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

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

dogfishandi, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -11.8%

JohnK17, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of xoxirishrose
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Very pale in color, high degree of clarity
S- bland like a lot of lagers, subtle citrus notes
T-Bright and crisp, slight bitterness but overall the sweetness of the malts and citrus shine through.
M-light in feel and carbonation
O- Escape Route is a good beer for its category. Its crisp brightness and hoppy bitterness does what it advertises: gets you through the remainder of winter. It is also very drinkable; it a more bitter, complex drinkin' beer. It has a very light build and its fruit notes might make it a bit more suited for a summer brew. Overall, though, it was a good, solid beer.

xoxirishrose, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of stella77artois
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

stella77artois, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of dpgoblejr
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lightly orange and mostly clear with a fine torrent of rising bubbles and a very creamy head that left sheets of lace after each sip.

Aroma and taste were grassy, grainy, bready, with both a touch of sweetness and a hint of dryness. Hops are light but ample for the style. Body is light, yet chewy and very drinkable.

It's not the best kolsch I've had but it's still tasty beer, and I enjoyed it.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of BrianCuoz
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

BrianCuoz, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thus beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and really sweet pilsner mats with some grassy noble hops.

Taste: The pilsner malts are a bit sweeter than bready and there is some grassy hops and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, chewy, a little crisp, light, medium carbonation, and a little dry.

Overall: Pretty average kolsch. There are better alternatives out there folks. Bitterness lasts longer than most other kolschs and there is too much sweetness.

Flounder57, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of 1mrbeer
3/5  rDev -11.8%

1mrbeer, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of heerboth
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

heerboth, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Danno48, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ifixufly
4/5  rDev +17.6%

ifixufly, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -11.8%

ZEB89, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of bradb717
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

bradb717, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of mikecampbell411
3/5  rDev -11.8%

mikecampbell411, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Boverhof3
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Boverhof3, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of longisland1983
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

longisland1983, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

abeeronthebeach, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Jason, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

SicemWT, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Bierwolf
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle served in a Kölsch style glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with decent foam that does dissipate fairly quickly but leaves some thin lacing. Fair carbonation. Something weird was descending from the head into the main beer body that left a cloudiness that was unappealing to look at.

Smell: Fruit, apples, floral.

Taste: Mostly a mild hop flavor with a little sweetness.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied,kind of oily with average carbonation. The finish lasted a bit.

Overall: Overall this is not a favorite beer. The appearance I wrote of was disturbing. The flavor was ok and actually for a Sam Adams it was disappointing. This is my taste and opinion and anyone who reads this should draw their own conclusion.

Bierwolf, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of RVigz
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

RVigz, Feb 17, 2014
Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.