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Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%


Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deliciously hoppy lager, this clean, spicy, yet fruity addition to the Exponential series is sure to quench your summer palate just right!

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 07-21-2011)
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:36:50 | More by RoyalT
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- SLightly hazy pale yellow. Head is thin, but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is relatively clean but there is just a bit of citrus aromas in there. Some spicyness too. But a clean aroma is the predominant charactersitic here.
T- Taste is initially pretty clean as well, sweet grains. In the finish the flavors really show, with a spicy and citric aftertaste, spice moreso than citrus. This is how a lager can be clean and still have flavor.
M-Pretty light and clean on the tongue. Could have used a boost in carbonation I think. Dry finish, however.
O- By American Pale Lager standards this is near the top. I would gladly pick this up for tailgating, or as my beer for over the course of a night. It doesn't push the boundaries quite so much as it advertises, but it still tastes good and that's what counts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 21:33:45 | More by jsprain1
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:48:02 | More by tdm168
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A nice rocky white head, very bright, makes a good two almost three fingers in size, sits on a very hazy straw lemon yellow body, with lots pin sized uniform bubbles very small, rising from the bottom. They really crawl up very slowly, its almost slow motion. After warming up a bit, body clears nicely, and there is also lots of clumpy lacing. much nicer looking then!

Nose is yeasty with a clean malt sense, good mild hop angle on this balancing nicely. Seems solid and decent.

Sharp hop bite at first, which is interesting on the palate. On the finish is a good light malt sweetness that lingers. It's very interesting cause my normal experience with most beers including this style is I taste the malts first, then the hops and this is practicaly in reverse. Finishes clean, with some crispness, but a good honey density and very light sweetness.

A good solid tasting lager, I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:27:06 | More by smakawhat
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kagent777

Utah

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 brewed on July 15, according to the Epic website. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light yellow. A white head sits on top for a little while and then settles to leave a small ring and islands of foam. This beer even leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Clean pilsner malts with some fruitiness and spiciness from the malts.

Taste: Really clean crisp malts with mild but noticeable hops character. These one seems to be an extension of the Pfiefferhorn Lager, also brewed by Epic. The hops notes are subtle, but very pleasant. If I wanted to be hit over the head I would choose an IPA, on the other hand, if I want a nice drinkable beer with plenty of character, I will choose this one or the Pfiefferhorn. The slight bitterness from the hops does have a noticeably long finish

Mouthfeel: The body is light like a summer beer should be. The carbonation does not come on too strong.

Overall: I think this is a solid beer. The American Pale Lager is a tough category because it is dominated by the big boy on the macro market. Many craft drinkers will hold their noses up as they walk past this one to get something a little stronger. This is a shining example of a beer that can be used to win over craft converts. It tastes familiar enough to them, and yet is still well made with a solid taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:53:05 | More by kagent777
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:20:02 | More by Clydesdale
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Jree261

California

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Clean and clear golden with a white foam.

Smell-Grassy and herbal spicy.

Taste-Follows the nose with some bitter citrus fruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light body with a decent finish. Easy to drink.

Overall-Perfect for summer. Light and refreshing. Crisp and clean at the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:40:57 | More by Jree261
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden straw color with a big rocky white cap which provides loads of lacing once it settles down

S: A little sweet with lemongrass. Definitely hop forward!

T: Big lemongrass and light fruit esters upfront but predominately lemongrass. A light toast is detected as is a very minute spiciness. The hops really shine on this lager. The name represents. The finish is a bit oily, a lingering hop bitterness, more lemongrass, still refreshing and tasty

M: Lighter bodied, well carbonated, perhaps a tweek to high, but nothing major.

O: Easy to drink, hop forward lager. Could easily be classified as a IPL.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2013 17:49:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with lightly sweet malt base is very interesting. Taste is a good mix between some floral and lightly sweet malt base with some fruity hops undertones and a light bitter finish. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one and this is something I would drink more often if it was locally available.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 19:20:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #48 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

The label on mine states that this is 5%.

So, this seems less like a syndrome and more like a kersniffle, at first. As time goes on though, the beer does grow on me and I appreciate it more. There is a mild fruit tone to it that I find interesting and a somewhat herbal and oddly minty thing as well. But overall, it's just a pretty easy drinkin' lager with nice earthy tones. I would have loved a lot (or a little) more hop influence or something that makes this one stand out a bit more, but no matter. If I were out, I'd probably order this on-tap if I saw it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:00:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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mactrail

California

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely pleasant light lager with an aromatic kiss of hops. Pours a golden color in the big glass with a nice head. Light but sudsy mouthfeel.

This has the hop flavor I call "perfumey." Really aromatic with hop flowers along with a little mustiness. A nice flavorful mouthful. Just enough malt to give a little tenderness. After the malt fades the aftertaste is rather resiny and plenty bitter.

A great example of a usually not very inspiring style. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 05:11:46 | More by mactrail
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 16 oz shaker.

A - A nice straw color, fairly clear. Head forms nicely, thins out but stays arund with a capper.

S - Clean aroma. The earthy American hops are there, barely detectable, but there.

T - A nice tasting lager. Good amount of pils malt. The hops provide a touch of spice, small earthy note.

M - Very nice, easy to drink lighter body. Nice carbonation for a thirst quenching lager.

O - A very nice, quenching, easy to drink lager.

Notes: Excellent for the style. Torn here, as it is a high dollar for an American lager but it is a truly excellent, well made beer and definitely satisfies more than most pale US lagers. A worthwhile buy, even for a style that people generally don't associate with high quality, non-adjunct laden ingredient bills.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:02:59 | More by EStreet20
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale lemon shows a rapid, bubbly rise of effervesce within. The head is a finger high, with a spongy and pitted surface that was eggshell white in color. Spongy coating with a very good coverage rate is left on the glass.

S: The nose had light pine, pale citrus, and grassy notes. Dry grains with earthy dry twigs were also present. Lightly hopped overall but still noticeable.

T: The flavor was crisp, of dry pilsner grains trying to sneak out from under the strong American pine hop influence. Pale citrus, nicely hopped per style with a lingering flowery hop, almost pollen like coating, on the tongue.

M: sharp, semi-crisp and bubbly from the strong carbonation. Light bodied with a dry hoppy pine bite upon the swallow.

O: Overall a crisp offering with its fair share of hops makes for a great summer time drink. The hops overshadow the fine german pilsner malt, but this is an American pale lager not a pilsner so much can be forgiven. Would like to see this in six packs. Very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:09:29 | More by beerthulhu
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FarmerJohnny

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber poured into a pint glass

Release #7

A - Pours a bright golden yellow with a thick two finger foam that settles after a few minutes. Descent lacing. Looks like a classic american lager.

S - Slightly hoppy bouquet. Nothing too special here.

T - The malt comes in up front and is carried to the finish. Somewhat grassy taste in between. Floral hops shine in the finish.

M - A little thin in my opinion. Could use a more crisp finish.

O - A good lager, although not my favorite. If I'm going to reach for a lager, I'll go with the Germans.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:12:49 | More by FarmerJohnny
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly cloudy pale yellow in color with some light golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a two finger dense frothy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of a pale and grainy malt with some more moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a touch of pale malts. After that, there is a moderate amount of hoppiness with citrus/lemon zest, herbal, and grassy hops all present. The hops impart a light amount of bitterness which fades after a short amount of time.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slick with a light amount of oiliness.

O: Overall this is a very nice beer, that is easy to drink, sessionable, and quite refreshing. A nice low ABV for an easy drinking beer is one that I could easily have all day long and it pairs nicely with food - in my case, ribs.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:34:22 | More by dbrauneis
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #7

Clean and clear straw colored body. A four finger bonce white colored head develops atop. The head recedes quite quickly leaving a slim cap lingering for the duration. Splotchy lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

For a beer called Hop Syndrome there is a surprising lack of hops in the aroma. The nose is driven but a gritty grainy character. The German Pilsner malt delivers a sweet cracker aroma. Getting past the malt you find a pleasant grassy scent. The aroma is plenty enjoyable but lacks depth.

The flavor manages to expand upon the elements picked up by the nose. The sweet cracker malt still finds itself in the drivers seat. A bit of earthy flavor develops just behind. Grassy, herbal hops balance the sweet malt rather well. Subtle lemon flavor is noted beneath.

Light bodied Pale Lager. The carbonation is a bit lower than what I would expect but still is works for this beer. A smooth texture compliments the flavors rather well, the flavors being a bit less than bright I do not miss the usual crispness of the style. Rather dry finish, as you would expect.

Good beer, enjoyable but does leave you wanting more. I brighter hop aroma and flavor would really take this beer to another level. If this beer were sold in six packs I would purchase it for various barbecues or other summer activities, the bottle size is not the most my favorite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 01:13:13 | More by kzoobrew
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:35:23 | More by Jason
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear straw with a medium white head. Very long lasting, frothy, with good lace.

S: Earthy and herbal hops, dandelion green, grass.

T: Fairly light malt, pilsner like, but this isn't a pils at all. Woodsy and herbal notes from the American hops. A pils-style beer with American hops OK.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit fizzy on the carbonation (there is a light macro feel to it), but it still has good body. Long hoppy aftertaste.

O: An interesting new lager beer, it's a weird hybrid of Bohemia and CA, and it works pretty well. The malt is tough to find, but the hops are good, and it is refreshing and easy drinking. Good price as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:04:19 | More by Halcyondays
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass; Release 7, bottled 5/24/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing on the glass; with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, grass, floral, cracker, bready grain, and earthy hop spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, pepper, pine, and herbal hop spiciness. Fair amount of lemony pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, cracker, bread, pine, and herbal hop spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; good hop/malt balance; and almost zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy pale lager. Nice hop/malt flavor balance with solid complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:35:19 | More by superspak
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beergoot

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, straw yellow body with lively carbonation and a thick, sticky, creamy white head. Subtle fruity hop aroma; melon and light malt grains. Easy going malt flavors, mostly subdued malts and a rather strongly bitter hop finish. Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry finish.

Subtlety in aroma and taste is the key with this lager, almost delicate in character, yet the hop bitterness is rather robust. Don't look for any massive, 2x4 between-the-eyes punch but, rather, an easy drinking, light-bodied beer that still provides plenty of sensory enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:29:02 | More by beergoot
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stimulus

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Release #2.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours straw yellow with a one finger white head. (as expected for the style)
S: Pilsner malt with a lightly hoppy background.
T: Reminds me of your run of the mill light lager while cold, but after warming up a bit, the hops start to show through with a fruity presence.
M: Crisp, clean, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Once I let this warm up to about 45-50 degrees rather than the colder temperatures lagers are traditionally enjoyed at, the beer became more than just your average pale lager, yet not as hoppy as advertised. So good for the style, but falls short of expectations of a hoppy lager, and probably my least favorite Epic offering as of yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 19:46:26 | More by stimulus
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Well, its a lager alright...clear straw color but has a nice chewey head. Subtle piney hop with citrus crisp lager aromas. Taste is similar...there is a bit of fruitiness mixed well with the hops. Its crisp and chugable, but its no Jacks Abbey IPL...refreshing nonetheless. Good nit great, but for $3.99 for 22oz, its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:07:01 | More by DrinkSlurm
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nobody told me this was a lager when I first ordered one. the nose didn't give it away either, light fruity hops emitting from a crystal clear pale yellow body with soapy lace all over the place. bright carbonation is evident, and the hops are so pungent they trump what I would normally be able to easily detect as lager yeast. the taste is a little less cloaked, as the hops aromatics give way to almost pilsener malt lightness, like a fresh baked biscuit getting softened butter, this has a meal type grain bill, even though its so light in color. nice balance towards the finish, not as well hopped as the name suggests it should be, but it is fruity and clean, refreshing. excellent carbonation keep up the hoppy vibe through the finish, and the light body and abv make it a really easy drinking beer. epic is doing some really cool stuff, and I love this one as a lager, different from the rest, this could have been a jacks abbey beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 03:55:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 21:24:30 | More by oberon
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Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.