Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,069
Ranked #47,768
3.4 | pDev: 14.41%
Utah Brewers Cooperative
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Radome from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted on tap at a BBQ restaurant in Layton, UT. I was hoping for something malty to complement and tamp down some spicy BBQ sauce. Unfortunately, I found this beer thin, fizzy and mostly tasteless, at least in the face of some hearty food. No malt character to speak of and hops are at a low level as well. Inoffensive, but not much to recommend it, either.

Oct 30, 2018
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the SLC airport. Clear red brown, minimal head. Smells of a typical amber, toasty malt. Taste follows but there’s a watery vibe that diminishes the taste. Light feel, overall good.

Sep 27, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At Squatters Pub SLC gate C3 - try it. If you look to tasty brews with clean finishes and low ABVs come to SLC. $0.49 shots!
a) perfect lace and color.
s) Too faint caramelized malt, fall orchard, apples and red ale hops.
t) Reminds me of red tail my first craft love in the 90s in Mendicino. The taste is malty & sweet, light, with caramel & apples. To the sweet side but cleaned up by the nice hops finish,.
f) Medium body and carbonation, clean finish. Session beer, Wanted more than a taste.
o) Home run for session red ale.

Jan 26, 2018
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Evolution Amber Ale has very fine-grained flakes of sediment that slightly dim its otherwise lucid and colourful complexion; that 'peach skin' kind of haze actually suits the orange highlights. It's certainly not unsightly. On the contrary, its bulky, clean white head and persistent lacing aren't just attractive, they give the impression of quality.

Beer might not be solely responsible for the evolutionary leap from ape to man like the brewery claims, but it does have great significance in the history of mankind. Cereal grains, planted in part for the production of beer, were the first domesticated crops and brought people together to live in agrarian societies. The story of beer is quite literally the story of civilization.

Of course the beer back then was nothing like this. It wouldn't have been nearly as nice looking, for one thing. And these ancient brewers lacked the malting techniques to produce the toasty, caramelly, nutty aromas present here. That said, this bouquet isn't exactly a showcase for them; it's very mild - superficial almost - and smells somewhat like extract.

The palate is equally soft and subtle, providing nothing more than mere hints of toffee and toasty malt. There's maybe a touch of ginger snap or tea biscuit, but this malt bill isn't very convincing. The absence of hops amplifies the sweetness and makes it taste extract-like. There's no depth of flavour. It's a very unremarkable offering even for something aimed at casual drinkers.

Evolution Amber Ale needs a few changes if it's going to survive in the ultra-competitive world outside of Utah. I'm all for subtlety and moderation when it's appropriate but an American Amber recipe like this really needs to adopt (be bolder, hoppier, or in some way more notable) if Wasatch has any chance of passing its genes on for another generation.

Nov 11, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasatch Evolution has a thick, bone-colored head, a mostly clear, bubbly, straight-up amber appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, bright, pungent, medium-roasted malt and white bread crust. Taste is of those elements, as well as lemon, tea, tannin, low-level bitterness, and mountain water. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale finishes crisp and mostly clean.


Mar 05, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not fond of the "theory" of evolution, but I do like beer, so let's go.

Appearance : 70% opaque, honey colored hue with a popcorn colored 2 finger head. It leaves lace clinging to the glass like monkeys that are STILL around.

Smell : Sweet roasted malts, honey, light fruits like apple and pear. Not much else to it, like the evidence of evolution. Weak, like the argument for evolution.

Taste : A high roasted malt content, a touch of honey, with a faint rind of watermelon providing a slight bitterness (like a dying Charles Darwin).

Feel : Generous carbonation, medium body, mild creaminess, ends semi-dry.

Overall : Not real convincing (like the theory of evolution), but I'd drink it again. It's better than some ambers like Fat Tire or Rogue Amber Ale. That's about the best thing I can say about it. I like the watermelon rind sweet/bitter that goes on at the end.

Sep 30, 2015
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AnalogErik from Minnesota

2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was watery and disappointing. Was not impressed - little to no carb, no head, little flavor. Im not sure if this was just old beer, or a bad keg - had it at the airport.

Sep 08, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: very mild bread

t :Some sweet bready to slightly caramel malt over light bitterness.

m: light to medium, ok body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A pretty good warm weather amber, a step or two up from a premium mainstream amber. Very sessionabble at the apparent Utah mandated 4% maximum for grocery stores, where I got this

Jul 24, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and copper with tan head of weaker retention. Aromas are very faint. Grains and caramel. To the palate, malt and caramel at first and throughout, caramel and herbal, somewhat grassy or citrusy, and almost peppery hops as it settles and finishes, comparatively clean mild herbal and rindy aftertaste. Lower end of medium-bodied, too thin in my opinion for this dark of a beer. Medium level of carbonation, only slightly prickly. A little crisp, a little smooth, not very dry.

Jun 12, 2015
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Jsteez from Utah

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard American amber ale/red ale. Poured a red/light brown clear liquid; 1 inch cream head that dissipated to a thin bubbly surface; some lacing. Smelled like sweet malt and some hints of bread and caramel biscuits; the initial sip I sensed a combo of sweet and mildly bitter toasty malt/hops, the aftertaste was sweet caramel biscuit-wafer malt. Mouthfeel was thin and light, borderline watery. Not very dry. Just a mediocre beer that is good to drink when thirsty.

Jan 28, 2015
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Zorro from California

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells malty and sweet with a sweet caramel scent. A bit of cake batter scent and some burned sugar. No real hops detected.

Starts out woody and fairly bitter. Bit of caramel and that is about it, tastes a lot different from what it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a fairly dry 4% Utah beer.

May 31, 2014
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atjefft from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich copper color. 1/2 finger head. Faint, wispy lacing that dissipates

S: Great aroma to this beer. Huge malt nose. Rich dark toffee with some slight oak.

T: The taste left a bit to be desired after the excellent nose it possessed. The toffee was certainly there, but it was rather simple. A tiny bit of good bitterness to finish it out.

M: For my preferences in an amber ale it was a bit over carbonated. The mouth feel was also a bit thin.

O: Certainly a decent example of the style. However, I would probably not seek it out and can find better examples in my area.

May 28, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit a bias here. I had this on tap at powder mountain after a long day of learning to snowboard. I don't know how this would taste as beer number 3 at the brewery, but let me tell ya, in pitcher form, with a hot chicken wing, there is absolutely nothing better after a day on the windy slopes. pours nice caramel red with a vibrant creamy textured khaki colored head as high as the pour is aggressive. the nose is dry red malts and a gentle honey sweetness. flavor matches the nose, and is really refreshing for a darker and sweeter beer. down easy, low abv as per Utah law, and a dry finish with far less sweetness than the standard American amber. good carbonation and a creamy medium body. it washes a chicken wing down clean, on its way to sessionable. no beer I can name could have satisfied me in this way after getting beat up all over the mountain. yum!

edit: after spending a little more time with this one, its just too sweet to be sessionable. rich even for the style, malty and dense, flavorful sure, but with more residual sugar than i enjoy after a pint. its a nice one and done, but i cant make a day of it. removing the nostalgia from my first experience with it, i like it a bit less and have to bring a few scores down here a little bit. still a good example of the style though...

Mar 10, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer #23 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This beer smells like a brown ale. I wish it tasted something along those lines. It's a malty kind of messy thing. I don't know where this beer is going, but I'm not quite certain I want to stick around to see where it goes. Unfortunately, this is a big miss for me. My least favorite brew out of all the Utah-based ones I have tried so far.

Sep 18, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather dry and grainy ale. Looks nice in the glass with enough foam and lacing, plus the golden amber color. Very shy on hops. Just a slight beery flavor in a light bodied brew. Not bad for a gulp, but it lacks flavor.

This very unassuming style doesn't translate as well to the low-alcohol version, I don't think. Very plain. Reminds me of AB Michelob Amber Bock. From the 12 oz bottle.

Dec 28, 2011
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isualum12 from Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed it tonight at brewforia in Boise Idaho

app: Golden Red. There is a brass red that seems to glow. Nice white fluffy head on top that evals to a white ring around the top.

Smell- lots of amber burnt hops. There is a little bit of earth tones.
Taste: Little malt on it with some burnt flavor. It is weak in flavor in general so I cant call it harsh or great.
mouthfeel: I wouldn't call it smooth but it is still nice. This beer has bite on the end.

nice beer out of the growler...I will enjoy the rest of it...

Aug 14, 2011

1.81/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Slightly hazy, light amber, low carbonation

Smell: Fresh 2 row grain, foul yeasty bread

Taste: Foul yeasty bread, fresh grains, watery finish

Mouthfeel: Light, esp. considering style

Drinkability: I just cant, big pass for me. It tastes like this is brewed with nottingham ale yeast, which I find unpalatable.

Used burgundy style glass

Born on rubbed off, purchased from brewery

Consumed at 45F

Feb 22, 2011
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark golden color, nice carbonation, very small head which dissapates quickly, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty and nice caramel. The taste is malty, with a slight hint of caramel, with a kinda dry after taste. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from Wasatch.

Dec 30, 2010
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger white creamy frothy head with little retention. The color is a dark amber with reddish orange hues. The clarity is clear.

Nose: A toasty biscuit malty aroma. A light hop aroma with fruity esters and wood.

Taste: A toasty malt flavor, there are notes of floral, fruity esters, and wood.

Overall: The mouth feel is watery and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. This is an okay beer it is thin and watery was some flavor.

Mar 23, 2010
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Arbitrator from California

2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

7-oz taster at the Wasatch brewpub.

A: Pours an amber (duh) color with copper and ruby highlights when held to the light. A half-inch head recedes into a film on the glass, with speckles of lacing down the sides.

S: Completely unremarkable, and very weak. Took lots of agitation with the glass covered just to get a whiff of caramel malt. Couldn't detect anything else.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. A light touch of caramel malt, some biscuit, and what could be cinnamon. A very watery finish. Generally an inoffensive, bland flavor.

M: Slightly light-bodied, with medium carbonation that works well for the style.

D: The definition of 'meh.'

Mar 12, 2009
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My notes have this as Revolution Amber (I may have just misread the menu)

A: Copper color with amber highlights. Poured a thin 1 finger off-white head with coarse bubbles that dissipated quickly. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Crystal malt and bitter hops. Also a faint green apple smell that seemed misplaced.

T: Malty and sweet, but nicely balanced with bitter and flavoring hops. A bit of a lingering hop bitterness along with the sweet aftertaste was pretty interesting.

M: Definitely the light side of medium body. Maybe a little undercarbonated. Some sweetness clung in the finish.

D: A real easy drinking beer if you intend to a few (like I did). Not filling, yet fairly flavorful. No need to worry about the abv.

Jan 22, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wasatch (Naturally!) for hooking me up with a bottle of this in a trade.

The initial pour of this is pretty darn fizzy as first but after a bit I'm able to get most of it in the glass. Settles down into a clear amber with a couple fingers of foamy off-white/borderline light tan head. Retains with about a 1/2 finger creamy covering that stays sturdy and leaves a suprisingly massive amount of lacing back. The aroma is lightly toasted and malty with a touch of citrus and spicy floral hops.

The taste is similar with toasty caramel malts and supportive notes of citrus and spicy bittering hops in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied wiht a firm carbonation that lends this a crisper and stronger feel than what is probably actually there.

This was decent. The lower ABV holds back the flavors and aroma some but this packed enough to at least keep me interested for the duration of this bottle.

Jan 12, 2009
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John! Review based on notes

Pours orange/amber with 2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing & minmal head retention

S: Faint medicinal hops

T: Rich caramel, tangerine & faint herbal hops up
front. A bit of grainyness, more caramel & some leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with orange peel & a touch of caramel

MF: Thin, watery with low carbonation

Drinks alright needs more hops or malt or both

Sep 16, 2008
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bort11 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz bottle poured an imperial pint glass. Tall fluffy and partially fizzy off white head that quickly recedes. Thin lacy cap on the surface, but not much on the glass. Color is a coppery red amber, very clear and plenty of bubble activity.

Smell has a very interesting cinnamon spice caramel malts. Hints of orange peel. Taste is also pretty strong with the spicy cinnamon and hints of nutmeg. That spice is very interesting to me.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but goes down quickly. This would be a great session beer on tap

Aug 22, 2008
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dnichols from Washington

3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured a light amber body with a thin off-white head that receded fast and left a thin lace on the glass.

S: It had a caramelized malt profile with hints of white fruit (apples) and a light whiffs of spicy hops.

T: It was dominated by sweet malts with distinct flavors of caramel, apples and cherries. It had a bit of white spice flavor from the hops and a sweet aftertaste.

M: It was light bodied with a smooth body with light carbonation and a fairly clean finsih.

D: It is a decent bar session beer with a light body, low ABV and balanced flavor.

Jul 09, 2008
Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 130 ratings