Escape To Colorado | Epic Brewing Company

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Escape To ColoradoEscape To Colorado

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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 Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden copper with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass. There's some big chunky floaties.

The aroma is biscuity malts with grassy, minty hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts and some minty soapiness with a big grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's got a lot of bitterness, but I don't like the hop flavor or the biscuit malt.

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Photo of mentor
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger yellowed head over a hazed light golden liquid. Smells green onion/wild garlic cheesy, lemony, dank piney, baby aspirin. Yuck, these hops sat on the bine too long at harvest and got nasty. If you are the brewer and don't understand this, drop me a note.

Tastes dank pine, dank onion garlic, bright lemony. Baby aspirin, orange, cheesy hop that will only worsen very quickly. Astringent hop sour and bitter. Supporting malt sweet is right if the beer had been well-made, but these hops blast over everything. I think some esters are present, but lost under the hop brutal. Astringent finish, medium in the mouth, medium carbonation. Overall, meh.

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Photo of cbutova
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $3.49. Good thing this was cheap because this was one of the most boring IPA's I have had in recent memory. Standard orange appearance, looks just fine. Aroma is muted hops and just mediocre. Flavor is not hoppy at all just boring and mediocre malts. So middle of the road, why even bother? Please send this beer back to Utah and take Colorado out of the name, this does not represent our state well at all.

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Photo of Philousa
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good hoppy aromas, not too piny but floral and citrusy. Flavor was very much like a hoppy pils. The body was barely there with a hint of wheat and the hop presence had lots of nectar with spiciness. The appearance was even slightly hazy and very pale like a wheat. Good head retention and lacing. I don't know what to think of this beer. Is it an IPA or a Lager?

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Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to Joe_Grizzly for this extra: always up for a new Epic brew, I tracked many of them down when they first showed up in MN. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is a slightly hazed yellow with low carbonation to the point of non-. The nose is sweet & fruity – blind, I’d have let out a rebel yell & declared this a Belgian. Huh.

Escape from Colorado, well, why the hell would anyone want to do that? I loved Colorado. Spent summers from ’86-’91 at the RenFest there, drinking 3.2 wine coolers & chasing girls; how could I not love it at that age? The beer? Oh, yeah, it’s beer. Mirror image of the nose: double handfuls of sweet malts backed up with tango, lemon, mango, afterimage of herbal tea. Mid-palate, mild bitterness finally drops by but it’s a long, lingering taste that veers right up to the guard rail of aspirin. Not tough to drink though.

Fruit + Bayer isn’t quite my speed, but I appreciate the attempt at diversification of my IPA portfolio. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2nd time having this. why is there so much freakin' CRAP suspended in this? large pieces literally suspended, not moving, in the beer. diarrhea, here I come.....

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Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours beigish with a white head. Aroma offers a nice sampling of mosaic hops giving off some sweet fruitiness (grapes, papaya, kiwi) to go along with a decent dose of resinous hopes, and a bit of a toasted breadiness. Flavor follows suite. A crisp, active lighter medium mouthfeel. Overall, decent. Pretty straightfoward and simple (which I expected with it being in their most basic series), but a nice solid drinkable IPA, especially for fans of Mosaic hops. This kinda reminded me of a what New Belgium's Rampant could have been had NB done a better job with it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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 2beerdogs
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Jethro6191
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a thin, dense white head that quickly disapates. Some lacing. Malt, bread, and subtle citrus aromas. The flavor is sweet and fruity with very little bitterness. Blood orange, grapefruit, melon, and papaya notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat flat. Light to medium body with a low carbonation level, almost cask like. There is a lingering fruitiness that lingers at the finish. Very good flavor, but lacking some bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-can. Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy tangerine orange, good rush of carbonation, with a medium suspension of micro-particles. Thin, chalky white skim capping is rather short retention wise while the lacing is rather weakly holding on the vessel, spotty and spacious.

S: Tangerine and grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed, with a short aromatic duration and mid level awareness factor. In the finish lies some dry barley and pine.

T: Flavor was citric orange with a bite, some pine and lightly dry grapefuit pulp. Tart and citric juice and hopping finish, with a decent level of ibus and lingering hoppiness on the finish. Some freshe barley stalks rounding things out.

M: Creamy mouthful, medium body, with a medium rate of effervesce. Nice weight on the tongue, some denisty with a tart, lightly dry citric farewell afterfeel.

O: Overall the hopping builds deeper into the drink giving this a bit of late appreciation. Wet citrusy in the front, a lightly dry flowery hop finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 oberon
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Servign Type - Can

Appearance - Straw yellow, with a 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral hops, orange, pineapple, some spices. A grassy note along with some bready malts.

Taste - Much like the aroma, Light floral hops with a mild malt backbone. Each fruit that's noticed, is very mild and almost, watered down in flavor. Some spices along with light sweetness adds a much need boast of flavor. A bready/toasty note comes in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light hops with some added spices coats the tongue. Palate gets more floral fruits with a touch of bready malts. Aftertaste is mild floral fruits, and a little weak/watery.

Overall - As a aipa, this is ok. As a session ipa pretty good. All the flavors are light and a little weak. Still, this is tasty and enjoyable, but its almost like a light-ipa. Theres not much here to ever bring me back to this beer but it might be a great starter for a rookie ipa drinker.

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Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

not bad, but the hop flavors are overly muted and the biscuit-y malt backbone is too much. tastes more like an English pale ale than an IPA. easy to drink, but not much dimension.

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Photo of Lou22
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Citrusy-piney nose, fruity hop taste. About 1 finger of head pour, minimal lacing. Light going down, not super strong tasting

Some stuff sitting at the bottom

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Photo of D9sus4
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

I can see why many people like this brew, it has a decent body and good malt flavor, but I'm just not a fan of this style of piney, grapefruit flavored hopped IPA. However, My wife would love it.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 tone77
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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 DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well picked this up for 2 bucks seems like a pretty standard IPA. Into a pint glass.
A - Not sure if it's unfiltered or old but I got a ton of sediment in a not so impressive pale yellow colored beer. Head is just a 1/4 inch that fades to a ring.
S - Smells alright good hop presence with a nice malt base.
T - A bit fruity with some mango hops not strong bitterness with a sweet malt base. OK I Guess.
M - In par with the ABV

Overall like the Spiral Jetty I was not impressed. May avoid this brewery from now on.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Trying out escape to Colorado on what seems to be the first run of cans to hit LA

Looks a little ugly when poured out of the can- very thin white head that disappears quickly. Golden in color that seems to glow a bit when held up to the light

Aroma is of fine malts with mosaic in the background. Very enjoyable. Both in a glass or in the can. Dank aroma seeps out of the can right away.

Tastes like hop water. There was more malts in the aroma than the actual taste. Fruity hops up front with a splash of freshwater. Missing the earthiness here

Mouthfeel is rather thin like a session IPA - kinda just goes down easy for the abv. Light body and crisp but not very refreshing

Overall I found that this beer was way better even when it was at room temp. I guess that's why it's in a can - just put it in the back pack and this beer rocks when far away from home. I also cooled this beer down to the Max and all the flavors were masked - pricey as the six pack ended up costing me 13 bucks .

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. There are small chunks of sediment seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy, slightly onion-like herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slightly vegetal herbal hop 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 with an interesting yet not detracting vegetal-like quality from the hop profile used in this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pilsner glass. No codes or dates.

Pours hazy yellow with a very small head. Lots of floating chunks. Lots of carbonation. Smell is fresh and crisp, grassy, lemon.

Taste is nicely floral, honeysuckle sweetness, some hay and grass, lots of lemon. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, good, but not great.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pinkish yellow in color, hazy. A small amount of white head on top.

S: Wonderfully fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruits all bubbling out of a pine background.

T: Apricot, peach, and tropical fruits with orange peel, and grapefruit. The bitterness is a little more subdued than I would have thought. At first sip I thought it might be a touch watery, but as I delve in deeper the hop flavor really takes center stage. Not a lot of malt character, but clean, crisp and refreshing.

M: Medium light in body with active carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O: Tasty, fairly hop forward, but surprisingly not as bitter as I would have imagined. This would be awesome on a hot summer day.

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