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Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 417
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 27.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thia is the perfect summer IPA. It manages to be light and refreshing, while maintaining a strong hop character. The highly effervescent carbonation alsp make this beer great fun. Just a lovely beer you do not have to think to hard about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AIPA's have a pretty wide range, and this is a great example of that. It is unique and bold, and that's what makes an AIPA.

It pouts a typical yellow, hazy with a little head. The aroma is out of this world. Piney, grassy, it has it all going on in smell.

The taste is a dry, hoppy AIPA. It tastes under-malted, like many of the style, but it works, and keeps it drinkable. You could session this just fine.

The aftertaste lingers pretty long and bitter. This is just the kind of brew I've come to expect from Epic - high quality, interesting stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 - Crystal clear bright gold with an airy half-inch head.
S: 4.00 - Lots of hops--resinous, citrusy. I can smell it while it's sitting on my desk, always a plus.
T: 4.25 - Bitterness actually not very high, but this is packed and loaded with hop flavor, piney, almost nutty. The moderate bitterness allows some sweet malt to come through, and the finish is neutral.
M: 3.75 - A little thin, but that perhaps adds to the drinkability.
O: 4.25 - I really liked this. I can't think of any other IPAs of this strength that have so few bittering hops but go overboard on the flavoring and aroma. This is a good quaffing beer.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of BrandonLBC
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of timontheroad
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (hanks, 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with a hint of pine.

The taste is of citrus with some pine. A sweet kiss balances it in the finish.

It is chewy/creamy.

A very nice example of the modern, well-hopped, but with firm malt backbone, American IPA.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Clear yellow gold pour with a small and airy white head. Beautiful flowery aroma. Taste follows the nose with a really great hop flavor that is on the floral end but also has a nice pine and grapefruit presence. Finishes dry with a lingering grassy flavor.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 12oz. can
Chill hazed gold in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Herbal hop notes
Taste-Piney, herbal hops,tropical fruit notes. Nice hop flavor without a lot of hop bitterness. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of hophugger
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 !!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into tulip pint at backcountry pizza in boulder Colorado. I guess its epics pioneer brew into Colorado. Great cloudy light orange color. Smell is muted but some fruity hops are present. Taste is really nice...fruity hops are huge but is balanced with a bit of pine. Really thirst quenching and super easy to drink. Reminds me of nebco galaxy but not quite as good...either way I'd get again but I will likely never see it in ct/ny. Deff worth a try.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce can of IPA should beat this warm weather. On to the beer:

The beer has a grapefruit peel color with several big bubbles jumping to the top. The head forms half-inch thick, creamy, and sturdy, leaving thin lines of lacing around the glass. The aroma is pleasant and mellow. It's soft, with cantaloupe, mango, passionfruit, tangerine....basically it smells like a citrus fruit smoothie.

Some of the impressive aroma doesn't translate all the way to the taste. A tangerine coated in chunks of sugar starts off the journey. Kisses of mango and even pineapple make short appearances. Slight vegetal note slightly skews the palate off, but otherwise this is a fine IPA to pair with warm weather.

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The label states the beer was brewed and bottled. at the Epic Brewing Denver facility.

Outstanding appearance with a thick, creamy, white head sitting atop a lusciously dark gold body. Ripe fruit and pine scented hop aroma with an underlying layer of rich malt. Nice mixture of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with a sharp, dry finish.

Strong malt backbone with this one with a sweet, caramel-like tone. But what really stands out is the hops, and not so much with the aroma as the flavor. Their very pronounced, sharp, and biting at times, yet still very flavorful and approachable.

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Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured to pint shaker

Pours a straw gold, hazy with visible small particles. Small white head dissipates quickly

Nice aroma, with an initial rush of bread fresh out of the oven and citrus flowers

Flavor follows the nose, bread and citrus, though a tad lighter. Nicely balanced with significant sweetness checked by a decent bitterness... one of the better examples of good balance I've tried recently. Simple in the big notes, some lingering interestingly complex low level flavors I'm not quite putting my finger on all of in the aftertaste: basil, vanilla, black pepper, copper?

Mouth feel is thin and watery

Really tasty and luscious smelling beer, with cosmetic faults and low carbonation keeping me from giving it a much higher score. I'll definitely try this on tap if I see it. Drinks lighter then the 6.2 abv would indicate

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz can, no date.

A: Clear golden body, resembles a lager. Nice fluffy head.

S: Light hop presence for the style. Fair amount of malt in there. Smells good though.

T: No surprises here, follows the nose. Not a ton of hop bitterness, or flavor for that matter.

M: Very light body, moderate carbonation. Feels like a session IPA.

O: Decent beer, nothing more. Don't know how they got away calling this an IPA...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.