Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Evolution Amber AleWasatch Evolution Amber Ale

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Wasatch on 01-04-2006

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of Patinthebronx
1.37/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

1.81/5  rDev -45.2%
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

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.29/5  rDev -30.6%
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.'

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Photo of AnalogErik
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Wasatch - thanks!!

A - Pours a clear amber color with a mild head, but good carbonation. Hue seemed to darken as the beer warmed.

S - Murky, metallic aroma...reminded me of a Coors Original (first time I've ever quoted something like that).

T - Nutty flavor at first, but there's nothing else there at all. Very watered down taste with no supporting malt or hops. I've had some pretty good ambers lately, and this just does not fit the style. More of an American Macro Lager flavor than anything...the tastes just aren't there to develop, but at least there is some hint of nuts at first. Maybe I'm just used to complex beers lately...

M - Lighter body with ample carbonation. Certainly went down smooth with a nutty aftertaste. Too watered down.

D - Not enjoyable...I gave it a good chance to warm, but it still wasn't there. I don't know if the 4% has something to do with this...but I'm still glad I got to try it. Not a good representation of an American Amber.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronze-dipped orange peel with honey colored trim. The beer itself looks fine, but the pale orange cap is of poor quality. It's completely featureless at all points along the way and is devoid of even a hint of stickiness. Needless to say, there's no lace. I don't often grant a below average appearance score to craft beer.

The nose is weak and uninteresting. It's primarily toasted malty with no trace of Tettnang hops. While I prefer hoppy amber ales, I can get on board with malty ones... as long as they smell better than this one does.

I'm not impressed. The brewery set out to create a malt-dominant amber ale and succeeded. They didn't succeed, however, in making sure that it tastes good. Like the nose, the malt is mildly toasted and is also earthy enough to be reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. Gotta be some Munich malt in there somewhere. Where oh where have the Tettnang gone; oh where, oh where can they be?

The mouthfeel keeps things solidly on the 'below average' track with no railroad switches in sight. It's closer to light than to medium, which isn't surprising for a Utah brew, and is lacklusterly carbonated.

I have to wonder if I got ahold of a semi-old bottle. If so, I apologize to the good folks at UBC. If not, then it looks like Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale could use another thousand years or so in the primordial soup before it's ready for the modern age.

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Bustersuess
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of runfoodrun
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Braudog
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at an Ogden restaurant under the 2002 label; very dark for an "amber" with a standing head. Sweet aroma of malt grain. Followed with lightly carameled malt flavor, lightly bittered, very smooth and centerist overall. Quaffable and well made, but not distinct from say Amber Bock. (#2787, 4/10/2007)

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Photo of vfgccp
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Avryle
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Slightly murky copper-brown color. Small white head even with a vigorous pour. Disipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass

S- Sugary maltiness

T- Light maltiness with a bland hoppy finish

M- Thin bodied. Active carbonation. Unpleasant bitter finish that lingers

D- Glad that I was able to buy this as a single.

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Photo of MFMB
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of McClinton
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TroyS
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Utah brew. What I mean by that is that it's good considering the fact that they have to meet certain alcohol limitations, but not up to par for a great ale. It's a bit on the thin side. The appearance of the beer is good. It has a nice light brown amber color and is quite clear. It leaves quite a bit of acid on the tongue. Maybe I cut Utah brews a bit too much slack;) "Good Beer;)" BTW...got this one at Nostalgia Coffee House. I was needing open internet access while waiting for a delayed flight, so...if you even need open internet access, coffee, and beer, I guess it would be a great option;)

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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little disappointing. I had heard the Utah brewers were doing "big" things with their 3.2 beer, but this is pretty meh. Sure, there's nice lacing, but the aroma is nonexistant and the flavor is a bit flat. I get a little biscuit malt and caramel, but it comes off with an odd earthy flavor.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.97/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat murky out of the bottle. Surprising pop of alcohol on the nose, hiding under the other hints of candyish malts.

Tastewise, it is kind of bland. As it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced, ruining the beer. Not sure if this one is a bit past its prime, because there is no date to be found. Oh well.

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Photo of BradHill2005
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Laklimell
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Darhawk
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Wasatch Evolution Amber Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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