Samuel Adams Escape Route - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Caj1:
4.06/5 rDev +19.1%
I really like the idea of seasonal transition beers; I like being able to get the best of both worlds when it comes to seasonal brews, and now finally we're getting into spring, and the days of the dark, heavy, meal in a bottle beer are coming to an end once again. And so, being the Samuel Adams sucker that I am, I see yet another "limited release" and get all giddy with excitement at my crappy local supermarket beer case.
Keeping the seasonal transition motif in mind, the BBC has cleared out an escape route from the wintry mountains into the sunny valley with this beer. It has a very nice crispness and drinkability while still retaining a nice ale feel. Appearance is fairly standard for an unfiltered ale(?): hazy golden-yellow with plenty of head that sticks around for a while. Moderate lacing sticks to the side of the glass.
Smell is underwhelming, not much going on here but bready notes, a little bit of fruit, and that's it. However, this tastes a lot nicer than it smells. A nice fruitiness hits the tongue first, and then afterward you can really taste the sweetness of the beer itself; it's subtle, not cloying, but helps to bring some extra depth to the party, tempering the fruity, over-bready character the beer would otherwise have. There is just a subtle hint of hops at the beginning and the end; some ghostly bitter and aromatic notes give way to fruit and crisp sweetness, and then it's back to a subtle earthiness and hoppy oiliness on the back of the tongue to round out the flavor profile. I also really have to stress how clean this beer is flavor-wise.
Mouthfeel is best of both worlds. The beer is very light, crisp and refreshing, but full-bodied at the same time, and would go just as well in the summer as it would in the winter.
My only real complaints are smell and hops, which sort of go together. This beer would benefit from a bit more hop character, but the beer is already quite good, so I'm not going to dock many points. Some extra bitterness and hop aromatics would really go far to help this beer reach through the next plateau, but as it stands this is a a very nice change of pace, and can be a sipping beer or a slamming beer, whatever the situation calls for.
I haven't had many beers that straddle the edge between full-bodied ale and crisp, refreshing lager like this one does. For its flaws, it does the job that it sets out to do, and I have to give props to the brewers for that.
To good health and good all-season beer.
03-24-2014 04:47:27 | More by Caj1
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, hazy, gold in color
Smell: wheat and honey
Taste: honey, orange, and cracker dominate
Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, high carbonation
Overall: A nice, sessionable, and clean kolsch. Feels like a good summer brew. Could easily put away several of these.
01-27-2014 13:36:05 | More by tigg924
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head, no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Grassy earthy notes with a hint of cloves.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of wheat, malt, hops, some hints of cloves and citrus.
Overall: Another good brew from Samuel Adams.
03-04-2014 22:51:30 | More by Cavanaghty
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. Best before July 2014
Pours a very clear pale golden color. About a fingers worth of white. Decent looking lacing and head retention, lots of streaming carbonation.
Smells more like a lager than anything which I suppose is what a kolsch is going for. Minerals, just slightly metallic, hints of cereal like grains.
Very similar to the aroma, starts off very bright and crisp. mineral water, like you would find in a lager, just a bit of grain, finishes with the slightest fruity ester that let's you know your still drinking an ale.
Super crisp, high amount of carbonation, light bodied, and refreshing. A super drinkable, sessionable beer.
Pretty spot on to style, which it doesn't surprise me that this would be a style Sam Adams can nail. I'd drink this again if I found it dirt cheap for a sizer, preferably in the summer.
02-24-2014 23:01:20 | More by dogfishandi
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured into becker pint glass; my stange is back at school.
Golden yellow, clear, with a big fluffy white head that fades after a few minutes into a nice ring of foam.
Smells like a kolsch; slightly vinous, crackery malt, crisp and clean. Relatively simple.
Taste is the same; crisp, clean cracker malt, with crisp vinous flavors and light fruitiness, and a hint of belgian-like yeasty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
Overall, I've had better but this is a nice kolsch. It has that "generic" malt flavor that seems to plague lots of SA's beers, but it's still tasty.
02-22-2014 04:06:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
This beer is muddled, quite hazed with sediment but still fairly bright, making it a dark burnished gold color. The whitish head is soft and bubbly and reduces to a foamy layer that drops moderate lacing.
The smell has lots of sweetness and fruit in it at first, some of that giving way to herb and a more appropriate vinous note I didn't get initially. It takes time to warm, but it comes together better when it does. Some herb and dry leaf hold back the fruity esters and the grains, which start off with some roast but end up toasty.
The taste is mostly grainy and doesn't lose the fruits the way the nose does, including soft white flesh as well as a slight tartness. The vinous dryness and leaf does come out, but not as thoroughly as it should. The toasted grains are an overtone from just after the beginning of each sip into the finish.
The body is almost medium but has a thickness to it that doesn't work as well for this style as a nice, bright, light-bodied crispness would. Crispness has trouble taking hold, though it remains lightly all the way through, as the sweetness ends up beinga bit too cloying on the palate.
02-14-2014 14:04:04 | More by Brenden
3.59/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance - Pours a bright rustic orange color with a white finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Spotty streaks of lace with fair stick.
Smell - Strong bready aroma, backed by lighter notes of caramel. Mild grain and grassiness.
Taste - Follows the nose. Strong bready character, backed by lesser notes of caramel and a moderately spicy, grassy hop bite. Fair citrus notes. Finishes much the same.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Crisp, drying finish.
Overall - A decent kolsch. Falls in line with most Sam Adams beers: safe, balanced... and average.
01-18-2014 04:24:14 | More by TheSixthRing
Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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