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

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Added by lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 707
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 thain709
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry-hopped with Galaxy hops and served during Baltimore Beer Week.

A - Served with a golden honey body that had some haziness to it...the head was white and bubbly and stood about two fingers...it showed some retention and left decent lacing

S - Holy hops...the dry hopping added a fresh hop to the nose...it also imparted some bitterness along with a green leaf presence

T - The flavors are really well balanced...the nose suggested this would be bitter, but there is a huge caramel malt bill that mellows and balances things out...there is some nice citrus going on with strong pineapple with hints of orange and grapefruit...the green leaf flavor is also present throughout making the flavor fresh as well

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a lingering, yet balanced bite

O - I was excited to finally get to try this...Lot 3 was a very drinkable IPA and I was not let down by Lot 6...the Galaxy dry hopping was a very nice addition...I am impressed with Evolution's line up

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Hunt DC. Pours dark orange, creamy white head. Juicy tropical fruit and florals warms to swirls of dry pine and sweet peachy caramel. Bright and fresh citric-spruce hop flavors are well rounded with a lightly toasted sweet malt backbone. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Reminds me of several very good DIPAs out there!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a dark orange copper color with an inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grape fruit, and fruity malts. Lots of fresh hops and fruit, a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, light tropical fruits, and fruity malts. A little bitterness but not a ton, and more grapefruit and pine than tropical fruits, unlike the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a little bit of bitterness.

o - Overall a nice DIPA. Nose was great and fruity, and the taste wasn't too bitter. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 6 has a hazy orange body with a beige head. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma has tons of resin and pine with a hint of citrus. You can tell there is a lot of malt in there also, as the sweetness shows up in the aroma.

I was expecting this one to be a citrus bomb, but there isn't a ton of citrus in it at all. Lots of pine, a lot of resin, and a very leafy hop flavor. Just a hint of grapefruit is the only citrus flavors that the hops really impart. The malt base is mostly bready, with equal parts caramel and sweetness.

It has a full body that is just a hint oily.

I think this batch might be a little off compared to earlier ones based on what I've been told. I'll have to give this one another try. Either way, one thing it does very well is hide the alcohol.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap the Pickled Pig Pub for Delaware Beer Week.

A: Was served in a goblet. Lot 6 is golden yellow in color, with a very white one finger head. Nice retention and left some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of tropical fruits, some grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. There is a little bit of pine, and really not much malt in the aroma. Slight hints of alcohol.

T: Over the top hop flavors. More citrus, with mostly grapefruit and some pineapple as well as a very nice grassy flavor. The hops are quite sharp and impart a good amount of bitterness. It is cut slightly by some bready malt on the backend.

M: Medium to full bodied, with a little bit of a alcohol, but not detrimental to the beer at all. Very crisp.

O: One of my favorite Evolution beers, too bad it is only on tap as of now, hopefully they will bottle it at some point. Have also had it Randallized with mint and grapefruit juice which was a nice touch to this beer as well.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From growler to pint glass on 4/7/11
*From notes

It should be noted that the growler was filled but 45 minutes prior to opening.

Thanks goes out to Lee for the heads up on this one - cheers!

A: Dark amber, almost orange in appearance. Like polished mahogany. A careful pour yields a one finger, bubbly head and sticky lacing.

S: Immediate pine resin. I mean this thing is intense. I don't detect any alcohol, which is shocking for such a big beer. Fruity esters continue to waft in and around the nose, and juicy mango is prevalent as it warms.

T: This DIPA will put hair on your chest. It's massive, showcasing strong tree sap and a good dose of well integrated alcohol. It blends ever so gracefully with the heavy amount of malt, which provides a sturdy framework. The balancing act here is magnificent.

M: Crisp and rich. This has plenty of carbonation, but it is necessary to counterbalance the concentrated nature of this DIPA.

O: I loved it. Evolution's Lot #6 DIPA is one of the better East Coast DIPA's I've had. This is one of those brews you compare other beers to. Extremely well done and sinfully drinkable. Seeing it = buying it.

*Paired with Thai crispy duck roll and beef drunken noodles

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness, with considerable orange candy, citrus and a whiff of alcohol. This beer smells like a 9% abv. beer. The flavor proflie replicates the nose pretty closely, but is not overly sweet or boozy (something I appreciate). There is some sweet malt of course, but there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter that sweetness very nicely. This DIPA is quite well balanced, with everything nicely preportioned. There's a hint of alcohol on the finish, but it's no more than that, and so drinkability is ultimately pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. As noted above, drinkability is pretty good, though I can tell the alcohol is up there a bit. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but again, it's only a hint and ultimately this is a pretty drinkable DIPA.

Nice beer...

Edit from 1/12. Tried side by side with FW double jack.... um, well, maybe a few laps back, but we're getting there you all. Cheers!

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Photo of tbrown4
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As stated in a previous review, we don't get enough love from Evolution Craft Brewing up here in Baltimore. Only the standard bottles and a few on tap can be found. Was very excited to see this one on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD. I've enjoyed the No.3 quite a bit.

Tap -> Pint glass

A - Clear dark straw, bubbly white head, steady carb, decent lacing

S - Resiny hops, mild sweet notes

T - Huge resiny and leafy hops up front. Grapefruit citrus flavors throughout. Mildy tart middle and a sweet and tart finish.

M - Medium to Medium-light bodied, no alcholol

O - Excellent representation of the style without feeling like a syrupy booze bomb. Easy to drink. I think this one would sneak up on you. I'd order this again without question.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- caramel tint with orange flecks in the light. Low amount of head and a carb laced ring around the snifter where I got this one at Pickled Pig pub in Rohoboth.

S- bright floral notes with grapefruit and piney wood.

T- as per usual smell leads into taste with a sweet caramel big body forefront and earthy grapefruit hops ( hallertau?) massive hop aftertaste which I love balancing out the massive malt bill

M/D- lovely. Earthy hoppy and just what I want in a dipa. Enjoy this one.

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Photo of beerNdarts
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

A- Light amber with a couple of fingers of sticky head.

S- Surprisingly fruity for an IPA, with hops at the end.

T- Again, I couldn't believe how fruity this tasted on the front... very good! Like an IPA, on the way down is the deliciously hoppy taste, which is magnified by the almost 10% ABV.

M- Medium, it's a double IPA after all.

D- Very good, but at 10% very dangerous. Prost!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an organish copper color with a two finger head and great fingers of lacing all over the glass. A great looking beer. The aroma is of greatfruit hops with earthy hops presen also. The taste is a caramel malt backbone with grapfruit hops, earthy hops and citrus present. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good with the alcohol well hidden and the beer being an easy drink. Overall its a solid beer but in a crowded dipa market it is close to the top but not top of class and needs to do more to distinquish itself.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to beandip for this one!

Poured into a tulip pint: Clear, light copper body with loads of nucleation under a dense, sticky, eggshell head. Drops to a thick coating & retains well, leaving hills of lacing.

Very crisp grapefruit in the smell, strong, clear, but light without much sweetness weighing it down. Fresh tea leaves, citrus zest - an "autumnal" sort of character, like dry leaves. Just a hint of an angelfood-like maltiness in the background, but very subtle. Damn, this smells good! A nice cornbread sweetness shows up after a while.

Very dry taste with some citrus zest & pith, tea again. Piney. Just a little bit of sugar hanging around the edges, again very subtle, but enough to keep it afloat. Booze is almost invisible. Bitter, bitter aftertaste that really hangs in there.

Medium-full-bodied, crisp, with an edge to it, & moderate carbonation.

I like that this isn't too sweet, like a lot of DIPAs. It almost errs too much in the other direction, but is saved by that little bit of sugar. Still very dry & bitter, challenging but enjoyable. I could have another one, sure. Thanks again, beandip!

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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 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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Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at the brewery last Friday.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant golden yellow color, so much lighter than I was expecting that you'd think it was watered down. A small head, never more than 3/4 of a finger, leaves spots of lace around the glass.

S: The DIPA certainly doesn't smell watered down! Tropical and sweet, there is an excess of citrus fruits and mangos lingering around. A bit of boozy heat (unavoidable at 9.3%) and touch of pine round out the mix. A very full aroma.

T: Boozy and rich, not for the hop-timid. This DIPA packs a punch. Citrusy hops, grapefruit predominantly, are sweet and full, I'd say 'lush' but I think that I'm overusing that word. Leafy bitterness follows, a wall of sharpness that lingers with each sip. Paler malts, not quite caramel, hand around but don't have much to say amongst the sea of hops. The ale is big, but it isn't overpowering (at least initially, I am hurting a bit this morning).

M: The mouthfeel, boozy as it is at times, is full of sweet tropical flavors, almost a dessert DIPA. The hoppiness'll grab you.

D: At 9.3%, this is no pounding beer. I left a third of the growler for today but I'm already looking forward to it.

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Photo of 8ense1
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in my one-of-a-kind Ollie's hybrid wine/pilsner glass from a growler filled at the Delmar brewery five hours before.

The first thing that one notices is that the brew is strongly carbonated and highly aromatic. I smelled the growler all the way home from the brewery, and even though the tapster had poured off quite a bit of foam in filling the growler, it still was quite active in pouring at home. The strong foam makes the perfume of this beer very dominant even between sips. In this it competes with Dogfish Head's Burton Baton, one of my favorites, and I bet that if one were to decant part of the growler carefully into a champagne bottle, it would age well.

The taste, like their Lot #3 IPA, is strongly reminiscent of very good grapefruit juice, with the same astringency. There are other complex "flowery" notes that come from the hop mixture, which lingers pleasantly in the back of the mouth. The brew goes down smoothly enough, but, as other reviewers note, the 9% alcohol content soon calls attention to itself, and so it is very much a beer to sip and unwind with at the end of a tiring day, rather than a sessionable beer.

The variety, at present, is available only occasionally, at the brewery or occasionally on draft at a tavern specializing in local craft beer. It is more expensive than their other varieties, but well worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear oramge in color with a 1/2" head. Some lace develops during the session.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and some softer orange tones are easily detectable.

Taste: nice caramel profile with a decent amount of pine, grapefruit, orange, and pears. Alcohol is noticeable and warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: I found this to be easy drinking, but took it slow as the alcohol levels are a bit high here.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Frisco's

Burnished copper, this beer glows, capped by a thin white head. Retention is decent and there's some lace. The nose is chock-full of hop character with plenty of citrus bitterness, particularly orange rind and some grapefruit. Particularly aromatic as well, this smells great. Malt character is low, which is always a plus in my book. The palate opens with a big hop character with a medium level of flavor and a medium-high bitterness. As with the nose,the dominating character is citrus, with a blend of orange, orange rind, grapefruit and a little pine. Sweetness is medium low with just some malt flavor without the big mouthfeel. Drying on the finish with a lingering bitterness, this light bodied beer does not hide its alcohol very well with some being quite apparent. That said, it's still a solid beer, one that I will drink again.

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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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