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: 115
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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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 rkuhnel
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 EPICAC
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack as part of my Christmas gift from my Uncle.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a beige head that thins to a sudsy film.

Smell: Malty. Toasty and bready with maybe a hint of caramel

Taste: Toasty malts, a hint of caramel sweetness, with a grassy quality and light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high-carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Solidly drinkable.

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

Had this in the Airport waiting for a plane, not bad I do enjoy a good amber, I would have liked it bettter if it were not for the price of the beer. I had two for over eleven dollars, Overall this one would be a good beer to get if it were offered in Oklahoma.

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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 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 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 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 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 MaltyGoodness
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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch

A - Crystal clear amber color with a modest off-white head

S - Crisp caramel and a nice balance of hops.

T -light malts, caramel and complimentary light hops bitterness.

M -light bodied, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D - goes down smooth and easy. I paired this with a salad and was happy with the combination.

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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 BigJTrucker
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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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 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 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 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 Alkey
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with twist off cap poured dark gold/red with small white head leaving some lacing around the glass. Smells mostly of sweet malts. Taste is very sweet also with caramel malts and not much of a hop presence. Mouth feel is light almost watery. This beer is easy to drink and is thirst quenching but is also somewhat bland.

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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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Photo of RoundelMike
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More than a few of my Salt Lake City acquaintances consider Wasatch Evolution their favorite beer. It's easy to see why: it stands head and shoulders above pretty much anything else on your standard tap.

This beer pours a nice brown color but with a smaller head. The lacing sticks around though. The smell is a bit hoppy but nothing extreme. I felt that there was a floral hint in both the smell and the taste, nicely balanced with some mild bitterness. Drinkability is excellent and it's always easy to order another. Overall this is a high quality beer, and it's only real drawback is that it's conservative and perhaps a little uninteresting.

I prefer Uinta Cutthroat to Wasatch Evolution, but if it's available I'm happy to drink the Evolution. This beer is sporadically available in restaurants and bars in the Salt Lake valley. The closer to downtown you get, the easier it is to find.

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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 andythejerk
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I give this beer very high marks. It has constantly proved itself to be my favorite local utah brew (This use to be called the 2002 unofficial ale). I noticed the fantastic, inviting aroma while still pouring. If the pour makes your mouth literally water, you know it's good. The head wasn't huge, definitely could've been bigger, but was small and sticky and good nonetheless. Very light, easy hops in this one, but beautiful malt flavorings that went down extra smooth and very drinkable. Damn good beer,

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