Primal Pale Ale | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Primal Pale AlePrimal Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
28 IBU

Added by LilBeerDoctor on 07-11-2009

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale amber body with a huge, fluffy off-white head that hangs around. Body has a slight haze to it, but is mostly transparent.

S- Big biscuity malt aroma, slight notes of citrus and pine, smells like a balanced pale of a hoppy bitter.

T- Similar to the aroma, but a little light on flavor. The biscuity malt backbone takes over without much help from the hops. Slightly bitter finish, but almost a soapy flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O- An okay pale ale, that could use some more flavor. Would like to try a really fresh one to see if there is a difference.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle (it has punchouts for month and year, but none were punched) into pint glass. Pale gold with a slight haziness. Thin eggshell-white head. Taste is actually malty up front, with subdued piney resin - very little if any citrus and essentially no hops bite. Moderate mouthfeel. Not particularly crisp.
It might technically qualify as an APA, but it's not really characteristic of the style.
Evo makes some good beers, but this is not one of their better efforts.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color that's surprisingly attractive given its lack of clarity. The head is a typical one finger white shade. Not much retention, but good residual lacing.

S: Slight caramel sweetness, biscuits, toffee, sweet citrus, and faint hints of pine. The aromatic qualities are a bit mild (especially hop-wise) for me, but are nonetheless enjoyable and even mildly complex.

T: In general, it's a bit low on flavor. The initial flavors are classically biscuity, before finishing with faint grapefruit peel. Hop bitterness washes out nicely after a couple sips. On the other hand, I feel like the hop profile could be more distinct. I notice a distant aftertaste of slight diacetyl and nuts, also. Not bad.

M: The strong carbonation works well with the combination of a sweet, malty finish and resiny texture. I could use a drier aftertaste here, but this drinks fine either way.

O: It's a decent offering to have with a sandwich at lunch. Worth a shot, but there are a lot of other pale ales I'd much rather have. A bit too safe and inoffensive for my tastes, but it's better if you go in expecting an English-style pale ale.

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Best by March 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked up by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Pours lighter amber, with a light haze, moderate off white head, that leaves a slight film, thin collar and ample, but not too exciting smaller blobs of fine lace.

S: Pine and resin hop hops

T: Easy drinking and quite enjoyable pale ale. Moderate but still biting pine hops abound. Malts in the back end round things and smooth things

M: Carbonation just about right for the style. Cleans the palate and make you want to try more.

O: Nice sessionable pale. Tasty and fresh tasting. Another worthy beer from evolution

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Primal Pale Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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