Lot #3 IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #3 IPALot #3 IPA
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like it was new at the local beer store so gave it a try. Pours an amber color, small head to it. Great aroma, nice and hoppy. Mouthfeel is good, a bit lighter body than I thought. Some nice bitterness shows, but it's still well balanced. A nice strong IPA with some real bite to it, nice clean finish. A very good IPA, definitely one of the better ones I've had and is definitely a hop bomb I was looking for. Never heard of the brewery but I would give the rest of their line-up a try for sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

When looking to the hallmark flavor of any brewery, the palate gravitates to the taste of hops and how they play out in the American IPA. Even though the taste of IPA its alluring and have often become banal, we constantly order another- hoping something stands out. But with Evolution Brewing's Lot No. 3, nothing stands out but that's because everything important stands out!

Its bright honey-amber pour brings about a modest haze that diffuses its rich golden highlights. A tall and frothy column of foam ensues with the creamy color of ivory and that texture of lather. A quite random slathering of lace is inconsistent but intricate where dedicated.

Its scent is less pungent than many of the newer-wave IPA, but the moderate tones is esquitely balanced with all things hops- grapefruit, orange peels, pine, freshly mulled grasses, herbs and spice. Its malt structure rounds out the hops-giving them a "juicy", "ripe", and "vibrant" character even thought the caramel and honey tones seem to come via fruit than of grain.- played to perfection!

Its early crusted, caramelized, and nutty malt sweetness falls dormant quite early in on the palate as the taste of hops set in and dominate the session from the middle onward- pink grapefruit, orange peels, mild pineapple and apricot offer up a glimpse of tropical fruit taste just before a fade to resinous pine, fresh-cut grass and a smooth and dry finish ensues. A trail of citrus and crust provides a rewarding refreshment to the palate.

The beer's body is creamy-dry and medium-weighted as the firm carbonation dissolves into the beer's residual sweetness. But the sweetness quickly fades and the ale races toward dryness, herb, and vegetative finish.

The beer's exquisite balance is creamy but dry, hoppy but smooth. bitter but soft- calling all of the fans of citrus juice and playfully creamy warmth.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with just under half a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around pretty well through the glass.

Smell: There is an herbal hop characteristic with a strong malt presence. The malt reminds me a little bit of a rye beer with some spice. More malt here than I would expect for the style.

Taste: More hops here than in the nose, but there is still a strong malt component. I stand by saying that this reminds me a bit of a rye IPA. Lots of bready malt behind some herbal, citrus peel hops. The finish is bitter. The malt has a strong presence, but the beer isn't sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of smooth, fluffy carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: While this is a bit more malt forward than I would expect for an IPA, I enjoyed it. Easy to drink, I'd have more in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a magnificently frothy head that leaves quite a bit of lace

Smell: Caramel malts with some resinous, piney hops

Taste: The beer lays down a caramel backbone against which the resinous, piney hops emerge at mid-palate; nicely balanced after the swallow, though the finish has quite a bit of residual sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nicely balanced IPA; just a bit too sweet for my palate

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution's Lot #3 IPA pours a clear deep gold body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head retention could be better, but it maintains a solid surface covering which is more than can be said of a lot of other beers. Wide, oddly shaped 'islands' and 'peninsulas' of lace are left behind but eventually erode and disappear.

In the aroma, bright, citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple), resinous, floral, earthy and mildly herbal hops leap out of the glass at you. Quite nice! What a welcoming aroma.

The hops carry through in the flavor, but they're not quite as juicy as the nose suggests. The resinous, earthy, leafy, and herbal notes become more apparent. The biscuity malt acts as a solid, wide base for the hops to appear, lending just a dollop of sweetness to liven them. It's balanced by a dense bitterness, and it finishes quite drying. It lingers for quite some time, but the flavors are softened and it gently ebbs into simple residual bitterness. Nicely balanced!

It starts big with a burst of hops, softens a bit and introduces the malt, and then delivers a dry bitter finish, leaving it quite nicely rounded and drinkable. Absolutely worth trying!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to THECPJ for all the Evo beers, this being the last.

Pours a light creamy almost 1 finger head over clear tan reddish brown colored beer.

Nose fruity hops, touch of citrus and tropical, light sweet reddish crystal malts, slightest hint of hop resin.

Taste starts with some sweet toasty reddish malts, little caramel, then some hops but not heavy, some bitterness, fruity hops, light apricot and tangerine, mint, a bit chewy. Finishes drier with a bit sticky, semi bitter, some fruity, chewy and light spicy hops, but of syrupy malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent hops, nose was better than taste, nice malts underneath, not as special as many seem to make it out to be.

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3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. Copper in color with a thin, sticky, off-white head to it. Pretty nice head retention to it as well.

The aroma has a very juicy and citrusy flavor to it with pineapple, grapefruit and orange all coming through. I get some sweeter, malty and caramel like flavors to it as well that compliment the hoppiness nicely.

The taste shows more of a bitter, grapefruit and citrus rind like quality to it. I get some of that juicy, tropical fruit like hoppiness to it as well. Some of the sweeter malty flavors help offset the bitter, citrus rind flavors. Very nice and flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a very nice IPA and definitely one I'll be buying again. I really liked the juicy and fruity flavors in the aroma and the bitter, citrusy, grapefruit flavors in the taste were pretty nice as well. Very solid IPA overall.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a crimson-amber color with a large, foamy white head. Really nice retention and as it falls, leaves behind quite a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is pretty dank with quite a bit of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Not real backing malt to speak of. The floral hops begin to dominate. The flavor really pulls back from all of this. There's a nice, dry bitterness in the finish, but not much hop taste. Also, not terribly resinous on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly oily on a medium body. Pretty good brew and glad I picked this up. Thanks to the Chicago guys for giving me the occasion to finally pick this up.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The flesh is strong, but the mind is weak in this case. I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on Wednesday and I needed to fill out a sixer, plus they are doing a tasting today (Friday) so I decided to do some market research.

Nothing was holding me back, so I nearly inverted the bottle to begin the pour. This worked in terms of creating a pseudo-cascade, as well as three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention, but it also caused what I call "teardrops" - when the head threatens to overflow the glass, but does not, however, droplets run down the side like tears down cheeks. The lacing that began to appear was both amazing and sticky as all get out, meaning that it would take a power washer to remove. Nose was simple - pine and caramel. That should be a street intersection for us hopheads! "Hey, baby, I'll meet you on the corner of Pine & Caramel at 5 o'clock, dig?" Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creamy. The taste was not as intense as on the nose, but who cares? I was getting my hops fix, man. M'main man, Jimmy Ellroy, is getting ready to lay some of his sweet jazz, white or no, on us, and I suddenly needed a taste. There was a point, as a self-avowed hophead, that I couldn't get enuffa dem hops and I walked around with a howling monkey on my back. I slowly got right, but man, there are those times when I sink right back down into the hops morass, man, and this was one of them. The hops laid in with a cool breezy mintiness and I fell back, letting the bottle gently fall from my fingers. I inhaled deeply, letting the pine scent permeate my sinus cavity. Finish was semi-dry as the caramel malt decided to wake up and assert itself. Man, I was on a rocket to the moon! Jazz was roaring out of the hi-fi and I felt like I could reach out and touch every note. Baby, who needs sex when you got hops, right? Maybe that's why #TheOldLady doesn't totally dig my scene. She grooves on honey and while she's my Honey, she likes an application of the stinger every once in a while. Whoa, it just struck me like a bolt of lightning! If this is #3, who/what/why/how is # 6?!? I am # 10. You don't dig? Listen, man, I got a circus going on in my Brain Housing Group 24/7 and sometimes my reviews reflect my unreality. It's crazy, I know, but there is a subset of humanity who reads this and immediately latches on, Daddy-O. Hey, man, be cool. Be real cool, as cool as the beer in my glass and as cool as the mentholated flavor of # 3. Ask for it wherever and whenever better beers are sold. Check you in the alley, ' cause that's where I score.

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Lot #3 IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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