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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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 ...

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 DIM
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of JCarey
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of mikem0487
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No enjoy by date. Poured into ale glass.

A-Poured a foamy dense white head that receded slowly back to the clear copper body.

S-Grapefruit, mango and hop resin dominate and mix together awesomely in the nose.

T-Citrus forward beer. Hop resin and bitterness in the finish. Delicious throughout. A nice malt base balances out the hops and adds a sweetness to the finish.

M-Medium mouthfeel with a sweet finish. Lower carbonation than I would like.

O-I love this beer. Both the taste and smell go hand in hand with one another and make for a highly drinkable and enjoyable imperial IPA.

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.

Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored with one finger of frothy ecru foam,splotchy lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is all about the hops, mostly piney with some grapefruit zest in there too.

Taste is also hop forward, malt present but mostly for balance. Nice citrus/pine flavors, solid lingering bitterness of the desirable variety.

Mouthfeel medium, crisp carbonation.

Solid IIPA all the way, heard good things about Evolution brewing Lot No6 delivers the goods, highly recommend for those that appreciate hop forward ales.

Photo of jbaker67
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of beerbully
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into pint glass

A- cloudy, copper with 1 inch head thick lacing that clings to glass. seems to have some particulate floating around

S-Hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest some sweetness

T-follows the nose, well balanced, good tangy citrus hops backed up by the sweetness of the malts. heavy grapefruit with some sweet sugar undertones that balances this brew. a bit bready

M-medium body brew, a bit of a dry finish

O-well balanced IPA the bitterness of the Grapefruit flavors is balanced with the sweetness of oranges. The 6.8% ABV is well hidden. This is an easy drinker any time of the year. Well worth trying and I will revisit time again when I can get it.

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of dheacck11
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little old, bottled Jan 2013. Still glad to try it from home...

Pour is a nice golden orange mandarin. nice dense white head.

Nose is not too powerful, but nice hints of citrus and hop. Orange and mango prominent.

Taste is really surprisingly crisp and dry, bitter hops. not much of the citrus at all, but really big hops.

Feel is good, nothing to right home about. Nice medium thick.

Would love to try this fresh. pretty west coast for a solidly east coast brewer. good overall though

Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from my dad. May bottle date but had in mid-August. oh well. Pours a cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit melds nicely with the caramel malts. Flavor is pine hop forward with lingering grapefruit and substantial malt backing. Lighter palate than expected with easy drinking qualities and medium to higher carbonation. My second from Evo and both have been pretty solid.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of MikeWard
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on date of May 2013, so 3 months old.

Appearance was a fairly cloudy yellow/orange. Initially good head, which settled down to a thin covering which retained throughout the drink. Only a little carbonation could be detected. Of more concern was the suspended particulates. These eventually settled to the bottle of the glass.

Nose was undistiguished, faint of hops and vaguely fruity.

Taste & mouth was better than expected, given the above. However, virtually no hop bite. And this is a double IPA? Smooth drinking, a decent bodied mouth, and left a pleasant taste on the back of the mouth.

Overall, not too much to rave about on this one. Other than the floating particulates, nothing particularly horrible either. Doubt I would seek this one out again.

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 MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a hint of amber.  Leaves a nice finger and a half of light caramel/light tan colored head. Great retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Resinous citrusy rinds, lots of grapefruit tempered by a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Exactly as it smells, fruity/citrusy hops are a bit staleness.  the markings on the bottle indicate march of 2013. Hopefully thats the bottled date rather than the enjoy by date. Either way its older than ideal which is probably contributing to the slight but obvious staleness.  caramel malts are relatively abundant.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation, quite refreshing

O - definitely a bit stale. The taste was still decent but i could see this being fantastic fresh. Will revisit when i have the chance. Giving the benefit of the doubt on the overall rating

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.

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 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 MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-orange, citrus, malt, slight herbal, pine

T-citrus, caramel malt, citrus, pine, slight floral, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O- decent DIPA with a fair amount of malt backbone with good hop presence

Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.