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Escape Artist Pale Ale - Asheville Brewing Company

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Escape Artist Pale AleEscape Artist Pale Ale

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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 10%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beer2day on 11-24-2010

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 36
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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ESB: not PA. Served on tap at brewery.

Hazy amber with minimal but lasting white head; lots of lacing.

S: rather subtle and earthy. More aroma from the hops than from malts.

T: Far better than the nose indicates. Hops are less dominant than in the nose. Flavor is more earthy than fruity. Has an excellent finish with both hops and malts clearly present.

M: Light-medium body. Perfect (medium) carbonation that lends some crispness.

O - ESB is a style I don't care for much. This one is maltier than most and, partly for this reason, is as good or better than any ESB I've had. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

A - hazy orange with a thin, white head that has good retention.

S - faint bread, grapefruit, pineapple

T - faint bread, faint citrus, very subdued flavors, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, refreshing beer. The flavors are mild, but overall it's enjoyable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub while in Asheville for the day. Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and earthy hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy notes, and earthy hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The flavor was okay but just seemed to be one-dimensional with all the earthy aspects going on here. The aroma on the otherhand wasn't very impressive. This is actually categorized by the brewery as an ESP rather than a regular Pale Ale... You can tell it is in the 'ES' style though. Worth trying at least once, but that is about it for me.

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Photo of sluggo013
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this bomber with me! They can't always be sour...

A - Lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color topped by an unrelenting, tree-finger off-white head. Thick and well-retained, the foam leaves sheet after sheet of lace on the glass.

S - Biscuity pale malt has a nice bready nose with undertones of mild hops. Oily and resin-laden with pine needle poking out.

T - Bigger in malt profile, this pale ale is honey-draped biscuit-like sweet with a tiny hop kick to the back end. Resiny and floral with notes of cut grass and wood chip.

M - Medium-bodied and malty with a light dry hop bitterness to the finish, Escape Artist is smooth and round in feel.

O - If you bill this one as an American Pale Ale (which, of course, it is) it's not all that good. But, if it's really an ESB (the American hops would be wrong), like it says on Untappd, this brew becomes much better. Either way, it's malt-driven; not anywhere near as hoppy as an American Pale should be. Then again, there's no date on it, so it could be old.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pale yellow with no head at all. Some small lace, but nothing noteworthy. Smell is slightly hopped with a malt hint in there, matybe even some caramel. Taste is big malt up front with a dry hopped back. Not bad at al lfor a pale ale and a little suprising based on initial presentation. Goes down very smoothly and really has a good aftertaste, would definatly drink this again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazed yellow orange color. Initially nearly three fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is slightly above average and some lacing is left behind.

3.0 S: Earthy hops with a dry, dusty maltiness. An ever so slight mango fruitiness and maybe a touch of peach too. Simple and a bit boring.

3.5 T: Better than the nose. Hops are again mainly earthy and the malts are again dry, dusty, and crackery. Mango sticks out a bit more in the taste in an almost candied sort of way. The peach is there as well with a touch of yeastiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Not particularly creamy, but smooth enough.

3.0 D: This is a good bit drier than your typical pale ale, which I don't care for much.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of derekfilcoff
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Brdlist
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notes.

Shared this 22 oz bottle with my brother-in-law during the holidays. Poured into a pint glass, this is a hazy yellow/amber color with minimal head, and mild retention as the beer is swirled in the glass.

Minimal smell, with undertones of malt and grassy hops. Overall, however, there isn't much there.

Mildly bitter taste, with hints of peppery spice and grass. Some hop bitterness to finish.

Light to medium bodied, easy drinking, with a session-style to it.

Very drinkable, good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of CMOrak
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of candied sugar, caramel, and not much else. Flavors are tangy sweet candy and caramel forward, with a subtle roast character throughout. Malty. Smooth bodied, with a candy sweet and roasted aftertaste. Cloying, lingering finish. This one just kind of floats around in the middle ground.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerwolf77
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in a trade with gehenherzog. Thanks David. Reviewed from old notes. Split into tulips.

A: Cloudy golden orange hue. Solid two fingers of cream colored head. Thick lace rings remain.

S: Mild hop profile blends with a sweet malt bill. There's a strange funk that I simply can't put my finger on. It's throwing me off.

T: Very biscuity flavor profile. Some mild hops in the finish but this seems way too malty for pale ale.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Meh all the way.

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Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of SCanthony
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Eziel
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid Pale. Although this was on cask with Simcoe and Chinook added.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color, slight lacing, good carbonation.

S - Not much there. maybe some malt and slight citrus

T - Good hop bite on the tongue then swiftly moves to more of a subtle earthy hop finish

M - medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and lite

O - An average pale ale. Not as malty or hoppy as I like but a good beer to toss back watching Sportscenter or whatever...

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Escape Artist Pale Ale from Asheville Brewing Company
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