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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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Added by lackenhauser on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 695
Photo of dheacck11
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little old, bottled Jan 2013. Still glad to try it from home...

Pour is a nice golden orange mandarin. nice dense white head.

Nose is not too powerful, but nice hints of citrus and hop. Orange and mango prominent.

Taste is really surprisingly crisp and dry, bitter hops. not much of the citrus at all, but really big hops.

Feel is good, nothing to right home about. Nice medium thick.

Would love to try this fresh. pretty west coast for a solidly east coast brewer. good overall though

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from my dad. May bottle date but had in mid-August. oh well. Pours a cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit melds nicely with the caramel malts. Flavor is pine hop forward with lingering grapefruit and substantial malt backing. Lighter palate than expected with easy drinking qualities and medium to higher carbonation. My second from Evo and both have been pretty solid.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a 10 oz glass.

appears a copper color with bright white head. big pine and earthy hop aroma. taste has just a touch of biscuity malt, but is over powered by resiny hop flavor. the hop flavor is okay, but could be better, doesn't seem to jive with the malt. average body and carbonation level.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on date of May 2013, so 3 months old.

Appearance was a fairly cloudy yellow/orange. Initially good head, which settled down to a thin covering which retained throughout the drink. Only a little carbonation could be detected. Of more concern was the suspended particulates. These eventually settled to the bottle of the glass.

Nose was undistiguished, faint of hops and vaguely fruity.

Taste & mouth was better than expected, given the above. However, virtually no hop bite. And this is a double IPA? Smooth drinking, a decent bodied mouth, and left a pleasant taste on the back of the mouth.

Overall, not too much to rave about on this one. Other than the floating particulates, nothing particularly horrible either. Doubt I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Notched 5/13. Consumed 7/13.

A: Strong swirling effervesce within a tarnished orange body of good clarity. 2 inch head is frothy and whipped with a strong rate of retention. Strong lace coverage, meaty stratified rings descend down the vessel.

S: Aroma of pineapple, pepper and celery, fresh green herbs with a touch of fresh wet citrus fresh and young in the glass.

T: Dry citrus toast, bready, peppery herbs, parsely with a warming of citrus flower. Dry grains, caramel juice sweetness peeks through mid-palate along with a pinch of spiciness, grassy pine indicators while ending with a gentle dryness of hops and grains.

M: warm and toasty, bready textured with a good carbonation presence. Medium bodied and a sting of citrus alcohol coming off the tongue.

O: Overall nicely balanced, hops are fairly aggressive without being obnoxious supported by a sturdy malt backbone. Some interesting aroma, good drinking potential. very good overall.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a hint of amber.  Leaves a nice finger and a half of light caramel/light tan colored head. Great retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Resinous citrusy rinds, lots of grapefruit tempered by a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Exactly as it smells, fruity/citrusy hops are a bit staleness.  the markings on the bottle indicate march of 2013. Hopefully thats the bottled date rather than the enjoy by date. Either way its older than ideal which is probably contributing to the slight but obvious staleness.  caramel malts are relatively abundant.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation, quite refreshing

O - definitely a bit stale. The taste was still decent but i could see this being fantastic fresh. Will revisit when i have the chance. Giving the benefit of the doubt on the overall rating

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Very orange, slightly cloudy and an offwhite head. Nice color but I wish it was clearer.
Smell - Not much here for a DIPA, very very little hops and not much else.
Taste - More bitterness than I would prefer, should be balanced out a bit more. Typical piney with a little more citrus hop flavor than most IPAs of this variety. The alcohol is masked nicely though.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky and orange with a soft glow in the body of the beer. Decent head of creamy foam that fell pretty fast to some shimmering lace and a thin layer of bubbles on top. Nose is tropical, orange and herbal. Juicy citrus with a good caramel and breaddy malt spine in back. There’s some pine and resin and a faint whiff of soap that doesn’t last. Taste is intense. Grapefruit and tart citrus, pithy then the sweet orange. The malt stayed strong with toasted grain, a little nutty and caramel.The alcohol was warming but not overly present on the palate even though it does show up more and more as it warms. Good oily body and the fruits really lasted throughout the drink next to such a strong malt presence and hop bitter. Finished dry with some bite from the bubbles and a lasting bitter. It even glowed a little in the aftertaste. It drank a little heavy and had a full body but it was packed with flavor that made it really enjoyable.

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Photo of philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - About a finger and a half worth of crisp fizzy off-white colored head with an ever so slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Modest at best retention ultimately yields a full lacing much the same... A slight to moderate bit of briskly paced carbonation rises within... The color is a mix of medium gold and copper with an ever so faint haziness... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A big fruity hop presence right off the bat... A mix of grapefruit and muted pineapple are at the forefront... A rock solid malt base of caramel and toffee help support the hoppiness... Even though this one may lack a bit of the depth and complexity I was hoping for, it is not the less quite delightful...

T - The hop profile is near perfect... They come in waves and layers to make this a truly stellar experience... A bit of citrusy sweetness and tropical fruit to start... A slightly surprising euro / noble hop presence fills the middle... The finish displays an earthy pine character that lingers and satisfies... Lying beneath all of this is a rich malty complexity... Bread crust... Saltine... Graham Crackers... A very little caramel and toffee sweetness... Deep, rich and satisfying... Wow...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense from the get go, but not quite thick... Just a touch of lushness throughout... A moderate bit of carbonation with a crisp bite to it... Even and consistent... A very light chalkiness on the finish...

D - This is a textbook rock solid American Double / Imperial IPA that I would gladly welcome in my glass or fridge anytime... Evolution Brewing has come a long way since I first tried one of their offerings... Lot No. 3 is really good, but Lot No. 6 is fantastic... Refreshing and interesting... Surely enough to keep the most avid hop head happy... Truly a tasty little gem...

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Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Evolution Lot No 6 is a citrus DIPA. It's ok. Maybe I got an old bottle because the flavours weren't that strong. I think it's marked Jan 2013... so yeah, it's pretty old. I'll try to find a fresh bottle and re-review it.

A: CLoudy orange colour and a nice 3 mm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Malty with some weak citrus aroma. 3.5

T: Malty with citrus. The finish is bitter with some mineral-like flavours. I prefer evo 3! 3.5

M: Foamy. Perfect level of carbonation. 4.5

O: 3.5

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

A-slightly hazy medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-orange, citrus, malt, slight herbal, pine

T-citrus, caramel malt, citrus, pine, slight floral, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O- decent DIPA with a fair amount of malt backbone with good hop presence

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright orange and very hazy body. Nice big white head. Lots of sticky lacing and the surface retains a thick layer of foam.

Smell - Grapefruit citrus hops. A little bit of tropical fruit there. Strong hop aroma. Equally strong is a toasty malt aroma.

Taste - That grain flavor is dominant. Amazingly, it cuts through a strong hop flavor. More grapefruit than tropical fruits now. Pine and earthy hops come through also. But that toast flavor is very strong through. Lends itself to an increasing bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, bitter, not at all sweet. Dry and well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty tasting but that grain is strong as is the bitterness. Independently, they probably would be pleasant elements, but combined they're too much.

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Photo of rboinski
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from tommyguz (Thanks!) poured into a 14 oz red wine glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper that produces a less than organized head that persists for 5-10 minutes, and then leaves a 1/4" ring around the glass

Smell: Sweet orange first and foremost, with fresh pine in the background

Taste: To be honest the taste leaves a little to be desired. The flavors are the same as was noticed on the smell, but they are more subdued. A sweet malt character comes through which is followed by orange and a little pine. Could be the age as this was sent to me from across the country, but if the taste is a strong as the nose when fresh I am certain that this is an excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is sufficient but leaves a little to be desired. The carbonation is not as well integrated as I would hope, but the mottled head left me expecting this sadly. The carbonation is ok, but again it just doesn't feel that well integrated, with the sensation of carbonation hitting after the initial rush of flavor.

Overall: A pretty well crafted dipa with just a few things keeping it from being a great DIPA. If I am ever in the area I will make a point to try it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is golden orange and transparent with a white fairly bubbly head. The nose is fairly balanced with malt and hop. Sticky caramel and light dough with citrus orange hop behind. Taste is much more malt forward, caramel, stale grain and dough. Hops are fairly citrusy and brings a light bitterness through a lightly carbonated finish. Body is fairly full and creamy.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (March 2013 bottle date) in a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange color, foamy, pure white 1-plus finger head that holds up and leaves full sheets of lacing. Constant small-bubble carbonation. That head will not quit, remaining a thick film. Sturdy.

S- Pine and citrus, grapefriut. A bit earthy. Some malt and alcohol sweetness as it warms.

T- Citrus fruit, grapefriut, some caramel malt.

M- Full body, tart, lively carbonation. Long finish of hop and malt blend. No alcohol burn.

O- Smooth and flavorful DIPA. It comes in easy at 8.5% abv.

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Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a brown label that has a giant green hop smack dab in the middle. On top of the hop in large white lettering is the name of the beer. In the lower right hand corner is the beer's specifications. Off to far right side of the label is a bottled on notched month and year. My bottle was bottled in Jan 2013. Poured into a Cycle Brewing Snifter.

Lot 6 poured a really nice hazy and bright solid tangerine orange. It wasn't so hazy that I couldn't see my fingers on the other side of the glass. On top was a good sized 1/2 an inch pure pearl white head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a big foamy string of rings and a large number of white streaks of lace.

It smelled like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be mostly pine based or citrus fruit based. It had a good mix of both. It was the pine that kicked off the aroma. After that, the citrus fruits sweeps in. This citrus fruit punch consisted of bitter and tart grapefruit, a touch of tart lemon, a few drops of juicy orange, and a subtle whiff of pineapple. I didn't catch any malt in the aroma. The pine must covered it up.

This beer didn't want to mess around. It started off with the dried bitter citrus hops. Mixed in with the citrus hops was the bitter citrus fruits. Like the aroma, I found bitter and tart grapefruit, tart lemon, juicy orange, and a dash of pineapple. Directly after the citrus elements was a big bite of pine. Unlike the aroma, the pine let through a little caramel malt at the end. A great tasting Double/Imperial IPA.

This was a medium to full bodied Double IPA with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of more citrus hops, citrus fruits, and plenty of pine resin. This aftertaste will linger on the roof of your mouth for quite a long time.

In the massive world of Double/Imperial IPAs, I originally thought this was going to be just another beer in that style. After drinking it, my mind quickly changed. This is a great hoppy Double/Imperial IPA. I wish I had more. Thanks to my good BA friend Meatyard who hooked me up with this winner.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely DIPA, bottle from Capone’s. Orange bodied with some retained head. Smooth, above average and relatively smooth mouthfeel(though a little grapefruit acid in finish). Rich, complex, lots of fruit: apricot, mango, orange. Very hoppy aroma. A well crafted DIPA.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled January 2013. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy dark orange witha two finger white head that leaves impressive drippy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is orange, tangerine, floral hops, some pine, some apricot, decent bit of caramel malt. Good to very good strength but might be a touch past its prime.

Flavor is more orange and tangerine, fruity hops, moderate caramel malt in the middle with some sweetness, decent, but not great bitterness on the finish and mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good DIPA. Don’t think I’m trying this at its best, would love a fresher sample, but good none-the-less.

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

12oz bottle 3/13 bottling date notched in the side.

A - kind of orange copper color, tiny but cloudy. Pour produces a solid 2.5 inches of dense white foam. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - citrus oil, orange and lemon peel, some malt, smooth and quite nice.

T - nice shot of rich citrus, grapefruit and floral hops, nice neutral malt back bone

M - nice. Medium in all respects. Some good oily hop body.

O - a very drinkable double IPA. Really doesn't hit any one note extremely well, but hits all of them pretty well. Impressively easy to drink. I'd pick it up frequently if it were available in my area.

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Photo of Gibonow
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The initial taste is sweet but it finishes with a strong bitter taste that lingers. I'd say it also has a stronger malt taste than other double IPAs I've had. However,the 8.5% is hidden well.

The color is pretty and opaque.

Solid double IPA and I can take my time to enjoy it. This beer was a gift so I don't have any info on price.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden orange body, topped by three fingers of just off white rocky foam. Outstanding lace, hell it's too thick to be called lace.

Big inviting enticing citrus aroma, bursting with oranges, grapefruits, bits of lemon and apricots.

Some caramely malt opens a bit wimpy. Very quickly engulfed by some delicious juicy fruit bursting between the teeth. Good bitter backbone. Nice lingering fruit and bitter mix in the afterglow.

Sturdy mouthfeel.

A good first impression on me from this brewery, I will seek more. Recommended.

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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 kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright orange, copper color, fairly murky with a finger or so of soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves behind a great show of lacing. The aroma is nice, citrusy with nice bitter pine behind it, biscuity malt with a fair amount of potent alcohol that burns the nose. Lots of crisp grapefruit with some sweet tangerine citrus, pine and grassy flavors follow with some sweet biscuity grain with a bit of warm alcohol behind, the balance is a little unrefined, but the general flavor profile is very nice. The body is good, a lot of initial fizz and carbonation that quickly gets sticky and juicy that finishes with a great dry punch and a bit of an alcohol burn.

Verdict: An enjoyable DIPA from Evolution and my first experience with this brewery. The lack of balance and notable alcohol presence at just 8.50% is a bit of a turn off but this was definitely an enjoyable beer. Will definitely be looking to try more of Evolution's lineup.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer from brees6221, Thanks Ben!

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed dull brass color with a white head that thinned out but still left a fair amount of lacing.

S - pine, citrus and a little earthiness.

T - very well balanced taste of sweet malts and bitter/tart hops.

F - medium bodied it's very smooth and easy to drink.

O - very good example of the style.

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Photo of Auror
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade (Thanks 2dogbrew)

Appearance- Appealing deep orange hue, with a fluffy head that sticks around. Very nice lacing. Pretty much what I want my IPA to look like.

Smell- A bit of pine, orange, mango, pineapple, and some caramel maltiness.

Taste- First sip is easy drinking and balanced. Good amount of citrusy hop notes are found as I drink. Rind bitterness develops and also mounts as the beer is consumed. Alcohol only evident as the beer warms. Some sips are a bit muted and very malt forward, however.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Feel is a bit oily, but close to medium body. Nothing too offensive, but not really anything noteworthy.

Overall- I enjoyed the relative balance and ease of consumption this double IPA provided. Did I mention the lacing was incredible? Some of it dried on my glass it hung around so long. The lingering bitterness isn't my thing, but that's a staple of most IPAs. Way better than Lot #3.

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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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