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Escape To Colorado | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw and hazy, half a finger of whitish head, a little slow rising carbonation.

Oranges and canned peaches, lemon cream, floral, a hint of garlic.

Big gummy orange candy, lemon drops, a hint of garlic, solid bitterness.

Medium body, a hint of syrup and resin. Medium low carbonation.

Found in Chiang Mai, drank May 4th, 2016. Was so happy to find this here. Not the best IPA if you are living in the US, but really not bad. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cbutova
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- 12oz can reveals a hazy yellow bodied beer with a short-lived head. The white cap is frothy dying down fast to a bubbly island and small ring. Spotty lacing.

S- Sweet orange zest, lemons and grapefruit hops off the top only slightly stronger than the malts that balance out the aroma. Bread, cereal, raw barley and pale caramel hints.

T- Citrus hops lead to cereal malts in a fairly simple flavor. Orange and grapefruit come to mind but the taste lacks brightness and ends with a somewhat interruptive sweetness. Other things include grassy, herbal and floral tones.

MF- Light bodied, perhaps leaning a bit toward medium, with a frothy and crisp texture. High level of carbonation tries to help the hops shine but they come off flat in the end. Grassy bitter finish.

Really nothing wrong with this brew but it lacks any standout feature that would bring one back for more. Orange citrus hops fall a bit flat as malts clash in the backdrop.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow with 2 fingers of foam.

Smells grassy with grapefruit to back it up. Malt shows up as notes of bread.

Grapefruit and grass, light on the latter, light bitterness, smooth overall. I get some bread aboot mid palate.

A pretty light weight IPA here.

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Photo of BigGold
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at Molly Green's, Brighton, Utah, poured from 12-oz. can into tumbler. First canned beer I've had from Epic. The great pour and aroma lift expectations, which are then dashed.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz cans into a tulip. Weird canning date, not sure when from.

L. Golden yellow, with a slight haze.
S. Lemon citrus with a touch of orange. Nice floral notes with a hint of sweetness. A wee bit of wheat?
T. Nice balance of sweetness and hops. Some light pine and grapefruit notes with a nice malt back bone.
F. Light body with medium light carbonation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Mesa Verde in the Denver airport.
Super pale with pitted white head.
Smells dirty and fruity. That dirt is some English earthiness mixed with dishwater. Yummy mosaic top notes though.
Muted and initially unimpressive, the flavor ripens into a rather nice IPA. More bitter (in the herbal, terrestrial sense) than anticipated, a long aftertaste and subtle candied fruit notes in the midtaste.
It's not great, but it's serviceable and enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Golden with short cap of off-white head with a few stripes of lacing.

S: Very weedy and herbal, grassy with some pine thrown in. Malts are light, like a mix of grainy pils and American 2-row

T: Extremely earthy and herbal, weedy and vegetal with some lemon and pine in the finish. Maltiness is pretty middle of the road with slight graininess and lighter caramel. Bitterness is moderate at most.

M: Clean and crisp with light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Glad I tried it but the weedy flavor is not a favorite.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lite straw colored with a small white head that recedes quickly. Smell is gentle citrus with a hint of grainy malt. Taste is a little liter than I prefer in an IPA, but still pleasing. Some orange zest, slight grapefruit notes, and somewhat subdued overall. Also, a bit thin in mouthfeel. Finish actually comes through as the best part. The hops, malt, and slight mothfeel actually come together nicely.

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Photo of K_STAR
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a can. Light copper in color. Smells very catty and fruity. Tastes of strong pineapple and cattiness. Light to medium body. A good light IPA.

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Photo of drned
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lighter IPA with solid hops bitter. More pine notes than a west coast citrus. Clear light amber with thin head and light lace. I could enjoy this almost anytime.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass
Look: hazy yellow orange
Smell: faint citrus with toasted grain notes
Taste: nice balanced malt and hops, very good bitterness, dry finish
Feel: medium mouthfeel, strong carbonation, very nicely done
Overall: very good IPA will drink again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am just CANtinuing to reduce the backlog here at Chez Woody by hitting the APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs first while furthering the cause of The CANQuest (tm)! It is a tough life, but I signed up for it, so I CAN't CANplain.

From the CAN: "Ever feel the need to leave your 'regulatory' trouble behind?"; "You are not alone. We decided to brew this special hop-forward ale with MOSAIC hops, forever [CAN]memorating our own 'Escape' to the east side of the Rockies. We hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom."

I just love hearing the Crack! of a CAN being opened (unless I snuck said CAN into a theatre and it causes everything to stop and people to look at me like I am a villain). No problem here at Chez Woody where the Pirates game is on and beer is CANcouraged for CANsumption. A gentle Glug followed, producing a brief, fizzy finger of bone-white head that rapidly dissipated. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but it was just hazy enough that my Gelt Pals (Mammon, Midas and Croesus) declined to show up. Their loss. The nose was rich in hops with mango and grapefruit leading the way. My mouth was watering like one of Pavlov's dogs as a result. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a lot of tight, tiny CO2 bubbles giving it a tanginess. The taste was juicy, very fruity, with flavors of mango and grapefruit at the forefront and lemon and blueberry (thanks, Stan Hieronymus) on the finish. The finish was dry, of course, but in a refreshing way. I CAN see putting some of these in a cooler when headed to the beach.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a glear light to medium golden with quite a large fluffy white crown atop.Aromas are quite light with some pine and toasted grain notes coming thru.Not in your face hops by any means on the palate,earthy and piney hops mainly with a hint of citrus,some toasted and biscuity malts in the finish.Eh not bad but not complex or flavor packed either.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can split two ways – Societe Brewing 2nd Anny glass
Notes taken on 12/23/2014

A: Bright golden yellow with some well refined clarity. Nice bubble show working up a dense layer of ecru suds over top. Great hang time noted with a nice patchy trellis of lace left behind.

S: Soft aromatics of spice hops and crackery malt make up most of the nose. There are some understated citrus and herbal notes with a bit of tropical spiced guava as well. Malt has something slightly grainy to it. Nice but again fairly mellow here.

T: Multi grain cracker with a mild vanilla like sweetness. Definitely has a sort of white wheat graininess to it. Good amount of resinous hop pucker midway. Mosaics come in a bit restrained but do offer some tropical mango, melon, grapefruit, spice, and herbal flower flavors. The balance is favorable. All in all a nice brew.

M: Moderate to light with a very creamy body across the palate. Higher level of peppery bitterness that lingers. God amount of drying crisp in the finish.

D: Nice balance to this one overall. Could use to amp up the hops for my tastes. Otherwise a fairly nice experience.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-can. Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy tangerine orange, good rush of carbonation, with a medium suspension of micro-particles. Thin, chalky white skim capping is rather short retention wise while the lacing is rather weakly holding on the vessel, spotty and spacious.

S: Tangerine and grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed, with a short aromatic duration and mid level awareness factor. In the finish lies some dry barley and pine.

T: Flavor was citric orange with a bite, some pine and lightly dry grapefuit pulp. Tart and citric juice and hopping finish, with a decent level of ibus and lingering hoppiness on the finish. Some freshe barley stalks rounding things out.

M: Creamy mouthful, medium body, with a medium rate of effervesce. Nice weight on the tongue, some denisty with a tart, lightly dry citric farewell afterfeel.

O: Overall the hopping builds deeper into the drink giving this a bit of late appreciation. Wet citrusy in the front, a lightly dry flowery hop finish.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was happy to see this in my little store in the burbs of Cincinnati. At this point, I am looking for IPAs that stand out and away from the ever crowding market. This one sits firmly in the "slightly above average" class of quality craft brews. Glad I tried.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rating the canned version... Poured into a glass the color is a light golden. Excellent resiny nose. Very crisp and the hops, while loud, are smooth, very citrusy. I've had this straight from the can and also poured into a glass, and I actually prefer it from the can (which shocked me). From the can, it seemed more citrusy and crisp. I was also hopeful the cans would cellar well, but they did not. This spring, I found the beer had changed very significantly, and had a lot of yeast sediment. Bottom line, if I'm going to be outdoors and bottles are not an option, this is absolutely my go-to craft beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pinkish yellow in color, hazy. A small amount of white head on top.

S: Wonderfully fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruits all bubbling out of a pine background.

T: Apricot, peach, and tropical fruits with orange peel, and grapefruit. The bitterness is a little more subdued than I would have thought. At first sip I thought it might be a touch watery, but as I delve in deeper the hop flavor really takes center stage. Not a lot of malt character, but clean, crisp and refreshing.

M: Medium light in body with active carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O: Tasty, fairly hop forward, but surprisingly not as bitter as I would have imagined. This would be awesome on a hot summer day.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy yellow color, with a nice white thick, one finger head. Very good retention and lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus, specifically grapefruit, along with a slight piney smell. The taste had lots of grapefruit as well, along with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat oily, no alcohol burn. Overall, ,this was a pretty pleasant surprise, not bad at all.

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Photo of Rylai
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately light and somewhat cloudy, nothing special.

A light bittering hops smell, with something like a wild yeast aroma

Forward bittering hops (not floral), no pine. Just the right amount of maltiness, a little watery in the aftertaste

Somewhat well bodied for an IPA, a little much carbonation

A good IPA, I wish it was a little crisper

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date on the can.

Appearance - Pours hazy and gold in color with a 2-finger off-white head. Good retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer and a thick ring of suds around the edge. Leaves thick rings of lace around the glass with committed stick.

Smell - Light citrus with a hint of pineapple and lemongrass.

Taste - Light citrus met by moderate pear flavor. Grassy, lightly pithy bitterness near the finish. Light, cracker-like malt profile. Nice, easy drinker with decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with subtle, prickly carbonation. Fluffy texture, goes down with relative ease.

Overall - Maybe I'm giving this too high a rating, but it's gentle, easy nature is really working for me right now. No freshness date to be found, but I'd venture to guess this beer is beyond it's ideal freshness date, because it's drinking like a classic pale rather than an IPA. Such as it is, so shall I accept.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well picked this up for 2 bucks seems like a pretty standard IPA. Into a pint glass.
A - Not sure if it's unfiltered or old but I got a ton of sediment in a not so impressive pale yellow colored beer. Head is just a 1/4 inch that fades to a ring.
S - Smells alright good hop presence with a nice malt base.
T - A bit fruity with some mango hops not strong bitterness with a sweet malt base. OK I Guess.
M - In par with the ABV

Overall like the Spiral Jetty I was not impressed. May avoid this brewery from now on.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can at 45 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma – very piney with fruity overtones
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy layer
Lacing fair – various sized islands and archipelagoes
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor bitter and chemical, no hint of conifers or fruit as promised by the nose; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA. Sharp hop spiced edge on this one Pine is there behind the spicy hop tones. Easy drinker, but the hop spiced tones could be toned down, as well as the carbonation.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look--Pours a very cloudy yellow/gold with some sediment evident. Medium head leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell--Very bright, pine up first followed by a nice hit of citrus. Maybe a little malt there as well.

Taste--As with the nose, it't pine up front with citrus bringing up the rear. Slight malt hint is paired with citrus for a very nice aftertaste as well.

Feel--Definitely not as resiny or "thick" feeling as some IPAs. Medium body and very easy to drink, especially for the style.

Overall--This certainly doesn't just smack you in the face with hops, but they're definitely the stars of the show here. All in all a very drinkable IPA, and I'm sad I only bought one can. I'll be getting more for sure.

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.