Escape To Colorado - Epic Brewing Company

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 77
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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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 guityler83
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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 Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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 Act25
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of brockg
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Photo of Lou22
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of D9sus4
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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 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 hoppytobehere
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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...

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 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 JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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 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 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 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 Jethro6191
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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 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 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.

Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.