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

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325 Ratings

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.37%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014)
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Reviews by barczar:
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3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Grain, lemon, and earthy hops form the aroma.

Grain and lightly bready malt form the backbone of the flavor profile, with an accompanying lemon note that dissipates in the earthy, dry finish.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation. There's a bit of harshness in the finish.

Very drinkable beer, but there's just not much character. Not offensive, but eh.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:08:28 | More by barczar
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-16-2014 02:08:01 | More by Sebas
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to May 2014.

Has a light citrus fragrance with a hint of meadow grass. Pours clear orange body with short lasting white head. Nice lacing of glass. Crisply carbonated. An acidic and slightly sweet taste. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:08:12 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-14-2014 12:39:23 | More by tmaury
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-14-2014 00:47:11 | More by rtcjny
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3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, an average Kolsch, with no outstanding aspects.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:25:28 | More by Tone
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-13-2014 20:00:08 | More by marmstrong1212
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3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy, golden-orange hue with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles, lighter carbonation and minimal lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, some citrus, a little bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, some citrus and a very mild hop profile, everything subtle and understated, not much going on here.

PALATE: lighter body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer that would not offend or impress anyone. A good Fourth of July beer to serve to people who do not necessarily like craft beer. I will probably not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:44:15 | More by HoppyBastard
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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger fluffy head, some carbonation.

S-Malt, lots of it, straw, orange and banana.

T-Rather malty, lots of straw and wheat, slightly artificial lemon.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated, could be more crisp though.

O-A boring beer, more of a summer beer than a spring beer. As it warms the beer starts going down hill quickly

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:17:17 | More by rlee1390
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-12-2014 16:58:21 | More by Mlawrence
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3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready malt, yeast ester, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice kolsch style! All around good balance and robustness of malt, yeast ester, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 01:00:52 | More by superspak
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-11-2014 00:41:46 | More by mpalestino
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-10-2014 23:58:06 | More by djaeon
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-09-2014 23:55:30 | More by fishguyac
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

04-09-2014 23:29:31 | More by brandoncun
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-09-2014 13:37:50 | More by williahd
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4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden orange body. Held to light a bright yellow gold shines up the glass. A finger of white foamy head is misty as well and fogs nicely. Head could benefit from a better lifespan, but the brilliance of color is intriguing.

S-Field grains. Pilsner like. Berries. Perfume-y. Not too much more, but still sniffable. Plum I swear in there.

T-Instant malt bill crashes and washes like a wave. Toasted corn, sweet barley. Lemon. Pie crust. Grains dominate taste. Questionable plum. Will have to drink again.

M-Medium low body. Medium low carbonation sizzles. Nice sweet start leads to clouds of malt in the middle ending with a pleasing bitter chalky medicinal feel. Smooth, refreshing and the palate is left wet to boost.

O-Great offering from Sam Adams. Not too many kolsch offerings in the states so Escape Route is welcoming. I miss Goose Island-Summertime which was memorable. If anything Escape Route will encourage one to order foreign online or visit the birthplace of kolsch for the purest style taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:56:20 | More by shacawgo24
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3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Light gold/yellow color with one finger of foamy white head, no lacing.
S - Bread, lots of weird yeast, a little spice?
T - Bread, bread, light melon, a hint of apple, dandelion? Idk I cant pick out anything special in this beer, a little touch of spice in the end. Ohh and more bread. Lots of lager kinda traits in this.
M - Medium feel, nothing memorable, decent carbonation, and smooth.
O - Not really the best Kolsch, and exhibits lager qualities, but is just overall single noted and kinda bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:45:39 | More by Omnium
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-07-2014 12:17:41 | More by GOBLIN
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-06-2014 19:47:22 | More by weeare138
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4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with an initial abundance of white foam head that collapses to a persistent cap. Fine but heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: White flour is enhanced by the presence of nuanced nectarine and melon-like yeast esters. A trace of mineral sulfur is also immediately present.

T: Begins almost dry, with layered pale malts that simultaneously yield unctuous cake and mild toast. Mixed fruit is very estery into the middle although tasted acidity is largely absent. Ripe peach fruit is identifiable in the otherwise soft finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a bold American-brewed kolsch that is full-bodied and heavy on yeast qualities. Pilsner malts provide needed contrast, keeping other qualities from becoming too heavy. Minimalist hops stay off the radar, although they are not really missed here. While refreshing on its own, this beer is far from being an afterthought and holds up to foods well.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:41:47 | More by beagle75
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-05-2014 20:37:56 | More by jordanmckell
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-05-2014 20:09:12 | More by boku56
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, light orange coloring, cloudy visibility, with a heavy helping mixture of both macro-micro effervesce. Dull, sea-shell white coloring head, dense, foamy nature, sits about an inch high with a regular pour, is relatively lasting with a heavy handed coating of lace.

S: Fruity aroma of green melon and lemons, fresh dough, wheat and smells similar to thier cold snap or a wit then a kolsch. Light musky lemon trail.

T: Flavor was fruity, some light musky lemon-lime, green breakfast melon, fresh yeasty attributes of apricots and some orange-grapefruit notes. The flavor is very crisp and sharp, sweet grains with estery hints of pear-drop, apple-plums and a lightly dry, clean crisp finish.

M: Crisp, lightly dry and grainy mouthful.

O: Overall while more of hybrid then a traditional Kolsch, it adds some tart yeasty nature of a wit, with the crispness of a lager and ale. Drinkability is easy, cleany brewed with a light dry finish. Its a twist on a kolsch, with some added spice and flair.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:16:02 | More by beerthulhu
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-03-2014 01:37:47 | More by Kastler
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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.