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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Evolution Amber AleWasatch Evolution Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 01-04-2006

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells malty and sweet with a sweet caramel scent. A bit of cake batter scent and some burned sugar. No real hops detected.

Starts out woody and fairly bitter. Bit of caramel and that is about it, tastes a lot different from what it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a fairly dry 4% Utah beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dashirey
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Brooklyn tulip pint from a 12 oz. bottle. Thanks to tayner for this as part of our trade!

A - Very deep amber with some brownish hints to it as well. A little hazy, but not cloudy. Very little head at all. The small amount that was there disappeared in less than 30 seconds. There was some lacing on my glass as I drank this beer down.

S - Smell is overpowered with malts and some caramel tones, but not much else.

T - The smell the taste up well. Malt in the front with some nutty flavors coming through, but malt again in the aftertaste. I agree with what some reviewers mentioned as a "dry" aftertaste, but not bitter from hops. I don't think there is much balance present.

M - A little thin with a lot of carbonation - not my favorite mixture.

D - Overall fairly easy to drink, but the hard carbonation would probably stop me from having another.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch- Evolution

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Nice reddish amber brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Caramel malt and shortbread.
T- Sweet buttery caramel, shortbread (Lorne Doone), & biscuity bread.
M- Sweet and chewy throughout. Very malty!

Overall- This is delicious, albeit a little cloying.
I could, like the man on the label, stroll along and drink a 6er of this!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch Evolution offers a hazy copper body and creamy ivory head. The retention is good, and it leaves rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is clean and delicate with a touch of lightly sweet, caramelish malt. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently crisp. The flavor offers an impeccably balanced combination of light crystal and mildly toasted malt, very soft yeasty fruitiness, and mild, grassy and floral hops. The bitterness rises ever so slightly from start to finish, starting just slightly sweet, rising to balance the malt, and then leaving just a drop of sweet malt in the finish along with some residual leafy hops and the suggestion of some low level roastiness beneath. It's remarkably clean and easy to drink, and makes a great cross-over beer; but perhaps there's not quite enough flavor to keep the beer connoisseur coming back for more than one.

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little disappointing. I had heard the Utah brewers were doing "big" things with their 3.2 beer, but this is pretty meh. Sure, there's nice lacing, but the aroma is nonexistant and the flavor is a bit flat. I get a little biscuit malt and caramel, but it comes off with an odd earthy flavor.

Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John! Review based on notes

Pours orange/amber with 2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing & minmal head retention

S: Faint medicinal hops

T: Rich caramel, tangerine & faint herbal hops up
front. A bit of grainyness, more caramel & some leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with orange peel & a touch of caramel

MF: Thin, watery with low carbonation

Drinks alright needs more hops or malt or both

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wasatch (Naturally!) for hooking me up with a bottle of this in a trade.

The initial pour of this is pretty darn fizzy as first but after a bit I'm able to get most of it in the glass. Settles down into a clear amber with a couple fingers of foamy off-white/borderline light tan head. Retains with about a 1/2 finger creamy covering that stays sturdy and leaves a suprisingly massive amount of lacing back. The aroma is lightly toasted and malty with a touch of citrus and spicy floral hops.

The taste is similar with toasty caramel malts and supportive notes of citrus and spicy bittering hops in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied wiht a firm carbonation that lends this a crisper and stronger feel than what is probably actually there.

This was decent. The lower ABV holds back the flavors and aroma some but this packed enough to at least keep me interested for the duration of this bottle.

Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
1.81/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Slightly hazy, light amber, low carbonation

Smell: Fresh 2 row grain, foul yeasty bread

Taste: Foul yeasty bread, fresh grains, watery finish

Mouthfeel: Light, esp. considering style

Drinkability: I just cant, big pass for me. It tastes like this is brewed with nottingham ale yeast, which I find unpalatable.

Used burgundy style glass

Born on rubbed off, purchased from brewery

Consumed at 45F

Photo of isualum12
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed it tonight at brewforia in Boise Idaho

app: Golden Red. There is a brass red that seems to glow. Nice white fluffy head on top that evals to a white ring around the top.

Smell- lots of amber burnt hops. There is a little bit of earth tones.
Taste: Little malt on it with some burnt flavor. It is weak in flavor in general so I cant call it harsh or great.
mouthfeel: I wouldn't call it smooth but it is still nice. This beer has bite on the end.

nice beer out of the growler...I will enjoy the rest of it...

Photo of hustlemuscle
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat murky out of the bottle. Surprising pop of alcohol on the nose, hiding under the other hints of candyish malts.

Tastewise, it is kind of bland. As it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced, ruining the beer. Not sure if this one is a bit past its prime, because there is no date to be found. Oh well.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light huskiness with a clean nutty aroma.

The taste was toward the lighter of the flavor profile with a solid nuttiness and toasted grain. There was some light honey sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side and extremely clean.

Overall a tasty and very easy drinking ale. Super sessionable. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Photo of RoundelMike
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More than a few of my Salt Lake City acquaintances consider Wasatch Evolution their favorite beer. It's easy to see why: it stands head and shoulders above pretty much anything else on your standard tap.

This beer pours a nice brown color but with a smaller head. The lacing sticks around though. The smell is a bit hoppy but nothing extreme. I felt that there was a floral hint in both the smell and the taste, nicely balanced with some mild bitterness. Drinkability is excellent and it's always easy to order another. Overall this is a high quality beer, and it's only real drawback is that it's conservative and perhaps a little uninteresting.

I prefer Uinta Cutthroat to Wasatch Evolution, but if it's available I'm happy to drink the Evolution. This beer is sporadically available in restaurants and bars in the Salt Lake valley. The closer to downtown you get, the easier it is to find.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch

A - Crystal clear amber color with a modest off-white head

S - Crisp caramel and a nice balance of hops.

T -light malts, caramel and complimentary light hops bitterness.

M -light bodied, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D - goes down smooth and easy. I paired this with a salad and was happy with the combination.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty & sweet but still light, with mild flavors of caramel & apples. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, I found this to be a nice little session-type brew due to its mild kick and the fact it’s easy to drink.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chill-hazed amber with a thin head that quickly becomes patchy. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is mild with a hint of caramel and a slight touch of alcohol despite the modest abv level.

The taste is caramelish, but not overly sweet. Something seems missing and it's rather watery. Nothing "off" per se, just lacking.

The feel is pretty thin and a bit prickly.

This could be something if it had more body and depth - hard to tell though, as it doesn't. Not much too it and not bad, but nothing that interested me in it either.

Glad I had the chance to try it - Thanks to Wasatch for including it in our trade!

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a nice amber color with a small creamy white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a hint of nuttiness and herbal hops.

Light caramel and nutty malt taste upfront leading into a mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Becomes quite dry and bland at the finish.

Overall, a plain Jane amber ale that does nothing to offend and even less to stand out. Easy enough to drink, but leaves me wanting for something with more character.

Photo of atjefft
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich copper color. 1/2 finger head. Faint, wispy lacing that dissipates

S: Great aroma to this beer. Huge malt nose. Rich dark toffee with some slight oak.

T: The taste left a bit to be desired after the excellent nose it possessed. The toffee was certainly there, but it was rather simple. A tiny bit of good bitterness to finish it out.

M: For my preferences in an amber ale it was a bit over carbonated. The mouth feel was also a bit thin.

O: Certainly a decent example of the style. However, I would probably not seek it out and can find better examples in my area.

Photo of Avryle
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Slightly murky copper-brown color. Small white head even with a vigorous pour. Disipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass

S- Sugary maltiness

T- Light maltiness with a bland hoppy finish

M- Thin bodied. Active carbonation. Unpleasant bitter finish that lingers

D- Glad that I was able to buy this as a single.

Photo of bort11
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz bottle poured an imperial pint glass. Tall fluffy and partially fizzy off white head that quickly recedes. Thin lacy cap on the surface, but not much on the glass. Color is a coppery red amber, very clear and plenty of bubble activity.

Smell has a very interesting cinnamon spice caramel malts. Hints of orange peel. Taste is also pretty strong with the spicy cinnamon and hints of nutmeg. That spice is very interesting to me.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but goes down quickly. This would be a great session beer on tap

Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather dry and grainy ale. Looks nice in the glass with enough foam and lacing, plus the golden amber color. Very shy on hops. Just a slight beery flavor in a light bodied brew. Not bad for a gulp, but it lacks flavor.

This very unassuming style doesn't translate as well to the low-alcohol version, I don't think. Very plain. Reminds me of AB Michelob Amber Bock. From the 12 oz bottle.

Photo of Alkey
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with twist off cap poured dark gold/red with small white head leaving some lacing around the glass. Smells mostly of sweet malts. Taste is very sweet also with caramel malts and not much of a hop presence. Mouth feel is light almost watery. This beer is easy to drink and is thirst quenching but is also somewhat bland.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark golden color, nice carbonation, very small head which dissapates quickly, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty and nice caramel. The taste is malty, with a slight hint of caramel, with a kinda dry after taste. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from Wasatch.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle in SLC @ Utah Brewers Co-op on 300W when I traveled there for my Dad's funeral.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off white/tan head, that settles fairly slowly, leaving a thin layer of foam. A thin malty smell, gentle hop aroma. Very well balanced. Fairly run of the mill. I'm not sure why I was expecting more. @ 4%, you could drink it all day, but i feel the flavor is somewhat lacking.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

7-oz taster at the Wasatch brewpub.


A: Pours an amber (duh) color with copper and ruby highlights when held to the light. A half-inch head recedes into a film on the glass, with speckles of lacing down the sides.

S: Completely unremarkable, and very weak. Took lots of agitation with the glass covered just to get a whiff of caramel malt. Couldn't detect anything else.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. A light touch of caramel malt, some biscuit, and what could be cinnamon. A very watery finish. Generally an inoffensive, bland flavor.

M: Slightly light-bodied, with medium carbonation that works well for the style.

D: The definition of 'meh.'

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer #23 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This beer smells like a brown ale. I wish it tasted something along those lines. It's a malty kind of messy thing. I don't know where this beer is going, but I'm not quite certain I want to stick around to see where it goes. Unfortunately, this is a big miss for me. My least favorite brew out of all the Utah-based ones I have tried so far.

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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
78 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.