Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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!

Added by Viciousknishs on 07-21-2011

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this from the can in a willybecker chilled.

The color is a beautiful golden with very good clarity and snow white head with fine bead and good retention with lace that sticks well. The smell is malt forward with a subtle yeast aroma and slightly spicy hop scent with a light toast odor and mild mineral hint. The feel has good balance with a malt up front that is light with spicy hop in the feel and mild sweetness level with toast texture and medium bitterness with moderately low carbonation and semi-dry finish

The taste is malt forward with a semi-dry toasted pilsner malt flavor with spicy hops joining in and yeast in the back with a low alcohol influence with a slight dry taste of lingering spice and gentle bready flavor with mineral yeast character. This is a pretty decent pilsner but could use more hop flavor -it sticks to a by the numbers style-wise example but pretty drinkable and well made

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale yellow with an average head. The aroma is delicate and floral, with some lemon and orange zest, and a fair amount of sweet crackery malts. The flavor is gentle, with gooseberry, lychee. dandelion, and lemon peel flavors prominent, as well as a fair amount of malt sweetness. The body is quite light, but again there is a malt sweet core here. Overall this is a nice delicate beer, with solid hop flavors and good malt character.

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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of pils malt but it is fairly subtle. The flavor is bolder than the nose would indicate and the body is rather hearty for the style.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, pale straw color. Head doen't last too long and leaves only residual lace. Nose is fresh with grassy hops and light fruit and toasted bread notes.

Hop forward for a lager or even a plsener. Dainty and delicate in texture although also very carbonated up- front. Aftertaste brings a little more roundness and balance.

This is tasty and light and easy to drink and grew on me as I drank it. A champion in hot weather.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from Acton Wine and Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Citrus earthy mineral spicy aromas and little else on the nose. Citrus and orange fruitiness in the flavor, lightly herbal or earthy . Faint bready maltiness, lingering hop bitterness. Somewhat reminds me of Tang at times. Different take on a lager interesting, but not enough for me to buy again.

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Photo of cbutova
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- 12oz can (no visible best-by or born-on date found) poured into a tulip glass with a hazy pale yellow body. The head is frothy and creamy in texture and barely reaches one finger high before dying to a wide ring and large islands. Lacing forms in thin yet plentiful webs.

S- Sweet malts, but not caramel, arrive equivalent in balance to grassy and lemony hops and general lager yeast. This yeast profile does not particularly suit the hops and is a bit too contrasting. Really fades without much worth noting.

T- Spiciness and grassy hops become more of a dominant force here but cannot escape the strong lager yeast. Woody, herbal and lemony hints also come from the hops and semi-sweet base grains act to balance. All of these elements just don't seem to settle in together that well.

MF- Light bodied but a foamy and creamy texture is enough to keep it far from watery or thin. High end carbonation adds some crispness and bite but seems to push up the contrast between the flavors. Grassy bitterness strong in the finish.

Moderately hoppy lager that just doesn't come off very clean in the fermentation stage and the intense bitterness and lager yeast notes clash in the end.

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Photo of horshack7
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This one pours clear golden with a foamy bright white head than leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: Golden raisins, biscuit, grain, piney and a wisp of pear and apple with a light citrus note.

Taste: Biscuity and buttery quite a smooth mouthfeel with grapefruit notes. Piney, some pear, apple and grain with some light dried fruit notes in the back.

Notes: A very good offering from Epic Brewing and extremely drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours clear and devoid of a head. Looks flat. Smells musty. This combination of hops and lager yeast isn't necessarily the most inviting. Some floral & lemon hops and honey malt and lager yeast. Flavor is a bit soapy. Rather light yet the hops seemed forced initially. Then all flavor just drops off. Watery finish. Metallic flavor pops up. Bought a single. That'll be enough.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can @4.5% ABV, this one was apparently made in Denver.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, very loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some thin, spectral, and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of crisp, crackery pale malt, underripe lemon peel, a prominent hard-water flintiness, and some tame leafy, herbal, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and biscuity pale malt, muddled aged domestic citrus pith, wet stone paths after a rain storm, a touch of those gritty Valentine's Day chalky candies, some ethereal white pepper dust spice, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their palate-pleasing frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, but for a small, probing pithiness that works and needles its way in over time. It finishes just a smidge off-dry, the malt seeming like it's about to pack 'er in, while the citrus and verdant hops consider their late-night options, as such.

Overall, an enjoyable enough Bohemian-style American lager, the crispness and mandated hop affliction real and worthy of pursuing. However, I think that the brewery's marketing wags have got it wrong - I wouldn't recommend drinking this around yer bolder (not a Colorado in-joke, I swear!) IPAs, as it just won't hold up - consider it on its own, or with others of its ilk.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can into a goblet. No freshness date.

Smells of cascade-esque hops and some lightly toasted malt.

Hops hit first, but are quickly followed by a brisk rush of nicely layered light malts with good texture and complexity. There is a quick flash of sulfur, and the hops are an interesting balance. Well done.

Look/Feel: Light gold and almost totally clear with a bit of haze. White head that falls slowly. The feel is right in the right medium-light range to make this very refreshing.

Conclusion: A nice and non-traditional lager. More of these are welcome any time!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Banquet tumbler glass.

Look : Hazy pineapple glow, 70% opaque, shadowed fingers on the opposite side. Head is large and frothy, creamy cap with billowing fluff. 3 fingers.

Smell : It's pretty faint, but what's there is very nicely balanced...saltine cracker with light fruity flesh and faint peels. Not overpowering at all.

Taste : High pale and biscuit malt character, a bit of grassiness, light pine, some of that saltine, and some blueberry. It finishes out with more pale malt character and light pine.

Feel : Light and crisp all the way through. Light bodied, straight through. Crisp finish.

Overall : Sure I'd have it again. It's a beer, it's crisp, it's fresh, it's easy drinking. Nice pine and biscuit malt.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did come courtesy of the sultan of canned beer, woodychandler. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops, grains. Taste is floral hops, some sweetness, a touch dry at the finish. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of beinerso
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grassy, oily hops dominate the taste, feel and smell of this brew. Delightful nose preview, but lagered malt is almost imperceptible. This tasting from a bomber, I should note, was significantly less satisfying than previous tastings.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Six pack from HomeBrewStuff. Nice alternative to session IPAs and APAs. Light with mild hoppiness, clear golden with soft, foamy white head. Mostly lager characteristics in aroma and taste, with hop bitterness at the tail end. Perfect summer brew.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Two inches of just under creamy head settles rather slowly to about a quart of an inch of inviting rimming. No Lacing. Hazy golden honey in color.

Smell: Light sense of metallic German(?) hops. Biscuity malt undertones.

Taste: Biscuit malt right in your face followed closely with a fairly junky metallic finish. I think they were going for grapefruit or something but over shot a bit.

Feel: Light and Crisp.

Overall: Not a fan. This is the "all-malt" style and, while I'm not opposed to people trying to shake it up and make it hoppy (I love trying weird and different beers), this one just doesn't work for me. Looks and feels right. Just doesn't taste right.

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Photo of delta490
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a thin white head that doesn't last. The aroma is light biscuity with a hint of earthy noble hops. The taste is about the same but just a little underwhelming. The body has a nice weight and a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review. Aside from the well-executed & pretty massive hop addition, this brew drinks so much like any other pale lager. Definitely quaffable, but I'm finding it to be underwhelming.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw gold under a 3” rocky white foam collar that hugs the glass providing thick, persistent lace.
S: Citrusy hops, light grains, floral.
T: Orchard fruits, plum, faint caramel, grains, citrus rind bitterness on the finish.
F: medium to full body, medium carbonation
O: A touch fruity for a lager but overall an excellent choice for hydrating after a long summer bike ride.

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Photo of SamN
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic lager look; bone white, thinish, soapy head. Mildly hazy, maybe chill haze. Glowing sunflower yellow to light. Looks great. Aroma is a potent punch of hops oil, you can almost taste the hops, the aroma is so strong! Underneath the wall of alpha oils,you can detect pear, honey and grapefruit. The taste is appropriately hoppy for the smell; not buzzsaw of bitterness, but is a well hopped lager, leaning toawrds an IPL. Pale lager malts are mild and add just enough countering sweetness. Sort of a blandly bitter impression, overall.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy, yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is full of wheat, citrus and other floral hints. The taste is very smooth easy drinking. While it is light and simple, this is the type of beer that will get your macro drinkers into craft. Very clean and light finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a bomber (Batch #20) into a big ass mug, the beer is a hazy, bright, straw gold coloring with a filmy, fluffy, bright white head, and a ton of carbonation action throughout the body. The aromas are toasted grain forward, with a healthy dose of floral hops characteristics, tart lemon notes, and medicinal highlights. Flavors are bitter and spiced hops forward, with a healthy dose of moss, pepper, and grass. Lemon rind highlights, floral accents, and a cracker backbone. Smooth, but light and crisp in mouth. The aftertaste is tart, resinous, and bitter, with more of the hops spice lingering on. Crisp, effervesced, dry finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this again last night, having thought I'd never had it before. It was that non-memorable the first time and for good reason. Started off nicely with a gorgeous thick white head but it quickly fizzled away, not unlike the fast to disappear hop crispness which gives way to a heavy and slightly tart (not in a good way) biscuity malt finish. Thin on entrance and exit. Nothing offensive but certainly not a memorable beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +17%

Yo. A Pilsiner. Great stuff. You can drink these all day. Right.

It's pretty yellow and not quite clear. The aroma, though subtle, is right where it should be. A mild, hoppy indicator of the nice pils to come.

The taste is a nifty freshness that the site should be. Extremely refreshing. Gimme a six of these babies. The aftertaste has the same freshness. Something nice to linger on the palate. This is a tough beer to make. There are so many crappy american ones, but they made the effort and came up with one worth drinking.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic golden pilsner appearance, I also think the can itself I really nice looking. Light smell, pale malts, some sweet floral notes. Not really bitter, but hoppy tasting, light citrus and fruit notes and some candy sweetness. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of Spider_Jerusalem
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer time beer for hop heads! I love the bright hoppy flavors paired with such a light and effervescent pils. Certainly not the most authentic beer, but definitely worth a try if you like hops and are looking for a refreshing, low-alcohol alternative to IPA. Like most light lagers, it is a bit underrated on BA because too many people have hang ups about this style. Just because something is in the same family as a PBR or Bud doesn't mean it's bad!

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