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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wasatch on 01-04-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
116
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
1
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22
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 116
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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, infinitely sessionable. no beer I can name could have satisfied me in this way after getting beat up all over the mountain. yum!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch Evolution offers a hazy copper body and creamy ivory head. The retention is good, and it leaves rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is clean and delicate with a touch of lightly sweet, caramelish malt. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently crisp. The flavor offers an impeccably balanced combination of light crystal and mildly toasted malt, very soft yeasty fruitiness, and mild, grassy and floral hops. The bitterness rises ever so slightly from start to finish, starting just slightly sweet, rising to balance the malt, and then leaving just a drop of sweet malt in the finish along with some residual leafy hops and the suggestion of some low level roastiness beneath. It's remarkably clean and easy to drink, and makes a great cross-over beer; but perhaps there's not quite enough flavor to keep the beer connoisseur coming back for more than one.

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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, apples and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty & sweet but still light, with mild flavors of caramel & apples. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, I found this to be a nice little session-type brew due to its mild kick and the fact it’s easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
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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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 russpowell
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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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 jwc215
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light huskiness with a clean nutty aroma.

The taste was toward the lighter of the flavor profile with a solid nuttiness and toasted grain. There was some light honey sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side and extremely clean.

Overall a tasty and very easy drinking ale. Super sessionable. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

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Photo of biegaman
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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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 Haybeerman
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, its about that time so...I like the theme of the label, I'm sure the rest of Utah agrees. The color was a beautiful amber with a head that ran away like the world's greatest coward. The smell is a nice cereal, malty smell; I like it. The taste drops off quick. Decent malty flavor but somehow fades with a bad ending. I'd like to subtract more points but I really like the smell, fuck. GO UTAH!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper-amber with orange edges. Finger of tight, off-white head that doesn't stick around long. Nose of spicy fruit (pears) mixed with rich caramel and toffee. Not much hop presence, but the malty sweetness is nice. Very similar to the Unofficial 2002 Amber that this basically replaced. Sweetish toasted caramel malt and moderate fruitiness up front. Toasted graininess gives way to mild, herbal hops. Finish is cookie dough sweet. Light-bodied ale with a sticky feel. A nice malty session beer to balance out Squatter's Full Suspension when I'm at the oppressive <4% bar. By the way, the bottle labels and the six pack carriers are great! "Made in 27 days, not 7" and "Darwin Approved."

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch- Evolution

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Nice reddish amber brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Caramel malt and shortbread.
T- Sweet buttery caramel, shortbread (Lorne Doone), & biscuity bread.
M- Sweet and chewy throughout. Very malty!

Overall- This is delicious, albeit a little cloying.
I could, like the man on the label, stroll along and drink a 6er of this!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Pie, right off-campus from the U. of Utah (collections study at the Natural History Museum).

This is a beauty of an Amber Ale in the pint glass: fiery, copper-brown body with a decent amount of khaki head that retains well. Thick webs of lacing are left down the sides. The aroma is a "de-evolution" of sorts. There's some crystal malt, a hint of caramel and piney hops, and not a whole lot else. In this beer's defense, the ovewhelming smell of pizza from The Pie may have thwarted my olfaction.

The flavor is a notch in the right direction: crisp, toffee-caramel malts with a hint of organic grains, and a subsidiary hop note that's both fresh and resinous. You can definately tell this is a beer that could use a 2% bump in alcohol, as the 4% leaves something to be desired. The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp, with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. Overall, this was a good lunch beer. It's not too heavy, definately not too alcoholic, and fairly tasty. Have one again? You bet.

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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 scotorum
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of colts9016
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Clean and clear, vibrant copper and amber Head is fairly fizzy leaving a faint tan ring around the rim of the glass.

S: Red apple, toasted cereal, soap and honey

T: Begins fruity with moments of apple, pear and some melon. Moves to mellow toffee flavors intermingled with dry biscuits. Floral moments with clover honey and some green fruits wrap this one up. Finishes fruity and a little bit grainy. Touch of cinnamon, or perhaps nutmeg towards the end.

M: Thin, a bit hard.

D: This is a really straight forward amber. Easy drinking with no real downfalls besides being straight forward.

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