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

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BA SCORE
78
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418 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 4
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 6/2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grass and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:52:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

01-31-2014 23:13:45 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-02-2014 14:33:29 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-04-2014 23:47:31 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a small-sized, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a crisped, softly toasted grains and modest notes of lemon and herb.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Low grape note. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the near-crisp finish with a light, lingering grain undertone.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Along the lines of their East-West Kolsch, minus the East. A surprising amount of relatively light offerings in this year's Winter pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:17:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-28-2014 02:43:07 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

No need for an escape route from this graduation party, but I'll take the namesake beer. It pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, mild white wine grapes, hard water, and a touch of dark greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread and hard water taking firm command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a decent enough kolsch, but it's not something I plan on having again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 14:35:12 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-16-2014 12:24:12 | More by zeff80
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then some mild malt sweetness follows along with a decent hops presence to create some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth pounding down for a while if your options are a bit limited.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:15:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-18-2014 20:13:23 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10%

01-02-2014 20:24:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-10-2014 00:07:28 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-27-2014 04:08:51 | More by SocalKicks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at wegmans enjoyed chilled in a mug from the brown 12oz dated enjoy by June.

The color is a pale golden shade with thick three finger white head with small bead, lace clings in a sheet while retention is good. The smell is faintly floral perhaps mixed with slight citrus zest with mild pilsner malt aroma. The feel is good with moderate spice and mostly clean yeast with a mild sweetness and moderate carbonation with dry finish.

the taste is good with some hop flavor up front more on the herbal side with a mellow spiciness combined with mild toasted malt which has a gentle cracker-like taste with low sweetness. The yeast supports the hops with a clean flavor in general and adds a nice dry quality as it finishes. The flavor was interesting enough for me to enjoy the full glass and want more. I like the treatment and while I don't think it is the best example of the style it is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 00:32:10 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a decent fizzy slight creamy 1/2 finger head, a little small but retains well, decent lacing, hazy slight yeast sediment lighter peach orange colored.

Nose is actually kinda meh, an herbal like hop jumps out front, mild mossy grassy earthy note too, a hint of a sweet caramel note, touch grainy. Almost alt-beer like not really Kolsch.

Taste starts with grainy malts, a little toasty and a little corn stalk like, but light. Then herbal hops, little mossy and earthy, mild bitterness. Soft feel at least, almost lager like soft and crisp which is at least one good thing from the Kolsch. Finish is fairly dry but a little sticky, crisp but soft and a little mineral note, mild fruity flavor too, malt juice, and a little herbal earthy hop.

Mouth is softer and a bit lighter bod, decent carb, fluffy carb.

Overall meh, not one of Sam Adam's best beers, just a little Kolsch like notes, hops are not quite where they should be for a Kolsch, malts are OK at least, and it has a nice soft slight crisp feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 01:12:50 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

01-25-2014 21:08:57 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich yellow color in the Timmermans tall goblet. Mouthfeel is kind of oily and suprising for a Kölsch style. I wouldn't call it crisp. While there is a touch of

Rather rich with a tart edge. There is a touch of lemon, but it's more like pudding flavor. I think of shortbread. Rather sweet and the sugary taste doesn't let up from start to finish. Lots of malt with very clean flavors. Faint hops that lack the perfumey peculiarity of the German style. Just a touch of bitterness. This is all very well made, it's just hard to place what this is in the world of beers.

Overall this is quite a drinkable light ale, but not my idea of a Kölsch. Less refreshing than a chewy and malty brew. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 06:21:56 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by July notched on label:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a foamy white head.

The smell is of grain with some floral/earthy spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain followed by floral dryness in the finish.

Smooth and crisp.

A nice, refreshing Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 19:21:16 | More by jwc215
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10%

03-15-2014 20:10:35 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2014 19:47:22 | More by weeare138
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light lemon nose, flavor is a lemony grain with light bitterness. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH. Best by 6/2014.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:29:59 | More by jdhilt
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

02-11-2014 22:07:45 | More by ejimhof
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-11-2014 19:55:34 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.