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Purity Of Essence - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fitzy84 on 07-15-2008)
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

05-19-2013 17:32:49 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

"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.

09-18-2009 21:21:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

08-14-2008 12:46:17 | More by mikesgroove
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

11-30-2009 04:45:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9%

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.

09-17-2009 23:46:15 | More by MasterSki
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WesWes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

10-08-2008 22:41:51 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

01-17-2010 20:56:25 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

09-07-2008 17:18:47 | More by smcolw
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Billolick

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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

11-17-2008 01:50:50 | More by Billolick
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-19-2013 17:32:01 | More by dbrauneis
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-30-2009 21:34:20 | More by ppoitras
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

11-10-2009 00:34:18 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

06-18-2010 22:42:46 | More by DrJay
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Brad007

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Another malt liquor from a micro? Hmm.

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a thick and fluffy head that has decent staying power and ample carbonation.

Aroma is thick and citrusy upfront with only a hint of malt sweetness showing through. Doesn't smell like a malt liquor.

Taste starts off with strong hop bitterness upfront followed by a clean malt profile that is somewhat sweet and bready. The bitterness lingers and alcohol warmth is minimal.

Mouthfeel is mainly bitterness with a hint of alcohol warmth. A little dry as well.

Hmm, as for drinkability? As much as it stymies me, I can't get enough of taking sip after sip. Definitely has more body than a macro malt liquor. I'm not even sure if the style is accurate but maybe that's because of all the other malt liquors I've had. Regardless, if you want something that will puzzle you and refresh you at the same time, give this a try. Now, if only it came in 40s. Hmm.

08-31-2008 22:51:34 | More by Brad007
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-11-2013 20:24:19 | More by harpus
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

01-19-2014 15:34:43 | More by Bitterbill
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

02-24-2010 04:04:42 | More by puboflyons
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-23-2008 12:59:01 | More by lordofthewiens
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

11-13-2009 21:58:58 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

11-11-2009 03:53:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

07-04-2011 04:17:57 | More by cbutova
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-03-2009 21:53:58 | More by NJpadreFan
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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...

12-15-2009 00:56:43 | More by dsa7783
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-19-2013 17:18:09 | More by smithj4
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +18%

@ 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.

08-28-2010 20:06:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.