Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch Evolution Amber AleWasatch Evolution Amber Ale
BA SCORE
24.6%
Liked This Beer
3.37 w/ 118 Ratings
Wasatch Evolution Amber AleWasatch Evolution Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wasatch on 01-04-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,053
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
118
Liked:
29
Avg:
3.37/5
pDev:
15.13%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At zion national park

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3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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1.37/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

RJT

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3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 24.6% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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