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Evolution | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall

Served in a pint glass. with 1 finger of beige head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a copper gold.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Dank and weedy. No malts showing here. Just a massive hop attack. Awesome.

Taste: Dank fresh weedy hops. Floral hop kick. Light bready malts, but pretty hoppy overall. Maybe a touch of citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a dank ipa. This is very weed-like. Very hoppy and very drinkable. Sticky hop resin goodness. I sure hope they brew this more often.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Town Hall Tap. Poured into a stemmed tulip a caramel copper color with a 2 finger off white head. Nice hoppy aroma with notes of citrus rind and slight pine. Nice lace left on the glass as the head settles. Sweet caramel start followed by a nice stron hops flavor. Lingering bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty. Easy drinking, no real alcohol notes.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass. The beer menu listed this at around 7.2% alcohol, but it was surprisingly drinkable, far more so than your usual IPA. The aroma and flavor had a big mix of floral perfume and grapefruit juice with an earthy undertone. The Simcoe hops are very evident and make for a tasty beer. There's a light caramel character in the background, but this isn't exactly the IPA-amber hybrid I expected after reading the description. Still, this is a great IPA worth checking out.

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Photo of edbeered
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although it was previously retired, Evolution Ale has returned in a new version. This one is 7.2 % ABV.
Short review: better than the "Mama". Longer review: served on tap, this pours a clear reddish amber color, with a substantial white head and ample lacing on the glass. The smell is of grapefruit and hops. The taste is exceptionally hoppy and almost exclusively citrussy with grapefruit, orange and lemon flavors, along with a fruity malt backing that makes this the best tasting beer I've ever had from Town Hall. I don't taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The drinkability is very very good, marred only by the higher alcohol content. If you're a hophead, this beer is for you! Exceptional.

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Photo of beckje01
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby color thats very still and has a half an inch of head.

S- Smells of a light hop fruitiness.

T- Fruity with a big hop kick and some faint malt in the background.

M- Pretty good somewhat thin tho.

D- Easy to drink, overall just a solid beer. If your ever around Town Hall and they have it give it a try but don't make a trip just for this beer.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here is the strong hoppy aroma of NW pales, very floral and citrusy over top of a white head. The copper orange beer with golden highlights is very pretty in the pint galss, and the taste is assertive w/o being overwhelming. Strong malt flavor of an amber ale, caramel and sweet, with a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth that is pleasant and not overpowering. Excellent beer, great hop aroma and tang, but not crazy bitter at all in spite of the 3.5 lbs of hops per barrel. From the beer sheet, the hops are a "unique blend of Ahtanum, Simcoe, and Columbus hops," which I'm very much in favor of this particular hop experiment. In fact, I'm thinking of pursuing my own homebrew version of a high hopped amber ale because I like the characteristics so much. Recently, I've had some "Double Red" or "Imperial Amber" beers in my travels, and this may be a new style, and I like it--a lot.

Reflection on other BA comments: Missed it in my review, but liked BH's "piney and oiley" description, something I like in my IPAs, but didn't get the grassiness in it. Beer didn't seem as hoppy as taverjef and Fmonk describe, but maybe I'm more of a hop head that I suppose. But drinking some DIPA's lately, the style has changed to emphasizing the oily, malty characteristics rather than just the big hops, like Hair of the Dog Blue Dot and Stone's 10th Anniversary Ale. This beer, while obviously not a DIPA, has some of those characteristics, but on a different level is all. High hop is masked by the tasty and solid body of the beer that blend the hops into it, so the high hop isn't as perceived but adds to the beer.

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Photo of Hollister
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You can't triple stamp a double stamp. Perhaps a feast for the hop-heads delight but to someone fond of the hop yet still desirous of a truly balanced tasting experience, this over-hopped "evolution" gives us pause - surely, something this hoppy could never have evolved, but was instead created by a hop-addicted deity that went mad in their quest to craft the hoppiest damn thing ever.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tarnished bronze. Nice cap of dense off white head. The lacing is very good, par for the course with TH brews. Great hoppiness on the nose. It's the resiny, oily, pungent variety. Pine oils are big. This is the kind of hop aroma I just love. Town Hall strikes again. Another excellent pale ale. You just don't find many bottled pale ales that compare to the ones Town Hall puts out. The hop flavor. The balance. The drinkability. It's all there. The hop combo doesn't hurt here either. 2 of my favorite hops (Columbus and Simcoe) blended with one that I'd only heard good things about (Ahtanum). The hop flavor brings that resinous, smoky, cannibus like feel to the beer. Pungent and piney and oily. A little bit of grassiness after the taste. And the bitterness is adequate for a pale ale. Not too abrasive. And not too timid. The malt backbone is toffeeish. This is a very good Pale Ale. Right up there with the other great ones that Mike has put out in the past.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, my fiance doesn't like hoppy beers, and didn't notice that this one was. Beer rescued.

Into a pint glass, poured somewhere around orange/amber/copper, with a decent starting head and nice lacing. Aroma is largely hoppy and fruity, not altogether that strong, some malt behind there too. Taste is a whollop of hops, piney oak wood earthy hop, some bite to it. Its called 'evolution', but this hopping is more like the awkward mythical missing link between bad and fantastic. Its not bad, really, just kind of a mess, ie not fully evolved. And while bitterness wholly tackles the taste buds, I kind of like it. Took a few sips to get used to, but I was drinking this alongside Masala Mama, and it was faring well.

Mouth is medium, long and dry hop finish, don't know if I can call this a well crafted beer, cause I'm just not sure, but it sure as hell is interesting. 4's across the board.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Clear dark orangey amber with a medium capping of firm lightly tanned topping. Keeps a good amount always present and creates tons of lacing in patches of broken sheeting.

Aroma is mild and orangey with hint of pithyness and some lime. Light toasty malt backing with a touch of sweet and picking up pine notes as it sits.

Flavors are moderate milding in the fashion of a paled orangeyness, milder yet touch of pithy dryness and bite, grows slowly with a rounded easy bitterness of orange, grapefruit, and pine. Yet bright to the lips and tongue at first, fading, then the build up form there is tender and fairly juicy. A glimpse of lime here and there and a good malt backing thats slightly toasted and caramelized sweet. Broad lasting flavors of orangey stuff are the mainstay as, again, that slow mood of orangey bitterness is quite nice over the malts.

Beefy and bold feel, quite filling to the tummy quick, the front and mid ranges are slippery and light, but this somehow grows in girth and stature as it leads on into each sip with a filling tone of body and flavor.

All in all, a pretty solid APA, made me think more along the lines of an averaged IPA type from the west coast with its bolder citrus orange flavors minus the pine. I can see favoring this for some healthy sessioning over a good portion of the bottled stuff out there. Mainly cuz I knows its fresh. A good job by the newbie brewer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "graduation-style" ale (huh?), in honor of the young brewing assistant who is completing his matriculation at the U of M, and who has crafted this brew. Named after, I surmise, his transformation from eager wannabee to true blue brewer.
American and English caramel malts, plus 3.5 pounds of hops, Ahtanum, Simcoe, and Columbus, I think. Let's crack this fella and check it out:

Highly carbonated in appearance, plenty of bubbles clouding the look, (this goes away after my next pur from the growler) a bright caramel-y toned crimson hue, with slim white foam above.

Aroma whispers fruity esters, some apple, cherry, some caramel tones...wait, now, here comes the grapefruit. It took a while to unfold, but the citrus notes are peeling out (pun not intended, at least, not until I realized it was a pun)....lemon and lime, ...an intriquing mix, here, getting bolder and spicier.

Taste: Bam! Whoa! A blast of bitter hops invades the mouth and sticks all over the palate. This was unexpected, even though the server told me when I bought the growler, "watch out, it's hoppy!", and she knows I love the hops, too!
Another sip and gulp and another pummeling from the bitter hops, a tasty, spicy, citric thing, a really potent kick, and not in the least bit clean, this is a twisted mess, but I like it. After the hop attack smears bitterness all over the tastebuds, it fades back, gets a little bit mellow, but never fades from the palate, no, it sticks and stays. To some, this will be a huge annoyance. Not me. Those people don't like Masala Mama for the same reason. Screw them.

Medium bodied, but intensely textured, with a long, long, excruciating bitter hop finish. There's sweetness from the caramel malt there in the flavor, but it hangs low below the huge dominance of the bitter hops.

Alcohol is higher than usual, (6.7%), but not especially felt. Just as well, as an enormous hop assault as is found in this ale would keep you away from too many pints, just as much as the oversized booze factor.

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Evolution from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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