Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Evolution Amber AleWasatch Evolution Amber Ale

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 01-04-2006

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 43
Photo of andythejerk
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I give this beer very high marks. It has constantly proved itself to be my favorite local utah brew (This use to be called the 2002 unofficial ale). I noticed the fantastic, inviting aroma while still pouring. If the pour makes your mouth literally water, you know it's good. The head wasn't huge, definitely could've been bigger, but was small and sticky and good nonetheless. Very light, easy hops in this one, but beautiful malt flavorings that went down extra smooth and very drinkable. Damn good beer,

Photo of bort11
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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 skeetermoses
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in the Airport waiting for a plane, not bad I do enjoy a good amber, I would have liked it bettter if it were not for the price of the beer. I had two for over eleven dollars, Overall this one would be a good beer to get if it were offered in Oklahoma.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit a bias here. I had this on tap at powder mountain after a long day of learning to snowboard. I don't know how this would taste as beer number 3 at the brewery, but let me tell ya, in pitcher form, with a hot chicken wing, there is absolutely nothing better after a day on the windy slopes. pours nice caramel red with a vibrant creamy textured khaki colored head as high as the pour is aggressive. the nose is dry red malts and a gentle honey sweetness. flavor matches the nose, and is really refreshing for a darker and sweeter beer. down easy, low abv as per Utah law, and a dry finish with far less sweetness than the standard American amber. good carbonation and a creamy medium body. it washes a chicken wing down clean, infinitely sessionable. no beer I can name could have satisfied me in this way after getting beat up all over the mountain. yum!

Photo of isualum12
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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 dnichols
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured a light amber body with a thin off-white head that receded fast and left a thin lace on the glass.

S: It had a caramelized malt profile with hints of white fruit (apples) and a light whiffs of spicy hops.

T: It was dominated by sweet malts with distinct flavors of caramel, apples and cherries. It had a bit of white spice flavor from the hops and a sweet aftertaste.

M: It was light bodied with a smooth body with light carbonation and a fairly clean finsih.

D: It is a decent bar session beer with a light body, low ABV and balanced flavor.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper-amber with orange edges. Finger of tight, off-white head that doesn't stick around long. Nose of spicy fruit (pears) mixed with rich caramel and toffee. Not much hop presence, but the malty sweetness is nice. Very similar to the Unofficial 2002 Amber that this basically replaced. Sweetish toasted caramel malt and moderate fruitiness up front. Toasted graininess gives way to mild, herbal hops. Finish is cookie dough sweet. Light-bodied ale with a sticky feel. A nice malty session beer to balance out Squatter's Full Suspension when I'm at the oppressive <4% bar. By the way, the bottle labels and the six pack carriers are great! "Made in 27 days, not 7" and "Darwin Approved."

Photo of atjefft
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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 NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 RoundelMike
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 wagenvolks
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Pie, right off-campus from the U. of Utah (collections study at the Natural History Museum).

This is a beauty of an Amber Ale in the pint glass: fiery, copper-brown body with a decent amount of khaki head that retains well. Thick webs of lacing are left down the sides. The aroma is a "de-evolution" of sorts. There's some crystal malt, a hint of caramel and piney hops, and not a whole lot else. In this beer's defense, the ovewhelming smell of pizza from The Pie may have thwarted my olfaction.

The flavor is a notch in the right direction: crisp, toffee-caramel malts with a hint of organic grains, and a subsidiary hop note that's both fresh and resinous. You can definately tell this is a beer that could use a 2% bump in alcohol, as the 4% leaves something to be desired. The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp, with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. Overall, this was a good lunch beer. It's not too heavy, definately not too alcoholic, and fairly tasty. Have one again? You bet.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, its about that time so...I like the theme of the label, I'm sure the rest of Utah agrees. The color was a beautiful amber with a head that ran away like the world's greatest coward. The smell is a nice cereal, malty smell; I like it. The taste drops off quick. Decent malty flavor but somehow fades with a bad ending. I'd like to subtract more points but I really like the smell, fuck. GO UTAH!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Clean and clear, vibrant copper and amber Head is fairly fizzy leaving a faint tan ring around the rim of the glass.

S: Red apple, toasted cereal, soap and honey

T: Begins fruity with moments of apple, pear and some melon. Moves to mellow toffee flavors intermingled with dry biscuits. Floral moments with clover honey and some green fruits wrap this one up. Finishes fruity and a little bit grainy. Touch of cinnamon, or perhaps nutmeg towards the end.

M: Thin, a bit hard.

D: This is a really straight forward amber. Easy drinking with no real downfalls besides being straight forward.

Photo of EPICAC
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack as part of my Christmas gift from my Uncle.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a beige head that thins to a sudsy film.

Smell: Malty. Toasty and bready with maybe a hint of caramel

Taste: Toasty malts, a hint of caramel sweetness, with a grassy quality and light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high-carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Solidly drinkable.

Photo of Alkey
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Jsteez
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard American amber ale/red ale. Poured a red/light brown clear liquid; 1 inch cream head that dissipated to a thin bubbly surface; some lacing. Smelled like sweet malt and some hints of bread and caramel biscuits; the initial sip I sensed a combo of sweet and mildly bitter toasty malt/hops, the aftertaste was sweet caramel biscuit-wafer malt. Mouthfeel was thin and light, borderline watery. Not very dry. Just a mediocre beer that is good to drink when thirsty.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My notes have this as Revolution Amber (I may have just misread the menu)

A: Copper color with amber highlights. Poured a thin 1 finger off-white head with coarse bubbles that dissipated quickly. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Crystal malt and bitter hops. Also a faint green apple smell that seemed misplaced.

T: Malty and sweet, but nicely balanced with bitter and flavoring hops. A bit of a lingering hop bitterness along with the sweet aftertaste was pretty interesting.

M: Definitely the light side of medium body. Maybe a little undercarbonated. Some sweetness clung in the finish.

D: A real easy drinking beer if you intend to a few (like I did). Not filling, yet fairly flavorful. No need to worry about the abv.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.