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Samuel Adams Escape Route - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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432 Ratings

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
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3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

A - Pours a hazy, nice light gold color, with a chalk white two-finger foamy head. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of noble hops, popcorn butter, and lemon zest.

T - Spicy hops forward. Esters of buttered crackers, and lemon-lime tartness in the mid-palate. Just a hint of hop flower in the aftertaste. Decently balanced. Flavors while not "bold" are assertive enough. This taste seems very familiar....

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. The slightly thicker body than expected goes a long way to improve the drinkability. Finishes crisp.

O - Hey....wait a minute...you can't fool me Sam Adams!! This tastes almost exactly like the old "Sam Adams Spring Ale". (I would not be surprised if it was the same recipe with a different label) Decent then, decent now. And much better than some of their "Spring" offerings in recent years.

01-31-2014 05:18:35 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

03-01-2014 03:56:51 | More by Brick93
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

02-17-2014 16:38:26 | More by npala86
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02-02-2014 22:45:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-23-2014 06:07:12 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3/5  rDev -12%

07-27-2014 04:57:55 | More by Doomcifer
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-18-2014 20:13:23 | More by Jason
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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
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

06-15-2014 14:25:36 | More by UCFKnight
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-02-2014 21:49:07 | More by dankjohn
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New York

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
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-07-2014 12:17:41 | More by GOBLIN
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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
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-23-2014 00:18:53 | More by BrianCuoz
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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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.

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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.