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Hop Syndrome Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

11-04-2013 18:56:15 | More by ste5venla
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -10.3%
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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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-07-2013 02:53:41 | More by pagesofphotographs
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-02-2013 01:49:17 | More by capuchinpilates
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%

09-27-2013 19:33:47 | More by Mebuzzard
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

4/5  rDev +14%

09-26-2013 22:06:54 | More by IDABEERGUY
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:07:01 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Beardcore

Nevada

3/5  rDev -14.5%

09-16-2013 18:22:41 | More by Beardcore
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-09-2013 01:59:13 | More by hellhammermario
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kscaldef

Oregon

2/5  rDev -43%

08-28-2013 05:14:09 | More by kscaldef
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.5%

08-25-2013 00:47:29 | More by ohiobeer29
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-15-2013 01:30:47 | More by mdaschaf
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-03-2013 20:46:10 | More by safaricook
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-31-2013 02:20:01 | More by MNBeerGeek
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Samaurer23

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-29-2013 21:14:43 | More by Samaurer23
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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Chieftog

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-14-2013 23:34:58 | More by Chieftog
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Jree261

California

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +6.3%
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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Zbeetleman

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

07-07-2013 06:04:27 | More by Zbeetleman
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bifrost17

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-01-2013 01:07:17 | More by bifrost17
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:05:52 | More by LiquidAmber
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.