Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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83
good

289 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013)
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Epic Brewing Company's Escape To Colorado IPA a week an a half ago at Boyne Country Provisions. I was looking for a couple new beers to try and since this one was a recent released I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a good design to it with a hop cone sticking out nicely, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice yellow color that was slightly golden and it took on a golden amber color when held to the light with a fingers and half worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but i wish the head and retention were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity hop aroma with some citrus and other fruity hop aromas showing up with the citrusy hops seeming to stick out the most and they impart a nice citrus rind and grapefruit like aroma. Up next comes a slightly creamy aroma followed by a light amount of malts that impart a slightly grainy, bready and light sweet malt like aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I liked the citrus like hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same fruity hop aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's also a noticeable berry aspect and it's followed by a little more of that creamy aspect that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which are still on the light side and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness that doesn't really linger and it had a fruity hop aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, i enjoyed the hop profile.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a American IPA, it had a pretty nice mouthfeel to it, but the malts weren't that noticeable so I think the lack of balance holds this beer back just a little but other than that it's a tasty IPA. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, not filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile, I thought it was nice and fruity and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but I would have like a little more head and retention. I might buy this beer again and I for sure wouldn't turn one down, I think it makes for a nice summer IPA and I would say it's worth trying if your a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was pretty true to style and the hops were showcased nicely. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery, but it's for sure not my least favorite and I would say it's falls just about at above average for the style. Nice job guys, keep it up.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Iparedman
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +21%

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.