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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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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not fond of the "theory" of evolution, but I do like beer, so let's go.

Appearance : 70% opaque, honey colored hue with a popcorn colored 2 finger head. It leaves lace clinging to the glass like monkeys that are STILL around.

Smell : Sweet roasted malts, honey, light fruits like apple and pear. Not much else to it, like the evidence of evolution. Weak, like the argument for evolution.

Taste : A high roasted malt content, a touch of honey, with a faint rind of watermelon providing a slight bitterness (like a dying Charles Darwin).

Feel : Generous carbonation, medium body, mild creaminess, ends semi-dry.

Overall : Not real convincing (like the theory of evolution), but I'd drink it again. It's better than some ambers like Fat Tire or Rogue Amber Ale. That's about the best thing I can say about it. I like the watermelon rind sweet/bitter that goes on at the end.

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Photo of AnalogErik
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was watery and disappointing. Was not impressed - little to no carb, no head, little flavor. Im not sure if this was just old beer, or a bad keg - had it at the airport.

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Photo of scotorum
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: very mild bread

t :Some sweet bready to slightly caramel malt over light bitterness.

m: light to medium, ok body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A pretty good warm weather amber, a step or two up from a premium mainstream amber. Very sessionabble at the apparent Utah mandated 4% maximum for grocery stores, where I got this

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and copper with tan head of weaker retention. Aromas are very faint. Grains and caramel. To the palate, malt and caramel at first and throughout, caramel and herbal, somewhat grassy or citrusy, and almost peppery hops as it settles and finishes, comparatively clean mild herbal and rindy aftertaste. Lower end of medium-bodied, too thin in my opinion for this dark of a beer. Medium level of carbonation, only slightly prickly. A little crisp, a little smooth, not very dry.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of atjefft
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

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1.81/5  rDev -45.2%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger white creamy frothy head with little retention. The color is a dark amber with reddish orange hues. The clarity is clear.

Nose: A toasty biscuit malty aroma. A light hop aroma with fruity esters and wood.

Taste: A toasty malt flavor, there are notes of floral, fruity esters, and wood.

Overall: The mouth feel is watery and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. This is an okay beer it is thin and watery was some flavor.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.29/5  rDev -30.6%
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.'

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of bort11
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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Photo of dnichols
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of TroyS
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Utah brew. What I mean by that is that it's good considering the fact that they have to meet certain alcohol limitations, but not up to par for a great ale. It's a bit on the thin side. The appearance of the beer is good. It has a nice light brown amber color and is quite clear. It leaves quite a bit of acid on the tongue. Maybe I cut Utah brews a bit too much slack;) "Good Beer;)" BTW...got this one at Nostalgia Coffee House. I was needing open internet access while waiting for a delayed flight, so...if you even need open internet access, coffee, and beer, I guess it would be a great option;)

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Photo of Avryle
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of dashirey
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.