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Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good
77 Reviews
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:
77
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 275
Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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 -17.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic lager look; bone white, thinish, soapy head. Mildly hazy, maybe chill haze. Glowing sunflower yellow to light. Looks great. Aroma is a potent punch of hops oil, you can almost taste the hops, the aroma is so strong! Underneath the wall of alpha oils,you can detect pear, honey and grapefruit. The taste is appropriately hoppy for the smell; not buzzsaw of bitterness, but is a well hopped lager, leaning toawrds an IPL. Pale lager malts are mild and add just enough countering sweetness. Sort of a blandly bitter impression, overall.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy, yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is full of wheat, citrus and other floral hints. The taste is very smooth easy drinking. While it is light and simple, this is the type of beer that will get your macro drinkers into craft. Very clean and light finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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 gopens44
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%

Yo. A Pilsiner. Great stuff. You can drink these all day. Right.

It's pretty yellow and not quite clear. The aroma, though subtle, is right where it should be. A mild, hoppy indicator of the nice pils to come.

The taste is a nifty freshness that the site should be. Extremely refreshing. Gimme a six of these babies. The aftertaste has the same freshness. Something nice to linger on the palate. This is a tough beer to make. There are so many crappy american ones, but they made the effort and came up with one worth drinking.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic golden pilsner appearance, I also think the can itself I really nice looking. Light smell, pale malts, some sweet floral notes. Not really bitter, but hoppy tasting, light citrus and fruit notes and some candy sweetness. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of Spider_Jerusalem
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer time beer for hop heads! I love the bright hoppy flavors paired with such a light and effervescent pils. Certainly not the most authentic beer, but definitely worth a try if you like hops and are looking for a refreshing, low-alcohol alternative to IPA. Like most light lagers, it is a bit underrated on BA because too many people have hang ups about this style. Just because something is in the same family as a PBR or Bud doesn't mean it's bad!

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Straw yellow in color with a 2 finger white creamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - A nice mix of earthy, grassy hops, grainy, and light lemons dominate the nose. I pick up hints of another fruit like aroma.

T - The hops are earthy, grassy, with a mild herbal, strawberry like flavor that really brings it together. Notes of some light grain, citrus, and lemon zest on the finish.

M - Light body, crisp, smooth finish with good carbonation. Great brew to drink in the summer.

O - This was a fun lager style beer to drink that has some distinct and unique flavors. I thought that they all came together really well and could enjoy this beer any hot day.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Sam-VW
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Release #9

Poured into pint glass.
Fizzy whit head and dark amber lager coloured.

Smell: fruity, hoppy. Almost sweet

Taste: malty, citrus. No bitterness really but not expected with a lager.

Mouthfeel: sharp and fizzy, sweet aftertaste on back of tongue.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, straw yellow body with lively carbonation and a thick, sticky, creamy white head. Subtle fruity hop aroma; melon and light malt grains. Easy going malt flavors, mostly subdued malts and a rather strongly bitter hop finish. Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry finish.

Subtlety in aroma and taste is the key with this lager, almost delicate in character, yet the hop bitterness is rather robust. Don't look for any massive, 2x4 between-the-eyes punch but, rather, an easy drinking, light-bodied beer that still provides plenty of sensory enjoyment.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Denver. Gold color, looks pretty good. Aroma is a ho-hum lager. All malt and not a hop to speak of. Flavor was pretty standard lager with almost no hop character until a very bitter finish which I just didn't feel meshed well with the taste. Another bummer from the new brewery but hey at least I didn't buy a bottle right?

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is Release 7 and lists 4.8% ABV. Picked up in Port Huron last week-end. Unfortunately, not as "hop forward" as I'd hoped...

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow colour with an impressive white head that has great retention and resultant lacing. Malt-forward aroma is all "lager" and highlights the German yeast. Bittering hops become evident in the flavour, which has a nice bitterness, but none of the tropical fruit or citrus notes that I'd expected until the end of the body and into the finish.

Appreciate the fact there's a lot more flavour than is typical for lower ABV beers, but this is definitely a lager and my personal preference lies with ales...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Well, its a lager alright...clear straw color but has a nice chewey head. Subtle piney hop with citrus crisp lager aromas. Taste is similar...there is a bit of fruitiness mixed well with the hops. Its crisp and chugable, but its no Jacks Abbey IPL...refreshing nonetheless. Good nit great, but for $3.99 for 22oz, its not bad.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden straw color with a big rocky white cap which provides loads of lacing once it settles down

S: A little sweet with lemongrass. Definitely hop forward!

T: Big lemongrass and light fruit esters upfront but predominately lemongrass. A light toast is detected as is a very minute spiciness. The hops really shine on this lager. The name represents. The finish is a bit oily, a lingering hop bitterness, more lemongrass, still refreshing and tasty

M: Lighter bodied, well carbonated, perhaps a tweek to high, but nothing major.

O: Easy to drink, hop forward lager. Could easily be classified as a IPL.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Jree261
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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