Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
308 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of npendres
1.4/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of t2grogan
1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

Photo of GStone899
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Flat beer. Tons of head.

24 characters

Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -43%
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 kscaldef
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of MrMeerbill
2.04/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Just not good taste like generic lager with a taste of ear wax posing as some form of hops

90 characters

Photo of ChristinaLynn
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not a fan. Tastes like a hoppier miller lite with a not so good bitter after taste.

83 characters

Photo of nrbw23
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a bit of layer lacing.

S- A bit of a grassy hop, tons of grains, and lemons. Not really anything strong here and nothing to write home about. All pretty mellow and blah.

T- Is a lot like the nose. A bit of Earthy and grassy hops, touch of lemon sourness and that about sums it up. Pretty boring and really nothing going on.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was about right on.

O- I struggled with this one and was glad it was finally gone. Pretty one dimensional and boring. I'll pass on this one.

 616 characters

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of denver10
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of andrew_blesener
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GarretD
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of gopens44
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

 425 characters

Photo of cbutova
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

 1,186 characters

Photo of VaporDome
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Budinetz
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
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.


 962 characters

Photo of Dikfour
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

 671 characters

Photo of Blazer22
2.95/5  rDev -16%

Photo of beinerso
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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.

 234 characters

Photo of LucasShrugged
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of LakerLeith
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 308 ratings