Lot #3 IPA
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #339
Ranked #3,931
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA
Notes: 65 IBU
Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 1,068 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Isaac_Smit
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA that I have tasted. It really make you remember the taste of a good tasting beer. Nice job Evolution Brewing Company. !

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a friggin good IPA. Not very citrusy. For some reason it reminds me of an amber ale but without any bitterness or malt boldness. Somewhat orange color. Not very sweet, just good all around (non-hoppy) IPA.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops, not much else. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, with decent sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of VABA
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice light amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has grapefruit and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a grapefruit and hop flavor and a nice bitterness
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good IPA

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

L- Pours a hazy copper/orange topped by a thick white head. Great head retention and lots of thick lacing.

S- Floral hops and slightly sweet Grapefruit dominate the nose

T- Mostly follows the same format as the nose with the exception of a slightly sweet malt component. Mostly hop dominated flavour profile.

F- Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

O- Lot #3 IPA is a simple interpretation of the American IPA and offers plenty of great flavour and aroma. Extremely easy drinking.

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Photo of Jstevew
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’ve been drinking this beer for several years and love it. However, something changed when they went to cans a few months ago. The taste, color and clarity is inconsistent from the cans. It is lighter and cloudy now. I went to the Eastern Shore a few weeks ago and it was its old self over there. Not the case back in Baltimore. I’m hoping for a comeback.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caramel to amber color. Hazy. Lasting head leaving blankets of lace.

Caramel aroma initially. Light flowery hop. Even lighter grapefruit.

The caramel malt flavor is semisweet and very brief. The hop comes in quickly and is straight up bitter. Richer than typical body but with a higher carbonation level as well. Medium length aftertaste despite the bittering level.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours slightly hazy amber golden. Firm eggshell head is fine and retains as a sudsy film.

Smells of fresh grapefruit, pine, honey and biscuit malts.

Flavor is of pine, honey, biscuit, and a dry woody finish.

Medium body, soft velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Tasty and drinkable IPA with a good hop-malt balance. The hops overpower the malt and are on the dry side. Worth trying, could drink this easily again.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a six of these from a Giant in Virginia. This was the best IPA that I newly discovered on my trip last month, so I brought one back to Cali with me.

L: Unlike Perpetual IPA, this one actually looks like a quality beer. A thick layer of yeast sediment was settled on the bottom of the bottle. With a careful pour into a goblet, the burnt orange amber body came out almost completely clear. Carbonation is on the side of excessive, with a swirling cascade of rising bubbles steadily maintaining a thick, frothy head for longer than it took to drink. Lacing rivals GF West Coast IPA.

S: An exceptional hop/malt balance is clear from the aroma alone. Sweet oranges and mango at first, with a hint of yellow nectarine blending into caramel and nutmeg, finishing with zingy lemon rind, pepper and thyme.

T: A very satisfying but mellow sweetness makes this extremely easy to drink. Candied orange and a ridiculously creamy ghee presence are the first impressions, followed by a dry roast barley and ending in caramel, pepper and piney bitterness all holding out for a long, complex finish.

F: Extremely smooth and thick for the 6.8% ABV. Impressively persistent carbonation with a nice tangy bite in the middle. Resinous and sticky feel on the finish.

O: A delicious and well-balanced single IPA that drinks like a double. Not sure if I'll find it in California, but I'll have my eye out.

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Photo of flgimp
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfect IPA with all the essentials. Great look with a robust head, smoky yellow color and plenty of lacing. Smell is citrus and some malt. Taste is well balanced with hops front then malt. Orange peel. Nice medium body with ample carbonation. I like it!

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden amber pour. Massive fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Caramel malts and toasted grains. Citrus and pine hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet grains to start... slightly earthy.. citrus rind and evergreen hops. Floral/medicinal. Medium bodied... oily/slick on the tongue.

O: An above average old-school feel IPA. More west coast than east... good flavor and drinkability. Nothing exciting but very solid.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an in state brewer I have been meaning to try more of. Kind of more balanced than I expected with a malty base and briny and citrus hops as the finisher. Definitely pine in the aftertaste as well. A little something different in your IPA tool bucket I guess, which is always nice.

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Photo of mynie
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce drafts were the Happy Hour special at Birrotecha, so I figured what the heck..

My notes, in full "Like a solid midwest IPA from 2006. I mean that in a good way."

The pour was dark amber and filtered with a decent head. The flavor and aroma were pine and mild citrus. It was very flavorful without being at all overwhelming and I was surprised to see its ABV was as high as 6.8.

It's nothing groundbreaking. Indeed, it's a bit old-fashioned. But it's very well done, and frankly I prefer this style to most contemporary, fruit-heavy IPAs.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at McCormick and Schmicks

Clear bronze liquid

Off white sticky, foamy pencil thin foam cap

I get citrus , orange , grapefruit on the aroma

Citrus hop forward over malt taste

Low sudsing , good hop taste smooth , light bite

Good beer

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Photo of JayQue
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Hurricane Hannas near Ocean City MD. A great IPA for hopheads, yet approachable enough for others!! pours a fairly clear amber color. White frothy head but I can't comment on head size since it was served in a chilled pint glass. Rings of lacing on the glass. Strong hoppy aroma, citrus all the way with grapefruit up front and some mango. Flavor is hoppy and citrus forward but there is fairly strong caramel malt to mute the hoppiness a bit. The finish includes some resiny piney hops. An impressive array of flavors but no simple hops blast to discourage those less enamored with head-shrinking bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and crisp with some balance between hops and malt (with hops winning out). This is one of the better IPAs andI'm glad I was able to get a fresh one on tap!!!!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vacationing in the Bethany Beach/Rehoboth DE area. Last time here I was quite impressed by Evolution Brewing from Salisbury MD. Looking forward to trying IPA no 3 after having enjoyed no 6 the last time.
From the bottle it pours an amber color. A vigorous pour produced a bubbly off white sudsy head that soon dissipated to a soapy ring collar and a smattering of lace.
In the nose, my first impressions are of fruit. This consists of apricot, mango, peach, and a touch of grapefruit. Interestingly there is a buttery and caramel malt feel. Not the most IPA like aroma in this respect except that towards the middle there is some pine, resin and herbal dank as it warms.
Speaking of Delaware, DFH, particularly 90 minute IPA, was one of the beers that got me deeper into craft beer ever since I started vacationing here years ago. In some ways, Evo no 3 reminds of a more subdued and drinkable 90 minute IPA. It has that creamy and velvety malt mouthfeel with perhaps a lighter body. It can also be buttery, caramel like, and with a tea like finish. At times the dominant flavor appears to be sweet and malty. Yet there is a gentle and quiet hops profile. It is neither bright nor brassy like other citrusy and resiny hop bombs. Instead it feels like one of those understated and darker Flemish paintings depicting simplicity in landscapes or still life. (Like Vermeer) The hops tend to take on a soft and subdued juiciness and a fruity quality; apricot, peach and mango. There is some mild pine that adds a light touch of bitterness.
Overall this is a nice accessible IPA that is sessionable and a bit on the malt forward side.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade. The appearance was a somewhat hazy golden amber/copper color with a two finger white foamy head that must last for a good minute and a half until finally it started dieing and leaving some foamy bubbly lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The smell was a strong pine/citrus combination of sweet to bitter stickiness in the scent, decent caramel aroma in the background. The taste was bittersweet all the way through in a spectacular caramel sweet sort of way. Bittersweet pine/citrusy aftertaste leading to a dry finish. On the palate, it sat a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is good for an AIPA and for me as there’s a decent acceptable harshness and a good dry bitterness lingering over my mouth and tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again if I saw it and this would even be a decent offering with its respected food.

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Photo of DJMonet
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

I've kept Evolution #3 in my IPA rotation for years. It's such a solid early '90's-style IPA. I really like the glow the ale provides on a sunny day when you hold it to light. It could be a bit more pungent, but the herbal/resin flavor has such a nice lingering taste... If you're in the DC-Metro/Baltimore area, it should be a fairly easy find.

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Photo of BJB13
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Started with a one finger, off white bubbly head with some lacing that lessened to just a thin layer covering the slightly cloudy, copper colored pour. The taste pretty well mirrors the moderate aroma of pine and citrus, specifically grapefruit with the addition of some biscuit malt. Crisp and bitter it finished smooth and a bit sour with a touch of grapefruit. Mouth feel was a little creamy with low to medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer will always be special to me, so perhaps my high rating should be taken with that grain of salt. I came of drinking age while a student at Salisbury University, and Lot #3 IPA from EVO was one of the first craft beers I ever tried. Fresh taste of hops and pine. Moderately bitter, with a crisp, slightly dry finish. Leaves a warming feeling.

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Photo of citizencane
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright rust color with moderate lacing. Smells of bread and pine hops. Taste is as follows, with tons of complexity; I also get grapefruit, lemon, some spices like nutmeg and cloves. Very complex and different flavors. Good quality, but not one I'd necessarily go for again as it tastes okay but the flavor profile isn't my ideal. The weird spice note and maltiness put something in this that's just...different.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My dad and I have jaunted off to D.C. for a few days, and I'm sitting at the bar at the hotel we are staying at and am drinking this beer. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into some sort of a pint type glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with a white head that's about half an inch thick when first poured. Settles pretty quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with bits of lacing. Aromas of toasted, somewhat biscuity, caramel malt hat gives way to piney, citrusy hips. The taste is pretty much the same, with slightly toasted, somewhat biscuity, caramel malt sweetness followed by pine and citrus hop bitterness. Nice hints of mandarin and mango here along with a bit of grapefruit too. Good balance of flavors. Has a crisp, yet smooth and slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry aftertaste. Very tasty. Glad I got the chance to try this one.


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Photo of Vetbidder
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Liking the smell of this. Citrus on top with a nice blended malt background. Normal IPA smell done well. Normal citrus/bitter flavor if not a bit piney/metallic after a sec the bitterness sticking with you. Decent, not my favorite flavor profile for an IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold to copper with orange highlights and a murky complexion. There's a fingernail of off white covering most of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is of very resinous and tart citrus. It smells like orange juice to put it straightforward. The taste is very much in line with the aroma with the very sharply tart and bitter citrus hops and some light malt backbone keeps things from getting too out of hand. The mouth is moderately resinous, lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of Aerocraft67
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice IPA. Lots of lace, although not a huge head, properly dense. Pretty deep amber color. Rich mouthfeel. Nice sparkle on the tongue. No hop "slam," but hoppy with the bitter tingle you want. A bit more bite than a Dogifish 60, for instance. The nose is sufficiently assertive, but nothing terribly alluring, a bit funky. Priced right. Highly recommended.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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