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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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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 695
Photo of hopflyer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 28, 2015

pours murky dark orange, one finger head and quite a bit of fine floaties.

Big whiff of grapefruit in the nose and strong. Some lemon too but this is very citrus smelling. some bready malt profile is there too.

Taste follows with hit of citrus hops with generous amount of bitterness but not off-putting. Reminds me a bit of victory dirtwolf. Hops back off some and some cracker malt balances it some. Some candy sugar sweetness and then piney hops thrown in for good measure.

Medium body and medium carb. Sticky and leaves a coating in the mouth. Light bitter aftertaste.

Very well made DIPA. reminiscent of dirtwolf but this has a little bit more bitterness but also more sweetness to balance it out. A little heavier and not as much drinkability though. I'm glad I went for this on my local distributors recommendation.

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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 garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks and smells pretty much on style. Somewhat darker than many with a amber but holds a nice dense head.
Straight up fresh and somewhat fruity hop aroma. No excess picked up initially, but some intensity nonetheless.
Good big hop sticky yet soft feel. Nice denseness in feel and taste. Hop rich and tasty hop complexity. Nice streak of pleasant bitterness finishes off the drink and lingers and then fades out nicely. Quick ding of alcohol in the pre-fontal cortex lets me know alcohol is there, but just adds softness and tinge of heat in the gut. The hints of excess are there but kept under wraps nicely. A good mix of a grainy flavor that seems both malt and hop based - sort of an earthy flavor.

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Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good DIPA. Pours an orange/amber color.ostly clear. Medium size white head with good retention and thick lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of citrus hops (grapefruit). Taste is citrus hops and biscuity malt. Very good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Rich enough for the style. Not at all "boozy" Very drinkable for a hophead. Nice

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this to be a pretty acceptable Double IPA. I really liked Victory DirtWolf and thought this might be a good one to try as well. It's a little too expensive for what it offers, but all in all it's worth trying at least once.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Cloudy deep gold with a modest off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Initial impression is citrus, tropical friuts, and malt. Very well-balanced. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitter, piney finish. Quite a nice DIPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Copper seethru body with one finger head that dies quick but leaves lace patches.
Hoppy, piney, earthy, citric note dominate the nose as this beer is all about hops.
Medium bodied, sticky, extremely dry but not harsh, a textbook hopped up American IPA as there are boatloads of earthy, piney, citric hops and just a little bit of breadiness and sweetness added for balance.
This doesn't reinvent the wheel by any stretch but fans of solid, hop-forward DIPAs that just want a relaxing beer without the bells and whistles should go for this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent bubbly head that is a bit of an off-white color. The beer itself a hazy bright orange with a lot of yeast sediment still floating about and detracts from the look. The smell has strong hop notes of orange with a hint of lemon and sweet malty backbone that mixes very well. The taste is predominantly hoppy with orange and grapefruit notes offset by the malt sweetness but not by much. The beer has a very dry finish. The beer is a bit on the heavy side with a little bit carbonation which gives it a very smooth finish. Overall, a pretty good beer by itself and I would recommend it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Grapefruit and citrus rind dominate the taste. Taste is bitter, dry, and slightly oily. An above average imperial IPA, but I have had way better in the style. Would not turn down this beer, nor rush out to get it.

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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 LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A very good IIPA. Decent malt backbone. A bit catty, but not above and beyond what would be expected. Leans toward the sweet side, but not overly so. Medium to medium heavy body. Drank mine two or three months after purchase and still plenty of hops. Inasmuch as the prototypical American beer is an IPA variant, Evolution does a nice job at producing a very drinkable double IPA. Given the alcohol content and amount of sugar, it's not something for every day consumption. However, when you're in the mood for something bigger, this one fits the bill. It doesn't have the pedigree that something like a Pliny or Ruination does, but who cares? For folks who can find it, it is very good, available, and more likely a better value.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, if I am drinking a bottle during the Great Bottle Purge, it is because I was at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and I had to fill out a sixer or be charged extra. I like to blame them, rather than my own alcoholic weaknesses.

We just had a tasting with the Evo rep last Friday, but she was savvy enough to keep me off of the # 6. Lots # 1 and 2 were experimental, leading to Lot # 3 and when the DIPA craze took off, 6 was double 3. I suggest that there be a Crying of Lot 49 IPA in homage to Thomas Pynchon.

I just love a heavy-handed pour since I get the pseudo-cascade initially, followed by the creation of the head. In this case, it was just under three fingers of dense, tawny head that jiggled like pudding when I inadvertently jostled the glass. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled like a citrus grove inside of a pine forest! Grapefruit and evergreen fought for supremacy in my sinus cavity. I raised a toast and took my first sip. Mouthfeel was unnaturally thick and viscous. Jesus! Every time I drink a DIPA, I feel like I am in a battle to the death! It lay upon my tongue like a beached whale, refusing to move, while the hops bored deeply into my poor, bruised tongue unmercifully. Man, you had better like hops (and I do) if you plan to attack one of the leviathans! I was getting a load of hops on the tongue and in the mouth. Finish was hot, dry, desert-like and I felt as though I may need a lay-down after that one. And this coming from a self-avowed hophead! Imagine how amateurs must feel ...

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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 DIM
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Slightly hazy coppery caramel color; served a medium sized, creamy head.

s: Resinous, earthy citrus with plenty of caramel and toffee.

t: Definitely east coast. Earthy, pungent grapefruit rind backed by lots sugar cookies and toffee.

m: Big and creamy.

o: Good stuff, not quite upper echelon.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Bottled 3/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, cardboard, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, cardboard, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely past its prime but still drinkable and not really all that bad.

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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 Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange golden, eggshell head is a quarter inch and fine, retains well.

Smells of sweet biscuit malts mixed with fruity and floral fresh hops. Some honey in there too.

Tastes of orange citrus, clover honey, grapefruit hops, and sweet biscuit malt.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice double IPA, above average in all regards and very worth trying. Compares favorably to all but the very best stronger IPAs.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No enjoy by date. Poured into ale glass.

A-Poured a foamy dense white head that receded slowly back to the clear copper body.

S-Grapefruit, mango and hop resin dominate and mix together awesomely in the nose.

T-Citrus forward beer. Hop resin and bitterness in the finish. Delicious throughout. A nice malt base balances out the hops and adds a sweetness to the finish.

M-Medium mouthfeel with a sweet finish. Lower carbonation than I would like.

O-I love this beer. Both the taste and smell go hand in hand with one another and make for a highly drinkable and enjoyable imperial IPA.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orangey-gold hue with a two-finger cream colored head that eventually fades to about an 1/8" - 1/4", leaving behind an absolute blanket of lace down the glass. Gorgeous... Although the hue of the beer is a little lighter than I was expecting, but it's not enough to deduct points.

S: Tons of citrus fruit. Grapefruit, hints of orange rind. A little bit of mango thrown into the array of scents. A little bit of floralness (is that a word?) underneath the citrus. Some pine and grassiness. A light touch of alcohol spice, which wasn't unexpected in a DIPA. Complex and lovely, but not as intense as I was hoping.

T: Not for the faint of heart... Tons of hop bitterness and in-your-face citrus. A little bit of pine following suit, with a nice flowery finish. Lots of hop bitterness lingers afterwards with some boozy heat.

M: Tons of heat from the booze, but it's never overpowering. A controlled carbonation is above average, I'd say, and definitely close to a full body. Slick across the palate. Drinks easily, but definitely not sessionable. This is a sipper, no doubt.

O: Lot No. 6 is another brew that makes me feel like I'm scoring too high, but every time I revisit a category to try and "correct" the rating, I'm reminded of why I scored it so highly in the first place. It's not the most unique brew I've ever had, but it's simply just... effin' great! A lovely beer to kick back with after a long day of housework.

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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 jbaker67
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-finger white creamy head, lightly hazy coppery orange. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma from the hops, light grapefruit and slight sweetness as well. Quite bitter, but very fruity with tropical and stone fruit with a lingering hop burn, fairly balanced. Medium to thicker body with tiny bubbly carbonation. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of beerbully
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into pint glass

A- cloudy, copper with 1 inch head thick lacing that clings to glass. seems to have some particulate floating around

S-Hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest some sweetness

T-follows the nose, well balanced, good tangy citrus hops backed up by the sweetness of the malts. heavy grapefruit with some sweet sugar undertones that balances this brew. a bit bready

M-medium body brew, a bit of a dry finish

O-well balanced IPA the bitterness of the Grapefruit flavors is balanced with the sweetness of oranges. The 6.8% ABV is well hidden. This is an easy drinker any time of the year. Well worth trying and I will revisit time again when I can get it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light copper, with some off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter orange zest and candied apricots, with some caramel.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and orange zest, with sweet caramel. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a decent double IPA. The scent and taste were average, but the body was excellent. The alcohol was pretty well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was fairly easy to drink. Not super great, but enjoyable.

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Lot #6 Double IPA from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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