Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 76
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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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Czequershuus
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thi is the perfect summer IPA. Light, fizzy, refreshing, hoppy, aromatic. Just a lovely beer you do not have to think to hard about.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fruity IPA, tastes like, but less carbonation - Deschutes Fresh squeezed IPA.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant hop profile and good carbonation and feel.

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 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 tngolfer
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

I'm deferring to LiquidAmber's review about 5 posts below this. That review nailed my review but I apparently enjoyed more.

Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Stingraystripe
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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.

Photo of BrandonLBC
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of brockg
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Love the taste...grapfruit,oudoorsy and just amazing

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly earthy but mostly west coast.

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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 DrinkSlurm
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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 ryannosaurus
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.