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

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 679
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when I picked up a single of this. Sticker says best by June. Into a perfect pint glass.
A - That is a very pretty Kölsch. Bright orange yellow tint beer flowing with carbonation making way for a solid half inch of head that doesn't quit. Decent lacing.
S - Bready malts meets herbal hop bitterness. Grainy smelling mostly. Smells authentic.
T - Not as grainy in the taste and kind of boring. Just fruity with corny husk grain and a bit of dry yeast in the finish.
M - Its decent enough to drink light to medium in body. Goes great with nacho's

Overall it's a decent Kölsch but it doesn't come close to Long Trails Ramble Kölsch. Why can't I find a case?

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Photo of fx20736
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, May 9, 2014. Poured into a pint, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy apricot ambher with a thin offwhite head. scare lacing.

smell: orchard fruity atop whitebread

taste: slightly delicate, faintly floral, a touch fruity.

mouthfeel: good.

overall: a nice little beer, just wondering if a Kolsch should be slightly crisper?

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. One of my friends gave this to me a couple weeks ago so I didn't get a chance to drink it until now. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, fruit (mostly apple), and some light herbalness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some grassiness, pear and lemon peel noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad brew at all, next time I'd like to try a fresher bottle. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Spring seasonal mixer - poured into a pint glass. 3/30

Pours light, bright, see through, low foam. Fruity, malty, nose. Mild bitter. Light, soft taste, Kolsch but with an edge. Only flavor is on the gritty side. Smooth taste, consistent, but unremarkable. Other seasonals have fared better.

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Photo of dar482
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy rich orange color with a tight fluffy head.

The aroma has sweet honey, floral, and a bit of grass. Lager yeast. Not much of a nose.

The flavor is pretty empty in the front. A bit of grain qualities and breadiness. A touch of honey sweetness and then onto a light grass and medium herbal bitterness. The finish cleans up with a bit of orange zest and lager qualities.

In the end, this beer is lacking in flavor and reminds me a bit of macro lager over kolsch.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Spring Variety Pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color, slightly hazy, with a foamy white head. Not a lot of head retention, and it breaks down to a thin fizzy ring in a matter of minutes.

Smell is an earthy dirt and dandelion aroma.

Taste is a sweet vegetable flavor like grass or hay with a dry mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and like with a chalky character on the aftertaste.

Overall OK. I'm not much on this style, and I don't think I would ever buy it if not part of a sampler.

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Photo of raznug
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a golden color and is topped with the whitest head that I believe I have ever seen.
Smell: The aroma of yeast is about all that I can smell being the Kolsch style it is right on par.
Taste: Clean crisp with a slight yeast flavor is all that I can taste good beer for the style.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, easy to drink and clean just like a Kolsch should be.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.9%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.7%
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 +16.2%
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%
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 +16.5%
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 -0.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +15.9%
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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Photo of DAA_HOOVAA
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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%
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 +1.2%
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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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.