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Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 122
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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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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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -10%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 03:05:04 | More by ArrogantB
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 06:52:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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argock

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Nearly clear golden with a shrot cap of off-white head with no lacing.

S: Grassy, earthy herbal aromas capped with some floral and citrus components. The maltiness is lightly bready but a bit lost.

T: The flavor is above-average, but not more than that. I am not sure if I have the hops syndrome but I must not because this drinks like a slightly hoppy lager with some floral, herbal flavors and a light citrus kiss.

M: Fairly crisp but nothing special with a light body and medium carbonation.

O: It's a mildly above average lager with a little bigger hops presence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:05:01 | More by argock
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 22:25:10 | More by Bierguy5
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mdfb79

New York

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 22:06:14 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 15:15:57 | More by Rifugium
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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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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Release #9

Poured into pint glass.
Fizzy whit head and dark amber lager coloured.

Smell: fruity, hoppy. Almost sweet

Taste: malty, citrus. No bitterness really but not expected with a lager.

Mouthfeel: sharp and fizzy, sweet aftertaste on back of tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 17:48:59 | More by Sam-VW
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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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 19:09:57 | More by hopsolutely
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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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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 picked up at the COOP yesterday for I think $4ish... Sorta expensive for what it is, but it is well made... Pours a slight hazy straw golden with a decent white head and little lacing.

Nose shows bigger than expected hoppiness, but it works well with the light background maltiness... hops are smell like cut grass and light citrus zest.

Flavor mirrors the aromas nearly perfectly with a bit of an upfront bitter bit that adds to the drinkability in my opinion.

Body is light and carbonation is spot-on where it should be.

If this was in a reasonably priced 6-pack, I would buy it all the time in this Boise heat. It is a near perfect summer quaffer for somebody that like lagers and want more of a hop bite.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 05:08:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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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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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light, lemony amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving a lot of lacing. Aroma of light sweet biscuit malt and citrus, light generic hops, a bit grainy. Flavor of biscuit malt, light piney and citrus hops, citrus. Starts with nice hops and finishes with citrus and dry malt. Light bodied. The flavor profile is quite similar to a classic pilsner, but with fresher hops. I have to imagine that this is what Czech and German pilsners might taste like if fresh, which I've never experienced. Flavors are pleasant, but understated. Interesting to have a lager with fresher hop taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:05:52 | More by LiquidAmber
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:38:14 | More by yemenmocha
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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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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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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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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:18:35 | More by Jimmys
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jtd1969

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, good carbonation with good lacing

S - Tart and herbal

T - Crisp earthy hops with the sweetness of a lager

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, clean finish

O - Very refreshing lager. I really enjoyed the added hops to this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:53:37 | More by jtd1969
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 08:30:52 | More by corby112
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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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Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.