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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,162
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
753
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
170
Trade:
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Ratings: 753 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of mel7440
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed as an "escape from winter", this rather unusual winter Kolsch (normally a summer brew) should give some interesting results. Time for a pour...

Appearance : hazy lemon yellow color and I can already smell the lemon zest. The head is three fingers and quite fluffy. Moderate Lacing is left behind.

Aroma : yeast, bread dough, lemon, orange, fresh green grape, snicker salad. This is most definitely spot on to the German-Belgian style beers.

Flavor : very bold in its hop presence but an equally strong yeast balances it out to leave a malty and lightly sharp overall feel. Within the body is fruit - grape, cocktail cherry, orange. Light banana peel. Ends with a sharp yeast and hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel : creamy, zippy, medium bodied.

Overall : This is a nice escape from the winter blues. I don't know how I'd rate it against a typical summer Kolsch but perhaps they pull their summer Kolsch and market this winter version 4 months out of the year. Perhaps there is a difference and I'm not savvy enough to discern it. It is a nice beer and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of GregStoner
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a hazy golden hay color with a fluffy white head, Escape Route has a slightly earthy odor to the head. Below the initial hit, aromas of lemon, yeast, honey, flowers, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander. The nose has a pleasant simpleness to it, never really making any smell more pronounced than just hinting.

On the palate, the citrus jumps up to the front giving notes of lemon and orange, the coriander style note is a little more prevalent, and an almost hoppy kind of herb touches in. The yeasty notes grow, especially on the finish giving it a refreshing clean kind of lemony-yeast finish. Overall, the light body and refreshing flavors keep it a simple and pleasant brew to quaff, even if not complex.

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Photo of rabbitguy
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Very pale golden orange with soapy white head, two fizzy fingers worth. The head dissipates quickly, tiny bit of lacing, with a little cap. Steady carbonation through out the session. It takes a little while to peg the aroma: I've settled on lemon yeast. A small bit of spice. Taste is subtle, tart fruit with a slightly bitter finish. Everything about this brew is slight. Inoffensive, sessionable, but not something I'd buy on its own.

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Photo of cowboy83
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden/straw color with a thin lacing of white-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of citrus, such as lemon, orange and grapefruit, intermingled with notes of toasted malt, strong notes of yeast, bubblegum, coriander and sage.

Taste: Quite good! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of cereal, or freshly toasted white bread, flowed by some citrus flavors, caramel-like sweetness, some spices such as coriander, black pepper and sage, as well as some floral notes of heather, clover and a touch of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy actually, with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable session beer. Good flavors of malt and citrus and sweetness, with a very pleasant mouthfeel. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of Kettle1
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Did not like taste at all. Bland . Not a good Sam Adams.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Did not like- not enjoyable kolsch for me

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Photo of imbibehour
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange.

Deep cloudy tangerine orange, to a murky yellow. Nice sized and slow rising carbonation, quite plentiful actually, arriving to a real big bright white and frothy head, with lots of soapy big laced bubbles as it settles and large retention.

Interesting aroma. Hints of lime and fruit with a nice character, but a sticky yeast quality and pasty sense slightly. Light hints of white grape a bit with not much bready character. Not too bad.

Palate is surprisingly odd. A decent mouthfeel but with a weird and somewhat empty taste. Hints of mushy grapefruit juice and perhaps a bit of lime. Not particularly hinting of classic malt style. A strange twinge of metals which works nicely in the grapefruit angle. This seem odd but comes with some surprising appeal, but is really missing some of that classic bakery density, but comes with a sort of flattened density.

A decent drinkable beer, but other than a good fruity aroma this really doesn't remind me of a Kolsch but of a very unique beer at least.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of lovindahops
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of senttochris
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wattersmike90
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of rderedin
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Ace_walker
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RHB33
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brandonld23
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 753 ratings
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