Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
284 Ratings
Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
284
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 80
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 oline73
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of harsley
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 monk2021
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kniles38
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave2234
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestd
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 garyloveman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 American_Hawk
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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