Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 236
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 22.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of gopens44
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic golden pilsner appearance, I also think the can itself I really nice looking. Light smell, pale malts, some sweet floral notes. Not really bitter, but hoppy tasting, light citrus and fruit notes and some candy sweetness. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of Spider_Jerusalem
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Straw yellow in color with a 2 finger white creamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - A nice mix of earthy, grassy hops, grainy, and light lemons dominate the nose. I pick up hints of another fruit like aroma.

T - The hops are earthy, grassy, with a mild herbal, strawberry like flavor that really brings it together. Notes of some light grain, citrus, and lemon zest on the finish.

M - Light body, crisp, smooth finish with good carbonation. Great brew to drink in the summer.

O - This was a fun lager style beer to drink that has some distinct and unique flavors. I thought that they all came together really well and could enjoy this beer any hot day.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow nearing gold colored beer with a good sized snow white colored head.

I can smell this from 3 feet away. Strong spicy noble hop aroma. Abundant saffron and hay with lemon, herb and a slightly soapy scent. Slight sour scent with soda cracker and a little honeysuckle.

Starts out stoutly hopped and semi dry. Saffron and grass come on strong and it is rather spicy. Good level of bitterness. Tasty and stoutly hopped Pilsner. Yes I know it says "Lager" but it is stronger flavored than that.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall this is a super tasty Pils from the heart of Mormon Country.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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?

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.


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Photo of Jree261
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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