Escape Artist Pale Ale - Asheville Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
07-31-2011 20:34:47 | More by chinchill
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
05-28-2012 22:26:00 | More by tdm168
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
03-22-2011 18:26:41 | More by thagr81us
3.33/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-08-2011 03:30:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-27-2011 02:56:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.33/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-21-2011 04:29:24 | More by DavoleBomb
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-29-2011 01:46:03 | More by TheHoppiest
3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-01-2014 01:59:12 | More by GarthDanielson
2.9/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
08-09-2011 23:48:55 | More by beerwolf77
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
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...
10-06-2012 03:53:23 | More by jtd1969
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
Honey gold pour with 1-finger pale cream head. Little retained and faint strands of lace.
Mild roast malt nose with light fruit tones. Peach comes to mind, with apricot.
Strong malt backbone up against a dry herbal hop presence. Nice strong flavors. Somewhat smoky. Getting bready and chewy midway through the glass.
Heavy body for the style.
Nice and easy to drink.
11-24-2010 03:14:44 | More by beer2day
2.88/5 rDev -17.2%
Received this one as an extra.
A: Looks good for a pale, but holy hell is this thing carbonated. I haven't seen carbonation this strong in anything but sours or Jolly Pumpkin brews,
S: Smells really yeasty. Unbelievably so. Is this really a pale ale? Did I wait too long to drink this one?
T: Um. This isn't a pure pale ale. This has to be some kind of Belgian pale ale. This thing tastes like yeast. I should note I'm not a huge fan of sours/Belgian beers...so...
M: Already kind of stated my thoughts here...
O: Probably not going to finish this one. At least it was an extra.
08-25-2011 01:14:46 | More by CWBlues
Escape Artist Pale Ale from Asheville Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.