Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
80 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 281
Reviews by Jree261:
Photo of Jree261
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Clean and clear golden with a white foam.

Smell-Grassy and herbal spicy.

Taste-Follows the nose with some bitter citrus fruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light body with a decent finish. Easy to drink.

Overall-Perfect for summer. Light and refreshing. Crisp and clean at the end.

 291 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

 199 characters

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.

 451 characters

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale lighter yellow with a large blossoming white head that left three full rings of lace as it settled very slowly,just a great looking head and a nice spritzy look.Aromas are cleaner with a bit of toasted grain and faint honey sweetness,there is a shot of herbal hops in there as well.Somewhat dry on the palate up front with some toasted grain,a pretty good dose of herbal/leafy hops really stand out,the honey-like sweetness is there in the finish.This isn't a bad lager,it's fresh tasting and made for hot humid days like today.

 542 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, hazy yellow in color with a big, beautiful head that showed fantastic retention. This is exactly how a beer should look.

Smell – The grain is clean with some light, leafy hops. Overall the aroma is rightly understated with none of that disgusting sweetness typical of lesser efforts.

Taste – The grain is nice and pure at the tongue. If the APLs are our best effort at a Euro-style pilsner than this is a home run. It has that light, refreshing summertime taste that you look for in the style and it is impeccably balanced. There’s even a faint lemon zest note here that sparks up the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a lively carbonation and very quenching.

Drinkability – There’s no one thing here that blew my socks off but it is more of a symphony on display. It is amazingly balanced, quite refreshing, and approachable to just about any drinker.

PS: This is Release #4.

 948 characters

Photo of t2grogan
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, release #1 bottled on 5/4/11 and 4.5% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes down to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet corny malts with some slightly metallic noble hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with a decent noble hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, very similar to an above average euro lager with a little more hops.

 472 characters

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a batch #.

LOOK: Clear yellow, more than sufficient frothing

SMELL: Spicy, fresh cut grass, lemon pith, leafy, crackers, yeast

TASTE: Smooth, lighter body, oily hop, soft bitterness, fluffy, bready, grainy, lemon grass, herbal, dry grassy finish

A very solid lager all around, the hopping is obviously the showcase here but the maltiness does hold its own. Very drinkable.

 399 characters

Photo of SudsSurfer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Clear, light straw with thick stark white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Very grainy, with straw, grass, pepper and light citrus.

Taste: Straw, grain, and lemon predominately. Some pepper on the finish, and very bitter as the malts are wafer thin.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a very light body. Very dry.

Overall: This is a very hoppy, bitter lager. Too bitter for the low abv and light malts IMO. Quite simply there is not enough oomph or taste to back up the bitterness. Just as a point of comparison, Victory Prima Pils is also very bitter, but has the necessary taste to make it a world class beer.

 691 characters

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.

 388 characters

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle but the description, the label, and the big greenhop on the label grabbed my attention. Beautiful looking beer it's almost glowing a neon lemon slight haziness but it's bright looking. Glistening white head with thick layers of tiny bubbles filling the top portion of the glass. Aroma has a bright lemon citrus quality, the label says their American hops with American yeast, and German pilsner malt. The smell is great I just keep smelling fresh picked ups with green, herbal, bright lemon citrus, and earthiness jump out of the glass. Flavor has a clean lemon citrus punch that brings with it layers of grassy/herbal quality, dusted with some yeast nuttiness and pale malt sweetness. Becomes a bit hop pellet focused with each sip, but I really can't hate on the hops this is a delicious hoppy lager that is their #5 relase in the Exponential series. This bottle label says 5% abv, which is still right in the sessionable level, 22 ounce bomber for 6 bucks well worth it for my tastes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with slick hop oils lubricating the palate this beer is actually making me salivate from all of the hop additions. Carbonation is dead on not overdone but sturdy enough to carry it all through with each sip. Quite the enjoyable creative hopped up lager, that I wish I had regular access to.

 1,328 characters

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light pour with a big thick head that lasted for several minutes. Smell was slighter than I expected, but hop was evident. Taste is immediate on the hop but the finish is light and fleeting, just no staying power but for a few spicy hop notes that are nice but underwhelming.

Would buy again, but the finish leaves a bit to be desired.

 342 characters

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

 1,462 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!