Samuel Adams Escape Route - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.89/5 rDev +43.4%
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
02-06-2014 21:54:09 | More by yuenglingfan101
4.23/5 rDev +24%
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.
02-26-2014 03:38:56 | More by BeerWithMike
4.15/5 rDev +21.7%
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!
05-11-2014 19:13:35 | More by Caveworm
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
4.01/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
04-06-2014 19:41:47 | More by beagle75
4.01/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
04-08-2014 03:56:20 | More by shacawgo24
Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.