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Escape To Colorado | Epic Brewing Company

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Escape To ColoradoEscape To Colorado

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 482
Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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.....

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 .

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good hoppy aromas, not too piny but floral and citrusy. Flavor was very much like a hoppy pils. The body was barely there with a hint of wheat and the hop presence had lots of nectar with spiciness. The appearance was even slightly hazy and very pale like a wheat. Good head retention and lacing. I don't know what to think of this beer. Is it an IPA or a Lager?

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden hue with active carbonation, frothy head that sticks to the glass in big soapy patches.

S: Faint orange, lemon citrus scents with a hint of pine. Missing that full aroma I would expect and seems like an after thought.

T: Short burst of dank, piney flavor with relief from citrus hops that come on and break up the initial hop blast. Malt and biscuit sweetness are there in the end, but get a little lost in the shuffle.

M: Carbonation is bright and refreshing and counters the oily, resin bitterness of the hops. Slight drying effect, but the carbonation helps lighten. Overall, a light to medium bodied beer.

O: It's interesting where this beer excels - appearance, mouthfeel - but where it disappoints - smell. Taste is good, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of jlazerus
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked this better than the Imperial IPA from Epic.

Golden yellow, bright white head (1/4 inch or so) and lots of lacing. Very nice. Points off for residual yeast cloud in the bottle.

Hoppy aroma, it smells like a beer ought to! Pleasant to boot.

Piney hop front end ike the great west coast IPAs that I love. Fresh and not bitter. Astringent. The big front end flavor dissipates a little too quickly: I drank about half a glass before the aftertaste started sticking to my palate. Nothing unpleasant, just sort of a ghost bitterness that doesn't linger. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel was okay but nothing to get really excited about.

Overall, I enjoyed this thoroughly. Had that floral/pine hoppiness that I crave in abundance. Bonus points for the name! As a former Utahan and current Coloradan I found this to be most amusing!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty quick rating while watching the msu game. Bought bomber at Southmoor Liquor and poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Lots of unfiltered pieces at the bottom of the bottle. Very hazy yellow colored beer. Head is pure white head with pretty good retention and specks of lacing. Tons of mango fruitiness (I don't I've ever smelt so much mango in a beer before). Other smells consist of grassy hops and pale malts.

T&M: Tastes more like a light pale to me. Not as much fruitiness as the smell would lead you to believe. The grassy/earthy hops are much more prevalent. Quite dry and clean in the finish.

Overall: Not bad, pretty interest and unique. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'm not upset about the purchase especially at the price (just above $4 for 22oz after taxes).

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Photo of Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
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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Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours beigish with a white head. Aroma offers a nice sampling of mosaic hops giving off some sweet fruitiness (grapes, papaya, kiwi) to go along with a decent dose of resinous hopes, and a bit of a toasted breadiness. Flavor follows suite. A crisp, active lighter medium mouthfeel. Overall, decent. Pretty straightfoward and simple (which I expected with it being in their most basic series), but a nice solid drinkable IPA, especially for fans of Mosaic hops. This kinda reminded me of a what New Belgium's Rampant could have been had NB done a better job with it.

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Photo of mentor
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger yellowed head over a hazed light golden liquid. Smells green onion/wild garlic cheesy, lemony, dank piney, baby aspirin. Yuck, these hops sat on the bine too long at harvest and got nasty. If you are the brewer and don't understand this, drop me a note.

Tastes dank pine, dank onion garlic, bright lemony. Baby aspirin, orange, cheesy hop that will only worsen very quickly. Astringent hop sour and bitter. Supporting malt sweet is right if the beer had been well-made, but these hops blast over everything. I think some esters are present, but lost under the hop brutal. Astringent finish, medium in the mouth, medium carbonation. Overall, meh.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Awful clarity. Chunks. Cloudy. Orange. Extremely Large doughy head; soapy, good retention, nice lacing.

Smells like iced tea. Very light aroma. Pine needles, floral, bubble gum...

Light and crisp. Earthy, dry, Good closure on this brew. Starts wet and earthy and ends nicely bitter and well blended. Brew rounds out nicely with medium carbonation. A bit spongy, chewy, and unfinished.

A recommended brew for $4/22oz., but comes out too light bodied and missing flavors, especially for owning a 6.2% abv. Very lackluster. A good entry level IPA.

Expected more.

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.