Primal Pale Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Delmar
Evolution Craft Brewing Co. is Delaware's other craft brewery... at least that's the way it seems when you're at a package store in the Mid-Atlantic, there's plenty of Dogfish Head but not much else from Delaware. I made the trek to Delmar, on the southern border of Delaware and Maryland, a couple months ago to check out some of more exotic beers Evolution has in the works and I was quite impressed. Exotic beers don't pay the bills for most brewers so I decided to pick up a six pack of their Primal Pale Ale to see how these guys approach a more mainstream style.
Primal Pale Ale pours a light golden color with a head of white bubbles that quickly fizzles out. The body of this beer is mostly clear with just a little haze to it. The aroma is rather mild, smelling vaguely pale with a dash of hops.
Primal Pale Ale tastes a bit more exciting than it looks and smells, but only slightly. Pale Ales aren't terribly exciting beers, they're meant to be everyday drinkers and that's what the Primal Pale Ale is. Why it's called Primal, I'll never know, there isn't anything animalistic or crazy about this beer. If anything, it's a primal beer in the sense that it's quite basic and simple. The flavor is quite straight forward, with a light but pale maltiness that increases in bitterness as you drink it. There's little more than a hint of hops but it's never anywhere near levels that would encourage someone to call this a hoppy beer. This is a decent Pale Ale, it's simple and easy to drink. It is what it is and I could see myself drinking more of these when I'm looking to have a beer while I'm doing something else that requires more of my attention.