Evolver IPA | The Wild Beer Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
142 Ratings
Evolver IPAEvolver IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
wildbeerco.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GABrew on 02-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shu_420
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mytu420
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 GreenMind
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
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 TheNakedStiletto
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A-Sox
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.4%
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 Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Evolver IPA from The Wild Beer Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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