Beer Of The Gods | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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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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Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of iceball585
1.93/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pale yellow color, cloudy, thin white head cover, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles throughout

S- Grains, pale malts, hops, bready, flowery, bit of citrus

T- Bitter hops, grain, yeast, bready, lemons, salty

M- Light/medium body, fizzy, very bitter taste that lingers

D- Couldn't finish one

This really fits the description of a "fizzy yellow beer". Not quite sure they were going for on this one but to each his own. If this is a Beer of the Gods then I guess a god I am not.

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Photo of Brad007
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, almost blond color with a razor thin head. Aroma is one of malt, somewhat biscuity with little if any hop aroma Taste is very strong and bitter upfront. Almost quite overwhelming. All I can taste at the back of the throat is dryness and hop bitterness. Too overwhelming for me.

Beer of the Gods this ain't..

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at M & M Beverage in Montpelier.

Pours very cloudy, pretty much opaque, with a small head. The opaque-ness gives it a very strange yellow color, reminiscent of lemon meringue.

Aroma is yeasty and citrusy (lemons again).

Taste is a brief burst of citrusy malt and hops (and yeast), followed by tremendous astringency. Highly unbalanced, with nothing to stand up to the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is *astringent* - high hop bitterness with grainy astringency and yet more astringency from the yeast.

Drinkability is not there. This beer coated my tongue and ruined my palate for the entire evening. We opened a second bottle in case the first was bad, with identical results (drain pour). I bought a six because of the good reputation of the Shelton Bros. and because I recalled hearing that it was contract brewed at Paper City, where the brewers certainly know their stuff. Maybe I just don't understand what they're trying to do. I still have 4 bottles; maybe it will mellow out in a few years. On the positive side - I do like the label.

Edit: I decided to try this again after 6 months in the fridge. Not much has changed, except for the addition of a nasty autolyzed yeast aroma. The dead yeast is not actually tasteable due to the other harsh flavors present. Mouthfeel has become a bit thinner and harsher. 11.5 ounces went right to the septic tank. After a few months to think about it, and upon retasting, I believe this is the worst beer I've ever tasted, stale macros included. If I could assign zeroes, this beer would certainly get a few.

RE-EDIT: This year I had BOTG on tap and spoke to the brewer... he was astonished to hear that I'd found bottles when and where I got them and opined that they were almost certainly diverted from their intended destination in the Holyoke sewer system. It's now a draft only beer and is much better than what I had a couple of summers ago. A slightly better than average session beer, sort of an alt and sort of a generic American pale ale. Very drinkable, and no offensive character of any kind. My apologies for reviewing the spoiled beer!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Deep Ellum in Allston.

This was billed as a hoppy American Farmhouse ale, and in terms of that style, it fit within the style more or less, however it wasn't overly enjoyable to me. It poured a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Not an overly strong smell, light hops, a little citrus, but it was hard to detect.

The taste was where this beer disappointed me the most. It was really unbalanced, almost unsure as though whether it wanted to be a hoppy beer or a farmhouse style ale. The hops came through lightly up front but then faded into this really off-flavor astringent taste. The mouthfeel was thin and watery.

Overall, it'd be a drinkable session beer if I enjoyed the taste better. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Peach purée baby food colored with a thin ring of tiny bubbles.

Smell: The first whiff was all oranges, then it quickly turned into this weird wet hair/bad perm, a kind of funk that I just don't like, which is surprising because I usually love all things funky and no one else at the tasting picked this up, so maybe it's me.

Taste: The initial sips were astringent like unripe bananas, but it smoothed over eventually to blossom in fairly flowery tones and got better with each sip, but overall it didn't do anything for me. I'll have to try this one again, so for now it gets a passing grade.

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Photo of lpayette
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
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 MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
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 DrJay
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of Secret Bunny 07 from cburian. Thanks Chris!

Slightly hazed pale yellow body with a short cap of bright white foam. Nice stickage and decent head retention. Malty aroma, grainy and bready, with lemony hop notes. Moderate bitterness with some bite lingering in the finish. Mild malt presence with the same lemon hop character, but a little floral too. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation, some tannic dryness. Fairly enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a hazy yellow, a few cloudy shades away from clear. IT left expectations.

The smell was a carbonated whiff of "beer" smell, not at all letting you know what was awaiting you. The first taste left me thinking "man" this is a bit hoppy without a real purpose- the essence of balance and proportion was not there. However, there was a nice thickness to the mouthfeel, a bit of a malt base to help the bitterness fade. It was quite refreshing, and it had a bit of snap, perhaps the two goals of a an american blonde. In that sense, its a bit underated here, overall, it probably won't be viewed as a terrific achievement, just a decent alternative to macro-swill.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +16%
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 weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
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 sinstaineddemon
2.13/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy pale yellow, with a thick white head that harkens back to its belgian style ancestors, too hazy to note any carbonation

S - a rather dull wheaty aroma, with slight citrus hints

T - wow, way thin, bitter, but not hoppy, more of a mustiness to it, and grassy like a field during a drought

M&D - semi-easy down, but why? not a great brew, too thin on flavor, neede more wheaty citrus too it. what gods are this a beer of?

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served at about 38F in a nonick pint from a 12 oz amber bottle.

Aroma at the bottle neck was yeasty and sour, stronger nose than I'd expect from a blonde, more like a wit.

Poured cloudy and yellow with slight head, increased aggressiveness of pour to get some more nearly white bubbles, leaving some good lacing.

Musty and yeasty aroma, leads right into the metallic aftertaste. No decent start or finish, goes down lifelessly.

Body is alright, but carbonation is an awkward feeling film and combined with taste, each swallow is unimpressive. The bottle recommended serving cool but not cold, but the flavor only got worse as it warmed in the glass.

Drinkability is poor. I'd have a macro lager before another one of these. This was a sink pour, not because it was particularly foul, but because it was a waste of calories.

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Photo of PeatReek
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
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 ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle bought as part of a mixed High & Mighty 6-pack from Ryan & Casey's, Greenfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the lightly light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades at an acceptable pace, with spotty delicate lace. Aroma is minimal, but what is present consists of biscuits, with tinges of fruit and spicing. Taste is in your face bitter upfront, mixed with citrus that soon gives way to the generic bitterness again. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just not where I would hope a saison should be.

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Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale cloudy golden, decent head,with decent retention,and good lacing. Smell is not bad,but a bit weak. Tart fruits,and yeast mostly. Body is thin to medium,and carbionated. Taste is tart,orange and citrus,with a dry finish.Tangy througout. I don't believe i've had this stlye of beer before. It's unusual,but worth a try.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. Simple label with a raised fist & a brief blurb desribing this saison as "unfiltered" and "unpasteurized".

A: Cloudy golden wheat-color with a faint toasty orange hue. Moderate one finger white head, didn't last very long.

S: Quite fruity, full of oranges and esters of bubblegum. Smells also of sweetened yeasty apple cider and dashes of cinnamon. Wheaty malts.

T: Loads of grainy malt and sweetness like fruit pulp and crushed apples. Ends with a dry and slightly bitter flavor, tasting of both chalk and crushed medicine tablet. Flavors that began sweeter evolve in the finish to a very pronounced hopped dryness.

M: Not much strength in the body and fairly low carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering dry herbalness, finishes a little sticky.

D: Has a light, easy-drinking quality which I might like to have from time to time. Low ABV makes this an inocuous session-type beer in a very European sense. Worth a try.

I first heard of this beer at the 2006 Portland International Beerfest, where it ranked among the more popular beers. I was pouring as a volunteer at the adjacent booth and it seemed every other customer wanted one - I think in large part this was due to its cool/ball-sy name. Reaction after tasting was mixed...a good beer for me. I'd like to try another one at the peak of freshness.

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Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First I had ever seen or heard of this beer when I found this weekend here in Buffalo,this poured a peachy hazed blond/orange color a decent well defind white head atop leaving a trace amount of lace as it settled quickly.Quite citrusy in the nose very orangy with lighter lemon hints a slight phenolic element shows itself as well with a hint of toasted wheat malt as well.The flavors really made you want more all around and a thinner mouthfeel kept me from getting to interested at the same time,somewhat citrusy with some toasty wheat malt up front but it quickly is gone and an ubrupt finish leaves you hangin.Eh it has a nice aroma but honestly its kinda boring,not a "bad" beer just kinda void of any complexities.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Shiredave
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly uninformative yet intriguing lable - a " Beer Power " fist and block lettering.
Foam crawls slowly out of the bottle when first opened - no gushing just a slow creep leaving 1 inch of lather perched atop the bottle mouth.
Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow w/ pastel orange hues and a tall white head. Lace clings in sheets as the foam receeds to a persistant film.
Aroma is very inviting - fresh fruit and sugar, earthy hop and citrus and faint phenolic notes.
Flavor is a dissapointment. Nothing off or "bad", just nothing really going on in terms of malt. Great hop flavor - sharp and dry but no sweet to balance it out and very little body or mouthfeel. The bittering isnt strangling or harsh just one dimensional and lacking the complexity some ( any!) malt presence might offer.
A decent beer and very fresh tasting with a strong grassy / herbal aftertaste. A good hoppy session beer or with hot wings or cajun shrimp.
* I drank this before I knew its ( seriously bad liquor authority stupidity) history or the intended style.

**3-'08 Edit
Tried this one again with even less favorable results. Less aroma than i remembered and a more acidic mouth feel - tinny and sharp all the way through. I only took 1 pt off appearence cuz this one didnt even throw much of a head.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, very light-yellow color. Tiny white head that quickly disappears.

Aroma has a very faint wheat that is slightly pungent, and a grassy or floral smell.

Flavor is somewhat weak. A watered-down, warm, wheat beer is what comes to mind. Seems to be sweetened by overripe fruit such as oranges or apples. Aftertaste has a lingering bitterness that borders on a pungent sourness.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, enhanced by the less-than-average carbonation. Falls short of being refreshing. Very light flavors though almost balance it out.

Drinkability is increased due to lightness of flavors. It ends up only being average though due to being simple flavors, and muted at that. They need to take their ingredient list and double it. If I could do it over again, I'd probably serve this much colder to enjoy a crisper, more refreshing taste, and be grateful it was more enjoyable than a macro.

"Beer of the Gods" and the logo is pretty neat. Seems to be on the wrong beer though.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a snifter.
No best before date.

Watery, straw in color with a somewhat cloudy haze. Dense and rocky, inch-high bright white head that clings to the glass' sides. Walls of condensed lacing with good strength.

Dark, stiff mustiness amid an overspiced pepper and corriander kick. Weakly, unripened fruity esters: lemon, green apple, and melon.

Mild citrus notes: lemon, grapefruit; engulffed by a powdery-sugar sweetness. There's an underlying flavor of rotten fruit joined by a dark bitterness throughout the sip that is quite unpleasant. Strong black pepper and corriander prove too intense for this Saison. An aftertaste of rotten lemons, black pepper, and a biting bitterness.

Light in body; powdery dry, very spicy. This Saison falls short of crisp and refreshing.

A bad American Saison to put it bluntly. Overly spiced, rotted-fruit flavors, and intensely bitter. The best thing about "Beer of the Gods" is that I only picked up one bottle. If this is the beer God's drinking, I'm praying for hell.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking hazy golden colour with an almost non-existent head and no lacing. Nothing bad here, just run of the mill looking (if not a touch watery looking) overall.

The aroma is a bit sweet and a a bit fruity with some grain in the mix. Again, average all around.

The flavour hits on the aromas but is a bit bolder (although not by much). Fruit and sweetness (with some candy notes here not detected in the aroma) still lead the way and a bit of yeast is mixed in as well. Hops and malt are minimally present at best but the overall blend of flavours is still pretty good. Mouthfeel is very light bodied and even a bit too thin at times.

Again, nothing inherently wrong with this one, it's just really, really simple and basically average in all areas. If you want something that's just run of the mill (although why would you?) then this one's for you, but if you're looking for even a hint of bold flavour, look elsewhere.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold with pale lemon trim. The manila colored cap peaked at a short two fingers after a spirited pour, yet doesn't appear to be falling very fast despite the loose collection of fragile bubbles on its upper surface. The head actually looks much better as it sits and is beginning to deposit a sticky collar of lace.

I'm unimpressed with the nose, largely because it's too weak by half. What I can appreciate though, doesn't really make me wish that it was more aromatic. Lightly floral hops have the (dim) spotlight and I don't get the sense that there's much else lurking in the shadows.

First of all, the style. Even though the brewery's website says that Beer Of The Gods could be considered a 'German-style farmhouse ale', I don't believe they meant that literally. They describe the beer as a cross between a kolsch and an altbier. To my way of thinking, neither one of those styles is anything like a saison. Now, to taste...

This is definitely a kolsch, although far from a world-class one. Still though, it's far from bad beer. There's an adequate amount of sweetish pils malt that holds down the bottom end, the better to counter what is a pretty impressive amount of noble hoppy bitterness on the top end. The finish, especially, is amazingly biting and dry.

The beer's biggest negative is its simplicity. I know that kolschs aren't paragons of depth and complexity, but still, a little more to chew on (figuratively speaking) wouldn't be such a bad thing. It's still enjoyable though, especially if you need to get your alpha acid schwerve on. The bitterness is cumulative and is beginning to wear on me a bit. More malt is the obvious fix.

I don't drink enough kolschs to have a handle on how this mouthfeel fits in with the usual crowd. It strikes me as a little more full than the average however; along the lines of a pale ale. I don't mind a bit. Nor do I mind the semi-boisterous amount of carbonation that keeps things jumping.

Once I got the whole style thing sorted out, it was much easier to decide how I feel about this High & Mighty offering. While it may not be able to compete with the best that Germany has to offer, this is a better than decent stab at a hoppier-than-hell kolsch. Even though I didn't want it to be lousy beer, I would have loved to have been able to use the line "Beer Of The Gods is really more like Beer Of The Dogs".

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Photo of RedChrome
2.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour created a murky dull yellow colored body. A half inch creamy white head vanished rapidly and left a thin slick on top. An average amoutn of very tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen rising in the beer. Lacing rings in glass.

Aroma had a very nice blend of fruit right off the bat. A mixture of white grapes and cisp apples blended with a light raspberry scent. A second whiff had a faint earthy yeast in the back of the nose. Very nice blend finished with a mild hops quality.

Very fruity crisp taste was light but unbalanced on the tongue. A bitter light plastic finish to the very end of each sip was dissapointing. The fruit that started out each sip of apples, grapes, and lemons got overpowered. There is a light yeast aftertaste that develops after a few seconds.

The feel was too perky. A crisp taste and a huge burst of carbonation left this one tingling too much on my tongue.

I cannot recommend this beer. If I had to pair it I would pick a five cheese pizza with fontina and gouda. Leave this one on the shelf in exchange for another in the style.

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Beer Of The Gods from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 28% out of 100 with 207 ratings
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