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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Escaping from winter’s darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kölsch style creates a fresh start. Our take on the classic hybrid style grom Cologne, Germany, combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpongeRuiner (861) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Not much going on here. Very bland. In the smell and taste. Could be quenching. Not the best though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stampion (167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy gold with almost 2 inches of head. Let it open up bit. My first few sips bordered on sour, but that seems to have dissipated in a few minutes. It's a bit much for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beastwhite315 (20) - - MAR 26, 2015
Light drinking but would say fruit notes are a bit much for Kolsch style beer. Not much maltiness or hop character. Ok to drink if I am desperate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leafs93 (1803) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is citrus, earthy and grass. Taste is sweet with a slight tartness. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1314) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2015
I don’t drink Samuel Adams beers as much as I used to because I’m not their target audience, nor are they making beers I really want to try anyway. That being said, I decided to give “Escape Route” a try because I wanted to see if they could make a palatable Kolsch style brew (one of my least favorite styles, BTW). Sure enough they did. And if I like it, I’d imagine the average Sam drinker probably will too.

I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. The freshness date was notched at June, 2015 and it cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Golden/amber hue; perfectly clear body with consistent effervescent visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, foamy head that laces and retains rather well.

Smell: Slightly fruity esters (green pear mostly); some spicy hop character; faint pale malt.

Taste: The palette here is fairly direct and uncomplicated. Pale malt accounts for the base of the flavor with some the hops adding some spice and bitterness. Though brewed with their house yeast strain, this seems to have a slightly Belgian character to it (more so in the nose than the mouth, though). Light fruity flavor, especially the green ones: green apple, green pear and green grapes. Slightly tart but noticeable tangy on the finish (though this is acceptable for the style). Acidulated malt probably accounts for that, too. Overall, it’s not an exciting beer, but it’s nice for what it is.

Drinkability: Samuel Adams always tends to release their seasonals a full two seasons early, so it’s no surprise that Escape Route drinks like a summer beer. The mouthfeel is light, but not delicate. It has noticeable body to it. The high carbonation makes it crisp and it’s refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. At 5% ABV it’s a little too big to session, though throwing back the two bottles from the mix pack will be no challenge at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (3225) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pale yellow. nose has lemon, pine, crisp wheat and a good yeast presence. Good german taste, some faded european hops, crisp body, maybe a little stale tasting for a kolsch. lacks brightness you’d expect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pet3rman (345) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle- mild fruit nose. Gold pour, fizzy white head. Sour, flat, bread on the tongue. Not their best effort

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6401) - Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
12 oz. bottle at home from notes. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have crackery, doughy malt, grass, light sweet, mild bitterness, for what it is, not bad, but not something I would do again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DBob5150 (206) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Nice yellow body with a slight haze and a lasting, thick white head. The aroma is sweet, slightly moldy.Taste is smooth with a tiny bite, but in a good way, finish is crisp and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (221) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Apple and pear notes on the aroma. Appearance is a clear light gold with a white head that dissipates quickly. Malt has a light pils character with a touch of sweetness on the end. Fruity esters of apple and pear are present. Hop flavor is mild with spicy, floral character. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Overall, it's ok. I prefer it to be drier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1959) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2015
12oz bottle. Yellow gold pour with a soapy white head. Aroma is sweet and fresh, with light graininess. The flavors are a little muddled, but still nice. Some light spice, grain, and fruit. Light carbonation. Nice.

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