Description: A Northwest IPA by design, the Evolution combines Pale, Munich, Vienna, Crystal and Carapils malts with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops for the initial boil, and is then dry-hopped with Simcoe and Columbus.
Tasting Notes: The Evolution is definitely what one would expect from a Northwest India Pale Ale, containing a rich, dark amber malt with plenty of citrus and strong hops notes. The dry hopping also comes through in the taste, adding a subtle, dry finish to a strong hop start. Citrus rind lingers on the tongue long after the beer is drunk, and is relatively appetizing and pleasing. It was lighter than what I was expecting, given the full-flavored CDA in their lineup, but good nonetheless.
Appearance: Copper-colored, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Discernible citrus, pine and tropical fruit and dry, subtle hop notes
Taste: Strong grapefruit and pine hops, giving way to dry hop finish, tangy and herbal
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, citrus rind and herbs