Jul 9, 2018

Evolution Exile Red Ale

The red ale isn’t a personal favorite of mine. Much like the hefeweisen, however, I continue to sample an purchase them periodically in an attempt to find the one that suits my preferences. I’ve found that the more hop-forward the red ale, the more I like it. With Evolution Brewing’s Exile, we necessarily have a pronounce hop character, but we do have a capable red ale that drinks easy.

Exile presents both an aroma and flavor profile that displays plenty of bready malt, caramel, grain and soft fruit notes. There’s a moderate sweetness that carries over to the tastebuds as that “peaty,” tell-tale red ale dominates. This brew has an interesting trait with a bit of a delayed reaction — there’s half a beat after the swallow before the flavors arrive. The crisp red ale finishes long and refreshing.

Evolution have themselves a decent beer with Exile. The beer is right in line with other examples of the style that I’ve sampled in the past and carries an easy drinking nature. It’s just not really my thing. I can appreciate aspects of it, but when all is said and done, this is not the red ale for me.

This is a review of a promotional sample.