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Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 402
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 76 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 402
Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

not bad, but the hop flavors are overly muted and the biscuit-y malt backbone is too much. tastes more like an English pale ale than an IPA. easy to drink, but not much dimension. (179 characters)

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. (1,325 characters)

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. (628 characters)

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... (422 characters)

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. (235 characters)

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. (256 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pretty good IPA. The Mosaic hops provide an array of flavor experiences, though none of them are that intense. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a hint of orange. Big white head with good retention and several bands of lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is more of the same, mangos, tangerines, lemon zest but there is also a vegetal quality that others picked up as well. When I first noticed it, I thought there was some Summit hops going on here. Thankfully, it was just a transitory flavor. Summit hops ruin a beer for me. I would like stronger flavor and more intense bitterness, but the variety of flavors were enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a bit light but still somewhat crisp and refreshing. THe bitterness could be stronger but overall a very pleasant sensation.

I would drink this one again. (842 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (773 characters)

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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.93/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | 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. (238 characters)

Photo of Jethro6191
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a thin, dense white head that quickly disapates. Some lacing. Malt, bread, and subtle citrus aromas. The flavor is sweet and fruity with very little bitterness. Blood orange, grapefruit, melon, and papaya notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat flat. Light to medium body with a low carbonation level, almost cask like. There is a lingering fruitiness that lingers at the finish. Very good flavor, but lacking some bitterness to balance out the sweetness. (482 characters)

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. (1,191 characters)

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. (703 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (3,503 characters)

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. (2,270 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2nd time having this. why is there so much freakin' CRAP suspended in this? large pieces literally suspended, not moving, in the beer. diarrhea, here I come..... (161 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Servign Type - Can

Appearance - Straw yellow, with a 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral hops, orange, pineapple, some spices. A grassy note along with some bready malts.

Taste - Much like the aroma, Light floral hops with a mild malt backbone. Each fruit that's noticed, is very mild and almost, watered down in flavor. Some spices along with light sweetness adds a much need boast of flavor. A bready/toasty note comes in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light hops with some added spices coats the tongue. Palate gets more floral fruits with a touch of bready malts. Aftertaste is mild floral fruits, and a little weak/watery.

Overall - As a aipa, this is ok. As a session ipa pretty good. All the flavors are light and a little weak. Still, this is tasty and enjoyable, but its almost like a light-ipa. Theres not much here to ever bring me back to this beer but it might be a great starter for a rookie ipa drinker. (935 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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 (845 characters)

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. (565 characters)

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 (266 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Trying out escape to Colorado on what seems to be the first run of cans to hit LA

Looks a little ugly when poured out of the can- very thin white head that disappears quickly. Golden in color that seems to glow a bit when held up to the light

Aroma is of fine malts with mosaic in the background. Very enjoyable. Both in a glass or in the can. Dank aroma seeps out of the can right away.

Tastes like hop water. There was more malts in the aroma than the actual taste. Fruity hops up front with a splash of freshwater. Missing the earthiness here

Mouthfeel is rather thin like a session IPA - kinda just goes down easy for the abv. Light body and crisp but not very refreshing

Overall I found that this beer was way better even when it was at room temp. I guess that's why it's in a can - just put it in the back pack and this beer rocks when far away from home. I also cooled this beer down to the Max and all the flavors were masked - pricey as the six pack ended up costing me 13 bucks . (998 characters)

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