Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 396
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 73 | 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 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. (274 characters)

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. (1,545 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can split two ways – Societe Brewing 2nd Anny glass
Notes taken on 12/23/2014

A: Bright golden yellow with some well refined clarity. Nice bubble show working up a dense layer of ecru suds over top. Great hang time noted with a nice patchy trellis of lace left behind.

S: Soft aromatics of spice hops and crackery malt make up most of the nose. There are some understated citrus and herbal notes with a bit of tropical spiced guava as well. Malt has something slightly grainy to it. Nice but again fairly mellow here.

T: Multi grain cracker with a mild vanilla like sweetness. Definitely has a sort of white wheat graininess to it. Good amount of resinous hop pucker midway. Mosaics come in a bit restrained but do offer some tropical mango, melon, grapefruit, spice, and herbal flower flavors. The balance is favorable. All in all a nice brew.

M: Moderate to light with a very creamy body across the palate. Higher level of peppery bitterness that lingers. God amount of drying crisp in the finish.

D: Nice balance to this one overall. Could use to amp up the hops for my tastes. Otherwise a fairly nice experience. (1,147 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (985 characters)

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. (260 characters)

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. (614 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (715 characters)

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. (401 characters)

Photo of Rylai
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Moderately light and somewhat cloudy, nothing special.

Smell:
A light bittering hops smell, with something like a wild yeast aroma

Taste:
Forward bittering hops (not floral), no pine. Just the right amount of maltiness, a little watery in the aftertaste

Feel:
Somewhat well bodied for an IPA, a little much carbonation

Overall:
A good IPA, I wish it was a little crisper (386 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well picked this up for 2 bucks seems like a pretty standard IPA. Into a pint glass.
A - Not sure if it's unfiltered or old but I got a ton of sediment in a not so impressive pale yellow colored beer. Head is just a 1/4 inch that fades to a ring.
S - Smells alright good hop presence with a nice malt base.
T - A bit fruity with some mango hops not strong bitterness with a sweet malt base. OK I Guess.
M - In par with the ABV

Overall like the Spiral Jetty I was not impressed. May avoid this brewery from now on. (514 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can at 45 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma – very piney with fruity overtones
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy layer
Lacing fair – various sized islands and archipelagoes
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor bitter and chemical, no hint of conifers or fruit as promised by the nose; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5 (523 characters)

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. (173 characters)

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. (722 characters)

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 !! (451 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can -

A: Poured into a snifter the off white head took on the appearance of soapy mixed sized bubbles and didn’t persist for more then a half minute.Cloudy gold color with light a orange hue. A noticeable amount of hop sediment dropped to the bottom of the glass.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine and citrus fruit on the first impression from the hops at medium strength. Mild pine/evergreen as it warms up. low caramel malt sweetness with small malty character. Clean fermentation with no noticeable esters.

T: Grapefruit bitterness is courser / rougher in the back of the throat and reminds me of the classic american ‘C’ hops, which I enjoy. A more round flavored pine and citrus hop flavor in the middle that is juicy, but seems slightly old or not as sharp as it could be. Mild malty, munich like, character persists from middle to end and balances nicely with the hop flavors. Finish is clean. Balance is on the hops (duh).

M: Medium-Low bodied with medium carbonation. There is a slight grassiness from the sediment that leaves a vegital taste in your mouth after the last few sips (if you drink it) No alcohol warming. Crisp and clean.

O: A refreshing classically tasting American IPA with a little more body and clean malt flavor. It seemed a little old, but couldn’t find a date on the can - fresh I’m sure its great. (1,335 characters)

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. (307 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-12-06
12oz can poured into a pilsner glass. No codes or dates.

Pours hazy yellow with a very small head. Lots of floating chunks. Lots of carbonation. Smell is fresh and crisp, grassy, lemon.

Taste is nicely floral, honeysuckle sweetness, some hay and grass, lots of lemon. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, good, but not great. (342 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to Joe_Grizzly for this extra: always up for a new Epic brew, I tracked many of them down when they first showed up in MN. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is a slightly hazed yellow with low carbonation to the point of non-. The nose is sweet & fruity – blind, I’d have let out a rebel yell & declared this a Belgian. Huh.

Escape from Colorado, well, why the hell would anyone want to do that? I loved Colorado. Spent summers from ’86-’91 at the RenFest there, drinking 3.2 wine coolers & chasing girls; how could I not love it at that age? The beer? Oh, yeah, it’s beer. Mirror image of the nose: double handfuls of sweet malts backed up with tango, lemon, mango, afterimage of herbal tea. Mid-palate, mild bitterness finally drops by but it’s a long, lingering taste that veers right up to the guard rail of aspirin. Not tough to drink though.

Fruit + Bayer isn’t quite my speed, but I appreciate the attempt at diversification of my IPA portfolio. Pretty good beer. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, says made in Denver. 6.2%

A: Brighter, yellow gold than most IPAs, with a thick white mereng head that lasts and laces.

S: Floral hops--resinous, pine, and citrusy. I can smell it while it's sitting on my desk, always a plus.
T: Follows the smell, packed with hop flavor, piney, and nutty. The bitterness allows sweet malt notes, airy and high peaks-feel, in the conifers, and the finish is smooth, .
F: A bit thin, but easy finish. A little soapy. Drinkable, but I like more body
O: NIce beer I kept coming back to and improves at room temp. (551 characters)

Photo of Lou22
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Citrusy-piney nose, fruity hop taste. About 1 finger of head pour, minimal lacing. Light going down, not super strong tasting

Some stuff sitting at the bottom (159 characters)

Photo of D9sus4
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

I can see why many people like this brew, it has a decent body and good malt flavor, but I'm just not a fan of this style of piney, grapefruit flavored hopped IPA. However, My wife would love it. (195 characters)

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.