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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 651
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 28.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.89/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a decent beer poured this into my trusty pint glass. Golden color with minimal head tastes all around delicious and very crisp again for me a long winters day this one hits the spot in hoping that spring is around the corner. Sam Adams just keeps making beer i like

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/25/14 after bowling (535 series...yay!). Best By: June, 2014 on side of label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer coolor and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow in color with small streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Close to a 1-finger white head that lasts a while and some lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of grains with a light floral hint with some spice as well. The taste is about the same with sweet grain at the front followed up with a light fruit/floral finish. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great beer from Sam Adams, how they keep doing it I just don't know. This offering pours out a great thick head with very good lacing, although I really am not a huge fan of cloudy beers. The odor was interesting if not enjoyable mix of fruit and yeast. This was by far the most outstanding mouthfeel I have had to date - incredible smoothness, very crisp and very light. The mix of half-ale half-lager works extremely well - much more so than what I expected. In short, the brew delivers on its promise as I downed a couple on a cold winter's night looking forward to warmer, summer days.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) is a unique brew in that its somewhat of a fusion between ale and lager, in no particular order. Poured from the bottle in a glass, this boasts an AWESOME head and complimentary lacing through and through. I'm very impressed!

This brew has a superb roasted malt flavor with a dash of caramel. There is a teeny tiny bit of fruit due to the brew's ale aspects. Lovin' it here, folks!

As far as the mouthfeel is concerned, it stays VERY fresh,lively, and crisp throughout. Again, I feel this is a big plus

Overall, a well deserved 4.5. For a fusion of two bonafide styles, ale and lager, this brew did a knockout job of integrating the very best of both worlds! I will certainly buy this brew again. TAKE AN ESCAPE, YOU DESERVE IT!

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Photo of beagle75
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Caj1
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a permanent white head and hazy orange gold color. Aroma is clean, grainy and vinous with a subtle noble hop character. Flavor is delicate and balanced between clean pilsner malts and floral hop notes. Overall a delicious and easy summer brew.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.0% abv.

Appearance- Pours an extremely cloudy dull apricot color with a two finger head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Quite grainy in aroma with a bread like sweetness that shines through. Very crisp and floral as well.

Taste- Very grainy, barely and corn. Also tastes of lightly toasted biscuits with a touch of honey. Sweet from all ends but not too sweet. The graininess masks some of the hop bitterness with comes through towards the end although minimal to begin with.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium. Very crisp and refreshing. Drinkable any time.

Overall- Very agreeable beer and easy drinking for anyone. This is a very pleasing style, and Sam Adams tackled the kolsch well. A beer for all seasons to be had here.

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Photo of fx20736
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, May 9, 2014. Poured into a pint, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy apricot ambher with a thin offwhite head. scare lacing.

smell: orchard fruity atop whitebread

taste: slightly delicate, faintly floral, a touch fruity.

mouthfeel: good.

overall: a nice little beer, just wondering if a Kolsch should be slightly crisper?

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gear54
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass

Clear and light yellow with thin white foam and whispy lace left behind. Plenty of carbonation for the style.

Beer is light and airy with a crisp finish. Nice summer beer with refreshing lime and honey sweetness. Hops and malts balance well.

Solid relieve from Boston Beer

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am relatively new to the Kolsch style, but so far I have only been impressed by one (Coast 32/50). Sam always seems to put a decent interpretation forward, so here we go...

Pours in to a fluted glass with a slightly hazy, chilled golden color. Less clarity than I anticipated. The short-lived head of white foam recedes to a small ribbon of lithe lacing. The aroma is relatively simple, consisting of a honey-like fragrance, floral hop notes and little lemon citrus. Altogether, it reminds me a little of summer time and makes me yearn for warmer weather. The first sip brings a bright, vibrant flavor of cracker-like malts, with a nice balance of citrus hop bitterness. A little milled grain lingers in the finish. Medium bodied, with a little more heartiness than I expected. Still, it's exceptionally crisp and clean. Spritzy carbonation adds a little zest. This is a fantastic palate cleanser that stands in nicely any time you're tired of the mega-brews that we beer advocates tend to gravitate to. It may have just earned a place in my fridge when I'm looking for a good Kolsch.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of raznug
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a golden color and is topped with the whitest head that I believe I have ever seen.
Smell: The aroma of yeast is about all that I can smell being the Kolsch style it is right on par.
Taste: Clean crisp with a slight yeast flavor is all that I can taste good beer for the style.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, easy to drink and clean just like a Kolsch should be.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Escape Route brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy light amber color, with a nice white head. Escape Route is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. The smell is rich with flavor, grains and, malts. You also pick up on a sweetness in this brew brew. The taste is nice, you pick up a hit of citrus, grains, and malts. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5

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Photo of bradb717
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised this isn't getting more love.
Now I should also mention I am partial to Kolsch beers in general.
And this has been a particularly sad winter in Ohio the smell reminds me
of times when I can actually go outside and watch baseball or something.
Anyway I thought it was a decent offering from Sam Adams.
The fruit notes were faint, but the finish was nice and smooth.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed as an "escape from winter", this rather unusual winter Kolsch (normally a summer brew) should give some interesting results. Time for a pour...

Appearance : hazy lemon yellow color and I can already smell the lemon zest. The head is three fingers and quite fluffy. Moderate Lacing is left behind.

Aroma : yeast, bread dough, lemon, orange, fresh green grape, snicker salad. This is most definitely spot on to the German-Belgian style beers.

Flavor : very bold in its hop presence but an equally strong yeast balances it out to leave a malty and lightly sharp overall feel. Within the body is fruit - grape, cocktail cherry, orange. Light banana peel. Ends with a sharp yeast and hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel : creamy, zippy, medium bodied.

Overall : This is a nice escape from the winter blues. I don't know how I'd rate it against a typical summer Kolsch but perhaps they pull their summer Kolsch and market this winter version 4 months out of the year. Perhaps there is a difference and I'm not savvy enough to discern it. It is a nice beer and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a June 2014 expiration date. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

The pour looks like a good Kolsch should with a golden yellow tone, active carbonation, and a big fizzy white head that eventually becomes a ring but never disappears entirely.

The aroma has a definite grainy character up front with citrus and grass on near even keel.

Light, smooth, and refreshing body.

The is in the Sam Adams spring pack but it should be in the summer pack because it feels more like a summer beer. Lots of grain in the taste with a lemongrass character to lighten it up a tad.

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Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden apricot color, clear with a fairly substantial soft off white head.

S: Light malt scents as well as a dry white wine smell, or perhaps even a little bit of champagne. Light and clean with a mild fruitiness. No hop character coming through the aroma though.

T: Bread and honey, perhaps with some dried fruit coming in the middle. There is a touch of herbal hops rounding out the finish, with a lager like ending.

M: Medium light in body, crisp with just a little bite from the hops and carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable, a good easy drinking summer beer that packs a little more flavor than your standard fare.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the Sam Adams spring sampler pack recently, mainly because it had 2 new beers in it I had never drank before, one of which is this beer. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my stange glasses, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color with lots of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. The white head is probably about 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling pretty quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with some decent cluster swirls of surface film layer foam. barely any lacing. Aromas of grainy, bready, slightly biscuity malt along with some floral aspects too. Not much else smell wise. Has a slightly sweet, bready, grainy, biscuity caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to some fruity citrus notes, notes of honey and wheat, and a very slight touch of hop bitterness. The flavors are very well balanced, and do all come out more as the beer sits and warms up a bit. Not bad. Has a crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Finishes clean. An interesting take on this style and certainly different from the other kolsch beer that these guys have done.


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Photo of zac16125
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: July 2014

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with less than half a fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves only small patches of lacing.

S: Fruity esters, hay, sweet wheat like notes, subtle hop spice and some malt sweetness. Nice nose for the style.

T: Pretty sweet, wheat like notes, subtle citrus crispness, German hop characters, a bit adjunct-y but overall a nice palate profile for the style.

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, heavier and not as crips as others in the style. Drinkability is average.

O: Pretty good for the style. I'm spoiled, as arguably the best Kolsch brewed is right in my back yard at COAST and I enjoy it on a regular basis. This one pales in comparison, but is still definitely worthy of a drink.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, deep gold with swirling particulates (probably due to being 3 months past best by.... date) producing a full 2 fingers of shortlived, foamy, beige head that leaves a thin wash & weak ring of lace. Aroma is fruity with grain, pale malts, lemon, grass & yeast. Taste is grain, cracker & biscuit hints; lemony citrus & grassy hop notes with a peppery, bittersweet finish that gravitates to a dry lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy with an oily finish, prickly in the latter half of the sip with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for a hot day. Has the smell of grass or grain with a touch of sweetness. Honey? Taste is the same but a bit more hoppy. Really crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold colored body with a good white head with a faint bit of cloudiness. Warm, toasted grain aroma; some fruity esters; mild grape juice. Light biscuit flavor with a low-key hop bitterness. Medium bodied; softly effervescent; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A nicely done kölsch-styled beer. Light and airy with a respectable mild grain and fruity note to the scent and flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty impressive and rounds out the overall character nicely. Easy drinking and satisfying.

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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.