Escape To Colorado | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 07-18-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
524
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good, affordable ipa, if a bit boring. to be honest I expected quite a bit more from this new to Colorado release, but its rather plain. mostly clear orange honey color and an airy white head over an inch high. it smells well hoppy, bitter and dank, stinky and sticky, definitely modeled on the west coast versions. its flavor though isn't as punchy or fresh as the nose, its muted, balanced, less up front. its easy enough to put a bomber back, ice cold, refreshing, well carbonated, and clean finishing, but I don't get a new hop experience, I get a tired one, and that is not what I am accustomed to from epic brewing, who has made some of my favorite beers out there. I do like that it was less than four bucks, but I expected more just the same from this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from a random grocery store in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a bit of layered puffy sticker lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of slightly dank, but actually more resinous (yay!) pine needles, musty citrus, bready, grainy caramel malt, faint earthy yeast, and further floral, leafy hops. The taste is more dialed-back on the various pine notes, with the orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus ascending, amongst the bready, slightly doughy pale and caramel malts, and an additional mixed herbal and tropical bitter fruitiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, barely a tic to be had or bargained for, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops not in the mood for any particular transgression hereabouts. It finishes just a smidge off-dry, the hops comin' 'round the bend for another malt-suppressing offensive.

I now see the confusion over the different Epic Brewing concerns - they are one and the same, and evidently the Utah-based company sought refuge in Colorado's more lenient ABV restrictions. Whatever, this is a decent IPA, one that keeps the trendy dankness levels to a minimum - but just give it time, I suppose.

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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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the can it says brewed and packaged in Denver, CO. I thought Epic was based out of Utah, that may have changed. These new cans look great I grabbed a sixer without thought, I'm glad I did. Pale copper slight chill haze birght white head, fine even layered lacing. Aroma has sugar coated hops, tropical fruit notes, candied grapefruit peel, grassy hop notes. Flavor upright bright bitter citrus based hops, Mosaic hop madness gives earthy, dank, mango, citric, and killer tropical fruit hop sweetness. Enough bitterness and pale malt sweetness to balance it out but this beer is all about the green hop freshness of Mosaic hops, I really like it's simplicity and execution. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied resinous hop accents, goes down easily soft carbonation bone dry finish equates to the type of beer I like to drink. Overall, it's super impressive a wonderful beer that I must find some access to it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA. Sharp hop spiced edge on this one Pine is there behind the spicy hop tones. Easy drinker, but the hop spiced tones could be toned down, as well as the carbonation.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with a hint of pine.

The taste is of citrus with some pine. A sweet kiss balances it in the finish.

It is chewy/creamy.

A very nice example of the modern, well-hopped, but with firm malt backbone, American IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

One of the lightest IPAs I've seen. Pale lemon yellow body, with a big bright white three to four finger tall head. Lots of retention and island clumping on top. Good slow rising carbonation coming up. Real nice looking but incredibly pale and light.

Interesting nose, small grapefruit like airy quality. Slightly hinting of weak pineapple and a bit watery sensing.

Palate comes nicely but strangely weaker than anticipated. There's an interesting body quality to this with a good malt depth, but a very light feel. Hints a bit of toast with a hop angle matching the nose, but moves more to citrus weak lemon flavors. Mild sensing hop angle continuing on, with an easy quenching quality.

This really comes off like a session IPA even though it's much higher in ABV. It's aroma an flavor come off pretty safe and neutral.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The new IPA from the new Epic location in Denver.

Pours a hazy light orange, copper. Head is nice, white, thick foam. Some rockiness. Lacing is sticky

Aroma has that light caramel biscuit going on with hops hugging it tightly. Pine and citrus with some bits of sharp floral.

Flavor has less hops that the aroma, but they are balanced. Quite a good job melding the pine, grassiness, florals and citrus to hit pretty much in rhythm. The caramel malt undertone gives it a bit of a resin taste and feel, though. Booze is noticeable.

It's quite good, not an over-the-top IPA by any means. A bit old school with newer hops

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly caramel malt, grassy and citrus hops. Flavor is dominated by grassy hops with light citrus and a little bready/biscuit malt. Medium bodied. A nice low key American IPA with an good hop flavor from the mosaic hops and a pleasant malt body that isn't that apparent at first, but caramel and biscuit flavors are revealed as it warms. Light for an IPA, seems to lean towards APA territory. Pleasant but nothing really stands out here. From the name, I was hoping it was a reference to availability of more "herbal" dank flavors in Colorado, but guess it was more literally they moved shop to Colorado.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce can of IPA should beat this warm weather. On to the beer:

The beer has a grapefruit peel color with several big bubbles jumping to the top. The head forms half-inch thick, creamy, and sturdy, leaving thin lines of lacing around the glass. The aroma is pleasant and mellow. It's soft, with cantaloupe, mango, passionfruit, tangerine....basically it smells like a citrus fruit smoothie.

Some of the impressive aroma doesn't translate all the way to the taste. A tangerine coated in chunks of sugar starts off the journey. Kisses of mango and even pineapple make short appearances. Slight vegetal note slightly skews the palate off, but otherwise this is a fine IPA to pair with warm weather.

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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 flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head pours a half-finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty basic, but not bad.

Smell: nice hop aroma where the character is citrusy, herbal and dank. There appears to be a little toast in the underlying malt, so the overall experience is quite earthy. Pretty good.

Taste: much like the aroma, but quite a bit sweeter and with a little bit more emphasis on the citrus element of the hops, especially at the beginning. Finish is a bit over-sweet but moderately bitter and relatively well balanced. A decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a nice rich creaminess. Pretty damn good for the style.

Overall: I imagine this beer is relatively unattenuated by design -- it's a bit too sweet but with the tradeoff of great texture. An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This fits the color "IPA Orange."

Smells strongly of North Western type hops. Strong scent of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and passion fruit. Citrus with a strong orange aroma. Little bit of pine but this is mostly citrus.

Starts out dry and woody with a herbal sappy after taste. Stays dry and primarily woody in flavor. Some citrus and a high bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent IPA from a Can.

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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 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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient bubbly lacing.

S- Grassy, slightly resinous hop aroma with a somewhat sweet malt backing.

T- Moderately bitter with piney hop flavor. Malt isn't as apparent as in the aroma. Bitterness lingers a bit.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nothing special. Just a straightforward IPA that definitely leans more toward the earthy side.

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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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Clear yellow gold pour with a small and airy white head. Beautiful flowery aroma. Taste follows the nose with a really great hop flavor that is on the floral end but also has a nice pine and grapefruit presence. Finishes dry with a lingering grassy flavor.

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Escape To Colorado from Epic Brewing Company
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