Beer Of The Gods - High & Mighty Beer Co.
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3.4/5 rDev +4.6%
Medium gold with pale lemon trim. The manila colored cap peaked at a short two fingers after a spirited pour, yet doesn't appear to be falling very fast despite the loose collection of fragile bubbles on its upper surface. The head actually looks much better as it sits and is beginning to deposit a sticky collar of lace.
I'm unimpressed with the nose, largely because it's too weak by half. What I can appreciate though, doesn't really make me wish that it was more aromatic. Lightly floral hops have the (dim) spotlight and I don't get the sense that there's much else lurking in the shadows.
First of all, the style. Even though the brewery's website says that Beer Of The Gods could be considered a 'German-style farmhouse ale', I don't believe they meant that literally. They describe the beer as a cross between a kolsch and an altbier. To my way of thinking, neither one of those styles is anything like a saison. Now, to taste...
This is definitely a kolsch, although far from a world-class one. Still though, it's far from bad beer. There's an adequate amount of sweetish pils malt that holds down the bottom end, the better to counter what is a pretty impressive amount of noble hoppy bitterness on the top end. The finish, especially, is amazingly biting and dry.
The beer's biggest negative is its simplicity. I know that kolschs aren't paragons of depth and complexity, but still, a little more to chew on (figuratively speaking) wouldn't be such a bad thing. It's still enjoyable though, especially if you need to get your alpha acid schwerve on. The bitterness is cumulative and is beginning to wear on me a bit. More malt is the obvious fix.
I don't drink enough kolschs to have a handle on how this mouthfeel fits in with the usual crowd. It strikes me as a little more full than the average however; along the lines of a pale ale. I don't mind a bit. Nor do I mind the semi-boisterous amount of carbonation that keeps things jumping.
Once I got the whole style thing sorted out, it was much easier to decide how I feel about this High & Mighty offering. While it may not be able to compete with the best that Germany has to offer, this is a better than decent stab at a hoppier-than-hell kolsch. Even though I didn't want it to be lousy beer, I would have loved to have been able to use the line "Beer Of The Gods is really more like Beer Of The Dogs".
10-26-2006 13:19:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.51/5 rDev +8%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy honey color capped by a minuscule head that fades quickly leaving no lace
Smell: Bready and grassy
Taste: Bready malt with a very grassy and bitter hop kick that dominates the mid-palate and the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation
Overall: Not too sure what to make of this beer; it could be a nice quaffer but the grassy bitterness of the hops just isn't sitting right with me; it's like a pilsner without the crispness
12-04-2013 01:25:30 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
So light, so refreshing, crisp, clean, and clear- the beer is less "God" like and more "Goddess" in its tone.
Built upon German underpinnings, its aroma shines with a mostly clear straw color that highlights its lively carbonation. Lightly headed, the beer sheds its foam structures onto the glass with broken rings of lace. Bright white froth towers over a modestly hazy body.
Grainy sweet to start, the beer's ale-lager dichotomy plays out on a bed of lightly kilned barley for an aroma and taste that's largely Pilsner-like. But then its those strong citrusy, grassy, and light piney hops that give away its American hop influences. If not for the hop contributions, the beer could have been sold as a Kolsch-style ale. Light grapefruit and citrus peels speak otherwise and twist into a lightly herbal finish of pine needles and fresh-cut grass.
Crisp and clean from head to toe, the ale plays nicely on the palate as the carbonation pushes the grain sweetness into a snappy and terse finish. Lightly astringent with the bite of hop leaf, the ale is otherwise dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable.
Yea, any beer named "Beer of the Gods" has be be masculine, dominant, and gentlemanly. High & Mighty's version is just to timid even though her finesse and delicate nature is charming.
06-01-2013 01:19:41 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-01-2008 23:37:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
This beer poured out with a very light yellow looking body, the head was fluffy and white in color. The retention was decent. The smell of the beer was also very soft and light, not too much on the nose really... other than some light grains. The taste of the beer was light with some grains and citrus notes. The mouthfeel also very light and moderately carbonated. Overall this beer would be best to have in the summer time I think. I can't say I've buy this on again though.
01-01-2012 02:38:11 | More by Knapp85
3.33/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-20-2006 22:36:09 | More by oberon
3.99/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
02-16-2013 02:42:17 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger, foamy, white head. It left a little lace.
S - A good deal of lemony scents to start off. Light caramel malt aroma, too.
T - An interesting blend of sweet caramel, lemon and some bitter flavors. Not hoppy but still bitter.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale.
D - This was really different from most blonde ales. The lemon aroma and taste was a surprise.
07-23-2009 16:38:37 | More by zeff80
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a clouded gold. White head that falls to nothing eventually. Nose is a metallic and citrus mix. There's an odd funk to it. Flavor is...not good. Ack. Pasty dough with an acrid lemon hit. Just does nothing for me. Feel is okay. Overall this is not very drinkable. I can't suggest it and I would never go back to it again.
12-31-2007 17:07:56 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +23.1%
On tap, beer is yellow and clear with a nice white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is a little hoppy and sweet, really nice aroma.
Beer is wet and sweet with a medium to light in body. Beer is mildly bitter, nice yeast and a great finish. I'd have this beer again, a little shocked but I do love a good blonde...
11-13-2012 17:40:24 | More by drabmuh
2.68/5 rDev -17.5%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with some bitter hop notes. The yeast also emits some fruity esters as well. The taste is pretty awful. It's really bitter and hard to swallow. It's dry with some nasty yeast off flavors. It's kind of watery in the finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. These guys need to readjust their business plan. They need to invest in a filter and they need to invest in some pasteurization. Also, the recipes need work. It's one and done for me.
11-01-2008 21:58:20 | More by WesWes
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
From 08/17/12 notes. Had this on tap at a bar right outside Boston, MA. Served in a pint glass.
a - Pours a hazy yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of wheat, spice, grains, and bready malts. Not bad but kind of bland; pretty average.
t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, grains, light yeast and spice. Again, a bit bland and average.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. A tiny bit undercarbonated.
o - Overall a pretty average blonde ale. Lots of bread and grains to it, and not much else. Would pass on this one again.
08-22-2012 20:59:51 | More by mdfb79
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
22 oz. bottle-
Pours hazed (from being unfiltered) straw yellow with a rocky, dense (almost too large) head. Foamy lacing follows body down the glass.
The smell is grainy, almondy, with tart lemongrass, and lime/orange fruitiness.
The taste is doughy/yeasty. Sweet graininess is balanced by tart fruitiness and bitterish hay/grass. Relatively well-balanced, with a doughy/yeasty and somewhat minty aftertaste.
Light-bodied with a rather aggressive carbonation level. Still, it holds up rather well and has a fairly long finish.
Not a bad interpretation of the style at all - has more character than typical, though yeasty aftertaste and carbonation level do slow it down a bit.
01-26-2010 18:12:56 | More by jwc215
3.75/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours very cloudy (like a hefeweizen) and straw yellow color. Tight, bright white head that recedes in a rocky fashion but leaves little lace.
Better hop than expected in the nose; some mild pale malt aroma as well. Very attractive and inviting (and surprising).
This is something of a hop bomb. Creamy body with a high level of carbonation. The initial flavor is of lighter colored grains, but the hop bitterness quickly takes over a strong peppery spice.
Frankly, looking at the overall score before trying this, I expected far less. To me, this is a solid beer with a lot of flavor.
09-14-2008 21:50:27 | More by smcolw
3.85/5 rDev +18.5%
Appears a semi-transparent light gold with nary a head but a mild white film and collar. Tiny speckles and streaks are left around the glass. Low volumes of CO2, if any.
Smell is of doughy, sweet caramel with a hint of pears raisins, and biscuits. Very clean yeast. I'd love to know what yeast strain they used.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted by honey and sugar cookies all in a very nice and clean brew. The strong points of the beer are dough, caramel, and pear with just a touch of hops in the background.
Mouthfeel is sweet, yeasty, medium bodied, and smooth with a slightly hoppy, and spritzy finish.
03-09-2007 19:55:26 | More by weeare138
2.4/5 rDev -26.2%
Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Almost clear, pale amber color. Hoppy nose. Strong carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is unremarkable just some hops. Piney aftertaste. $5.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
12-20-2008 23:22:41 | More by jdhilt
2.4/5 rDev -26.2%
12oz bottle bought as part of a mixed High & Mighty 6-pack from Ryan & Casey's, Greenfield, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the lightly light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades at an acceptable pace, with spotty delicate lace. Aroma is minimal, but what is present consists of biscuits, with tinges of fruit and spicing. Taste is in your face bitter upfront, mixed with citrus that soon gives way to the generic bitterness again. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just not where I would hope a saison should be.
01-20-2007 02:43:25 | More by ppoitras
3.75/5 rDev +15.4%
I am surprised to see this listed as an American Blonde, for it is not in my eyes. H/M's website says "German style" beer, for what it's worth with some noble hops in there. so...
Golden color and a bit light at that. Nice head building here. Foamy, somewhat dense with loose bubbles. Lacing is slick and thin
Hops aroma--light. Noble and zesty. Some malt, some spice, but not much. A thirst quencher, this could be.
Yeups. This isn't a heavenly beer, but it's pretty good. The malt is there to provide some sweetness to keep the modest amount of (good) hops at bay. Zesty and dry. Some spice on the end. Very drinkable. Light and refreshing
08-18-2011 23:55:45 | More by Mebuzzard
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-12-2009 23:24:41 | More by beerthulhu
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
Received as part of Secret Bunny 07 from cburian. Thanks Chris!
Slightly hazed pale yellow body with a short cap of bright white foam. Nice stickage and decent head retention. Malty aroma, grainy and bready, with lemony hop notes. Moderate bitterness with some bite lingering in the finish. Mild malt presence with the same lemon hop character, but a little floral too. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation, some tannic dryness. Fairly enjoyable and easy drinking.
04-27-2007 23:08:18 | More by DrJay
Beer Of The Gods from High & Mighty Beer Co.
75 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.