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Purity Of Essence - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: fitzy84 on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by philipquarles:
Photo of philipquarles
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bomber. Pours slightly hazy gold with a lasting thick white head. Great lacing. Smells grassy and grainy, with nice hop notes coming through alongside pale malt. The hops are dominant in the taste; not only are they pleasantly aromatic, but they give a sharp, refreshing bitterness. Nice pale malt. This is easily the best American take on a kellerbier I've had--very good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650ml bottle, bottled Jun42008. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange/brown color. The head was spotty, and dissipated quickly. It had a nice citrus aroma as well as a little malt presence. Orange taste, which persisted. Nice tang to it. Good beer, refreshing.

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber, Bottled on dating of "June 4, 2008" on the side of the label. Funny looking beer, sort of cloudy, brownish amber, fast departing light tan head...chemical smelling nose, not off to a good start here...things don't really improve too quickly..taste is all over the place, and I don't mean that in a good way..chocolaty malts are the highlight, then I get some vegetable type off notes....did not love this one...one and done for me..would not get this one again

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High & Mighty- Purity of Essence

High & Mighty finally made it to NJ. 1 of my favorite Mass. breweries.

A- Light clear copper brown with a huge frothy head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Big pungent pine hops infuzed into a lightty roasted cereal malt.
T- Sweet somewhat light bready malt with a nice bitter oily pine hoppiness. Sweet buttery malt really shines through.
M- Light sweet creamy malt with a good dose of bitter dry hops.

Overall- Quit nice and easy to drink. $5.50 for a bomber, good price for a good beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid golden color, sparkling clear with rushing bubbles and a 2" bubbly head with sticky lace around, creamy and puffy in an island in the middle of the head. Very healthy.

An amazing musty yeastie aroma, corn and wheat, hearty subtle spices and very aromatic for the style.

A crystal clear, snazzy feel and flavor, light golden wheat and musty, earthy notes from the yeast, and it's a rather complex lager yeast. Dry, light and snappy feel goes a long way, more earthy dry flavor'
s from the hops and the hops are in perfect balance for the style.

This is a mighty fine american-brewed lager.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener- poured a murky light brown color with an off-white one finger head, good retention and some nice drippy lacing.

Smells nice and hoppy- a sharp pine scent, a little grass, and a little malt (but barely noticeable).

Tastes like an IPA! Strange... A good does of pine hoppiness, and a little grassy. Towards the end, I get MAYBE a little bit of yeast but hard to tell.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium bodied with more than moderate carbonation. Very refreshing but not as smooth or as subtle as I would have hoped. It is American I guess...

Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, decent creamy head that leaves great lacing. Smells of grassy and grainy malt, touch of spiciness, soft breadiness. Tastes of bitter grassy like malt with a nice earthy hoppy bitterness. Nice spiciness from the hops, very dry beer.

A very unique beer. It tastes almost like an India pale lager, if such thing exists. The hops are huge in this beer, very bitter and extremely dry. I think the drinkability might go up if there was larger malt presence to counter the hops. That said, i love the noble hops and dryness in this beer. A must try.

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 ounce bomber bottled on Feb 06 2010. Sampled on February 23, 2010. The pour is a hazy rusty copper with a bit too much puffy white head...maybe three inches deep and nearly flowing over the glass. The aroma has a mixture of bitterness, grapefruit, apricot, and floral hops. As for the taste, I get an up front dorse of malts followed by a chaser of hops. This was not a bad beer but it did not blow me away.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright tangerine orange with a rapidly evolving and towering solid foam head that shot up 4 fingers high initially. The coloring was beige while the head calved forming a rocky, mountainous structure that clung to the sides of the glass walls leaving large clumpy patchings. Visible carbonation started out strong initially with a dozen or so jet streams of micro bubbles rising at a rapid rate all in unison.

S: The nose had a light fresh grassiness to it along with fresh celery stalks. Light overall in delivery it also featured a soft hints of dried grain husks lurking in the background adding a subtle dry graininess.

T: The initial flavor delivered a grassy hopping along with semi-dried orange peel citrus tones. Green leafy vegetative stalks of celery and a faint hint of chives gives this a herbal sense. Dried lemon peels appear midway through the experience as the finish finds a soft dried grassiness with a moderate fade leaving this beer on a fairly good note.

M: a good sense of carbonation with a playful tingle and a medium fullness. A dry bittering finish of grassiness teases the tongue with a medium strong sense.

D: good with a equally good enjoyability factor. Would make for a solid summer time drink. A hoppy lager worthy of a recommend and would consider purchasing this again.

Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this advertised around and finally got a chance to drink it in its 22 oz bomber. Appearance is a dark, murky brown-amber color with a thick lacing on the sides but a generally thin head throughout. Aromas are rich in malt and hop balances with some grain, bready biscuit, and sugars. The beer is generally sweet with a dry finish. Good mouthfeel makes it crisp and delicious. Overall, a good drink from High and Mighty.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bill for sending this one my way. I never would have gotten it or even looked for it otherwise! Twenty two ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed 08/12/2008.

First of this is no malt liquor! The pour was a nice bright amber , very cloudy and hazy with a good bit of carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass. A nice two inch head of white then came up over the top and settled down to a thin level that lasted about another minute before turning to a rocky crown that coated the sides.

The aroma was bright, lots of floral hops and lemon zest in this one. Hints of tangerine, light bready malts and a hint of grain. The flavor was more of the same with a bright profile. Light bodied, but as it warmed turning a bit toward the chewy side, the carbonation was very good throughout and never really got dull, boring or flat. I was really shocked by the flavor as this tasted unlike and malt liquor I had ever had. It was very much like a nice, lightly hopped pale ale. Everything about it was light and bright, with lots of lemon and tangerine, almost grapefruit but not quite that bitter. Nice drying finish left a lingering taste in the mouth for quite sometime.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was an excellent beer to have on a hot night as it was not that filling, nor was it too heavy in profile. Should be categorized as a pale ale I would think, but who am I to judge!

Photo of soco7tyx7
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper, mildly cloudy, thick off white head with a bit of lacing
S - Strong aroma of lemon in the nose, citrus hops, yeast with some earth tones, biscuit maltiness, some light skunk
T - Strong malt up front, citrus in the body with a lemon finish
M - On the lighter side with a crisp feel to the body
D - Being unfiltered sort of gave this one some interesting character. A decent lager, and certainly easy to drink a whole 22oz in a session

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a three finger high off white head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some earthy flavors along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really flavorful and stands out compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of WalterSobchak
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled on 10/29/08

Subdued aroma with a little citrus out of the glass. Great looking when poured; hazy and honey colored. Not much of a head and dissipated quickly.

Very bright feel on the tongue with really nice carbonation. Initial malt and hops fades to heavier hops in the back of the throat. Flavors become more intense as it sits in the glass; nice, because it was not initially very robust.

I had been really looking forward to this beer and I suppose I'm a little disappointed. It's a decent beer and would be perfect for an afternoon BBQ. I like it, will have it again but not until the warm weather hits. -WS

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Craigie on Main. Yeah I know, la ti da.

Pristine amber with a purty white cap. Ample lace, retention, and even a few beads of sweat on this hot and humid night.

Aroma hands down one of the best I've ever got from a lager. The floral and citrus hops explode from the glass and leave a just a little room for a light, doughy malt accompaniment.

Taste doesn't disappoint. The light and fluffy pils malt and citrus hops are carried over from the aroma and that makes me happy. Mouthfeel is a little slick and oily (from wheat?), but still good.

A damn fine beer.

Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light gold body with a massively foamy head that makes me rethink the way I poured it. Good retention to the white head that has a nice creamy texture. Thick piles of lace on the glass.

S- I get lager yeast notes and hops right as I pour from several feet away. Floral, grassy and spicy hops. Malt is pale caramel. Some bread and definite lager feel

T- A good balance of the necessary beer elements. Hops are prevalent and bring floral, spice, grass and pepper to the table. Somewhat sweet malt, pale caramel. Yeast bread hints.

MF- Highly carbonated fizzy feel, as I expected from the pour. A moderately bitter finish.

Definitely a well hopped lager that brings a nice flavor to the table. The balance between yeast, malt and hops is nicely executed and that is not easy to do.

Photo of dsa7783
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for a nice sale-sticker price of $4.25... Impressive appearance for this beer genre, with a giant foamy and frothy head that lay atop an apricot-colored hue with visible, rising carbonation present as well... Vibrant aroma replete with fresh citrus nuances... A bite in the overall flavor profile...
Good stuff...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color with a large white head that quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, citrus, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are followed by a decent hops presence for the style and a touch of spiciness. The malt character is on the thin side but exactly where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with some flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber:

Pours hazed golden (It's unfiltered) with a fluffy/rocky large white head. Some patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, grapefruity, floral, slightly musty, with grainy and bready notes.

The taste is nicely hopped (citric- lemon/orange - and floral), though with a grainy sweet and underlying tart balance. Finishes refreshingly dry.

It has a creamy, but crisp, light-to-medium body. Dryness lingers. Slight alcohol shows.

Even with slight alcohol showing, it is very easy-drinking and refreshing. Hoppy, but balanced. Well-done! Reminds me more of a kellerbier (with an "American" influence...and a nice one at that!

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Thick pillowy head is going nowhere fast, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is minimal and balanced. Taste starts lightly citrus, goes pale malt sweet for a bit, back to some tartness at the close coupled with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability a little challenged by the tart and bitterness clashing some. Overall a nice drinker.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy/murky medium golden yellow in color with some apricot + light orange highlights and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy light beige head that slowly reduces to large thick cap in the center of the beer surrounded by very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops with lighter amounts of grassy hops. Underneath there are lighter aromas of yeast spiciness and a cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of cereal grain malts which are quickly overtaken by the hop flavors - citrus/lemon and grassy hops stand out. Light amounts of yeast spiciness. Overall there is a light amount of lingering bitterness..

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: For a style that I do not come across all that often, I really thought this was a very enjoyable brew with some great hop aromas and flavors and not too much bitterness. The citrus notes make this one pretty refreshing and it is easy to drink.

Photo of Bubba83
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently got this as an extra in a trade with barnesy148927, thanks man!

Pours with a good three finger widths of offwhite/yellow head. The head looks pillowy in nature, and there are millions of tiny little bubbles rising up very quick through the glass. The body is a hazy sunset orange with shades of yellow. Like the color a lot. Head retention and lacing are great for the style.

Extremely floral nose of hop character. Grass is here too, and I almost smell a kind of belgian witbier type yeasty smell here too for some reason, but it's nice. Straw and bread can be found too beyond the surface.

Initially tastes like a fresh baked french bread loaf, but has a little more indescript malt sweetness in there too. Mid-range almost seems a little bit wheaty, and then finishes up with a nice flowery/spicy kick of hops. Not much citrus to be found, but maybe a little lemon.

Feels nice, really lively carbonation is smacking around my tongue, and it's keeping things nice and refreshing. Finish is pretty dry. Good body consistency/viscosity and head texture.

Overall this is a winner in the Pale Lager category. I haven't had a lager quite like this one before, and I'm digging it. It's on the heavier end of the spectrum for sure, and there's even a little alcohol coming through. First beer I've had from this company, but now I may seek out something else. How is the average a B? Maybe Arbitrator is onto something...

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy because it is unfiltered. The color is a light amber. Very impressive, rocky head with superb lace on the glass side.

Strong "refrigerator" smell; mild malt in the background--even milder hop essence.

The flavor is an improvement over the smell. Lots of flavoring hops. Slightly alcohol-ish in the background of the reasonably dry malt. This is a thin beer with lots of carbonation.

It's kind of a one-trick pony--not much complexity here. Still, for a malt liquor, it is better than most.

Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle came my way thanks to gn0sis...

A- Pours a dark copper color with just a touch of haze in it. Solid off white head sticks around and leaves some good lacing.

S- Good balance between hops and malts. Citrusy with a touch of caramel. One of the more well balanced beers I've had in quite a while.

T- Once again, very well balanced. Bitter citrusy hops up front rounded off nicely wtih sweet malts. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Prickly mouthfeel.

D- Easily drinkable. Low ABV and smoothness makes it easy to drink.

Thanks again, Eric!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/15/09, enjoyed 11/10/09

Appearance - pours a hazy golden yellow. Much head at first, six fingers easily. Big bubbles on the edges but a dense pack in the center. Excellent retention, once the head dries out, I can pour in enough to where the crown is a good inch above the rim and resting nicely. About as nice as this style can get. I didn't swirl the sediment in but I guess you could for a slightly cloudier start.

Aroma - clean, grainy, inoffensive. A touch of citrusy lemon/orange hops as this sets up, nice!

Taste - good malt depth for an APL. Robust grain, rye-like in a sense. The hops create good balance. A little citrus, very little, resolving to a dry bitterness on the swallow. There is a slight return of a lemon twang on the finish. About the hoppiest APL I've had, it's good!

Mouthfeel - slick and very crisp, with an even body.

Drinkability - certainly sessionable, quite tasty too. The hops are big but not quite as much character as I'd like. Maybe more citrus character or back off somewhat on the whole. A great effort by H&M. Much thanks to Solan (RB) for pointing me towards this one while in Orlando.

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Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.