Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
06-24-2012 06:52:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
Release #1; tasted 3/25/12
Appearance: Loads of foam spew out of the bottle and perch atop the goldenstraw colored liquid, leaving a dense coating of lace
Smell: Surprisingly sweet and lemony
Taste: Tastes like a lemon Life Saver - sweet and lemony from start to finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and overcarbonated
Overall: Clearly not a beer that I should have been sitting on for this length of time, but it is not undrinkable - just has become a bit of an alcopop; surprising, as I have not tasted a beer that has aged like this before
Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity
03-25-2012 17:44:34 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-15-2012 19:20:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-28-2012 17:00:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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
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
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-21-2013 03:55:22 | More by StonedTrippin
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-01-2011 15:15:57 | More by Rifugium
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-20-2012 05:11:46 | More by mactrail
3.33/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
11-28-2011 22:06:14 | More by mdfb79
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
08-19-2012 04:04:19 | More by Halcyondays
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a short 1" head that breaks apart to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.
Smell: loads of lemons, grass, and a hop bitterness is easily detectable.
Taste: grass, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of spiciness. Bitterness is nicely balancing.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.
Overall: easy to quaff lager that is mildly refreshing too. Pretty good beer after doing some yard work and you need to quench the thirst.
09-24-2011 22:34:43 | More by Gavage
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-29-2012 08:30:52 | More by corby112
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
08-26-2013 17:49:59 | More by barleywinefiend
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.