Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

387 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and herbal hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, peach, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Solid malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and herbal hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of orange pulp, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, and melon. Earthy, herbal, and floral hops with some notes of pine resin and grass. Backing presence of malt with notes of cracker, caramel, grains, and yeast. A pretty nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a IPA. Nice orange juice flavor along with some other fruit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrianHamann
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. I had it from a can in a tumbler at the Bayou Pub just down the street from the brewery.

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ericstites
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light for an IPA, but works well as a session.

Photo of Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden copper with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass. There's some big chunky floaties.

The aroma is biscuity malts with grassy, minty hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts and some minty soapiness with a big grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's got a lot of bitterness, but I don't like the hop flavor or the biscuit malt.

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting take on a somewhat neutral but sessionable ipa.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the can it says brewed and packaged in Denver, CO. I thought Epic was based out of Utah, that may have changed. These new cans look great I grabbed a sixer without thought, I'm glad I did. Pale copper slight chill haze birght white head, fine even layered lacing. Aroma has sugar coated hops, tropical fruit notes, candied grapefruit peel, grassy hop notes. Flavor upright bright bitter citrus based hops, Mosaic hop madness gives earthy, dank, mango, citric, and killer tropical fruit hop sweetness. Enough bitterness and pale malt sweetness to balance it out but this beer is all about the green hop freshness of Mosaic hops, I really like it's simplicity and execution. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied resinous hop accents, goes down easily soft carbonation bone dry finish equates to the type of beer I like to drink. Overall, it's super impressive a wonderful beer that I must find some access to it.

Photo of timontheroad
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice head caps this beer, almost completely white but with a slight yellow tint. it sits soundly at a full finger, falling but slowly and leaving some very pretty craggy lace sticking to the walls of the glass.
There's a firm hops bouquet in the nose first and foremost that showcases earth, a sort of onion-like note without the sting, almost seed-like and not exactly nutty. It's an unusual bitterness with a few of the trademarks making themselves known (some herb, too, and a faint note of citrus fruits under there if you strain) but making for a very unusual smell while remaining a pleasant one with lots of bitterness but balance as well.
It carries through in the taste but with a slight sting to it and a bit of carob just into a dry sort of finish under a little juiciness. It picks up some pith in the seedy notes as it works on the tongue.
It's a crisp and clean IPA with a moderate body, leaning less on the dry side as a juicy sweetness works the palate, but coming out stronger in the middle as well. It loses a little body at the end of each sip, but it keeps clean.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from a random grocery store in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a bit of layered puffy sticker lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of slightly dank, but actually more resinous (yay!) pine needles, musty citrus, bready, grainy caramel malt, faint earthy yeast, and further floral, leafy hops. The taste is more dialed-back on the various pine notes, with the orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus ascending, amongst the bready, slightly doughy pale and caramel malts, and an additional mixed herbal and tropical bitter fruitiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, barely a tic to be had or bargained for, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops not in the mood for any particular transgression hereabouts. It finishes just a smidge off-dry, the hops comin' 'round the bend for another malt-suppressing offensive.

I now see the confusion over the different Epic Brewing concerns - they are one and the same, and evidently the Utah-based company sought refuge in Colorado's more lenient ABV restrictions. Whatever, this is a decent IPA, one that keeps the trendy dankness levels to a minimum - but just give it time, I suppose.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fruity, and acidic. Not a fan of fruity beers but still drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Jrp54
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just alright. Not a lot of hop. No citrus. Mostly cat pee smell

Photo of hophugger
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Nice, light golden color with a spectacular head and lacing. Aroma hits up front with piney hops and a backup of citrus. Taste is awesome with flavors of sticky, piney hops, citrus, lots of orange and some light grapefruit. This is what I expected, and I am happy. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with just the right amount of bitterness. Finished clean AND THIS BEER IS A LITTLE LIGHTER THAN EXPECTED, BUT BALANCED WELL AND A FINE, FINE JOB FROM ePIC !!

Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Bottleworks

A:Pale golden, thin white head

S: light spice with slight tropical

T:thin, not enough bitterness but the mosaic fruitiness on the finish is tasty. Slight darkness with sweet fruit.

M:nicely carbonated

O: tasty and drinkable, would buy again

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy deep gold with two fingers of ten minute head and fluffy rings of lace.
Smell is very nice with bready malts and fruity hops.
Taste is biscuit malts with a nice kick of fruity mosaic hops. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is alright carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel.
Overall a strongly malt forward IPA and close to a DIPA overall flavor wise.
More like one of those huge APAs but the hops hang in there pretty well. Think of it as a junior DIPA. Yes I would have this again very nice.

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

One of the lightest IPAs I've seen. Pale lemon yellow body, with a big bright white three to four finger tall head. Lots of retention and island clumping on top. Good slow rising carbonation coming up. Real nice looking but incredibly pale and light.

Interesting nose, small grapefruit like airy quality. Slightly hinting of weak pineapple and a bit watery sensing.

Palate comes nicely but strangely weaker than anticipated. There's an interesting body quality to this with a good malt depth, but a very light feel. Hints a bit of toast with a hop angle matching the nose, but moves more to citrus weak lemon flavors. Mild sensing hop angle continuing on, with an easy quenching quality.

This really comes off like a session IPA even though it's much higher in ABV. It's aroma an flavor come off pretty safe and neutral.

Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

not bad, but the hop flavors are overly muted and the biscuit-y malt backbone is too much. tastes more like an English pale ale than an IPA. easy to drink, but not much dimension.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly caramel malt, grassy and citrus hops. Flavor is dominated by grassy hops with light citrus and a little bready/biscuit malt. Medium bodied. A nice low key American IPA with an good hop flavor from the mosaic hops and a pleasant malt body that isn't that apparent at first, but caramel and biscuit flavors are revealed as it warms. Light for an IPA, seems to lean towards APA territory. Pleasant but nothing really stands out here. From the name, I was hoping it was a reference to availability of more "herbal" dank flavors in Colorado, but guess it was more literally they moved shop to Colorado.

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient bubbly lacing.

S- Grassy, slightly resinous hop aroma with a somewhat sweet malt backing.

T- Moderately bitter with piney hop flavor. Malt isn't as apparent as in the aroma. Bitterness lingers a bit.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nothing special. Just a straightforward IPA that definitely leans more toward the earthy side.

Photo of minterro
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty quick rating while watching the msu game. Bought bomber at Southmoor Liquor and poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Lots of unfiltered pieces at the bottom of the bottle. Very hazy yellow colored beer. Head is pure white head with pretty good retention and specks of lacing. Tons of mango fruitiness (I don't I've ever smelt so much mango in a beer before). Other smells consist of grassy hops and pale malts.

T&M: Tastes more like a light pale to me. Not as much fruitiness as the smell would lead you to believe. The grassy/earthy hops are much more prevalent. Quite dry and clean in the finish.

Overall: Not bad, pretty interest and unique. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'm not upset about the purchase especially at the price (just above $4 for 22oz after taxes).

Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a milkshake pilsner glass. No date on the can.

Appearance: Hazy gold heading towards amber. White thin head with lots of strands of persistent lacing all over the glass. Held up to the light it looks like there is a lot of finely dispersed sediment. It's not a bad look but if this is a can conditioned beer I wish they had said to do a slow pour....or maybe the sediment is something else and is supposed to come along for the ride.

Smell: When initially poured there was a strong fresh cut tropical fruit smell which I'll call papaya. This dies back a bit as the beer warms up but it's still there with a swirl and deep inhale. A bit more of a fresh cut lemon shows up as the beer warms up.

Taste: Tropical fruit and citrus up front, a neutral and slightly bready malt middle, and a light bitter finish. There is a bit of a piney/grapefruit bitterness about 5 seconds after the swallow which becomes more pronounced as the beer approaches room temp, and takes on some lemon peel characteristic as well. It starts to become a bit unbalanced toward bitterness as it warms up. It's like the beer has three distinct flavors - direct cold from the fridge, starting to warm after 10 minutes of pouring, and >20 minutes warm. Either that or the hops are doing something to my tastebuds the more I drink.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, and the hop oils really stick to the teeth quite a bit. There is some carbonation, but it's not strong. It's not flat....but somehow the carbonation seems a little lacking with this.

Overall / Drinkability: Very interesting at first and struck me as a potential interesting single hop beer, but then it starts to change as it warms up to the point it's hard to wonder what this was originally. It's like a moving target of flavor, which in its own way interesting, but not what I was expecting. I've not had a IPA change this much over the course of the glass. I wonder if this is a more aroma molecules that leave the beer quickly after pouring and then the flavors are lost as they evaporate away. It's good though, and maybe I need another one to see if it grows on me or if I'm more interested in something else. But one per evening seems to be enough. I'm not wanting another one right now to try and figure it out.

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.