Pine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale Ale
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Pine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale AlePine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,201
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,609
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
218
From:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  66
SCORE
85
Very Good
Pine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale AlePine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale Ale
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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was the best option at the gas station across from the hotel on the eastern shore where my son and I are doing a weekend at the beach. I like Evolution but usually don't like fruity IPAS. This one is typical, but the pineapple isn't overly intrusive. A bit of balance in the middle but the finish returns to bitter citrus. Texture is relatively smooth. Not a favorite, but you could do worse.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Sep 29, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with light notes of amber. Carbonation is visible, while a moderate frothy head retains well.
Not surprisingly, the nose is dominated by pineapple. This is complimented by notes of grassy and dank hops.
As expected, the taste is full of flavors of pineapple juice. Notes of citrus play a supporting role. A developing hops bitterness helps balance out the juiciness. The herbal hops flavors become increasingly resiny and pine like. The bready malt base is mostly neutral with a touch of caramel sweetness. The finish is resiny with notes of minty grass.
Medium bodied, slick and mouth coating owing to the hops oils. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation.
Solid IPA that has a nice level of bitterness to balance out the pineapple juices. I would have again.

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Gajo74 from New York, Aug 08, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a 6.8% American IPA with a pineapple themed overtone. Let’s take a look.

Look-This has a slight haze and a buckwheat honey color. It has an off-white head and a thick foamy beaten egg-whites consistency.

Smell-It has a fruity zest aroma with a biscuit/caramel malt background and some grapefruit peel zest.

Taste-The flavor is upfront tropical fruits, mostly pineapple, tangerine, and orange. I get a citrus-peel zest undertone and a strong caramel malt backbone. A bready malt backbone complements the zesty citrus and there is almost even a buttery biscuit flavor on the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky yet refreshing.

Overall-This is a refreshing beer and is relatively great. It is sufficiently flavorful and enjoyable to merit, but isn’t anything to write home about. Give it a try.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at a baseball game. Pours a nice, slightly hzy amber with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is pineapple and pine resin, reasonably well balanced by caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky; carbonation is medium. Finish is somewhat bitter but mostly like grapefruit and pineapple. Good but not great.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Jul 27, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The lightly hazed rich orange tinged amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” ivory head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and then a thin irregular island of foam and leaves lots of foam and irregular lacing on the sides. Sipping creates two arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include pineapple, some caramel malt, a bit of fruity character and some grapefruit zest.

As expected from the nose there is pineapple and some grapefruit zest. The sweetness of the bready, caramel malt backbone is fairly noticeable. Both the sweetness and the pineapple blend nicely with the bitterness of the citric zest and a bit of resin.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit prickly with the moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness begins to fade leaving the semi-dry ending to some pineapple tinged and gentle citric bitterness.

Overall this beer is reasonable enjoyable and drinkable but I’ll take a pass on having it again. There’s a bit too much pineapple in here and it almost hides some of the other flavors except those from the malt so it’s more like bitter pineapple juice than a beer. That said this beer could serve well as a refresher on a hot summer afternoon.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, Jul 27, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

See through copper-amber tinted liquid with a 1F slightly off-white fluff. Nice rings of lacing.

Lots of tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple clearly comes through. Some sugar.

More tropical fruit, strongly dominated by the pineapple. Caramel malt.

Crisp and clean medium body that drinks easily at 6.8% abv. Sweet with a modest hop bite.

Not bad but the pineapple and sweets were a bit much.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, Jun 18, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a disappointment. The look and smell were very promising but it fell short in taste. Really nothing jumped up and impressed me. Taste was unremarkable. Full pint served in a taproom in DC

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Gasp262 from Alberta (Canada), Jun 09, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good hoppy IPA. I had it on tap in a plastic glass at the 2018 Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA food and wine fest. Their beer selections have definitely been upgraded for this year's event. This beer was offered with the Hawaiian food, I guess because of the heavy-duty pineapple aroma and flavor. Poured a hazy yellowish orange color. White head, decent retention and lacing, given it was served in a plastic cup!!!! Aroma and flavor featured good bitterness, plenty of citrus (pineapple) and some balancing sweet bready malt. Mouthfeel is crisp, rich with some balance, but a good enough level of bitterness. This is a decent IPA, well worth trying

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JayQue from Virginia, Jun 05, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed light amber-gold with a thin light tan head. Great lacing. Faint aroma of pineapple and caramel malt. Nice, light pineapple core flavor in the taste with a hit of more-crackery malt and modest bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriately strong carbonation. Refreshing.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jun 04, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops and light pineapple juice.

T/F: Toasted malts... grainy and sweet. Citrusy hop profile... pineapple mild and unobtrusive. Mild pine. Modest bitterness. Medium to light bodied... the finish is caramel malts and pineapple.

O: A reasonably good IPA. The pineapple is present but not obnoxious... the IPA is middle of the road. Glad I got to try it... nothing earth shattering.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jun 01, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chosen because I though it might have the best chance of going with my crispy crab roll ... Did pretty well, as it happens. Pine'Hop'Le is what it says it is. Lots of Hops and a little pineapple. Just like Crayola Crayons, the second word is the one that's more prominent. Strong hops flavor is balanced by the sweet pineapple, which is still a little more to the tart side. Beautiful golden color, poured very cloudy, so technically I can't see through it. Nice as a curiosity, but won't become one of my go-tos.

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Sable from Pennsylvania, Feb 26, 2018
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2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 12/12/17, so 2 months old.

Pour reveals a not so good look. Murky brown with amber highlights. The small creamy off white head does leave some decent lacing though.

The aroma is quite malty, but there is something "off" about it.

I'm thinking there might be something wrong with this one. taste is like a malty ale, but not a good one. No hops at all, and no pineapple. Kinda like a bad English style IPA. Oddly enough, it did get a little better when got to room temperature, although the bottle declares "keep refridgerated".

Mouth was a round medium, finish was slightly stale.

Overall, if there is not something wrong with this bottle, and this is how it's supposed to taste after 2 months in the bottle, then this is a pretty bad beer.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Feb 11, 2018
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty typical IPA. The pineapple was not detectable, fruitiness was barely present. I think the only thing to distinguish it was the slightly sweeter taste on the front of the palate.

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Lampro from Virginia, Feb 04, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great west coast ipa! Orangish yellow in color with off white head. Yummy sticky fruity goodness! Lace hangs in glass....sticky sweet residue. Fruit citrus forward with sharp hoppy finish. By far one of my favorite fruit ipas.

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djembeist from Virginia, Jan 06, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a dusty white head that laces well. Smell is sweet malts with a vaguely tropical hop overlay. Taste is malt forward with a sweetness behind it. There is a pineapple sweet flavor permeating through it but it is unclear if it is from an additive of pineapple or imparted by hops. Feel is a little sticky but otherwise pretty clean and medium bodied.

In the end this is a west coast IPA that is trying to ride the wave of east coast tropical hop-forward trends. Being steeped in the legit tropical hop movement I am not really impressed. The pineapple flavor is muddled at best and can't get out of the way of the malt. Now, if you are a malt-first beer guy you may enjoy this one as it has a different twist away from the citrus west coast profile, but this New England guy is having none of it.

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digboy from New Hampshire, Dec 18, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

See through amber look to this brew with a thick tan head from a bottle pour. Very fruity scent with slight pineapple sweetness on the nose. The flavor is ok but it doesn't live up to the nose, not too sweet with the fruit sweetness giving way to a medium bitter ending with some pine astringency. You do briefly taste pineapple before the astringent bitterness takes over. Pretty well carbonated with a medium/thin feel.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Dec 15, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from PA.
Pours with a clear light copper body. Some vigor was needed in the pour to raise a head.
Dynamic and complex flavor profile with some pineapple and other tropical fruits. Moderate bitterness.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Sep 22, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Draft pour.

It pours a pleasing rich copper that is crystal clear. The head was thin but probably due to the server as I had no trouble generating plenty of antique white foam and lace with a swirl of the glass.

The nose is weak but nice, tropical hops, though not as much hop aroma as I would like, and some caramel malt. The pineapple comes through very lightly with the tropical hop flavors along with sweet caramel and biscuit malt. While fairy sweet there is nothing cloying about the quick, clean finish. A soft medium body with moderate carbonation adds to the ease of drinking these.

I started my afternoon with a couple of these poolside and while probably a bit mediocre it was the best available option at the time and did not let me down.

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BJB13 from Maryland, Jun 22, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color, tinge of pineapple on the nose. Fresh flavor, crisp with the tinge of fruit on the aftertaste. Dry for a "fruity" IPA, nice hop mix per its name.

I'd buy it again and drink a few, especially on a hot day. Seems more sessionable than it likely is per its alcohol content! Great product and addition to the beer world!

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Honeyham7 from Washington, Jun 20, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While this was satisfying enough after a hot day on the beach, the scant tropical fruit goodness just couldn't stand up to the bland, vaguely piney, earthy bitterness. Nothing off about it, just didn't scratch my hop craving.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Jun 14, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Things are progressing nicely with regard to my ongoing and systematic eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody and the results are noticeable, but it becomes incumbent upon me to drink and review new beers as they become available. I refer to this as "chipping", since it is just odds & sods without any overarching theme, such as brewery and/or style.

From the bottle: "15.8 (deg.) P, 65 IBU".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. An in-glass swirl produced a finger of foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left some nice lacing as it slowly fell to wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), although almost a perfect 9, with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of pineapple with some piney mintiness and once again, my Pavlovian hophead mouth was watering. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very pineapple with some caramel and breadiness breaking through from underneath. I had been reminded of pineapple upside-down cake in a different recent review, but here it was again! It was clear that they had not skimped on the pineapple in making this beer. That said, how does one rate a novelty beer when it comes to style? There are times that personal taste really should play a part. Finish was semi-dry with the inherent sweetness of the pineapple playing a large part in keeping it from being dry. It was tasty enough, but it was not enough to satiate my hops jones, which is what I really want in an AIPA. Oh well, Next!

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 11, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruits.

Tastes of the tropical fruits with a solid malt base. Bright hops lead off with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Pine comes through as well. Malts add in with caramel and biscuit notes. Pretty well balanced. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid, fruity ipa.

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ocelot2500 from Maryland, Mar 26, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is golden with some cloudiness. Smell is hoppy with a hint of the pineapple. Taste is similar. Not too hoppy but also not an overwhelming pineapple taste. A nice balance. Good find for a mix-six pack.

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asuburbanman from Pennsylvania, Feb 11, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint nonic glass. Has a yellow to orange color with a lot of carbonation. Very nice hop taste. Not overboard. I will probably buy tihis again.

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vabeerguy from Virginia, Jan 31, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Looks: Brown with some copper tones, some haziness, 1 finger of head with good aeration. Head dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, some hops in the background, molasses.
Taste: Hops, malt, chocolate, some nice bitterness, very little fruit in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good bit of hoppy bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Overall: An excellent beer. I've added this beer to my regular hoard.

One parting comment: I had this one first on draft at a local watering hole and it tasted better on draft. This may come as no surprise, but the difference in the draft and the bottle was substantial.

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ppvora from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2017
Pine'Hop'Le Pineapple India Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 218 ratings