Lot #6 Double IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lot #6 Double IPALot #6 Double IPA

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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Photo of JCarey
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this from tap at the brewery and in bottles, but I'm currently enjoying the bottled version.

Heavily bubbled, strong, frothy, white head. Cap remains throughout the pint and lacing is strong and thick. Light copper, clear but with a tiny amount of haze.

Smell is by no means dank or overly resinous, just a clean hop aroma and some maltiness backed by some esters. The Citra really comes through on the nose.

Malty sweet and caramely. Strong, but not puckering, bitterness with some heavy handed hop flavors. I have a problem with most IIPAs. They tend to be either way too sweet or way too hoppy. Lot 6 hits the nail dead on the head. Super balanced with a clean yeast flavor.

Not quite a thick mouthfeel but this is medium to even full bodied. Perfectly carb'd and easy to drink. It's hard for me not to give this a pefect score. It's one of the few IPAs/IIPAs that I actually like.

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today, I'm looking at Evolution Craft Brewing Company Lot # 6
Imperial IPA. Hands down one of the most well balanced and underrated imperial IPAs out there. This impressive IPA clock in at 8.5% ABV and at 75IBUs. The color is orangish-yellow with a off-white head. The aroma is bursting with a wallop of personality. Tons of pungent grapefruit, lemongrass, candied orange, pine and a hint of earthy tea.
On the first sip, the palate is so well balanced. Ton of bitter grapefruit, lemongrass and pine. Eventually the sweet candied orange malt flavor blankets the fresh resinous hop assassination on the tongue and balances out the beer. The dry bitterness is clean, spicy and long lasting.
This beer by far is one of my go to IPAs and it has been one of my favorite IPAs for years. With the right marketing, this beer could stand up against the Plinys and Headys and find itself on an elite list of Must Try IPAs.

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Photo of Brillig
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer absolutely nails the style for me. Outstanding fresh, bright hoppy flavor. Perfect mouthfeel and finish. May be the best DIPA I've ever had (and I've had many).

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Photo of AdamBear
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-good amber with a thin white head.

S-wow tropical grapefruit!! Amazing! Strong scent

T-comes in with a wonderful creamy taste of grains, fresh hops, and grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness too. The after-taste is matching and awesome. This great and sweet.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-This is actually an amazing ipa. I love any ipa that can get this much of a grapefruit flavor. I recommend this to anyone!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice golden orange sort of color. Sticky/gummy lacing on the glass. Huge piney aroma. Tons of hop bitterness and flavor in your face! Long lingering hop bite to it. Has that sort of sticky hop goodness that makes a great DIPA. Solid maltiness to it as well. Incredible balance. Very full body with a sticky/gummy lip smacking sweetness. I could drink this all night. No sign of the high abv here. Possibly my new favorite from EVO

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Photo of JohnSand
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

A wonderful IPA. Drinking a bottled one now. Hazy copper, thin head, great flavor. Very balanced, plenty of fruity hops, plenty of sweet malt. I first had this on tap in the Globe in Berlin Md. As soon as the waitress put it down, the hop aroma hit my nose. I wasn't disappointed, I'm still not. Buy it if you can find it.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours an orange-copper color.

Overall: Aroma is pine dominant with citrus undertones. The taste starts off with a combination of citrusy hops and biscuity malt/yeast. The finish is pleasantly malty. Lot #6 has a surprising amount of complexity while it maintains a level of balance. This is an excellently crafted imperial IPA showcasing the hops. This is incredibly drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of Tilghman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hadn't heard of this Brewer or their DIPA, but came it highly recommended. Had a pint on tap at Lures in Annapolis, MD. (they have an excellent selection of beer on tap) This beer really showed well. First sip and knew it was a winner. Complex taste, good finish all the attributes of a first rate IPA. Can’t wait to find it again.

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Photo of pobrepaul
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer a few time in at the beach and picked up a growler at the brewery. Personally, I think its one fo the best DIPA in the mid-atlantic if not the whole East Coast. Has some dank and floral flavors that are great, probably from the Citra hops. It only comes in draft so I always get it when I seee it.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery in Salisbury, MD. Into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Clear, copper, lots of soapy off-white lacing on the glass. Looks like a textbook double IPA.

Smell (4.5/5): Massive dankness and tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. This recipe is almost certainly drawing on some of the newer school hops to generate this thoroughly modern IPA aroma that leans heavily towards the tropical side, as opposed to the piney, highly bitter end of the hop spectrum that most old school IPAs would tap in to. Very impressive.

Taste (4.75/5): The hops are very juicy in the foretaste, with plenty of sweet, fruity grapefruit and pineapple notes. The massive hops are fairly well balanced by the sweet, yet dry malt backbone, which helps accentuate the hops and make them pop. The beer dries out nicely in the finish to a grapefruit pith-like flavor that is all bitterness. Lot 6 achieves an impressive complexity through it's seamless transition from flavor to flavor. This is a classic Double IPA being enjoyed the way it was meant to be--super fresh, straight from the brewery's tap.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Smooth initially, though the beer is exceptionally dry in the aftertaste. The carbonation is at a very nice medium level. It has kept well in the growler so far.

Overall (4.5/5): Evolution has really hit on a special recipe, one that offers an excellent amount of complexity. While this beer is all about the hops, the different hop varieties do a great job of bringing different flavors and feels to the beer on its way across the tongue. An outstanding beer that hop heads will love.

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Photo of eends33
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- gold/orange color

S- Orange Citrus, mango, grapefruit

T- Tangerine, piny

M- medium full body

O- I love this beer great smell, great taste..brewery is only 25 minutes from me and is probably the best local beer ive had, such and easy dipa to drink reccomend everyone to try it if you can.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The notches on the side show January 2013. Unusual that this would be the bottling date, but it must be because this is the first bottling of this beer.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, bright tangerine color. My normal paced pour yielded two fingers of dense head, reaching the rim of the glass and no further. After a few minutes the head dies to a single finger, where it stays for the duration. Magnificent lacing.

S - Wow! Huge ruby grapefruit bursts from the bottle, even before pouring. While sitting an armslength from the glass, I continue to catch whiffs of the juicy hop explosion. A floral boquet accompanied by soft caramel malts round out the aroma. I can't get over how fragrant this beer is. It smells amazing.

T - Big tropical fruits, mango, papaya and grapefruit hit the tongue first. Caramel, toffee malts follow with a nice delicate sweetness. Dank grapefruit on the back end, very mild bitterness. The finish is clean with more Fresca citrus linger.

M - Very nice medium-full body with great carbonation. Crisp finish and no alcohol. Scary drinkable. I should have gotten many more than two bottles (they didn't last long!).

O - I have not been blown away like this by a beer for a while. My expectations were not as through the roof as they had been for some of the popular DIPAs (Pliny, Heady, etc.) and that made this one that much more impressive. If you like grapefruit in your IPA, then this is a must try. One of the best smelling beers I have smelt; one of the finest IPAs I have tasted. Huge tropical and citrus flavors, despite relatively low bitterness. I can't express how happy I am that they now bottle this stuff. I was pleased with the draft version, but this is better. Get it, and get it fresh. So good.

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Photo of haines710
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great tasting beer. Readily available in the Wilmington, Delaware area. I picked up a 4 pack at the supermarket. Poured one into a pint glass tonight. Nice head and amber color. Very drinkable and smooth for a double IPA. Fruity smell and taste with Malty aftertaste. Enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A shout out to griffeyb for the AWESOME box he sent with this being one of the bottles in it!

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A- It pours a deep hazy orange with beautiful lacing sticking from the top of the glass and trailing all the way down.

S- Huge pine and citrus notes. Exactly what I would expect from the style.

T- A rush of hops dominate the first contact with the palate followed by a slightly mellowed sweet after taste. Very nice balance overall.

M- A good amount of carbonation that produces a pleasant tingle with the body to match.

O- A very very good imperial IPA. I feel like I could drink an entire six pack over a crawfish boil even at an ABV of 8.5%. One of the beast I have had.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 11/11/10.

A - The growler dispensed a clear, effervescent amber/orange liquid with copper hues and two fingers of solid froth on top that reduced to a quarter inch ring and swirly retention and left splashes of spotty lace.

S - The aromatic nose blends grassy and citrus hops with toasted grains and sweet malt effortlessly. A mild alcohol presence emerges as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Hops impart a faint hint of catbox with a dominant fruity tang and some grassy characteristics. Malt profile is equally as diverse, offering toasty and grainy notes as well as caramel sweetness. Finishes with a moderate hop bite supported by a pleasant malty character, which results in an extremely well-balanced flavor. This is some delicious stuff!

M - Light to medium bodied with a hint of oily texture and a slight sticky syrupy aspect. Carbonation is spot-on for the style. Mouthfeel is solid all around. It is also important to note that the alcohol presence remains well-concealed throughout. This is a stealthy DIPA!

D - DIPA? 9.3% ABV? Really?! I was extremely impressed with this beer. It is insanely drinkable for a DIPA, and produced tasty hop burps to boot! This is probably the best new IPA I've had in quite some time. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lot No6 is beautiful, juicy, and just a tad too thin.

It poured a beautiful hazy light copper with a massive pillowy cream colored head. It left a thick latice-like lace on the entire glass. It's the first beer I've had that left a wall of lace on the side of the glass from which I drank. The aroma was very hoppy, with hints of citrus and a moldy musty basement. The flavor was outstanding, dominated by grapefruit and tangerine and finishing with that moldy basement. It was a bit too refreshing for a double IPA and dangerously easy to drink. It's the perfect summertime DIPA.

Lot No6 is the first beer I've had in a very long time that, after trying, I wanted to run out and buy it all. It's the first new beer I've had in a very long time that made me happy. It looks great, what it leaves on the glass is a work of art, and the flavor is exceptional. If it were available year-round, Lot No6 would be my every day go-to beer.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored with one finger of frothy ecru foam,splotchy lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is all about the hops, mostly piney with some grapefruit zest in there too.

Taste is also hop forward, malt present but mostly for balance. Nice citrus/pine flavors, solid lingering bitterness of the desirable variety.

Mouthfeel medium, crisp carbonation.

Solid IIPA all the way, heard good things about Evolution brewing Lot No6 delivers the goods, highly recommend for those that appreciate hop forward ales.

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Photo of coloncrandel
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my go to IPA. It never lets me down (provided it's fresh...check label). Always love the smells and the tastes are well balanced. It's a delightful trip for all the senses

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Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by an employee at the Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia as an exceptional DIPA.

a: Copper with a finger thick tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Strong citrus

t: Citrus and pine hops over a mild malt base. Bitterness builds on the tongue.

m; Medium with good body.

o: A superior DIPA with plenty of hop flavors.

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Photo of jacewg
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Now this is a beautiful looking beer. A gorgeous orange color with a big, residual fluffy head and huge lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Really nice nose. Not a lot of complexity, but big citrusy notes. This reeks of a Citra dry hop. Substantial malt backbone

Taste: Definitely some malt sweetness, but balanced well with more huge bitter citrus/tropical type hop flavor. Finishes with a big fruity, bitter blast. Some Columbus like vegetal undertones. Damn tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel: You know you're drinking a big beer. Not syrupy, but full bodied, appropriately so, for a DIPA. Not sticky or cloying, but definitely on the thick side. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: Evolution is killing it. One of the best breweries that flies a little under the radar. They make a very good regular IPA, a killer stout, and their Menagerie series/limited/barrel aged stuff is all very good.

Please make this beer more often.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Jan 2013 notched on the side of the bottle. Not sure if that is a best before or bottled on....

A: bright orange body. super bright. some haze to it as well. head is mostly bright white with a little bit of orange tints on it as well. retention is good and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: fresh mangos, orange juice. flower pollen. tons of hop resins. a big stinky mess. also a big invitation to drink.

T: this is a cross between an orange creamsicle and a cowtail. some cara sweetness on an otherwise massive hop flavor profile. lots of citrus. if I had to guess I would say this used simcoe and citra hops for flavor. guessed wrong, just checked, citra, Columbus, and centennial.

M: carb is average, slightly velvety. works really well on the DIPA style. full-bodied.

D: full-bodied big time DIPA that still remains to be super drinkable? yes please. exactly where the style needs to be heading and something a lot of brewers forget these days. good work evolution.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 1/4/12

A- Clear golden color with a nice white head.

S- Tropical hops, mango, citrus, hint of pine, nice malt backbone.

T- Follows the smell, juicy tropical hops, mango, grapefruit, piney/earthy finish, nice malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Awesome beer, wish I could find it more often, ABV is well hidden, nice malts, great hops, like Lot #3 kicked up a notch.

Also had on cask, would give it 4s across the board, except for mouthfeel 4.5. It was hazy, much more malty, hops where they just faded a good bit, felt even smooth, great creaminess. Preferred on-tap vs. cask, would easily get either again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange and hazy with 1 finger head. Smell is very tropical and hearty. Tasty is nice and very well balanced with sweet, bready, hoppy, citrusy and a touch bitter at end but not lingering at all. For a double, body is lighter and a little thinner than usual. A very finely made double IPA. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark orange, some brown tones to it as well. solid white head, nice looking dIPA.

smell is fantastic, very fruity. citrus galore.

great tasting dIPA, nice combination of fruit and pine. starts fruity and finishes piney. maybe i'm wrong but mosaic hops seem to be present.

goes down smooth but has a very heavy pine finish. not bad but not the best either. some people might like that but i prefer citrus to pine in my IPAs/dIPAs.

overall a pretty good beer! great taste, smells fantastic but the finish is maybe a tad too piney and thick for my taste. it isn't a dealbreaker but it is something to note. very fresh as well, it was brewed in September of 2015. Evolution just began being distributed to my county! enjoyed their beers at a fest down the shore in June and it's nice they are now available to me locally.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to imstillthegman for hooking me up with a growler of this one.

A-Brilliant, clear golden copper with a medium white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace. The clarity of this beer really blows me away.

S-Citrus, grass and pine hop notes with a light underlying sweet biscuit malt in support. Straight forward but pleasant and rather intoxicating.

T-Wow--what is up with this? Nothing spectacular but everything is so right! Great hop zing up front with a pleasant biscuit malt sweetness in support. This is an example of a beer that does nothing wrong and almost everything right.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp but yet not to harsh. Hops linger longer with warming.

D-WTF? This is something special. 9.3%--who knew? I could pound this sucker all day! Well done Evolution.

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