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.