Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev +19%
Yo. A Pilsiner. Great stuff. You can drink these all day. Right.
It's pretty yellow and not quite clear. The aroma, though subtle, is right where it should be. A mild, hoppy indicator of the nice pils to come.
The taste is a nifty freshness that the site should be. Extremely refreshing. Gimme a six of these babies. The aftertaste has the same freshness. Something nice to linger on the palate. This is a tough beer to make. There are so many crappy american ones, but they made the effort and came up with one worth drinking.
08-16-2014 19:54:12 | More by schoolboy
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
4.08/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
08-19-2011 21:33:45 | More by jsprain1
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
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
4/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
07-22-2012 21:27:06 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
07-10-2013 00:40:57 | More by Jree261
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
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
10-06-2011 02:53:05 | More by kagent777
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
A nice summer time beer for hop heads! I love the bright hoppy flavors paired with such a light and effervescent pils. Certainly not the most authentic beer, but definitely worth a try if you like hops and are looking for a refreshing, low-alcohol alternative to IPA. Like most light lagers, it is a bit underrated on BA because too many people have hang ups about this style. Just because something is in the same family as a PBR or Bud doesn't mean it's bad!
07-07-2014 00:10:53 | More by Spider_Jerusalem
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.