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

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462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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 lucasj82
3/5  rDev -11.8%

lucasj82, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Hopswagger
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: A slightly cloudy, effervescent, pale golden body with a massive cap of creamy white froth. Great retention on the head. It stays put through the entire session.

S: Pilsner malt, mineral water, faint cinnamon, lime leaves, cantaloup, some skunkiness, hints of white grapes and honey.

T/M: Taste is similar to mineral water with hops added. Fuji apples, drying bitter fruit peel, pears, dry straw, cereal grain and metal. Scorched grains in the dry finish and a crisp body. Dry white wine similarity surrounded by grains.

O: Crisp and clean but seems very bland and lacking flavor. I'm a novice of this style but I can tell it might not be for me. Given that I am trying to base my review on the style critics rather than my personal taste preference. I could drink this again but not one I will seek out. All in all a good brew.

Hopswagger, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Jazar
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Jazar, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of karabearaesquire
3/5  rDev -11.8%

karabearaesquire, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams Escape Route yesterday for $7.99 at Meijers. I saw this new limited release from Samuel Adams on the shelf and I decided to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Notched best by June. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it looks pretty standard for Samuel Adams, I thought they might do something different for a limited release, but they didn't. It poured a hazy looking golden color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing. This was an ok looking beer, but it wasn't as pale and clear as I would expect from a Kolsch.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up imparting a very grain, bready, and pale malt like aromas. Up next comes some doughy and fruity yeast aromas with some hops showing up towards the end and imparting an earthy and slightly spicy hop aroma. The aroma was nice and fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by all the malt aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that doughy and fruity yeast that seems to be pretty balanced and works well with this beer. On the finish there's a light earthy and slightly spicy hop flavor with some grainy, bready, and light spicy hops in the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Kolsch and I though it was pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I thought it was just a little thick for the style.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty standard and fairly true to style example of the style, it had most of those Kolsch qualitys that I look for and there didn't seem to be any off flavors or aromas. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not too filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these, but it's not really something I would drink a lot of in the winter time. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were the highlights of this beer and they seemed to fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but I thought it was a little thicker then it should be. I might buy this beer again when it gets warmer, but chances are since it's a limited release it won't be around, but the label says it's good til June so if i see some around when it's warmer I might pick up a six pack. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Kolsch's. All in all I thought this was a pretty solid Kolsch, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought it was pretty drinkable as it should be. Good job Samuel Adams, this was another solid session beer, keep up the solid work.

StoutHunter, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of CreekyJarls
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

CreekyJarls, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of jslice99
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

jslice99, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a dark golden to amber color, with a light bubbly head.

Smell - It smells like a fruity wheat beer.

Taste - It is like the smell, with some citrusy bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - It is good-bodied beer, with good carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty decent beer.

Captain_Komamura, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Chucker17, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

THECPJ, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of craigdb
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

craigdb, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

foghornleghorn22, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

WDJersey, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

timmy2b, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

ninaturner, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

gregu2, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the spring beer 12 pack, this beer is a hazy golden color with a thick and firm white head. The aroma is clean, with some light pale malt flavors, a bit of fruit (peach?) and some very distant herbal hops. Nice, but nothing outstanding. The flavor is balanced, with a soft malt foretaste and a little more assertively prominent hop bitterness than I expected for the style. In fact, a little spiciness due to the hops comes out at this finish. The body is at the low end-of medium, with an easy smoothness. Good, but not great.

Suds, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mayerale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

mayerale, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Ctruskey
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Ctruskey, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of Noble hops, funky yeast, citrus fruit and pale malt. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, herbal hops, citrus fruit and some salt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and somewhat salty. Nice, refreshing, session Gose like brew.

mikeg67, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

JohneHoodlum, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of WKrieger
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

WKrieger, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a bright rustic orange color with a white finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Spotty streaks of lace with fair stick.

Smell - Strong bready aroma, backed by lighter notes of caramel. Mild grain and grassiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong bready character, backed by lesser notes of caramel and a moderately spicy, grassy hop bite. Fair citrus notes. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Crisp, drying finish.

Overall - A decent kolsch. Falls in line with most Sam Adams beers: safe, balanced... and average.

TheSixthRing, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Erex91
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow coloration with a strong head that dissipates after the first couple of sips.

Smell: Wheat. Malt. Very slight spice, almost not worth mentioning.

Taste: Bread like. Lighter. Not too much flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel: Definitely sticks in the mouth and leaves an aftertaste that is not pleasant but not unpleasant.

Overall: I got this beer in a variety pack. The beer is just OK. Nothing special nothing terrible. I most likely would not purchase this beer again however I would not turn one down if offered to me.

Erex91, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Modernrickk
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Modernrickk, Jan 17, 2014
Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.