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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 648
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 jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a decent sized header which fades quickly, only bits of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell has a yeasty and grassy floral aroma, a lemony earthiness to it.

Taste starts with a touch of lemon zest with a hint of rind bitterness, clean dry finish with a fairly soft carbonation so it's not as crisp as it could be but it's also creamier than it should be too.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to May 2014.

Has a light citrus fragrance with a hint of meadow grass. Pours clear orange body with short lasting white head. Nice lacing of glass. Crisply carbonated. An acidic and slightly sweet taste. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, an average Kolsch, with no outstanding aspects.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy, golden-orange hue with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles, lighter carbonation and minimal lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, some citrus, a little bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, some citrus and a very mild hop profile, everything subtle and understated, not much going on here.

PALATE: lighter body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer that would not offend or impress anyone. A good Fourth of July beer to serve to people who do not necessarily like craft beer. I will probably not buy this one again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger fluffy head, some carbonation.

S-Malt, lots of it, straw, orange and banana.

T-Rather malty, lots of straw and wheat, slightly artificial lemon.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated, could be more crisp though.

O-A boring beer, more of a summer beer than a spring beer. As it warms the beer starts going down hill quickly

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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 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 Omnium
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Light gold/yellow color with one finger of foamy white head, no lacing.
S - Bread, lots of weird yeast, a little spice?
T - Bread, bread, light melon, a hint of apple, dandelion? Idk I cant pick out anything special in this beer, a little touch of spice in the end. Ohh and more bread. Lots of lager kinda traits in this.
M - Medium feel, nothing memorable, decent carbonation, and smooth.
O - Not really the best Kolsch, and exhibits lager qualities, but is just overall single noted and kinda bland.

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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 beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's escape route 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a slightly hazy golden color. a two finger bright white thick head. gives way to nice lacing. head ends up as a thin layer across the surface. carbonation looks good.

i don't really smell a whole lot here. some fruity assertiveness, with some yeast smells. followed by a light hoppy nose.

the taste starts with some rich malts, followed by a hoppy fruity floral taste. the after taste is pretty dry, however the taste is good. kind of like grapes.

the mouth feel is great. it clings to your palate. clean crisp and refreshing. light to medium bodied.

overall not bad, not bad at all. new to kolsch brews. so this is a first kolsch for me so i have nothing to compare it to. i would buy this again. however i bet there are better kolsch brews out there somewhere.

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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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3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like Sam Adams "Cold Snap". Very Fruity, albeit good overall beer. I was pleased by the 5.00% alcoholic content, as Sam Adams usually does ones with lower ABV. Its a good spring beer, and really refreshing. Perfect for after a baseball game or a round of golf. I would order it again given the chance.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold color. Thick, creamy white head wraps itself around my glass like a protoplasmic predator. This looks more like a great DIPA than a kolsch. Color could be more of a pale yellow but I"m reaching.

Smells like light grain and a wit-like yeast. Tastes is initially crisp but that fades by half glass and yields a smooth, plush body. Lemon sugar flavored malt.

A kolsch golden ale hybrid with the initial crispness and some of the kolsch graininess with the smooth body and decadent foam of a fine golden ale. I wouldn't rate Escape Route very highly as a kolsch but as a kolsch-type-thing I like it a lot.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light orange. White head turns into a faint lace.
Smell: Lemon, honey, and maybe biscuit.
Taste: Grain and citrus.

This is pretty enjoyable. The smell is basically mirrored by the taste with the malt and citrus themes, but the taste also adds just a touch of bitterness to it. I might get this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very light iridescent apricot orange color, which seems pretty enough but the head was fizzy, full of carbonation and short lived.

The aromas are fruity with apricot and pear but I sense some honey and barley. Problem is that it comes across as a touch flat.

The flavor is more malty, barley, and grain. There is a light apricot but it lends no sweetness to the taste. There is some orange and coriander but it is dry and tempered.

The feel is easy and light, not particularly full but it does not lend to all the carbonation I could see.

I rank this as above average. It does not produce much to make you want more but also never offends.

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Photo of jrnichols
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color, somewhat cloudy with a light head. Some solids in the bottom of the bottle give it the cloudyness.
Smells somewhat yeasty, a little floral, or fruity, a little sweet, and a little hoppy.
Malty and a little hoppy, with hints of orange or citrus on the finish. The more I drink, the more noticeable the citrus becomes.
Very light and crisp. Goes down smooth.
Overall, a nice refreshing drink. More interesting than a lager, without the bitterness of an ale. The yeasty, citrus smell and flavor are reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat. Nice and light and perfect for springtime.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle well chilled poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy yellowish with a hint of orange. Small head that quickly retreated to a thin lace.

S - Mostly citrus with some other fruitiness.

T - Fruity with a hint of citrus. Some grains in the finish.

M - Good carbonation level, smooth on the tongue.

O - Not exactly what I expected for a Kolsch but nevertheless refreshing after working outside on a nice spring day.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 4 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of gold; high amount of visible carbonation

S - grain, grape-like fruit

T - grainy and biscuity with a slight fruitiness, cloves, fairly tart all the way through with a slightly-piney bone-dry finish

M - thick, smooth medium body; high carbonation

O - refreshing, but not much for taste

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Photo of berkshire413
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this one might have you looking for an escape route to the next beer. really just an average been, once again, from Sam Adams. it seems like they are brewing the same batch of lager and adding flavors after the brew. But it is sessiony and it was the super bowl so they went down easy with some food, but i wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Yellow orange in color. One finger head. Average carbonation

s. Smells like a white. Citrus notes.

t. Taste is similar to a white as well. Would like to try again with a slice of citrus, thinking orange. Citrus notes, not spicy.

m. Average carbonation, thicker than expected

o. Slightly above average. Would rater have a solid white.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grassy earthy notes with a hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of wheat, malt, hops, some hints of cloves and citrus.

Overall: Another good brew from Samuel Adams.

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