enjoyable.

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Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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