Beer Of The Gods | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Beer Of The GodsBeer Of The Gods

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener (seemed appropriate despite BA advising a pint/mug). Pours a hazy yellow color with a very limited head BUT nice retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Citrusy hops dominate this well rounded nose; definitely some lemony zest. I get a little bit of yeast and the slightest hint of pale malt.

Taste is surprisingly full- hops up front and throughout but nicely balanced by some pale malty sweetness and earthy yeast. Excellent taste for what I'm sure was a very small amount of ingredients.

Mouthfeel is excellent- light bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice long, dry finish. EXCELLENT! If I'm in the mood for session drinking, I will most certainly get this again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Very hazy yellow body with a half inch of white head. Smells malty with a good dose of floral hops. Tastes like citrussy pithy floral hops with caramel malt making a nice malt backbone. The mix of hops is really nice. Lighter bodied with only a moderate amount of carbonation. The great flavor and light mouthfeel make this a really drinkable beer. It has the perfect balance of full flavor and refreshing drinkability. Good stuff.

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Photo of speter
4.19/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: For the first time ever, I managed to pour a completely full nonic with nothing but head. This was served at cask temperature, so I believe the carbonation is a tad overmuch. As someone who has lived in Germany, I'm familiar with the seven-minute Pils pour, but I've never had a 20-minute ale pour! Once the foam came down a bit (leaving a good rocky head), the beer itself is a very nice cloudy golden hue.

S: Citrusy and somewhat piney hops, with a little malt.

T: A remarkably well balanced American ale. The hops are the star, but the malt is not overlooked. The initial taste is hop bitterness, which carries through the center, but the finish is clean.

M: Good body with (as mentioned) ample carbonation.

D: If you can wait out the long pour, this is a very drinkable ale, and at 4.5% abv, one you can do several of.

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Photo of PeatReek
4.16/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, I must admit I was skeptical at first of a beer called "beer of the gods" from Massachusetts that bills itself as a "Koelsch/Alt." I first had it on tap at Cambridge Common, but bought this sixer as I was coming back from a recent ski trip. It pours straw yellow and lightly hazy, with a half inch of bright white head that has some decent staying power. The aroma, surprisingly, is actually mostly malt, nice and toasty with a hint of sulfur around the edge maybe. Each sip opens with a bright German hop flavor, followed immediately by a bracing bitterness that somewhat overmatches the light body. As the sip evolves, the hop flavor returns, very strong but still smooth, like those noble hops are famous for. Hints of malt in the aftertaste - and that's it. By far the best part is the drinkability - the strong, smooth bitterness combined with a light body and relatively low alcohol make this a complete winner. I could drink gallons of it in a sitting. Tastes best in big gulps, even if I'm trying to have a sippin' session. I can see myself really getting into this one come springtime...

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Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a frothy, white proteinaceous head, which was reasonably retained and produced some sticky lacing. The body was a very pale, semi-opaque (transluscent) muted yellow body... no visible carbonation.

S- A lot of funky/earthy hop aromas in there, over a pale malt base. A little grassy overall. Kind-of reminds me of the same aromas you'd get off a Pilsener Urquell. Different, but I like it.

T- Very crisp crackerlike malt up-front, which is then completely dominated by these zesty, herbal noble hop flavors. Very simple, yet elegant and somewhat bold. The hop lingers very mildly bitter on the tongue with impressions of lemongrass.

M- A medium body with a somewhat coarse carbonation, with a slight texture presumably from unattenuated sugar and/or hop particulate. Low astringency.

D- A tremendously drinkable session brew that packs a lot of aroma and flavor (and body) for a 4.5% ABV.

End Note: Frankly, I find this stuff to be delicious. I expected the worst, given the reviews from other people here... maybe I got a fresh bottle? Maybe the recipe was recently improved? I don't know... all I know is, this beer is good, and I'm sticking to it!

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Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer many times but for some reason have not yet gotten around to writing down any thoughts. Anywho...

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden color, pretty with a nice white head with some nice staying action, particularly for a beer of this style (light). Nose of hay, light hops, some lemon, kind of "farmhousey". Lots of rustic in the flavor - definitely modeled after some of the better farmhouse ales out there, just nice and fresh, plenty of dry musty flavors yet nice and grassy, touch of citrus and a nice pale malt profile. Smooth and drinkable, certainly a session beer, uber quenching on this ballsoaker of a summer day. Seems like a lot of people have misunderstood this beer or perhaps the style altogether, but more people should embrace the light and subtle flavors of this well crafted ale, which is actually rather lager-y. Tasty.

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Photo of Soozy
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks great. Orange/red with little to no head to it.
S - Very fruity, some strong orange with a little bit of cherry.
T - A pretty big malty, chewy taste with considerable citrus. Bitterness compliments nicely. Very good, really enjoyed this one.
M - Crisp, good for style.
D - Very good

I really enjoyed this beer and definitely recommend it. There might be inconsistencies in the brewery since it's so small and maybe I just got a good batch (considering the other reviews).

I'd give this one a shot if you come across it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Love the beers that throw style guidelines out the window. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle, which we added a few drops into our sample. Pale yellow color with some yeasty haze and a good amount of lace. Clean graini- ness, dried grass, lemony herbal hop and a touch of yeast in the nose. Clean, dry malt palate on a dainty, smooth body. Hops are more flavor-forward than bitter; heavy tone of wild herbs compliments the dryness of the malt. Bit of yeast, though still very clean. This one screams “session beer”—a great pick for something light yet still packed with flavor.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with some clarity to it. The head is about an inch high that has a very light frothy texture.

Aroma: Lemon zest, citrusy hops with a dryness in the nose. There is a twinge of honey way in the back and a touch of floralness. A very slight bit of spice in the end.

Taste: It's very crisp with a solid floral hop bite on the palate. Notes of lemon zest, corriender with touches of citrus hops.

Notes: This one is tasty the dry finish fits the style very well. Cheers.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, beer is yellow and clear with a nice white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a little hoppy and sweet, really nice aroma.

Beer is wet and sweet with a medium to light in body. Beer is mildly bitter, nice yeast and a great finish. I'd have this beer again, a little shocked but I do love a good blonde...

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold murky color with a nice thick fresh looking head of hungry wavey bubbles. Good head retention and nice lace left along the sides of the glass.

Bready malty smell with a hint of citrus. Grassy notes also.
Taste is nice for this style. Nothing thats gonna knock your socks off but good.Malty and rich with some hints of grass and lemon .

Nice effervescent quenching mouthfeel. A great Summer beer. Very drinkable also.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept '08
Hazy , light gold with a small white head that drops quickly to a collar.
Smell is grassy, herbal and earthy.
Taste is fresh, semi tart, lemony, grassy hops with a light wheat backdrop. There is a hint of bubblegum...not sweet at all, though , with a crisp , dry finish. Slight yeasty flavor. All together a good mix , but you've got to like bitter.
Light to medium body. good carbonation.
This was an easy bomber to get through; very drinkable, and paired well with Tarentaise cheese.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

German Pilsner..

Pale straw gold with a slight haze, otherwise pretty nice clarity. Initial head of foam was a finger or two, billowing up and settling after a god while. Lots of delicate spindly lace in the glass.

Soft aromas of crackery pale malt and grassy earthy noble hops, vague lemon pith. Flavor is crisp and lightly bitter, earthy hop flavors and mild lemon pith again lending bitterness and citrus essence. Light bodied with ample carbonation, highly drinkable. Pairs well with many types of food and social situations. Simplicity is vastly underrated these days.

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Photo of BelgianPrincess
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had many experiences with this beer, both on tap at the Moan and Dove, in six-pack form when they used to do that, and in bomber form most recently. I feel that this brewer has trouble with consistency, and that is why I have had both good and bad experiences with this beer. With that said, I happen to know that Mr. Shelton outsources his work to either Saranac or Paper City (forget which), both of which are not the best breweries to say the least, so he only provides the recipe, and does not actually brew the beer himself. This is sad because I've had many draught and bottle experiences with this beer that have been pretty great, and others that, as people have mentioned, are a bit soapy and thin. Anyway, I hope he is in full control one day.

When I've had a good specimen:
A - I don't give a rat's patootey what any beer that I've had looks like. I'll save that for the fashionistas.

S - I love the hoppy citrusy, and I dare say "dry" nose. You can tell it's not going to be malt-heavy before you taste it.

T - Hoppiness abounds. Light classic-blonde taste, but, I'm guessing 3 times the amount of IBUs typical of this style... I likey.

M - Oh so bubbly, it dances on my tongue.

D - I could drink a six-pack of these (if they still made them) and still be rarin' for more.

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Photo of lpayette
3.86/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. "Unfiltered and unpasteurized"

Appearance- Very nice... 1/2" head that sticks to the glass the whole way down. Color is a muted, cloudy yellow.

Smell- Lemon- citrusy/citrus rind. Slightly floral and a bit bready.Yeastieness on the verge of "earthy" but not quite there. Somewhat odd overall.

Taste- Quite a bit of lemon and a surprising amount of hops. There definitely seems to be at least a couple of varieties present. First is a more subdued noble hop, then a higher alpha acid american-type hop. A slight metallic taste near the end. More flavorful than most in the style.

Mouthfeel- Light in body, plenty of flavor. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- Not a bad summer beer. A bit more bitter than I'd like to see for the style... but this could grow on me.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.84/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a wheaty gold with a big fluffy white head and some nice sticky lacing. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, a bit bready as well.

Taste is sharp and wheaty and very unfiltered tasting, but in a good way. Chewy, earthy and grassy. A pretty solid beer I say.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a slightly cloudy bright straw with a mile high foamy head (every bottle every time for me) that slowly disappears and leaves good lacing, tiny bubbles
smells like pale malt, dry yeast, a hint of honey
taste, earthy, dry, hoppy, a little herbal, a little sour, no pine or citrus, malt reminds me of munich lagers.Think of this as a dry pale ale with a hint of honey.
light, crisp feel
a nice clean beer, very refreshing and just off kilter enough (a little sour, barely a blonde) to be interesting.

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Photo of Eddxii
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer of the Gods pours a light hazy lemon yellow with very light head. It has a rather unique color for a light beer, certainly a more robust hue than the usual straw-colored concoctions we're used to seeing around this time of year.

S: The aroma is light and clean with notes of citrus and wheat malt dominating, possibly a hint of fresh grass in the distance.

T: The initial flavor is an energetic mixture of light citrus with a hint of subtle sourness and the finish is heavy with lemon.

M: Despite its overall light and airy characteristics, the mouthfeel is more medium-bodied, allowing the citrus/herbal flavors to linger for a while before resting in the lemony aftertaste.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is more suited to demigods than gods, but it is a very nicely refreshing, summery beer that offers much more flavor than the traditional summer beers. It's crisp, but not too thin. Eminently drinkable without being too heavy. This is a beer to bring to a picnic and/or enjoy over a grill.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent light gold with nary a head but a mild white film and collar. Tiny speckles and streaks are left around the glass. Low volumes of CO2, if any.
Smell is of doughy, sweet caramel with a hint of pears raisins, and biscuits. Very clean yeast. I'd love to know what yeast strain they used.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted by honey and sugar cookies all in a very nice and clean brew. The strong points of the beer are dough, caramel, and pear with just a touch of hops in the background.
Mouthfeel is sweet, yeasty, medium bodied, and smooth with a slightly hoppy, and spritzy finish.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold, hazy with the yeast pour. Thick white head lasts and lasts, lacing all over the glass. Floral, noble hops dominate the aroma. Some tutti-frutti esters, mild pale malt base. Definitely german ale inspired. The flavor starts with modestly grainy pils malt, nice and crackly feeling with the carbonation. Lightish bodied, tending towards medium. Slightly doughy, maybe from the yeast. Mild fruitiness, mostly dry pear, not nearly as much as the aroma suggested. Good, solid hop bitterness in the finish. Floral, noble and ever so slightly metallic. Finishes off crisp and dry, just a little bit of pilsy malt aftertaste. Drinks like a kolsch with an alt finish. Quite an easy, late summer sessioner. I like it.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I seen this was brewed in Holyoke I couldnt believe it. I think its brewed by Paper City Brewery. The appearance poured out great, but quickly reduced and settled into an average appearance. Left alot of foamy white lacing. The color is a cloudy straw yellow. The smell was an unpasterized fresh wheat and sweet malt aroma. The taste is pretty good with a good hop character and bitter finish. A different kind of beer i've never had. I wouldnt say it's a beer of the gods, but a good and drinkable beer. Has a smoth but crisp mouthfeel.

High & Mighty Brewing Co. And Paper City Brewing Co. have the same address in Holyoke ,Mass. I don't know if Paper City is renting some of it's brewery to another brewing company or it's just Made by Paper City Under another name.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy (like a hefeweizen) and straw yellow color. Tight, bright white head that recedes in a rocky fashion but leaves little lace.

Better hop than expected in the nose; some mild pale malt aroma as well. Very attractive and inviting (and surprising).

This is something of a hop bomb. Creamy body with a high level of carbonation. The initial flavor is of lighter colored grains, but the hop bitterness quickly takes over a strong peppery spice.

Frankly, looking at the overall score before trying this, I expected far less. To me, this is a solid beer with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised to see this listed as an American Blonde, for it is not in my eyes. H/M's website says "German style" beer, for what it's worth with some noble hops in there. so...

Golden color and a bit light at that. Nice head building here. Foamy, somewhat dense with loose bubbles. Lacing is slick and thin

Hops aroma--light. Noble and zesty. Some malt, some spice, but not much. A thirst quencher, this could be.

Yeups. This isn't a heavenly beer, but it's pretty good. The malt is there to provide some sweetness to keep the modest amount of (good) hops at bay. Zesty and dry. Some spice on the end. Very drinkable. Light and refreshing

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge white foamy head. The head leaves nice lacing making this a good looking brew. The smell is on the light side with sweet malt and floral aromas. The taste has a crisp hop carbonated bite with lemon,sweet malt,wheat, and bread yeast. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing pretty well. A beer that's not too exciting,but for the style, a blond ale, packs a flavor punch.

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Photo of selecter70
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to so many similar summer beers, witbiers & hefes that everyone & their mom seems to churn out without any distinction. These guys definitely have brewed something a bit less polished than the others, but offer up an earthier farm style wheat beer. Less so a Belgian blonde, this pours a nice hazy & chunky gold with fluffy white full head & nice sticky lace. The aroma is definitely a wheat beer with stale biscuit, lemon citrus & spice in the nose. The flavor is earthy, with a seasoned hay/sour yeast quality. Some sweetness from the malt is held by the yeast & sour hop edging. Definitely do not drink too cold, or the complexity will be loss, making you wonder about this odd hazy hefeweise. A nice interesting farmhouse style wheat for a slow session.

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