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Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

68 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 228
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 07-21-2011

A deliciously hoppy lager, this clean, spicy, yet fruity addition to the Exponential series is sure to quench your summer palate just right!
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 228
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (472 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a bit of layer lacing.

S- A bit of a grassy hop, tons of grains, and lemons. Not really anything strong here and nothing to write home about. All pretty mellow and blah.

T- Is a lot like the nose. A bit of Earthy and grassy hops, touch of lemon sourness and that about sums it up. Pretty boring and really nothing going on.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was about right on.

O- I struggled with this one and was glad it was finally gone. Pretty one dimensional and boring. I'll pass on this one. (616 characters)

Photo of gopens44
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this again last night, having thought I'd never had it before. It was that non-memorable the first time and for good reason. Started off nicely with a gorgeous thick white head but it quickly fizzled away, not unlike the fast to disappear hop crispness which gives way to a heavy and slightly tart (not in a good way) biscuity malt finish. Thin on entrance and exit. Nothing offensive but certainly not a memorable beer. (425 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Two inches of just under creamy head settles rather slowly to about a quart of an inch of inviting rimming. No Lacing. Hazy golden honey in color.

Smell: Light sense of metallic German(?) hops. Biscuity malt undertones.

Taste: Biscuit malt right in your face followed closely with a fairly junky metallic finish. I think they were going for grapefruit or something but over shot a bit.

Feel: Light and Crisp.

Overall: Not a fan. This is the "all-malt" style and, while I'm not opposed to people trying to shake it up and make it hoppy (I love trying weird and different beers), this one just doesn't work for me. Looks and feels right. Just doesn't taste right. (671 characters)

Photo of beinerso
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grassy, oily hops dominate the taste, feel and smell of this brew. Delightful nose preview, but lagered malt is almost imperceptible. This tasting from a bomber, I should note, was significantly less satisfying than previous tastings. (234 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Denver. Gold color, looks pretty good. Aroma is a ho-hum lager. All malt and not a hop to speak of. Flavor was pretty standard lager with almost no hop character until a very bitter finish which I just didn't feel meshed well with the taste. Another bummer from the new brewery but hey at least I didn't buy a bottle right? (348 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (691 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber into flying dog chalice.

A: a little bit of haze on this straw yellow body. head is white and bubbly with great retention and lacing.

S: herbal nose, a little soapy, a little minty. i cant seem to shake the soapyness in the aroma and it is a bit off-putting.

T: mild floralness and herbalness start things off. bitterness follows, not striking, but enough for the amount of grain here. the bitterness also dries things out on the finish.

M: average carb on a pretty light, almost medium, body.

D: some flaws that i cant really overlook. any lager shouldnt have this much haze and i cant really get over the soap on the nose. if they can clean a few things up this would be pretty solid. (702 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a pale, straw yellow with a one-finger white head that reduces to a soapy skim, with decent white lacing down the sides.

Has an earthy, grassy aroma, with a bit of that Heineken skunk smell. Bitter malt and dandelion green smells are also present.

Starts with a bitter grass taste, with oak leaves and mild malt, giving way to a slightly creamy middle, before finishing dry and hoppy.

Light bodied, this is a dry beer, with a lingering tackiness on the tongue.

A decent beer, to be sure, but not one of Epic's better efforts. Dry, slightly skunky, and light bodied, there's not a lot going on here, and what is happening is something I could take or leave. Better to grab a Smoked and Oaked if you're looking for something Epic. (777 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light golden yellow with just a ring of bubbles around the glass
S - light grain aroma, very earthy grassy smell with some hints of lemon as well
T - grassy earthy taste, some grain and lemon as well. not alot there but a slightly bitter finish
M - crisp light-medium bodied, good carbonation
D - not the best flavor but fairly easy to drink, I probably wouldn't pick up another, but then again, i'm not the biggest lager fan. (443 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a weizen glass.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells grassy, earthy malts, dirt, and some wheat. Overall pretty bland, though not bad. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, lemon, citrus, grass, hay, and wheat. Definite step up from the nose, some nice citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average pale ale. Easy to drink but the nose is very muted, though the taste is a bit better. Not something I'd probably seek out again. (671 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (670 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured straw-yellow, slightly hazed, with a thin white head that receded to a thin ringlet. Noticeable carbonation. Clean, light aroma, decent balance of sweet malts and citrusy hops. Basic taste of grains and sweet malts, lightly hopped for a good balance and a mostly dry finish. A little bitter. Light body, crisp, and pretty drinkable. Not bad for a lager. (434 characters)

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (342 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic lager look; bone white, thinish, soapy head. Mildly hazy, maybe chill haze. Glowing sunflower yellow to light. Looks great. Aroma is a potent punch of hops oil, you can almost taste the hops, the aroma is so strong! Underneath the wall of alpha oils,you can detect pear, honey and grapefruit. The taste is appropriately hoppy for the smell; not buzzsaw of bitterness, but is a well hopped lager, leaning toawrds an IPL. Pale lager malts are mild and add just enough countering sweetness. Sort of a blandly bitter impression, overall. (543 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Good clarity. Yellow body. Three fingers of rocky white foam.

Pleasant grassy aroma.

Soft sweet malt beginning. Good bitter bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Good fri light/medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice lager, though not as big and hoppy as I expected from the name and packaging. I was thinking something along the lines of an imperial pilsner. Not bad, but somewhat overpriced. (436 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Six pack from HomeBrewStuff. Nice alternative to session IPAs and APAs. Light with mild hoppiness, clear golden with soft, foamy white head. Mostly lager characteristics in aroma and taste, with hop bitterness at the tail end. Perfect summer brew. (247 characters)

Photo of JMWEB2
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I liked the straw yellow color with small head and significant lacing.

S: Earthy like but de German influence pilsner hops, I like it.

T: Nice lager love the pils influence and the earthy/ grassy finish.

M: Light body, easy drinking "lager".

O: Def drinkable, my first Epic from CO experience , and I enjoyed it (318 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden color with plenty of white head that laces nicely as the pint goes down. Nose is on the lighter & cleaner side for me with some hints of grass, herbs, and citrus. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth with good carbonation, light bready flavors, lemony citrus hops to balance, and more of the herbal components mixed in. Finishes with some hoppy aftertaste that is nice. (381 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is Release 7 and lists 4.8% ABV. Picked up in Port Huron last week-end. Unfortunately, not as "hop forward" as I'd hoped...

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow colour with an impressive white head that has great retention and resultant lacing. Malt-forward aroma is all "lager" and highlights the German yeast. Bittering hops become evident in the flavour, which has a nice bitterness, but none of the tropical fruit or citrus notes that I'd expected until the end of the body and into the finish.

Appreciate the fact there's a lot more flavour than is typical for lower ABV beers, but this is definitely a lager and my personal preference lies with ales... (662 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow color. White head holds for a minute, then fades to a thin layer. There are some nice patches of lace on the glass.

Pale, grainy malt aroma. A citrus zest note, with some herbal and grassy notes.

Pale, cracker-like malt up front, with just a hint of sweetness. Herbal and grassy hop flavors. Enough bitterness to balance things. Finishes a bit more on the dry end.

Light body, but not too thin. Carbonation is good. If it was hot outside, this may hit the spot. Not very interesting, but not terribly flawed. (533 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #7.

Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Really good retention with chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with spicy, earthy hops, pale malt and light fruit notes. Grassy with some straw and pine followed by hints of apple, pear, alcohol, bread and biscuit. The nose reminds me of a lightly hopped pilsner.

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness which lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Earthy and slightly resinous with some grassy pine flavor followed by some light fruit and pilsner malt. Hints of hay, biscuit and grainy cracker give this beer a nice pale malt backbone that counters the other flavors. Not overly complex but well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. (839 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but somewhat light in my opinion. (495 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy, yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is full of wheat, citrus and other floral hints. The taste is very smooth easy drinking. While it is light and simple, this is the type of beer that will get your macro drinkers into craft. Very clean and light finish. (286 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a pale pale straw yellow with a great clairity.

S- lots of german pilsner malt aromas with a cracker like characteristic. Earthy tones mingle in with a leafy grassy hop profile. Finishes with a clean dry aroma.

T- dry cracker biscuity malt up front. Bright leafy hop flavors in the middle. Finishes with an earthy note that transitions into a dry clean crispness that lasts into the aftertaste.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body and average soft carbonation.

D- very very drinkable and bright. Perfect summer quencher. (544 characters)

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