Evolution Pine’Hop’Le

Posted: August 27, 2016 in American IPA, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Reviews

With so many different IPAs out there, it’s not surprising that lots of breweries are jumping on the bandwagon of adding fruit to their offerings. I haven’t had many pineapple IPAs and Val thought she would like this one (spoiler: she didn’t).


ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our story starts as a tale of two brothers, Tom with his passion for craft beer, and John with his passion for food. But it goes well beyond that. It involves you and your friends. Backyard barbecues and amazing meals. And beers you won’t ever want to forget. Our top-rated beers are perfectly crafted to complement great food. Whether it’s the food we serve at our restaurants or the foods you make at home. It’s the constant evolution to create the perfect pairings for you to enjoy. Ever-better beer for ever-better food. An excellent recipe for ever-better times.”

Random: The best pineapple I’ve ever had was in Hawaii.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that took awhile to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, copper color with some moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up canned pineapple rings, pine needles and grass. It was a bit catty. It was more towards the typical IPA notes than pineapple. There was a cracker malt component to it. The taste was also way more IPA than fruit-forward. There were notes of pine sap and needles. The cattiness that I picked up in the nose came through in the taste as well. There wasn’t a whole lot of malt, but some slight sweetness at the end. The pineapple was a bit player in this beer and manifested as pineapple juice. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick and catty. A bottle of this was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. I wouldn’t have pegged this as a pineapple IPA. It was drinkable, but nothing that I feel the need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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