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Beer Of The Gods - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
75
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206 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 111
Reviews by skivtjerry:
Photo of skivtjerry
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at M & M Beverage in Montpelier.

Pours very cloudy, pretty much opaque, with a small head. The opaque-ness gives it a very strange yellow color, reminiscent of lemon meringue.

Aroma is yeasty and citrusy (lemons again).

Taste is a brief burst of citrusy malt and hops (and yeast), followed by tremendous astringency. Highly unbalanced, with nothing to stand up to the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is *astringent* - high hop bitterness with grainy astringency and yet more astringency from the yeast.

Drinkability is not there. This beer coated my tongue and ruined my palate for the entire evening. We opened a second bottle in case the first was bad, with identical results (drain pour). I bought a six because of the good reputation of the Shelton Bros. and because I recalled hearing that it was contract brewed at Paper City, where the brewers certainly know their stuff. Maybe I just don't understand what they're trying to do. I still have 4 bottles; maybe it will mellow out in a few years. On the positive side - I do like the label.

Edit: I decided to try this again after 6 months in the fridge. Not much has changed, except for the addition of a nasty autolyzed yeast aroma. The dead yeast is not actually tasteable due to the other harsh flavors present. Mouthfeel has become a bit thinner and harsher. 11.5 ounces went right to the septic tank. After a few months to think about it, and upon retasting, I believe this is the worst beer I've ever tasted, stale macros included. If I could assign zeroes, this beer would certainly get a few.

RE-EDIT: This year I had BOTG on tap and spoke to the brewer... he was astonished to hear that I'd found bottles when and where I got them and opined that they were almost certainly diverted from their intended destination in the Holyoke sewer system. It's now a draft only beer and is much better than what I had a couple of summers ago. A slightly better than average session beer, sort of an alt and sort of a generic American pale ale. Very drinkable, and no offensive character of any kind. My apologies for reviewing the spoiled beer!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First I had ever seen or heard of this beer when I found this weekend here in Buffalo,this poured a peachy hazed blond/orange color a decent well defind white head atop leaving a trace amount of lace as it settled quickly.Quite citrusy in the nose very orangy with lighter lemon hints a slight phenolic element shows itself as well with a hint of toasted wheat malt as well.The flavors really made you want more all around and a thinner mouthfeel kept me from getting to interested at the same time,somewhat citrusy with some toasty wheat malt up front but it quickly is gone and an ubrupt finish leaves you hangin.Eh it has a nice aroma but honestly its kinda boring,not a "bad" beer just kinda void of any complexities.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Love the beers that throw style guidelines out the window. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle, which we added a few drops into our sample. Pale yellow color with some yeasty haze and a good amount of lace. Clean graini- ness, dried grass, lemony herbal hop and a touch of yeast in the nose. Clean, dry malt palate on a dainty, smooth body. Hops are more flavor-forward than bitter; heavy tone of wild herbs compliments the dryness of the malt. Bit of yeast, though still very clean. This one screams “session beer”—a great pick for something light yet still packed with flavor.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650ml bottle, with bottled on 6/18/2008 on the label, served in a pint glass. Hazy yellow color, thick white head, little bit of lacing. Aroma of mostly citrus, with a little bit of grain. Grapefruit taste, not much else there. Pleasant enough, but not outstanding.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a wheaty gold with a big fluffy white head and some nice sticky lacing. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, a bit bready as well.

Taste is sharp and wheaty and very unfiltered tasting, but in a good way. Chewy, earthy and grassy. A pretty solid beer I say.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.36/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

High & Mighty- Beer of the Gods

A- Hazy light yellow with the biggest chunkiest head. Thick foamy lacing.
S- Very light hay/ straw with lemon and honey.
T- Sour sugary yeast with hay/ straw and lemon zest. Grassy bitter hops and lemon finish this 1 off.
M- Very sour and tart, lemony, and sugary yet watery and bland in the end.

Overall- Not good, bland yet a lemon sour bitterness comprises this beer.
High & Mighty's worst offering.

Photo of jmz62565
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge white foamy head. The head leaves nice lacing making this a good looking brew. The smell is on the light side with sweet malt and floral aromas. The taste has a crisp hop carbonated bite with lemon,sweet malt,wheat, and bread yeast. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing pretty well. A beer that's not too exciting,but for the style, a blond ale, packs a flavor punch.

Photo of ElGordo
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color topped by an ephemeral wisp of creamy white head. Not much aroma - a little mild ale yeast and some lightly sweet malt. Palate is again very delicate - very light sweet malt, a touch of ale yeast, and a barely detectable hint of hops. Body is thin, but not too thin. There's just not much going on here. A good thirst-quencher on a hot night, but not really much taste.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet with spices, citrus zest and some hops.

T- The taste starts out with some citrus zest and spices with a dry earthy finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, Beer of the Gods is a decent beer but it is not heavenly like the name suggests.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a hazy yellow, a few cloudy shades away from clear. IT left expectations.

The smell was a carbonated whiff of "beer" smell, not at all letting you know what was awaiting you. The first taste left me thinking "man" this is a bit hoppy without a real purpose- the essence of balance and proportion was not there. However, there was a nice thickness to the mouthfeel, a bit of a malt base to help the bitterness fade. It was quite refreshing, and it had a bit of snap, perhaps the two goals of a an american blonde. In that sense, its a bit underated here, overall, it probably won't be viewed as a terrific achievement, just a decent alternative to macro-swill.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener (seemed appropriate despite BA advising a pint/mug). Pours a hazy yellow color with a very limited head BUT nice retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Citrusy hops dominate this well rounded nose; definitely some lemony zest. I get a little bit of yeast and the slightest hint of pale malt.

Taste is surprisingly full- hops up front and throughout but nicely balanced by some pale malty sweetness and earthy yeast. Excellent taste for what I'm sure was a very small amount of ingredients.

Mouthfeel is excellent- light bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice long, dry finish. EXCELLENT! If I'm in the mood for session drinking, I will most certainly get this again.

Photo of BelgianPrincess
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had many experiences with this beer, both on tap at the Moan and Dove, in six-pack form when they used to do that, and in bomber form most recently. I feel that this brewer has trouble with consistency, and that is why I have had both good and bad experiences with this beer. With that said, I happen to know that Mr. Shelton outsources his work to either Saranac or Paper City (forget which), both of which are not the best breweries to say the least, so he only provides the recipe, and does not actually brew the beer himself. This is sad because I've had many draught and bottle experiences with this beer that have been pretty great, and others that, as people have mentioned, are a bit soapy and thin. Anyway, I hope he is in full control one day.

When I've had a good specimen:
A - I don't give a rat's patootey what any beer that I've had looks like. I'll save that for the fashionistas.

S - I love the hoppy citrusy, and I dare say "dry" nose. You can tell it's not going to be malt-heavy before you taste it.

T - Hoppiness abounds. Light classic-blonde taste, but, I'm guessing 3 times the amount of IBUs typical of this style... I likey.

M - Oh so bubbly, it dances on my tongue.

D - I could drink a six-pack of these (if they still made them) and still be rarin' for more.

Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Appearance was a nice cloudy yellow that had a small head, but decent lacing. Smell improved as the beer warmed...minly light fruity hop notes. Taste was mainly floral..a bit different..more "flowers" than hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. At the low abv,,,a decent drinkability factor. A definite summer brew.

Photo of Goldorak
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Peach purée baby food colored with a thin ring of tiny bubbles.

Smell: The first whiff was all oranges, then it quickly turned into this weird wet hair/bad perm, a kind of funk that I just don't like, which is surprising because I usually love all things funky and no one else at the tasting picked this up, so maybe it's me.

Taste: The initial sips were astringent like unripe bananas, but it smoothed over eventually to blossom in fairly flowery tones and got better with each sip, but overall it didn't do anything for me. I'll have to try this one again, so for now it gets a passing grade.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale lemonade with a rapidly evolving and towering head that occupied a near 80% portion of the glass upon the initial pour. The head was paper white in color, foamy and calved to a rocky structure after a moderate amount of time, mostly around the outer edges leaving cavernous void regions throughout. Thick, clumpy patches adhere along the outer perimeter while a hefty dose of carbonation is observed.

S: The nose was soft with a light fresh grassiness and whole lemons. A soft dry touch of wheat was detected (even though this is a pilsner based malt I later learned). Overall the nose was light to the point where it was an almost non-factor in perception. You had to dig deep and long, sniffing to divulge the faintest of scents that in the end really wasn't worth the effort.

T: The initial flavor was fresh lemons with a light dry wheatiness. The flavor was fairly crisp with a dry lemon bitterness, a light dried grassiness and dry flowery hop cones being the most abundant. The flavor is mostly highlighted by a light tartness of lemon-grass that lingers a bit after the swallow. Nicely balanced with a refreshing lemon tartness and bitterness that was smooth making for a decent summer time quencher.

M: crisp and bright with a medium consistency and a slight bubbly nature giving this a lively feel. The finishing fade is slightly dry and tart lemon peels and dry bread coating the tongue.

D: refreshingly tart yet smooth making this fairly easy to consume. A smooth dry grassiness of pale ale proportions, a lager like smoothness and a relatively low abv all aids and helps things go down. A bomber feels about right here but I could certainly drink more during the summer time making this a decent quencher. This is fairly comparable to their Purity of Essence , which I enjoyed slightly better but worth checking out none the less.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

German Pilsner..

Pale straw gold with a slight haze, otherwise pretty nice clarity. Initial head of foam was a finger or two, billowing up and settling after a god while. Lots of delicate spindly lace in the glass.

Soft aromas of crackery pale malt and grassy earthy noble hops, vague lemon pith. Flavor is crisp and lightly bitter, earthy hop flavors and mild lemon pith again lending bitterness and citrus essence. Light bodied with ample carbonation, highly drinkable. Pairs well with many types of food and social situations. Simplicity is vastly underrated these days.

Photo of fitzy84
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a pale gold color with creamy lacing and thin head. The aromas had a slight chilled hint to it of mixed grains, hops and florals. The taste was decently bitter-sour in balance with a generally floral flavoring. The carbonation was the best part of the drink as it was crisp up until near the end. Overall, decent blonde.

Photo of rjp217
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, solid, easy drinking blonde ale

Photo of PeatReek
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, I must admit I was skeptical at first of a beer called "beer of the gods" from Massachusetts that bills itself as a "Koelsch/Alt." I first had it on tap at Cambridge Common, but bought this sixer as I was coming back from a recent ski trip. It pours straw yellow and lightly hazy, with a half inch of bright white head that has some decent staying power. The aroma, surprisingly, is actually mostly malt, nice and toasty with a hint of sulfur around the edge maybe. Each sip opens with a bright German hop flavor, followed immediately by a bracing bitterness that somewhat overmatches the light body. As the sip evolves, the hop flavor returns, very strong but still smooth, like those noble hops are famous for. Hints of malt in the aftertaste - and that's it. By far the best part is the drinkability - the strong, smooth bitterness combined with a light body and relatively low alcohol make this a complete winner. I could drink gallons of it in a sitting. Tastes best in big gulps, even if I'm trying to have a sippin' session. I can see myself really getting into this one come springtime...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this one if a BIF a while back, and have seen the less then glowing reviews on this one, but I really did not think it was all that bad. I poured the twelve ounce bottle into a snifter straight out of the fridge and let it warm up in the glass. Nice dirty pale, golden yellow, with lots of haze and cloudiness. A good sized two inch head of white foam then came over the top and settled down slowly leaving behind some nice side glass lace. Good amount of carbonation streaking skyward.

The aroma was rather light, but not terrible. Light grains and a touch of yeast, nothing terribly special, but not bad. Light peach aroma maybe and a hint of biscuit. The flavor was much more of the same, not bland as much as unspectacular. Grains and biscuit dominated, it was essentially a nice malt focused beer. Light fruitiness in the finish, but again nothing really standing out terribly. Overall not bad though and it went down easy enough, with no hint of the ABV at all.

I cannot say I would slam this beer, but I probably would not buy it again. Really uninteresting and not a whole lot going on at all really. Still there are worse ones out there for sure.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking hazy golden colour with an almost non-existent head and no lacing. Nothing bad here, just run of the mill looking (if not a touch watery looking) overall.

The aroma is a bit sweet and a a bit fruity with some grain in the mix. Again, average all around.

The flavour hits on the aromas but is a bit bolder (although not by much). Fruit and sweetness (with some candy notes here not detected in the aroma) still lead the way and a bit of yeast is mixed in as well. Hops and malt are minimally present at best but the overall blend of flavours is still pretty good. Mouthfeel is very light bodied and even a bit too thin at times.

Again, nothing inherently wrong with this one, it's just really, really simple and basically average in all areas. If you want something that's just run of the mill (although why would you?) then this one's for you, but if you're looking for even a hint of bold flavour, look elsewhere.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy lemony yellow. Cloudy! Had a nice, bright white, foamy head. Tiny bit of lacing. Head does die out to a thin layer with lots of small bubbles from the carbination.

S- Lemony, little orange, bready/biscuty malts, spiciness from the hops. Has a wheat beer scent as well. Really well balanced.

T- Follows the nose to a T! Tastes like an American lager meets a wheat ale really. Something like a German hefeweizen. The lemon taste, with biscuty malts and a spiciness from the hops is what jumps out on the tongue. Overall there isn't much else that can be said for the beer.

M- light towards medium mouthfeel. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Very carbonated.

Overall I'd give this beer a solid B grade overall. Not too exciting, but it's above average for me when considering American lagers and some wheat ales. Fairly decent stuff from High and Mighty. I look forward to finding and try more of their beers.

Photo of bigkamp
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a 24 oz. Tulip glass.

A- Poured a translucent amber yellow that settled with a huge head. Head held at the center of the glass after the outside dissipated. Quite a nice look in this glass.

S-Very grassy smell. Strong and Pungent. I was taken aback by the grassy smell.

T- spicy flavor that is a little bumpy. Not the smoothest flavor. Unbalanced.

M-fades quickly but bites with a carbonated aftertaste. I could not finish this beer.

I love this brewing compnay, but I would much prefer Purity of Essence if I wanted to enjoy a carbonated lager. Price is nice $4.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.

Photo of Phade42
1.76/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

22oz bottle Poured into a pint glass. Drawn in by the name but if this is the beer of the gods, it's the wrong religion for me

Pours looking like gatorade with a tall fluffy head

Aroma of soap... not very appetizing at all. Faint notes of grape

Tastes like stale, limed-up coronas with sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and carbonated, more like soda than beer

I probably wont even finish the one bottle. I'm 3/4 through and it's tough to get through...

Great name, mediocre beer

Photo of vrazionale
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled on: Sep 02 2009.

A - Light, bright yellow body under a robust but ephemeral head that quickly backs down to a thin, inconsistent layer across the top of the brew.

S - Nothing terribly exciting - just the barebones of brewing: sweet malted barley, lightly fruity (think sweet citrus, lemon, and stone fruit) hops, and the floral and fruity esters given by the ale yeasts. After warming for just five minutes in my glass, the brew takes on a skunkiness that isn't enjoyable and detracts from the overall smell of the brew.

T - Unbalanced, clumsy, and boring. As I noted when commenting on the smell of this brew, the pieces are all there (barley, hops, and yeast), but they don't fit well together. The finish is weak.

M - I don't dig the way the carbonation feels. It's too prickly and rough. This beer's carbonation doesn't help to lift flavors off of the palate - rather, it only makes the beer feel more disjointed.

D - Not worth the money I paid or the title "Beer of the Gods." I find it to be sloppy and unfocused. If you're going to have the swagger to label a beer that you make so confidently, you'd better have much, much more to back it up. Weak showing from High and Mighty.

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Beer Of The Gods from High & Mighty Beer Co.
75 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.