Purity Of Essence - High & Mighty Beer Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-05-2010 22:32:36 | More by speter
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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
02-28-2010 16:36:15 | More by soco7tyx7
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-27-2010 21:25:05 | More by gfreed
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
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-22-2010 22:54:34 | More by Seanibus
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
02-21-2010 17:13:16 | More by Domingo
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
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...
12-15-2009 00:56:43 | More by dsa7783
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
12-07-2009 05:09:48 | More by DoreenAndDave
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
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-15-2009 23:48:08 | More by ATPete
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
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
10-31-2009 23:14:13 | More by philipquarles
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
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
"Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature."
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
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-24-2009 14:06:18 | More by Bounty628
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-13-2009 00:17:45 | More by bum732
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-27-2009 20:30:47 | More by indiapaleale
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
03-20-2009 11:53:16 | More by Risser09
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
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
01-19-2009 02:05:17 | More by WalterSobchak
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
Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.