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

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Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 76
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. There are small chunks of sediment seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy, slightly onion-like herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slightly vegetal herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting yet not detracting vegetal-like quality from the hop profile used in this one.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good, affordable ipa, if a bit boring. to be honest I expected quite a bit more from this new to Colorado release, but its rather plain. mostly clear orange honey color and an airy white head over an inch high. it smells well hoppy, bitter and dank, stinky and sticky, definitely modeled on the west coast versions. its flavor though isn't as punchy or fresh as the nose, its muted, balanced, less up front. its easy enough to put a bomber back, ice cold, refreshing, well carbonated, and clean finishing, but I don't get a new hop experience, I get a tired one, and that is not what I am accustomed to from epic brewing, who has made some of my favorite beers out there. I do like that it was less than four bucks, but I expected more just the same from this one.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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 Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The new IPA from the new Epic location in Denver.

Pours a hazy light orange, copper. Head is nice, white, thick foam. Some rockiness. Lacing is sticky

Aroma has that light caramel biscuit going on with hops hugging it tightly. Pine and citrus with some bits of sharp floral.

Flavor has less hops that the aroma, but they are balanced. Quite a good job melding the pine, grassiness, florals and citrus to hit pretty much in rhythm. The caramel malt undertone gives it a bit of a resin taste and feel, though. Booze is noticeable.

It's quite good, not an over-the-top IPA by any means. A bit old school with newer hops

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 smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

One of the lightest IPAs I've seen. Pale lemon yellow body, with a big bright white three to four finger tall head. Lots of retention and island clumping on top. Good slow rising carbonation coming up. Real nice looking but incredibly pale and light.

Interesting nose, small grapefruit like airy quality. Slightly hinting of weak pineapple and a bit watery sensing.

Palate comes nicely but strangely weaker than anticipated. There's an interesting body quality to this with a good malt depth, but a very light feel. Hints a bit of toast with a hop angle matching the nose, but moves more to citrus weak lemon flavors. Mild sensing hop angle continuing on, with an easy quenching quality.

This really comes off like a session IPA even though it's much higher in ABV. It's aroma an flavor come off pretty safe and neutral.

Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This fits the color "IPA Orange."

Smells strongly of North Western type hops. Strong scent of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and passion fruit. Citrus with a strong orange aroma. Little bit of pine but this is mostly citrus.

Starts out dry and woody with a herbal sappy after taste. Stays dry and primarily woody in flavor. Some citrus and a high bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent IPA from a Can.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly caramel malt, grassy and citrus hops. Flavor is dominated by grassy hops with light citrus and a little bready/biscuit malt. Medium bodied. A nice low key American IPA with an good hop flavor from the mosaic hops and a pleasant malt body that isn't that apparent at first, but caramel and biscuit flavors are revealed as it warms. Light for an IPA, seems to lean towards APA territory. Pleasant but nothing really stands out here. From the name, I was hoping it was a reference to availability of more "herbal" dank flavors in Colorado, but guess it was more literally they moved shop to Colorado.

Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $3.49. Good thing this was cheap because this was one of the most boring IPA's I have had in recent memory. Standard orange appearance, looks just fine. Aroma is muted hops and just mediocre. Flavor is not hoppy at all just boring and mediocre malts. So middle of the road, why even bother? Please send this beer back to Utah and take Colorado out of the name, this does not represent our state well at all.

Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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 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 Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -38.6%
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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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.