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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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 114
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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle with a cool label showing man evolving from an ape, this poured a red-amber with a medium white head. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of caramel malts with light hops. Not much finish but what exists is dry. This just another average amber.

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Photo of dashirey
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Brooklyn tulip pint from a 12 oz. bottle. Thanks to tayner for this as part of our trade!

A - Very deep amber with some brownish hints to it as well. A little hazy, but not cloudy. Very little head at all. The small amount that was there disappeared in less than 30 seconds. There was some lacing on my glass as I drank this beer down.

S - Smell is overpowered with malts and some caramel tones, but not much else.

T - The smell the taste up well. Malt in the front with some nutty flavors coming through, but malt again in the aftertaste. I agree with what some reviewers mentioned as a "dry" aftertaste, but not bitter from hops. I don't think there is much balance present.

M - A little thin with a lot of carbonation - not my favorite mixture.

D - Overall fairly easy to drink, but the hard carbonation would probably stop me from having another.

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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chill-hazed amber with a thin head that quickly becomes patchy. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is mild with a hint of caramel and a slight touch of alcohol despite the modest abv level.

The taste is caramelish, but not overly sweet. Something seems missing and it's rather watery. Nothing "off" per se, just lacking.

The feel is pretty thin and a bit prickly.

This could be something if it had more body and depth - hard to tell though, as it doesn't. Not much too it and not bad, but nothing that interested me in it either.

Glad I had the chance to try it - Thanks to Wasatch for including it in our trade!

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3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a nice amber color with a small creamy white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a hint of nuttiness and herbal hops.

Light caramel and nutty malt taste upfront leading into a mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Becomes quite dry and bland at the finish.

Overall, a plain Jane amber ale that does nothing to offend and even less to stand out. Easy enough to drink, but leaves me wanting for something with more character.

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3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle in SLC @ Utah Brewers Co-op on 300W when I traveled there for my Dad's funeral.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off white/tan head, that settles fairly slowly, leaving a thin layer of foam. A thin malty smell, gentle hop aroma. Very well balanced. Fairly run of the mill. I'm not sure why I was expecting more. @ 4%, you could drink it all day, but i feel the flavor is somewhat lacking.

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3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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