Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by Clydesdale:
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow-gold. The foamy, bubbly white head is medium sized. Retention is middling, but some splotches of lace do stick to the glass as the head recedes.
S: Some malty, crackery aroma up front. Spicy, herbal, and lemony hop notes are clear and bright. A bit of nondescript fruitiness is also present.
T: Lightly grainy, crackery malt up front. Lightly sweet, with a bit of a sourdough note. Hop bitterness is fairly strong, with big herbal flavor. Lemony, fruity, and spicy character is also noticeable.
M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light. The beer gradually builds into a very dry, hoppy finish. Refreshing.
D: This is a nice, flavorful lager with a good bit of character. Obviously hop-focused, and a bit more yeast character than usual for a pale lager, but this was enjoyable.
08-17-2012 01:20:02 | More by Clydesdale
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3.73/5 rDev +6%
Poured a pale lighter yellow with a large blossoming white head that left three full rings of lace as it settled very slowly,just a great looking head and a nice spritzy look.Aromas are cleaner with a bit of toasted grain and faint honey sweetness,there is a shot of herbal hops in there as well.Somewhat dry on the palate up front with some toasted grain,a pretty good dose of herbal/leafy hops really stand out,the honey-like sweetness is there in the finish.This isn't a bad lager,it's fresh tasting and made for hot humid days like today.
07-09-2013 21:24:30 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +18.8%
Appearance – This is a gorgeous, hazy yellow in color with a big, beautiful head that showed fantastic retention. This is exactly how a beer should look.
Smell – The grain is clean with some light, leafy hops. Overall the aroma is rightly understated with none of that disgusting sweetness typical of lesser efforts.
Taste – The grain is nice and pure at the tongue. If the APLs are our best effort at a Euro-style pilsner than this is a home run. It has that light, refreshing summertime taste that you look for in the style and it is impeccably balanced. There’s even a faint lemon zest note here that sparks up the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a lively carbonation and very quenching.
Drinkability – There’s no one thing here that blew my socks off but it is more of a symphony on display. It is amazingly balanced, quite refreshing, and approachable to just about any drinker.
PS: This is Release #4.
11-23-2011 23:36:50 | More by RoyalT
2/5 rDev -43.2%
22oz bottle, release #1 bottled on 5/4/11 and 4.5% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes down to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet corny malts with some slightly metallic noble hops.
The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with a decent noble hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.
Overall, very similar to an above average euro lager with a little more hops.
08-25-2011 04:41:11 | More by Beaver13
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
22oz brown bomber with a batch #.
LOOK: Clear yellow, more than sufficient frothing
SMELL: Spicy, fresh cut grass, lemon pith, leafy, crackers, yeast
TASTE: Smooth, lighter body, oily hop, soft bitterness, fluffy, bready, grainy, lemon grass, herbal, dry grassy finish
A very solid lager all around, the hopping is obviously the showcase here but the maltiness does hold its own. Very drinkable.
06-15-2012 01:35:23 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.
Appearance: Clear, light straw with thick stark white head and some nice lacing.
Smell: Very grainy, with straw, grass, pepper and light citrus.
Taste: Straw, grain, and lemon predominately. Some pepper on the finish, and very bitter as the malts are wafer thin.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a very light body. Very dry.
Overall: This is a very hoppy, bitter lager. Too bitter for the low abv and light malts IMO. Quite simply there is not enough oomph or taste to back up the bitterness. Just as a point of comparison, Victory Prima Pils is also very bitter, but has the necessary taste to make it a world class beer.
06-16-2012 22:03:00 | More by bsp77
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
No dating on the bottle but the description, the label, and the big greenhop on the label grabbed my attention. Beautiful looking beer it's almost glowing a neon lemon slight haziness but it's bright looking. Glistening white head with thick layers of tiny bubbles filling the top portion of the glass. Aroma has a bright lemon citrus quality, the label says their American hops with American yeast, and German pilsner malt. The smell is great I just keep smelling fresh picked ups with green, herbal, bright lemon citrus, and earthiness jump out of the glass. Flavor has a clean lemon citrus punch that brings with it layers of grassy/herbal quality, dusted with some yeast nuttiness and pale malt sweetness. Becomes a bit hop pellet focused with each sip, but I really can't hate on the hops this is a delicious hoppy lager that is their #5 relase in the Exponential series. This bottle label says 5% abv, which is still right in the sessionable level, 22 ounce bomber for 6 bucks well worth it for my tastes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with slick hop oils lubricating the palate this beer is actually making me salivate from all of the hop additions. Carbonation is dead on not overdone but sturdy enough to carry it all through with each sip. Quite the enjoyable creative hopped up lager, that I wish I had regular access to.
02-26-2012 18:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
Very light pour with a big thick head that lasted for several minutes. Smell was slighter than I expected, but hop was evident. Taste is immediate on the hop but the finish is light and fleeting, just no staying power but for a few spicy hop notes that are nice but underwhelming.
Would buy again, but the finish leaves a bit to be desired.
08-25-2012 03:18:22 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.
A - clear, pale yellow with a soft, white head that has little retention
S - herbal, grassy, heavy lager yeast
T - herbal, earthy, lager yeast, clean bitter finish
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a really nice, hoppy, smooth lager. The hops are intense and definitely give it character. A bit more balance would help, but overall this was a very enjoyable offering.
09-27-2012 23:48:02 | More by tdm168
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
interesting hybrid brew from epic. what struck me first was the greenish tinge when poured into my epic logo pint. frothy white head with larger bubbles rising from the bottom, but it didn't stick around. herbal, almost medicinal aromas wafting out of this one; increased in intensity as the beer warmed up a few degrees. something grassy, too. light body as expected with a dry, dry finish. not as thirst quenching as i would have expected; those american hops really dry this beer out. taste is like a german pilsner that received an extra dose of u.s. hops. i suppose that's what they were going for in this one. certainly ok, but i wouldn't rush out to find another.
06-18-2012 00:22:45 | More by dannydetox
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
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