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Purity Of Essence - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 76
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of sholland119
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A mighty disappointment from my perspective.

This beer pours a hazy amber with a solid white head and just a bit of lacing. So far, so good. Aroma has solid pine hops and hint of malt. A little light in aroma but not bad.

Taste, though, is just not appealing. Bitter hops all the way through and not much else. I love my hops but this is too deeply bitter for my liking. Mouthfeel is, again, remarkably bitter.

This one was not for me. I don't know that it is classified properly here but I don't enjoy this as an example of any style I am familiar with.


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Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite hazy, orange colour. Very high carbonation, which filled half the glass with eggshell coloured foam even with a careful, slow pour. A bit of clumpy lace. Nicely balanced aroma, with toasty and doughy malt, a bit of caramel, fruity and earthy hops, citrusy. Bitterness was balanced up front, but became stronger and more harsh in the finish. The flavour was citrusy to start, grapefruit, with malt sweetness kicking in mid-palate. These flavours fell away towards the end and didn't provide the balance the bitterness required. Carbonation was too high and didn't give it a crisp character. The texture seemed off because of this, and even a slightly creamy quality didn't really compensate. I was nervous about the carbonation from the pour and my fears were realized. I had more hope after getting a good smell, but things just didn't come together.

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Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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

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Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. There are plenty of yeast floaties to go around. The aroma is decent. It has a relatively bitter scent along with a pretty good smelling malt aroma. It's appears to be pilsner and light crystal malts. The taste is average. It's true. It does have a nice hoppy taste and aroma, but there is nothing else to be celebrated here. The malt taste is not that great and it's a bit too hoppy, because of the lack of balance. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a forgettable beer. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My bottle thanks to Yamar 18. Thanks, Kevin!

The label on this bottle says it is 4.9% abv.

It pours a slightly hazy medium gold colour with over a 1 finger head of foam but doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The smell is big grain that reminds me of an AAL. I truly can't smell anything else.

The taste took me by surprise. Very hoppy and very bitter. Grapefruit flavour that is more bitter than I'm used to. It has an earthy malt presence that doesn't seem to bring any balance. Some grainy notes now just showing up. Weird.

Lots of carbonation, imho...too much. The body is nice.

Interesting brew but not something I'd want to drink again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bottle with bottled on date (June 4, 2008) poured into an American pint glass.

Appearance: Almost tawny amber hue with nice white head. A very thin layer of white remains after settling. It's unfiltered, but duh, it says that on the label.

Nose: Orange is immediately noticeable, and sweet malt, sarsaparilla, and Indian spices register.

Palate: Carbonation is moderate to high. Agitation reveals a lot of dry-hop characters and a little dustiness. There is an umami character here poking out between bursts of bitter hops (leaning on the pine-y side of things, not the citrus side). Nice and bitter, decent body, with a red kool-ade note right in the mid-palate.

Notes: Although this beer is sufficiently bitter and gets points for that IPA-esque extremeness, it seems to lack something in the middle. I get a strong nose, and an initial bitterness on the palate, a quick mid-palate of fruit and then immediately on to bitterness and dry hops again. I wish there was more in the middle.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagen1984 for this one. Probably should have got to this earlier - bottled October 29th, 2008. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Good looking brew here. A solid three-fingers of foam that stick around for quite a while and leave glass-coating lacing. Unfiltered golden apricot color that's slightly lighter at the edges.

S - The smell is potent - it erupts from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Spicy noble hops with pine and earthiness, pilsener malt, and some light fruitiness. How the heck did this hold up well for almost a year when some other hoppy brews are a mess after a few weeks?

T - The taste is a huge disappointment compared to the smell. Twangy lager character, mixed with light doughy malts, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish that builds a bit after a few pours. Decidedly average - there's nothing off, but it's just not all that good.

M - A bit harsh on the carbonation side, but the body is smooth and medium in thickness. Clean finish without minimal residual flavor or feel.

D - The carbonation is a bit bloaty, even after half of a glass. Otherwise the minimal aftertaste and decent flavor make it pretty easy to drink. I'm under the impression this stuff is cheap - ~$5 for a bomber.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale lager-y golden color with a nice bit of fluffy head. A nice amount of carbonation, looks drinkable...

Smell is a bit of sour malt/wheat and a bit of malty sweetness combined. Sort of earthy, maybe from the hops?

Taste is slightly metallic combined with a spiciness from the hops. The carbonation adds a nice dynamic to this beer as it is very thirst quenching and crisp due to the nice bubble action. A bit more hoppy than many of its counterparts but not anything to write home about...that being said its the best damn American Pale Lager I've ever had!!!

Very drinkable in the 22 oz. format.

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Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The style this beer is listed under isn't doing it any favors. This is a an American take on a kellerbier. I doubt it's open fermented or anything, but it's definitely an unfiltered urtyp lager.
Pours a really hazy khaki color with a lot of foam. Lots of suspended yeasts in this one.
The smell is pretty hoppy. Mild lager yeast, a hint of breadiness, and tons of grassy old world hops.
There's a really distinct fresh spearmint flavor that the hops are giving off that keeps coming back in each sip. Like other kellerbiers I've had, the hops really seem to thrive with the suspended yeast. In this case, I'm guessing they're hopping it extra liberally, too. A little bit of bready malt creeps in, but the hops and the yeast are the stars of this one.
Mouthfeel's thicker than I prefer and splitting a bottle of this was nice, but I don't think I would need a full bottle to myself.

Not bad, but probably not worth seeking for those who aren't kellerbier nuts. Still, you really have to respect what this beer is and what they were shooting for.
It's a neat idea that just wasn't directly up my alley.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with TheManiacalOne, Thanks Mark!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clouded orange/gold color with a huge white head that hung in there for the entire glass and left globs of lacing.
Earthy aroma, like grass clippings after a day or two.
Taste is a bit earthy as well with some malty sweetness showing up near the finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
It was ok but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is golden and hazy. Quite attractive. A nice ivory head. Smell is of hops with some pine. The taste is very good. Crisp and hoppy. Some hints of grapefruit and pine, but there's not too much depth here. It's tasty and drinkable, but not very complex. Mouthfeel is good, although it's a little too carbonated for my palate. Overall, tasty and certainly refreshing and drinkable. Not stellar, but good.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of HaM brewery in Holyoke, MA. I had a conversation with the brewers from Paper City at the ACBF in Boston and they told me that HaM uses their facilities. The Purity of Essence is a fine looking beer, in that it is an orange tawny fairly cloudy beer, with a creamy foam head that does retain and settles into a more soap like foam around the edges. A bit of lacing too.

The aroma is unique, fairly subdued, and quite enticing. Sweet malts, orange rind, perhaps wet leather, and a very hard to pin down spiciness as well. The taste is respectable, but that's as far as I'll go. It is quite drying in the finish, there is a tea like, sharp hoppiness, some bready malts in the backbone, with some tart florals in the body. The beer is a bit biting, but it lacks the oily hop esters to be especially interesting. The beer isn't particularly sweet, floral, or estery. There might be some spiciness in the beer, a bit peppery. This is a medium bodied beer, unfiltered and not characteristic of an American Malt liquor, which is a good thing. It is better made than that, and it is more like a dark lager. The mouthfeel and aftertaste is quite dry.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature."

--Thomas Kempis

Radiant tangerine with honey colored highlights. Munich malt adds a slightly darker color to this *pale* lager (that it didn't really need). The upper third of the pint glass is occupied by a wonderfully sticky chunk of foam that is yellowed bone in hue and is beginning to deposit small chunks and tattered sheets of lace.

The aroma is balanced between pale malt and musky-fruity hops. High & Mighty says that noble hops are used, but it smells like something English is in there as well. Fuggles maybe. I'm not sure if the above style is the best fit, but my tastes buds are always a better judge.

Purity Of Essence is well-brewed beer that doesn't come close to knocking my socks and/or shoes off. It's on the simple side and lacks personality, but then that's true of most of the world's pale lagers. The thing that saves it from mediocrity is a surprising amount of leafy hoppiness. The German hops make it taste... well... German. Or maybe Czechoslovakian, if Saaz are in the house.

Because my Munich malt detector is pretty sensitive, it picks up just a hint of the tell-tale toasted, earthy nuttiness. The hops are lemony and grassy, with an estimated IBU count of... 40ish. A ripe apricot fruitiness makes it seem as if ale yeast was used. The finish is bordline snappy and crisp, which is a definite plus.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the ABV and will be rewarded as a result. It has a sneaky light creaminess and stays buoyant all the way to the gently bitter end of each mouthful.

In the final reckoning, Purity Of Essence is better than Beer Of The Gods, the only other High & Mighty offering to have entered my glass. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again, especially if it was right out of the hopper. Thanks to damienblack for the bomber.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting approach to the lager style. Coppery-colored with a huge, stiff, summer-day-white-cloud head that simply wouldn't go away. (The head size may or may not have been caused by my dropping the bottle several days before I opened it.) A surprising amount of malt is present in the nose, plus a fat dose of sour citrus. Sharp carbonation cuts in immediately followed by a hefty dose of caramel and oranges. Alcohol is mild; bubbles are nice. This is closer to an APA or an alt bier than a lager. Another interesting approach from H&M. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Bounty628
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purity of Essence has a very noble ABV coming in at 6.50%. The beer does pack a nice little punch especially since it comes in bomber bottles and the alcohol is allowed to shine through a bit during the tasting.

The beer pours a rather light yellow color that features a bit of haze when poured into the pint glass. There is a creamy, off-white head that builds at the top of the pour and that same off-white head turns into a nice off-white lacing that is retained from pour to finish. The carbonation is quite noticeable in this pour and dances along visibly despite the sort of golden haze within the glass.

The smell is rather unique when poured and there is a sort of sour malt nose mixing with a sort of grassy to grainy complexity. There is a hint of floral undertones at play within the smell that are accentuated by a kick of a certain sort of spiciness within the pour, as well.

What is perhaps the biggest surprise once the beer is tasted is the amount of hops that are packed into the taste. Though they were not highly up front in the nose the hops sure to come through in a big and friendly way within the taste. The higher ABV of 6.50% does come through in the taste and matches to a sort of earthy taste in a rather different way. There is a bit of the grassy nature noticed in the nose that also comes through in the taste but still the hops seem to really hold their own within the pint glass. This is a very different taste and is one that might not be enjoyed by all. To me it is a nice break from something that is overly traditional and the individualism expressed by High & Mighty in this taste is to be applauded.

Purity of Essence has a nice drinkability to it but is probably best served having one bomber perhaps with a spicy meal and then calling it quits. This is not a session beer and is probably best served as an "on-occasion" beer or when something truly different is desired. If you wanted to serve this beer with another beer, it would seem as though a big-IPA post Purity of Essence would probably be your best bet.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ox bottle was poured into an oversized imperial pint glass. Almost fit the whole bottle in here.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden brown color with great clarity and good signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: crystal and bready malts, grassy, and some lemony characteristics.

Taste; Not sure what an IPL is supposed to taste like, but ths is somewhat in between both styles light it entails. Tartness and lemony characteristics linger in the back of the taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, full bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: A better understanding of this style would be good. I like their take on this style and will revisit it again. A nice fix for this hot summer day in Boston.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.