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Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

InfernoBoss, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

dbrauneis, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

yokken, Dec 24, 2012
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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.

mactrail, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

GarretD, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

roadies, Dec 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

BigTrubble, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Jimmys, Oct 21, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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

jtd1969, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

AndrewMichael, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

corby112, Sep 29, 2012
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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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 28, 2012
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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.

tdm168, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

brewdude1982, Sep 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kbrown, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jsh5771, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

nmann08, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Aug 25, 2012
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.