Purity Of Essence | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by fitzy84 on 07-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.97%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of sholland119
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A mighty disappointment from my perspective.

This beer pours a hazy amber with a solid white head and just a bit of lacing. So far, so good. Aroma has solid pine hops and hint of malt. A little light in aroma but not bad.

Taste, though, is just not appealing. Bitter hops all the way through and not much else. I love my hops but this is too deeply bitter for my liking. Mouthfeel is, again, remarkably bitter.

This one was not for me. I don't know that it is classified properly here but I don't enjoy this as an example of any style I am familiar with.

HV

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Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite hazy, orange colour. Very high carbonation, which filled half the glass with eggshell coloured foam even with a careful, slow pour. A bit of clumpy lace. Nicely balanced aroma, with toasty and doughy malt, a bit of caramel, fruity and earthy hops, citrusy. Bitterness was balanced up front, but became stronger and more harsh in the finish. The flavour was citrusy to start, grapefruit, with malt sweetness kicking in mid-palate. These flavours fell away towards the end and didn't provide the balance the bitterness required. Carbonation was too high and didn't give it a crisp character. The texture seemed off because of this, and even a slightly creamy quality didn't really compensate. I was nervous about the carbonation from the pour and my fears were realized. I had more hope after getting a good smell, but things just didn't come together.

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Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber, Bottled on dating of "June 4, 2008" on the side of the label. Funny looking beer, sort of cloudy, brownish amber, fast departing light tan head...chemical smelling nose, not off to a good start here...things don't really improve too quickly..taste is all over the place, and I don't mean that in a good way..chocolaty malts are the highlight, then I get some vegetable type off notes....did not love this one...one and done for me..would not get this one again

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Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. There are plenty of yeast floaties to go around. The aroma is decent. It has a relatively bitter scent along with a pretty good smelling malt aroma. It's appears to be pilsner and light crystal malts. The taste is average. It's true. It does have a nice hoppy taste and aroma, but there is nothing else to be celebrated here. The malt taste is not that great and it's a bit too hoppy, because of the lack of balance. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a forgettable beer. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My bottle thanks to Yamar 18. Thanks, Kevin!

The label on this bottle says it is 4.9% abv.

It pours a slightly hazy medium gold colour with over a 1 finger head of foam but doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The smell is big grain that reminds me of an AAL. I truly can't smell anything else.

The taste took me by surprise. Very hoppy and very bitter. Grapefruit flavour that is more bitter than I'm used to. It has an earthy malt presence that doesn't seem to bring any balance. Some grainy notes now just showing up. Weird.

Lots of carbonation, imho...too much. The body is nice.

Interesting brew but not something I'd want to drink again.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy because it is unfiltered. The color is a light amber. Very impressive, rocky head with superb lace on the glass side.

Strong "refrigerator" smell; mild malt in the background--even milder hop essence.

The flavor is an improvement over the smell. Lots of flavoring hops. Slightly alcohol-ish in the background of the reasonably dry malt. This is a thin beer with lots of carbonation.

It's kind of a one-trick pony--not much complexity here. Still, for a malt liquor, it is better than most.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled on 10/29/08

Subdued aroma with a little citrus out of the glass. Great looking when poured; hazy and honey colored. Not much of a head and dissipated quickly.

Very bright feel on the tongue with really nice carbonation. Initial malt and hops fades to heavier hops in the back of the throat. Flavors become more intense as it sits in the glass; nice, because it was not initially very robust.

I had been really looking forward to this beer and I suppose I'm a little disappointed. It's a decent beer and would be perfect for an afternoon BBQ. I like it, will have it again but not until the warm weather hits. -WS

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color with a large white head that quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, citrus, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are followed by a decent hops presence for the style and a touch of spiciness. The malt character is on the thin side but exactly where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with some flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of rjp217
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bottle with bottled on date (June 4, 2008) poured into an American pint glass.

Appearance: Almost tawny amber hue with nice white head. A very thin layer of white remains after settling. It's unfiltered, but duh, it says that on the label.

Nose: Orange is immediately noticeable, and sweet malt, sarsaparilla, and Indian spices register.

Palate: Carbonation is moderate to high. Agitation reveals a lot of dry-hop characters and a little dustiness. There is an umami character here poking out between bursts of bitter hops (leaning on the pine-y side of things, not the citrus side). Nice and bitter, decent body, with a red kool-ade note right in the mid-palate.

Notes: Although this beer is sufficiently bitter and gets points for that IPA-esque extremeness, it seems to lack something in the middle. I get a strong nose, and an initial bitterness on the palate, a quick mid-palate of fruit and then immediately on to bitterness and dry hops again. I wish there was more in the middle.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper, mildly cloudy, thick off white head with a bit of lacing
S - Strong aroma of lemon in the nose, citrus hops, yeast with some earth tones, biscuit maltiness, some light skunk
T - Strong malt up front, citrus in the body with a lemon finish
M - On the lighter side with a crisp feel to the body
D - Being unfiltered sort of gave this one some interesting character. A decent lager, and certainly easy to drink a whole 22oz in a session

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagen1984 for this one. Probably should have got to this earlier - bottled October 29th, 2008. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Good looking brew here. A solid three-fingers of foam that stick around for quite a while and leave glass-coating lacing. Unfiltered golden apricot color that's slightly lighter at the edges.

S - The smell is potent - it erupts from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Spicy noble hops with pine and earthiness, pilsener malt, and some light fruitiness. How the heck did this hold up well for almost a year when some other hoppy brews are a mess after a few weeks?

T - The taste is a huge disappointment compared to the smell. Twangy lager character, mixed with light doughy malts, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish that builds a bit after a few pours. Decidedly average - there's nothing off, but it's just not all that good.

M - A bit harsh on the carbonation side, but the body is smooth and medium in thickness. Clean finish without minimal residual flavor or feel.

D - The carbonation is a bit bloaty, even after half of a glass. Otherwise the minimal aftertaste and decent flavor make it pretty easy to drink. I'm under the impression this stuff is cheap - ~$5 for a bomber.

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Photo of EighthElement
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale lager-y golden color with a nice bit of fluffy head. A nice amount of carbonation, looks drinkable...

Smell is a bit of sour malt/wheat and a bit of malty sweetness combined. Sort of earthy, maybe from the hops?

Taste is slightly metallic combined with a spiciness from the hops. The carbonation adds a nice dynamic to this beer as it is very thirst quenching and crisp due to the nice bubble action. A bit more hoppy than many of its counterparts but not anything to write home about...that being said its the best damn American Pale Lager I've ever had!!!

Very drinkable in the 22 oz. format.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MEW
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The style this beer is listed under isn't doing it any favors. This is a an American take on a kellerbier. I doubt it's open fermented or anything, but it's definitely an unfiltered urtyp lager.
Pours a really hazy khaki color with a lot of foam. Lots of suspended yeasts in this one.
The smell is pretty hoppy. Mild lager yeast, a hint of breadiness, and tons of grassy old world hops.
There's a really distinct fresh spearmint flavor that the hops are giving off that keeps coming back in each sip. Like other kellerbiers I've had, the hops really seem to thrive with the suspended yeast. In this case, I'm guessing they're hopping it extra liberally, too. A little bit of bready malt creeps in, but the hops and the yeast are the stars of this one.
Mouthfeel's thicker than I prefer and splitting a bottle of this was nice, but I don't think I would need a full bottle to myself.

Not bad, but probably not worth seeking for those who aren't kellerbier nuts. Still, you really have to respect what this beer is and what they were shooting for.
It's a neat idea that just wasn't directly up my alley.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 ounce bomber bottled on Feb 06 2010. Sampled on February 23, 2010. The pour is a hazy rusty copper with a bit too much puffy white head...maybe three inches deep and nearly flowing over the glass. The aroma has a mixture of bitterness, grapefruit, apricot, and floral hops. As for the taste, I get an up front dorse of malts followed by a chaser of hops. This was not a bad beer but it did not blow me away.

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Purity Of Essence from High & Mighty Beer Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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