Lot #3 IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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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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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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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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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of oline73
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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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of jlindros
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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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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Photo of billab914
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a a DFH tulip glass

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color, nice head with really nice lacing going down the glass.

S: Has a really nice nose, very strong citrus/pine hoppy characteristic, also some grapefruit

T: The hops are dominant on the front and has a real bitter flavor, which I like in an IPA. It is well carbonated with some nice bubbles on the tongue. The hop/bitter flavor lasts after you are done with each sip.

M/D: This is not the most balanced IPA, but they do a great job and I really like it. I found it to be very drinkable and went through almost the entire growler at a BBQ over memorial day weekend with a friend of mine.

I will probably get the IPA on my next growler fill and look forward to them bottling this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cracked this one open with alex tonight and shot some baskets. good with pizza and in a pint glass.

nice and clean amber color with a smooth even head of white and a nice and smooth lacing around the edges.

aroma of nice citrus blend with a great light grain base that is well balanced with pineapple and orange notes and a well balanced and light profile. clean dry finish and light hoppy presence really makes it all come together quite nicely.

overall as solid as could be. really very well done.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Specific Gravity in Salisbury MD. Served chilled in a pint.

A deep golden w/ amber hues and thick creamy cap w/ tiny beading. The lace sticks well and the clarity/retention is good. The smell has a lot of hop aroma w/ plenty of citrus notes and mild tropical tinges, a mellow malt sweet note is there too. The feel is medium more towrad the heavy side of medium, but plenty of carbonation and acidity balance the sweetness of the beer, bitterness is moderate.

The taste is very hoppy with a resinous citrus and mild pine quality a light lemony zest tinge in there with a nice flavor of caramel malt underneath, but the IPA is pretty dry as it finishes and has a light alcohol and spice element to compliement the highly herbal and grapefruit aspects. The IPA drinks like a much smaller beer and I caught myself having 2 pints very quickly so I will say for my taste this is really drinkable - cheers!

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

12oz brown bottle.

Clear dark amber hue, not a peep from the head so the head stays a head and does not crackle to lacing until several sips are taken. Smells of grapefruit, tangerines, pipe tobacco and peppermint from the hops ... hint of toasted bread in the back. Super smooth with an oily hop slickness on the tongue. Perhaps not a huge bitterness, it does have a sting to it, the flavor is quite vast with floral, citric, minty and leafy flavors. Hint of grapefruit rind? The maltiness at least puts its foot in the door with a well rounded toasted bread flavor. Alcohol is noticeable with fruity esters and warmth but not hot at all.

Delicious comes to mind, a bit of a slow sipper as there is a lot going on here ... a well put together ale.

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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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Crabbiucss for this bottle!

Any chance of the other "lots" showing up later on, a Delaware version of the Garden State's own Exit Series? I hope so. Anyway, this one pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pine, caramel, orange peel, light grapefruit peel, mandarin orange, and a tiny prickle of green apple. The taste goes heavily toward a mixture of pine and grapefruit peel, with a decently healthy caramel backbone beneath. The hoppy bitterness comes in strongly, but not too much so. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, straightforward, simple, and easy to enjoy.

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

On draft at The Greene Turtle in La Plata, MD.

Golden body, mostly clear with a quarter inch of white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, biscuit malt. Hop forward with a honey sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Medium in body and easy drinking. Bready malt body in support of the hop character. A touch of pine and a hint of oranges. Overall, solid, especially in a place that primarily serves macro crappy lagers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a nice frothy off white head that displays great retention and lace. Smells of grapefruit pine and resin mostly. Hints of earth and bread round out the nose quite well. Taste is more grapefruit pine and some apricot with a smidgen of bready malt to back it all up. Finish is quite dry. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice, deceptively easy to drink IPA that I could see myself enjoying often. Nice to try one of the other Delaware breweries as well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours looking nicely. Nose was a very strong pine at first which toned down soon thereafter, but still retained some punch. Flavor is heavy on pine resin. Quite thick. Enough to make it fairly sweet. Feel is good. This is an IPA lover's dream. A nice east coast produced IPA that's bringing muscle.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid off white foamy head, solid and somewhat uniform. Sits on a hazy amber orange to brown body. Body has lots of color profiles depending on where in the light it seems you view it.

Bouquet seems to be hop and a bit toasty malt. Bready brown toast and mild citrus hop. Very nice and good.

Taste is, mild malt noticeable, with a tea like herbal hop presence. Some sweet like cinnamon comes out a little on the finish, with a sugar toast like feeling. Texture is fairly solid with a little bit of wetness but not too much.

Overall I like this malt side which is hidden and sugary toast feeling. Good solid brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Hazed medium amber, loose medium khaki head, that leaves ample scattered bits of lace.

S: Grapefruit dominates.

T: Hoppy brew, more grapefruit. Smooth and tasty IPA.

M: Pleasant on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is medium and the carbonation is on point for the style.

O: Highly enjoyable AIPA. Another well crafted beer from Evolution. This is my first time trying the Evolution beers and so far, I'm impressed

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

Thanks for thorpe429 for hooking me up with this Delaware brew after my DE state tick was unceremoniously stolen away by the Dogfish Head master listing. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Best before March (guessing 2011 - a year wasn't cut).

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that settle to a thick cap and a few splotches of lace. Lightly hazed bronze body with some streams of bubbles visible.

S - Pine and herbaceous hops, some light grapefruit. Not much malt character, with only some nebulous crystalline sugar.

T - Taste has more caramel malt mixed with lemon zest, pine, herbs, and grass. Mid-level bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Dry finish, with some nice residual hop oils. Carbonation is a tad higher than I prefer, but avoids being overly harsh. The medium-thin body is a touch watery.

D - It's a solid session IPA, but not super interesting. I'd have it again in a pinch, but I'd rather have Sierra Nevada or something of that ilk.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Now I don't BELIEVE in evolution but I can't turn down a new IPA. BTW I do BELIEVE in evolution.

Beer is served in a shaker pint. Beer is amber and clear. Forms a white thin head that leaves some lacing on the glass and is propped up by moderate to low carbonation. Looks fine. Its a little dark but still looks good.

The aroma is mostly piny with a little malt. Smells OK.

Beer is medium body with moderate carbonation in the mouth. Beer is sweet and moderately bitter but the bitterness does grow with time. Its mildly dry in the back and has no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkability is good.

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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 Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to spotty surface covering. Mild lace develops.

Smell: light caramel, floral bitterness, and some orange tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange, and a nice floral bitterness create a well balanced IPA. Alcohol is a bit noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste focuses on floral bitterness.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer with a nice balanced flavor. Worthy of a try.

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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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