Lot #6 Double IPA - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #6 Double IPALot #6 Double IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 583
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 97 | 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: 98 | Hads: 583
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. (729 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright orange, copper color, fairly murky with a finger or so of soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves behind a great show of lacing. The aroma is nice, citrusy with nice bitter pine behind it, biscuity malt with a fair amount of potent alcohol that burns the nose. Lots of crisp grapefruit with some sweet tangerine citrus, pine and grassy flavors follow with some sweet biscuity grain with a bit of warm alcohol behind, the balance is a little unrefined, but the general flavor profile is very nice. The body is good, a lot of initial fizz and carbonation that quickly gets sticky and juicy that finishes with a great dry punch and a bit of an alcohol burn.

Verdict: An enjoyable DIPA from Evolution and my first experience with this brewery. The lack of balance and notable alcohol presence at just 8.50% is a bit of a turn off but this was definitely an enjoyable beer. Will definitely be looking to try more of Evolution's lineup. (1,018 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer from brees6221, Thanks Ben!

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed dull brass color with a white head that thinned out but still left a fair amount of lacing.

S - pine, citrus and a little earthiness.

T - very well balanced taste of sweet malts and bitter/tart hops.

F - medium bodied it's very smooth and easy to drink.

O - very good example of the style. (382 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade (Thanks 2dogbrew)

Appearance- Appealing deep orange hue, with a fluffy head that sticks around. Very nice lacing. Pretty much what I want my IPA to look like.

Smell- A bit of pine, orange, mango, pineapple, and some caramel maltiness.

Taste- First sip is easy drinking and balanced. Good amount of citrusy hop notes are found as I drink. Rind bitterness develops and also mounts as the beer is consumed. Alcohol only evident as the beer warms. Some sips are a bit muted and very malt forward, however.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Feel is a bit oily, but close to medium body. Nothing too offensive, but not really anything noteworthy.

Overall- I enjoyed the relative balance and ease of consumption this double IPA provided. Did I mention the lacing was incredible? Some of it dried on my glass it hung around so long. The lingering bitterness isn't my thing, but that's a staple of most IPAs. Way better than Lot #3. (963 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12-oz. bottle, this poured a cloudy, very hazy orange with a one-finger head that rapidly goes to a trace. There was a nice lacing throughout. The nose is dominated by oranges and grapefruit. Taste features a nice bite of hops up front but is quickly matched by sweet caramel malts. There is no lingering bitterness (for better or for worse). There is some pine and oily feel, but these are mild for a DIPA. Alcohol is noticeable but also mild. Moutfeel is medium and carbonation is healthy. I didn't know this brewer or this beer but I need to pay attention from now on. This is a very nice offering and worth your attention. (633 characters)

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. (493 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice copper with a 2 finger light tan head, a 1 finger crown of head remains for sometime. Lots blotches and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, light toast, big juicy orange and citrus, some spice and pine.

T- light toasted malts, caramel, nice citrus flavor, some spicy pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. A little thin mouthfeel but not terrible.

O- very nice dipa, especially considering I have never heard of Evolution so it was a nice surprise. (545 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale amber body with a big fluffy off-white head. Body has very good transparency, head leaves a huge mess of lacing.

S- Huge blast of hops as soon as the bottle was opened. Tons of pine notes, lots of citrus and grapefruit. Really a great smelling IIPA.

T- Big piney hop flavors right away. There is a slight hint of citrus towards the end, along with some sweet malt, but not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. The piney hop flavors really carry this one.

M- Pretty harsh sting on the tongue. Full bodied IIPA, good carbonation.

O- A very good offering. Not in the upper tier of IIPAs, but very good in it's own right. Big flavors, big hops, worth seeking out. (678 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Orange/amber with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Appears slightly hazy with tiny specks of sediment floating around.

Nose
Candied orange, papaya and lemon. Pilsner malts and candy sugar.

Taste
Payapa, candied navel oranges, red grapfruit and lemon. Pilsner malts, canteloupe, candy sugar and hints of bubblegum. Resinous pine and florals in the finish along with some tangerine zest. Notes of onion linger.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, oily, crisp and dry.

Overall
A nicely balanced DIPA that still maintains a nice bitter kick. A lot of citrus with notes of tropical fruits. Certainly worth checking out. (679 characters)

Photo of eends33
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- gold/orange color

S- Orange Citrus, mango, grapefruit

T- Tangerine, piny

M- medium full body

O- I love this beer great smell, great taste..brewery is only 25 minutes from me and is probably the best local beer ive had, such and easy dipa to drink reccomend everyone to try it if you can. (295 characters)

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. (552 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear and dark orange gold color with a creamy, thick head and gentle carbonation. The lacing ring is thin but heavy looking.

S - This one is tropical citrus all the way in the nose: Oranges, mangos, red grapefruit, papaya, tangerine/nectarines and alot of juicy, peppery resin.

T - Slight biscuity malt lies underneath a dominating wall of fruity hop resin. Orange tangerine, and sweet grapefruit, and thick with tropical fruit resin, light floral/herbal, and peppery spice.

M - Very thick and full bodied for the style; finishes with a fruity, bitter bite and leaves a very thick and spicy coating of citrus resin.

O - At some moments the resin is a little sugary sweet but not enough to detract from this massive IPA. I'm not sure what Evolution's plan is regarding the frequency of brewing this beer but it's one I would not be opposed to seeing all year around, if so, this could easily become a go to D-IPA and I wouldn't grow tired of it. (964 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Jan 2013 notched on the side of the bottle. Not sure if that is a best before or bottled on....

A: bright orange body. super bright. some haze to it as well. head is mostly bright white with a little bit of orange tints on it as well. retention is good and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: fresh mangos, orange juice. flower pollen. tons of hop resins. a big stinky mess. also a big invitation to drink.

T: this is a cross between an orange creamsicle and a cowtail. some cara sweetness on an otherwise massive hop flavor profile. lots of citrus. if I had to guess I would say this used simcoe and citra hops for flavor. guessed wrong, just checked, citra, Columbus, and centennial.

M: carb is average, slightly velvety. works really well on the DIPA style. full-bodied.

D: full-bodied big time DIPA that still remains to be super drinkable? yes please. exactly where the style needs to be heading and something a lot of brewers forget these days. good work evolution. (986 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 8.5%. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy golden copper color. The head is a nice three finger cream color featuring excellent lacing down the glass. Retention is only decent, however.

S: Quite grapefruit forward, with an underlying touch of peppery, herbal pine. The malt profile seems to be the standard-issue crystal malts, coming across as somewhat biscuity. The general aroma is very good, if not as vivid as I hoped/expected.

T: The grapefruit character comes across more expressively in the flavor. It starts off with a combination of citrusy hops and biscuity malt/yeast. The finish is pleasantly malty; the subtle grapefruit mingles with the toffee and marzipan qualities, with touches of black pepper and pine appearing. Again, like its little brother, it has a surprising amount of complexity while it maintains a level of balance; some sips will be citrusy, others will be piny, and some will even be tropical.

After downing a second one, it becomes very melon-like in its hop character...perhaps a sign of the Citra hops coming through. I'm upping the score here - I'm on my second one and I almost feel like killing a third bottle. It's just superb, yet in a subtle manner.

M: The finish starts off pleasantly clean and dry, before a budding aftertaste of hop nectar and malt sweetness builds and lingers on the aftertaste. General texture is on the heavier side of medium - and yet, in spite of all the things conspiring to make it a difficult drink, it's quite easy to down.

O: This is what FW Double Jack should have been - the reason I single out that one is because the flavor profile here is very reminiscent of the hyped DIPA in terms of its malty, orange/grapefruit forward nature; only it's more balanced, less boozy, not as sweet, and more complex. Or maybe this 4 pack is just fresher than the bottle of Double Jack I had. All I know is A) I'll be coming back to this one at a somewhat frequent rate, and B) it's about damn time MD starts producing a DIPA that's both top notch and well-priced. (2,062 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lot No6 is beautiful, juicy, and just a tad too thin.

It poured a beautiful hazy light copper with a massive pillowy cream colored head. It left a thick latice-like lace on the entire glass. It's the first beer I've had that left a wall of lace on the side of the glass from which I drank. The aroma was very hoppy, with hints of citrus and a moldy musty basement. The flavor was outstanding, dominated by grapefruit and tangerine and finishing with that moldy basement. It was a bit too refreshing for a double IPA and dangerously easy to drink. It's the perfect summertime DIPA.

Lot No6 is the first beer I've had in a very long time that, after trying, I wanted to run out and buy it all. It's the first new beer I've had in a very long time that made me happy. It looks great, what it leaves on the glass is a work of art, and the flavor is exceptional. If it were available year-round, Lot No6 would be my every day go-to beer. (944 characters)

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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The notches on the side show January 2013. Unusual that this would be the bottling date, but it must be because this is the first bottling of this beer.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, bright tangerine color. My normal paced pour yielded two fingers of dense head, reaching the rim of the glass and no further. After a few minutes the head dies to a single finger, where it stays for the duration. Magnificent lacing.

S - Wow! Huge ruby grapefruit bursts from the bottle, even before pouring. While sitting an armslength from the glass, I continue to catch whiffs of the juicy hop explosion. A floral boquet accompanied by soft caramel malts round out the aroma. I can't get over how fragrant this beer is. It smells amazing.

T - Big tropical fruits, mango, papaya and grapefruit hit the tongue first. Caramel, toffee malts follow with a nice delicate sweetness. Dank grapefruit on the back end, very mild bitterness. The finish is clean with more Fresca citrus linger.

M - Very nice medium-full body with great carbonation. Crisp finish and no alcohol. Scary drinkable. I should have gotten many more than two bottles (they didn't last long!).

O - I have not been blown away like this by a beer for a while. My expectations were not as through the roof as they had been for some of the popular DIPAs (Pliny, Heady, etc.) and that made this one that much more impressive. If you like grapefruit in your IPA, then this is a must try. One of the best smelling beers I have smelt; one of the finest IPAs I have tasted. Huge tropical and citrus flavors, despite relatively low bitterness. I can't express how happy I am that they now bottle this stuff. I was pleased with the draft version, but this is better. Get it, and get it fresh. So good. (1,795 characters)

Photo of JDogg
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed Evolution # 3 IPA from a bottle and was stoked to fill my growler from Whole Foods with the DIPA. Poured into curvy Duvel Tulip Glass. Beauty, eh?

A: Copper . Lacing is not clinging to the surface of the entire glass, but looks like some message left in intricate handwriting. Pretty cool.
S: Yep, grapefruit.
T: Complexity is there , just as I remember the Evolution #3 or maybe a DFH 60. But somehow this is as drinkable as a session beer, even with an elevated ABV.
O: overall quality far exceeds the sum of it's parts. Somehow Evolution has produced a top of class DIPA that remains subtle. (609 characters)

Photo of pobrepaul
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer a few time in at the beach and picked up a growler at the brewery. Personally, I think its one fo the best DIPA in the mid-atlantic if not the whole East Coast. Has some dank and floral flavors that are great, probably from the Citra hops. It only comes in draft so I always get it when I seee it. (311 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Now this is a beautiful looking beer. A gorgeous orange color with a big, residual fluffy head and huge lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Really nice nose. Not a lot of complexity, but big citrusy notes. This reeks of a Citra dry hop. Substantial malt backbone

Taste: Definitely some malt sweetness, but balanced well with more huge bitter citrus/tropical type hop flavor. Finishes with a big fruity, bitter blast. Some Columbus like vegetal undertones. Damn tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel: You know you're drinking a big beer. Not syrupy, but full bodied, appropriately so, for a DIPA. Not sticky or cloying, but definitely on the thick side. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: Evolution is killing it. One of the best breweries that flies a little under the radar. They make a very good regular IPA, a killer stout, and their Menagerie series/limited/barrel aged stuff is all very good.

Please make this beer more often. (937 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-good amber with a thin white head.

S-wow tropical grapefruit!! Amazing! Strong scent

T-comes in with a wonderful creamy taste of grains, fresh hops, and grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness too. The after-taste is matching and awesome. This great and sweet.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-This is actually an amazing ipa. I love any ipa that can get this much of a grapefruit flavor. I recommend this to anyone! (430 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alewife Baltimore, 3/3/12.

A_Pours a clear ruby amber with a frothy head and good lacing.

S-Lots of sweet caramel malt and juicy hops.

T-Sweet malt, juicy piney hops in a nice balance.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Very tasty, a nice brew.

HV (273 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10-oz. brandy snifter glass at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth, Del.

A: Poured a clean, clear and bright copper color with orange-amber hues beneath a creamy, two-finger head of white carbonation which stayed for most of the brew.

S: Rich, floral and fruity aroma with hints of lush citrus, grapefruit and coriander.

T: Sweet caramel malt flavor hits the palate first, with a smooth blend of specialty grains. The rich, fruity palate is quite nice, throwing spicy citrus and bitter rinds into the mix. A tropical blend of fruits ushers in the bitter, resinous and herbal, citrusy hop finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean with a satisfying, bitter bite.

M: Full-bodied DIPA, but pretty balanced and smooth throughout. A little hot and boozy, but not enough to disturb the palate.

O: A very nice DIPA from Evolution, I look forward to having this out of the bottle someday soon. The 9.3% ABV is sturdy and provides a strong malt backbone for the bitter, grapefruit and hoppy resins to go to work. I'd get it again for sure! (1,053 characters)

Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.