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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
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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ATPete

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange with bright yellow highlights, a medium sized white head clings to the glass nicely. Dank, earthy hops with a soft lager yeast note in the nose. Creamy at first, the beer leaves the quaff with a bright tingle from the carbonation. Caramel and pale malt sweetness lays in great balance from a generous hop character. Bottled 7/15, this bottle has held up pretty nicely. Would like to find this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:48:08 | More by ATPete
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 23:14:13 | More by philipquarles
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 21:53:58 | More by NJpadreFan
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Bounty628

Massachusetts

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 14:06:18 | More by Bounty628
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bum732

Lesotho

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:17:45 | More by bum732
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:30:47 | More by indiapaleale
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - Bottled June 4th, 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with dull red highlights. The cream colored head rises 1/2" and shows decent retention. A little bit of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Pine hops mix with some floral aromas over top of a fruity malt base. Lager yeast and candi sugar. Cherry, plum, and some orange make a finish.

Taste: Cherry and other fruits are first out of the barrel. Bitter hop resin follows and lingers around. Caramel malt is underneath it all. Crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A little bit fruity and mostly hop bitterness. A tad of booze at the end. You wouldn't think of this beer as a lager.

Drinkability: Quite nice. Well balanced and smooth drinking. Being unfiltered made a nice touch. A pleasure all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 11:53:16 | More by Risser09
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WalterSobchak

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:05:17 | More by WalterSobchak
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Billolick

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:50:50 | More by Billolick
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 15:03:09 | More by sholland119
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WesWes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:28:04 | More by SFLpunk
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 23:19:03 | More by albern
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 01:27:25 | More by fitzy84
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Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.