Hop Syndrome Lager
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #295
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,307
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 12.71%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
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Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
Notes: A deliciously hoppy lager, this clean, spicy, yet fruity addition to the Exponential series is sure to quench your summer palate just right!
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Photo of iguanodon
1.53/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

[Original rating 2012-07-22] Pours a clear light gold with a thin white head. Aroma is bubble gum and faint grass. Taste is dish water with a bitter finish.

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Photo of dertyd
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a slightly hazy golden straw color, with 1 finger of white head---------- the aromas are of grass/floral, bread dough, and soap---------- the flavors follow the nose with that bread dough and grassy noble hops, the beer has a thin mouthfeel finishing light and crisp-------- overall this beer was nice, it has a nice doughy malt backbone with a big dose of those noble hops-

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Hazy straw yellow colored body under a white head that recedes to a light film. Random dots and vertical lines of lacing.

Aroma: Hay, dried grass, lemongrass, and citra hops.

Taste: Dried bread and grains before a plethora of dried grass, hay, and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium bodied.

Overall: Not normally my style but the citrus helps make it more drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Straw colour, slightly hazy, long lasting foam. Pilsner noble hop and bready nose. Noble hops kick it up front, kinda fade mid palate, bread malt moves in. Light bodied. Tasty for the most part. The 4.5 %abv I do appreciate.

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Photo of demian317
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Gold, nice hue, adequate hop aroma, nice pils middle ad finish--4.2 ABV makes it infinitely drinkable. A pleasant little pils--this is not a lager in taste but in yeast match only.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a Belgian tulip. ID on the bottom of the can reads: 3049, 11339. No date present.

Pours a cloudy, pale, straw yellow with a white, frothy head that dissipates moderately. There is a type of white sediment present at the bottom of the glass that almost looks like sand.

Smells almost like sea water, with a hint of lager yeast. Very off putting and not characteristic of the lager style.

Tastes hoppy at first but finishes more like an ale. There really isn't a clean finish that you get from a lager, but more of a fruit forward finish like that of an ale.

Mouthfeel begins with a lot of carbonation on the tongue and then does leave a slightly pleasant hop bitterness, but then finishes kind of flat with a dryness that's not so pleasant.

Overall this isn't my favorite lager by any means. I've had many hoppy lagers before and this is not something I would seek out again. Hopefully they work on improving this one.

Cheers,
WB

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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 allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright gold color, with a modest head.
S: Kind of faint aroma, offering a sweet, slightly grainy malt scent. Hop presence disappointing.
T: What the... the hop choice is strange, offering piney, orange peel hop flavor. Does not taste like a pils at all, either czech or german. Bitterness is on the high side, and malt doesn't fit a typical pils malt flavor either.
M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated.
O: Not that bad a beer, if you consider it just a hoppy lager, but when I buy a pils, I want a certain flavor that derives directly from the hops and malts used. This was a disappointment for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can id but no date, thanks for nothing.

Pours a mild fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, very little lacing, slight hazy golden pilsner color.

Nose very doughy, raw bread dough, little toasted pilsner, Cracked wheat hint of straw, some grassy and fruity hops.

Taste brings more toasted grain raw bread dough, lots more dough with toasted pilsner malt, little cracked wheat, touch cereal, little lager minerality, into grassy hops, little fruity and little spicy. Finish is pretty bitter with grassy spicy hops, mild dry touch sticky sweetness, faint toasted pilsner and bread dough.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, little heavy hopped for typical pilsner but that's epic for you, hops weren't smash your teeth though which is kinda what I was expecting.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +6.2%
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 +18.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -20.1%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.8%
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 +5.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -16.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -17.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +1.7%
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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