Evolver IPA
The Wild Beer Co.

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Belgian IPA
Ranked #179
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3.8 | pDev: 9.74%
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
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Evolver IPAEvolver IPA
Notes: The exploration of yeast strains and the different results we can achieve are beautifully exemplified in Evolver, a pale ale with a difference. 100% fermented with Brettanomyces. For the first 3 months the beer tastes the same as a fresh pale ale, then the differing flavour compounds start to shine through and after 6 months the Brett really takes hold.

The brettanomyces yeast is particularly good at keeping hop flavours fresh for far longer than traditional brewing yeasts. The Evolver takes on a more complex character over time as the yeast and the hops combine to produce a new and exciting beer that will continue to evolve as the yeast slowly matures the beer.

This is a beer that can be drunk fresh, as a normal pale ale or left to evolve and mature into a unique and unusual beer.
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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has brett yeast and fermented fruit notes, mostly lime and pears. Taste starts quite heavy on the brett, some bitter/astringent yeast notes on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's interesting but quite yeasty and cloying.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am systematically eradicating the dreaded Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! It was a long time in its (unintended) creation, thanks to too much travel & drinking away from home, but thanks (?) to unemployment/underemployment, I have been given the impetus to really plow into this mélange. It is paying off as I can see floor space & carpet where it was previously buried & some previously inaccessible doors are now available as ingresses/egresses.

Out of the Law of Unintended Consequences comes many opportunities to conduct horizontal tastings, defined as the same style and many breweries OR in my case, the same brewery, many styles. The obverse is a vertical tasting of the same beer with many vintages, generally ranging from freshest to oldest to gauge maturity (I have none) as well as the cumulative effects of the aging process. These next are an example of a horizontal.

From the bottle: "Hops + Brett + Hops"; "Beer 100% Fermented with Brettanomyces"; "Drink Wildly Different"; "We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion, it's not just a process. By introducing our love of wild yeast strains and not being confined by rules, tradition or ingredients, we can add a Wild 5th ingredient or process to our beers, We want to give you a truly memorable drinking experience, altering your perceptions and thrilling your taste buds. Drink Wildly Different."; "The exploration of yeast strains and the different results we can achieve are beautifully exemplified in Evolver, a pale ale with a difference. 100% fermented with Brettanomyces. For the first 3 months the beer tastes the same as a fresh pale ale, then the differing flavour compounds start to shine through and after 6 months the Brett really takes hold."; "The brettanomyces yeast is particularly good at keeping hop flavours fresh for far longer than traditional brewing yeasts. The Evolver takes on a more complex character over time as the yeast and the hops combine to produce a new and exciting beer that will continue to evolve as the yeast slowly matures the beer."; "This is a beer that can be drunk fresh, as a normal pale ale or left to evolve and mature into a unique and unusual beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. I am really coming to embrace a vigorous in-glass swirl since it is much less likely to bungle things up. In this instance, I raised a brief finger of foamy, tawny head with modest retention that quickly retreated back to wisps. Bye! This also allowed the nose to waft forth in a manner evoking Eau de Broken Sewer Line. Eeek. I had clearly followed instructions & allowed it to mature into something unusual. Color was a gorgeous solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Lifting it to my lips gave me an opportunity to really take in its nose. I will now be looking for a pony in the midst of all of this s**t! Mouthfeel was medium, but very spritzy & carbonated. I am pleased, no, make that ecstatic, to report that the taste did not live down to the nose. Instead of dung, in its many wondrous forms, it tasted like a bourbon barrel-aged beer with a lot of oaky woodiness and especially a coconut flavor that was especially evocative of bourbon! OMFG! How long has this been aging? I want to try to recreate this! I will guarantee you that it is no longer anything even remotely resembling an IPA. The other effect of the Brett. was its extremely dry finish. Bone dry. So dry that I needed to reach for my asthma inhaler dry. Dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara dry. Draai as that Laag in Millvale, PA. Dry! Bye.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex IPA with a funky feel to it. Had on draft - not sure of the age on this but the brett pops nicely to bring a lot of layers to this ale. Yeast forward with a grainy, composty type element to it. Refreshing and lively.

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Photo of kitch
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 26th June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden orange with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Generally quite light, but what I do get is light funk and brett with some tropical peach and mango and maybe a touch of orange.

Taste: Funky, brett, light pepper spice, moderate bitterness, some lemon and hints of peach.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nope, I didn’t get this one. Aroma while too light, was nice, but everything else just didn’t really go with each other and just seemed out of sync.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Hazy orange, maybe a little dull in color. The head is gone quickly. Brett provides most of the brightness in the nose. The hops are earthy and herbal, with just a little bit of musty grapefruit. Tastes much brighter, again seemingly from the brett. The hops almost taste old. Brett lends a bit of tang also, like sour grapefruit. Earthy and spicy finish with a moderate bitterness. Medium light body. Better when it’s cold, as it becomes very grassy as it warms.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a nice hazy golden orange with a dense three finger white head that retains well with some lacing
S: Smells of barnyard funk and horseblanket with some nice jiucy citrusy hops and a hint of tartness
T: Taste is citrusy hops with a slight tartness followed up with some brett influence with some barnyard and horseblanket. Slight doughy bread flavors as well. Hints of band aids and medicinal toward the back end and on the swallow we get some more citrusy hops with a little tropical fruit and some lingering tartness with some musty funk
M: This one is fairly light in body but not watery with adequate carbonation and a drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all with interesting flavors and some nice complexity. Definitely one to try if you like wild ales and hops. Hops are a little weak but I've had this bottle for a bit and it came from England.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - hazy orange gold. Thick syrupy head.

S - faint Brett and fresh straw. Smells like a brand new farm, not quite a well worn one.

T - sour warheads up front. Makes my lips curl. Barnyard earthy tartness. So earthy. Bitter like crab grass. Leaves a mealy funk on the tongue well after the sip.

F - medium carbonation. Smooth and soothing.

O - this is certainly a "wild" beer. Has a very primal aura about it. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it brings me back to my caveman roots.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Hazy orange with a coarse-grained white head. Smells of lemons and brett, plus some subtle pine. The taste is dry, bitter, a bit sour and salty, with notes of brett and grapefruit. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Todd
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brett, Bitter, Fruit, Funk

Decanting carefully to avoid the dregs yields a bright golden, lively beer with a creamy lace. Distinct Brettanomyces in the nose with aromatic floral hops. Prickly and creamy on the palate with dry crispness beneath. Browned apples, stone fruit skin, earthy grassiness, rind bitterness, herbal, bready and funky notes linger on the tongue. Evolver IPA boasts a heavy dose of hops and 100 percent Brettanomyces fermentation with loads of bold, bright flavors as a result. A great twist on an overdone style; the IPA, of course.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

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Photo of flyingpig
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Schooner on cask from Drygate, Glasgow:
A fruity & well carbonated cask beer that had a lot more to it than I'd come to expect with cask beers over the years which is part of the reason I avoid them for the most part. It had nice citrus & floral flavours coming through on top of a fruity base & touches of funk that were quite enjoyable. It's probably not one I'd hunt out again, I would quite like to try the bottled or keg version of this beer & see how that compares.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color with a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An extremely fruity aroma, with some hops and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of hops, tropical fruit, pine notes, brett, yeast, and the funkiness. A surprisingly dynamic flavor with a lot of fruity characters. Well balanced between the hops and other elements in the flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An unusual beer that doesn't really fit into any stylistic category - but this isn't a bad thing. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So...why exactly is this a wild ale? It is a Brett IPA. Pours slightly hazy with a medium head and little lacing. Nose is hoppy, but not funky. Flavor is nicely bitter, but a small twang on the finish. Overall, a solid IPA, but I'd like to see more Brett on the nose and some juicier flavors.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With thanks to Phyl21ca!
The first wild ale I've enjoyed from Britain and it has impressive depth.
Pours a hazy dark straw colour, creating a limited white head with decent retention. Initial aroma was pure brett but I'm now enjoying some stone fruit notes as it warms. Although the taste is also brett-forward with a funk totally appropriate for a wild ale, it ends with a beautiful bitterness. Hop tropical fruit elements are well dispersed throughout the body. Nicely complicated and would recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With a host of styles at their disposal, describing the Evolver IPA as a walk on the wild side would be an understatement. The Wild Beer brewers live there and seem quite content in that world as their American-styled IPA does all the dedicated hoppy stuff and with a rounded and rustic character for added charm.

Its hazy straw austere is mystic and translucent. Pulling from the canary-stained body, a frothy and creamy white foamstand mounts and carries with it a host of dried citrus and dusted hop perfumes. Its initial taste is shy on sweetness but results in a dry creamy texture and a musty fruit juice taste seemingly of grapefruit and passionfruit.

The delicacy of volitile hop aromas and flavors are thwarted with the uprise of sourish tendencies. Where the brightness of grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango are largely suppressed, its earthen complexity blossoms across the middle palate- ranging from dusty and leathery aged lime, lemon and grape to sandalwood, sea brine, and weathered oak.

And as the dry and medium-light bodied beer closes on the late palate, the afterglow of saddle leather, minerally iron and the acute bitterness of grapefruit peel resonates deeply in aftertaste. Its a charming ale that's sure to accompany many rustic dishes, from steamed oyster to root vegetables.

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Photo of hopsdoit
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge head! Pours a hazy orange as others have desrcribed

Aroma: Light aroma of pine and "farm yard funk".

Taste: Tropical fruitiness and pine oil resin. Not very dominant on either flavor

Mouth: Medium body, a bit of tongue tingle

Overall: I love Wild IPAs, this one didn't have a huge burst of flavor or a strong tinge of anything really. I got it at JK this weekend and paid a lot, but thats what we do right? Seek out things we think we'd like and then find out what they taste like.

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Photo of illpass78
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that retains forever. Seems like it has a lot of carbonation. Looks pretty cool!

Aroma: I get pine, hops and a tiny bit of somewhat yeasty funkiness. Expected a little more evidence of sourness in the nose. Maybe it's because I didn't age this? I'm getting over my head here so let's move on.

Taste: So this is pretty much a big, juicy, flavorful IPA hiding inside a moderate-alcohol ale. I get pine, grapefruit, melon, cantaloupe, hops, and some tough-to-identify oiliness. Lots of flavor in a mid-grade ABV IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body. Best enjoyed slowly, as flavors emerge somewhat as it warms.

Overall: This was fun. This is another blow-the-budget-treat type beer that I don't see myself having all the time, just because it's not cheap, but it was definitely tasty and enjoyable. Fairly complex, too.

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Photo of kindacold
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this from a fresh bottle to see how it changes over time later. This pours from the bottle with a hazy yellow/gold with an outstanding head that just won't go away. The smell is mild and clean with hops and some citrus notes. The taste is very citrus filled in the front, mostly lemon. There is quite a sour punch to it, but not overwhelming and balanced with the hops. The end is pith and yeast with a bit of grass. Finishes clean with only a mild linger.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2015. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as an IPA fermented with 100% brettanomyces - resulting in a beer that initially resembles an IPA but slowly evolves to yield a funkier, brett-influenced character. I've held onto this for quite a while so lets see.....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of funky sour yeast with hints of earthiness, barnyard notes, hay, mild lactic acid, a twinge of vinegar, subtle grainy malt and faint fruity hops. Musty and vinous - an intriguing and complex brew.

T: Tastes of funky, earthy yeast with a bone-dry finish. Notes of barnyard funk, musty straw, mild lactic acid, a hint of vinegar, a twinge of blue cheese, grainy malt and subtle fruity hops. Possesses a vinous quality. Highly attenuated, followed by a subdued leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with lively carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of funky yeast notes, earthiness, mild sourness and faint fruity hints.

O: An impressive brew with a brett-dominated character. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are seriously funky and yeast-laden. Sour barnyard notes and earthiness abound, along with subtle grain and faint hop aromatics. Good body. Very dry, verges on palate stripping. Perhaps a little harsh - I reckon a fresher example would be more balanced by the additional hop presence. However, that is the element of surprise built into this beer. Deserves to be sampled by any fan of wild brews.

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Photo of harrypike93
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive ejaculation when i popped the cap. The foam rushed out the top without me even touching the bottle, and it just kept coming, literally.

As for the beer itself, the first thing i noticed was the fairly mellow nose. I didnt get punching hops like a regular ipa. The hops were there, of course, but just not slapping me across the face. There was also a funky, almost sherbet note, which must be the brett. The beer's got a lovely full bodied mouthfeel, pretty carbonated, but still very drinkable. It is hoppy, but not overly so, and it doesnt destroy your palate with bitterness, as its balanced with the tartness of the bret. Soft citrus, some funky sherbet sourness, and a pleasant malt sweetness.

Great stuff!

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Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, melon, some wheat malts, floral hops, some grassiness, light Brett and some funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus and lemon upfront, floral/grassy undertones, light wheat, some funk and Brett.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrusy hops with funky Brett notes is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by light citrusy notes with some fruity notes and some funky yeasty notes. Hops are not the dominant factor here but the yeast strain is so great that it doesn’t matter. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice mix of drinkability and complexity with quite an original spin on the style.

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Photo of woodchipper
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured in a pub glas from 11.2 oz bottle
L - hazy gold
S - Musty, wet boots
T - Sweaty boots
F - Almost too much carbonation, but the high level seems to help with this beer

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy but bright yellow with foamy, fizzy white head. Citrus fruits, a little pine, and some funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with some additional pine and light fruits

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this out of a bottle last night at the Cloverleaf for the first time ever, never hearing of The Wild Beer Company before. This was pretty funky from start to finish and almost tasted like a Belgian beer rather than something from England. It went down fairly easily and was unlike any IPA I've had before, even though it's categorized as an American Wild Ale on here. I enjoyed this but I can see how a beer of this type would be quite polarizing!

For starters, this beer poured gold, and cloudy to boot. Can't remember the last time I saw a beer of this type do that. Why would a Wild Ale say that it was really an IPA? Intrigued, I took my first sip. Lots of wild funk here. A band-aid taste to it that wasn't terribly medicinal. Salt underneath that. Foam everywhere, leftover from the head and never fully going away. Yeast underneath that too. Complex to the point of the "wild" in Wild Ale almost overpowering anything else. The Brettanomyces yeast almost overpowers here but the beauty of this beer is that the wild, floral tone of this shines through in spite of that.

The alcohol was spot-on and didn't detract from this, almost reminding me of a Lambic in the sense that this was inconsistent from back to batch and the idiosyncrasies were allowed to vary from batch to batch. I don't have a lot of experience drinking Wild Ales but something such as this would stir up my curiosity to the point where I wish more were being brewed. It took a bit of getting used to, but I'd love to have more beers like this. Why won't more breweries take this style on?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with a large head.
Nose shows peach, Brett, elderflower, melon and floral hops.
More of the above fruit as flavours along with the floral notes. Big funky Brett accompanies it all.

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Evolver IPA from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 145 ratings