Lot #3 IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

204 Reviews
Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 985
Photo of mempath
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a virtually perfect ale for it's style and uniqueness. if anything, i IPAs were beginning to taste too 'similar' and i have to return to special hopped up other styles (nugget nectar still ranks among the best). my brother had mentioned Lot 3 and to get it when/if i saw it. Total Wine in northern DE had it so i nabbed a couple bottles.

beautiful apricot color with an almost reddish/rose tint...nice head dissipates fairly fast but laces in a nice way, especially as it is drunk. nose does remind me of why i love all forms of the IPA...sour citrus/menthol herbal fusion is perfectly balanced. deep and present but subdued. taste is a complete winner with a really interesting dry herbal note that fades mysteriously. mouthfeel is light creamy, not thick at all nor thin. overall, simply excellent, highly recommended...would loved to see variations of this...or maybe their own amber ale version...

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the pickled pig in Rehoboth beach. Poured a nice two finger thick head of white and had excellent retention. Lace was sticky and quite evident throughout the entire session. Dark honey color with mild amber flecks are right on in my opinion. Loved the color. Right away the nose is full of bright citrusy hops backed by piney and somewhat grassy earthyness. The malt character is light vanilla and plenty of toasted malt and complex caramel sugars. I am loving this one already. The hop profile is great and now I'm extrememly curious to know what they used. Right about half way through as it warms up you get a bit more grapefruit than pinkness and it has a wonderful aftertaste. Silky on the tongue and has one more written All over it.

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Photo of jhughes23
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, not sure the bottle date but I know it is fresh because my distributor was O/S on this for over a month and finally got it in. Needless to say, Evolution is kicking ass and having trouble keeping up! Join the Club!

A-Deep Amber color with what starts off as a nice thick head but dissipates rather quickly. Leaving a thin film that laces.

S-Awesome! nice piney resiny hop smell. Like your rubbing to hop buds together in your hand, followed with some sweetness that really brings together a wonderful bouquet.

T-Resiny, piney hops are right there in the beginning. Then the maltiness comes up and mellows it out, letting this finish with a nice smooth hop linger that is not too bitter. The second sip really allows you to fully taste the Hops and their character. This beer never gets too bitter as you keep drinking it. Considering this is a fairly high abv ipa it seems a bit too easy to drink.

M-Nice carbonation, I could go with a bit less but who knows how that might effect the rest of this wonderful brew. The alcohol is well hidden...except for the very last sip where I took the last 2oz to the head, I could then and only then feel the alcohol in my mouth.

O-I have to say this is up there. Way up there. Being from the Breweries native state I might be slightly biased, but I can tell you this, it kicks DFH 60 Mins butt! I love these Guys at EVO...and if you ever get a chance to meet Todd at Evo you will quickly realize these guys are the real deal and down to earth!

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Photo of RobBEERto
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My go to IPA on a regular basis. I may be biased since this craft is produced within driving distance to my hometown. What I love about this beer -- the high floral notes, the intense hop flavor and the way the suds hug the pint. Match this IPA with a dozen raw oysters and you will then understand the term - Its a Shore Thing!

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Photo of VWRacer
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of sampling lot 1 and 2 of this beer and it's obvious why they stuck with #3. Golden caramel color with a white foamy head. Aroma is heavy with citrus and pine. Agressive hoppy taste up front with a malty backbone. Feels great crossing your palette and has a great drinkability factor. I highly recommend this IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Best before date reads December 2011

A- Pours a dark amber with a thin head and foam grouping on the surface indicating healthy yeast. Good lacing with a nice amount of bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Yes! Wet, grassy hop aroma that gives way to malty sweetness and a light alcohol fume. Also a hint of grapefruit. Down the hatch!

T- Beautiful. Once again, a grassy hop bite that's immediately followed by that malt sweetness I mentioned before. Just a bit of a tinge of alcohol as it slides down smooth and harmoniously. A slight medicinal aftertaste doesn't spoil the party as you would think but rather adds another dimension to the already vibrant hop/malt balance. Bitterness is very present, though not excessive.

M- Medium carbonation with a sharp tingle brought on by the hops and alcohol.

O- An amazing beer. Easily one of my top twenty IPAs.

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Photo of 8ense1
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Evolution beer growler filled at the brewery about 7 hours ago into my Ollie's one-of-a-kind hybrid tulip/wine/pilsner glass. It foams up well, with the foam persisting for five minutes or so, leaving light lacing on the side of the glass. Clear dark amber in color. Strongly perfumed with a clove note, reminiscent of a very good country ham.

The hop "bite" is dominant at first taste, immediately modified by a distinctive grapefruit citrus kick in the back on the mouth. Well carbonated, it goes down easily, but the hop bitterness lingers in the mouth between sips, in a pleasant way. You always know that you are drinking this particular beer, even if you are watching TV or doing something else. Nicely, the bitterness does not build up as some do, but remains at an enjoyable level. The alcohol mellowness comes gently, and in a way that doesn't interfere with enjoying the beer's distinctive taste. As growlers need to be used up, its drinkability is a strong plus.

I am a fan of Dogfish Head's highly hopped IPAs, but I think Evo has managed a comparable product in this Batch. When I was at the brewery, they were passing around tastes of a dry-hopped variation on this formula that was more strongly perfumed to the nose and first taste but also had the distinctive lingering "grapefruit" bite.

I'll go back for a refill on this one.

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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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Photo of siege06nd
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald standard pint...

A: A slightly cloudy, dark copper color. About a finger of crisp, eggshell white head that quickly settles down to a half finger. Good head retention on this one. Lacing is very good down the sides of the glass.

S: Very tropical. All kinds of orange rind, grapefruit juice, and pineapple. Pine needles and grassy notes poke their head in throughout the taste. Bubblegum and touches of roasted biscuit. Delicious.

T: Outstanding. I get some mild, creamy orange flavors on the front until the mid explodes with hop wonder: pineapple, grapefruit, pine cone. I also get a fairly assertive malt bill on this, and I'm liking it. Biscuit and roasted grain. Excellent.

M: Standout part of the beer for me. Such a wonderfully easy drinking IPA that still packs a nice hop punch. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. But it drinks like a pils, crisp and refreshing. Extremely easy on the palate, this IPA takes you for a ride but knows when to let go...this is one you could have at any point during a session and it wouldn't negatively impact the beers that come after. Can't say that about a lot of IPAs.

O: Evolution's Lot No. 3 is simply one of the best IPAs in the land. It stands toe to toe with some of my very favorites, including White Rajah, Zombie Dust, Headhunter, and Lunch IPA. And considering its wide availability in the Mid-Atlantic, I'm not sure anything else compares at this level of quality. Evolution found lightning in a bottle with this one. Bravo, Tommy!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lot 3 IPA is an amazing IPA. A wonderful aroma and a strong, complex flavour.

A: Orange colour and a 1 cm head that lasts quite well. 4

S: Strong floral aroma with some grassiness as well. Lovely and extremely strong hoppy aroma. 5

T: Malty with strong grassy hops. Also... weed. It's not especially bitter. There is a nice sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar. Some tobacco too. This is a very complex flavour. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this while in Virginia while on a work event, so beer always tastes slightly better when it is in lieu of working. The initial striking thing is how dark this beer was for an IPA....didn't know what to think. I felt this was a very 'thick' beer for an IPA....an odd initial introduction, but I nice bittery kick to it with a grapefruit background. This was an extremely good beer. The third one was even just as good. Great beer - I intend to buy a 6-pack and hand them out during my Board Meeting

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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 MarkGamber
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Drank it from the bottle. It smelled alright but I thought it a tad weak on the nose. Then again, it may have been the high pollen day that was keeping me from smelling much. The taste, however, was quite strong and quite good. I got a lot of lemon and grapefruit out of it with some bitterness at the end but hardly anything over the top. Whether I get this or Lagunitas IPA at any given trip to the distributor depends on the price point.

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy orange color.

Overall: The aroma contains citrus and pine notes. Lot#3 IPA hits a nice middle ground between citrus and pine flavors. An initial hint of vague malt sweetness is washed away by a melon rind and grapefruit, before finishing with spicy pine notes. This might be one of the most complex IPAs I’ve ever had before, successfully pulling out various hop flavors. Excellent IPA!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to oline73 for the bottle

Pours orange/copper with a small off white head. A little retention and splotchy lacing down the glass.

Just like the aroma, a wonderfully balanced beer. Starts off with some bright citrus notes again heavy grapefruit and perhaps even a bit of mango/papaya. A touch of caramel sweetness helps to balance, but the hops are well balanced themselves. Finishes with some more grapefruit along with a nice subtle pine with a touch of floral component.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes pretty dry and bitter which is my preference.

Fantastic under the radar IPA. Well hopped, but still subtle, the hops play perfectly off one another creating one of the more balanced IPA's I've had recently.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant fresh citric hop with a moderate caramel.

The taste was clean and clearly hop driven with a clean citrus and light pine. The grain bill was sharp and crisp with clean malts.

The mouthfeel was clean with a pleasant carbonation.

Overall a very good and extremely quaffable IPA.

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Photo of BurkeBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: darker than I expected; the malts were needed for all of those hops.

Smell: A blast of grapefruit.

Taste: Opens with grapefruit and citrus, and then the malt kicks in. Well-balanced.

Mouth: Lingers more than I thought.

Overall: In my heavy rotation for IPAs now; excellent!

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Photo of miltonclipper
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy amber appearance. Not a big head - its more like lace.

Smell: The citrus effect of the hops is well-balanced and pleasing.

Taste: An excellent IPA! The flavors make a statement with every sip. I've had others that are over-powering at first and then fade quickly. This is a consistent tasting brew from first to last.

Mouthfeel: The slight carbonation and lacy edge add to the flavor as it moves across your buds. Quite good, but not amazing.

Drinkability: Very good! Suitable for a meal or for a relaxing time while watching the game.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in apint glass.

A-dark golden copper color with a 1+ finger head, loads of clingy lacing.

S-pine and citrus just like an IPA should.

T-a citrus hop bite from start to finish with a gentle roasty malt backround. Very tasty.

M-Cool and full. good body and carbonation. No burn.

O-A rock solid IPA that looks, tastes, and smells great.

I was lucky to find and choose this beer on a recent trip to the Ocean City, MD area. I drank it three seperate times at three different pubs and it was blue ribbon each time.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to mdaschaf for the chance to try this IPA. I had not heard of Evolution before, and am thrilled to try this beer.

Poured into my dfh snifter, color is transparent dark amber with a nice cloudy fluffy head that fills to the top of the glass and then slowly receeds- great head retention. Smell- I don't even need to put my nose over the glass to get a whiff of the piney, grapefruit flavors pouring out of the bottle- at further inspection, I get a butter smell in addition to the pine and grapefruit. Awesome aroma here.

Taste- big butterscotch malt flavor, nice pine/grapefruit finish. Lots of complexity going on here. Nice bitter hops finish. Mdaschaf made the claim that this was better than DFH 60, and he is right. This is a kick ass East Coast IPA- very well made Ale.

Mouthfeel- creamy, smooth, nice carbonation prescence.

Drinkability- As with all great beers acquired in trade, I have to sadly reflect for a moment that I won't be able to drink this again easily, and I would make this one a daily drinker. It's an amazing IPA, and I am glad for the chance to taste it.

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Photo of Whisner
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dank, bitter, nice carbonation. A terrific example of what a solid, workhouse IPA should be. An amazing beer from an unlikely spot on the eastern shore of Delmarva.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice deep orange/copper color with a very small white head

S- Nice hoppy smell, getting grapefruit and pine. Hints of spices and some mint.

T- Nice hoppy flavor that is very close close to the smell, but not too overwhelming. Good sweet malt backbone. A solid IPA that gets better as it warms up.

M- Medium body, smooth, crisp.

D- This is a nice easy to drink IPA. The guy at the liquor store suggested it to me and I am very happy that I picked up a six pack. I feel that this is one of the better IPAs I have had and will be picking it up again.

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Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steady solid dark gold pour. 1/2 finger of medium cream head. Not much retention, but very nice lace rings.

Big pine nose with floral esters behind. Really well balanced.

Lots of pine right up front. Lots of hop oil. Picking up more floral tones later in the glass. Medium dry finish.

Creamy body with oil and resin from the hops.

Nice go-to IPA. Would love to keep this in the fridge if they bring it to NC.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber with a nice looking pure white head.

The smell is delightful, fresh citrus hops, the usual grapefruit, lemon and oranges. This smells really fresh.

The taste is similar to the smell, the citrus flavours really stand out with a tiny bit a malt flavour. The hop flavours are really strong without being all that bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a superb west coast style hoppy IPA. Definately recommended.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow... this is one damned good IPA! Not only is its hazy, almost murky, golden body with frothy white head amply attractive, the pleasant aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, and honeysuckle tease the senses before placing lips to glass. Upon first taste, the tongue is coated with big ruby red grapefruit flavors, quickly followed with a strong, malty backbone. After a few discriminating slurps, nuances of other flavors peek through: spruce, pine nut, orange rind, and some florals, maybe honeysuckle or agave flower... this tastes like a complex concerto, a Rite of Spring that'd make even Stravinsky proud.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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