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

Added by lackenhauser on 09-19-2009

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Photo of KajII
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium copper orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that did have great retention, finally reducing to a large cap with some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt, pine and citrus hops and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit) and caramel.

The taste was bitter sweet and mildly malty with hints of caramel and citrus from the start, with the finish having a nice hoppy pine ending. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a mild bitterness that faded slowly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall an IPA that had a nice malty feel to it, which did a great job of compensating for the bold and healthy hoppiness...


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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is orange-amber in color with a little bit more than a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells very green with a lot of pine, floral, and herbaceous, rosemary-like hop notes. There's still quite a lot of bread and malt on the nose and maybe a bit of a raw dough type thing as well.

T: The pine is quite strong on the tongue and provides a big bitterness. The same herbaceous and mildly woody character which is reminiscent of rosemary. A slight grapefruit note underneath it all along with the bread which underlies it all.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: Too herbal and woodsy without much of the citrus character that I find pleasing about an IPA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a few friend's at Ratman's house. Poured a clear golden amber with a bit of amber foam on top. Aromas of biscuit, orange, light peach and a little pine. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied with flavors of biscuit, light pine and light citrus.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: orange/amber, slightly translucent, light head, minimal lacing
S: sharp hops, citrus, clean
T: bitter, grapefruit, pine, a bit sweet
M: light body, smooth but with a strong bite
O: A solid IPA (not my favorite style), a bit simple to my palate, but well-balanced

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Photo of dar482
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The aroma offers a biscuity sweetness, hints of pine.

The flavor follows with a sweet biscuity malt, onto a spicy pine bitterness throughout, hints of grapefruit.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottled February 2013. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is primarily pine, along with earthy & resinous hops, hint of citrus rind, some apricot, decent caramel and bready malt backbone. OK aroma. Good strength.

Flavor is pine, resinous & earthy hops, apricot, touch of citrus, decent bit of caramel and a grainy malt presence, mild to moderate sweetness, strong bitterness, moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Glad to have a chance to try it, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange with a paperthin head which provides great lacing on my ccb pint glass. Aroma of citric hops and malts that are more balanced than a typical ipa but sometimes different is a nice change of pace. Taste follows the nose but ends surprisingly bitter more than expected for sure. It's smooth and easy drinking. I'm glad I got to try this

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's well crafted. Nice copper color. Smell is fruity and refreshing. But, it tastes strongly of grapefruit. I personally hate grapefruit. So for me personally, this ipa doesn't work. But I feel like as long as you don't despise grapefruit as I do, this beer might be enjoyable.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into mug.

A- Great clarity, vibrant golden yellow and a nice fluffy head that's heavy on the lace rings. Great presentation.

S- Lemon and tangerine notes, very fruity and somewhat floral hops. Very nice.

T- Hops are lemony, grassy, and medicinal. A bit sweet. I like all the hop notes, but not necessarily in combination with eachother. Not much malt presence, pretty dry and bitter finish.

M- Great carbonation, Body is a bit thin but OK.

D- Moderate. Plenty hoppy, maybe not my cup of tea, but worth trying.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, piney, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall a tasty and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of weller1js
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a very hazy brownish copper, very hazy, moderate carbonation, creamy/bubbly foam that leaves a lingering lacing, but doesn't quite dissipate.

S: hops are sweet and tangy, mild, mellow yet very pleasing.

T: begins very piney, notably more so than what the smell would suggest, malts are medium bodied but subdued, strength of the alcohol presents itself and brings out the bitterness of the hops, both of which linger in a mild finish.

O: good IPA, hops are complex but not overly strong, same with the abv,

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Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lures.

Pours a faded and murky golden amber with little retention or lacing. Aroma and flavor are predominantly piney and herbal. Some malt sweetness tries to balance out the aggressive pine bitterness in the flavor but fails and the finish is a sticky, wet herbal mess. Medium bodied with strong, sharp carbonation. Not offensive, but remarkably forgettable.

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Photo of garuda
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by month notched on label, but three different years listed, with none of them notched...

A - Slightly hazed pale golden body with a one finger white head that has decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Really diggin the ripe pineapple in the nose, with some floral aspects, and a caramelly, sugary sweet malt content.

T - Kind of falls apart for me a little bit, with big, sweet, sugary malts overpowering the bitter grapefruit and pine tastes. The sweetness becomes cloying by the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, makes a dense creamy mouthfeel, a little sticky on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed the nose on this one, but the taste let me down when the cloying sweetness kicked in on the second half of the drink. With so many other great IPAs out there, I will probably not buy this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark orange full of vibrant effervesce. Peanut shell toned head is average in heigth and retention. Lacing is spotty with spongy dabs on the vessel.

S: Fresh hops, piney-orange-citrus of moderate awarenss. Okay but a little played out and hardly the attention getter in a tough field.

T: Malty flavor, orange citrus, nice depth upon the first taking. Piney-citrus hops are bitter, flowery with a big malting of toasted bread that is warming. Spicy pine bite on the back end with just the slightest of malt sweetness upfront that is soon swallowed by a flowery citrus bitterness. A touch more complexity adn a solid 4.0 rating may be in order.

M: Vibrant carbonation, a big malt lush helping, sharp and tingly, bready and full. Sharp bitterness after the swallow.

O: An ordinary nose turns to a malt forward experience for flavor. Good level of bitterness, strong carbonation factor that is bitter, but not exactly sharply defining. Good malt support, good drinkability and good ibus to boot.

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Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at City Tap House in DC. Smooth, mildly tart, slightly chalky IPA favoring some citrus hops. Hazy pour with soft silky head, dry finish cleans the palate. IPA leaning heavily towards APA territory.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with two fingers of head that has very good retention. Not much for lacing though. Good hop aroma of citrus and pine. Not much else going on. This is a one dimensional beer. There is hop flavor but it is not very complex and that is all there is. This beer is begging for some malt sweetness. Bitterness is getting to the high levels but is not overly harsh or blistering. Not going to wreck a palate. The body is a little thin as well. Nicely carbonated though. Has some good hop flavor and there is nothing wrong with the craftmenship, but not really to my tastes.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange gold with off-white head. Lots of pine and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice resinous hop bite.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brees6221 for this bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

Appearance - Carmel-orange with a 1 finger cream colored head. Very fizzy with good lacing.

Smell - Carmel, malts, citrus.

Taste - Sweet toasted sugar. Slight citrus.

Drinkability - Creamy and silky.

Overall - Good beer, but now what I think of when I have an IPA.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piney, with a little touch of peach and citrus zest. Slick caramel malts follow. Crisp and refreshing up front, with enough body to support the stiff hop profile. A little hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Nice representation of an American IPA, albeit of the East Coast style, but nothing too outside the box or groundbreaking here. A little sweeter than the "west coast" IPAs we've grown accustomed to.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom.

A: Very clear. Half a finger of head fades fast. Great lacing. Pale copper.

S: Strong, astringent hops. Aromatic and floral. I recognise the variety, but can't place it. Amarillo? Earthy-spicy. Pleasant.

T/M: Similar to the smell. Earthy-bitter-herbal hops dominate the relatively thin-bodied beer. Low carbonation, somewhat flat feel. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter, but not compelling. The herbal character reminds me of a meat rub.

O: Goodish IPA, but disappointing (i.e., not an A- beer). Drinkable, especially for hopheads, but probably not something I'd order again. Nothing I'd steer you away from either.

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The ale is slightly hazy light amber, an off-white head that leaves good lacing and some curtains.

Very fruity smell, tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, orange and lime.

Starting with sweet syrup bread, mango and pine-apple juice, orange marmalade.

Medium low carbonation, watery but a slightly sticky, a medium body, a dry finish.

In all a good and very fruity IPA.

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Photo of bensbeers
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review on Beer Advocate. Been using the site as a resource for about a year now, and thought I would put in what I got out of it, so to speak.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - great appearance. It pours a warm, copper color with about a 1/2 inch head. A good hazy beer. Lacing - not much, but I found that the slimmest layer of suds remained atop the beer throughout drinking.

S - like others have said, not a very aromatic beer. Definitely smell the hops and pine, with undertones of citrus and yeast/bread.

T - Hops. Lots of hops. Notes of orange peel in the aftertaste. Otherwise, not too complex. Along the lines of other American IPAs.

M - First thing I noticed was the tingly feeling on my tongue. Light carbonation, but on the heavier side as far as body goes.

O - Definitely worth trying. An above-average beer that any hop-head will enjoy. As all IPAs do (at least for me), it begs you to have at least 1 more...

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Photo of a74gent
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. Maybe not world class, but very good.

The appearance is a little darker than most and shows unbelievable finger and a half of foam that leaves lacing as good as I've ever seen.

The smell isn't overpowering but just a nice hoppy pine indication of what is coming on the palate.

The taste doesn't keep up with the high standard of appearance, but is a good solid IPA with a little lingering bite that I could do without.

The mouthfeel is good and sticky/creamy just a bit.

This is very drinkable and although I don't drink multiple IPAs ever I certainly think I could do so with this one.

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Photo of rudzud
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with an absolutely rocky FOUR finger sudsy head that left clumpy side lacing. Under this was a nice slightly hazy golden orange hue IPA with a fair amount of effervescence.

S - Oh wow. Being assaulted by light pine and lots of orange/grapefruit peel. Light on the tropical fruit as well.

T - Taste doesn't nearly live up to the nose. A somewhat harsh bitter finish the citrus peel is there as is some light malt sweetness. Its all somewhat hard to pick up on though as this is so overly carbonated for an IPA that the sharpness really muddles up the taste.

M - Yeah, I thought there was something up when I poured this and that much head appeared. Carbonation is WAY over the top, like soda carbonated style. Really hurts the taste aspect but it does mask the ABV nicely.

O - Overall this beer smells great, and would probably taste good if not for the massive overcarbonation. Unsure if its just a bad bottle but that mouthfeel was very disappointing. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, consistent, solid aroma coming off this beer. It's about halfway between floral and tropical with a noticeably rich syrupy maltiness backbone. Quite nice.

A tad hazy on the pour, but I think its actually chill haze. Lacing is strong coming from the barely off-white persistent head. Color is a nice honey-orange with bright highlights.

Forget the floral, the flavor is all fresh squeezed grapefruit. It's not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is very strong and very delicious. The malt holds up to the bitterness extremely well making this quite balanced.

A bit sticky on the palate, the body is near full with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer to have on-hand.

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