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

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Samuel Adams Escape RouteSamuel Adams Escape Route
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
753
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ygtbsm94
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose malt, light straw, citrus, cereal, faint honey & floral. Taste sweet malt, grains, fruitiness, slight bitter finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams "Escape Route"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Coded "P3304011462 ... ?
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not having known what this was when I sampled it, I'd never have imagined Kölsch. It's just too yeasty, even for an unfiltered version. I thought it was some kind of white ale based on the strong chalky yeastiness and underlying fruit, as well as the cloudy golden-brass and orange body.

Looking at it as a Kölsch though, I guess it does have a pleasant fruitiness. I don't find the malt character to fit my impression of the style, but it's Samuel Adams "take" on the style so they can do whatever they want; I'll just pass it by.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in Florida.

Large off-white head over a hazy golden body.
The aroma has a nice interplay of hops and malts with some lemony and spicy notes.
Strong and hoppy flavor for style. The label does say it's a hybrid, and that's quite clear in the flavor, as is the success of this tasty, lemony "kolsch".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich yellow color in the Timmermans tall goblet. Mouthfeel is kind of oily and suprising for a Kölsch style. I wouldn't call it crisp. While there is a touch of

Rather rich with a tart edge. There is a touch of lemon, but it's more like pudding flavor. I think of shortbread. Rather sweet and the sugary taste doesn't let up from start to finish. Lots of malt with very clean flavors. Faint hops that lack the perfumey peculiarity of the German style. Just a touch of bitterness. This is all very well made, it's just hard to place what this is in the world of beers.

Overall this is quite a drinkable light ale, but not my idea of a Kölsch. Less refreshing than a chewy and malty brew. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a small-sized, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a crisped, softly toasted grains and modest notes of lemon and herb.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Low grape note. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the near-crisp finish with a light, lingering grain undertone.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Along the lines of their East-West Kolsch, minus the East. A surprising amount of relatively light offerings in this year's Winter pack.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Lovely lacing & head retention

S: Grassyness, breadyness & perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, also a little pear, floral hops & crackery dryness up front. A little melon sneaks in as this warms, a little honey crisp apple, plus grassiness & floral hops. Finishes a little grassy, a little lemon shows up, plus lovely pear & even a little peach

MF: Light/medium body with delicate carbonation

Drinks very easy, nice take on the style; easily one of the best I've had from Sammy in a while

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