Wednesday, August 24th 2011
(Two Beers Brewing Company)
Evolutionary IPA is one of the first three canned offerings from Seattle's Two Beers Brewing Company. The can is nice enough to tell the drinker that this IPA is indeed brewed using Washington Hops and Grain. You've got to be a bit envious of the brewers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They live and work in the nation's "hop belt" and take full advantage of all those little green bundles of joy that grow in their backyards.
From the Two Beers site:
"Evo. IPA is made for hop heads, those that smell hops and start to shake, jitter, or obsess over the taste this fine plant imparts on beer. So in that sense, this beer is made for the adventurer, the one not afraid of the nuances of life, the complexity of life and the unknown turn in the road ahead. Cheers to the journey ahead."
The CAN reads:
"This beer is made for the adventurer, the one not afraid of the nuances of life, the complexity of decisions, or the unknown turn in the road ahead. So if you like to embrace life to the fullest then this beer is for you. Cheers! - Joel"
Here we go...
Pour - bright amber with lots of reds and oranges and a big, sticky white head on top. This has some serious lacing. All those tiny little bubbles cascading upwards sure is a nice sight to see as well.
Aroma - you want fresh hops? Perhaps the type of hop aroma that tickles the inside of your sinuses? Well, here you go! Evolutionary IPA has a lot of piney, resiny hoppy goodness going on and its very apparent even from a few feet away. Some nice citrus smell like grapefruit and lemon round out the aroma. Does it get much better than a very aromatic India Pale Ale? I think not...
Taste - a sip of this and you'll get a sense of where all 70 of those IBUs are coming from. Lots of hop flavor is packed into each sip and defended against lupulin overkill by a solid, sweet malty backbone. With Magnum, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops going into this IPA you're tasting some nice array of pineapple and other tropical fruits along with your typical citrus tastes like orange and lemon. This is an IPA that will make your tongue satisfyingly dry but bring it back to life with every sip. Delicious.
Overall - great IPA. This has all the features I'm looking for in an assertive West Coast India Pale Ale. Big hop aroma and flavor and bitter enough to make you know your not just drinking some hoppy amber ale. Well done and I think the aluminum outfit suits it well!
Would I buy more of it? - abso-HOP-lutely. Very tasty IPA with lots of great hop aroma and flavor. It pays to be near the source and you can taste it.
Note - one that thing that makes the cans from Two Beers a bit different than some of the others you'll see, and its not entirely obvious, is that their labels are actually shrink wrapped on to the cans. As this allows the brewery to can as few, or as many, cans as they want by just ordering shrink wrap labels and blank cans, this could be a cheap and easy way around the cost of ordering the rather large amount of cans many manufacturers currently require.
Posted by Russ
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