Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
280
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
23.74%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but somewhat light in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nobody told me this was a lager when I first ordered one. the nose didn't give it away either, light fruity hops emitting from a crystal clear pale yellow body with soapy lace all over the place. bright carbonation is evident, and the hops are so pungent they trump what I would normally be able to easily detect as lager yeast. the taste is a little less cloaked, as the hops aromatics give way to almost pilsener malt lightness, like a fresh baked biscuit getting softened butter, this has a meal type grain bill, even though its so light in color. nice balance towards the finish, not as well hopped as the name suggests it should be, but it is fruity and clean, refreshing. excellent carbonation keep up the hoppy vibe through the finish, and the light body and abv make it a really easy drinking beer. epic is doing some really cool stuff, and I love this one as a lager, different from the rest, this could have been a jacks abbey beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1; tasted 3/25/12

Appearance: Loads of foam spew out of the bottle and perch atop the goldenstraw colored liquid, leaving a dense coating of lace

Smell: Surprisingly sweet and lemony

Taste: Tastes like a lemon Life Saver - sweet and lemony from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and overcarbonated

Overall: Clearly not a beer that I should have been sitting on for this length of time, but it is not undrinkable - just has become a bit of an alcopop; surprising, as I have not tasted a beer that has aged like this before

Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity

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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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with lightly sweet malt base is very interesting. Taste is a good mix between some floral and lightly sweet malt base with some fruity hops undertones and a light bitter finish. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one and this is something I would drink more often if it was locally available.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely pleasant light lager with an aromatic kiss of hops. Pours a golden color in the big glass with a nice head. Light but sudsy mouthfeel.

This has the hop flavor I call "perfumey." Really aromatic with hop flowers along with a little mustiness. A nice flavorful mouthful. Just enough malt to give a little tenderness. After the malt fades the aftertaste is rather resiny and plenty bitter.

A great example of a usually not very inspiring style. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass; Release 7, bottled 5/24/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing on the glass; with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, grass, floral, cracker, bready grain, and earthy hop spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, pepper, pine, and herbal hop spiciness. Fair amount of lemony pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, cracker, bread, pine, and herbal hop spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; good hop/malt balance; and almost zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy pale lager. Nice hop/malt flavor balance with solid complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit, very well done.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured straw-yellow, slightly hazed, with a thin white head that receded to a thin ringlet. Noticeable carbonation. Clean, light aroma, decent balance of sweet malts and citrusy hops. Basic taste of grains and sweet malts, lightly hopped for a good balance and a mostly dry finish. A little bitter. Light body, crisp, and pretty drinkable. Not bad for a lager.

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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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly cloudy pale yellow in color with some light golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a two finger dense frothy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of a pale and grainy malt with some more moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a touch of pale malts. After that, there is a moderate amount of hoppiness with citrus/lemon zest, herbal, and grassy hops all present. The hops impart a light amount of bitterness which fades after a short amount of time.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slick with a light amount of oiliness.

O: Overall this is a very nice beer, that is easy to drink, sessionable, and quite refreshing. A nice low ABV for an easy drinking beer is one that I could easily have all day long and it pairs nicely with food - in my case, ribs.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a weizen glass.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells grassy, earthy malts, dirt, and some wheat. Overall pretty bland, though not bad. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, lemon, citrus, grass, hay, and wheat. Definite step up from the nose, some nice citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average pale ale. Easy to drink but the nose is very muted, though the taste is a bit better. Not something I'd probably seek out again.

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #48 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

The label on mine states that this is 5%.

So, this seems less like a syndrome and more like a kersniffle, at first. As time goes on though, the beer does grow on me and I appreciate it more. There is a mild fruit tone to it that I find interesting and a somewhat herbal and oddly minty thing as well. But overall, it's just a pretty easy drinkin' lager with nice earthy tones. I would have loved a lot (or a little) more hop influence or something that makes this one stand out a bit more, but no matter. If I were out, I'd probably order this on-tap if I saw it.

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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 tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - clear, pale yellow with a soft, white head that has little retention

S - herbal, grassy, heavy lager yeast

T - herbal, earthy, lager yeast, clean bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice, hoppy, smooth lager. The hops are intense and definitely give it character. A bit more balance would help, but overall this was a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A nice rocky white head, very bright, makes a good two almost three fingers in size, sits on a very hazy straw lemon yellow body, with lots pin sized uniform bubbles very small, rising from the bottom. They really crawl up very slowly, its almost slow motion. After warming up a bit, body clears nicely, and there is also lots of clumpy lacing. much nicer looking then!

Nose is yeasty with a clean malt sense, good mild hop angle on this balancing nicely. Seems solid and decent.

Sharp hop bite at first, which is interesting on the palate. On the finish is a good light malt sweetness that lingers. It's very interesting cause my normal experience with most beers including this style is I taste the malts first, then the hops and this is practicaly in reverse. Finishes clean, with some crispness, but a good honey density and very light sweetness.

A good solid tasting lager, I'll have another.

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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 Gavage
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a short 1" head that breaks apart to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: loads of lemons, grass, and a hop bitterness is easily detectable.

Taste: grass, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of spiciness. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.

Overall: easy to quaff lager that is mildly refreshing too. Pretty good beer after doing some yard work and you need to quench the thirst.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light, lemony amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving a lot of lacing. Aroma of light sweet biscuit malt and citrus, light generic hops, a bit grainy. Flavor of biscuit malt, light piney and citrus hops, citrus. Starts with nice hops and finishes with citrus and dry malt. Light bodied. The flavor profile is quite similar to a classic pilsner, but with fresher hops. I have to imagine that this is what Czech and German pilsners might taste like if fresh, which I've never experienced. Flavors are pleasant, but understated. Interesting to have a lager with fresher hop taste.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 picked up at the COOP yesterday for I think $4ish... Sorta expensive for what it is, but it is well made... Pours a slight hazy straw golden with a decent white head and little lacing.

Nose shows bigger than expected hoppiness, but it works well with the light background maltiness... hops are smell like cut grass and light citrus zest.

Flavor mirrors the aromas nearly perfectly with a bit of an upfront bitter bit that adds to the drinkability in my opinion.

Body is light and carbonation is spot-on where it should be.

If this was in a reasonably priced 6-pack, I would buy it all the time in this Boise heat. It is a near perfect summer quaffer for somebody that like lagers and want more of a hop bite.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear straw with a medium white head. Very long lasting, frothy, with good lace.

S: Earthy and herbal hops, dandelion green, grass.

T: Fairly light malt, pilsner like, but this isn't a pils at all. Woodsy and herbal notes from the American hops. A pils-style beer with American hops OK.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit fizzy on the carbonation (there is a light macro feel to it), but it still has good body. Long hoppy aftertaste.

O: An interesting new lager beer, it's a weird hybrid of Bohemia and CA, and it works pretty well. The malt is tough to find, but the hops are good, and it is refreshing and easy drinking. Good price as well.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow nearing gold colored beer with a good sized snow white colored head.

I can smell this from 3 feet away. Strong spicy noble hop aroma. Abundant saffron and hay with lemon, herb and a slightly soapy scent. Slight sour scent with soda cracker and a little honeysuckle.

Starts out stoutly hopped and semi dry. Saffron and grass come on strong and it is rather spicy. Good level of bitterness. Tasty and stoutly hopped Pilsner. Yes I know it says "Lager" but it is stronger flavored than that.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall this is a super tasty Pils from the heart of Mormon Country.

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