Escape To Colorado | Epic Brewing Company

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Escape To ColoradoEscape To Colorado

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a little skunky. Let me state straight off it is not bad beer, it reminds me of N.Z. Steinlager. Except it is an ale. As my taste for IPA's is reaching into loving the great ones, my review of this one is I live in Colorado, and this beer does the great beers from here a disservice. It is good, but far from great, and does not have the nice piney resin, citrus notes of a great IPA. It has the bitterness, with out the richness of a great IPA such as something from a nano brewery, or Odell's sublimely excellent IPA. For $2.00 more per six pack you can have a beer you will love, vs this that tastes okay with a pizza. Sorry. I won't be having this again soon. Give me a Stone, give me some New Belguim, Give me a goddamn awesome Comrade Super Power IPA out of Denver. Epic should raise their game.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Smith's Billiards in Springfield, MA. The beer had a murky yellow appearance with little to no head. Aromas included some bready citrus, mostly orange and maybe peach. Taste followed the nose with a generally sweet, tangerine citrus flavor. Carbonation was decent; not too crisp or creamy. Overall, I enjoyed the smell-taste combination.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet orange with a nice malty background. Liking the smell of this beer. The flavor is tangerine/citrus like with minimal malts coming through. Not much in the bitterness department, mildly bitterness with the citrus flavor
lingering on the finish. Well carbonated and a bit wet on the finish. Good if not a bit watery and underpowered.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Crystal clear gold color, great head/retention and cascading lace.

Smell is floral, heal, and biscuity.

Citrus notes come through in the flavor along with the floral hops. Strong biscuit malt presence. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is bitter and a little chalky. Dry finish.

Decent beer. I appreciate the balance but the flavor is a little muted.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tangerine, malts. Taste is tangerine, orange peels, light malts, mild bitterness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer, but lacking the pop I expect from this style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Canned on ... uh, canning code no date, thanks for nothing jerks.

Pours a nice fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, hazy sediment laden golden pilsner color.

Nose brings some citrus hops, lemony, little orange peel, then quickly turns to sweet candy hops, candied stone fruit, candied orange peel, weird herbal candy hop thing, then sweet candy malts, sweet tangerine later.

Taste brings sweet malts, candied hops again, candy citrus and stone fruit, a little tangerine juice, orange zest, little candy syrup, earthy and spicy, a little hop oil and extract thing, sweet citrus. Finish is a little dry, mild sweet sticky malt, candied citrus and stone fruit, a little earthy spicy hop.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, kind of a boring style IPA, didn't seem to know where it wanted to go, or it could be old hops, but not quite sure since there's no date, too sweet and malty, hops were bland, just not a great IPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on August 19, 2016. Look is ok. Aroma is unimpressive. Taste is mango and hints of other citrus and tropical fruits. Feel is a little watery. Meh.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a slightly hazy wheat gold, quarter inch of fine white head retains very well.

Smells of buttered biscuit malts, citrus, grassy grains, and light citrusy hops.

Tastes of bready malts, citrus, clover honey, and piney and grapefruit hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation.

Nice even, tasty IPA. Good balance and good flavors. Notably impressive head retention. Well worth trying.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely light colored for an IPA, yellow straw with moderate white head. Nose is more traditional with citrus rind and pine but does show surprising malt balance considering the hue.

You get a nice hop assault up front but it moderates nicely, showing a surprising range and complexity. Perhaps a bit yeastier than usual for the style and laced with medicinal and spicy hops at the finish. Altogether solid and very drinkable. These guys do IPAs right.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a pint glass.

Slight hazy bright yellow color as a showcase, one finger white foamy head builds up and stays with decent retention before sinking to thin long-lasting film on the surface along with some sticky patch of lacing.

Loads of zesty fruit remind me of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, orange, as well as floral, spicy, herbal, malt as a bready sweetness, and a hint of caramel.

The tasting sensation is started with sweet from its malty goodness that paves the way with a sweet breadiness profile. Then the palate becomes the playground of hop with a zesty fruit reminding of grapefruit and orange. Thereafter, it is still hop again with a significant touch of herbal and spice that wrap up the palate to warmly welcome its resiny bitterness to take part until finish.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with lively crisp carbonation, refreshing, finish is very dry that lets me really crave for next sip.

Pretty good IPA without doubt, very drinkable and enjoyable one, it holds all the qualities of good malt and hop.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold amber under a 2” clingy white foam collar that takes 2 minutes to recede to 1/3 its original size. S: Spicy fruit and herbal nose seasoned with bread crumbs. Aromas are medium to medium high. T: Big fruit flavors with tropical notes joined by traces of melon and citrus over a bread crumb background. The hop flavors are medium high, the hop bitterness is medium and the malt flavors are medium. F: Creamy medium body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A flavorful, refreshing and easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw and hazy, half a finger of whitish head, a little slow rising carbonation.

Oranges and canned peaches, lemon cream, floral, a hint of garlic.

Big gummy orange candy, lemon drops, a hint of garlic, solid bitterness.

Medium body, a hint of syrup and resin. Medium low carbonation.

Found in Chiang Mai, drank May 4th, 2016. Was so happy to find this here. Not the best IPA if you are living in the US, but really not bad. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cbutova
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- 12oz can reveals a hazy yellow bodied beer with a short-lived head. The white cap is frothy dying down fast to a bubbly island and small ring. Spotty lacing.

S- Sweet orange zest, lemons and grapefruit hops off the top only slightly stronger than the malts that balance out the aroma. Bread, cereal, raw barley and pale caramel hints.

T- Citrus hops lead to cereal malts in a fairly simple flavor. Orange and grapefruit come to mind but the taste lacks brightness and ends with a somewhat interruptive sweetness. Other things include grassy, herbal and floral tones.

MF- Light bodied, perhaps leaning a bit toward medium, with a frothy and crisp texture. High level of carbonation tries to help the hops shine but they come off flat in the end. Grassy bitter finish.

Really nothing wrong with this brew but it lacks any standout feature that would bring one back for more. Orange citrus hops fall a bit flat as malts clash in the backdrop.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/18/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains piney hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is earthy but mild for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid IPA to drink for a while but there are several better choices within the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow with 2 fingers of foam.

Smells grassy with grapefruit to back it up. Malt shows up as notes of bread.

Grapefruit and grass, light on the latter, light bitterness, smooth overall. I get some bread aboot mid palate.

A pretty light weight IPA here.

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Photo of BigGold
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at Molly Green's, Brighton, Utah, poured from 12-oz. can into tumbler. First canned beer I've had from Epic. The great pour and aroma lift expectations, which are then dashed.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz cans into a tulip. Weird canning date, not sure when from.

L. Golden yellow, with a slight haze.
S. Lemon citrus with a touch of orange. Nice floral notes with a hint of sweetness. A wee bit of wheat?
T. Nice balance of sweetness and hops. Some light pine and grapefruit notes with a nice malt back bone.
F. Light body with medium light carbonation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Mesa Verde in the Denver airport.
Super pale with pitted white head.
Smells dirty and fruity. That dirt is some English earthiness mixed with dishwater. Yummy mosaic top notes though.
Muted and initially unimpressive, the flavor ripens into a rather nice IPA. More bitter (in the herbal, terrestrial sense) than anticipated, a long aftertaste and subtle candied fruit notes in the midtaste.
It's not great, but it's serviceable and enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Golden with short cap of off-white head with a few stripes of lacing.

S: Very weedy and herbal, grassy with some pine thrown in. Malts are light, like a mix of grainy pils and American 2-row

T: Extremely earthy and herbal, weedy and vegetal with some lemon and pine in the finish. Maltiness is pretty middle of the road with slight graininess and lighter caramel. Bitterness is moderate at most.

M: Clean and crisp with light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Glad I tried it but the weedy flavor is not a favorite.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lite straw colored with a small white head that recedes quickly. Smell is gentle citrus with a hint of grainy malt. Taste is a little liter than I prefer in an IPA, but still pleasing. Some orange zest, slight grapefruit notes, and somewhat subdued overall. Also, a bit thin in mouthfeel. Finish actually comes through as the best part. The hops, malt, and slight mothfeel actually come together nicely.

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Photo of K_STAR
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a can. Light copper in color. Smells very catty and fruity. Tastes of strong pineapple and cattiness. Light to medium body. A good light IPA.

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Photo of drned
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lighter IPA with solid hops bitter. More pine notes than a west coast citrus. Clear light amber with thin head and light lace. I could enjoy this almost anytime.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass
Look: hazy yellow orange
Smell: faint citrus with toasted grain notes
Taste: nice balanced malt and hops, very good bitterness, dry finish
Feel: medium mouthfeel, strong carbonation, very nicely done
Overall: very good IPA will drink again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am just CANtinuing to reduce the backlog here at Chez Woody by hitting the APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs first while furthering the cause of The CANQuest (tm)! It is a tough life, but I signed up for it, so I CAN't CANplain.

From the CAN: "Ever feel the need to leave your 'regulatory' trouble behind?"; "You are not alone. We decided to brew this special hop-forward ale with MOSAIC hops, forever [CAN]memorating our own 'Escape' to the east side of the Rockies. We hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom."

I just love hearing the Crack! of a CAN being opened (unless I snuck said CAN into a theatre and it causes everything to stop and people to look at me like I am a villain). No problem here at Chez Woody where the Pirates game is on and beer is CANcouraged for CANsumption. A gentle Glug followed, producing a brief, fizzy finger of bone-white head that rapidly dissipated. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but it was just hazy enough that my Gelt Pals (Mammon, Midas and Croesus) declined to show up. Their loss. The nose was rich in hops with mango and grapefruit leading the way. My mouth was watering like one of Pavlov's dogs as a result. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a lot of tight, tiny CO2 bubbles giving it a tanginess. The taste was juicy, very fruity, with flavors of mango and grapefruit at the forefront and lemon and blueberry (thanks, Stan Hieronymus) on the finish. The finish was dry, of course, but in a refreshing way. I CAN see putting some of these in a cooler when headed to the beach.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a glear light to medium golden with quite a large fluffy white crown atop.Aromas are quite light with some pine and toasted grain notes coming thru.Not in your face hops by any means on the palate,earthy and piney hops mainly with a hint of citrus,some toasted and biscuity malts in the finish.Eh not bad but not complex or flavor packed either.

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
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