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
92
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576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 40
Gots: 93 | 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

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Beer added by: lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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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 rboinski
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from tommyguz (Thanks!) poured into a 14 oz red wine glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper that produces a less than organized head that persists for 5-10 minutes, and then leaves a 1/4" ring around the glass

Smell: Sweet orange first and foremost, with fresh pine in the background

Taste: To be honest the taste leaves a little to be desired. The flavors are the same as was noticed on the smell, but they are more subdued. A sweet malt character comes through which is followed by orange and a little pine. Could be the age as this was sent to me from across the country, but if the taste is a strong as the nose when fresh I am certain that this is an excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is sufficient but leaves a little to be desired. The carbonation is not as well integrated as I would hope, but the mottled head left me expecting this sadly. The carbonation is ok, but again it just doesn't feel that well integrated, with the sensation of carbonation hitting after the initial rush of flavor.

Overall: A pretty well crafted dipa with just a few things keeping it from being a great DIPA. If I am ever in the area I will make a point to try it as fresh as possible.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.22/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (March 2013 bottle date) in a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange color, foamy, pure white 1-plus finger head that holds up and leaves full sheets of lacing. Constant small-bubble carbonation. That head will not quit, remaining a thick film. Sturdy.

S- Pine and citrus, grapefriut. A bit earthy. Some malt and alcohol sweetness as it warms.

T- Citrus fruit, grapefriut, some caramel malt.

M- Full body, tart, lively carbonation. Long finish of hop and malt blend. No alcohol burn.

O- Smooth and flavorful DIPA. It comes in easy at 8.5% abv.

Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a brown label that has a giant green hop smack dab in the middle. On top of the hop in large white lettering is the name of the beer. In the lower right hand corner is the beer's specifications. Off to far right side of the label is a bottled on notched month and year. My bottle was bottled in Jan 2013. Poured into a Cycle Brewing Snifter.

Lot 6 poured a really nice hazy and bright solid tangerine orange. It wasn't so hazy that I couldn't see my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top was a good sized 1/2 an inch pure pearl white head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a big foamy string of rings and a large number of white streaks of lace.

It smelled like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be mostly pine based or citrus fruit based. It had a good mix of both. It was the pine that kicked off the aroma. After that, the citrus fruits sweeps in. This citrus fruit punch consisted of bitter and tart grapefruit, a touch of tart lemon, a few drops of juicy orange, and a subtle whiff of pineapple. I didn't catch any malt in the aroma. The pine must covered it up.

This beer didn't want to mess around. It started off with the dried bitter citrus hops. Mixed in with the citrus hops was the bitter citrus fruits. Like the aroma, I found bitter and tart grapefruit, tart lemon, juicy orange, and a dash of pineapple. Directly after the citrus elements was a big bite of pine. Unlike the aroma, the pine let through a little caramel malt at the end. A great tasting Double/Imperial IPA.

This was a medium to full bodied Double IPA with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of more citrus hops, citrus fruits, and plenty of pine resin. This aftertaste will linger on the roof of your mouth for quite a long time.

In the massive world of Double/Imperial IPAs, I originally thought this was going to be just another beer in that style. After drinking it, my mind quickly changed. This is a great hoppy Double/Imperial IPA. I wish I had more. Thanks to my good BA friend Meatyard who hooked me up with this winner.

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 elgiacomo
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled January 2013. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy dark orange witha two finger white head that leaves impressive drippy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is orange, tangerine, floral hops, some pine, some apricot, decent bit of caramel malt. Good to very good strength but might be a touch past its prime.

Flavor is more orange and tangerine, fruity hops, moderate caramel malt in the middle with some sweetness, decent, but not great bitterness on the finish and mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good DIPA. Don’t think I’m trying this at its best, would love a fresher sample, but good none-the-less.

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

12oz bottle 3/13 bottling date notched in the side.

A - kind of orange copper color, tiny but cloudy. Pour produces a solid 2.5 inches of dense white foam. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - citrus oil, orange and lemon peel, some malt, smooth and quite nice.

T - nice shot of rich citrus, grapefruit and floral hops, nice neutral malt back bone

M - nice. Medium in all respects. Some good oily hop body.

O - a very drinkable double IPA. Really doesn't hit any one note extremely well, but hits all of them pretty well. Impressively easy to drink. I'd pick it up frequently if it were available in my area.

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 RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden orange body, topped by three fingers of just off white rocky foam. Outstanding lace, hell it's too thick to be called lace.

Big inviting enticing citrus aroma, bursting with oranges, grapefruits, bits of lemon and apricots.

Some caramely malt opens a bit wimpy. Very quickly engulfed by some delicious juicy fruit bursting between the teeth. Good bitter backbone. Nice lingering fruit and bitter mix in the afterglow.

Sturdy mouthfeel.

A good first impression on me from this brewery, I will seek more. Recommended.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.