Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company
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3.74/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 03:31:10 | More by StoutHunter
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
Serving type: can
07-21-2014 23:13:51 | More by damndirtyape
3.76/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head pours a half-finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty basic, but not bad.
Smell: nice hop aroma where the character is citrusy, herbal and dank. There appears to be a little toast in the underlying malt, so the overall experience is quite earthy. Pretty good.
Taste: much like the aroma, but quite a bit sweeter and with a little bit more emphasis on the citrus element of the hops, especially at the beginning. Finish is a bit over-sweet but moderately bitter and relatively well balanced. A decent IPA.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a nice rich creaminess. Pretty damn good for the style.
Overall: I imagine this beer is relatively unattenuated by design -- it's a bit too sweet but with the tradeoff of great texture. An interesting take on the style.
Serving type: can
07-18-2014 21:24:36 | More by flagmantho
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Poured into a pint from the can with a golden haze and strong head.
S - Grass a little tropical
T - The first sip was like the nose. Citrus and some floral
M - Medium body with more of a refreshing lighter finish then many IPA.
O - Very drinkable, doesn't have a hop bite and a bit lighter then I expect in the class.
Serving type: can
07-16-2014 21:02:42 | More by patpbr
Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
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