A few weeks ago, I was able to get to a public tasting for Evolution Craft Brewing Company at The Foodery Phoenixville.

Before I get to the beer, let me just say how very impressed I am with The Foodery. Such a great selection of beers. Some excellent food available as well to pair with beer on tap or bottles from the seemingly endless beer fridges.

I was able to get to a sours class they held at this location as well, learned a lot and tried some great sour brews.

With the founder’s backgrounds in cuisine, each beer brewed by Evolution is designed to pair well with food. No crazy experimental blends or beers that will destroy your palate.

 

DelMarVa Pure Pils

An east coast take on the traditional Czech-style pilsner.

Almost crystal clear with a golden yellow coloring, this beer produces decent head with mild lacing. The DelMarVa Pure Pils has an earthy and grassy spice smell, with notes of corn, biscuit, and wood. Tasting of lightly-toasted white bread, pepper, and lemon, there is no aftertaste to this crisp offering from Evolution Craft Brewing Company.

Apart from a slight bitter tinge at the finish, there are no noticeable hop flavors to this pilsner. With a light, almost medium-bodied mouthfeel, this is a solid, sessionable beer.

A great addition to your summer rotation.

  • ABV: 4.8%
  • IBU: 30
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Food Pairing: Steamed crabs, seafood, fried chicken, mild cheeses, salads, Asian, Mexican, and spicy food.
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Lot No. 3

This American style IPA is aggressively hopped at a rate of over 2 lbs. per barrel.

Colored a hazy deep golden orange, this pours with a creamy white head and spotty lacing. With notes of apricot, mango, peach, grapefruit and pine, this certainly has a tantalizing aroma.

Though it starts out bitter, the beer takes on more of a subdued juicy and fruity quality by the end, extremely accessible for new IPA drinkers, but enough for the IPA fan to enjoy. The aroma comes through in the flavor as well, with apricot, mango and peach alongside a mild caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost velvety, with a light body and moderate carbonation.

Extremely quaffable, even at 6.8% ABV.

  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBU: 65
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Food Pairing: Indian food, jerk, Cajun, burgers and spicy seafood
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Lot No. 6

Lot #3 on performance-enhancing malt and hops.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with sticky white head and moderate lacing. Smells of apricot, tangerine, earthy hops and pine emanate from the glass, alongside notes of biscuit and grapefruit. The taste follows the aroma, with a bitter and sweet finish.

This is a malt-forward Double IPA with a strong hop presence, incredibly well-balanced between the hop and malt flavor. Full-bodied with a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 75
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Food Pairing: Thai, mac and cheese, spicy, Mexican, salty and fried
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Pine’Hop’Le

A tropical take on Lot No.3.

With a coppery-orange appearance, and mild, frothy tannish head with good lacing, this beer looks quite appealing. Aromas of pineapple (duh), grapefruit, caramel, and graham crackers flood the nose. Pine’Hop’le has a sweet and tart pineapple taste, almost like pineapple juice, with a caramel chaser, followed by citrus, floral, and tropical hops.

The lingering aftertaste of pineapple balances the bitter hop flavors, with a dry finish. This is a surprisingly good pineapple IPA, but be forwarned, if you don’t like pineapple, this won’t be for you.

  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBU: 65
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Food Pairing: Indian, Cajun, Thai, Jerk, Caribbean, burgers, pizza and pretty much anything grilled
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Hops Limon IPA

 

BONUS BEER! After gushing about the other brews to the rep, she offered me this one to take home and try at my leisure. A brand new offering from Evolution (not even on the website yet), Hops Limon IPA is a 6.8% ABV that was perfectly formulated for a meal on a hot summer day.

A clear, golden amber color (very faint haze) and moderate white head. Quite sweet for an IPA, with aromas of caramel, lemon lime, citrus and piney hops. The flavor follows the nose, with the lemon and lime with zest alongside the citrus and pine hops. This smooth, medium bodied beer is another from Evolution that is surprisingly quaffable for a higher ABV beer.

This is a solid citrus twist on the classic IPA, absolutely perfect for finishing out the summer months.

 

I was able to get to a public tasting for Evolution Craft Brewing Company at The Foodery Phoenixville. Join me as I try some of their beer. Click through for full beer reviews!
Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beers: Ales and Lagers.
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