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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fitzy84 on 07-15-2008

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77
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3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 77
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid golden color, sparkling clear with rushing bubbles and a 2" bubbly head with sticky lace around, creamy and puffy in an island in the middle of the head. Very healthy.

An amazing musty yeastie aroma, corn and wheat, hearty subtle spices and very aromatic for the style.

A crystal clear, snazzy feel and flavor, light golden wheat and musty, earthy notes from the yeast, and it's a rather complex lager yeast. Dry, light and snappy feel goes a long way, more earthy dry flavor'
s from the hops and the hops are in perfect balance for the style.

This is a mighty fine american-brewed lager.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Craigie on Main. Yeah I know, la ti da.

Pristine amber with a purty white cap. Ample lace, retention, and even a few beads of sweat on this hot and humid night.

Aroma hands down one of the best I've ever got from a lager. The floral and citrus hops explode from the glass and leave a just a little room for a light, doughy malt accompaniment.

Taste doesn't disappoint. The light and fluffy pils malt and citrus hops are carried over from the aroma and that makes me happy. Mouthfeel is a little slick and oily (from wheat?), but still good.

A damn fine beer.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently got this as an extra in a trade with barnesy148927, thanks man!

Pours with a good three finger widths of offwhite/yellow head. The head looks pillowy in nature, and there are millions of tiny little bubbles rising up very quick through the glass. The body is a hazy sunset orange with shades of yellow. Like the color a lot. Head retention and lacing are great for the style.

Extremely floral nose of hop character. Grass is here too, and I almost smell a kind of belgian witbier type yeasty smell here too for some reason, but it's nice. Straw and bread can be found too beyond the surface.

Initially tastes like a fresh baked french bread loaf, but has a little more indescript malt sweetness in there too. Mid-range almost seems a little bit wheaty, and then finishes up with a nice flowery/spicy kick of hops. Not much citrus to be found, but maybe a little lemon.

Feels nice, really lively carbonation is smacking around my tongue, and it's keeping things nice and refreshing. Finish is pretty dry. Good body consistency/viscosity and head texture.

Overall this is a winner in the Pale Lager category. I haven't had a lager quite like this one before, and I'm digging it. It's on the heavier end of the spectrum for sure, and there's even a little alcohol coming through. First beer I've had from this company, but now I may seek out something else. How is the average a B? Maybe Arbitrator is onto something...

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Photo of Risser09
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - Bottled June 4th, 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with dull red highlights. The cream colored head rises 1/2" and shows decent retention. A little bit of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Pine hops mix with some floral aromas over top of a fruity malt base. Lager yeast and candi sugar. Cherry, plum, and some orange make a finish.

Taste: Cherry and other fruits are first out of the barrel. Bitter hop resin follows and lingers around. Caramel malt is underneath it all. Crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A little bit fruity and mostly hop bitterness. A tad of booze at the end. You wouldn't think of this beer as a lager.

Drinkability: Quite nice. Well balanced and smooth drinking. Being unfiltered made a nice touch. A pleasure all around.

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Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light gold body with a massively foamy head that makes me rethink the way I poured it. Good retention to the white head that has a nice creamy texture. Thick piles of lace on the glass.

S- I get lager yeast notes and hops right as I pour from several feet away. Floral, grassy and spicy hops. Malt is pale caramel. Some bread and definite lager feel

T- A good balance of the necessary beer elements. Hops are prevalent and bring floral, spice, grass and pepper to the table. Somewhat sweet malt, pale caramel. Yeast bread hints.

MF- Highly carbonated fizzy feel, as I expected from the pour. A moderately bitter finish.

Definitely a well hopped lager that brings a nice flavor to the table. The balance between yeast, malt and hops is nicely executed and that is not easy to do.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw-amber with a frothy long lived head. Head welled up into a sculptured cloud-like appearance. Laced the walls of my glass.

Very slight flower-like nose.

Flavor is almost that of a pale ale rather than what I'm expecting from a lager. Nevertheless its a nice palatable up front and center bitter hops with a light almost transparent "background". I wish there was a hint of yeast to flesh out the one dimensional hops only character.

Nevertheless the entire flavor makes this beer a definite summer-time thirst quencher served chilled. The ABV isn't so high that a pint will hamper one's metabolism.

Mouthfeel is a very cordial stance-- not particularly robust or "active", but a nice smooth "low-profile" character.

Drinkability- Given the ABV I can enjoy this beer without the adverse effects of the alcohol.

I like this brew. I will enjoy a few more pints!

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Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle came my way thanks to gn0sis...

A- Pours a dark copper color with just a touch of haze in it. Solid off white head sticks around and leaves some good lacing.

S- Good balance between hops and malts. Citrusy with a touch of caramel. One of the more well balanced beers I've had in quite a while.

T- Once again, very well balanced. Bitter citrusy hops up front rounded off nicely wtih sweet malts. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Prickly mouthfeel.

D- Easily drinkable. Low ABV and smoothness makes it easy to drink.

Thanks again, Eric!

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Photo of philipquarles
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bomber. Pours slightly hazy gold with a lasting thick white head. Great lacing. Smells grassy and grainy, with nice hop notes coming through alongside pale malt. The hops are dominant in the taste; not only are they pleasantly aromatic, but they give a sharp, refreshing bitterness. Nice pale malt. This is easily the best American take on a kellerbier I've had--very good stuff.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle just purchased from Whole Foods - and a very attractive pour at that. A hazy burnt orange color with plenty of foam - in fact, the carbonation may be a bit excessive.

Strong floral smell - citrusy and what I'd call tropical in nature. One of the tastier Lagers I've tried recently although I'd have preferred a bit less sweetness. The malt seems to dominate somewhat but the hops also make their presence known. Refreshing aftertaste.

I'd definitely buy this product again. Kudos to the brewer for stamping the bottling date very plainly in a space on the side of the label - wish more craft brewers would make it so easy to determine this date.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber:

Pours hazed golden (It's unfiltered) with a fluffy/rocky large white head. Some patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, grapefruity, floral, slightly musty, with grainy and bready notes.

The taste is nicely hopped (citric- lemon/orange - and floral), though with a grainy sweet and underlying tart balance. Finishes refreshingly dry.

It has a creamy, but crisp, light-to-medium body. Dryness lingers. Slight alcohol shows.

Even with slight alcohol showing, it is very easy-drinking and refreshing. Hoppy, but balanced. Well-done! Reminds me more of a kellerbier (with an "American" influence...and a nice one at that!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a proteinaceous off-white head over a semi-opaque, well-carbonated, light amber colored body. The head was well-retained.

S- Very mild nose overall. Just a whiff of crackerlike malt (at best) and nothing more...

T- Crackerlike malt flavors up-front. On the mid-palate I get a very mild earthy hop flavor, but no hop bitterness until the tail-end of the finish, where this ultra-mild hop bitterness co-mingles with some huskiness. An overall delicate flavor profile that starts-out biscuitlike and finishes slightly dry. While mild on the palate, I am really digging this!

M- Medium bodied, slight texture from unattenuated sugar. Moderately coarse carbonation. No astringency.

D- This ultra-quaffable brew can easily go-down in quantities. I love what they've done here!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/15/09, enjoyed 11/10/09

Appearance - pours a hazy golden yellow. Much head at first, six fingers easily. Big bubbles on the edges but a dense pack in the center. Excellent retention, once the head dries out, I can pour in enough to where the crown is a good inch above the rim and resting nicely. About as nice as this style can get. I didn't swirl the sediment in but I guess you could for a slightly cloudier start.

Aroma - clean, grainy, inoffensive. A touch of citrusy lemon/orange hops as this sets up, nice!

Taste - good malt depth for an APL. Robust grain, rye-like in a sense. The hops create good balance. A little citrus, very little, resolving to a dry bitterness on the swallow. There is a slight return of a lemon twang on the finish. About the hoppiest APL I've had, it's good!

Mouthfeel - slick and very crisp, with an even body.

Drinkability - certainly sessionable, quite tasty too. The hops are big but not quite as much character as I'd like. Maybe more citrus character or back off somewhat on the whole. A great effort by H&M. Much thanks to Solan (RB) for pointing me towards this one while in Orlando.

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Photo of speter
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a rock-hard head (due to wheat). Unfiltered or not, wheat or not, the cloudiness is a bit odd, although well advertised on the bottle.

S: H&M claim to use only German Perle, Tettnang and Hersbrucker, but the nose is more citrusy (think American hops). There's also a hefty dose of Munich and Vienna malts.

T: Here's where the style elephant come in. The flavor is much more reminiscent of a pale ale than a lager of any stripe. There are kisses of esters without any hints of sulfur. Mind you, it's not bad, just not quite to style. (And if I were placing it, it's more of an American Dortmunder.) More sulfur hints, and it might merit a 5 for originality.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. The aftertaste is a tad on the hoppy side, but again if this were considered an American Dortmunder, that might be a plus.

D: At 6.5%, it's not going to be a session beer, but I'd sure like another.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener- poured a murky light brown color with an off-white one finger head, good retention and some nice drippy lacing.

Smells nice and hoppy- a sharp pine scent, a little grass, and a little malt (but barely noticeable).

Tastes like an IPA! Strange... A good does of pine hoppiness, and a little grassy. Towards the end, I get MAYBE a little bit of yeast but hard to tell.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium bodied with more than moderate carbonation. Very refreshing but not as smooth or as subtle as I would have hoped. It is American I guess...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bill for sending this one my way. I never would have gotten it or even looked for it otherwise! Twenty two ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed 08/12/2008.

First of this is no malt liquor! The pour was a nice bright amber , very cloudy and hazy with a good bit of carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass. A nice two inch head of white then came up over the top and settled down to a thin level that lasted about another minute before turning to a rocky crown that coated the sides.

The aroma was bright, lots of floral hops and lemon zest in this one. Hints of tangerine, light bready malts and a hint of grain. The flavor was more of the same with a bright profile. Light bodied, but as it warmed turning a bit toward the chewy side, the carbonation was very good throughout and never really got dull, boring or flat. I was really shocked by the flavor as this tasted unlike and malt liquor I had ever had. It was very much like a nice, lightly hopped pale ale. Everything about it was light and bright, with lots of lemon and tangerine, almost grapefruit but not quite that bitter. Nice drying finish left a lingering taste in the mouth for quite sometime.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was an excellent beer to have on a hot night as it was not that filling, nor was it too heavy in profile. Should be categorized as a pale ale I would think, but who am I to judge!

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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, decent creamy head that leaves great lacing. Smells of grassy and grainy malt, touch of spiciness, soft breadiness. Tastes of bitter grassy like malt with a nice earthy hoppy bitterness. Nice spiciness from the hops, very dry beer.

A very unique beer. It tastes almost like an India pale lager, if such thing exists. The hops are huge in this beer, very bitter and extremely dry. I think the drinkability might go up if there was larger malt presence to counter the hops. That said, i love the noble hops and dryness in this beer. A must try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650ml bottle, bottled Jun42008. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange/brown color. The head was spotty, and dissipated quickly. It had a nice citrus aroma as well as a little malt presence. Orange taste, which persisted. Nice tang to it. Good beer, refreshing.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High & Mighty- Purity of Essence

High & Mighty finally made it to NJ. 1 of my favorite Mass. breweries.

A- Light clear copper brown with a huge frothy head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Big pungent pine hops infuzed into a lightty roasted cereal malt.
T- Sweet somewhat light bready malt with a nice bitter oily pine hoppiness. Sweet buttery malt really shines through.
M- Light sweet creamy malt with a good dose of bitter dry hops.

Overall- Quit nice and easy to drink. $5.50 for a bomber, good price for a good beer.

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another treat that I have never seen before. I had this over in Worcester along with the Spice of Life.

Hmmm pours great! Nice real hazy straw color here. Head is snow white. Looks fun!

Smelled a little bit weird. Nice hop aroma but a weird cooked corn smell too? Almost like creamy spinach.

Taste was pretty awesome though. It had a weird cracker or biscuit like taste but real nice and dry. Pretty thirst quenching. I think I could taste the yeast as well.

Really nice subtle mouthfeel and perfect amount of bubbles.

Overall a good beer. Nothing that blew me away but darn fine for what it was.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange with bright yellow highlights, a medium sized white head clings to the glass nicely. Dank, earthy hops with a soft lager yeast note in the nose. Creamy at first, the beer leaves the quaff with a bright tingle from the carbonation. Caramel and pale malt sweetness lays in great balance from a generous hop character. Bottled 7/15, this bottle has held up pretty nicely. Would like to find this one on tap.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is strong and fruity - apricot, grapefruit and orange. Warm and thick. The flavor is more like a smooth APA than a lager - grainy, fruity, with orange, grapefruit, and a lingering, deep citrus bitterness. The finish gives it away, though: crisp, slight, with a distinct sulfur tang. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Unusual and tasty, though I find it little cloying after a while, which lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another malt liquor from a micro? Hmm.

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a thick and fluffy head that has decent staying power and ample carbonation.

Aroma is thick and citrusy upfront with only a hint of malt sweetness showing through. Doesn't smell like a malt liquor.

Taste starts off with strong hop bitterness upfront followed by a clean malt profile that is somewhat sweet and bready. The bitterness lingers and alcohol warmth is minimal.

Mouthfeel is mainly bitterness with a hint of alcohol warmth. A little dry as well.

Hmm, as for drinkability? As much as it stymies me, I can't get enough of taking sip after sip. Definitely has more body than a macro malt liquor. I'm not even sure if the style is accurate but maybe that's because of all the other malt liquors I've had. Regardless, if you want something that will puzzle you and refresh you at the same time, give this a try. Now, if only it came in 40s. Hmm.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this advertised around and finally got a chance to drink it in its 22 oz bomber. Appearance is a dark, murky brown-amber color with a thick lacing on the sides but a generally thin head throughout. Aromas are rich in malt and hop balances with some grain, bready biscuit, and sugars. The beer is generally sweet with a dry finish. Good mouthfeel makes it crisp and delicious. Overall, a good drink from High and Mighty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy/murky medium golden yellow in color with some apricot + light orange highlights and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy light beige head that slowly reduces to large thick cap in the center of the beer surrounded by very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops with lighter amounts of grassy hops. Underneath there are lighter aromas of yeast spiciness and a cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of cereal grain malts which are quickly overtaken by the hop flavors - citrus/lemon and grassy hops stand out. Light amounts of yeast spiciness. Overall there is a light amount of lingering bitterness..

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: For a style that I do not come across all that often, I really thought this was a very enjoyable brew with some great hop aromas and flavors and not too much bitterness. The citrus notes make this one pretty refreshing and it is easy to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright tangerine orange with a rapidly evolving and towering solid foam head that shot up 4 fingers high initially. The coloring was beige while the head calved forming a rocky, mountainous structure that clung to the sides of the glass walls leaving large clumpy patchings. Visible carbonation started out strong initially with a dozen or so jet streams of micro bubbles rising at a rapid rate all in unison.

S: The nose had a light fresh grassiness to it along with fresh celery stalks. Light overall in delivery it also featured a soft hints of dried grain husks lurking in the background adding a subtle dry graininess.

T: The initial flavor delivered a grassy hopping along with semi-dried orange peel citrus tones. Green leafy vegetative stalks of celery and a faint hint of chives gives this a herbal sense. Dried lemon peels appear midway through the experience as the finish finds a soft dried grassiness with a moderate fade leaving this beer on a fairly good note.

M: a good sense of carbonation with a playful tingle and a medium fullness. A dry bittering finish of grassiness teases the tongue with a medium strong sense.

D: good with a equally good enjoyability factor. Would make for a solid summer time drink. A hoppy lager worthy of a recommend and would consider purchasing this again.

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