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Purity Of Essence - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fitzy84 on 07-15-2008)
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:24:43 | More by Hopdaemon39
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-19-2012 21:01:39 | More by jongullotti
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-28-2012 04:45:49 | More by EvanWilliams
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tvazteca

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-01-2011 05:11:27 | More by tvazteca
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trisweb

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-27-2011 07:11:56 | More by trisweb
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beerdrinker4life

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another treat that I have never seen before. I had this over in Worcester along with the Spice of Life.

Hmmm pours great! Nice real hazy straw color here. Head is snow white. Looks fun!

Smelled a little bit weird. Nice hop aroma but a weird cooked corn smell too? Almost like creamy spinach.

Taste was pretty awesome though. It had a weird cracker or biscuit like taste but real nice and dry. Pretty thirst quenching. I think I could taste the yeast as well.

Really nice subtle mouthfeel and perfect amount of bubbles.

Overall a good beer. Nothing that blew me away but darn fine for what it was.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 00:21:12 | More by beerdrinker4life
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:47:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle just purchased from Whole Foods - and a very attractive pour at that. A hazy burnt orange color with plenty of foam - in fact, the carbonation may be a bit excessive.

Strong floral smell - citrusy and what I'd call tropical in nature. One of the tastier Lagers I've tried recently although I'd have preferred a bit less sweetness. The malt seems to dominate somewhat but the hops also make their presence known. Refreshing aftertaste.

I'd definitely buy this product again. Kudos to the brewer for stamping the bottling date very plainly in a space on the side of the label - wish more craft brewers would make it so easy to determine this date.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:37:57 | More by Greenlabel
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 20:06:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a proteinaceous off-white head over a semi-opaque, well-carbonated, light amber colored body. The head was well-retained.

S- Very mild nose overall. Just a whiff of crackerlike malt (at best) and nothing more...

T- Crackerlike malt flavors up-front. On the mid-palate I get a very mild earthy hop flavor, but no hop bitterness until the tail-end of the finish, where this ultra-mild hop bitterness co-mingles with some huskiness. An overall delicate flavor profile that starts-out biscuitlike and finishes slightly dry. While mild on the palate, I am really digging this!

M- Medium bodied, slight texture from unattenuated sugar. Moderately coarse carbonation. No astringency.

D- This ultra-quaffable brew can easily go-down in quantities. I love what they've done here!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:05:26 | More by jgasparine
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Bubba83

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 05:51:37 | More by Bubba83
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw-amber with a frothy long lived head. Head welled up into a sculptured cloud-like appearance. Laced the walls of my glass.

Very slight flower-like nose.

Flavor is almost that of a pale ale rather than what I'm expecting from a lager. Nevertheless its a nice palatable up front and center bitter hops with a light almost transparent "background". I wish there was a hint of yeast to flesh out the one dimensional hops only character.

Nevertheless the entire flavor makes this beer a definite summer-time thirst quencher served chilled. The ABV isn't so high that a pint will hamper one's metabolism.

Mouthfeel is a very cordial stance-- not particularly robust or "active", but a nice smooth "low-profile" character.

Drinkability- Given the ABV I can enjoy this beer without the adverse effects of the alcohol.

I like this brew. I will enjoy a few more pints!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:52:40 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 18:21:21 | More by kbeals
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speter

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a rock-hard head (due to wheat). Unfiltered or not, wheat or not, the cloudiness is a bit odd, although well advertised on the bottle.

S: H&M claim to use only German Perle, Tettnang and Hersbrucker, but the nose is more citrusy (think American hops). There's also a hefty dose of Munich and Vienna malts.

T: Here's where the style elephant come in. The flavor is much more reminiscent of a pale ale than a lager of any stripe. There are kisses of esters without any hints of sulfur. Mind you, it's not bad, just not quite to style. (And if I were placing it, it's more of an American Dortmunder.) More sulfur hints, and it might merit a 5 for originality.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. The aftertaste is a tad on the hoppy side, but again if this were considered an American Dortmunder, that might be a plus.

D: At 6.5%, it's not going to be a session beer, but I'd sure like another.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 22:32:36 | More by speter
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soco7tyx7

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 16:36:15 | More by soco7tyx7
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 21:25:05 | More by gfreed
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is strong and fruity - apricot, grapefruit and orange. Warm and thick. The flavor is more like a smooth APA than a lager - grainy, fruity, with orange, grapefruit, and a lingering, deep citrus bitterness. The finish gives it away, though: crisp, slight, with a distinct sulfur tang. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Unusual and tasty, though I find it little cloying after a while, which lowers the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:54:34 | More by Seanibus
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Domingo

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 17:13:16 | More by Domingo
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:56:25 | More by jwc215
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 05:09:48 | More by DoreenAndDave
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:45:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
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