1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

179 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 59
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Syndrome Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Lantern, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of lumpy1126
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

lumpy1126, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

HoistinBrews, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jmeyers78
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jmeyers78, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -14.8%

avaldivia, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Bierguy5, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev -14.8%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, hazy yellow in color with a big, beautiful head that showed fantastic retention. This is exactly how a beer should look.

Smell – The grain is clean with some light, leafy hops. Overall the aroma is rightly understated with none of that disgusting sweetness typical of lesser efforts.

Taste – The grain is nice and pure at the tongue. If the APLs are our best effort at a Euro-style pilsner than this is a home run. It has that light, refreshing summertime taste that you look for in the style and it is impeccably balanced. There’s even a faint lemon zest note here that sparks up the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a lively carbonation and very quenching.

Drinkability – There’s no one thing here that blew my socks off but it is more of a symphony on display. It is amazingly balanced, quite refreshing, and approachable to just about any drinker.

PS: This is Release #4.

RoyalT, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -14.8%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +13.6%

RoryOMoore, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

nrbw23, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

TheHoppiest, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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

JMWEB2, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale lemon shows a rapid, bubbly rise of effervesce within. The head is a finger high, with a spongy and pitted surface that was eggshell white in color. Spongy coating with a very good coverage rate is left on the glass.

S: The nose had light pine, pale citrus, and grassy notes. Dry grains with earthy dry twigs were also present. Lightly hopped overall but still noticeable.

T: The flavor was crisp, of dry pilsner grains trying to sneak out from under the strong American pine hop influence. Pale citrus, nicely hopped per style with a lingering flowery hop, almost pollen like coating, on the tongue.

M: sharp, semi-crisp and bubbly from the strong carbonation. Light bodied with a dry hoppy pine bite upon the swallow.

O: Overall a crisp offering with its fair share of hops makes for a great summer time drink. The hops overshadow the fine german pilsner malt, but this is an American pale lager not a pilsner so much can be forgiven. Would like to see this in six packs. Very good drinkability.

beerthulhu, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of kagent777
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 brewed on July 15, according to the Epic website. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light yellow. A white head sits on top for a little while and then settles to leave a small ring and islands of foam. This beer even leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Clean pilsner malts with some fruitiness and spiciness from the malts.

Taste: Really clean crisp malts with mild but noticeable hops character. These one seems to be an extension of the Pfiefferhorn Lager, also brewed by Epic. The hops notes are subtle, but very pleasant. If I wanted to be hit over the head I would choose an IPA, on the other hand, if I want a nice drinkable beer with plenty of character, I will choose this one or the Pfiefferhorn. The slight bitterness from the hops does have a noticeably long finish

Mouthfeel: The body is light like a summer beer should be. The carbonation does not come on too strong.

Overall: I think this is a solid beer. The American Pale Lager is a tough category because it is dominated by the big boy on the macro market. Many craft drinkers will hold their noses up as they walk past this one to get something a little stronger. This is a shining example of a beer that can be used to win over craft converts. It tastes familiar enough to them, and yet is still well made with a solid taste.

kagent777, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

mikereaser, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

jsprain1, Aug 19, 2011
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.